As a small business owner on the go, meeting your clients outside the office on a regular basis is to be expected. While some might say that it’s not about the venue, but what you’re there to talk about, our experience suggest that the meeting location can be helpful in setting the right context for the conversation. So here’s our pick on where arrange a meeting with business associates and collaborators.
Breakfast of Champions
A sandwich spot with serious street cred, 1KS is the in-house café of co-working space, The Working Capitol, tucked at the corner of Keong Saik Street. The café is helmed by the same team as the uber hip Park Bench Deli. Level up your morning meetings with superfood smoothies and cold-pressed juices, or might we suggest, a tasty made-to-order sandwich.
Need a quick meeting spot in the heart of the city? The Providore is a reliable option, with ample seating, decent coffee and a variety of solid breakfast bites. The no-fuss contemporary bistro fits anything from a quick breakfast or coffee meeting to an early working lunch. We are partial to the Raffles Green location for convenience, and the OUE Downtown if a tad more privacy is required.
When breakfast equals avocado toast, nothing beats The Lokal’s smashed avocado toast with ricotta. This cozy Aussie café at the corner of Neil Road ticks all the right boxes – hearty breakfast plates, good coffee from Sarnies, and right smacked at the fringe of the CBD. It’s close to a fair number of co-working spaces if you’re looking for a quiet space. Perfect for a casual breakfast meeting or a morning interview.
When you need a lunch location with some added swag, The Black Swan transports you to a sophisticated Gatsby-era in the CBD area. Their set lunches are elegant without being complicated, so you don’t have to struggle with micro herbs in your teeth while discussing business. Quick Tip: You can’t go wrong with The Black Swan Burger. Bar snacks are served after 3pm, and if you’re looking for a quiet tete-a-tete, avoid the daily happy hour, even if it is amazing value.
With eight outlets in Singapore, Kith Café is no stranger in the bistro café scene. But there’s much more to this chain than a great weekend brunch haunt – their Millennia Walk, Marina Square and Ascott Orchard outlets offer full use of meeting rooms with complimentary wi-fi, use of AV system and an interactive projector. All this for a minimum hourly spend on F&B, which makes it ideal for lunch meetings and team pow-wows.
The newest addition to the PS Café family, the One Fullerton outfit retains all the stylish modern colonial charm of its sister outlets, with expansive views of the Fullerton Bay waterfront. In short, it’s a light-drenched stunner. It has both indoor and outdoor seating, with a menu that features an eclectic range of international bistro dishes. Plus being PS Café, you can’t really go wrong with any of their sweets or a heaping basket of their famous truffle fries.
So you’re really looking to seal that contract, or get the final sign-off on an investor term sheet: you can either have a few glasses of après-dinner wine at a restaurant, or you can impress your clients with a couple of stellar gin cocktails at ATLAS. The opulent cocktail bar at the lobby of Parkview Square exudes gilded Art Deco look. The plush seats are well spaced, the music is conversation-appropriate and the champagne and gin list outstanding. While the prices aren’t cheap, it’ll make an evening to remember.
The new kid on the block at the recently opened Hotel InterContinental Robertson Quay, Publico is a three-in-one Italian concept — an all-day deli and ristorante, and an Italian cocktail and dessert bar Marcello. Open only in the evenings, Marcello takes you back to the time of La Dolce Vita, where bartenders in white serve you classic Italian-style cocktails from South-east Asia’s largest collection of Amari digestifs.
Café by day and wine bar by night, Gemmills is an unpretentious hole-in-the-wall joint, just off the rowdy part of Ann Siang Hill. It feels like you’ve walked right into a friend’s home, with woven rugs on the floor and cosy bistro tables, which we’re sure will help set a casual mood for more relaxed business conversations. Prices are reasonable for cult wine labels, and the food is simply tasty. Think platters of cheese and charcuterie, hearty pastas and flatbreads.