20, Make That 50 New Cafes In Singapore – November’s Edition
New cafes opening in Singapore, and the café hopping culture (or should I call it craze) continues.
After a mega post on 150 New Cafes In Singapore 2014, I took a short break (because I am missing my hawker and Asian foods), and returned to compiling a new list for November.
The shock on the discovery of many many more new cafes (and this includes non-coffee selling bakeries and soft serves shops).
On one hand, I am happy to see new entrepreneurs reaching out for their dreams. On the other, many promising cafes opened earlier in the year are facing the situation of being ‘old’, seldom re-visited because there are just too many choices. Some have already closed for good, quietly.
Presenting 20 new cafes for Oct/Nov, and a list of 30 plus more that recently opened. If you do like a cafe, do re-visit them often.
CBD – Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar
198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637 (Tanjong Pagar MRT, 10 min walk Exit G)
Tel: +65 6221 6223
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon-Fri), 10:30am – 5:30pm (Sat)
The team at Pantler describes themselves as “extremely quality-minded”, featuring freshly baked
bread, cakes, pastries, tarts, puddings and baked desserts created with carefully selected ingredients, such as flour from Japan, butter from France, and seasonal fruits. Their line-up of signature products include the Pantler Roll Cake ($20 and above), Ricotta Cheese Tart ($8.50), Crème Caramel Pudding ($5.80), and daily danishes such as Croissants ($3). (Read: Pantler (Telok Ayer))
Lady A Cupcake
22 Cross Street, China Square Central, #01-63, Singapore 048421 (Chinatown MRT station)
Opening Hours: 12pm-6pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
T.AKADEMI was known for their Lavender Collagen Tea ($4.90) and CupShakes ($5.90). (Their coffee machine was down when I visited). They have diversified to include Lady a Cupcake, known for their Japanese inspired “A” – sakurA cupcake ($4) with Collagen and Sakura flower infused cream cheese frosting, and Furano Lavender – Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla cupcake with Lavender cream cheese frosting. Good for office tea-time snacks.
The Mama Shop
195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-54 Old Police Operational Headquarters Singapore 168976 (Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm (Mon-Thurs), 12pm-11pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm-10pm (Sun)
MediaCorp actresses Felicia China and Sora Ma are owners of The Mama Shop. So don’t be surprised if you spot one of them serving your Ipoh coffee and slushies. The retro-themed snack bar is slightly ulu, located in one of Singapore’s heritage buildings – the Old Police Operational Headquarters at Pearl’s Hill Terrace. They recommended the Messy Messy Nice Nice Mama Burger ($10.90), a bit of a mouthful.
16 Enggor Street #01-09 Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 68344174
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon –Thurs), 8am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
Items on the menu were inspired from traditional recipes and ingredients, then given a modern perspective. There were Crispy Fries with Salted Egg Yolk dip ($7.60), Umami Babi ($8.50) where slow braised pulled pork collar were stuffed in mini mantous, capellini with buah keluak sauce called the Asian Truffle ($14.80) and Wonderffle ($9.50) – waffle with lemongrass and pandan ice cream drizzled with gula melaka. Can be strange. (Read: The Quarters Icon Village)
TwoMen Bagel House
No 16. Enggor St. Icon Village Altez (new extension) #01-12 Singapore 079717 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 65094125
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-6pm (Sat-Sun)
Probably Singapore’s only bagel café. The freshly baked variety at Two Men include Plain Bagel with Cream Cheese ($3.60), Plain Bagel with Clover Honey ($4.90), and some savouries like the Rodeo with roasted beef, caramelised onions, and greens ($12.90). Oriole Coffee is served, though they only offer Long Black ($4.00) and Flat White ($5.00). (Read: Two Men Bagel House Icon Village)
Bugis – Queen Street, North Bridge Road
Asanoya Bakery Cafe
Wilby Central 15 Queen Street #01-03 Singapore 188537
Opening Hours: 10am-8pm (Mon-Thurs), 10am-10pm (Fri), 8am-10pm (Sat), 8am-8pm (Sun)
Founded in 1933 in Karuizawa Japan, Asanoya famous for its rustic Japanese-style bread has opened a bakery café at Wilby Central. Some signature baked products include the Fruits Rye which is a mixture of fragrant orange peel, rum infused raisins, lightly crushed walnuts and almonds mixed into a delicate rye bread, and a delicate Tea Bread made by mixing fragrant Earl Grey tea leaves with sweetened milk.
Rabbit Owl Depot
420 North Bridge Road #01-06 Singapore 188727 (Bugis MRT, opp National Library, diagonally opposite Bras Basah Centre)
Tel: +65 63364075
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily
If you are the type who finds the standard round waffles too big and filling for an after meal dessert, Rabbit Owl Depot’s Snow Flake Waffle ($6.50, $9.50 with ice cream) could win your heart over. The crispy and brown edge of the Snowflake Waffle, spread with smooth ice cream was a delightful combination that could send a smile on a lazy afternoon. (Read: Rabbit Owl Depot North Bridge Road)
753 North Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 198721 (10 min walk from Bugis MRT, walk past Golden Landmark)
Tel: +65 67171733
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm (Sun-Thurs), 12pm-1am (Fri-Sat)
Twenty Grammes is the ideal weight of coffee grounds to pull a good espresso shot, and also the name of a new Ice Cream Waffles Café at North Bridge Road. Their service is earnest, very friendly, and the café offers some many flavours of ice cream, such as Rum n Raisin, Honey-Scotch, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla, Walnut Butterscotch, Strawberry, and Triple Chocolate. (Read: Twenty Grammes North Bridge Road)
Hyde & Co.
785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753 (10-15 min walk from Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am-6pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri), 11am-9pm (Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun), Closed Tues
Hyde & Co situated along North Bridge Road in the vibrant Kampung Glam precinct is very English. Their signature item is Crumpets, a mix between and English muffin and a sponge cake. And this European inspired café has an extensive tea menu of 45 tea selections. (Read: Hyde & Co. North Bridge Road)
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #B3-10 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Branch at front of Bugis Village
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Australia’s popular Pie Face has big expansion plans in Singapore. Their pies are known for their flaky crust and fillings of premium cuts of meats and gooey sauces. The flavour exclusive to Singapore is the Chicken Peppercorn Pie ($4.90).Other sweet offerings include their signature mini lemon pie and mini butterscotch pies ($3.30). (Read: Pie Face 313 @ Somerset)
88 Horne Road Singapore 209083
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Tues
Two Bakers is actually a bakery café owned by 3 girl friends. Their bakes were quite appealing, with signatures being Carrot Cake, Key Lime Tart ($6.80), Salted Caramel Éclair ($5.00) and Profiteroles ($5.00). The girls also look into presenting new pastries every few months, based on season and themes. Coffee’s a Chakra Espresso Blend from Stranger’s Reunion. (Read: Two Bakers Horne Road)
East – East Coast, Marine Parade
Pick Me Up Café
Parkland @ ECP, Blk 1A Unit 02, 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-02, Singapore 449875
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues-Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
Pick Me Up Café has the usual café setting, less hipster, slanted towards more mass and family oriented. Its differentiating factor is the sale of home-made yogurt gelato from Yogurt Story ($4.50 for single, $7.50 for double) and cold pressed juices ($8.90), other than all day breakfast, sandwiches and coffee. So it’s a café with a slight, very slight health-spin. (Read: Pick Me Up Cafe East Coast)
St. Marc Bakery & Bar
Parkland Green @ ECP 920, East Coast Parkway #01-09/10, Singapore 449875
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue – Fri), 9am to 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Japanese café known for its Choro Cro pastry, Little Fuji and Geisha Waffle Cone has opened a café with dining concept at East Coast Parkway Parkland Green. The expanded menu at this bakery & bar included soup, salad, grilled sandwich, pasta, and baked rice. (Read: St Marc Bakery& Bar Parkland Green)
81 Marine Parade Central #01-644 Singapore 440081
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm (Mon-Tues), 9:30am – 10pm (Thurs), 9:30am – 11:30pm (Fri-Sat), 9:30am – 10pm (Sun)
Technology in a cup. Repair computers and have a cake? If you are a fan of Cat & The Fiddle’s cakes (Chef Daniel Tay is founder of Bakerzin), you can now find them in this tech shop at Marine Parade.
37 East Coast Road Singapore 428755
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Wed
Holqa? That means “link” in Maltese language. The café opened by two SIM students serves quite a variety of savouries, such as Brioche French Toast ($12.90), BBLT Sandwich ($11.90 toasted brioche bread with bacon), Creamy Pasta ($14.90), and signature Three Little Pigs Burger ($18.90) with grilled pork patty, sausage slices and bacon in a ‘big bad wolf’ black bun.
Bt Timah – Lor Kilat
21 Lorong Kilat, #01-02 Singapore 598123 (near Beauty World area / Chun Tin Road)
Tel: +65 9278 0466
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 11am -11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Tues
Carnival, circus theme, bright colors, reds and whites, elephants, floating lanterns. Revelry specialises in savoury belgian waffles, such as Signature Burffle ($18) of grilled juicy beef patty, cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and signature animal-style sauce on waffle, and O.K. Waffle Pizza ($16) with otah chunks and chopped kai lan covered in baked mozzarella as toppings.
The Signature Patisserie By Chocolat World
21 Lor Kilat #01-01 Sun Court, Singapore 598123
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Oh, Alfero closed. This family-owned muffin café took over, which also sells freshly handmade pralines, chocolates and cookies. Muffins were fluffy and not too sweet, reasonably priced, averaging at $2.
Bucktile Street Café
104 Faber Drive Singapore 129412 (West Coast)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun), Closed Thurs
The name “Bucktile St” is an anagram of Bucket List. There is a small corner of this café which encourages customers to share their bucket list. Coffee is from Toby’s Estate, and they serve the usual cakes, waffles, ice cream, tiramisu, side dishes and a more special blue velvet cake. Space for selling produces is available.
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333 (corner shophouse opp Shell station)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters at Upper Thomson appears to be a beautiful marriage between Oz Specialty Coffee and Thailand’s Pacamara Coffee. The new “Oz Speciality” café has such a clinical meet science lab interior, complete with white-washed walls and baristas in neat white long-sleeved shirts. Red velvet pancakes anyone? (Read: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Upper Thomson)
Whisk & Paddle
10 Tebing Lane #01-01 Singapore 828836 (Punggol Waterway)
Tel: +65 6242 4617
Opening Hours: 3:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 3:30pm – 1:30am (Fri), 10:30am – 1:30am (Sat), 10:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)
Our cafes gone further and further. This time at Punggol Waterway. This riverside cafe serves brunch, mains, pizza, bar bites, home-made desserts coffee and beer. Boasts a great view of nature. (They also own the Chinese steamboat restaurant Treasure Pot next door).
The New Black – 1 Upper Circular Road Singapore 058400
Three Hands Coffee – One Marina Boulevard OMB B1-04/05 Singapore 589825
63 Espresso – Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View #01-03 Singapore 018961
Souper Sarnies – 1 Tras Link #01-07 Singapore 078867
5 The Moments – 73 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088494
The Rookery – Hong Leong Building #01-02A, Singapore 048581
Royz Et Vous – 17 Bali Lane Singapore 189853
Kopi Satu – 37 Sultan Gate Singapore 198485
The Verandah – 37 Sultan Gate Singapore 198485
Espressivo Cafe – 223 Jalan Besar (opp Jalan Besar Plaza) Singapore 208902
The Hangar – 25 Arab Street, Singapore 199724
The Lab SG – 1 Jalan Pisang #01-01 Singapore 199069
The Return Cafe Bistro – 29 Bussorah Street Singapore 199447
Coffee Charm – 12 Kallang Avenue, Aperia Mall #01-41 Singapore 339510
Dutch Colony Coffee Co. – 113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230
Refuel Café – Blk 744 Bedok Reservoir Road #01-3029 Singapore 470744
A Spoonful Of Sugar – Blk 4 Changi Village Road 01-2072, Singapore 500004
Salty Peanut – 430 Upper Changi Road #01-69 East Village Singapore 487048
Collective Brewers – 301 Changi Road Singapore 419779
Kommune – 3 Seng Poh Road Singapore 168891
Out Of The Cake Box – 45 Telok Blangah Drive #01-173 Singapore 100045
Compound Coffee – #01-08 The Interlace, 180 Depot Road Singapore 109684
B.R.E.A.D by weBread – 70 Biopolis Street, P&G Building #01-02 Singapore 138547
The Eclectic Café – Level 3 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road Singapore 298994
The Udder Pancake – Lorong Kilat #01-09, Singapore 598139
One Ice Café – 2 Jurong East Central 1 #02-67 J Cube Shopping Mall Singapore 609731
Gratitude Snack Bar – Blk 85B Toa Payoh Lor 4, #01-332B Singapore 312085
The Daily Press – Toa Payoh (Not yet opened)
RoyceMary Cafe – 8 Jalan Leguni #01-13 Singapore 759274
Coffee Suite – 123 Rangoon Road #01-06 Suites 123, Singapore 218401
Flavour Flings – 121 Hougang Ave 1 #01-1348 Singapore 530121
23 Jumpin – The Commerze, 1 Irving Place, #01-25 Singapore 369546
Carol Mel Café – The Commerze, 1 Irving Place #01-30 Singapore 369546
Round 8 – The Commerze, 1 Irving Place #01-24 Singapore 369546
Grasso Coffee – The Commerze, 1 Irving Place Singapore 369546 (Original outlet Blk 248 Simei Street 3 #01-132 Singapore 520248)
Wayne’s Chill Out – 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-11 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
* Do check individual cafe’s Facebook page for opening days and hours as these are susceptible to changes.
April 23, 2017