My cafe kakis had a problem, “We run out of places to go to.” How is that even possible? There are about 10 to 20 new cafes opening up in Singapore every month.
But “Same-old, same-old”. These are the same people who braved with me to try more than 250 cafes last year, and our diet consisted nothing more than waffles, eggs benedict, sandwiches, bingsu, and milkshakes. I TOTALLY understand what they mean. (Just for your information, we REALLY go to the cafes when we are doing our guides.)
By the way, I just came back from Seoul and their popular Miss Lee Cafe sold Dosirak, somewhat like Korean packed lunchboxes. “Do you think our local hipster cafes will ever sell chap chye peng?”
“Sure close down”, was our collective answer.
Maybe things will change. My wishlist for cafes during 2016 – less gimmicks, more introduction of local food elements, and not the same-old, same-old.
10 New Cafes In Singapore January 2016 – Get A Dose Of Fabulous
29/31 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198477 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Tue-Fri), 10.30am – 9.30pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Mon
A.R.C is a 3-in-1 Coffee Place with an Academy, Roastery and Café all in one place. Situated at Sultan Gate with a 3-storey high building, the 1st floor is a café concept with a cosy white bricked wall interior with a mini roastery site at the back.
Owner Andrea wrote us a thank you email for sending “huge increase in customers over” (Your welcome), but wanted us to remind readers that “we serve food as well”. So yes, they do serve food. A.R.C Coffee (Sultan Gate)
139 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03 Singapore 207557
Tel: +65 91458103
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
So brave. Dose! has an extremely tricky location, diagonally opposite Chye Seng Huat, within walking distance from some other prominent cafes. Dose! is so named because every dose of coffee is measured to maintain the consistency of the beverage served. Blacklist Etude Blend from Perth is used for the coffee, while Chocolate drinks are from Australia’s Grounded Pleasures. We thought we needed to show them some support.
PoMo 1 Selegie Road #02-25, Singapore 188306
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
You never look at donuts the same way again. You are supposed to #PimpYourDough here – select a donut base, top it with glaze and toppings, get a syringe with filling… then push it all in. Be ready to Instagram all that. Coffee from Montana Singapore next door.
(Opps, Fab Dough is closed temporary as they are undergoing more R&D.)
Free the Robot
118 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068587 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm (Tues-Sat, closed Mon and Sun)
Sharing the same doors as Bitters and Love is Free the Robot, serving western-style brunch food and coffee in the CBD area. We were recommended the Free the Robot Burger ($12), a homemade beef burger with sunny side up egg, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon, and Surf & Turf Meatballs ($7.5) – mozzarella, tomato, basil on homemade brioche. Food may need some refinement. How about some robot-themed meals?
Gallery & Co.
National Gallery #01-05, 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
The café within the National Gallery. The café is being taken care of by Plain Vanilla known for their cupcakes. is from Papa Palheta, the Throwback blend which many other cafes are also using. Not that it is any bad, but too much of something, may not be a good thing. Less of that excitement, more of the same predictability. But nice, comfortable space to immerse an afternoon in.
The Coffee Academics Singapore
Level 2, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm Daily
The Coffee Academics in Singapore looks like a café meets science laboratory meets working space.
The Singapore flagship store has been designed as a 7 Sensory Station experience. Food-wise, hits and misses. Maybe we missed the Hong Kong ones too much. The Coffee Academics Singapore (Scotts Square)
Saint Pierre Market
391 Orchard Road, #02-11 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm
If you find this hard to find, Saint Pierre Market is outside Tower B, a short walk away from the taxi stand, where Marmalade used to be. The cafe offers some artisanal bread, some cakes, some salads, and coffee from Nespresso. Em, no comments. Many of the salad boxes contain more vegetables and fruits, and less meat.
Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road #01-01/02, Singapore 238866 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 1:30pm – 1am (Mon-Thu), 10am – 1am (Fri-Sun)
My friend almost fainted when she saw the price of the bingsu. $19.30. And that is for a small sized one. The large at $4 extra. Many come for the snow-making machine that would create falling snow in the middle of a round table. How long more is the bingsu craze going to last? Ice Lab (Somerset)
15 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059385 (Clarke Quay MRT, near Song Fa Bak Kut Teh)
Tel: +65 68162494
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:00pm (Mon-Thu), 8:30am – 12:00am (Fri), 10:00am – 12:00am (Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun)
The café is inspired by the 1920s Gatsby glamour which features fresh interpretations of the classic Art Deco designs. WANNA CUPPA serves award-winning Signature Blend coffee beans from Justin Metcalf World Barista Judge and gourmet teas from Canada for coffee and tea lovers to indulge in. Pastries such as the Carrot Cake can be worth the calories.
Sarnies @ PasarBella Suntec
Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, #01-455 to 461 North Wing, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm (Mon – Sun)
Main outlet at 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601
As we are typing this, we know that there is going to be ANOTHER Sarnies at One Raffles Place. This outlet is within PasarBella, offering coffee in sleek, chic, black takeaway cups. Flat White ($5) is made from Colombian beans with slight cocoa, lemon and cherry aftertaste.
* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary, Nicholas Tan @stormscape and Crystal Wee @Crystal_Wee