The Moon: A new cafe in Chinatown is serving coffee with a side of books

The Moon: A new cafe in Chinatown is serving coffee with a side of books

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Text: Yimin Huang

Editor: Aravin Sandran

Image: The Moon

The Moon is a triple threat: whimsical cafe, cosy bookstore and inclusive event space

You might have noticed that cafes are popping up across Singapore like wild mushrooms on a rainy day. They are breeding grounds for twenty-somethings looking for their next Insta-post of an overpriced cuppa. Yet, there is another new cafe in town, but this time it's a tad bit different. Tucked away in the alleyways of Chinatown, The Moon is pitched as a place for gathering, and at the centre of it all, the love of books.

"Late in 2016, I was browsing through the philosophy section at a bookstore called Readings, in Lahore, Pakistan. It surprised me that they didn't have a single female author amongst the titles. This prompted me to think of a space where inclusivity and diversity are tied into the core DNA of the content that is being provided", says founder Sarah Naeem. The result: 50% of the books on The Moon's 1st floor are female-authored, independently published and curated not only for their content but for their visually enticing covers as well. Pick up Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis, or have a taste of fresh Singlit with Ponti by Sharlene Teo.

This inclination for inclusivity is also apparent in their menu. Considering the prevalence of dietary restrictions and preferences, there seems to be something for everyone at The Moon. Take a chance with a glass of Haldi Doodh, a traditional immune-boosting ayurvedic drink made with milk and turmeric, or their gluten-free, vegan and raw coconut-lime cheesecake.

The Moon will be celebrating their official opening with a party on 21 September with a series of guest performances and activities: get a tarot reading, hand-press a bookmark with The Fingersmith Letterpress, and watch poet Deborah Emmanuel and rapper Subhas spit their rhymes.

The Moon is located at 37 Mosque Street.

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