Address: 48 Hillview Ter, #08-00, Singapore 669269
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am – 6:00pm
I rarely get excited about coffee shops nowadays, except when they’ve exceeded my expectations. Coexist Coffee is one of those restaurants that get me excited, not just because they serve Chicken Waffles, but because they’ve put so much creativity in their location.
While they have a less obscure branch in Keong Saik Road (where Burnt Ends, Chez Suzette, Pasta Brava, and the rest of the Tanjong Pagar restaurants are situated), Coexist Coffee has another one set up at Hillview Terrace. It sits between residential condos and industrial shophouses without any signage outside. That’s what excites me the most. It’s like hunting for an easter egg. You’ve got to enter Hillview building, ride the elevator all the way to the 7th floor and climb to the rooftop.
With an industrial brick and white walls interior, I felt the beginnings of a great meal at Coexist Coffee. If you happen to stop by for lunch, expect the queue to get steadily longer even on weekdays. Everyone local in the area are familiar with the spot. I like that Coexist doesn’t scrimp on the space, offering indoor and outdoor seating, yet practices social distancing. The rooftop might be too hot for some of you, so come early to secure seats indoors.
I like their cup of white a lot. They look like plastic cups, but then surprisingly, they’re made of ceramic and quite heavy. But it adds to the masculine allure of Coexist and complements the whole industrial vibe.
Of course, the highlight of which is my plate of Chicken Waffles.
Why is the breast so moist and delicious? I do love it when the restaurant is brave enough to cook chicken breast and pull it off nicely. The skin is crunchy and the maple syrup seeps through the waffles which I have to say, even rivals Yardbird’s. The portion size is huge, definitely something you can share with another.
Come by Coexist’s branch in Hillview and be surprised and relaxed at the same time. My visit merits another one in the future.