Caffeine Xpress is a surprise coffee nook hidden in a magazine shop selling Dalgona Latte, cakes & more

by Jesslyn Lye

If you’ve ever visited Holland Village, you’d recognise Thambi Magazine. The iconic old-school magazine store is known for being one of the only newsstands left in Singapore, but did you know that it also houses a hidden little cafe

The next time you’re in the area, look out for Caffeine Xpress, a to-go kiosk that serves affordable coffee and cakes — tucked away in the familiar magazine store.

caffeine xpress
Photos: @doggaebi, @deeniseglitz/instagram

A must-try item on the menu is the Dalgona Latte (S$6). Remember the dalgona coffee craze when the Covid-19 circuit breaker first started? Well, this humble takeaway kiosk has mastered the recipe — and then added their own spin to it. 

The drink comes with triple espresso poured over bits of bittersweet honeycomb, which adds a unique flavour to the fragrant coffee without being overly sweet. Give it a shot and see how it compares to the dalgona drink that everyone struggled to whisk up at home.

Photos: @doggaebi/instagram

The cafe uses beans from local brand Six Four Coffee, and for freshly brewed coffee, their prices are relatively affordable. An Espresso is priced at S$3, while a Latte costs S$4 for 8oz, and S$5.50 for 12oz or an iced drink. 

If you’re not a coffee person, the cafe also serves Matcha (S$4 for 8oz, S$5.50 for 12oz and iced) and Chocolate (S$4 for 8oz, S$5.50 for 12oz and iced). There’s also the option of replacing the coffee in your Dalgona Latte with chocolate if you prefer a non-caffeinated version of the drink.

caffeine xpress
Photos: @doggaebi, @meganreview.s/instagram

And if you’re looking for a sweet treat to go with your drink, the cafe has a rotating menu of cakes and desserts available, including the Matcha Cheesecake (S$6), Blueberry Cheesecake (S$6), and Lemon Meringue Pie (S$4.50)

Photos: @doggaebi, @tamagosushiiiii/instagram

So the next time you’re in need of a coffee fix, head down to Caffeine Xpress to check out their offerings — and maybe pick up a magazine or two from the newsstand while you’re there!

Caffeine Xpress
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📍 211 Holland Road #01-K4 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Singapore 278967
🕒 8am – 6pm (Mon to Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun) 

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