20 New Cafes In Singapore 2015, here’s to a sweet start to the year. Technically, most are opened year end of 2014, the year which saw more than 200 new cafes opening.
Some names would excite the executives and hipsters, namely The Monocle Cafe and The New Black, which have set foot in Singapore. The area around Tai Seng and Tanjong Katong have seen a flood of new openings.
Many of the new cafe owners are brave souls, opening up at venues where the previous occupants have folded. Let us hope that they have better luck. To a better year ahead.
Pancake House of Tokio
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard #01-03, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Tel: +65 6334 7698
Pancakes and waffles at student friendly prices, ranging from $6.50 to $8.50. Paninis, salads, sides, smoothies and coffee are available. Doesn’t seem too popular (yet) despite the rather prime location.
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-162, Singapore 162004
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon), 9am – 6pm (Wed-Sun), Closed Tues
A quaint little cafe along Jalan Bukit Ho Swee just next to Sin Lee Foods. It is a pretty little space, with lots of vintage items, and retail space in collaboration with Chair-ish The Moments. Try the Piggy Stew ($11.50), slow cooked to full flavour with generous chunks of pork.
55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-37, Singapore 160055 (10 min walk from Outram Park MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 2219
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
Another one at Tiong Bahru. 5 years-old Ice Edge Café had decided to step up their game after opening Ice Edge II with another new outlet, Chapter 55 at Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Road. Chapter 55 can also be considered an Italian bistro, offering extensive cuisines including pasta ($16 – $28), risotto ($22 – $24) and pizza ($16 – $28). (Read: Chapter 55)
The New Black
1 Upper Circular Road Singapore 058400
Opening Hours: 8am – 6:30pm (Mon-Fri), 8:30am – 4:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Coolness. The New Black is a mod coffee bar serving specialty coffee from renowned roasters around the world, including Verve Coffee Roasters from Santa Cruz, Small Batch Roasters from Melbourne and home grown Nylon. For the CBD folks who are willing to pay a more hefty price tag for your caffeine. OF course it comes with style too.
5 The Moments
73 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088494
Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm (Mon), 12pm – 11pm (Tues-Thurs), 12p – 1am (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 11pm (Sun)
Ice Cream café meets photography café. 5 The Moments offer flavours such as Earl Grey, Truffle Chocolate, Tiramisu, Baileys and Brownies, Thai Milk Tea, Lychee Sorbet, Salted Butter Caramel and New York Cheesecake ($4.80 for single scoop, $5.80 for premium, $8.80 for double). (Read: 5 The Moments)
Drizzle N Frost
1 Tras Link, #01-09 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun & PH
A cheesecake and cupcakes café, offering signature items such as White Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake, Apple Cinnamon Speculoos Cheesecake. Located at Orchid Hotel, they have a strong competitor nearby by the name of Cake Spade.
16 Enggor Street, #01-13 ICON Village (Altez), Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 6449 5112
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun and PH
The bakery cafe is named after the family dog Jasper, who is full of heart and love. Bakes and cakes are borne out from the travels of each of its co-owners, therefore you would see a variety of home-style pies, quiches, puffs, cupcakes and mini-loaves. (Read: Jasper’s Pantry)
Guac & Go
32 Maxwell Road, #01-08 Singapore 069115)
Tel: +65 62212117
Opening Hours: 9am-7:30pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
The healthy cafe. Other than coffee, Guac & Go offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies, nachos, salads and wraps with fresh guacamole. Juice cleanses start from $72/6bottles/day.
25 Arab Street Singapore 199724 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 6291 0127
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm (Mon-Sun), Brunch starts at 10am on the weekends
The team from The Hangar roast their own coffee, and source from the finest beans from farms in the region. Their roast is unique due to their method of slow roasting, approximately 25 to 30 minutes a roast, which churns out sweet and heavy bodied coffees. (Read: The Hangar)
The Lab SG
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069 (10mins walk from Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 98757232
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 8pm (Sun)
The Lab SG is experimental. Do not be surprised if you find yourself walking into an underground lab, with multiple metallic sewage pipes sprawling across the walls and huge jars of chemicals (I mean fruit juices) hanging above the counter. (Read: The Lab SG)
The Return Cafe Bistro
29 Bussorah Street Singapore 199447 (10-15mins walk from Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 9745 8480
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon-Thurs), 3pm – 11pm (Fri), 11:30am – 11pm (Sat-Sun)
Sarang Café had undergone a complete revamp and is now known as The Return Cafe Bistro. Besides changing its name, additions were made to the menu and they promised a seasonal special dish that will change every 3 to 4 months. A monthly-special set meal will cost $19.90 which includes a main dish, a soup-of-the-month and a soft drink. (Read: The Return Cafe Bistro)
The Monocle Café Singapore
74 Jalan Kelabu Asap Singapore 278267 (Holland Village MRT)
The Monocle is a global affairs and lifestyle magazine founded by Canadian Tyler Brûlé, and has cafes only in London’s Chiltern Street and Tokyo’s Hankyu Men’s. The Singapore outlet at Holland Village makes its 3rd café. Only drinks can be served at the moment. (Read: The Monocle Cafe)
Scrumptious At The Turf
200 Turf Club Road The Grandstand #01-08 Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 6464 6900
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Scrumptious At The Turf at The Grandstand is a family friend place, with a specially designed Kids corner. Signature includes Crispy Mushroom ($8.00), Truffle Fries ($9.00), Eggs Benedict ($12.00 – $15.00) and Pork Rack ($22.00).
The Daily Press
126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-561 Singapore 310126
Tel: +65 6258 0167
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm, 9pm last order (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The Daily Press specialises in grilled sandwiches made freshly off the sandwich press. Their sandwiches are filled with home-made ingredients – where salmon is house-cured, kimchi is house-made and all dressings are house prepared.
339 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534953 (10 – 15 min walk from Bartley MRT)
Tel: +65 6280 0338
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 12pm – 12mn (Fri-Sat), 11.30am – 11pm (Sun) Closed Tues
Situated in one of the shophouses along Upper Paya Lebar Road, Saturday House serves brunch menu from 12 – 3pm and charcoal- grilled mains from 6 – 10pm daily. (Read: Saturday House)
#01-25, 1 Irving Place, The Commerze Building, Singapore 369546
Tel: +65 9137 5697
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm (Tues – Sun), 11am-2pm (Mon)
23 Jumpin at Tai Seng serves a number of brunch and savoury items, such as Eggs Benedict ($14), Pork Goulash Stew with Baguette ($12), Duck Confit ($16) and Creamy Mushroom & Chicken Pasta ($12). All at nett prices. A no-fuss café, and demonstrated some sincerity with most of the items made-in-house, and actually taste not too bad. (Read: 23 Jumpin)
Carol Mel Café
1 Irving Place, #01-30 The Commerze@Irving, Singapore 369546 (Tai Seng MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 6:30pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Carol Mel Café near Tai Seng serves Ipoh-inspired home recipes passed down from generations. We spot Thai Bee Hoon ($5.00). Cakes such as the popular Red velvet, Lychee Martini and Rainbow cakes are available.
The Little Family Café
Block 253 Serangoon Central Drive #01-199 Singapore 550253
Tel: +65 84595847
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Tues-Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri-Sat)
All their ice-cream flavours are customised according to their family’s favourite flavours, and they hope to bring out the spirit of family bonding. Promo: When customers go as a family, they will receive a 10% discount from their total bill.
220 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437011 (opposite Caltex and Tanjong Katong Girls School)
Tel: +65 6247 7760
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm (Mon-Fri) 11am-late (Sat-Sun)
Wednesday Cafe adopts a concept unique to Singapore known as “anti-cafe,” whereby patrons pay for their time spent in the cafe instead of what they consume. Under a cover charge ($12 for first hour, $5 for subsequent half hour), customers are entitled to an all-you-can-eat dessert bar, inclusive of coffee, tea and specialty Pink Lemonade. Not a cat café, but two cats are around.
425 East Coast Road, Singapore 429012 (25-30 min walk from Eunos MRT)
Tel: +65 6440 9146
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues-Thurs), 11.30am – 12mn (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun) Closed Mon
The owners believe that good food should not be too complicated and thus the name ‘Simplicite’ which means ‘Simple’ in French. What caught our attention was probably the Blossom Waffle ($11.00 with single scoop), looking like a flower in full bloom.
To new fans of House of Commons, Cravings, AEIOU, Bunny and Pony, Regroup, Laneway Market, Do.main, Bell’s Cottage Café, Black & Ink, Rookery, Green Rabbit another Geek Café…. Let’s keep them for February.
Know of any new cafes in the hood? Drop me a comment!
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20 New Cafes In Singapore – November 2014 Edition
20 New Cafes In Singapore – September 2014 Edition
20 New Cafes In Singapore – August 2014 Edition
25 New Cafes In Singapore – July 2014 Edition
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for all cafe meals reviewed. Compiled by Daniel Ang & Nicholas Tan