9 King Albert Park, Kap Mall #01-11/12, Singapore 598332
Tel: Tel: +65 6904 3811
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Gorgeous Cafe Serving “Giant Macarons” Which Are Actually Gelato
Camaca specialising in Gelato, Coffee and Chocolate originated from Taiwan and this is the first store in Singapore.
Gorgeous space, I must say, with an upper storey complete with a coffee bar.
These ‘macarons’ are specially made capsules, which need to be placed in their custom made gelato machine before serving.
The gelato encased within would then be squeezed out, twirled onto a cup akin to a softserve ice cream.
The purpose of putting the gelato in the capsule is mainly for 2 reasons: for hygiene as it prevents unwanted particles from getting in; and preventing air and ice crystals so that the gelato gets an improved texture.
The gelato comes in flavours such as Musang King Durian, Pomelo Tea, Swiss Chocolate, Raspberry Mango, Coconut, Royal Earl Grey, and Roasted Oolong. Camaca (King Albert Park)
2 Clementi West Street 2, Unit 01-02A, Singapore 129605
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Wed – Mon), 6pm – 10pm (Tues)
Pobo Gelato – Artisanal Italian Gelato Café, Hidden Within West Coast Community Centre
Pobo Gelato aims to brings a taste of Italy to Singapore with the gelato they serve.
All the gelato are handmade from scratch in the shop, churned out fresh by the owner himself.
Each scoop goes for $4 per flavour, $7.50 for 2 flavours, additional $1 for waffle cone.
An interesting feature is that gelato shades are used rather than ice cream scoopers, as the texture is silkier and softer (as compared to American style ice cream) and can easily be scooped out.
Some of the signature Italian flavours include Pistachio, Hazelnut, 70% Dark Chocolate, Fior Di Latte (Milk) and Speculoos. Also available are Asian local-inspired flavours of Pandan, Milo, Matcha, Houjicha and Earl Grey Lavender.
I was instantly impressed by the consistency of the gelato because of how soft it is. Pobo Gelato (West Coast)
HEYTEA Singapore – Clarke Quay
HEYTEA @ CLARKE QUAY #01-06 at 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
Opening Hours: 12pm – 1am (Mon – Sun)
HEYTEA Singapore Opens 2nd Outlet At Clarke Quay
HEYTEA Singapore 喜茶 has opened its second outlet at Clarke Quay.
Boasting a modest area of 2,200 square feet, customers can sit down and enjoy a cup of tea in the comfort of the modern teahouse.
Located amidst the bustling bar scene at Clarke Quay, this outlet opens at 12pm and closes as late as 1am.
Expect 4 special Singapore-exclusives at HEYTEA Clarke Quay – 2 Tea Geek Special Blend and 2 Tipsy Ice Creams.
For the Singapore-exclusive alcoholic tea creations, they include the Scarlet’s Heart ($16), a refreshing watermelon-pink tipple topped off with a layer of foamy egg white.
Combining the sweet notes of fresh fruits, juicy pineapple pulps and cognac brandy with a hint of floral fragrance from jasmine green tea.
As for The Royal’s Romance ($22), it is a combination of vodka and osmanthus oolong, laced with a sprig of thyme and coupled with a splash of zest from fresh lemons. HEYTEA (Clarke Quay)
Mavrx Coffee Bar
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-129, Great World City Office Lobby
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00am – 5:30pm (Sat – Sun)
“Hipster” Coffee Place Opens At Great World City
Mavrx Coffee Bar has opened another outlet at Great World City, at the office tower side.
To retain some of those “hipster” vibes, a wall on the side features the words “Get Shit Done” and cups with puny captions. They are all different, grab a takeaway and read away.
Similar to the first outlet, there is no proper sit-down space per se, but there are benches around for you to hold conversations.
Mavrx Coffee Bar serves up cups of Espresso ($3.50), Flat White ($5), Latte ($5), Cappuccino ($5), Mocha ($5.50), and the not-so-common Genmaicha Latte ($5.50) and Yuzu Cooler ($5.50).
It also offers options of House Blend and Single Origin – a Kenya Rianjagi with blackcurrent, lemonade sweetness, and juicy finish. Mavrx Coffee Bar (Great World City)
Boyle’s Coffee X Love Bites
SMU Li Ka Shing Library, 70 Stamford Rd, #01-22A, Singapore 178901
Tel: +65 8784 4648
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm (Mon – Fri), 9:00am – 3:00pm (Sat – Sun)
“Korean” Cafe Opens In SMU Offering Grain Bowls And Nitro Cold Brews
Boyle’s Coffee, which is a coffee brand of South Korea’s UTB Coffee, has made its way to SMU.
This is its 3rd store in Singapore, with the first two found at Bukit Timah Plaza and
Located right below SMU Li Ka Shing Library, I can foresee a lot of SMU students using this place for short discussions and rushing assignments.
If you have heard about Boyle’s coffee, you’ve probably know about their Nitro Cold Brews. This outlet is also said to house Singapore’s first Mavam Espresso Machine.
Their Nitro Coffee known for silky and smooth texture, is created by cold brew coffee and nitro gas, served in a tall glass.
As this is a “Love Bites” concept, the café also offers “Love Bowls” from 11am onwards, with offerings simply (or lazily) named The Chicken, The Fish, and The Egg. Boyle’s Coffee x Love Bites (SMU)
Cafe Leitz Singapore
Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, L1-20/21, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Camera Brand Leica Opens Cafe At Raffles Hotel
Photography enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the luxury German photography brand, Leica, has opened its 3rd global cafe right in Singapore’s refurbished Raffles Hotel.
The interior is clean, white and minimal, incorporating the complete Leica experience: Leica Galerie (amazing works on display shot on a Leica), Leica Store (camera and lens on display) and Cafe Leitz all under one roof.
Partnering with Alchemist for the coffee and The Patissier in the month of December and Haritts Donuts for the month of January, the menu offering is somewhat similar: Coffee and bakes, no savoury items unlike the outlet in Bangkok. Cafe Leitz Singapore (Raffles Hotel)
2 MacTaggart Road, #01-01 Khong Guan Building, Singapore 368078
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm Last Order 4:30pm (Mon – Fri); 9pm – 6pm Last Order 5:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun)
Alchemist Opens 3rd and Flagship Outlet
Alchemist started out as small takeaway coffee outpost in the CBD.
This 3rd outlet is their flagship store where they house the coffee roasters at the back, and an island-open concept coffee bar at the front.
They continue to source for their own coffee, roast them, and then focus on making it simple and approachable to our customers. Alchemist (MacTaggart Road)
Jia Yi Wan 加一碗
7 Hoe Chiang Rd, Singapore 089313
Tel: +65 6904 2580
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Penang Cafe With “Penang Street Art” Found At Tanjong Pagar
Jia Yi Wan 加一碗 specialises in Penang cuisine.
The eatery serves up Penang Curry Noodles ($5.80), Claypot Mee Tai Mak ($7.80), Chicken Horfun Soup ($5.80), Penang Prawn Noodles ($6.80), Penang Lor Mee ($5.80) and Penang Char Kway Teow ($5.80), and sounds rather promising.
However, their menu also (strangely) includes Claypot Bah Kut Teh and Korean Toasts. While those toasts look quite all of place with the Penang theme, I suppose it was there to appeal to the CBD workers in the vicinity. Jia Yi Wan 加一碗 (Tanjong Pagar)
Tipo Pasta Bar
785 North Bridge Road Singapore 198753
Tel: +65 8768 0785
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Halal Pasta Cafe With Artisanal Handmade Pasta
The name Tipo came about from “Tipo 00”, a type of smooth wheat flour also known as “doppio zero” or “granero tero” which originates from Italy.
The pasta-café serves up hand-crafted pasta, at a rather affordable price of $13.90 to $15.90 for their recommended combinations.
Diners can also customise pasta dishes from $9.90 (100g) and $12.90 (150g) onwards.
If making pasta choices seem too hair-splitting for you, then go for the standard choices of Royal Ragu ($13.90), Creamy Chicken & Mushroom ($14.90), Prawn Aglio ($14.90), Seafood Pomodoro ($15.90) or Full Vegan ($13.90).
With interesting pasta made from scratch such as Dill & Lemon Fettuccine and Saffron Fusilli, Tipo Pasta Bar does sound promising, and perhaps need some fine-tuning on their cooking processes. Tipo Pasta Bar (North Bridge Road)
Wok In Burger
124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136 Singapore 150124 (within Keng Eng Kee Seafood)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon -Sun)
Zhi Char Dishes Incorporated Into Burgers
(Not a café per set, but I thought this concept is interesting enough to be introduced.) Popular zhi char shop Keng Eng Kee Seafood has opened a new Burger stall called Wok In Burger.
It is introduced with the novel idea of incorporating local zhi char dishes into Western style burgers.
Say “Hello” to Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger, Salted Egg Pork Burger, Coffee Pork Burger, Pai Gu Wan Burger and the likes.
I also tried the Marmite Fried Chicken Chop Rice ($7) with sunny-side egg and loved the moist chicken drizzled in an addictive sweet sauce.
The rice tasted like it could have more wok-hei. The next time I come, I would order a Marmite Pork Burger which should work pretty well. Wok In Burger (Bukit Merah Lane)