As attention spans get shorter, and ‘instagram-ability’ last only that long before the next IN thing comes along, we should start seeing more pop-up cafes in Singapore.
Note: Not all the “cafes” in this guide serves up coffee, as I categorised the dessert and ice creams within as well since there are quite a number of them. (Click blue link behind each cafe writeup for more detailed review.)
Oh My Mango
762 Jurong West Street 75, #01-334, Singapore 3640762
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Thai Mango Frappe, Shibuya Toast, Bingsu And Tom Yum Toast At Jurong West
Located at level 1 of Gek Poh Shopping Centre (wait, first time hearing about this place) is the addition of a Thai dessert cafe with 20 seats indoors and 6 seats outdoors.
Separated into two different units where ordering is done next door, the menu features a wide selection of 40 items.
Think 7 different types of Mango drinks ($3.90 – $5.90), Thai Milk Tea ($3), Shibuya Toast ($7.90 – $10.90), Bingsu ($9.90 – $14.90) and Tom Yum Goong Toast ($6.90).
Wait, what? A Tom Yum Goong Toast.
For those who are here just for the Thai mangoes, Mango Latte ($4.90), Mango Yogurt Frappe ($4.90), Mango Freeze ($4.90) and Mango Sticky Rice Frappe ($5.90) are available.
Oh My Mango (Jurong West)
133 New Bridge Road, #01-30 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
10am to 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Taiwanese Kazu Kazu, Lava Polo Buns And ‘Sexy’ Matcha Latte Bottles
Taiwanese Bakery Kazo has opened at Chinatown Point (nearer Hong Lim Food Centre side), offering a selection of Polo Buns, Cream Puffs, and Kazu Kazu which are long choux pastries.
The brand is supposedly popular in Taiwan, with a different name of Nichifu 日芙洋菓子 with stores in Taichung. (My Taiwanese friends have never heard of it though.)
Offerings included Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50 for 2 scoops, $3.80 for 1), Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00), Crispy Cream Puff ($1.80), Kazu Kazu ($3.50), Cheese Tart ($3.00 for original, $3.20 for chocolate or matcha) and Kazoman Beverages ($3.00 – $3.50).
My sense is the Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00) could land up being its most popular item, as local consumers are still fascinated by the idea of flowing lava.
Mine was indeed very molten. Though I suspect some might come expecting the salted egg grainy texture, this version was more sweet, smooth and creamy. Not bad.
Kazo (Chinatown Point)
Mellow Pan。メロ Singapore
#B1-52B, Our Tampines Hub, Lobby B (Right below Public Service Center), 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
1st Japanese Melonpan Specialty Shop With Ice Cream At Our Tampines Hub
Located at the basement level of Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first melonpan specialty shop, offering Plain MelonPan in 2 different sizes: Small (1 for $2.60, 5 for $10) and Large (1 for $3.40, 3 for $9), MelonPan Gelato with 3 options: Small melon pan with 1 choice of flavour ($4.80), Small melon pan with 2 flavours ($6.80) and Large melon pan with 2 flavours ($7.80).
Interesting flavours include Avocado, Chendol, Honeycomb, Yuzu and D24 Durian, which are local and relatable.
Toppings such as Sunflower seeds, Rainbow sprinkle and Peanuts are available at an additional $0.60 whereas durian toppings are priced at $2.50. Mellow Pan (Our Tampines Hub)
183 Jalan Pelikat, Promenade@Pelikat, #01-01, Singapore 537643
Opening Hours: 12pm – 6pm (Fri – Sun),
Mon to Thu – Cake collection by appointment only
Exquisite Entremet Cakes Found In the Heartlands. Hidden Gem At Kovan
It was quite a journey to locate Purist Patisserie, for it was smack right in the middle of a Kovan private housing estate, with no direct train or bus services.
Situated at the end of shop houses of The Promenade @ Pelikat, it may be easy to overlook the shop if not for its bright pink interior and rose gold chandelier which caught my attention.
Joanne’s forte lies in French entremet, which her meticulous crafting skills can be observed from the exquisiteness and aesthetic details of every entremet.
I took a liking to the Cebu Sunrise [$8] which consisted of coconut, mango and jasmine rice.
The light coconut mousse was well complemented with sweet mango gelatin fillings and added rice cracker base for that crunch. Purist Patisserie (Jalan Pelikat)
44 Haji Lane, Singapore 189237
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon-Thu), 11am – 9pm (Fri-Sun)
Ondeh Ondeh And Nutella Brownie Cheesecake Softserve, From Muslim Owned Shop At Haji Lane
I found a hole-in-the-wall softserve place along the hipster Haji Lane. Moosh is Muslim-owned and uses 100% Halal-certified ingredients in their softserve and toppings.
The menu is short but yet concise at the moment, with Softserve that comes in 2 sizes: Regular ($4 – 4.50) and Large ($5.50 – 6), Cone and Kurtos (Kürtőskalács, a Hungarian chimney cone). Both the Cone and Kurtos will be offered at a later date.
With just 6 flavours available at the moment that comes with preset toppings, think Strawberry, Blueberry, Nutella Brownie Cheesecake, Smores, Apple Crumble and their bestseller Ondeh- Ondeh.
The Ondeh Ondeh SoftServe (Regular $4.50/ Large $6) comes with fixed toppings such as desiccated coconut and coconut flakes, with green pandan sauce drizzled on the walls of the cup and on the surface of the softserve. Moosh (Haji Lane)
Blk 2 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-5148, Singapore 150002
Tel: +65 6250 9952
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 11:00pm (Fri – Sat)
Ice Cream Cafe Serving Mentaiko Pasta And Marmite Fried Chicken Waffles. At Jalan Bukit Merah
Am I the only one who thinks the name of this café is a tongue twister?
There are 3 components to Carrara – a café, bistro and creamery.
The ice cream display is on the outside, enticing people who would walk past, especially the school children. Flavours include Fresh Coconut, Earl Grey Lavender, Vanilla, Mango, Thai Tea, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry, Salted Caramel and After Eight.
You can have a scoop on the Signature Waffle ($8.50) topped with chocolate sauce with a side of maple syrup. Carrara Café (Jalan Bukit Merah)
30 Raffles Place, #B1-06A, Chevron House, Singapore 048622 (Raffles Place MRT)
“Infuse” Favourite Ingredients Into Your Ice Cream, At Chevron House Raffles Place
Lickerbites located at the basement of Chevron House at Raffles Place presents a different way of making ice cream.
The customer can choose a base and ingredients to be “infused” within the ice cream itself, priced at $5.90 per cup, $6.90 for the cone.
If you want to save the trouble, then get a Signature lend of Mango Bonanza, Strawberry Chocolate Crunch, Coco Without Nuts, Tropicocoa, or Chocolate Utopia (all at $6.90 each).
Licker Bites (Raffles Place)
Tarte by Cheryl Koh
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #02-12, Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 62353225
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm Daily
NEW Sit-Down Patisserie With More Cakes & Coffee, At Shaw Centre Level 2
Tarte by Cheryl Koh has relocated to Shaw Centre Level 2 with an expanded menu and cosy dining area – no sharing of space with Caveau Bar any more.
The store’s popularity went up, especially after when Chef Koh was named “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef” in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
For this new café, you can also expect cakes such as Fraisier – light sponge cake made with crème mousseline and French strawberry; Gateau Opera; and Dark Chocolate Cake.
All are sold at $10 per slice, $45 or $85 for a full cake, available in limited quantities daily.
The tarts are available in three sizes and more than ten flavours – an individual tart size at 8cm diameter ($10), regular size at 16cm diameter ($45), and a large meant for 8 to 10 persons ($75).
I have tried a couple (maybe even at least 10 of them) over time, and personal favourites typically go to the fruit ones. I often find them of good quality, not overly glazed so that you can still appreciate the natural sweetness of the fruits. Tarte by Cheryl Koh (Shaw Centre)
9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Gallery #01-02, Singapore 189559
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
+82 PlusEightTwo – BTOB’s EunKwang Opens a Korean Bingsu Cafe In Singapore.
Fans of BTOB will rejoice as their idol EunKwang, who is the leader of the popular K-pop boyband, has opened his first Korean Dessert Cafe in Singapore.
Omo! Jinjja? Daebak!
+82 PlusEightTwo which represents the country code for South Korea, is located at Level 1 of Rendezvous Hotel at Bras Basah.
I was intrigued when some of the girls can be seen taking wefie with the male Korean service staff members even when their Oppa was not around.
The menu offers a selection of Siltarae Bingsu ($17.90) in 3 flavours: Matcha, Choco, Banana; Oreo/ Injeolmi/ Berry/ Mango/ Melon Snow Flake Bingsu in 2 sizes: Cup ($6.80-7.80) and Regular ($15.90-18.90); Grapefruit, Green Grape, Peach Ice Cube Soda ($7.50) and Sunrise/ Palette/ Injeolmi Toast ($8.50). +82 PlusEightTwo (Rendezvous Gallery)
30 Raffles Place #01-42 Chevron House Singapore 048622
Rice Bowls And Coffee At Raffles Place, Opened By The Local Coffee PeoplePasar Bella Suntec City and Changi City Point) and will also sell burgers, the two businesses are not related.
Rice bowls are offered during lunch time, with up to a selection of 14 types, though not all would be available at the same time. This may remind some of Waa Cow Sushi Bar a short distance away, which is doing reasonably well during lunch time.
The four recommended are Short Rib, Salmon Mentai, Oyster & Eggs, and Truffled Salmon Bowls.
WOLF (Raffles Place)
Northpoint City, B2-146 (South Wing), 1 Northpoint Drive, Singapore 768019 (Yishun MRT Station)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
One Of Thailand’s Top Smoothie and Dessert Brand In Singapore, At Northpoint City
The mango drinks wave has hit several cities in Asia, though Singapore seems to be taking it slightly slower.
Fruiturday which started in the city of Chiang Mai, has multiple franchises in Thailand. Their fruit beverages are made with 100% fresh fruits and ingredients.
Signature items include Mango Sticky Rice Smoothie ($6.90); Mango Delight – Mango with a Strawberry twist ($5.90); Mango sago Smoothie ($5.90); Mixed Berries Smoothie ($4.90); and Apple Shake ($3.90). Fruiturday (Northpoint City)
Boyle’s Coffee X Cold Brew Bar
#B1-106 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon-Sun)
World’s 1st Cold Brew Coffee Bar In Singapore At Suntec City
Boyle’s Coffee which first originated from South Korea, has opened the “The World’s First Cold Brew Coffee Bar” (as they claim) in Suntec City, right beside Korean Tteokbokki restaurant, Dookki.
This is after their dine-in cafe at Bukit Timah Plaza in 2016.
Being a cold brew takeaway bar, Boyle’s Coffee only uses cold brew coffee. It means that there is no espresso coffee machine to be found.
With various taps, it looks exactly like a bar where beer is pumped out directly through these cool and hipster-looking equipment. Boyle’s Coffee (Suntec City)
Final Fantasy Café Singapore
Watanabe Coffee 350 Orchard Road Shaw House #01-00 Isetan Scotts Singapore 238868
Duration: 24th January 2018 (12pm) to 10th February 2018
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 11pm (Fri – Sat, Eve of PH)
Ala-carte and Set Menu available from 11am onwards daily
Final Fantasy Pop Up Themed Café At Orchard, From 24 Jan – 10 Feb
The Dissidia Final Fantasy NT game is a follow-up to Dissidia Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, which allows players to battle one another using many characters from the Final Fantasy series.
The themed Set Menu, priced at $28.90++, includes a Moogle Curry & White Stew with a special prink.
Okay, at first I was looking at the photo of the Japanese Curry for a long time, and wondered why a Curry Png would cost more than $30 (after taxes).
Then I realised it had the face of a Moogle, the white cat-like furry creature with small wings that appeared in Final Fantasy. “Nya!”
There is also Final Fantasy merchandise air-flown from Japan. Seats are on a first come first serve basis, and no reservations are allowed. Final Fantasy Café Singapore (Orchard Road)
Care Bears Cafe
Kumoya @ 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat), Last Order 30 minutes before closing, Closed Mon
Duration: 1 February (Thurs) to End March 2018
Lovable Themed Café Coming To Singapore
“Care Bear, STARE…” Care Bears Cafe IS coming to Singapore. Goody Goody Gosh! This is the first full-fledged Care Bears centric pop-up cafe in South-East Asia and Singapore.
The collaboration is taking place with Kumoya, Singapore’s first Halal-certified Japanese-French café. Kumoya is no stranger to character cafes, also behind Miffy Café and Cinnamoroll Café pop-up concepts.
The period for the Care Bears pop-up is from 1st February 2018 (Thursday) to end March 2018.
The limited-time menu has been curated and styled by well known food stylist Shirley Wong (Little Miss Bento) and the Kumoya team. Shirley is also consultant of the menu at Gudetama Café Singapore.
Offerings include Kumoya’s Star Attraction ($18.90), Cheer-Up Chicken Katsu Burger ($21.90), Seafood Chowder Rice ($28.90) and Salted Egg Yolk Fries ($11.90). Care Bears Café Singapore (Jalan Klapa)