Interesting cafes featured here include a chocolate-focused The Dark Gallery, bicycle-themed The Autobus Cafe, and the flagship MUJI store at Plaza Singapura.
There are many more I would like to visit – too many NEW cafes, too little stomach space and time (plus I am trying to lose weight). Will try my best. (Just in case you are unaware, we visit every cafe we feature.)
Hougang Midtown, 1187 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534785 (Near NE14 Hougang MRT Station, Hougang Mall)
Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 11:00pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
Thai Milk Tea Bingsu Exclusive To Hougang Midtown
Nunsongyee 눈송이, pronounced as noon-song-yi which means “snowflake” in Korean, serves up a range of Daebak Korean desserts from bingsu and signature toasts and Korean rice cakes in a comfortable café environment.
The Hougang branch has a level two dining area, a ceiling to floor window view which overlooks a grass-field – suitable to spend a lazy afternoon here (since the café also comes with free wifi).
Combining two hot Korean and Thai items, the Thai Milk Tea Bingsu ($18.90) is developed exclusively for the Hougang store.
The dessert contained Thai Tea ice cream topped on cheese cake, with peanuts layered over shaved milk. The bingsu almost felt like I was having my favourite drink, except this came in a dessert form. Nunsongyee (Hougang Midtown)
Café & Meal MUJI
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #01-10 to 17 Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm, Last Order 9:15pm (Mon – Sun)
Biggest Store In Singapore At Plaza Singapura
MUJI has opened its first flagship store at Plaza Singapura, which is more than its usual retail store.
It houses a new merchandise line from series such as Found MUJI, IDÉE and MUJI Labo, a gallery event space called “Open MUJI concept”, embroidery station, interior consultation services, and a Café&Meal MUJI which can seat 70 diners.
The two exclusive items to Plaza Singapura are the Pork Katsu Donburi ($15.90) and Cheese Baked Butter Curry Rice ($17.90).
I preferred the former, and found the Pork Katsu somewhat crispy even though it was served in a canteen-style restaurant. Café & Meal MUJI (Plaza Singapura)
PABLO Cheese Tart Singapore
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 435 Orchard Road #01-02/38, Singapore 238877 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6835 9269
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Famous Japanese Cheese Tarts & Softserve At Wisma Atria. Opening 8th August
The first-ever Pablo Cheese Tart Café in Singapore has landed at Level 1 of Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.
Pablo fans claim that their Cheese Tarts are the best ever, and is branded as “The most famous cheese tarts from Japan”.
This Singapore café will carry many cheese-based delights including the Signature Pablo Freshly Baked 15 cm Cheese Tart ($15.00, $18.00), Pablo Mini Cheese Tarts ($3.50, $3.80), Pablo Smoothies ($7.80 – $8.50) and Pablo Soft-Serve Ice-Cream ($3.90).
The official opening date has been set on 8th August (Tuesday). There is a limit of two large cheese tarts and two boxes of 6 mini tarts for each customer. Pablo Cheese Tart Café (Wisma Atria)
The Dark Gallery
Millenia Walk #01-K5, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6255 0368
Operating Hours: 11:00am – 9.30pm Daily
Artisanal Dark Chocolate Desserts And Drinks At Millenia Walk
For the chocolate fans. The Dark Gallery uses the finest grade of cacao from different origins around the world. It takes pride in sourcing chocolate from gourmet chocolate brands – Valrhona and Cacao Barry, as well as other small-batch bean-to-bar chocolatiers.
Look out for the Signature 66% Dark Chocolate Drink (Hot: $7; Iced: $8) made only with Valrhona’s gourmet fine chocolate couvertures and fresh milk; and Artisanal Ice Cream ($5 per scoop) which comes in flavours of 80% Signature Dark Chocolate; 64% Single Origin Madagascar Dark Chocolate; 38% Signature Milk Chocolate; Sea Salt Butterscotch.
The Autobus Café
6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery #01-01 Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 9690 7057
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 10.30 pm (Mon – Fri), 7:00am – 3:00pm (Sat & Sun)
Bicycle Café At Downtown Gallery
During weekdays, CBD workers can come here for a grab of coffee from as early as 7:00am till late night.
The weekend is a different face, when groups of cyclists descend at The Autobus as a pitstop to have brunch and drinks. There are bicycle racks right outside the café to park them conveniently.
Weekend brunch items include a Full Breakfast ($18.00), Eggs Ben ($12.00), Egg May & Ham Sandwich ($11.00),Wagyu Burger ($24.00) and Jamon on Toast ($16.00).
Keong Saik Bakery
41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Alternate Mon
Traditional Vibes Meets Contemporary Bakes
Keong Saik Bakery showcases glimpse of traditional vibes through their contemporary bakes and coffee.
A creation which caught my attention was the Cute Green Egg Bun ($2.80), a soft fluffy bun which encased oozing matcha salted egg fillings. *slurps*
The lava filling was not overly sweet, and I liked that they sprinkled the bun with a layer of matcha power for a hint of bitterness.
For those who need your traditional coffee, kopi-o and teh-o are available.
There is also the option of extracting traditional blends using espresso machine to achieve a darker roast version of “flat white” aka kopi-susu. Keong Saik Bakery (Keong Saik Road)
331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers #02-01 Singapore 188720
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 3:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Kyoto’s Japanese Specialty Shop Opens At Odeon Towers
Kurasu, which means “to live” or “lifestyle” in Japanese, started off as a Japanese homeware store in Australia.
It eventually led to a retail space in owner Yozo Otsuki’s hometown, Kyoto in 2016. It has arrived in Singapore at Odeon Towers, North Bridge Road.
The menu is entirely coffee (with no food options) as Kurasu seeks to stay true to its passion for coffee. Offerings include Black/ Iced Black ($5), Latte/ Cappuccino/ Flat White ($5), Iced White ($6), Pourover (from $6) and Matcha Latte ($5).
Brawn & Brains Coffee Run
28 Penhas Road #01-03 Singapore 20818 (Fragrance Hotel – Imperial, next to Antoinette)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Great Cold Brew, Small Cafe With The Heart
Coffee drinkers staying near Guillemard Road should be familiar with Brawn and Brain’s first outlet, serving primary coffee and a small selection of pastries. It has opened a mainly takeaway branch at Penhas Road, next to Antoinette.
The prices at the Penhas Road branch start with $5.00 for black, $5.30 for white, $6.10 for mocha, $7.80 for cold brew, $1.00 for extra espresso shot, with $0.50 for iced versions. Weird pricing for some? To cater to busy working crowd, batch brew is also available at $4.00 per cup.
Compared to some other lattes in Singapore which tend to be on the acidic side, I found my cup pleasurable. Brawn & Brains Coffee Run
April’s Bakery Singapore – Raffles Place
One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place #B1-38, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 7:00pm (Mon – Fri)
NEW Outlet At One Raffles Place
April’s Bakery has arrived in the CBD at One Raffles Place basement. This shop looks like it has space for more offerings, and NEW things you can expect include an exclusive Tokyo Banana Pie, drinks of Thai Milk Tea and Matcha Latte.
The flavours are varied and exciting, from taro, red bean, Thai milk tea, green tea, black sesame, custard, coconut, pumpkin, purple sweet potato, to sweet egg floss.
The Singapore-exclusive flavour is Tokyo Banana Pie, inspired by Singaporean’s enthusiasm over the famous Japanese cake. You know which one. Most of the pies are priced at $2. April’s Bakery (One Raffles Place)
1 Raffles Place #B1-39, One Raffles Place Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Japanese Fermented Rice Drink Shop Opens In Singapore
Amazake is an alcohol-free beverage made from fermented rice, said to be a 1500-year-old Japanese culture. How unusual and bold to have an Amazake concept in Singapore, considered a rather niche market.
Amamoto Café is located at the basement of One Raffles Place, aimed at the office crowd. While it is called a “café”, a better way to describe would be a take-away kiosk as there are no seats or coffee.
Beverages offered at the kiosk include Original ($4.80), Roasted Soybean ($5), and Matcha ($5), all containing Amazake and non-sweetened soymilk.
I preferred the bottle drink somehow, without the additional flavours, more of the natural taste. In fact, I could feel some of the rice grains within. Amamoto Café (One Raffles Place)
Also look out for Coffeesmith from Korea which has soft-launched in Singapore at Orchard Gateway.
And The Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 where you can have all of the country’s best cafes together in a single place, to have the best coffee at a single seating. The festival will return at the spacious seaside venue Marina Bay Cruise Centre, from 4th August to 6th August, Friday to Sunday.
Above ‘Corn-fuse’ a grilled corn filled ice-cream from Foxhole Cafe will be featured.
DFD readers can also enjoy the discounted price of $18 (usual price $22) for your tickets with the Promo code: scf17xDFD. For more details, head over to http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg
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