20 New Cafes In Singapore Feb 2015 – Hipsters Say Go East
While I personally thought it was almost unimaginable that we still managed to cough out another 20 cafes while we are still early in the year, 3 things are apparent.
1. Café openings are slowing down.
2. Many are starting their operations in the East of Singapore, think Katong, Bedok, Changi (my prediction West is next).
3. Several cafes opened last year have closed or are fighting a tough battle.
20 New Cafes In Singapore Feb 2015
Montana Brew Bar
1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore 188306 (10 min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 98331790
Montana Brew Bar conveniently located at POMO described itself as an “urban chic coffee brew bar”, offering a selection of burgers, waffles, sandwiches, pastries with tea and coffee. To my surprise, it was a humble looking space, with items suitably affordable for students – waffles priced between $9.50 and $10.50 (for the portions), sandwiches $9.50 and below. Southern Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich with wasabi slaw ($9.50) anyone? (Read: Montana Brew Bar POMO)
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #01-27 & #02-07 Singapore 238896)
Tel: +65 6509 3673
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last order 9:30pm
While Lady M at Marina Square was temporarily closed (oh rats!), the Madame opened at Orchard Central with a promising New York feel. Stylish, contemporary, elegant and white. The Chocolate Mille Crepe ($9/slice) is exclusive to the Orchard Central branch, boosting twenty paper-thin handmade chocolate crêpes alternated with chocolate pastry cream and a caramelized surface. (Read: Lady M Orchard Central)
Häagen-Dazs Concept Cafe
ION Orchard, Level 4, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Häagen-Dazs took over Bécasse’s space at ION Orchard, offering a variety of plated ice cream desserts not available elsewhere – Brûlée Banana Split (S$14.90), Summer Paradise (S$16.50), Love in Belgium (S$15.90), Macaroon Collection (S$29) and The Eiffel Tower (S$25.90).
Shaw Centre, #01-06, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 6235 8328
Opening Hours: 8am-10pm (Mon-Sat), 9am-9pm (Sun)
Inspired by the cocoa beans and chocolate cafes found in the Republic of Ecuador and conceptualised in Singapore, Cocoa Colony is the latest chocolate café (could be the only) to launch locally. The café serves cocoa beverages, crafted chocolate bars and lava flowing hot chocolate sauce. Mainly for takeaways, though there are four seats.
308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park #01-01, Singapore 247974 (15-20 min walk from Redhill MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues-Sun) Closed Mon
Boufe originates from 2 words; namely BOUtique and caFÉ. Combine the two and you will see them in reality, a boutique for the women (Ohvola) in a café setting. The pastries were freshly baked in house daily. Their selection includes croissant ($3.50), chocolate and citron tart ($5.50 each), tiramisu ($6.50) and strawberry shortcake ($8). Note: Mei meis (and some didis) love to take OOTD shots here, complete with floral dresses, especially at the swing outside. (Read: Boufe Tanglin)
279 South Bridge Road Singapore 058828 (Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 8533 2003
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs), 12pm-10pm (Fri-Sat), 2pm-8pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Don’t confuse this with Insadong Korea Town yah? The Patbingsu is as their signature, in flavours of Red Bean, Sweet Potato, Oreo, Mango, Green Tea ($8.50 – $9.00), and the local service staff were trained by a Korean dessert chef. (Read: Café Insadong South Bridge Road)
333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14, Singapore 080333 (5-10 min walk from Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 6536 8087
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Mon), 12pm – 10pm (Tues-Sat), Closed Sun
Cafe owner Georgina Sim, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, hoped to bring smiles and enjoyment to people with her creations, thus naming the café, Les Délices, which means “The Delights” in French. A total of 8 pastries were on display at any one time, including Choux of 3 different flavours, Earl Grey, Matcha and Valrhona Guanaja ($5.90 each). (Read Les Délices Kreta Ayer)
200 Middle Road B1-02 Big Hotel Singapore 188980
Tel: +65 6336 1228
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Closed Mon, check their FB for updates)
The café is located at the basement level of Big Hotel at Middle Road, serving café favourites and contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. The recommended items are the Bacon Chowder ($7.90), Doritos Crust Winglets ($11.90), Seafood Tom Yum Risotto ($23.90), Cheesy Lobster Sandwich ($22.90) and Bubblegum Milkshake ($10.90). Some hits, some misses. (Read: Froth Middle Road)
111 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208559
Tel: +65 6291 2698
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Tues-Sun) Closed Mon
A café with retro theme and a flair of art. Some of their recommended included the Moo-licious Cheeks ($24.90 nett) – beef cheek tagliatelle pasta fused with balsamic vinegar, Hot Chick from Head to Toe ($22.90 nett) – roasted whole chicken stuffed with garlics, rosemary and thyme, and Haul from the Sea ($21.90 nett) – pan seared sea bass served with duo of cherry tomatoes. (Read: A.E.I.O.U King George’s Ave)
45 Burghley Drive #01-04, Singapore 559022 (15-20 min walk from Lorong Chuan MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues-Sun) Closed Mon
Nunsongyee 눈송이 (pronounced as noon-song-yi) means “Snowflake” in Korean. As their name suggests, their signature dessert is the Snow Flake Black Sesame 흑임자 빙수 ($18.90) and Injeolmi Bingsu 인절미 빙수 Bingsu ($14.90). Their versions of bingsu are made of milk, thus they do not use the term ‘shaved ice’. So pure, white, soft and pillowy.(Read: Nunsongyee Burghley Drive)
#01-14 Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Ave, Singapore 339511
Tel: +65 67026704
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7.30pm (Mon- Fri), 12pm-7pm (Sat), Closed
The name reminds me of a Hollywood movie. 25 grams is a modern patisserie that bakes fresh and solid desserts in-house., The bakery café is so called because their unfrosted mini cupcakes weigh 25 grams. Signature cupcakes include Honey Pancakes ($3.90), Apple Pie ($3.90), Milo dinosaur (3.90) and Triple Chocolate ($3.90). Coffee is from Yahava.
266 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437053
Tel: +65 67198832
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm Daily (off day tentatively Mon or Wed)
The Laneway Market is a second venture that was formed after one year of entering the baking scene when Kreme Couture Bakery was set up. The name itself was derived from the location of the cafe; situated in a laneway. You will be able to find a couple of Japanese infused dishes as well as quality brunch items such as Pulled Pork Burger ($19) and Miso Aglio e Olio ($17).
226 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437015
Tel: +65 63481406
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Tues-Thurs), 8am-10:30pm (Fri-Sat), 8am – 9pm (Sun)
Do.Main is a combination of two words – dough and main which means ‘hands’ in French. With a French baker Chef Frédéric Deshayes helming the kitchen, the bakery is inspired by the patisseries of Paris and the rustic cafés of Montmartre.
368 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437125
Opening Hours: 9am-10pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs), 9am-11pm (Fri-Sat), 9am-8pm (Sun)
Another one at Tanjong Pagar. Toothsome serves Asian local delights such as Fragrant Fried Chicken Rice ($15.90), desserts and coffee. (Probably the least apparent in hipsters’ radar, perhaps due to its name.)
Black & Ink
168 Changi Road #01-01/02, Singapore 419730
Tel: +65 9620 1022
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-8pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tues
BLACK&INK is a traditional espresso coffee bar featuring specially crafted signature house blend called “From The Heart” which literally represents the passion the owners have for coffee. Manager Big Roy is trained in The Coffee School of Australia and is a certified SCAE advanced level Barista, ensuring quality and taste in every cuppa. Top ranking cakes are Cheese Cake, Fudgy Brownie and Carrot Cake with Cranberries.
FatCat Ice Cream Bar
Blk 416 Bedok North Ave 2 #01-25 Singapore 460416 (10 – 15 min walk from Bedok MRT)
Tel: +65 6241 0830
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), Closed Tues, Last orders 30mins before closing
What distinguished Fat Cat from all the other ice cream and waffle cafes all there were the plated desserts, as though they brought fine dining to the heartlands. Gourmet Charcoal Waffles served with salted egg yolk custard sauce ($6 w/o ice cream) anyone? Do note that their gourmet waffles and plated desserts are served in limited quantities per day. (Read: FatCat Ice Cream Bar Bedok North)
Bunny and Pony
Blk 1 Changi Village Road #01-2000, Singapore 500001 (Take Bus 2, 29, 59, 109 to Changi Village Bus Terminal)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Tues-Thurs), 12pm – 10pm (Fri-Sun) Closed Mon
Like the other ice cream cafes, Bunny and Pony offered the usual repertoire of ice cream, waffles ($8.10 with a single scoop, $10.10 with a double scoop), coffee and cakes. Interesting flavours included Pina Colada, Dark Sesame and Coconut Chendol. Premium per scoop at $3.60, while a Super Premium is 50 cents extra. (Read: Bunny and Pony Changi Village)
Doi Chaang Coffee
Rochester Mall #01-08 Singapore 138639
Tel: +65 8200 8215
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
Doi Chaang Village is said to be one of the best places in the world to process Arabica coffee, located within community the Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand. Try their Matcha & Azuki crepe cake. (The café actually also flew several media people over to their coffee plantations overseas.)
Blk 338 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 #01-1647 Singapore 560338
Tel: +65 96478318
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues-Fri), 8:30am – 9pm (Sat-Sun)
Note: A mojito café with NO mojito. I was also expecting a coffee-mojito or something Located along Bishan Park stretch, offering savouries such as Black Angus Beefballs ($9.90), Club Sandwich ($6.90), but more known for their desserts of Mud Pie ($6.90) and Coconut Pannacotta ($6.90)
6 Tebing Lane #01-05 Singapore 828835
Opening Hours: 4pm -1am (Wed – Sun)
If you have cravings, time to go Punggo. Cravings café is located at a rustic-feel location, nearby the award winning Punggol Waterway. You may notice that their desserts are baked in smaller sizes, instead of the standard serving size that may often be too boring for a single cake. Cravings offer a trios menu whereby customers can select 3 desserts out of the menu for $8.90.
As an additional note, if you know of any cafes closing soon, do let us know so that we can try to send some fans (who may not know) and business over via our Facebook page.
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