It’s a colourful, colourful month for café hopping.
Have a touch of English from London inspired D’Good Café and a new Marks & Spencer Café – both at Orchard; colourful desserts to fil up your Instagram gallery from WooW and Sugar Lips; or a cutesy time at Craftholic Café.
(This October entry will be updated one more round the next week. We have 15-20 on our list, and feel the need to visit them personally before inclusion.)
In case you need more, do not miss out this entry > 100 NEW Cafes in Singapore 2016
10 New Cafes In Singapore October 2016
391 Orchard Road #B1-56 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1411
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The 65-seater café (with another outlet at Holland Village) at Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City houses two concepts – a London Tube and an English Garden. Apart from coffee, the café is dedicated to specialty tea.
I liked the garden-looking exterior with (fake) roses and swing-like chairs on the outside.
Food wise, expect mains such as Ling Cod Fish and Chips ($22.00), The Scotch Egg ($13.00) and Poached Fresh Lobster pasta ($22.00), Portobello Eggs Benedict ($14.50) and Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake ($9.0 per slice).
As one of the investors to the cafe is actor Chew Chor Meng, MediaCorp artistes get a discount when they dine here. No wonder we have spotted some celebs having their brunch here.
68 Orchard Road #01-K1 Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6336 3633
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
WooW, opened by local Youtubber TheJianHaoTan, serves up multi-coloured shaved ice, where you can choose the flavoured snow, ice cream and toppings. Think about it as a cross between bingsu and ice kachang.
Flavours available include Strawberry Blizzard, Mango Suncup, Yuki Yuzu, Apple Avalanche, Cotton Candy, Taro Thunderstorm (all priced $8.90) and the signature WooW Rainbow Snow ($12.90).
I think the desserts were too sweet for me (could be an age thing), but a great place for youths to hangout with plenty of seats and boardgames around. WooW (Plaza Singapura).
Craftholic Café X Kki Sweets
School of the Arts (SOTA), 1 Zubir Said Drive #02-01
Tel: +65 6225 6650
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Sat, Sun), 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Fri), tentatively closed on Mon
Craftholic is collaborating with Kki sweets to bring their very first pop up café outside Japan. Beside Kki’s cakes, they are offering a themed menu till 13 November.
For those who you who have zero idea what Craftholic is, it is a series of huggable and stylish plush cushions designed by the Japanese designer, Ikuko Yamamoto.
Some items to expect include Beef Stew with Butter Rice ($16.80), Garlic Aioli Roast Chicken Sandwich ($16.80), Dessert Cups ($12.80), and a “Singapore flavoured” Pandan Souffle Cheesecake ($7.80). Note: They are out of pancakes due to popular demand. Expect the pancakes to return in October. Craftholic Café (SOTA)
Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #02-01, Singapore 238852
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
While cakes, waffles and molten lava cakes may sound pretty boring, Sugar Lips took a step further with their loud, colourful and exaggerated OTT toppings on their dessert platter.
So BOOMZ… Think colourful sauces drizzled across the entire plate (which may look like a pre-schooler’s drawing at first glance) and random scattering of the dessert toppings all on one plate.
3 sizes of Dessert Platters (with a choice of cake, waffle or lava cake) were available: Standard with 1 topping ($12.90), Medium with 2 toppings ($14.90) and Large with 3 toppings ($16.90).
501 Orchard Road #01-01 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6733 8122
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm (Sun – Thu), 8:30 am – 10:30 pm (Fri – Sat)
The 60-seater café is located near the Food Hall of the store, with a menu which includes a selection of hot meals such as British classics of Fish & Chips, afternoon tea, snacks and drinks.
Offerings include a selection of Breakfast items such as Cereal & Porridge ($4.90), Cheese & Tomato Croissant ($7.90), Soups ($5.90), Salads ($10.90 – $16.90), Sandwiches ($11.90 – $14.90), Pasta ($10.90 – $15.90), Pizza ($17.90 – $19.90), Desserts and Cakes ($6.90 – $8.90).
The recommended dish was of course the signature Fish & Chips ($14.90), of battered fish, served with chips and petit pois (small green peas). I was perhaps, expecting more for the food here. M&S Café (Wheelock Place)
11 Collyer Quay #01-06 The Arcade Singapore 049317
Tel: +65 6816 3213
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri : 7am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Hungry Bazterdz is set up by the people behind Nomad The Gallant Coffee Roasters, a local independent coffee roaster brand.
Located within The Arcade at Raffles Place, their menu consist of #epicsandwiches such as Mighty Cheese Steak – grilled Beef in a secret 4 cheese sauce, on a buttery and toasty hoagie bun, and Grand Poobah – a family secret recipe of braised beef in jus with emmental Cheese.
Drinks offered include an inhouse Cold Brew Coffee, Sea Salt Caramel Latte and Thai Iced Tea.
You have to walk all the way into The Arcade to find it, which gives an underground, reggae vibes, a stark contrast to its surroundings.
Caffè Vergnano 1882 Singapore
26 Beach Road #B1-17, The South Beach, Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6100 6328
Opening Hours: 8am – 9am (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee brand Caffè Vergnano has arrived at Singapore at The South Beach, and offering authentic Italian coffee, beers and wines.
Domestic barristers can also sign up for coffee masterclass conducted by the cafe’s head trainer in Caffé Vergnano 1882’s private room.
160 Paya Lebar Road #01-07 Orion@PayaLebar, Singapore 409022
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon-Sun)
Knots Living is a one stop furniture showroom where everything there is for sale, including the table we were sitting at for our meals.
We were greeted by multiple pots of green plants at the entrance and woody elements of the furniture at this undiscovered, under the radar café at Paya Lebar Road. There were glimpses that reminded us of Karmakamet Diner in Bangkok. Emphasize, glimpses.
Due to NEA regulations, there is unfortunately no kitchen for cooking.
Instead, Soup ($4.90), Sandwiches ($6.80 – $7.80), Salad ($4.80 – $5.40), Coffee, Ice Cream and Waffles are available daily.
2 Six Café
88 East Coast Road #01-10 Katong Square Singapore 423371
Tel: +65 6247 7548
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10:00pm
2Six Café is so named, as it is a café where two to six persons can get together.
The signature here is the Mille Crepe Dessert ($7.90) with flavours of French Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate, Blueberry, Cappuccino, Matcha, Oreo and Strawberry. Though they look suspiciously like from other patisserie.
Light bites such as pies, pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and soups are also available ($3.90 – $6.80).
I think many people do not know there is actually a Katong Square around.
84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri-Sat)
Apiary, pronounced as “eh-pee-er-ee”, a place where beehives were kept, honey were contained and a place to satisfy your sweet cravings (literally) along Neil Road.
The cosy hideout would probably attract the hipsters. A Kinfolk interior with white walls, woody element and window ceilings with natural lighting for #OOTD shots.
While the menu is pretty simple at the moment, with Ice Cream ($3.80 for single/ $7.20 for double/ $10 for triple), Waffles ($4.50 for plain/ $5.50 for charcoal), Tarts ($6), Coffee and Tea.
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