If 2016 was any indication, there will still be many NEW Cafes opening in Singapore in 2017, despite the general sentiments that the café hopping trend has taken a dip.
We will start to see many foreign brands opening up in Singapore – a way for them to diversity and test-market beyond their home country.
As consumers have gone beyond the typical cafes selling the usual waffles, egg dishes and coffee, I think the local cafes will up their game by going for more unique, seasonal items.
2017 will be a great year.
12 New Cafes In Singapore January 2017
3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
(Bus Service 103 from Yishun Bus Interchange, Bus Service 117 from Sembawang Bus Interchange)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Garden Themed Café At Seletar
Foodies in Singapore, especially those in Punggol, may just find more reasons to venture up to Seletar Aerospace Park.
Once entering Wildseed Café, you may have an out-of-country experience, as it reminded me of some of the hipster cafes in Bangkok.
Lots of green potted plants, natural sunlight, concrete flooring, and a florist (Poppy) on the side which provided natural fragrance.
The café offers a Sandwich Menu which is divided into Pulled Pork ($10, $15), Braised Beef Brisket ($18, $24), Vegetarian ($18, $24) and Seafood ($18) series. Wildseed Café (Seletar)
Teepee Bar & Restaurant
31 Hong Kong Street #01-02 Singapore 059670
Tel: +65 6225 0025
Opening Hours: 8am – very, very late (Mon – Sat)
Hidden Burgers and Rice Bowl Place At Hong Kong Street
Teepee offers honest-good coffee, burgers and rice bowls.
On its menu includes small plates of Croquette ($8), Pork Buns ($9), Parma Ham Crostini ($12), Freshly Shucked Oysters ($24 for 6 pieces), Burgers which included Umami Swiss, Buttermilk Spicy Chicken, Bacon & 3 Cheeses, Spiced Beef with Kimchi ($16 – $19), and Rice Bowls ($16 – $24).
What would keep me coming back would be the Shakerato ($6.50), a mix of espresso, tonic water and citrusy juice. A refreshing beverage which reminded me of travels in Sydney and Melbourne. Teepee Restaurant & Bar (Hong Kong Street)
6 Everton Park #01-18, Singapore 080006 (Near Outram MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 5pm, 6pm – 9pm (Tue – Sat), 11:45am – 3pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Marble Themed Bistro Hidden At Everton Park
Marble, is the latest eatery to have found itself a home at Everton Park. Like the name suggests, one can expect the place to be equipped with white-washed walls and marble table tops.
The team wanted to have a tapas-style dining concept, where you can order different small plates for sharing.
Their vision is to bridge the gap between fine and casual dining, and hence created this place which serves affordable, quality food creations at a more causal environment.
Unlike your ordinary Fish & Chip ($8), Marble serves Aburi Unagi on triple-cooked chips, garnished with furikake and tobiko. Marble (Everton Park)
Tanjong Pagar Centre, #B2-04, 1 Wallich Street, Singapore 757492 (Near Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-10pm (Sat-Sun) (may close earlier on Sundays)
Kawaii Cubes Of Nasi Lemak, Laksa Pasta, Beef Rendang
Almost too pretty to eat, these deconstructed savoury cake-sized items from Food Anatomy are Instagram-able down to each colourful layer.
Catering directly to the calorie-counting OL crowd at Tanjong Pagar Centre (just outside the MRT gantry), I find the prices surprisingly affordable too.
Prices are 2 cubes for $6.80, 3 cubes for $9.90, 18 cubes for $39 or 24 cubes for $75. You have the option to replace cubes for salads; and they cost slightly cheaper during breakfast.
The Nasi Lemak – complete with chili and ikan bilis topping – was beautifully constructed with otah, coconut rice and egg. A sumptuous and fragrant treat which could be a hit if marketed properly. Food Anatomy (Tanjong Pagar Centre)
The Matcha Project X Copper Espresso
THE SAIL @ Marina Bay, 2 Marina Boulevard, #B1-08C, Singapore 018987
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Matcha, Houjicha, Genmaicha Specialty Café
Matcha fans (like me) will go cray cray at the idea of an entire cafe selling Matcha, Houjicha and Genmaicha food and drinks.
The Matcha Project X Copper Espresso is opened by the folks behind November 8 (which renamed to Five By Five, then Nook & Cranny Cafe).
Serving as a takeaway cafe with minimum seats (with only 2 in a corner) within The Sail @ Marina Bay, The Matcha Project features a menu of tea beverages.
Non-milk drinks include Matcha Shot ($5/$6.50), Matcha (Green Tea)/Houjicha (Roasted Japanese Green Tea)/Genmaicha (Roasted Japanese Brown Rice) Americano ($5) and milk-based drinks such as Matcha/Houjicha/Genmaicha Latte ($5.50) and Military Latte ($6). The Matcha Project (THE SAIL @ Marina Bay)
61 Duxton Road Singapore 089525
Tel: +65 6904 4086
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun
Waffles and Gelato Café At Duxton
Kosnica SG serves a variety of “Premium Gelato” with flavours of Golden Vanilla, Cookies & Cream, Mao Shan Wang, Blueberry Yogurt, Strawberry Cheesecake, Earl Grey and Figs, Matcha Green Tea with Azuki Beans, Sea Salt Caramel with Almonds, and Hazelnut Chocolate Rocher.
A single scoop goes for $5.50, while a double is a $10.00.
The variety of waffles includes Buttermilk, Red Velvet and Matcha Waffles ($11.00, $15.50 with single scoop, $20.00 with double scoops). Kosnica SG (Duxton)
The Coffee Academïcs – Raffles City
252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-12 Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
The one beverage to look forward to would be the Nitro Coffee ($10), infused with TCA cold brew through a pressurized valve with tiny openings.
The menu looks different, and there are some dishes exclusively available to only the Raffles City branch.
Brunch items include the standard Academic Breakfast ($25), Mixed Seeds and Fresh Fruit Museli ($22), The Mess ($20), and Chicken Poultry Terrine ($25). The Coffee Academics (Raffles City)
Creamery Boutique Singapore
#01-03, 139 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207557
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon-Sun)
Popular Lava Cookie Cafe From Thailand Opens In Singapore
The café space taken up by Creamery Boutique Ice Cream is at Tyrwhitt Road, opposite Chye Seng Huat, previously occupied by Anythingz Café and Dose!
Using the same recipe from their main outlet in Bangkok, the menu comprises of Lava Cookies ($8.90): Choc-A-Lot, Matcha and Red Devil, Classic Brownie ($7.90), Ice Cream ($3.80 for single, $6.20 for double, $8.90 for triple scoops).
Their main differentiating factor from other ice cream cafes will be their Lava Cookies – think Lava Cake in cookie form. Creamery Boutique Ice Cream (Tyrwhitt Road)
Old Hen Kitchen
127 Owen Road, Singapore 218931
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10am – 6.30pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tue
Old Hen Coffee Bar Opens Another Nest At Owen Road
Old Hen Coffee Bar at Rangoon Road, the pioneer of the Cold Brew Coffee wave in Singapore, has opened their second nest along Owen Road, a 5 minutes walk from their first outlet.
Fear not Cold Brew fans, the new outlet has the same selection of Cold Brews in their signature beer bottles (no need to specially dabao from the first outlet).
Black ($6), White ($6.50), Cold Dark Cocoa ($6.50) and Cold Matcha Milk ($7).
Their mains include Roasted Tomato & Pancetta Soup ($8.50), Portobello Aglio Olio ($16.50), Salmon & Soba ($19) and Fish & Chips ($19). Old Hen Kitchen (Owen Road)
An Acai Affair
101 East Coast Road, Singapore 428796
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 11.30pm (Fri-Sat)
Acai Specialty Shop Opens At Katong
The menu consists of Signature Acai Bowl – Tropical Coconut Bowl ($6.90) served in a non-edible coconut husk which reminded us of Pong Gelato, Acai Fruit Bowl ($5.90 Small/ $8.90 Medium/ $13.90 Large) and DIY versions ($6.40 Small/ $9.40 Medium/ $14.40 Large) that cost $0.50 more than the respective signature bowl sizes.
The main differentiating factor is a choice of sauce (honey/ cookie butter/ peanut butter) for topped on their healthy bowl of superfood.
With limited seating area (4 chairs indoors and 10 chairs outdoors), takeaways are recommended. An Acai Affair (East Coast Road)
Out of the Cake Box
Our Tampines Hub, #B1-43 (Between Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs), 51 Tampines Ave 4, Singapore 529684 (Near Tampines MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Surprising Mango Sticky Rice, Chendol and Watermelon Cakes
You may just miss this unassuming cake shop Out of the Cake Box at the basement of the new Our Tampines Hub at Tampines Ave 4.
With desserts like Chendol Fudge, Mango Sticky Rice, Watermelon Cake, White Rabbit (yeah, that nostalgic sweet), Rose Lychee, Matcha Yuzu Cheesecake— not only are they creative, they may please picky sweet-tooth looking for a unique dessert fix.
Note: There is no proper seating area here, but you can use the chairs and tables at the common area.
The Ding Ding Man
1G Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545513 (Near Serangoon MRT, Buses: 80, 81, 81, 101, 107, 107M, 136, 153)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tue
Industrial Chic Hipster Cafe Arrives At Yio Chu Kang
Their loud graffiti signage and rustic interior design caught my attention while I was walking home on a late night, and went ”What is this??”
In collaboration with Gentlemen’s Coffee Company, the café uses “Handlebar” coffee blend.
It has a nutty and chocolaty taste profile – my familiar type of coffee blend which is also commonly used in other cafes.
Note that The Ding Ding Man is currently only serving drinks like coffee and craft beers. Full launch of the place will be expected in early 2017. The Ding Ding Man (Yio Chu Kang)
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