Actually, I find that two branches of MacDonald qualify as good spots to relax with your friends. The one at Commonwealth, the one with the open air concept and a little pond. And the one beside Bras Basah complex. Usually, the Mcstaff doesn't bother you and the folks at bras basah are very friendly too.
Sighz ... my favourite cafe is Taimo along Hampden Road in Crawley, Western Australia ..... such a regular that I have my fav table (even the waiters and waitresses know which one) .... sighz .... if only I was still in Perth ..... :cry:
used to be garage at priscep street then they closed then travel cafe at proscep street then they also closed...maybe its me..... my regular hangout, starbucks at beach road shaw towers. quiet enuff for stuff to know u personally if u go often enuff and city enuff not to feel deserted.