I first spotted this cafe on Instagram in October and since it was relatively near me, I made a mental note to check it out. Then it started appearing on a lot of cafe listicles and I decided wokay, time to pay a visit before it becomes too popular.
And that was how I found myself at Half and Hafu in the Hub SS2. Its design reminded me of some of the bespoke cafes I peeped into when in Japan but never dared venture into and its name - Hafu meant half in Japanese. True to its name, half of the first floor lot was a hair salon and the other half was an aesthetically pleasing orange and brown cafe or rather coffee bar. Located away from the busy row of cafes and eateries that are often crowded with people, Half and Hafu was an oasis of peace and quiet.
Its red neon sign has become quite a favourite spot for photos on Instagram as was the corner by the window. However its bar with high chairs was what caught my eye along with the lively greenery lining its wide windows that look down onto the main road.
I am a lover of all things coffee and innovative and Half and Hafu nailed it with their house specialty drink - aptly named Half and Hafu, served in hot or cold. For the photo, I picked the cold version but enjoyed nevertheless for the mocha's smoothness that matched well with the bitter orange layer atop it. Its own house blend was worth a try too, carrying notes of chocolate in it for those who want something less acid in their caffeine.
As I was headed for lunch after, I did not try their chiffon cakes - another feature they have become known for. But ah, well. I guess there will always be next time. Half and Hafu might quite easily be my new favourite spot for coffee and chilling on a lazy weekday.