The Dispensary Cafe - Old Chinese Medical Hall Drawers

The Dispensary Cafe & Bakery at Tiong Bahru, Simple and Sleek (Closed)

The Dispensary is in Tiong Bahru, the first neighbourhood with vibrant cafe culture. There are Tiong Bahru Bakery, 40 Hands, just to name two of my favourites in Tiong Bahru. The cafe is facing the main road but there isn’t a signboard so you have to look carefully so that you won’t missed the cafe.


The Dispensary Cafe - Old Chinese Medical Hall Signboard


They have creatively retained and incorporated the old chinese medical hall drawers and signboard in the cafe that fit the name of the cafe.


The Dispensary Cafe - Narrow walk to the cafe


The theme is very much retro cum modern.


The Dispensary Cafe - Self Service for Water


Modern furnitures with retro ornaments


The Dispensary Cafe - Seats at first level


There are more seats on the second floor.


The Dispensary Cafe - More seats upstairs


For those who like al fresco seats, unfortunately there isn’t any.


The Dispensary Cafe - Seats at second level


I wanted to order the cupcakes but it was not available, pretty disappointing. Only the carrot cake and red velvet cake were available.


The Dispensary Cafe - My Order


If was very fortunate that the carrot cake was excellent, moist with enough of spice (both cinnamom and nutmeg), carrot and chopped walnut and the sweetness level is just nice as well. The near perfect carrot cake would be perfect if the cream cheese could be equally spread. The cappuccino is decent.


The Dispensary Cafe - Free Wifi


One other bonus, free WiFi is available to guests. My only feedback is that if they could have more selection in the menu, that would be even better.




The Dispensary

69 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168723
Tel: +65 6536 0225



Opening Hours


Sunday – Thursday 0900 to 2100; Friday – Saturday 0900 to 2200


Getting There



  • East-West Line – Outram Park or Tiong Bahru station


By Bus:

  • alight at Blk 55 along Tiong Bahru Road   5, 16, 33, 63, 75, 123, 175, 195, 851, 970
  • alight at Eton House Pre-School along Outram Road   33, 63, 75, 851, 970


Rating: 8/10