Happy New Year! Am starting the first post of 2019 with a NEW cafe compilation.
To be honest, I have been writing this “New Cafes Guide” every single month without fail since 2014, and did toy with the idea of stopping it. Especially when I am travelling and would be good to take a break.
Decided to push on with it, because I think new unknown cafes and business owners in Singapore need even more exposure with the increasing competition. I hope this cafe guide comes in useful for readers as well, to discover some unheard of places.
So here it is (typing this on New Year’s Day…), 10 New Cafes In Singapore January 2019
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Baristart Coffee Singapore
65 Tras Street Singapore 079004 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Popular “Hidden Gem” in Hokkaido Arrives In Singapore
Popular Hokkaido café Baristart Coffee has arrived in Singapore, and it is not difficult to understand why it would be a hit with both coffee and Japanese food lovers.
Other than using Hokkaido milk of exceptional quality for its coffee, matched with beautiful latte art; its food and desserts – such as the Shiro Kuma Hokkaido shaved ice is worthy venturing to Tanjong Pagar for.
It is the first café here to offer coffee using the popular Brown Jersey Milk from Biei, a small town in Hokkaido, Japan.
Biei Jersey Milk is an ultra-premium milk prized for being rare, as there are only about 800 Brown Jersey cows left making up 1% of the total cow population in Japan. Baristart Coffee (Tras Street)
Vivocity #01-100/101 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Floral Themed Café With Specialty Teas And Soufflé Pancakes
What makes ARTEA different is that it is an original brand, focuses on tea and soufflé pancakes, with a lifestyle-café concept.
As its name “ARTEA” suggests, the café seeks to combine tea-drinking with art, with an obvious “floral” theme.
While ARTEA may not be a known dessert house, surprisingly they got their Japanese style Soufflé pancakes quite right – airy, wobbly and delicious.
The big draw are its Soufflé pancakes, freshly baked and assembled on the spot. It is recommended to take your photos quick, because they are best tasted warm and fluffy.
As a note, as all of them are made only upon order, be prepared to wait a while for your dessert treat. ARTEA (Vivocity)
A Summer in Paris
1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-13 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront Station)
Tel: +65 98138575
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
A Summer in Paris is launched at Vivocity, in collaboration with the famous Pastry Chef Yann Brys, awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (MOF).
Held once every 4 years, this is France’s highest accolade awarded for expertise and excellence, considered the “holy grail” to be achieved by French pastry chefs.
I would give my vote to the Pompom ($9.30), striking in appearance looking like a green apple.
On its base is a crumbly citrus shortbread, with the soft green apple cream and jelly adding some subtle sourness which blended well with the sweetness. A Summer In Paris (Vivocity)
BLK 333, Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-23, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Wed-Sat), Sun to Tue by appointment only
Hole-In-The-Wall Melbourne-inspired Café
With a great variety of pastries lined up against the glass window like a well curated dessert table, many passersby cannot help but whipped out their phones to capture an Instagram shot.
The first dessert that caught my attention was the Strawberry Watermelon Cake ($8,90).
Other choices include Matcha Strawberry Roll ($7.90), Chai Latte Reindeer Tart ($8.90), Sticky Date Bundt ($5.50), Coffee Frosting on Carrot Bundt Cake ($6.90) and the only savoury item Kimchi Tuna Quiche.
The cutest looking pastry goes to the Chai Latte Reindeer Tart ($8.90), made up of chocolate sponge, salted caramel goo and specula’s crumbs to give it a sweet and savoury taste with a crunch.
With a rotating menu every 3 months due to the seasonal produce used, we can expect more tasty bakes from Caleen and her team in the upcoming months. Sugar Thieves (Kreta Ayer Road)
13 Stamford Road, Unit #01-84 Capitol Piazza Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 6715 6872
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Mon – Sun)
German Breads and Pastries at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel
Berthold Delikatessen is a tribute to the founder Berthold Kempinski of the Kempinski Hotel chain.
Before Berthold became a hotelier, he started a deli in Berlin together with his wife. Therefore, the deli has kept its German accent and is spelt with a “k”.
Its symbol is an iconic red moustache, a nod to the founder.
Located on the ground floor of Capitol Singapore, what’s offered is an assortment of sandwiches, salads and Berthold’s fragrant coffee of German or local blend.
You can also shop a curated range of confectionery and pantry supplies from the deli.
There are cakes such as Black Forest ($8.00), Chocolate Mousse Cake ($8.00), Mango Cheese Cake ($8.00), Strawberry Tart ($7.00), Carrot Cake ($7.00) and Choux Puff ($7.00).
106 Jalan Jurong Kechil Singapore 598604 (10 min walk from Beauty World MRT station)
Opening Hours: 10am — 9pm (Mon, Wed to Fri), 9am — 9pm (Sat, Sun), Closed Tues
Flagwhite is a cosy and homely space nestled in the peaceful Bukit Timah neighbourhood, located opposite Bukit Timah Community Club.
They pride themselves in three things: good coffee, wholesome food, desserts made in-house.
The majority of their products such as coffee, chocolates and tea are sourced from local suppliers and craftspeople, as they believe in supporting local SMEs.
Food wise, the recommended items are Chicken Parmigiana ($15) of brine breaded chicken, tomato concasse, sautéed mushroom, with mozzarella gouda cheese mix; and Flagwhite Burger ($16) comprising of sunny side egg, streaky bacon, cheddar, beetroot, onion crisp, BBQ aioli, all in a housemade brioche burger bun. FlagWhite Café (Jalan Jurong Kechil)
La Lola Churreria
The Central #01-27, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, 059817
Tel: +65 6610 6802
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Churros Café From the Philippines
La Lola Churreria is a brand from the Philippines, known for making churros in-house and fried fresh upon order in 100% olive oil. (So be prepared to wait for your order).
The cafe’s churros are made in-house, fried fresh upon order—in 100% olive oil.
Other than the original style Clasico Churros, there are those in dark chocolate, white chocolate, matcha and strawberry flavours.
The Singapore exclusive flavour is the XUXOS ($8.00), a stuffed churro filled with garlic aioli and topped with pork floss.
You can also expect Churro Ice Cream Sandwich ($8.30) and a Barcelona Sandwich ($8.50) with fillings of serrano ham and mozzarella cheese.
Ah Lock & Co
7 Wallich St, #B2-22/23/24 Tanjong Pagar Centre Singapore 078884
Tel: +65 8826 0244
Opening Hours: 7.30 am – 8.30 pm (Mon – Fri), 11.30 am – 8.30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Creative Local “Donburi” With Hakka Yong Tau Foo & Thunder Tea Rice
Ah Lock Tofu run by the young Lee Lock Teng, first started at Yishun Park Hawker Centre as part of Timbre’s incubator programme for first time F&B ‘hawkerpreneurs’.
The signature dish was an interesting Hakka Tofu Rice Bowl, a combination of Hakka-style Yong Tau Foo and elements of Hakka Thunder Tea Rice (lei cha fan).
The signature item available there is the Hakka Tofu Bowl ($7.80) and an option which comes with Thunder Tea Soup for an additional dollar.
On top of a bed of Japanese short-grain rice (I wished it was warmer), are pieces of “Yong Tau Foo” created by stuffing minced pork belly, tofu and taupok together and deep-fried. Ah Lock & Co. (Tanjong Pagar)
Gopeng Street, 1 Gopeng Street, Carlton City Hotel Singapore 078862 (at the back of the hotel)
Tel: +65 6741 9108
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
Famous Hokkaido Soft Serve Shop Opens In Singapore
Naganuma Ice’s soft serve is raved for using 100% Hokkaido raw milk, and with queues in Japan and Taiwan that lasts for up to an hour.
Compared to many soft serve shops that offer say maximum of 2 to 3 flavours, there are actually 9 that you can pick from.
They include Rich Milk, Matcha, Corn, Yubari Melon, Ebisu Pumpkin, Red Wine, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Aomori Apple.
Priced at $5.00 per cup, $5.50 on a cone. There is also a Singapore-exclusive Crème Brûlée Soft Serve ($8) powered with sugar at the top, then torched. Naganuma Ice (Tanjong Pagar)
Pusheen Café Singapore
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: 6th Jan 2019 (Sun) till March 2019
World’s 1st Pusheen Café
Singapore’s 1st Pusheen Café is only opening on the 6th of January 2019, and for a limited time till March 2019.
If you are not familiar with this cat… the animated feline internet sensation Pusheen, is described as “a female domestic shorthair which is grey and tabby”.
The interior of the café will be decorated like a Pusheen paradise, transformed with designs by the creator of Pusheen (Claire Belton) and her team of designers, exclusively for Singapore.
The menu will also feature Pusheen-inspired mains, desserts and beverages, specially designed by @LittleMissBento (Shirley Wong) together with the Kumoya kitchen team.
Look out for the Pusheen In-a-Bun Ebi Burger ($19.90) which features Pusheen Bamboo Charcoal mantou, with goma mayo sauce, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, french fries, and fresh garden salad. Vegetarian option available. Pusheen Cafe Singapore (Jalan Klapa)