The 2.2 kilometre long 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 10 of the new cafes at Orchard Road (all less than a year). We have included a Tai Tai* rating to review how these cafes fare in terms of comfort and ambience for an afternoon of chit-chats.
10 New Cafes At Orchard Road – The Tai-Tai Edition
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 new 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)
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
Finally 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)
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.
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.
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)
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: 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)
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)
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 #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.
* 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.