14 New Cafes At Selegie, Prinsep, Bencoolen – Sweet Treats For Nearby Students
Where there are students, they should be an ice cream shop nearby. True?
With SMU Singapore Management University, School of the Arts Singapore SOTA, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts NAFA, private institutions such MDIS and Kaplan around Selegie and Prinsep, you can expecting a flourishing of cafes and ice cream shops.
Here are 10 New Cafes At Selegie, Prinsep, Bencoolen ‘New’ meaning less than a year. (The Bugis list if you are interested.)
Kki + Kki Home
1 Zubir Said Drive, 02-01 School of the Arts SOTA (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 6225 6650
Kki which was originally from Ang Siang has found a new home at School of the Arts SOTA with a bigger space, and extended concept to sell home accessories.
Their cakes did not disappoint. Still so wonderful, and I found new favourites. The Formage Melon ($8.80), a cheese mousse cake with melon coulis was airy-light and smooth-delicate, as though as I was eating a slice of dream. My other personal favourite is still the Kinabaru – layered with flavours of light coconut mousse, bright yellow passion fruit crème and a soft chocolate base. (Read: Kki at SOTA)
The Daily Scoop
1 Zubir Said Drive, SOTA #01-03, Singapore 227968 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri-Sat), 2pm – 10pm (Sun)
The popular ‘Sunset Way’ and ‘Holland V’ Daily Scoop opened at Level 1 of SOTA. They must have thought the SOTA students needed some form of desserts to de-stress.
If you need to know, Cha Earl Grey, Kookie Monster, Nutty Macadamia, Simply Chocolate, Lychee Martini, Maple Crisp, Salted Mr Brown, Surprising Coconut, Strawberry Shortcake and Mao Shan Wang are their top 10 flavours. Single scoop $3.80, double scoop $6.80, 400g tub $12.50.
A reminder: If you are too young, you better not take the alcoholic flavours.
200 Middle Road B1-02 Big Hotel Singapore 188980
Tel: +65 6336 1228
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Closed every first Mon of the month, except PH, check their FB for updates)
Froth café is located at the basement level of Big Hotel at Middle Road, serving café favourites and contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. For directions, find Big Hotel opposite Sunshine Plaza and make your way downstairs.
The recommended items are the Cheesy Lobster Sandwich ($22.90), Bacon Chowder ($7.90), Doritos Crust Winglets ($11.90), Seafood Tom Yum Risotto ($23.90), and Bubblegum Milkshake ($10.90). Its waffles, especially the Taro Waffles ($12.90) has been making its way around Instagram. (Read: Froth at Middle Road)
Montana Brew Bar
1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore 188306 (10 min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 98331790
Opening Hours: 8am – 9:30pm (Food from 10am onwards, burgers from 5pm onwards)
Montana Brew Bar which is known for its waffles, has updated their dinner menu to include burgers. Their Umami Burger ($14) with miso shitake mushroom, Truffle Egg Burger ($15) and Thai Lemongrass Prawn Burger ($15) can give the big boys a run of their money taste wise.
Buns are made of potato, baked daily and quite soft and buttery. My personal favourite was the Thai Burger. I was already sold hearing green curry mayo. (Read: Montana Brew Bar POMO)
64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667 (10 min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Wed-Mon), Closed Tue
This is the IT café of the moment. Instagrammable interior + Magic Coffee + Waffles + Berry Ricotta Hotcakes + The Strangers Reunion team. They know what their customers like.
Menu selection includes All Day Breakfast such as the Curious Breakfast ($23.50), 24hr Beef Cheek Stew ($22.90) and Soft Shell Crab Burger ($22.50). Desserts include Buttermilk Waffles ($11.90 – $14.90), Chocolate Panna Cotta ($16.90) and Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($18.90), all beautifully plated. (Read: Curious Palette Prinsep Street)
Crème Maison Bakery
50A Prinsep Street #02-01 Singapore 188680 (10 min walk from Dhoby Gaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Fri-Sun)
While this is technically not a café, I thought I should include Crème Maison Bakery in. The bakery specialities in customisable cakes, and needs some finding and climbing up a flight of stairs.
Walk-in orders are only available during weekends, but you can still get your cupcakes and slices of their goodies, which should be a photogenic treat. Try their top-selling Salted Caramel ($3.80) or Thai Milk Tea ($3.80) cupcakes.
Density Frozen Custard
4 Short Street Singapore 188212
Opening Hours: 3pm – 1am (Tues-Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri-Sun)
Frozen Custard, probably the first of its kind in Singapore. Prices were $4 for single scoop, $7 for double, $9.50 for triple, and $9 for a two scoop sundae with 2 toppings and sauce.
The texture was true to its name ‘denser’, smooth and creamy, won’t feel like there is air or ice crystals ‘trapped’ within. It reminded me of a velvety version of thickened gelato. Located just a few shops away from the famous Rochor Beancurd, the ice cream café opens beyond midnight if you need a cold treat for supper. (Read: Density Frozen Custard Short Street)
120A Prinsep Street Singapore 187937 (near Lasalle, Sim Lim Square)
Tel: +65 88221702
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm Daily
Is this Singapore’s first container café? Items offered: Korean Snowy Bingsoo ($12,90 – $14.50), Injelomi Toast ($5.40), Drug Corn ($5.00), Waffle ($6.00), Salad ($6.00) and beverages. Coffee ($5.00) is from the Nespresso Dulce Gusto capsule. $5. Don’t say you were not warned. For the sake of novelty and boosting rights, this container café should attract some customers. (Read: Snowy Village Prinsep Street)
175 Bencoolen Street, #01-56 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649 (10 min walk from Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Sat), 12pm – 6pm (Sun)
Located at the back of Burlington Square across LASALLE College of the Arts, Yogart’s location may not be that obvious.
After graduation from Carpigiani Gelato University, Owner Lee Hwai Chi set up this dessert shop offering froyo cup in 3 sizes: Small cup with plain froyo ($3.20) or 1 topping ($4.20), Medium cup with 2 toppings ($5.20) and Large cup with 3 toppings ($6.20). Froyo fans may actually enjoy Yogart’s version if you prefer something with a more sourish taste. (Read: Yogart Burlington Square)
Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street #01-49, Singapore S189649
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm
A Waffurger?! Ah, a combination of waffles and burgers. We tried the Ninja Waffurger ($5.50) – waffles with wasabi mayonnaise on teriyaki-brushed deep fried chicken.
The meat was tender, though the waffle left a slight burning sensation on the tongue during initial days (might have been too much baking powder). We heard they improved since – will be back to try again.
1 Zubir Said Drive, School of The Arts, #01-01, Singapore 227968 (Dhoby Ghaut or Bras Basah MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 8am – 10:30pm (Fri-Sat), 10am – 8pm (Sun)
Opened by the same team (the Chew family of 77th Street) behind the popular I’m Kim a few doors away, Kokomama Marketplace at SOTA sells French pastries, modern Japanese rice bowls, bread bowls, local chicken curry, and Korean bingsu all under one roof. (Read: Kokomama Marketplace)
The Hang Out Cafe
80 Bencoolen Street NAFA Campus 1 Wing A #01-15, Singapore 189655
Tel: +65 64563376
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun) (Check with café for updated opening hours
The Hang Out Cafe (formerly known as Burpz Café & Bakery – glad they changed name) is a cosy, affordable and unpretentious eatery which moved from Ang Mo Kio to NAFA Campus.
Their signature dishes include the Hang Out Big Breakfast ($16.90), Egg Royale ($15.90) poached egg topped with ebiko, Seafood Aglio Olio ($12.90) and a range of pizzas.
No GST, no service charge. More affordable student meals available during weekdays.
1A Short Street #01-01 Singapore 188210 (at the building opp Rochor Beancurd)
The Dispensary Bakery seems to have ignored both social media accounts (FB, Instagram), but it’s okay – my ‘café antennae’ is long and wide.
They are the same Dispensary ‘medical hall café’ as that located at Tiong Bahru, known for bakes such as Carrot Cake, Choc-Banana Cake and The Red Velvet – made with their family recipe.
Lunch sets are also available, where you can expect some local delights such as Grilled Pork Shoulder ($10.90) and Curry Chicken ($10.90).
1A Short Street #01-06 Singapore 188210
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
This waffles and crepe café requires some finding, hidden within the old NAFA campus building. Owner Candi serves up a variety of sweet and savoury crepes such as Banana and Nutella ($5.90), Egg & Cheese ($5.90) and Cheese & Banana ($5.90).
* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape who both feel younger hanging out around Selegie.