Last updateSun, 29 Jan 2017

Like building a social community, building a café business is all about engaging the community and inspiring people to connect with each other. That is what Douglas Tan, owner and barista of Tolido’s Espresso Nook, strongly believes. “I enjoy the process of making coffee, building relationships with my customers and just…watching the community grow.”

An afternoon spent chilling out at a café sounds chillax.

The chance to kick back and take your mind off things (work, school, relationships or whatever that’s eating you!), sip a cuppa artisanal joe and enjoy the present moment – away from the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced life. Ahh… That’s ideal. 

Welcome to the 21st Century HDB void deck – a space where people gather and chit-chat with one another before heading to the café for a nice hot cuppa artisanal joe.

Wait. Did we say “café”? 

Cafés are popular places to hang out and meet new people, and they are popping up all over Singapore, particularly in the heartlands, taking root under HDB void decks. Given the avid patronage of young adults, rising rental costs, and the national pastime of eating, setting up a café under an HDB void deck is a cost-effective way of running a profitable F&B business. Soon they will become a common fixture in our neighborhood.