Café hopping is the buzz word in Singapore’s food culture, with many hipsters during weekends scouting the latest best new cafes in town. Look no further, because here’s an entire recent list!
It was not too long ago I compiled 20 New Cafes in Singapore, and here’s more, some so new you probably haven’t heard about them, some a few months old but went under radar.
The good news for city dwellers, many are in the CBD, Chinatown and city central area. More are opening up in Biopolis, Expo and near the housing estates. Wherever they are, we are starting to see more distinct personalities, from the retro Tian Kee & Co, hip Aussie The Lokal and lifestyle café The Assembly Ground getting more attention.
Here’s 25 more new cafes in Singapore for you to café hop!
Central, Chinatown, CBD
136 Neil Rd Singapore 64239918 (Nearest MRT is Outram Park. Take Teo Hong Rd exit and walk 3min up Bukit Pasoh Road), Tel: +65 6423 9918
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: Breakfast & Lunch menu served 8am – 3:30pm. Coffees, snacks etc served from 3:30 – 6pm. Saturday & Sunday: All day brunch 10am-4pm
The Lokal is about wholesome Western style comfort food made from scratch using fresh ingredients, served up in a friendly chilled out atmosphere. Their coffee uses Sarnies coffee beans, satisfying caffeine cravings using a custom built Slayer espresso machine. Roast Beef on Rye ($17) was excellent. (Read: The Lokal at Neil Road)
Bread & Hearth
18 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089125 (10 min walk from Outram Park MRT), Tel: +65 65347800
Opening Hours: 8am-9.30pm Daily
Bread & Hearth is helmed by a chef with more than a decade of experience in artisan baking. Handcrafted artisan bread is their bakery café’s signature style, where every bread and pastry is baked using traditional European methods. Try their Le Croissant ($2.80), Brioche ($2.80) and Chocolat Blanc ($2.80).
Farm to Table
81 Duxton Road, S089540. (Nearest MRT is Tanjong Pagar MRT, easiest access via Craig Road), Tel: +65 6227 7678
Opening Hours: 7.30am-10pm (Mon-Sat); 7.30am-5pm (Sun), last orders 9pm & 4pm respectively
Farm to Table Café is a pop-up café at the Duxton Hotel, located within a historic 19th century heritage site. It is only open till the end of this year, after which the entire hotel will undergo a major renovation. Coffee starts from $3.50 for an espresso, $5 for a Cappuccino, $5.50 for a Latte and is made from Nylon’s Four Chairs blend. Recommended is the Farmer’s Burger, a juicy grass-fed beef patty topped with bacon relish, tomato and cheddar, sandwiched in brioche buns ($18).
Three Cups Coffee Co.
#04-31, One Raffles Place Shopping Mall (Raffles Place MRT), Tel: +65 64384108
Opening Hours: 730am-730pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-8pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Helmed by the team behind the former espressoLAB, Three Cups is a new café situated at the revamped One Raffles Place Level 4. They offer three types of coffee – an espresso Blend, Single Origin for espresso and Single Origin for pourovers. Three Cup’s specialty includes sandwiches and wraps; with the most popular types being the Three’s A Company ($9.50), Reuben Rosemary Beef ($9.50) and Thyme Mushroom Cheese Wrap ($7.80). (Read: Three Cups Coffee One Raffles Place)
#B1-39, One Raffles Place Shopping Mall (Raffles Place MRT)
More like a takeaway kiosk at the basement of the revamped One Raffles Place, there are still some seats for you to enjoy their coffee – beans sourced from Toby’s Estate. The shop’s name is playfully inspired by a doctor friend, for CBD dwellers who need their jab of caffeine.
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-33 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817 (Central MRT), Tel: +65 62226100
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm Daily
Coffemin is a café different from the rest. The only thing you pay for it the time, and you can choose to work, read a book, play games, drink and eat as much as you want. The first hour is charged at S$6, and each subsequent 10 minutes block at S$1. Daily pricing is capped at S$30 regardless of the time you spend in a day.
Fish Tales Café
2 Orchard Link, #02-27,#02-18B, *SCAPE, Singapore 237978 (Somerset MRT), Tel: +65 66369960
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Fish Tales Café’s menu is seafood based, offering dishes such as Fish & Chips, Seafood, Pasta and Fish Burger. For something light, cakes, coffee and Italian sodas are available. There is not GST or service charge.
The Assembly Ground
The Cathay #01-21/22/23, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 67333375
Opening Hours: 10.30am-10pm (Tues-Sun), Closed Mon, kitchen closes between 3-6pm
The Assembly Ground café is an extension of The Assembly Store, a multi-label store which curates international fashion and lifestyle brands at Cathay. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, and brunch sets and be found on its menu, with the Assembly Brunch ($19.50), Beef Chilli Fettuccine ($16.00) Eggs Zoey ($17.00) being the recommended items. (Read: The Assembly Ground at Orchard)
PS Café Petit at Martin Road
No 38 Martin Road, Singapore 239072, Tel: +65 81886191
Opening Hours: 8am-12am Daily, Last order for food 10:30pm
PS.Cafe Petit has taken over the space left empty by Baker & Cook at Martin Road, and the breakfast menu looks promising – Organic Eggs on Toast, Asian Scramble on Toast, and a series of baked sweet and savoury items for takeaways such as Butter Croissants, Sticky Cinnamon Bun and Sausage & Caramelised Onion Bunwich.
Over To The East
Bugis Junction #03-10H, 230 Victoria Street, Singapore 188024 (Bugis MRT), Tel: +65 63364808
Opening Hours: 11:30am-10pm (Mon-Fri, Eve PH), 10:30am-10pm (Sat-Sun, PH)
Dolce Tokyo’s 2nd branch apart from 313@Somerset, they are known for their Japanese cakes and desserts such as the Dessert Bento ($18.90) where you can mix and match various desserts of panna cotta, gelato and cake of the day. They also serve Japanese inspired dishes, such as Omu Curry Rice which has fried rice wrapped in a gooey bright yellow egg, served with pork belly skewer.
Tian Kee & Co
Blk 12 Dakota Crescent, #01-48, Singapore 390012
(Mountbatten MRT CC7 – 3 mins from Exit B, Dakota MRT C8 – 5 mins from Exit A)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm, 10am – 9pm (Fri-Sun)
Tian Kee & Co. was a 54 years old provision shop, situated in one of Singapore’s oldest estate Dakota Crescent, and has now been converted to a café with a nostalgic touch. For cake lovers, go for their Japanese Cupcake ($3.50), a soft and light chiffon cake where the spoon can go easily through, and a Yuan Yang Cheesecake ($6.50) made with both espresso and Hong Kong-styled milk tea. (Read: Tian Kee & Co at Dakota Crescent)
1 Expo drive #02-04, Max Atria, Singapore Expo, Singapore 486150 (Expo MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat-Sun)
Fart Tartz may sound mildly offensive. Their specialties are hand-made tart desserts and tarts, and therefore the name because Fart Tartz is the direct translation of ‘Huat Tat’. Uh-huh. All desserts are of no-bake concept, and desserts, salads and pastas are all contained in jars.
1 Expo Drive (Expo MRT), Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm
A takeaway café located at Expo, between Halls 4 and 5.
1 Changi Village Road #01-2008 Singapore 500001, Tel: +65 65432771
Opening Hours: 11am-6pm (Tues-Thurs), 11am-9pm (Fri), 9am-5pm (Sat-Sun
The Peloton is a triathlon boutique and café situated at Changi Village.
North and North East
[Closed] Noir Art Speciality Coffee
23 Mackenzie Road Singapore 228680
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9:30am-4:30pm (Sat-Sun)
A hole-in-the wall café which actually roasts their own beans, priding themselves in their latte, signature cold brew and hand brew coffee. Try their Dark Chocolate drink, made by melting 72% Belgian chocolate chips with hot milk. Their cheesecakes are imported from Hong Kong, and are available in limited quantities.
Ply Baked Goods
95 Soo Chow Walk, Singapore 575382 (Marymount MRT), Tel: +65 64511866
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Ply Baked Goods is nestled amidst the serene neighbourhood off Soo Chow Walk (near Thomson Plaza) and was started in July 2012 as a bakery selling whole cakes and pastries for takeaway & delivery. It has recently converted part of its space to a 16-seat cafe, pending licensing approval, in response to popular demand for its whole cakes to be served in slices. Ply’s Rainbow Cake with Chocolate Crunchies is uniquely rose-flavoured, moist & sprinkled with crunchy chocolate pearls amidst the light layers.
[Closed] Whoopie Love
Blk 20 Lor 7 Toa Payoh #01-748 (Toa Payoh MRT, board feeder bus 232 or 238 at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange and alight at Blk 23 Toa Payoh East)
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues-Sun)
Whoopie Love is a small bake house which specializes in artisanal whoopie pies ($3.50 and $3.20 for 4 pcs and above). A whoopie pie consists of two cake-like cookies, with creamy fillings sandwiched between them. Their whoopie pies are handcrafted daily, offering 5 daily flavours (strawberry, chocolate chocolate, cookies and cream, hazelnut chocolate and red velvet) and a weekly rotating flavour. They also sell gourmet coffee and tea.
128 Lor 1 Toa Payoh #01-833 Tel: +65 96335108
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm
The new kid at the Toa Payoh Block near Creamier, it serves sandwiches, brioches, muffins and homemade cakes.
The Hang Out Cafe (formerly known as Burpz Cafe & Bakery)
Blk 603 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, #01-2661, Singapore 560603, Tel: +65 6456 3376
From Ang Mo Kio MRT, cross to Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange, take Bus 138, 265 or 269.
From Marymount MRT (CC Line), walk to Upper Thomson Road, take Bus 163 or 855.
Opening Hours: 3pm – 9.30pm (Tues – Wed), 11.30am – 9.30pm (Thurs – Fri), 10.30am – 9.30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Burpz Café & Bakery is a cosy, affordable and unpretentious eatery nestled in a tranquil part of Ang Mo Kio, surrounded by the private estate of Upper Thomson and Lentor Avenue. They also bake their own gourmet breads to accompany its mains. Recommended dish is the Smoked Salmon Croissant, served with smoked salmon, eggs with a side of fresh garden salad. ($10).
The Tastemaker Store
Blk 22 Havelock Road, #01-705 Singapore 160022 (Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru)
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm Daily
The Tastemaker Store located at Havelock Road feels different from the other cafes in terms of vibes, very laid back. Food served is uncomplicated with a local twist, as they try to experiment with flavours and refine recipes we are already familiar with. I was recommended to try their Lemon Curd with Clotted Cream spread across hot muffin buns ($3.00) and Homemade Yam Cake with chill ($3.80). (Read: The Tastemaker Store at Havelock Road)
Charlyn’s Milk Bar
10 Biopolis Road #01-03, Chromos Building (shares the same space as Palate Sensations Cooking School, walking distance from Buona Vista MRT), Tel:v+65 9236 7263
Opening Hours: 10am-5pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat-Sun
Charlyn’s Milk Bar is owned by the people behind Palate Sensations Cooking School and serves typical Italian coffee, food and pastries found in a typical Italian deli. Everything including their pastries and breads are made in house on a daily basis. Signatures are the Focaccias ($4.50 each) and Paninis ($8 each) with various fillings.
On The Table
118 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118541 (Pasir Panjang station), Tel: +65 97808094
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm, Food is served from 11am – 9pm (Tues-Fri); 10am – 10pm, Food is served from 10 – 9pm (Sat-Sun)
On The Table is by the team behind the popular Lola’s Café at Kovan. The team loved the idea of a space like a family’s backyard that is big and cosy at the same time. Their signature item is The Ultimate Croissant ($13) – a buttery flaky warm croissant stuffed with melted cheese, honey glazed bacon, ham and silky scrambled eggs served with a side of refreshing salad. Coffee is brewed with beans from Jewel Café and Dutch Colony.
[Closed] Nomu Nomu Café
3 Gateway Drive #04-37, Westgate Singapore 608532 (Jurong East MRT), Tel: +65 6844 2298
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-10.30pm (Sat-Sun)
Nomu Nomu serves modern Japanese-inspired food, such as soba dishes and signature Japanese charcoal roasted coffees. Signature items are Seaweed Chicken Wings ($7.90) and Spicy Goma Soba ($12.90).
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
170 Stirling Road #01-1133 Singapore 140170 (10 min from Queenstown MRT)
Opening Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-4pm (Sat)
Not exactly a café, but I thought I should include this in. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee specialises in retailing of freshly roasted specialty coffee and raw coffee beans for home roasters. It is said to carry the heritage and legacy of Mr Tan Tiong Hoe, who has over 50 years of experience for coffee and coffee roasting. They offer roast on demand (Wild Kopi Luwak, Hawaii Kona Greenwell Farms, Wallenford Blue Mountain), freshly roasted coffee beans ($12-$19.50 a bag of 250g) and signature v60 hand-brew with more than 20 types of single origins (on a tipping basis).
Whale & Cloud(*secret)
48 Niven Road, Usually opened Saturday 9am-4pm
“Many will seek but not all shall find.” And finally… This weekend only café is supposed to be a secret. (But the beans have been spilled) The backyard of an office is turned into a café, and you have to enter via the back by knocking on the door. Limited seats, limited opening times, and limited bakes. I guess this is what true hipsters can really appreciate.
Last update, a few more have opened up: Old Hen at Rangoon Road, Bondalicious at Biopolis, Sin Lee Foods at Jalan Bt Ho Swee, Little Wimbly Lu at My Village, The Hideout at Cassia Crescent, Sunday Folks by Creamier at Chip Bee Gardens. Any more very new cafes that was left out?