[Updated March 2015] To note, 5 of the 20 new cafes has bid us Goodbye.
[Original Post] Hot off the oven, 20 more café hopping spots in Singapore – The September Edition.
Seriously, after the First New Cafes Compilation, I was not expecting a listing of 20-25 new openings every month, and I do not even include every single one that was launched.
That means an average of a new café in Singapore per 1-2 days. In case you missed…
June’s Café Edition
7th Cylinder, Abite, Belgaufre, Brew Maison, Carvers & Co, Coast and Company, Comestivel Desserts, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, Curbside Café & Winebar, Dulce & Sucre, Envy Coffee, Flee Away, Miss Molly’s, NOM No Other Meaning, Percolate, Rouse, Shrove Tuesday, Sunday Market, Three Hands Coffee, Two Loaves
July’s Café Edition
Bread & Hearth, Burpz Café & Bakery, Charlyn’s Milk Bar, Coffeemin, Dolce Tokyo, Farm to Table, Fart Tartz, Fish Tale Café, JAB Brewers, Niche Boulangerie, Noir Art Speciality Coffee, Nomu Nomu Café, On The Table, Ply Baked Goods, PS Café Petit, The Assembly Ground, The Lokal, The Pelotan, Three Cups Coffee Co, Threefold Café, Tian Kee & Co, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, Whale & Cloud, Whoppie Love, The Tastemaker Store
August’s Café Edition
Awesome Coffee, Coffee: Nowhere, Delicius Pasticceria, FIX Café, Fluffy White Cloud, Laffio, Little Wimbly Lu, Memo, Old Habits, Old Hen Coffee Bar, One Thing Kids Café, Seriously Ice Cream, Sin Lee Foods, Sync Korean Fusion Bistro, Teddy and Me, The Hideout, The Little Flower Shop, The Little Prince Creamery, Sunday Folks, Tart
Gastrosmith (Beach Road)
103 Beach Road #01-02 Singapore 189704 (Bugis MRT near Tan Quee Lan Street)
Tel: +65 9772 9511
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sat), 11am – 3pm (Sun)
Of all the recent cafes I went to, I am confident enough to say Gastrosmith’s food and service left a deep impression, in a positive way. It is a takeoff from its previous establishment The Humble Loaf – in which the place became too small to accommodate all their regular guests. Their cuisine is derived from the various gastronomic experiences they had from different cultures and countries. Signature items include the Hokubee Ribeye Bowl with 200g hokubee ribeye, furikake rice, and option of 63 degree egg. (Read: GastroSmiths)
31 Seah Street, Singapore 188387 (between City Hall and Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 63334453
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm (Tues-Fri), 10am-12am (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
The Bridge, so named because it is between North and South Bridge Roads, is a Modern European Restaurant, café and bar. Its Value Lunch Set ($16.90) is indeed value for money, with a soup or casear salad, main and drink. I was impressed with its Beef Cheek Stew and Fish & Chip. The menu and price looks promising enough for a return visit. (Read: Bridge Cafe)
[Closed] De’pop Culture (North Bridge Rd)
749 North Bridge Road #01-01 (off Jalan Kledek), Singapore 198717 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 90296406
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-11pm (Sat), 9am to 9pm (Sun)
Upon entering the café, the bright multiple colours of yellow, pink and green pop at you. De’pop Culture is a pop-art theme café located at North Bridge Road near Arab Street. It serves fresh in-house baked desserts and comfort food such as De’Pop Breakfast Platter ($18.90 for one, $28.90 for two), Crab and the Dog ($15.90), French Toast feat. Banana-tella ($11.90). Their batter and sauces are made from scratch.
[Closed] The Klatch (Prinsep)
50A Prinsep Street, Prinsep Place, #02-01, Singapore 188680 (Bras Basah MRT)
Telephone: +65 63383172
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm Daily
The cafe is designed to be minimalist but cosy to encourage informal groups of gathering over coffee or tea synonymous with the name of the cafe “Klatch”. Overlooking a leafy courtyard, the cafe serves typical cafe fare such as lattes ($5.50), various artisanal bakes (from $4.50 to $6.20), finger foods such as truffle fries ($7.50) and sweet potato fries ($5.20) to Lasagna ($7.50) and Shepherd Pies ($4.50). For the health conscious, cold pressed fresh juices are also available.
The Dough Shoppe
61 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore Tel: +65 64239936
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat), Closed Sun (till further updates)
The sister bakery café of Freshly Baked by Les Bijoux at Killiney, The Dough Shoppe is also headed by Chief Baker Audrey Tan, and prides itself on serving handmade artisan bread, pastries, cakes and sandwiches. Located near Stranger’s Reunion and Waffle Slayer.
Arterial (Temple St)
24 Temple Street, Singapore 058569
Tel: +65 6222 8589
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Sat)
Arterial, with the name inspired by the blood artery (weird), sits at Chinatown behind the iconic Sri Mariamman temple. The menu is quite extensive, which includes Croissants ($2 for plain, $5 for chunky egg, $6 for ham & cheese), Flaked Salmon Sandwich, Mushroom Alio Olio, Homemade Chicken Stew and Squid Ink Pasta.
[Closed] The Alley Cafe (Keong Saik)
21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128 (Outram Park MRT Exit H)
Tel: +65 6223 1334
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 9am – 12am (Fri, Sat)
The Alley is the perfect playground for an alternative individual, with an alternative contemporary design, and boasting two retro game machines. Food wise is freshly prepared bistro style menu with an Asian fusion, such as The Greasy Spoon ($16), The Alley Half Pounder ($22) and Truffle Mac and Cheese ($15).
Around Raffles Place, Clarke Quay
[Closed] JBM Coffee & Dining (One Raffles Place)
One Raffles Place Mall, 1 Raffles Place, #03-23/24/25 Singapore 048616 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 6536 1047
Opening hours: 9.30am to 9.30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 9.30pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Last order 9pm
This is a café where food means serious business. JBM is another new dining place for CBD folks, located at the newly revamped One Raffles Place Mall. They boast for a wholesome menu which reflects touches of rustic French and Italian fare, prepared by Chef Chamara Fonseka (previously from Au Petit Salut and Covelli). Latte art is beautiful, because coffee creations are under the purveyance of barista Shaw Shyne Wei (Shawn) whose came in first runner up at Singapore’s National Latte Art Championship 2014.
Café Ma Maison
177 River Valley #B1-19 Liang Court Singapore 179030 (Clarke Quay MRT)
Who makes fruit tarts better than the Japanese. Ma Maison’s signature patisserie fruit tarts are now available in whole and slices. When in doubt, order the strawberry and mont blanc.
Around Tiong Bahru, Commonwealth
Whisk Café (Tiong Bahru)
58 Seng Poh Road #01-15 Singapore 160058 (Tiong Bahru MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am-8pm (Tues-Thurs), 9am-10pm (Sat-Sun)
Another at Tiong Bahru. Owner cum baker Tricia graduated from New York International Culinary Centre, and was fortunate to have interned at Dominique Ansel’s bakery (which created the Cronut). Whisk’s cakes and pastries are not too bad, the passion behind it admirable considering it is family-run, and you sense the people serving you are nice and sincere. My favourite item at the moment was the Lemon Tart ($5) which had a fresh and smooth tangy twang. (Read: Whisk Café at Tiong Bahru)
The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee (Tanglin Halt)
Blk 48 Tanglin Halt Road Singapore 142048 (Commonwealth MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun- Thurs), 12pm-12am (Fri-Sat)
Campus Superstar alumni, singer cum blogger Renfred Ng adds another credential to his resume – setting up The Milky Way Waffles at Tanglin Halt. Waffles ($5.00, add $3 for 1 scoop of regular ice cream) come in half and half, crisp on the outside and fluffy enough. Coffee made with a house blend, is pleasant tasting and nutty, pulled by the owner himself. (Read: The Milky Way at Tanglin Halt)
Kki (Dhoby Ghaut)
1 Zubir Said Drive, 02-01 School of the Arts SOTA (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 6225 6650
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm
Kki has found a new home at School of the Arts SOTA with a bigger space, and extended concept to sell home accessories. Their cakes did not disappoint. Still so wonderful, and I found new favourites. The Formage Melon ($8.80), a cheese mousse cake with melon coulis was airy-light and smooth-delicate, as though as I was eating a slice of dream. Prettiness had also found its place in the pink Nao cake ($9.80). (Read Kki at SOTA)
Criollo Cocoa Café (Orchard)
Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road #02-01 Singapore 238858 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 67026568
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun, PH)
The Criollo, Trinitario and Trinitario are often referred to as fine or flavour cocoa beans, one of the highest quality around. The café at Orchard Gateway is usually quiet and offers a charming view of Orchard Road. If you make a special request, the barista may do a special hot chocolate art for you.
Latulle Café (Orchard)
Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road #03-15 Singapore 238858 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 67026282
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm Daily
After shopping at this Korean label fashion shop, have a cuppa with cheese cakes, brownies or muffins ($6 per slice).
In The North
Les Patisserie (Toa Payoh Central)
Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central, #01-428 Singapore 310186 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Toa Payoh is becoming more and more exciting with its choices of cafes. Opening mid-Septemer, Les Patisserie café will offer a variety of french pastries, coffee, tea, waffles, ice cream and main courses. All food and pastries served are prepared daily by their chefs. Expect some signature items such as L’Rocky ($7), French Apple Tart priced ($6) and Baked Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($9.90).
Holy Cow Creamery (Yishun)
292 Yishun St 22 #01-291 (Yishun MRT)
Bus 804 from Yishun bus interchange & alight on the 2nd bus stop (at Blk 291) & walk towards Blk 292
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues-Sun), Closed Mon
Holy Cow! One more ice cream café? Northern residents should delight, this time a Holy Cow Creamery at the serene, laid back Yishun town. Enjoy delicious ice cream concocted in our very own kitchen, with flavours of Earl Grey Lavender ($2.90), Elvis ($3.90), Mao Shan Wang ($3.90) and Chocolate Sorbet ($3.90). Waffle with ice cream is at $6.50.
8 Jalan Legundi #01-15 Singapore 759274
Tel: +65 96431799
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily
A garden themed family-friendly cafe which serves home-made ice-cream and cakes, opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre, near Sembawang white bee hoon.
In The East
Sarah’s The Pancake Café (Simpang Bedok)
430 Upper Changi Rd, #01-062 East Village Singapore 487048 (Nearest MRT Station – Tanah Merah followed by a bus trip Bus No. 2 or 9 and alight at only the second bus stop! )
Opening Hours: 8am – 10:30pm (Sun-Thurs), 8am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
Sarah at East Village offers homemade pancakes and crepes with a different twist, as such the adding ‘chendol’ to a crepe. And it’s halal. Indulge your appetite for sweet and savoury versions.
Time Table Café (Upper Changi)
430 Upper Changi Road, East Village Singapore 487048
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am
A few shops away from Sarah’s The Pancake Cafe. Time Table Café? This reminds me of school. The internet café at Upper Changi Road serves an interesting Chocolate Cookies Latter ($6.20) and some basic savouries such as Mushroom Spaghetti ($8.80), Pizzas ($10.80), Grilled Salad ($6.50) and Seafood Lasagne ($6.80).
[Closed] La’coffee – Renamed as Tamper & Co (Farrer Park)
88 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218374
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am – 1am (Fri-Sat), 7:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)
Finally, something different, and something I always imagined – traditional coffee and toast served in a ‘Western’ style indie café. The kaya toast ($2, updated price went up to $3.50!) is almost the same as Yakun’s, except that the filling is very much sweeter. Coffee is blended with both Arabica & Robusta beans. My advice is to ask for ‘siu dai’ when possible. Salads, soups, wraps, pancakes, and cakes are also available. Next door neighbour with Old Hen Coffee Bar (Rangoon Road), and La’coffee got a very auspicious unit number. (Read: La’coffee)
If you were thinking it gets easier (foe me), actually, it doesn’t. My recent visits and research had more ‘mishaps’ – ovens not working, insufficient kitchen staff, coffee machine not calibrated properly, spaces not cleaned, closed cafes (not updated in facebook), and less responsive to emails. Not all of course, some.
As I am writing this, I know of at least 5 more cafes undergoing renovations. Main advice is: Open when you are ready. All the best guys!
Other Cafe Entries
20 New Cafes Singapore – June’s Café Edition
25 New Cafes Singapore – July’s Café Edition
20 New Cafes Singapore – August’s Café Edition
20 Best Singapore Local Cafes – For Kopi & Toast
10 Best Restaurants In Singapore – The Fine Dining Edition