More, more, more new cafes in Singapore! Cafe hop till you drop. After May’s posting on 20 new cafes, July’s entry on 25 more cafe hopping spots, the café culture is spreading almost like wildfire, and doesn’t seem to stop.
Do we have space for more? Perhaps. What I am seeing now are …
– Similar food appearing, think WAFFLES, fuss-free sandwiches, and more permutations with eggs ben. Egg bens are really getting boring.
– Same cakes supplied. Can be a good or bad thing. Good – you know what you are expecting, home bakers are getting some business; Bad, the lack of variety.
– New entries will find it a real big challenge to stand out from the rest.
– The ‘older’ new cafes (meaning 3-6 month) may find it hard to retain customers, because many just want to try the new next one out there.
– Off-springs from the successful ones, think Creamier, Wimbly Lu, Grub and Little Prince diversifying.
Here are 20 more new cafes in Singapore.
Central, City Hall, CBD
Teddy & Me (Marina Square)
6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square #02-207A Singapore 039594 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Finally we have a Teddy & Me café at Marina Square, conceptualised after Mr Bean and his favourite little brown bear friend Teddy. Loved the décor and the memories that it brings for one of our favourite television characters. But food and beverages were so-so. Mainly for fans. (Read: Teddy and Me Marina Square)
Delicius Pasticceria (Lau Pa Sat)
18 Raffles Quay, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, Singapore 048582 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 6338 2162
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm Daily
Delicius Pasticceria founded in Osaka by Mr Sueharu Nagaoka, an award-winning patissiere, opened its first overseas branch in Singapore in partnership with Mugiho Boulangerie, a Japanese bakery. The small shop uses quality ingredients imported directly from Japan and produces fresh pastries every day. Their must-try is the Fruits & Almond Cream Tart ($5 a slice) made with various fresh fruits laid atop a dollop of fresh cream with a fragrant tart base made with real almonds.
The Little Flower Shop (Lau Pa Sat)
18 Raffles Quay #01-42 Lau Pa Sat, Telok Ayer Festival Market Singapore 048582 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 63340603
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm Daily
The Little Flower Shop started as a florist, but expanded to become a florist cum café of sorts. For an easy going afternoon, take a sip of their flower tea, macarons and flowers cocktails.
CBD Fringe – Clarke Quay, Bt Ho Swee, Everton, Telok Blangah
No.3 Nanson Road, Singapore 238910 (10 min walk from Clarke Quay MRT)
Tel: +65 6808 8888
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs); 7am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
Memo at Studio M is a self-serve deli-by-day and bar-by-night. Grab a coffee with ready-to-go meals, or relax over chill tunes and a glass of wine. Signatures include their strangely named CHA ($9.80) – waffles with Cheese, Ham & Avocado, TAMA ($9.80) – waffles with Tuna, Egg Mayo & Cheese and Black and White ($9.80) – waffles with fresh banana, chocolate chip and banana and cinnamon puree.
Seriously Ice Cream (Everton Park)
Blk 4 Everton Park #01-44 Singapore 080004 (Outram MRT, walk towards Cantonment Police HQ, Everton Park is across the road from it)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri, Sat), Closed Tues
The ice cream with no preservatives, no gum, no stabilizers, and less sugars used. Therefore, Seriously Ice Cream look ‘uglier’ the usual round creamy scoops. During my visit, interesting favours on display included Miso Gula Melaka, Strawberry Basil, Orange Crush, Strawberry Cheese, Yuzu Marmalade, to more localised Onde Onde, Horlicks and Teh C. Coffee is not their greatest strength. Well, there is always Nylon a few steps away.
Sin Lee Foods (Bt Ho Swee)
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164 Singapore 162004
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues-Sun), Closed Mon except PH
Sin Lee Foods is another café which joins the rank of being nostalgic, converted from an old coffeeshop, located somewhere in Bt Ho Swee. Food wise, there is the usual assortment breakfast in the form of Big B ($18.90, scrambled eggs, bacon, mushroom ragout, sausage, russet potatoes, salad, toast), Croissant Benedict ($16.90) and a more interestingly looking Shashuka ($17.90) -Moroccan baked eggs with spicy tomato sauce). Slightly more expensive than expected. (Read: Sin Lee Foods Bt Ho Swee)
Old Habits (Telok Blangah)
38 Telok Blangah Rise #01-315 (3 Bus Stops and a short walk from Harbour Front MRT. Take Bus 65 or 855 at Bus Stop Opposite Vivo City)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri – Sat), 11am – 9.30pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Old Habits is part vintage boutique and part café, a place to appreciate the lifestyle of the old eras and immerse in the memories of the past. While having your cuppa, check out the classic items in the store which includes typewriters, gramaphones, vinyl records and vintage toys. Recommended food and drinks include Coconut Kueh with French Vanilla Ice Cream ($6.50), Tiramisu ($7.50), Portobello Mushroom Sandwich ($13.50) and Popcorn Matcha Latte (Hot $5.50 or Cold $6.00).
North – Toa Payoh, Balestier
The Little Prince Creamery (Toa Payoh)
Lor 6 Toa Payoh Blk 47 #01-134 Singapore 310047 (Toa Payoh or Braddell MRT. Take bus no. 232 and 235 from Toa Payoh Interchange, or no. 235 from Braddell MRT)
Operating Hours: 12pm-10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Tues
The owner has been a fan of this Classic Story, and eventually named his café after his favourite book. The shop also displays the books in the cafe and the creamery for customers to read and understand the concept of the cafe better. Look out for the hand-drawn comics which make the interior look more homely. Homemade scones ($2.30 per piece), quiche ($7.90 for set) and waffle ($6.50 with ice cream) are available. Try the Noir, it’s very dark chocolate.
31 Ah Hood Road, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, #01-06, Singapore 329979 (15 min walk from Toa Payoh MRT)
Tel: +65 62561484
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 9.00pm Daily (Closed last Tues of the month)
FIX is an alfresco poolside cafe located in HomeTeamNS-JOM club in Balestier. Started by the team who own Grub in Bishan Park, this workshop-style cafe is built on the premise of ‘Original Homemade Goods’, featuring cakes, coffee, milkshakes and some savoury items made in-house daily. The decor also features one-of-a-kind furniture handmade from paint cans, wood panels and metal pipes. Say yes to their Strawberry Pistachio Rose Tart ($7). (Read: FIX Café)
Fluffy White Cloud (Sin Ming Road)
11 Sin Ming Road, Thomson V Two, #01-19 Singapore 575629
Tel: +65 86849497
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tues
Fluffy White Cloud Cafe at Thomson V Two is a small space serving coffee and home baked cakes, such as “Fluffy Gold Bar” Semolina Cake and old school “Lets Go Bananas” Banana Cakes. Could be ‘dangerous’ for me to go as they also carry Tokyobay watches on sale.
Little Wimbly Lu at My Village
1. Maju Avenue, #01-09/10, Singapore 556679
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon– Thurs), 11am – 1am (Fri – Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun)
For a taste of the signature Wimby Lu waffles, you can go for their ‘offspring’ and smaller version at Serangoon My Village (near Chomp Chomp). At half the size, this cost $4. Not too bad a deal.
West – Holland V, Buona Vista, Bt Timah, Jurong
Sunday Folks (Holland Village)
44 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens #01-52 Singapore 278116
Tel: +65 64799166
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues-Sun)
Opened by the same team behind the very popular Creamier at Toa Payoh, they continue to serve the same thick eggy waffles, but now topped with soft serve. Expect to queue. They are popular.
Tart (The Star Vista)
#02-27C, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: +65 62684491
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Thu), 10:00am – 11:00pm (Fri – Sat), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)
TART looks like a mini cottage nestled on Level Two of The Star Vista. Started by two recent graduates, TART is known for their specialty tarts that come in two main ranges – creamy and fruity. Try their Blueberry Cream Cheese Slice ($6.90) or Mini Specialty tarts of the following flavours: Cookies & Cream, Matcha Azuki and Raspberry (Box of 3 – $4.50, Box of 6 – $8, Box of 12 – $16).
Coffee: Nowhere (Rochester)
44 Rochester Park Singapore 139248 (Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: +65 90904332
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Call them Coffee Now-here rather than No-where. This Singapore-owned brand is first based in Malaysia (Beans are roasted there too) and made its way to Rochester Park. There is no aircon there, so you may want to make your way there on a cooler day
One Thing Kids Café (Bt Timah)
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre #B2-17
Tel: +65 97881276
Something different. A Korean kids cafe located in Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. They serve a variety of desserts, coffee and drinks. A few of our hotsellers include Patbingsu (Red bean shaved ice), Raspberry Bingsu (Korean raspberry shaved ice) and Korean style waffles (Ice cream, fruits and plain).
Sync Korean Fusion Bistro (Westgate)
3 Gateway Drive #03-01/01A Singapore 608532
Tel: +65 63699913
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
Although this is located in the popular Westgate, Sync Korean is quite a hidden find, located at a more obscure corner at Level 3 above Samsung. Other than modern Korean food, coffee & tea such as Iced Mocha ($7.50) and Ice Earl Grey Latte ($7.00), not to be missed is their awesome White Chocolate Taro Lava Cake served with ice cream ($10).
East – Bugis, Beach Road, Mountbatten
Laffio (Beach Road)
337 Beach Road Singapore 199565 (Near Nicoll Highway Mrt and Bugis Downtown MRT)
Tel: +65 6635 6668, +65 81388601
Opening Hours: 10am to 12am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Laffio is an abbreviation for “Laugh it out”. Really. This new restaurant and bar is a venture by two beer and food lovers, set out for like-minded friends and beloved family to gather, laugh and enjoy each other’s company over food, coffee and beers from various countries. Some of the must-tries are said to be Rub Steak ($29), Bread & Butter ($6) and Pappardelle with Bone Marrow and Octopus ($22).
The Hideout (Cassia Crescent)
Blk 32 Cassia Crescent #01-50 Singapore 390032 (Mountbatten MRT, 5 min walk from Exit A)
Tel: +65 64400971
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily. Closed Tues
The Hideout specializes in artisan Italian gelato, made fresh in store (The owners previous brought in Ci Gusta). The menu also features fresh brewed coffee, pastries and foods made personally by them. The cafe offers moderately priced comfort food influenced by Italian and Western cooking. Pizzas and pastas are priced from $9.90 to $12.90, with buttermilk waffles, old-fashioned butterscotch, and salted caramel fudge all made from scratch.
Awesome Coffee (Bugis)
200 Victoria Street Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 93889318
Not to be confused with My Awesome Café a Telok Ayer, this is new café at Victoria Street. But they have not updated their Facebook and Instagram for a good few weeks. Hello, still in business?
Northeast – Rangoon
Old Hen Coffee Bar (Rangoon Road)
88 Rangoon Road #01-03 Singapore 218374 (Farrer Park MRT Exit B)
Tel: +65 63415458
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon), 12pm – 10pm (Wed-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
Located along Rangoon Road, Old Hen Coffee Bar is a specialty coffee shop which sits on the quieter side of the busy Farrer Park district. Coffee ($4 for 3oz white, long black, $5 for mocha) is bright and intense, a fairly decent cup, with beans used from Oriole’s Yellow Bird blend. Let’s wait for them to get a full menu ready. (Read: Old Hen Coffee Bar Rangoon Road)
I have at least 10 other new new cafes in my list, but they are either not blog-ready or declined exposure. The next 20, I think, will come really soon.
(Opening times and details correct at time of publishing, please check with their individual Facebook for updates – that’s if they bother to.)