We reached the last month of the year, when cafes open, and cafes close.
Our guess is local customers is always on a lookout for something different, refreshing (and photogenic), and therefore those who stay in the game are cafes which re-invent themselves, have regular new offerings, and keep customers updated via social media and other means.
10 New Cafes In Singapore December 2015
Joe & The Juice
30 Raffles Place, Chevron House #01-35A Singapore 039803
Tel: +65 6221 2126
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 3pm (Sat)
Copenhagen’s popular coffee and juice bar Joe & The Juice opens its first in Singapore, at Raffles Place Chevron House. (“Joe” means “coffee” in American slang)
The juices all come in attention-grabbing names such as Hangover Heaven, Iron Man, Hell Of A Name, and… Sex Me Up. I was told that the naming is not supposed to be gimmicky, but actually fulfils the functions it purports, as ingredients are mixed based to enhance the synergistic nature of vitamins and minerals. (Read Joe & The Juice Raffles Place)
Smoothie House Singapore
One Raffles Place #03-25 Singapore 048616 (next to Greendot)
Tel: +65 65321025
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Also within the CBD area, the super popular Smoothie House at Taipei’s Yong Kang Street 永康街思慕昔 has opened in Singapore at One Raffles Place! (next to modern vegetarian restaurant Greendot)
Try the Mango Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta ($12.90) which is the signature and best-selling item. The flavoured blocks of ice that would be shaved are actually all imported directly from Taiwan, while the fruits come from various sources. Fluffy soft shaved layered ice, topped with a smooth panna cotta and fresh fruits. (Read: Smoothie House One Raffles Place)
Bottles & Bones
30 Raffles Place, Chervon House #01-42 Singapore 039803 (Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 3pm (Sat)
Bottles & Bones takes on an open kitchen concept, where food will be fried, broiled, roasted and mix in front of you. This is owned by the group who brought in Lady M Singapore, so expect a selection of their cakes here, priced at $12 per slice.
The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
146 Neil Road Singapore 088875
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon, Wed), 9am – 10:30pm (Thurs – Fri), 9:30am – 1030pm (Sat), 9:30am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Tues
This new café run by the team behind Department of Caffeine catapulted into our favourite café list. The interior design, the expensive coffee equipment, the attention to details, the good looking serving staff all in neatly-ironed slightly tight white long sleeved shirts… “Even the napkins are the expensive kind.”
Still in soft launch phase, the food is slightly uneven in terms of presentation and taste, but we are sure they will iron it out soon.
20F Specialty Coffeehouse
20 Foch Road, Singapore 209261 (Farrer Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon), 10am – 10pm (Tue-Sun)
20F pays tribute to its address at 20 Foch Road, formerly a family-run clinic for 60 years.
We observed something interesting about its offerings – there are many sweet and savoury combinations in their food. The Recommended dishes for the brunch menu include the Orange Cinnamon French Toast ($15), and Duck & Waffle ($22), Pulled Duck or Pork Flatbread with Fresh Guac ($17) for the lunch menu.
20F appears to be one of the more promising recent café openings, and provides an alternative to the Chye Seng Huats and Tiramisu Heroes in the vicinity. (Read: 20F Speciality Coffeehouse Foch Road)
Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-150 Singapore 098585 (between TCC and Sushi Tei)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Caffebene, voted the best coffee brand in Korea has opened its first Singapore outlet at Vivocity. Caffebene Singapore has a menu similar to that of Korea’s. However, there are tweaks to cater to the local palate.
The selection of food offered is also smaller, with Shaved Ice Bingsu ($13.90 – $20.90) , Waffle ($6.90 – $10.90), Honey Bread ($12.90 – $13.90), Coffee, Tea and Yogurt Smoothie ($6.30 – $7.80). (Read: Caffebene Singapore Vivocity)
Nunuiwangja 눈의 왕자
HillV2, 4 Hillview Rise, #01-08, Singapore 667979
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun), 10am – 10pm (Tue-Sun)
A bingsu café at HillV2. (Hooray to the new Downtown Line 2). The Classic Bingsus ($12.90) are the usual suspects: Injeolmi, Green Tea and a local rendition Milo flavoured bingsu. Safe options and not that exciting after all.
The Premium Bingsus ($14.90) sounded more interesting to us – Mango Cheese, Honey Grape and Tangerine, using tropical fruits which were uncommon in other bingsu cafes. We discovered something interesting in the midst… a popsicle within the bingsu! (Read: Nunuiwangja HillV2)
27 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209196
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sat)
Hmmmm, interesting. A café which target at student and designers, and offers desktop 3D printers for customers to create ornate objects, along with digital printing services if you have school assignment to print (usually last minute, and when the school’s printing machine is down.)
Food includes Scrambled eggs with Swiss cheese and chives, add on bacon and sausage, Panini with Bacon and Egg, Classic Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Cream, spring mix of Arugula sprinkled with Grated Parmesan, and Fluffy monkey cake topped with banana. Set meals available at $9.90 Nett.
The Malayan Council
22 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209350.
Tel: 9002 4414
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun)
A halal cafe that sits along Dunlop Street, serving Asian fusion dishes, refreshing coolers and dessert. Signature dishes include Roti Kirai Beef Ribs ($39), Asam Pedas Fish ‘n’ Chips ($19), Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine ($28), and Malayan Wings ($13).
51 Hougang Avenue 9, #01-03 Ci Yuan Community Centre, Singapore 538776
Tel: +65 6385 4026
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
SOD Cafe is located within Ci Yuan Community Club) with specialties such as truffle fries, battered pinky snapper fish & chips, charcoal waffle and signature SOD Teas.
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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary & Nicholas Tan @stormscape.