Hairloom & Caramel Cafe
A quaint, eclectic and whimsical cafe – that was the first impression that I had of Caramel Cafe. A tiny diner located within a salon, this cafe reminded me of 1 of MK’s and my favorite cafe, Tea Cozy. True indeed, this cafe stands out with its colourful furniture, charming knick knacks & quirky trinkets on display. And in case if you’re wondering, yes … some of these merchandise are for sale! Made with love. I was sold at first sight. Unfortunately, that’s about all the good stuff that I can comment about this place. As with most tiny cafes, the food served at Caramel Cafe was at most, average. The lack of customer service was a huge disappointment as we certainly didn’t feel welcomed when the young waitress simply shoved the drinks to us, and turned away, without a word of “welcome”, despite us thanking her for the drinks. Such bad-mannered behavior is intolerable, especially when the cafe wasn’t even crowded at all. Nevertheless, that was an isolate case as the rest of the staff were pretty professional. Do check out Caramel Cafe for its cozy decor and unique & handmade items … you never know if there might just be something that might interest you! :p
Sights of Ann Siang Hill
Ann Siang Hill was named after Chia Ann Siang, a Hokkien merchant who was born in Malacca in 1832. In 1848, at 16 years of age, Chia found employment with the British firm Boustead & Company, whose core businesses traded in natural resources, spices, coconut, tobacco and silk. Boustead’s ships piled the China-Europe routes in the early days. After 8 years on the job, Chia Ann Siang was promoted to the storekeeper. He eventually left Boustead and went into the timber business and became a partner of Geok Teat and Company. He became a rich landowner and one of the leading merchants of his time, he acquired both Ann Siang Hill and Mount Erskine.
The view from the top of the hill
Been wanting to visit The Little Dröm ( which means “Dream” in Swedish) Store since I first saw a lovely spread featuring it, on a random blog. Alas, the shop was closed by the time we made our way there. Till the next trip to Ann Siang Hill!
For those of you who enjoy a good read, why not pop by this treasure trove of books? Located along Ann Siang Road, Books Actually is a quaint bookstore that sells an impressive range of specialized books dedicated in literature, poetry and plays. Not your cup of tea? Fret not, as Books Actually has a sister bookstore “Polymath & Crust” ( located on levels 2 & 3 ) that sells a wide variety of non-fiction books, ranging from biography to films to travels. Guess what? Books Actually even manufactures their own brand of stationery ( from notebooks to pencils to bookmarks ) under the name of Birds & Co. , so keep your eyes peeled for that! 🙂