100 NEW Cafes in Singapore 2016 – The Ultimate Singapore Cafe Hopping Guide
Oh My Tian! Ladies and gentlemen, this is the ultimate Café Guide to 100 NEW Cafes in Singapore that opened in 2016 (some December 2015).
We hope that this will be helpful to you as go on your café hopping and food instagramming trips.
For convenience, the cafes are not organized in any form of merit, but categorized by districts – Orchard, CBD, North, South, East, West, and Northeast of Singapore.
The Daniel’s Food Diary team (actually that is just me @DanielFoodDiary and @stormscape LOL) covered every single one listed here. We apologize that we are unable to visit ALL the NEW cafes in Singapore, as my email inbox is basically flooded daily with requests. BUT we tried.
Note: Before visiting any cafes, it would be helpful to check their Facebook or better still, drop a call just to make sure the cafes are opened. (We had our experiences with closed doors very often.)
So here it is… 100 NEW Cafes in Singapore 2016
Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut
391 Orchard Road #B1-56 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1411
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The 65-seater café (with another outlet at Holland Village) at Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City houses two concepts – a London Tube and an English Garden. Apart from coffee, the café is dedicated to specialty tea.
Food wise, expect mains such as Ling Cod Fish and Chips ($22.00), The Scotch Egg ($13.00) and Poached Fresh Lobster pasta ($22.00).
As one of the investors of the cafe is actor Chew Chor Meng, MediaCorp artistes get a discount when they dine here. No wonder we have spotted some celebs having their brunch here.
Saint Pierre Market
391 Orchard Road, #02-11 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm
If you find this hard to find, Saint Pierre Market is outside Tower B, a short walk away from the taxi stand, where Marmalade used to be. The cafe offers some artisanal bread, some cakes, some salads, and coffee from Nespresso. Em, no comments. Many of the salad boxes contain more vegetables and fruits, and less meat.
The Coffee Academics Singapore
Level 2, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm Daily
The Coffee Academics in Singapore looks like a café meets science laboratory meets working space.
The Singapore flagship store has been designed as a 7 Sensory Station experience. The Coffee Academics Singapore (Scotts Square)
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #04-08 Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm (last order 10pm)
Takeaway services are not available
No reservations, walk-in only
The Pompompurin Café in Singapore has a “Garden City” theme (same same as Hello Kitty), with a signature Pompompurin Gate at the entrance, and Pompompurin and Friends Tree. Though people will rush to sit in the ‘tree houses’.
Food includes Spaghetti Napolitana ($26.99), Mushroom & Bacon Carbonara ($26.99), Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship ($19.99), Pompompurin’s Coconut Milk Chicken Curry ($17.99) and Pompompurin’s Beef Stroganoff ($18.99).
#01-33F/G The Centrepoint 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Honolulu Café from Wanchai Hong Kong, known for its old school cha chaan teng style of food, has opened 10th May at The Centrepoint.
The signature Honolulu Egg Tart (set to be priced at SGD$1.70) is known for its 192 layers of flaky pastry, crumbly, with wobbly aromatic eggy fillings. Honolulu Singapore (Centrepoint)
Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road #01-01/02, Singapore 238866 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 1:30pm – 1am (Mon-Thu), 10am – 1am (Fri-Sun)
My friend almost fainted when she saw the price of the bingsu. $19.30. And that is for a small sized one. The large at $4 extra. Many come for the snow-making machine that would create falling snow in the middle of a round table. How long more is the bingsu craze going to last? Ice Lab (Somerset)
Dutch Baby Cafe
The Paragon, B1-13, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Located at the basement of The Paragon, Dutch Baby Café is opened by the people behind Japan Food Holdings. Think Ajisen Ramen, Menya Musashi and Fruit Paradise – whch served as one of the desserts here).
Their signature items are the Dutch Baby Pancakes ($11.80 – $13.80) with both sweet and savoury versions made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk on hot cast iron pans straight from the oven. Dutch Baby Café (Orchard Paragon)
Dazzling Café Pink
277 Orchard Road #01-12 Orchardgateway Singapore 238858 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6385 3639
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)
Other than the signature Shibuya Toasts, the appeal of Dazzling had to be the décor, and hospitable plus cutesy Taiwanese-style service, where waitresses dressed as Japanese-style French chambermaids serve the signature thick toasts in prettiness.
Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #02-01, Singapore 238852
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
While cakes, waffles and molten lava cakes may sound pretty boring, Sugar Lips took a step further with their loud, colourful and exaggerated OTT toppings on their dessert platter.
So BOOMZ… Think colourful sauces drizzled across the entire plate (which may look like a pre-schooler’s drawing at first glance) and random scattering of the dessert toppings all on one plate.
3 sizes of Dessert Platters (with a choice of cake, waffle or lava cake) were available: Standard with 1 topping ($12.90), Medium with 2 toppings ($14.90) and Large with 3 toppings ($16.90).
Henri Charpentier – Orchard
Orchard Central #01-18, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Say “Hello” to financiers, madeleines and biscuits, all packed prettily in boxes with the opening of Japanese patisserie chain Henri Charpentier at Level 1.
Some of the signature items include their popular Financiers ($2.90 for 1) made with fragrant almond and an original cultured butter recipe; Madeleines ($2.90 for 1) made with Hokkaido flour, Japanese lemons, fragrant rum and honey; and Petits Gâteaux Assortis ($14.30 for 8 pieces in a box).
Dhoby Xchange B1-36, Singapore 238826 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Sun-Thu), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri-Sat)
This Characters Cafe at Dhoby Xchange is probably Singapore’s first. The opening theme is “Kuma” which stands for “bear” and Rilakkuma is the first character brought into Singapore by BonJapan.
There will be a different character theme every month. It is cute, but let’s just say do not expect too much from the food.
If you are the type that loathes ley-chey-ness (meaning: tediousness), note that No cash transaction can be made at Characters Café, and meal coupons for a particular date and time slot have to be purchased at http://www.worldsnackday.com. Character Café (Dhoby Xchange)
Meet & Melt
2 Orchard Link #02-33/34 Scape Singapore 237978
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm Daily
The family-owned café from Tampines Street 91 has opened its second at Orchard Scape.
Their creations were pretty much the (once) trending desserts such as Charcoal Waffle, Shibuya Toast, Over-The-Top Milkshakes and their newest creation – Thai Green Milk Tea Lava Toast and … Lava CURRY Toast.
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road #01-16E Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Chot-Nun opens at Far East Plaza (where I used to get clothes long long ago), serving bingsu in a takeaway cup with a compartment for dry ice. #totallyinstagrammable
Expect interesting flavours such as durian and peanut butter.
501 Orchard Road #01-01 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6733 8122
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm (Sun – Thu), 8:30 am – 10:30 pm (Fri – Sat)
The 60-seater café is located near the Food Hall of the store, with a menu which includes a selection of hot meals such as British classics of Fish & Chips, afternoon tea, snacks and drinks.
Offerings include a selection of Breakfast items such as Cereal & Porridge ($4.90), Cheese & Tomato Croissant ($7.90), Soups ($5.90), Salads ($10.90 – $16.90), Sandwiches ($11.90 – $14.90), Pasta ($10.90 – $15.90), Pizza ($17.90 – $19.90), Desserts and Cakes ($6.90 – $8.90). M&S Cafe (Wheelock Place)
68 Orchard Road #01-K1 Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6336 3633
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
WooW, opened by local Youtubber TheJianHaoTan, serves up multi-coloured shaved ice, where you can choose the flavoured snow, ice cream and toppings. Think about it as a cross between bingsu and ice kachang. WooW (Plaza Singapura)
Craftholic Cafe X Kki Sweets
School of the Arts (SOTA), 1 Zubir Said Drive #02-01
Tel: +65 6225 6650
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Sat, Sun), 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Fri), tentatively closed on Mon
Craftholic is collaborating with Kki sweets to bring their very first pop up café outside Japan. Beside Kki’s cakes, they are offering a themed menu till 13 November.
Some items to expect include Beef Stew with Butter Rice ($16.80), Garlic Aioli Roast Chicken Sandwich ($16.80), and a “Singapore flavoured” Pandan Souffle Cheesecake ($7.80). Note: They are out of pancakes due to popular demand. Expect the pancakes to return in October. Craftholic Café (SOTA)
CBD, Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar
The Providore @ Raffles Place
7 Raffles Place Singapore 048625
Tel: +65 6533 1352
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Mon – Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun, PH)
The Providore has really gone big on this one, with an all-day dining restaurant opened 7 days a week literally in the heart of Singapore’s CBD.
This flagship at Raffles can be considered a café and provisions retail store, for dine-in meals and quick takeaways. There is even an outdoor terrace.
The menu consist of Breakfast (from 8am – 12pm), Salads (11am – 10pm), Sandwiches (11am – 3pm), Mains (12pm – 10pm), Snacks (5pm – 10pm) and pastries. Found it slightly pricey, but this is not stopping the CBD folks from packing the place. The Providore (Raffles Place)
Maison Kayser Raffles Place
OCBC Centre 63 Chulia Street #01-01
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
Eric Kayser is no unfamiliar name in Paris – his croissants, breads and pastries are well known, using natural leaven in the breads.
This Maison Kayer at OCBC Centre is a larger outfit that its previous two at Grandstand and Scotts Square, serving brunch, pastry items and coffees. The rows and rows of sweet treats under glass were attractive, especially the eclairs of spongy pâte à choux hiding a center of cream.
32 North Canal Road, Singapore 059288 (Clarke Quay MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Tue-Fri), 8am – 6pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Mon
A courtyard in an open space with natural lighting, greenery, clean-contemporary look with Aussie vibes should be a big ‘punch’, we mean hit, among the foodies and executives working at the CBD.
Punch at North Canal Road is opened by the owners behind Ronin Café and The Plain, who also run an interior design studio.
A recommended dish is the Fried Chicken ($24 for 5 pieces… expensive?), crunchy and covered with a mild spicy-curry powder, juicy within, which can be dipped in a blue cheese sauce or roasted capsicum relish. A tad overcooked though. Punch (North Canal Road)
Ivory Coffee [Closed, changed to Neato]
10 North Canal Road Singapore 048823
Tel: +65 6532 0341
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm Daily
Taking over Good Food Heals is Ivory Coffee, with chefs previously from Zafferano and Ce La Vi. Their coffee blend is a mixture of Ethiopa Sidamo, Brazil Yellow Bourbon and Sumatra.
Their noon menu features Slow Roasted Pork Belly ($15.50), Beef Burger ($12.50) and Oven Baked Chicken ($13.50), while there is a selection of Tapas such as Beef Meatballs ($5), Salted Egg Chicken Bites ($8) and Fried Mantou with Condensed Milk come evening time.
3 Pickering Street. #01-38 Nankin Row Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 62244088
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 8.30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Absolute Acai is another café specialised in serving Brazilian Acai bowls (Acai na Tigela), this time in Singapore’s CBD area at Pickering Street.
Its Medium Signature Bowl is at $9.50, Brazilian Bowl $7.50, Breakfast Smoothie $6.50 with an optional DIY Bowl at $6.90 with toppings from $0.50 onwards.
The signature acai is blended together with guarana, fresh apples, fresh bananas, 100% natural coconut water, with organic seeds and nuts for the toppings. They emphasized that fresh apples are used instead of processed apple juice in the blend. Absolute Acai (Pickering Street)
11 Collyer Quay #01-06 The Arcade Singapore 049317
Tel: +65 6816 3213
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri : 7am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Hungry Bazterdz is set up by the people behind Nomad The Gallant Coffee Roasters, a local independent coffee roaster brand.
Located within The Arcade at Raffles Place, their menu consist of #epicsandwiches such as Mighty Cheese Steak – grilled Beef in a secret 4 cheese sauce, on a buttery and toasty hoagie bun, and Grand Poobah – a family secret recipe of braised beef in jus with emmental Cheese.
Drinks offered include an inhouse Cold Brew Coffee, Sea Salt Caramel Latte and Thai Iced Tea.
One Raffles Place Tower 1 #B1-04/05, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8.00pm (Mon – Fri), 9.00am – 3.30pm (Sat- Sun)
The Swissbake folks opens a sandwich and salad shop at One Raffles Place (How many salad shops do they need in that same building anyway? 6? 7?)
The budget-conscious would be slightly happy. A main with drink and side cost $13.90, while a salad from Smoked Salmon, Turkey Ham & Cheese and Smoked Duck goes at $9.90. For the early birds, grab some coffee with a croissant sandwich.
Elements & Co.
137 Cecil Street #01-02 Singapore 069537 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri)
Elements & Co. themes themselves as a lifestyle space, bringing together all the different elements from the owners’ travel adventures.
Think Australian coffee, Morrocan Kebabs, Piri Piri Chicken and Risotto.
The Moroccan Souk Kebabs ($14) was our favourite. Apparently, the owners got the inspiration for this dish from their visit to Souk in Marrakech. Most of the dishes taste, well, too healthy. Elements & Co (Cecil Street)
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, #01-08, Singapore 018982
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Seem to some other assemble-your-rice-bowl places, Workspace Espresso offers coffee and bakes offerings in the morning (7.30am – 11.30am) and Chap Chye Png (pardon this) style of building your own rice bowls after 11.30am.
Huge bowls and containers were displayed at the counter during lunch hours, from carbohydrates as a base to proteins, sides and dressing.
At $13.80, we were given the choice to choose 1 base, 1 hot protein, 3 sides, 2 toppings and an optional dressing. Add-ons were available at $2 for base, $3.50 for hot protein, $2 for sides and $1 for dressing.
Free the Robot
118 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068587 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm (Tues-Sat, closed Mon and Sun)
Sharing the same doors as Bitters and Love is Free the Robot, serving western-style brunch food and coffee in the CBD area.
We were recommended the Free the Robot Burger ($12), a homemade beef burger with sunny side up egg, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon, and Surf & Turf Meatballs ($7.5) – mozzarella, tomato, basil on homemade brioche.
Chong Wen Ge Café
168 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068619 (next to Thian Hock Keng Temple, 5 minutes walk from Telok Ayer MRT Downtown Line)
Tel: +65 8688 3028
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 6pm, 9am – 6pm Daily
Chong Wen Ge Café’s location alone may raise a few eyebrows – right next to Thian Hock Keng Temple, and that is still within Singapore’s CBD we are talking about
There are no typical brunch and waffle items here, but local delights that can literally delight many locals (okay, pardon the pun) – Nyonya Laksa ($8.80), Nyonya Mee Siam ($6.80), Satay Bee Hoon ($8.80), Nyonya Curry Chicken ($9.80), Nonya Otah Sandwich ($4.80) and a selection of Peranakan Kuehs (cakes). Chong Wen Ge (Telok Ayer)
15 Duxton Road Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 6222 8055
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Ninja Bowl has taken over the space where Department of Caffeine used to be.
While my friends initially had the impression that Ninja Bowl just serves “healthy bowls”, there are other intriguingly sounding brunch items.
These include Gyu & Tama ($17) – mushroom scrambled eggs with 24-hour braised beef cheek, Tonkotsu Spirit ($16) of aburi cha shu and poached eggs (no tonkotsu or spirits in this one), sandwiches, bites such as Bacon Tempura ($10) and Poutine Fries ($14), and cakes at the display counter. Ninja Bowl (Duxton Road)
41 Duxton Road Singapore 089505
Tel: +65 5221 1227
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat)
A friend noted that there are SO MANY salad shops at the CBD area. Seriously a lot.
Just a few shops away from Ninja Bowl is Sprout, serving Salad Bowls such as Ahi Poke Bowl, Beef & Broccoli Bowl and Korean Chicken Bowl – no worries, not deep fried, it’s grilled.
100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall #01-03/04 Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
The $16 ’ang moh’ chap chye peng shop. Grain Traders offers a Westernised version of economical rice, except that this bowl may not be as economical.
The healthy-dining eatery by the team from Kilo has done well enough to set up a 2nd outlet at Tanjong Pagar 100AM (Amara Hotel).
For $16, you get a basic bowl of 1 grain choice, 1 protein, 1 hot veggie, 2 cold veggies, 1 sauce and 1 topping. Compared to a typical salad bar, the offerings will feel heartier and more filling. Grain Traders (Tanjong Pagar)
#01-72 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078877 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
Matchaya first made an appearance at various weekend pop-up events in Singapore to “test water” before committing themselves to a physical shop.
Located at the extended (and ulu) wing of Icon Village, it is a takeaway kiosk (unlike the usual cafes) with a clean, minimalist, wooden shopfront (so Japanese!).
The Milk Tea comes in 4 flavours: Matcha, Houjicha, Royal Milk Tea and Kuromitsu, and 3 options: Hot, Cold (additional $0.40) and Bottled (additional $0.90). Matchaya (Tanjong Pagar)
International Plaza, 10 Anson Road #01-34 Singapore 709903.
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri), 7:30am – 1:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
The Alchemist, which may remind some of Paulo Coelho’s best selling novel, is an off-shoot of Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters at Upper Thomson – which is also related to coffee roaster and cafe Pacamara at Thailand.
Prices range from $3.00 from an espresso, $4.50 for a white or black, to $5.50 for an Ice White.
Two blends were available when I visited – Dark Matter which was bold and nutty, or Luminous with floral and fruity pineapple tones. Alchemist (Tanjong Pagar)
83 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088504 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6444 3868
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 12:00pm – 10:30pm (Fri-Sat), Close Sun
So Cake Spade has moved from Orchid Hotel to 83 Tanjong Pagar Road. A 1-2 minute walk from the previous location, this patisserie café has a much bigger space, painted in a baby pink on the exterior.
Some of the recommended desserts include the Red Velvet ($6.20), Spiced Carrot Cake ($6.20) and Hummingbird ($6.20). Cake Spade (Tanjong Pagar)
Hashtag88 Café & Bar
88 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088509
Tel: +65 6222 2214
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 12am (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun
Hashtag88, so called because it is on 88 Tanjong Pagar Road, serves up simple homely fare with homemade-cakes.
Food includes Smokey Salmon Sandwich, Baked Cajun, Spicy Bak Kwa Olio, Chicken Breast with Foccacia, Cheezy Baked Pork Ribs, and Bak Kwa Pizza. I had a Salted Egg Cheesecake. Okay lah.
Socks and Pans
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-108 Singapore 081007 (Tanjong Pagar MRT, along Craig Road)
Tel: +65 6536 3310
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
A cafe that offers this unusual pairing of western cuisine with local coffee & tea brewed using the traditional coffee sock. Socks and Pans’ moved from Raffles Place Market Street to Tanjong Pagar.
Tuck into Socks & Pans’ freshly-made pizza with interesting flavours or pastas topped with jiggly soft-boiled egg but not without a robust cup of local kopi or teh.
Asian influence can be seen in their menu items. Besides the popular Pepperoni Pizza, other items include Asian Pulled Pork, Bacon Onion, and Hebi Hiam & Tofu Pizzas (from $25 for a Large-sized pizza). Newly added items include Thai Basil Pork Pizza and Stromboli ($16.90).
Bingki Korean Desserts
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-106 Singapore 081007 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6443 5435
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 4am (Fri – Sat)
Opened till late, Bingsu for dessert after a Korean feast sounds like a good idea.
More than 10 different bingsu varieties are available, including Red Bean ($12), Injeolmi ($13), DaBang Coffee ($16), Peach ($15), Mango ($15), Melon ($18), Watermelon ($15) and Papaya ($15). The shavings soft and fluffy, the portion small for its price though. Bingki (Tanjong Pagar)
110 Amoy Street #01-02 Singapore 069930
Opening Hours: 11am -12am (Mon – Sat)
This is another hole-in-the-wall, opened by the team behind Maggie Joan’s a few shops away. You enter via Gemmill Lane where Club Street Social and Angeleno.
Gemmills is somewhat like a wine bar, liquor store and café all together in one. Sandwiches and Toasted Croissants ($4.50) with ham and cheese, Vegemite and Cheese On Toast ($4.50) are available. Dark lighting, but also quite a tranquil space to spend a quiet afternoon.
City Hall, Chinatown
Raffles City #02-20/22, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
This is Café Muji’s 2nd café and 10th store in Singapore. The 70-seater serves up similar items to the Paragon store, such as Japanese Deli rice sets (aka Japanese style chap chye peng), desserts and drinks.
Food items exclusive to this store include a Chicken Nanban Donburi ($14.90) with chicken nanban in tartar sauce, topped with avocado, mesclun salad on ten-grain rice; Soy-sansho French Fries; and Matcha and Yuzu Swiss Rolls.
Gallery & Co.
National Gallery #01-05, 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
The café within the National Gallery. The café is being taken care of by Plain Vanilla known for their cupcakes. is from Papa Palheta, the Throwback blend which many other cafes are also using. A comfortable space to immerse an afternoon in.
The Treasury 100 High Street #01-03 Singapore 179434
Tel: +65 6694 2361
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
(Hot kitchen closed from 3 – 6pm during weekdays)
The BetterField has moved from its previous location at Waterloo to the Treasury at High Street, taking over the previous SHATEC restaurant previously known as Charcoal / RECIPES Bistro.
Mains include Pulled Duck Burger ($21), French Duck Confit ($22), Mushroom Truffle Risotto ($22), and a selection of “premium selected beef” and spaghetti. The Betterfield (High Street)
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-226A/B, Marina Square Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm
Brew Maison is a pretty little place, said to be inspired by both Japanese and Korean cafes. Kawaii ne! Gwi yeo weo!
The kitchen serves standard, no-fuss affordable breakfast, hot food, cakes and drinks that introduce Japanese and Korean flavours.
Signatures include the Dekku Toast with scrambled eggs, chicken patty or fish fillet on a warm toast, and Waffle Tower of chicken patty or fish fillet, sunny side up and cheese melt sauce. (available during weekends).
9 Raffles Boulevard #02-08, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6493 2997
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
The concept is built on food cooked with the freshest ingredients sourced directly from farmers and artisans.
Grain bowls and salads are served during lunch ($17, $19), Western-Asian dishes during dinner such as Char Grilled Farmed Barramundi ($26), Glazed Mangalica Pork Jowl ($26), Thai Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Cilantro ($26) and Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage.
Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue #01-13, Singapore 039802
Temporary Opening Hours: 4pm – 10pm (Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Mon-Thu
Suzette opened by the team behind Lola’s Cafe specialises in bakes and pastries. The location is right in front of the Esplanade Amphitheatre along the Singapore River and you can experience the breeze and occasional music there.
Offerings include Cakes ($8), Tarts ($6-12), Ice Cream ($4) and Waffles. The recommended desserts include dual flavoured bakes such as Lychee Rosewater cake ($8), Mango Matcha Cake ($8), White Chocolate Durian Tart ($12) and Poached Pear Cheese Tart ($8).
Olivia & Co
Suntec City Mall (between Tower 1 & 2) 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-481, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Opened by the team behind French restaurant OCF, Olivia & Co traces the adventures of “Olivia” around the world for Italian pasta, breakfast, waffles and Vietnamese Banh ‘Meanie’.
15 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059385 (Clarke Quay MRT, near Song Fa Bak Kut Teh)
Tel: +65 68162494
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:00pm (Mon-Thu), 8:30am – 12:00am (Fri), 10:00am – 12:00am (Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun)
The café is inspired by the 1920s Gatsby glamour which features fresh interpretations of the classic Art Deco designs.
WANNA CUPPA serves award-winning Signature Blend coffee beans from Justin Metcalf World Barista Judge and gourmet teas from Canada for coffee and tea lovers to indulge in. Pastries such as the Carrot Cake can be worth the calories.
84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri-Sat)
Apiary, pronounced as “eh-pee-er-ee”, a place where beehives were kept, honey were contained and a place to satisfy your sweet cravings (literally) along Neil Road.
The cosy hideout would probably attract the hipsters. A Kinfolk interior with white walls, woody element and window ceilings with natural lighting for #OOTD shots.
While the menu is pretty simple at the moment, with Ice Cream ($3.80 for single/ $7.20 for double/ $10 for triple), Waffles ($4.50 for plain/ $5.50 for charcoal), Tarts ($6), Coffee and Tea.
5 Teo Hong Road Singapore 088323 (Near Outram Park MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 9368
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Remember the Sugar Granny Café known for its Asian and local style desserts?
It has converted to be called Café 3, which we all think is a nondescript, unmemorable name for a café. The signboard in a casual-looking font and yellow base didn’t help.
Café3 serves local delights such as Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Mee Rebus, Prawn Noodles and Curry Chicken.
Sing HK Café
Blk 4 Everton Park #01-42, Singapore 080004
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon-Fri), 9.30am – 8.30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Taking over defunct-Batterworks (if it doesn’t ring a bell) beside Nylon Coffee Roasters at Everton Park, Sing HK Café reminded us of a HK-styled Cha Chan Teng.
Menu recommendation includes Hong Kong style breakfast such as Classic French Toast ($5.80), Scrambled Egg ($3.80), Classic Beef Brisket Rice ($11.80) and Western dishes such as Sirloin Steak ($18.90) and Red Wine Ox Tail Stew ($18.90).
North – Novena, Toa Payoh, Thomson, Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands
Kyushu Pancake Singapore
275 Thomson Road Novena Regency #01-08 Singapore 307645
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Kyushu Pancake has come to Singapore, known for their pancakes made with a proprietary flour base, combined with fresh fruits and dairy products.
The Kyushu Pancake Mix is made from 7 different finely selected grains, 100% homegrown in Kyushu Japan, free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives or processed starch.
Craftman Specialty Coffee
173 Thomson Road Goldhill Shopping Centre, Singapore 307623 (Novena MRT)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 8:30am – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
Oh, The Fickle Mussel has closed (that’s fast) and replaced by Craftman Specialty Coffee which specialises in different types of coffees all round the world, with options to have coffee brewed by different types of method like V-60 and French Press.
This is their 3rd outlet after Siglap and Eastwood.
They seem to be popular among families staying around the area, coming here for their all day breakfast and brunch items such as 3 Tier Brioche, Croissant Sandwiches and English Muffin with Eggs.
The Larder Cafe
Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central #01-124, Singapore 310177 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
The Larder Café has opened recently at the obscure side of Toa Payoh Central, a 5 minute walk from Toa Payoh Public Library, diagonally opposite Toa Payoh Central Community Club.
Their menu selection offers choices such as Smoked Salmon Egg Benedict ($16), Duck Confit ($18), Lamb Rack ($23), Pan Seared Sea Bass ($16). The Larder Café (Toa Payoh Central)
906P Upper Thomson Road Singapore 787110
Opening Hours: 11am – 12mn (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
Located at the corner unit of the shophouses along Thong Soon Road, the double-storey Muslim-owned café (which only utilized the ground floor) was designed to look like a container café.
The main thing that caught our attention was the smart playing with WORDs (as their name implied). Dishes named as “Cut the Crab”! “Say Cheese” and don’t be “Blur like Sotong” made ordering so much fun and easier to remember. They are now popular for their Rainbow Bagels.
215F Upper Thomson, Singapore 574349 (Marymount MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 11pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Aiskilin (pronounced as ‘ai-ski-lin’ aka ice cream) has a straightforward menu: Ice Cream Rolls with 2 toppings ($5.90), Plain Waffle ($5) and Waffle with Ice Cream Roll ($9.90).
With a total of 13 flavours, interesting flavours are the fruit-based ones: Durian, Avocado and Passion Fruit. Aiskilin (Upper Thomson)
5 Clover Way Singapore 579079
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun
A shamrock is a young sprig of clover, the name inspired by the road the café is on. Clover Way? A secondary road at Bishan, somewhat near Marymount MRT.
Their “Eat and Treats” menu features a small selection of bakes such as Black Pepper Chicken Pie ($3.60), Curry Chicken Pie ($3.60), Cakes ($5.80 – $6.80), Gelato ($3.80 for a scoop) and Waffles ($5.50, $9.00 with gelato). The Peanut Butter Jelly Cake ($6.80) was not bad. Shamrock Cafe (Clover Way)
Blk 625 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 #01-112 Singapore 560625
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Tues), 9am – 7pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mo
The owner-barista used to be with Atlas Coffeehouse. The average price for both their coffee and pastries is $4. Prices are kept slightly lower to make it affordable for the residents and students in the neighbourhood.
The best sellers are currently the Miso Cheese Tart ($4.50) and Flat White ($4).
Blk 211, Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-02, Singapore 550211
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
KOOKS Creamery is different from other ice cream cafes in the heartland of Singapore, serving molten lava Kooks (which are actually cookies), and ice cream.
The menu was straight-forward. Ice Cream ($3.60 for single, $6 for double, $8.40 for triple, additional $0.50 for premium flavours) and Cookie ($.50 for lava, $5 for plain).
Lava Cookie Sets were available at $8.50 for Chocolate molten cookie and Matcha molten cookie with a scoop of ice cream. Kooks Creamery (Serangoon Ave 4)
Two Plus One
30 Woodlands Ave 1 #01-01 The Woodgrove, Singapore 739065
Opening Hours: 1pm – 12am (Mon – Thurs), 1pm – 1am (Fri), 12pm – 1am (Sat), 12pm – 12am (Sun)
Two Plus One is a gelato shop, found way up north at The Woodgrove.
Normal ice cream flavours go for $3.80 while premium are at $4.50 per scoop. Premium flavours include Chocolate Rocky Road, Strawberry Cheesecake, Hazelnut Rochor, Durian, Salted Caramel, Bubble Gum, Earl Grey with figs, Crème Brulee, Thai Milk Tea and Dark Chocolate.
Two Plus One (Woodlands)
South – River Valley, Telok Blangah, Harbourfront
Grounded By CMCR
22 Martin Road Level 2, Singapore 239058
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 6:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Grounded is located next to a Yoga Movement Studio, and thus food is skewed towards the more healthy and balanced.
So you literally get stuff such as a (no-patty) Balance Burger ($17) with folded organic eggs, kale, spring onions, streaky bacon (bacon?) with sriracha mayonnaise; GF Redemption Bowl ($17) of roasted veggies with poached eggs; and Matcha Pancakes ($16). Grounded By CMCR (Martin Road)
238 River Valley Road Singapore 238296
Tel: +65 6734 7855
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 9pm, Closed Sun
Butterknife Folk boasts of a relatively small space and is mainly a takeaway concept (you can sit by the counter at the back which can occupy 3 to 4 people).
Their bakes ($8 each) I tried were pretty impressive, from the Fruit Loop, Lemony Snicket (yeah, named after the story), and Bohemian Rhaspberry (had to double-check the spelling). Butterknife Folk (River Valley Road)
16 Morse Road 01-207, Singapore 099228
Tel: +54 6352 7680
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
Need some fuel to energise your inner engine? Refuel Café has opened a sister café called Fuel Plus, located at Telok Blangah.
One of the recommended is a Pump It Up Hotcake ($16) where chunks of baked apples top a cinnamon hotcake. (We were not kidding when we mentioned the many hotcakes around.)
40 Pasir Panjang Road, #02-39 Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117383 (Labrador MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Other Branch at Tiong Bahru Plaza Level 2 Food Street
If you have been to Seoul Korea, Paik’s Coffee chain is almost EVERYWHERE, known to be both cheap and fashionable. How difficult to achieve.
Paik’s Coffee is distinctive from the rest of the Korean coffee chains in terms of price point, 15cm tall cup size and the bright colours .
A cup of Iced Americano is priced at $3 whereas a cup of Iced Latte at $4, cheaper than other coffee chains. Size wise, at approximately 500ml a cup (that’s half a litre!).
Pretty much a good deal. Paik’s Coffee (Mapletree Business City)
Joe & the Juice Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove
31 Ocean Way Sentosa Cove #01-09 Singapore 098375
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Joe & The Juice known for combining health and entertainment, selling fruit juices and coffee with a slab of fun, has opened its 2nd outlet in Singapore at Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, and a 3rd at Orchard’s Wisma Atria basement.
Their juices have peculiar names, think Pick Me Up, Go Away Doc, Stress Down, Hell Of A Nerve, Hangover Heaven, and emmmph… Sex Me Up, which is essentially a juice of passion fruit, apple and ginger. Joe & The Juice (Quayside Isle)
East – Bugis, Lavender, Paya Lebar, East Coast, Changi
Seng Kee The Black Seed By Chef Benny
Bugis Junction #01-71/72, 200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 10:30pm
Helmed by Chef Benny Se Teo, you can say Seng Kee The Black Seed is a kopitiam version of Eighteen Chefs, located at the prominent ground level of Bugis Junction (opposite Honeymoon Desserts).
You can expect items such as their signature 63 degree sous vide runny egg ($2.50 for 2), Chee Cheong Fun ($3.20 – $7.80), localised Sandwiches ($6.50 – $7.80) and Curries in Bread Bowl ($5.20 – $6.60). Seng Kee The Black Seed By Chef Benny (Bugis Junction)
41 Beach Road Singapore 189680
Tel: +65 9457 0070
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm
Candour Coffee offers coffee brewed using the Market Lane Coffee blend from Melbourne Australia, and serves tea from Man Cha.
Look out for their cold brews, and occasional specials such as Hibiscus Minty Lime Fizz and Lavender Yuzu Fizz.
Caffè Vergnano 1882 Singapore
26 Beach Road #B1-17, The South Beach, Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6100 6328
Opening Hours: 8am – 9am (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee brand Caffè Vergnano has arrived at Singapore at The South Beach, and offering authentic Italian coffee, beers and wines.
Domestic barristers can also sign up for coffee masterclass conducted by the cafe’s head trainer in Caffé Vergnano 1882’s private room.
29/31 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198477 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Tue-Fri), 10.30am – 9.30pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Mon
A.R.C is a 3-in-1 Coffee Place with an Academy, Roastery and Café all in one place. Situated at Sultan Gate with a 3-storey high building, the 1st floor is a café concept with a cosy white bricked wall interior with a mini roastery site at the back.
Owner Andrea wrote us a thank you email for sending “huge increase in customers over” (Your welcome), but wanted us to remind readers that “we serve food as well”. So yes, they do serve food. A.R.C Coffee (Sultan Gate)
No 162 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207581 (Within Hotel YAN)
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
“Nido” refers to nest in Italian, a name to go complementary with Hotel “Yan” which meant “swallow” in Mandarin. The café was also designed in hope that it would be a comforting nesting place.
Indeed, it was modern and spacious.
Food included Roasted Charcoal Brioche with Kaya & Sous Vide Egg ($16.90), Raspberry Pancake with Honey Pistachio ($9.90), Homemade Laksa with Charred Crayfish ($12.90), Salted Egg King Prawn Aglio Olio ($16.90), and Tom Yum Wings ($10.90). Café NIDO (Tyrwhitt Road)
46 Owen Road, #01-277, Singapore 210046 (Farrer Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Blogger turned baker turned business owner. Shiberty has been baking for the past 4 years and finally opens her own serving signatures of Shiberty Toast aka Shibuya Toast ($16), Gourmet Waffle ($14), Dessert Pizza ($14) and Milkshakes ($9).
We were recommended the Rocher Shiberty Toast ($16) with lots of toppings (chocolates, marshmallow, macaron shell, chocolate fudge) that resembled an Over-The-Top Milkshake. Shiberty Bakes (Owen Road)
100 Jalan Sultan, #01-17B Sultan Plaza Singapore 199001
Opening Hours: 9am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sat)
The Pound as its name implies, focuses on pound cakes, rolls and cake slices, such as Earl Grey Roll Cake ($4.50), Strawberry Roll Cake ($4.50), Fig Pound ($4.50), Red Velvet Cake ($5.50), and Rainbow Cake ($5.50). The Pound (Sultan Plaza)
114 Lavender Street, CT Hub2, Singapore 338729
Not to be confused with Crown Bakery & Cafe at Bt Timah, Crown Coffee is a sandwich meets salad coffee place at CT Hub (next to a CrossFit studio).
Owner Keith Tan told me VERY enthusiastically that his sandwiches were the best, and the place would be packed lunchtime. I listened half-skeptically because almost every café owners would tell me similar things. Keith did it with much more conviction though.
Yes, his sandwich – I had a chicken pesto, was fab. I would actually return again.
Knots Living is a one stop furniture showroom where everything there is for sale, including the table we were sitting at for our meals.
We were greeted by multiple pots of green plants at the entrance and woody elements of the furniture at this undiscovered, under the radar café at Paya Lebar Road. There were glimpses that reminded us of Karmakamet Diner in Bangkok. Emphasize, glimpses.
Due to NEA regulations, there is unfortunately no kitchen for cooking.
Sweet Garden Dessert Café
Blk 32, Cassia Crescent, #01-50, Singapore 390032
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Tues – Sat)
Sweet Garden Dessert Café took over gelato café The Hideout, located near Old Airport Road Food Centre.
The menu consists of “Dessert In Pan” – Apple Crumble ($15.50, $18.50), Banana Flambé with Grand Marnier ($17, $20); “Dessert In Plate” –Golden Banana Bread ($12, $15) and Chef Signature Brownies ($15, $18), Belgium Waffle ($11.90, $14.90), Charcoal Waffle ($12.90, $15.90). Sweet Garden Dessert Café (Cassia Crescent)
South Union Park
101 Jalan Kembangan, Singapore 419139 (Kembangan MRT)
Tel: +65 9061 8703
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon), 5:30pm – 10pm (Wed), 11:30am – 10pm (Thurs), 11:30am – 11pm (Fri – Sat), 11:30am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Tues
About a 10 minute walk from Kembangan MRT, located within a private estate is South Union Park.
During our visit, food seemed reasonably good. Offerings include Poutine Fries ($12), Short Rib Ragu Homemade Pasta ($22), Duck Confit Pasta ($19), with desserts such as Apple Crumble ($10) and Souffle ($13). Prices are nett. Slightly inaccessible, but quite a promising place.
Stamping Ground Coffee
87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223
Tel: +65 9070 7610
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Stamping Ground Coffee previously located on Club Street has moved to 87 Upper East Coast Road. The café shares the space with Dawn Q (florist) and East Mezzanine (venue space).
The revamped café also has an expanded food menu, with offerings such as Bacon Jam Brioche ($13.50), Tuna Croissant ($13.50), Beef Pastrami Sandwich ($15) and Mushroom Toast ($14.00).
Birds Of Paradise
63 East Coast Road #01-05 (Opposite Katong I12 and Roxy Square) Singapore 428776
Tel: +65 9678 6092
Opening Hours: 4:30pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat- Sun)
Birds of Paradise is so named because the shop creates gelato inspired by the botanical flavours of nature. That means fruits, flowers, pods, herbs, and spices.
Flavours include Basil, Lychee Raspberry, Spiced Pear, Mint Cacao, Strawberry Basil, Pandan and White Chrysanthemum.
i12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road #03-06, Singapore 428802
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun)
Welcome back Gastrosmith. They moved away from their previous Beach Road location to the current space within HomesToLife at i12 Katong (the mall looks emmm… empty though).
The menu retains some of the previous favourites. Small Plates recommendations include Mushroom “Escargots” ($6.50), Not-So-Humble Eggs ($7), Gastrosmith Tori Kaarage ($8); and Big Plates include Gastrosmith Chicken Roast ($18), Pork Chops ($18) and Roasted Alaskan Black Cod ($24).
86 East Coast Road #01-01 Katong Square Singapore 428788
Opening Hours: All Day Dining 11:00am – 10:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Bar Bites 11am – 11:30pm, Weekend Brunch 10:30am – 3:00pm (Sat = Sun)
Reserve Online Now – Baba Chews
Katong is already known for its heritage shophouses, many with Peranakan influence. Housed within the former Joo Chiat Police Station, Baba Chews looks set to attract hipsters with its modern meets Straits Chinese cuisine.
Other than the recommended Chilli Crab Cake with Mantou Chips ($15) and Foie Gras Tau Kwa Pau ($20), the Ayam Buah Keluak Burger ($18) looks intriguing enough.
For more Asian and local favourites, there is a variety from Penang Char Kway Teow ($15), Nonya Fried Rice, Hokkien Mee ($16), Nonya Laksa ($18) and Hainanese Chicken Rice ($17). Portions surprisingly quite satisfying.
11 East Coast Road, The Odeon Katong, Singapore 428722
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 12mn (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Previously known as Regroup x Scoop Therapy at Balestier, the shift in location to Odeon Katong is a reunion with the sister café, Group Therapy at Katong V.
The café is separated into 2 sections, with an Ice Cream Bar serving 16 flavours each time and a Dessert Station.
Interesting flavours include the Salted Egg Yolk (again), Apple Pie, Butter Beer and Lychee Rose.
It was déjà vu when we saw something which looked similar to the famed Frozen S’more from Dominique Ansel Bakery though. Hmmm… Scoop Therapy (East Coast Road)
2 Six Café
88 East Coast Road #01-10 Katong Square Singapore 423371
Tel: +65 6247 7548
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10:00pm
2Six Café is so named, as it is a café where two to six persons can get together.
The signature here is the Mille Crepe Dessert ($7.90) with flavours of French Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate, Blueberry, Cappuccino, Matcha, Oreo and Strawberry. Though they look suspiciously like from other patisserie.
Light bites such as pies, pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and soups are also available ($3.90 – $6.80).
Tok Panjang Peranakan Cafe
392 East Coast Road Singapore 428992
Tel: +65 9663 3392
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Tok Panjang Peranakan Café has just opened at 392 East Coast Road, though the family behind it is not unfamiliar to Peranakan food. This is opened by the House Of Peranakan Group of restaurants, with this fourth branch taking a more casual, café approach.
What you get are dishes such as Assam Laksa ($8.90), Nonya Mee Siam ($7.90), Nonya Mee ($8), Bibik’s Fried Bee Hoon ($7.90), Nasi Lemak ($10.90), light bites such as Satay ($8 for 10), Kueh Pie Tee ($6.50 for 4), Ngoh Hiang ($5.50) desserts and coffee.
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
Officially opened! Named as “Hello Kitty Orchid Garden”, the interior and menu is inspired by Singapore’s national flower.
Some local influence will be woven into the menu, which comprises of all-day breakfast fare and an array of Kitty-fied desserts, including gelato sundaes, waffles, pastries and tea cakes.
Located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall Central, the cafe will be opened 24/7. (There are also plans for application of Halal certification, making this the possible 1st Halal Hello Kitty Cafe.) Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
West – Tiong Bahru, Holland Village, Buona Vista, Bt Timah, Jurong
Sam Yat Coffee
No 241 Outram Road Singapore 169044
Tel: +65 6224 2723
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 8am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Tiong Bahru Pau opens a local-style café, next to the Tiong Bahru Pau shop.
The shop serves up a variety of the usual local dishes such as Mee Siam ($3.30), Mee Rebus ($3.30), Chee Cheong Fun ($2.00), Curry Chicken ($3.90), Traditional Toasts ($1.60 onwards), and … BINGSU ($6.00)
NICEDAY Taiwanese Desserts
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-111A (Food Street), 302 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168732 (Tiong Bahru MRT) Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
NICEDAY Desserts is an ice desserts café paired with traditional ingredients like grass jelly or bean curd.
The menu offers the signature Snow Mountain desserts ($9.90), Taro Q Ball Series ($4.50), Glassjelly Bowls with Nata Mochi ($4.50), Polo Ice ($6.90) and Eggette with Ice Cream ($6.80)! Quite affordable pricing. NICEDAY (Tiong Bahru Plaza)
2 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-5142, Singapore 150002 (Redhill MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Sun-Tue, Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Wed
With a total of 18 flavours to choose from, expect interesting flavours such as Earl Grey Tie Guan Yin, Mandarin Orange Sorbet and Watermelon Lychee Sorbet.
75% of the flavours were classified under “Premium” flavours at an additional $0.70 per scoop due to the fresh fruits added.
Choose your gelato to be on tarts, instead of waffles. Geometry (Jalan Bukit Merah)
5A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks Singapore 108927 (next to Sundaram Tagore Gallery)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Mon
Fans of Creamier and Sunday Folks can flock down to a new location. Creamier has found a second playground at Gillman Barracks. Unlike their first outlet at Toa Payoh HDB estate that experienced a continuous human traffic, Gillman Barracks was relatively quieter and “ulu” geographically.
The menu offerings are similar, with Ice Cream ($3.30 for Single scoop/ $5.60 for Double scoops), Waffle ($6 for Plain/ $8.80 with 1 scoop/ $11.60 with 2 scoops). Creamier (Gillman Barracks)
6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886 (Botanic Gardens MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
Atlas Coffeehouse is helmed by the team behind Assembly Coffee. This venture at Duke’s Road, a 5 minute walk from Botanic Gardens MRT on Downtown Line, takes on a rather earthy approach in both decor and food.
A favourite was the Candied Bacon Buttermilk Waffles ($14) came with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top of thick airy-looking waffles divided into four quarters-circles. The waffles were well balanced – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with a fragrant aroma. Atlas Coffeehouse (Duke’s Road)
Style by Style Vibes Café
Level 3, Media Gallery, MediaCorp Campus Singapore 787110
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun)
Local ex-host turned “Lead of styleXstyle” has another portfolio in her bag, this time with a café venture at the new MediaCorp campus. Is this going to be the MediaCorp ‘canteen’?
Try the Ondeh Ondeh ($6.90) cake, with soft and light pandan layers, with very sweet (too sweet for some) gula melaka layer. The café to spot some stars.
Blk 328 Clementi Ave 2, Singapore 120328
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sun)
Gecory = GElato, COffee, pastRY. Got it?
This humble-looking ice cream café has interesting flavours on a rotational basis, including SALTED egg gelato. A waffle with 2 scoops of gelato is at $11.20 – gelato was rich and milky, while the waffle was decent with a slight crisp.
Butter My Buns
2 College Avenue West Stephen Riady Centre #01-07 University Town National University, Singapore 138607 (Within Book Haven)
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Hurray to NUS students. The Tiramisu Hero team has opened mean Butter My Buns at the University Town (Utown). The café shares the same space as Book Haven, the University book store within Stephen Riady Centre.
The menu consisted of a savoury selection of Mix & Match Brekkie that would be assembled on a wooden chopping board.
Our favourite item was the Honey Truffle Waffles ($12) with obvious scent of truffle matched with fluffy texture.
9 Yuk Tong Ave, Singapore 596314 (Beauty World MRT)
Tel: +65 9728 8563
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Everyday
There is no stopping for Korean dessert café Nunsongyee 눈송이, which has opened up yet another bingsu shop, this time at Bukit Timah.
The better news is, it is opened 24/7!
The offerings are still similar from when it started, with varieties of Pat Bingsu, Oreo, Choco-Banana, Cheesecae, Injeolmi, Blueberry, Mixed Berries Black Sesame, Strawberry, Coffee, Snow White and the latest addition of Mango Bingsu ($12.90 – $18.90). Nunsongyee (Yuk Tong Ave)
118 Holland Avenue #01-06, Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon-Wed), 10am – 10pm (Thu-Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
Café Patissez in Manuka, Canberra first gained internet stardom with their milkshakes piled with cakes, cookies, Nutella and whipped cream. The café famous for the OTT Milkshakes or Freakshakes has opened an overseas outlet in Singapore.
36 Lorong Mambong (Holland Village, Opposite Wala Wala), Singapore 277693
Tel: +65 6816 2996
More at Holland Village. Craving for something cold on a hot day? Ajoomma has opened their doors selling Korean Bingsu, Waffles and Toast.
41 Rochester Drive Singapore 138582 (opp Star Vista taxi stand, next to Pies & Coffee)
Tel: +65 6659 0879
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am till Late (Sat, Sun, PH)
DW Workshop lists 6 reasons why they are not your average hangout. That includes traditional bistro in modern style in a heritage black and white colonial house, home-style hangout, chef-inspired food goodness, best-in-class coffee, lifestyle workshops by designers and curated events.
Started by DW Communication which is a Singapore based design agency, you would find that the space is a gorgeous, well designed one (#OOTD, #Cafehoppingsg alert) – it feels like a comfortable home. DW Workshop (Rochester Drive)
9 Rochester Park Singapore 139220
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Tues – Fri), 10:30am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Brunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm (Sat- Sun)
A relatively under the radar new café for brunch and lunch. Noshery is the sister café to Nosh, located at 9 Rochester Park, surrounded by lush greenery and charming peace.
The weekend brunch menu sounds appetizing – Crab Benedict with coconut curry hollandaise ($20), Shakshouka ($19), and Devil’s Breakfast with spicy tomato ragu, sambal flakes and guacamole ($20).
Perhaps because they are newly opened, some further fine-tunings are needed for the food aspect. Noshery (Rochester)
1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis Building, #01-21/22, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 2pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Katto is a quick-service café-eatery which serves poke bowls with some fun flavours, think Chicken Rice Chilli Salmon, Creamy Goma Tuna, Tangy Thai Tuna, Classic Shoyu Salmon and California Unrolled Salmon.
A Mini Size which contains one portion of 70 grams fish, one base of 250 grams of white rice, brown rice or salad base, and a vegetable side is quite affordably priced at $7.90. Katto (Galaxis)
The Pipe District
Gemini, 45 Science Park Road, #01-09, Singapore 117407 (Kent Ridge MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
The Pipe District is a ‘pipe-themed’ restaurant serving modern European dishes along with Archipelago Beers.
The interior stays true to its name – repurposed furniture pieces from pipes, wood pallets, container walls. Industrial looking and thematic.
A total of 10 interesting flavours are available for the Chicken Wings, affordable at $10 for 8pcs. Salted Egg Butter (the current trend), Wasabi Mayo and Chilli Crab Style (support local!) are some of the recommended flavours. Check out their black Charcoal Fish & Chips as well. The Pipe District (Science Park Road)
Il-Sole Korean Desserts
Jurong Point Shopping Centre #03-54/55, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 658886 (Boon Lay MRT)
The Snow Ice variety range from the signature Red Bean with Milk ($12.50), Injeolmi ($12.50) to more fanciful Strawberry Cheese ($18.90), Mango Cheese ($18.90) and Grapes ($16.90).
Pits & Pans
60 Jurong West St 91 #01-04, Singapore 649040
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun
A locally-owned burger joint serving a selection of gourmet burgers such as Salmon Ikura ($16.90), Mega Bello ($11.90), Camilla’s Flight ($12.90 – that is grilled chicken thigh), Baconator ($14.90 with bacon-stuffed pork patty) and Sir Charles’ Swiss ($13.90).
Located at the ground level of Nanyang Community Club.
Northeast – Selegie, Jalan Besar, Whampoa
100 Selegie Road Singapore 188308
Tel: +65 6352 6651
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Tues – Sun (Closed Mon)
Rayz Bistro is a Halal eatery serving Western fare with a dedicated pastry line.
Items included Aglio Olio ($23), Penne Carbonara ($23), Chilli Crab Pasta ($26), Paella ($30), Braised Beef Ribs ($32), Spatchcock Morrocan Style ($32), Rack of Lamb ($35), Rib Eye Steak ($35). Rayz Bistro (Selegie Road)
20 Foch Road, Singapore 209261
Tel: +65 8720 0093
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm, Food Last Order 6pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm, Food Last Order 4:30pm
Taking over 20F Specialty Coffeehouse at Foch Road, VXX Cooperative offers brews from Nylon Coffee, Koppi, Tim Wendelbow and Cloud Catcher.
The menu is labelled “Everyday Food”, and contains a small list of healthy-sounding breakfast-brunch items such as Avocado on Sourdough ($10), French Omelette ($11), Gazpacho ($10) – a cold soup made of raw vegetables, Heirloom Tomatoes Carpaccio ($13), Charred Seasonal Asparagus ($15) and Chia Seed Pudding ($8). VXX Cooperative (Foch Road)
20 Cavan Road, Singapore 209851
Tel: +65 6612 6024
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tues – Sun)
Twenty Cavan has a rustic finished dining area with a show kitchen concept.
The menu features modern cuisine and looks promising, not the typical café items. Some recommended items are the Canton Roast Chicken ($16) with Thai chilli sauce (hmmm… why not so HK type sauces), Stir-Fried Blueberry Lamp Chop ($20), with desserts of Pumpkin Yam Puree ($8) and Lemon Pudding.
Ollella and The Pourover Bar
[email protected], 3 Petain Road, #01-01, Singapore 208108 (Farrer Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Wed-Mon), Closed Tue
This is cute – a choux pastry café. Opened by two sisters from Indonesia, Ollella is the combination of their names – OLLyvia and MarcELLA. Ollella’s choux flavours include Vanilla ($4),Apple Cinnamon ($4), Raspberry ($5), Lemon Meringue ($4), Matcha Azuki ($4.50), Tiramisu ($5) and lastly Dark Chocolate ($4.50), listed in terms in flavours intensity.
This is a collaboration with The Pourover Bar, so fret-not if you need some coffee. A cup of hand-poured coffee will vary from $8 to $45 depending on the beans. Yes, $45. Ollella and The Pourover Bar (Petain Road)
Oh My Tian
34 Whampoa West, Singapore 330034 (Boon Keng MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
Opened by the folks behind Hatter Street at Kovan, carnival themed café Oh My Tian OMT is their newest happy venture.
The menu includes offerings of savoury items from the classic OMT Big Breakfast ($14) to interesting dishes such as Donut Burger ($13) and Hashbrown Pizza, whereas the sweets items of ice cream and waffles remain similar to that of Hatter Street. Oh My Tian (Whampoa West)
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