Monday, November 3, 2014

Coffee @ Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery Residence, Petaling Jaya

First-rate art meets third-wave coffee: Visitors can now survey creativity on canvasses while sipping cappuccinos in hot cups at the Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery Residence - a somewhat secluded, supremely serene sanctuary at PJ's Section 16.

The SGFA cultural space has been around since January 2011, but followers were intrigued when the residence announced in its email newsletter recently that it was launching a new project called 'The Coffee Break,' serving shots of caffeine to perk up the experience of perusing paintings here.

Here's what to look out for: SGFA hides in a converted bungalow on a dead-end street; its gate stays shut, so ring the bell.

This is a two-storey place of peace - stepping inside SGFA supplies a soothing escape from the clamour of the city.

Enjoy your beverage indoors or have it out in the private garden for a leafy alfresco experience.

We recommend heading upstairs too; the high ceilings & stark setting will suit claustrophobes fine.

Feel free to linger; we comfortably sat here & calmly savoured our coffee & conversation for close to an hour.

Not a soul intruded on our reverie throughout our time here (bliss for folks seeking solitude), but we think customers will come once word of mouth leaks out that coffee is now served here in this residential estate.

SGFA has been offering Puro Fairtrade Organic & Puro Miko Fairtrade as of the past month, sourced from small farms in Peru & Honduras. As the coffee menu here states, 'SGFA is about sustainability - in Art, Design & Lifestyle.'

Black coffee (espresso, americano & macchiato) costs RM5, while cappuccinos, lattes & flat whites are RM6.

Note though that no food is available at SGFA, since it's not strictly a cafe, so come here on a full stomach.

 The paintings by local artists are for sale, & since the exhibits change regularly, visitors can look forward to a continuously refreshed ambiance. We also like how there are no restrictions imposed on photography here. Service at SGFA is friendly.

The Coffee Break @ SGFA
Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery Residence, 8, Lorong 16/7B, Section 16, Petaling Jaya
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Tel: 03-7932-4740

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18 comments:

  1. I'm afraid I don't know how to appreciate fine art but wouldn't mind savouring my coffee calmly and in such lovely and serene surroundings ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh you make a great point. I'm not an artwork aficionado either, but true, the paintings here do help to cultivate a gorgeous ambiance for sitting and sipping :)

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  2. An art gallery? Great looking place - very quiet. Just coffee?

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    1. Suituapui: yeah... Caffeine and canvasses ;)

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  3. wow, what a spacious place! how many tables are there? like less than 5?

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    1. Ken: yeah, lots of room here ... and ya, i there were about four or five tables in total :)

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  4. wah, this fine art gallery really got artist geh feelings~ lol

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    1. Happy walker: ya, it's a full-fledged art gallery :)

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  5. We also visited an art gallery cafe in JB during the weekend, hehehe.

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    1. CK: ooo, hopefully you enjoyed your art gallery visit in your home state :D

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  6. Such a beautiful and soothing ambiance!

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    1. Linda: it makes for a very pleasant retreat indeed :)

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  7. Cool concept. I wonder if they'll attract many visitors?

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    1. The Yum List: hopefully folks who work or live nearby might be drawn here :)

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  8. Sounds great for an hour of writing! Too bad it isnt open on Sundays..
    I'm assuming there's no WIFI?

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, this place would have been a nice sunday retreat :) i think there might be wi-fi ... i saw one of the staff workers on her laptop :)

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  9. hi. can i use your image for my school project?

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