Time to wake up when September ends. The year is flying past, with more than 200 new cafes that has opened up in Singapore. Still a shocker.
The more exciting openings include Clinton St Baking Company & Restaurant Purvis St where some of my friends say the taste is very similar to NYC’s, and MOS Cafe which is Singapore’s very first.
With the end of the year approaching, there is usually a mad rush to open food businesses to capture the Christmas crowd. We shall see if we will hit 250.
20 New Cafes In Singapore Oct 2015
Clinton St Bakery Company & Restaurant
31 Purvis Street Singapore 188608 (8-10 min walk from Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 6684 4845 (no reservations, parties above 6 may be split up)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm
From NYC’s Lower East Side to Singapore, the iconic Clinton St Baking Company & Restaurant has arrived at Purvis Street. Recommended items include the Eggs Benedict served over toasted buttermilk biscuit ($20), Southern Breakfast comprised of two eggs any style ($18), Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich ($13.50) Brioche French Toast ($18), Seafood Po’ Boy ($21) and Salmon Burger.
Our favourite item was the Clinton St’s famed fluffy Pancakes with warm maple butter ($18), being voted ‘Best In the City’ twice by New York Magazine. (Read: Clinton St Baking Company & Restaurant Purvis St)
MOS Café Singapore
Raffles City Shopping Centre B1-38 Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm
Singapore’s very first MOS Café has opened up at Raffles City basement. The lifestyle café will cater to health-conscious diners, offering items unique to the local market such as Wagyu Tower Burger, Chicken and Avocado Rice Bowl, Tortilla Salad, Special Fruit Tea and Vegetable Smoothie.
Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-72, Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 63363104
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm (Mon-Sun)
Helmed by home-grown Pastry Chef Lin Weixian, Bonheur Patisserie at Raffles City showcase his forte pastry item; French Macaron.
The kiosk offers up to 25 flavours of handmade macarons ranging from Classical flavours like Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Pistachio to Asian flavours such as Sea Salt Gula Melaka, Thai Iced Tea and Yuzu. (Take note: This is a kiosk, not a sit-down place.)
3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City #02-441/442 Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6837 0287
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm
This café is a branch off from retail shop Workshop Element just steps away. After shopping, you can indulge in brunch items such as Eggs Benedict Norwegian ($19.90), Eggs Benedict with Crab ($19.90), Omelette ($17.60), and Scrambled Eggs ($17.60) – which was surprisingly good with creamy scrambled eggs and crisp waffles.
Artisan C. Specialty Coffee
Suntec City Tower 1, 3 Temasek Boulevad #01-444/445, Singapore 038983 (City Hall, Promenade, Esplanade MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat-Sun)
A café found within an Art Space adds a touch of serenity and peacefulness. Set up by the owner behind Kimchi, young baristas Mandy and Issac can serve out some of their ‘Artisan Special’ which includes Dirty (Espresso + Ice Cold Milk), Affogato (Espresso + Vanilla Bean Ice Cream) and Barista Platter (Espresso + Cappuccino).
138 Market Street, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 048946 (Raffles Place, Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Grain Traders understands what its target diners, the CBD crowd wants – healthy breakfast, build your own bowls, bagels, cakes, coffee all in a single place. For those looking for takeaway coffee, the usual suspects are available: Black ($4), White ($5), Small White ($4) and additional $1 for iced, soy, mocha, decaf are available. (Read: Grain Traders Market Street)
Antoinette Sofitel So Singapore
Lobby Level, 35 Robinson Road Singapore 068876
Tel: +65 6701 6868
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm
Antoinette makes an entrance into the Central Business District. Its newest outlet, ‘La Pâtisserie au Sofitel’ is located at Hotel Sofitel So Singapore near Raffles Place, featuring more than 20 pastries including pure butter croissants, Antoinette’s kouglof, a variety of brioche, and pain au chocolat.
First 25 Café
7 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 069313
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
A short walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, First 25 Café has some interesting promotions such as Wednesday Ladies Night (15% off for ladies), Thursday Gentlemen’s Night (15% off for guys), and a free coffee for brunch on Saturdays.
3 course set lunches ($16) are available during weekdays where you can have Halibut Fish with Ponzu Truffle Sauce, 63 Degree Grilled Striploin, or Fried Chicken Paccheri (pasta with large tubes).
The Coffee Academics Singapore
Level 2, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm Daily
Located at Scotts Square Orchard, the Coffee Academics which hails from Hong Kong will be a ground-breaking 3000 square feet outlet, with a 7-sensory station experience that should shake up the cafe scene here.
A coffee kiosk is opened first while the flagship is undergoing renovations for its official opening anticipated to be in November. (Read: The Coffee Academics Scotts Square)
Laurent Bernard Café
260 Orchard Road #B1-02C The Heeren Singapore 238855 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6235 2340
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm Daily
Finally, a Laurent Bernard Café at Orchard. This café at the basement of Heeren serves French food and brunch. Expect 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.
The Cathay Level 5, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 2pm – 11:30pm (Fri), 11am – 11:30pm (Sat)
(Not a café, but we thought we should include this kiosk.) Soi 55 opens its second outlet on the 5th level of The Cathay. The benefit: You can bring Thai Milk Tea into the cinema.
Other than their original four – The Thai Milk Tea, Thai Rose Milk Tea, Thai Green Milk Tea and Thai Milk Coffee (all $3.90) , there are some new offerings of Thai Honey Green Tea ($3.60), Milk Tea Slushie ($4.90) and Kho Kho Nut Milk Slushie ($5.90).
The Hang Out Cafe
80 Bencoolen Street NAFA Campus 1 Wing A #01-15, Singapore 189655
Tel: +65 64563376
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun) (Check with café for updated opening hours
The Hang Out Cafe (formerly known as Burpz Café & Bakery) is a cosy, affordable and unpretentious eatery which moved from Ang Mo Kio to NAFA Campus.
Their signature dishes include the Hang Out Big Breakfast ($16.90), Egg Royale ($15.90) poached egg topped with ebiko, Seafood Aglio Olio ($12.90) and a range of pizzas.
No GST, no service charge. More affordable student meals available during weekdays.
1A Short Street #01-06 Singapore 188210
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
This waffles and crepe café requires some finding, hidden within the old NAFA campus building (look out for this grey building with cool white wordings, and walk to the back). Owner Candi serves up a variety of sweet and savoury crepes such as Banana and Nutella ($5.90), Egg & Cheese ($5.90) and Cheese & Banana ($5.90).
JQ Chef Cafe
Block 186 Toa Payoh Central #01-428, Singapore 310186 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 11.30am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
JQ is the initial for Chef Johnny Quek, ex-chef at the World’s First Full Butler Sky Dining at Singapore Flyer, who has opened a cafe at Toa Payoh Central (where Les Patisseries was). A recommendation is the Waffalo ($9.90) a combination of waffle with marshmallows. Waffle was crispy and airy and came with 2 scoops of chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream, 2 Pepero sticks and torched marshmallow before serving. (Read: JQ Chef Café Toa Payoh Central)
529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 #01-2353 Singapore 560529
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat), Last order 30 min before closing
Waffles and ice cream based café Twenty Grammes originally from North Bridge Road, has opened is 2nd at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10.
The specialty here is the Yuan Yang Waffle where you can get both classic Belgian waffle and charcoal waffle, topped with a twirl of homemade milk softserve, which you can drizzle with chocolate hazelnut sauce.
Atmosphere Café & Bistro
Alexandra Central Mall #02-01, 321 Alexandra Road Singapore 159972
Tel: +65 6250 4863
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
For their second outlet of Atmosphere, the café-bistro has gone for a lush interior, with pseudo-European curtain drapes, maroon-red seats, and chandeliers.
Some of the items available – Seafood Aglio Olio ($16.80), Chilli Pasta ($19.80), Carbonara ($15.80), Chicken Meatballs Bolognese ($16.80), Baby Bay Ribs ($21.80), Pan-seared Salmon ($20.80), Cajun Chicken ($17.80), Wagyu Burger ($19.80) and a selection of pizzas ($12.80 – $14.80) – including a flambé pizza. (Read: Atmosphere Café & Bistro Alexandra Central)
Five By Five
9 Sin Min Road, #01-03, Thomson V One, Singapore 575630 (10 min walk from Marymount MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 12mn (Mon,Wed-Fri), 10am – 12mn (Sat-Sun), Closed Tue
November 8 Café which closed at Thomson V Two to the dismay of fans, has reopened as Five by Five at Thomson V One on the other side of the building.
Currently in their soft launch phase, only coffee, beer, cakes, waffles and ice cream are available. A total of 12 flavours were available for the ice cream with unique ones such as Coconut Taro, Bubblegum and Thai Iced Tea. (Read: Five By Five Thomson V One)
Sparks Cafe & Bistro
9 Sin Ming Road, #01-04 Thomson V One
Tel: +65 6635 3539 Singapore 575630
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon), 10am – 10pm (Tues-Sun)
Sparks Cafe & Bistro at Thomson V One offers a series of home-style bakes such as Pandan Sugee Cake ($2.90 per slice), Classic Butter Cake ($2.40), Classic Butter Cake ($2.40), Sparks Chocolate Madness ($4.80) and cookies.
Lady M Westgate
3 Gateway Drive Westgate #02-25/26 Singapore 608532 (Jurong East MRT)
Tel: +65 6250 8993
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm Daily (Last order 9:30pm)
Good news for Westies, Lady M has opened at Westgate, offering their signature cakes along with savouries such as M’s Big Break ($20), Lady’s Benedict with choice of smoked salmon or turkey ham ($12), salads ($10-$15), Pot Pies ($12-$18), Paninis ($12-$14) and Soups ($8-$10).
Try the Marron Mille Crêpe ($9 per slice) exclusive to this branch, which contains twenty layers of the paper-thin handmade crepes, spread with light “chestnut-kissed” cream within, topped with powdered sugar. (Read: Lady M Westgate)
NanYang Community Centre, 60 Jurong West St 91 #01-09, Singapore 649040
Tel: +65 9772 3077
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am
Archipelago Creamery is formed by a team of ice cream and pastry chefs, who make their ice cream, waffle paste and pastries from scratch in their open kitchen on an elevated platform. The whole cafe is painted in white and tiffany blue to give a nautical feel to customers.
Available items include the signature Shibuya Toast ($14.80), Butterscotch waffle ($4.50), Charcoal Waffle ($5) and ice creams. Some items subjected to availability.
Quick tip for new cafe owners: Do include some basic information such as description of cafe, updated opening hours, menu, telephone number, an email and some photos. We have gotten used to standing outside closed shops while scrolling on Facebook, “It says open leh.”
For readers, especially if you read this sometime later, do check with the cafes for opening hours as newer outfits are susceptible to changing operating times. Enjoy your coffee!
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