23 Cafes At Orchard Road – For Shoppers, Dessert Lovers and The Tai-Tais
Orchard Road is Singapore’s most popular and famous shopping belt, a stretch full of landmarks, malls, hotels, restaurants and not forgetting cafes.
These are some 22 cafes found at Orchard Road, categorised by Orchard, Somerset, then Dhoby Ghaut. I picked up the newer ones which are less than 2 years in operation and less of the mass brands. (This is an updated from the previous entry of 10 New Cafes At Orchard Road.)
I have included a Tai Tai* rating to review how these cafes fare in terms of comfort and ambience for an afternoon of chit-chats.
23 Cafes At Orchard Road. For The Shoppers, Dessert Lovers and The Tai-Tai/strong>
350 Orchard Road Shaw Centre, Singapore 238868 (Orchard Road MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Matcha lover’s paradise with selection of matcha (finely grounded green tea leaves) desserts and drinks: Matcha and Ogura Shibuya Toast ($16.80), Japanese Matcha Parfait ($13.80), Matcha Pudding ($8.20), Matcha Shake ($9), Matcha Latte ($7.80) and Matcha Roll Cake ($8.20).
Tai Tai’s Rating: For the Japanese tai tais. Apart from the comfy seating area, Watanabe Coffee feels like a huge warehouse with bricked walls, cemented floor and gunny sacks everywhere. Dining here is a different experience from their first outlet. Can come after shopping at Isetan. (Read: Watanabe Coffee Shaw Centre)
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).
Tai Tai’s Rating: Tea and scones after shopping at M&S Café sounds like a good idea. Not all the food worth the calories though. (Read: M&S Café (Wheelock Place))
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 to the cafe is actor Chew Chor Meng, MediaCorp artistes get a discount when they dine here.
Tai Tai’s Rating: Love the garden setting outside. Where you can spot celeb friends… Hi Michelle, Hi Jacelyn, Hi Jeanette, Hi Cynthia, Hi Ling Ling, Hi Felicia, Hi Apple, Hi Sora…
Patties & Wiches
391 Orchard Road Takashimaya Shopping Centre #03-10A Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872 (5-10 min walk from Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Patties & Wiches serves an agglomeration of Japanese pastries from various Japanese F&Bs in Singapore such as Asanoya Bakeryand Chef Yamashita.
Hamburgers are made by Chef Kozo Matsumoto from 7025 Franklin Avenue in Tokyo and cost between $20 and $38, with the Foie Gras Burger being the most interesting and expensive among the lot.
Tai Tai’s Rating: Our friends and I love coming here after a class at ABC Cooking Studio (very hard to book slots now), or after sashimi at Ginza Kuroson. The Japanese cakes are nice and don’t taste too sweet. (Read: Patties & Wiches Ngee Ann City)
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.
Tai Tai’s Rating: When you are in desperate need for salads.
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)
Tai Tai’s Rating: A LOT of tai tais love to hang out here. Coffee + pancakes + expensive boutique shops go hand in hand.
Café & Meal MUJI Paragon
Orchard Paragon, 290 Orchard Road #04-36 Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6735 0123
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Mon-Sun), Full menu available only after 11am, Last order 9:45pm
A MUJI café. The first in Singapore. Can shop for home accessories, browse some fashion wear or have a Roasted Tea Pudding after shopping at Paragon.
Tai Tai Rating: Meals with healthy ‘chye peng’, opps we mean Niigata Koshihikari Japanese white rice mixed with multi-grains with a selection of delis and salads. Oishii ne. Can shop, can eat, ii desu ne! (Read: Café & Meal MUJI Paragon Orchard)
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)
Tai Tai’s Rating: It’s an okay place to hang out.
Shaw Centre, #01-06, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Sat)
2 Handy Road #01-08 The Cathay Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #B1-37 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sun-Thurs), 10am – 11pm (Fri, Sat, PH)
Suddenly you find three different Cocoa Colonies along Orchard Road. This is a full chocolate café serving cocoa beverages, crafted chocolate bars, chocolate gelato, chocolate cakes which can be topped with lava flowing hot chocolate sauce from a tap.
Tai Tai Rating: Can take away, but very hard to sit down. The chairs at Shaw are tall, and then if you wear tight skirts… you know what I mean lah.
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #01-27 & #02-07 Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 3673
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last order 9:30pm
Feeling like a trip to NYC? The Orchard Central Lady M has all-day breakfast specials: M’s Big Break ($20) consists of toasted muffins, soft poached eggs, turkey bacon, barbeque baked beans, mushrooms, chicken and cheese chipotles while The Lady’s Benedict ($12) offers a choice of smoked salmon or turkey ham with brown butter hollandaise, toasted muffins, and soft poached eggs.
This you may not know: Also exclusive to the Orchard outlet is the Chocolate Mille Crepe ($9/slice).
Tai Tai Rating: Love the cakes, but very hard to chit-chat when it gets crowded. Also going up and down the stairs in heels is so uncomfortable.
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).
Tai Tai’s Rating: For the tai tais with young kids, or tai tais who need to feel stupendously young again.
Laurent Bernard Café
260 Orchard Road #B1-02C The Heeren Singapore 238855 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6235 2340
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm Daily
Oh yes, oh yes. Finally, a Laurent Bernard Café at Orchard, even though there is already a chocolate shop at Takashimaya. A café is just different.
This café at the basement of Heeren serves French food and brunch, and we can all share-share some Farmers Breakfast ($23), Crispy Duck Leg confit ($26), Cod fish “Brandade” ($22), Chocolate Tart, ($9.40) & Ruby cake ($10.35) which contains strawberry, champagne and mint.
Tai Tai Rating: After shopping at Robinsons upstairs, we can have cakes and artisanal items, perfect for a chill-out brunch and as a shopping pit stop. C’est la vie.
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).
Tai Tai’s Rating: Love Japanese cakes as they feel light and calorie free (like real), but this place is too exposed. Shoppers keep trying to see what cakes we are having.
Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe
181 Orchard Road #05-51/52 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
‘Nunsaram’ also means ‘snowman’ in Korean. The specialty item is Korean bingsu, with flavours of Injeolmi Bingsu (S$12.90), Black Sesami Bingsu (S$14.9) and Strawberry Bingsu (S$14.90). Nunsaram also uses one of those expensive bingsu machines, ensuring smooth shavings.
The side menu consists of Tteogkkochi (Korean rice cakes on skewers) that comes in 3 variations: Honey ($4.50), Spicy ($4.90) and Cheese ($5.90) and Injeolmi Toast ($5.90).
Tai Tai Rating: I do not know much about bing-su, but we will come after our Zumba class to enjoy Korean desserts. Will recommend the Blueberry Bingsu – high in anti-oxidants. Not bad, not bad, but a young people’s place. (Read: Nunsaram Orchard Central)
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #04-20/32 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
Once a friend commented that there are no Korean Cafes at Orchard Road. There is not just one now, but two! O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café is at 313 @ Somerset (Nunsaram is just next door).
Other than Korean Bingsu, you can have Oven-Baked Honey Bread topped with fruits, ice cream and honey butter.
Tai Tai Rating: We like the ambience here better. Cooler aircon, more comfortable seats, but the bingsu next door is softer lah. (Read: O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Cafe 313 Somerset)
181 Orchard Road #B1-15-19 Orchard Central Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 69666660
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
A café at the basement of Orchard Central, specialising in organic tea, along with salads, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee.
Tai Tai Rating: Seriously, I won’t have known this café exists until I saw it after shopping at Tokyu Hands (by the way, why so expensive). There is a wide selection or organic tea, and lots of seats to choose from. Hope they do well.
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.
Tai Tai’s Rating: If only Shibuya Toasts are less in sugar *looks at waistline*. BUT quite some young looking (aka newly minted) tai tais will hang around here for tea.
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).
Tai Tai’s Rating: Since my friends are all shooting photos for Instagram, may as well join them right. What’s the link? IKR.
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)
Tai Tai’s Rating: How many bingsu shops do we need? But this is the most popular of them all.
#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)
Tai Tai’s Rating: Helps that this café is quite far in, so not SO MANY people. Can go after shopping at… emm… Metro? And now we can finally da bao egg tarts back home.
Arteastiq Boutique Tea House
Plaza Singapura, #03-70/72 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
For Boutique Tea House reservations: 6336 0951
For enquiries and reservations for Social Painting: 6336 0952
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Arteastiq Boutique Tea House is already known to be the ‘tai tai’ tea house at Mandarin Gallery. With a newer outlet at Plaza Singapura, the revamped menu was conceived with the idea that ladies would prefer lighter items, and gentlemen enjoy more straight-forward and robust dishes like Striploin steak.
Tai Tai Rating: High tea, dainty bites and sweet treats, while lazing around in comfy huge sofa seats. Can art jam occasionally at the side studio to express your inner self. Can gossip while having cakes. Perfect. (Read: Arteastiq Plaza Singapura)
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.
Tai Tai’s Rating: Probably meant more for the young Xiao Mei Mei (and Di Di) more than the (older) Tai Tais. (Read: 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.
Tai Tai’s Rating: Kki Sweets offer one of the best Japanese styled cakes in Singapore. If you are a fan of Craftholic, this seals the deal. (Read: Craftholic Café SOTA)
* Tai tai 太太 a Chinese colloquial term for a wealthy married woman who does not work. It has the same euphemistic value as “lady” in English, though it can mean “lady of leisure” in another context.
October 22, 2016