The word “hipster” means “a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.”
The irony happens when more hipsters visit a place, such as a “hipster cafe”, it becomes mainstream.
These cafes listed below, are slightly off the radar. Perhaps you have heard about this cafes, or have come across them. Some are located at unexpected places, some near town, but with their thunder taken from other neighbours.
Just thought of giving them some prominence. Who knows, it may be right near your doorstep.
10 Hipster Cafes In Singapore That Even Hipsters May Not Know About
1189 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown at Hougang #01-18, Singapore 534785
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Wed-Mon), Closed Tue
Hideout By The Pourover Bar At Hougang Midtown
Locating the Foxhole Cafe requires some navigation skills as it is located at The Midtown, previously known as Hougang Plaza, which will only be fully occupied in mid 2017.
Foxhole Café is an extension of The Pourover Bar, which shared the same space with Ollella at Petain Road Farrer Park.
Almost like a fantasy (in Singapore’s context) – double storeys high, natural sunlight pouring in through the glass window, bar table for people watching, and a huge Unicorn wall mural overlooking the grass field outside.
The Pourover Bar will continue to serve their pour over coffees using specialty beans from Melbourne, Australia, whereas the Foxhole Cafe offers main dishes, light bites, desserts and bakes. Foxhole Café (Hougang)
100 Jalan Sultan, #01-17B Sultan Plaza Singapore 199001
Opening Hours: 9am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sat)
Understated Korean Owned Cafe Which Serves Blissful Roll Cakes
Hipster café The Pound is Korean-owned, and you may see many Koreans around. One was painting, another was reading the bible (Korean), some others were chit-chatting quietly. It was actually peaceful and tranquil.
Got the FEEL.
It is unexpected to find a café like this within Sultan Plaza, which had a lingering smell of a mixture of hair salons and incense paper.
The Pound as its name implies, focuses on pound cakes, rolls and cake slices, such as Earl Grey Roll Cake ($4.50), Strawberry Roll Cake ($4.50), Fig Pound ($4.50), Red Velvet Cake ($5.50), and Rainbow Cake ($5.50).
114 Lavender Street, CT Hub2, Singapore 338729
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00 – 4:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Sandwich Bar And Coffee Place At Lavender
Another café that few on social media are talking about, but we shouldn’t let this go.
Not to be confused with Crown Bakery & Cafe at Bt Timah, Crown Coffee is a sandwich meets salad coffee place at CT Hub (next to a CrossFit studio). I know right? Some of you may be even asking where CT Hub is – it is near Lavender and Kallang MRT stations.
Owner Keith Tan told me VERY enthusiastically that his sandwiches were the best, and the place would be packed lunchtime. I listened half-skeptically because almost every café owners would tell me similar things. Keith did it with much more conviction though.
Yes, his sandwich – I had a chicken pesto, was fab. I would actually return again.
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
”How did you manage to find us?” I find this question slightly peculiar, as if this restaurant does not want to be found.
I have my ways, of course. Teepee Bar & Restaurant is located along 31 Hong Kong Street (near The Kitchen at Bacchanalia and Long Qing, a short walk from Clarke Quay MRT). To be fair, nobody would have really spotted it, as there was no (clear) signage.
After walking in, you would spot this totally indie-hipster place complete with that industrial flooring look, painted in my favourite shades of navy blue and greyish-white.
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). Teepee Restaurant & Bar (Hong Kong Street)
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, specializing in waffles and gelato, has opened quietly at 61 Duxton Road.
When I say “quietly”, I mean that even the usual serial café hopping food instagrammers didn’t even cover it, except one or two.
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. Kosnica SG (Duxton)
The interlace, 180 Depot Road #01-06 Singapore
Tel: +65 8339 4648
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat), 9am – 5pm (Sun)
Café Within Futuristic Looking Condo
Pulse Patisserie, located within The Interlace, is one of the few shops that has been incorporated into the futuristic condo’s design.
If you are intending to drive, be prepared to be questioned by the security guard about your purpose and duration of your visit.
To be fair, the security guards were probably just doing their job. Perhaps some residents did complain about the heavy influx of visitors, and could not find their favourite parking lots in the evening.
The reward for clearing customs would be the simple yet elegantly decorated cafe with a mix of plants and display shelves filled with their generous offerings.
Pulse Patisserie is famous for their 6 different dessert capsules ($8.50 each, $16 for two, $37.5 for five), which was created with the intention to “let people have their cake and eat it anywhere, anytime”. Pulse Patisserie (The Interlace)
No 162 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207581 (Within Hotel YAN)
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4:30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 7:30am – 9:30pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), Closed Tues
Contemporary Chic In Boutique Hotel
Café NIDO which is located within the boutique Hotel YAN at Jalan Besar, had a welcoming industrial chic décor of high ceilings and subtle aroma. It almost reminded us of Bangkok, and looked extremely promising. ”So chio!!”
“Nido” refers to nest in Italian, a name to go complementary with Hotel “Yan” which meant “swallow” in Mandarin. The café was also designed in hope that it would be a comforting nesting place.
That included Roasted Charcoal Brioche with Kaya & Sous Vide Egg ($16.90), Raspberry Pancake with Honey Pistachio ($9.90), Homemade Laksa with Charred Crayfish ($12.90), Salted Egg King Prawn Aglio Olio ($16.90), and Tom Yum Wings ($10.90).
To be really honest, the safest bet was the Tom Yum Wings ($10.90) – evenly marinated, had good spicy-lime flavours and were tender. Café NIDO (Tyrwhitt Road)
5 Clover Way, Clover Park Singapore 579079
Tel: +65 6352 5515
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 6:30pm (Sat), 10:30am – 7:30pm (Sun)
Under The Radar Cafe At Clover Way, Near Bishan
There are a few local design or architectural firms that diversify to set up F&B businesses. Redpan at Marina Square is one, DW Workshop at Rochester Drive is the other.
Shamrock at Clover Way is set up by interior design firm Jetic Design.
Representatives from these companies spend time consulting clients over coffee, so how convenient it could become if the meeting venue is your own café.
Their “Eat and Treats” menu features a small selection of bakes such as Black Pepper Chicken Pie ($3.60), Curry Chicken Pie ($3.60), Cakes ($5.80 – $6.80), Gelato ($3.80 for a scoop), Cold Pressed Juice ($ 5.80 – $6.50) and Waffles ($5.50, $9.00 with gelato). Shamrock Cafe (Clover Way)
Art OVAS (within OVAS Home Gallery)
1 Kaki Bukit Road 1 #01-11, Enterprise One, Singapore 415934
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sat), 10:30am – 7:00pm (Sun)
An Art Café Well Hidden At Kaki Bukit
Sharing the same compound with OVAS Home Gallery at Kaki Bukit, one may simply walk pass without noticing the presence of a café located within this furniture showroom.
Art OVAS, the café arm of OVAS Home Gallery serves only light bites such as Wraps ($7), Pies (6) Salad ($7 – $9), Coffee and Desserts such as Cakes ($7), Muffins ($5) and Brownies ($5).
For art lovers, do make sure you get up to the second level which is an art gallery which houses various works of promising artists around Asia. This is in collaboration with Art WeMe which specialises in Asian contemporary art. Art Ovas (Kaki Bukit)
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 At Yio Chu Kang
Cemented walls with exposed bricks does the trick to create an alluring rustic charm that attract the ‘hipster’ cafe-goers or serial café hoppers.
With prior expertise in events industry, the team at Ding Ding Man does not want to open just any café, but one which can provide that ‘café experience’.
Therefore, while there are space constraints with the café and bar occupying level one, works are under way for level two to transform into a barber shop and retail space for street apparels. The Ding Ding Man (Yio Chu Kang Road)
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