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A "fashionista" struts by in 6 inch heals on the cobble stone walkway nearby. Seated next to me is a guy on his iPad. I experience at once a feeling of displacement and elation. Am I in Prague, Vienna or is this possibly Paris?

It’s none of the above… I have discovered the joys of European delicacy and restful purposefulness in a place many of you might have overlooked should you be a resident as opposed to a visitor of Singapore. The Hotel Café.

Long a center of café society, these posh palaces of caffeine purveyance are the perfect escape from the heat and humidity that is everyday Singapore. Sit back and relax, read the paper and listen to the occasional live classical music play. Here are three excellent choices to get your on your voyage of discovery of the luxe caffee experience.

Crossroads Cafe Singapore

Crossroads Café

This café is an ideal place to rest from the rigours of shopping. Literally on the crossroads of Orchard and Scotts Roads, it is also a culinary crossroads with a selection of snacks from rice and noodles to Japanese fare, Italian dishes, sandwiches and grills. Relax with a tasty snack and a drink and watch the world go by.

Singapore Marriott Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865 Tel: +65 68314605 Fax: +65 68314502 Website: www.singaporemarriott.com Opening hours: Sun – Wed, public holidays; 7 am – 1 am; Thurs – Sat, eve of public holidays: 7 am – 3 am

Town Restaurant

Town Restaurant

This casual but smart restaurant has a number of dining options from its power breakfast for morning meetings, international lunch and evening buffets, Sunday champagne brunch is divine – or simply enjoy a coffee and a snack. Dine indoors in the lounge area, in the restaurant itself or outside on the balcony overlooking the river.

The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178 Tel: +65 6877 8128 Website: www.fullertonhotel.com Email: town@fullertonhotel.com Opening hours: Sun – Thurs: 6.30 am – 12 midnight; Fri, Sat and eve of public holidays: 6.30 am – 1 am

Singapore Martini Bar

Martini Bar

A great way to add some zest to your meals at the mezza9 restaurant at the Grand Hyatt is to combine it with a trip to the Martini Bar. The main attraction of this glass enclosed bar, is, of course, the cocktails, but there’s also a view over Scotts Road to allow you to people watch as you down a cappuccino or two.

Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211 Tel: +65 6416 7118 Website: www.hyatt.com Email: mezza9.sg@hyattintl.com Opening hours: Mon – Thurs: 10 am to 1 am; Fri: 10 am – 2 am; Sat: 2 pm – 2 am; Sun: 2 pm – 1 am

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