Shun Cheng Traditional Coffee & Bar is a traditional old-school eatery & vinyl shop that transforms into a bar at night

by Jesslyn Lye

With an old-school shop sign hanging at the entrance, you’d expect Shun Cheng Traditional Coffee & Bar to look like your typical traditional coffee shop from the olden days. However, step in and you’ll find that this unassuming space offers a lot more.

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Photos: @shunchengtraditionalcoffee/instagram

The first thing that stands out are the shelves of vinyl records — a sight that you definitely would not anticipate seeing in a coffee shop. Apart from being an eatery, the shop also sells vinyl records, turntables, and speakers. 

It might seem odd at first, but it makes sense when you think about it. Vinyl records are a thing of the past that’s becoming increasingly popular nowadays, and this coffee shop is a space where old meets new. 

Photos: Photo: Stephen Moh, Ong Adlyn/google images

By day, the shop serves both local classics such as Braised Pork with Rice (S$6.80) and Prawn Noodle Soup (S$7.80), and Western options such as Rustico Pork Chop (S$12.80) and Sabroso Chicken Chop (S$12.80).

They also offer a range of traditional toasts, and you can’t go wrong with the classic Kaya Butter (S$2.50). And in true old-school fashion, the cafe uses salted butter to create the familiar taste of the good ol’ days

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Otherwise, for something more unique, go for the Egg Mayo Truffle Spread (S$4), Avocado Spread (S$4), or Monkey Butter (S$3), a spread made from bananas, coconut, and pineapple. 

By night, however, the eatery transforms into a full-fledged bar. From 5pm onwards, this cosy space becomes the perfect place to chill with your friends and grab a drink or two. Apart from beers, cocktails, and a range of alcoholic beverages, they also serve your typical bar grub. If you’re feeling peckish, tuck into some Pizza (S$18), Cart Noodles (S$4.80), or Spam Fries (S$10).

Photo: Stephen Moh/google images

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a traditional breakfast, sip on a cocktail, or pick up a new vinyl record, Shun Cheng is somewhere you’d definitely want to check out.

Shun Cheng Traditional Coffee & Bar
📍 30 Temple St, Singapore 058575
🕒 9am – 11pm (Mon to Sun)

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