New café openings continue to be focused around Jewel Changi Airport.
If you are looking for coffee and dessert places at Jewel, some of the names to look out for include JW360°,
Birds Of Paradise, Café Amazon, Café Morozoff, Café&Meal MUJI, Cedele Bakery Kitchen, Coffee@Works, Emack & Bolio’s, Lady M, Pazzion Café, Mao Shan Wang, O’Coffee Club Roastery, and Maison de PB (by Paris Baguette).
There is also a 1st Precious Moments + Care Bears pop up Cafe – for fans of both.
Not forgetting there are other under-the-radar gems to discover at other parts of Singapore. ENJOY this month’s guide!
JW360° (Japan Way Three Sixty)
78 Airport Boulevard, #01-223/224/225, Jewel Changi Airport (Nearest Terminal T1)
Tel: (Retail) +65 6242 8377 I (Restaurant) +65 6243 2466
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Legit Matcha Desserts At Jewel Changi Airport
If you are a sweet tooth or just needing a tea break while walking around Jewel Changi Airport, the JW360° café corner is for you.
They have a range of cakes and gelato using Japanese ingredients like matcha, adzuki bean, and wasanbon, an expensive fine-grained Japanese sugar made from Shikoku sugarcane.
The must-get is the Japanese Gelato ($7.50) with 2 flavours topped with sweet potato. Flavours include Japanese Whiskey, Caramel Walnut, Soba-Cha (interesting), Matcha Milk, Sweet Potato, Hoji-cha and Black Sesame.
The Goma I dare say with its rich and intense flavour, is possibly THE BEST black sesame gelato I had in Singapore.
The picturesque Matcha Mont Blanc ($9.00) with Japanese chestnut paste is my personal favourite; while Matcha Mille Feuille ($9.00) with matcha butter, custard and sweet chestnut are both art-on-a-plate. JW360° (Jewel Changi Airport)
% Arabica Singapore
56 Arab Street Singapore 199753
(Opening May 2019)
One Of Kyoto’s Best Coffee Shops Opening At Arab Street
% Arabica originally from Hong Kong technically (then Kyoto Japan), is known to be one of the best coffee shops around.
There are 16 stores located in Japan, Hong Kong, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Philippines and China, and is finally setting foot in Singapore.
The location is revealed to be at 56 Arab Street, and the anticipated opening month is in May 2019.
% Arabica is known as a great place for excellent coffee, somewhere even coffee snobs would be go to.
It takes pride in using beans from its own coffee farm in Hawaii, and from around the world.
Onze #01-05, 11 Kee Seng Street, Singapore 089218
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Japanese Cafe With Matcha And Sweet Potato Cakes
This is Hvala’s 3rd local outlet, after a takeaway kiosk at 313@somerset and teahouse at CHIJMES.
If you are a first timer here, the typical recommended items at Matcha Latte, and Matcha Hojicha Latte, priced at $5.80.
The signature drink consists of earthy and nutty houjicha at the bottom, with smooth and slight-bitter matcha latte at the top.
A selection of cakes such as Goma (Sesame), Chocolate Truffle, Honey Earl Grey Hazelnut, Matcha Azuki ($7.80 per slice) are available. Hvala @ Onze (Tanjong Pagar)
The Affogato Lounge
55 Keong Saik Road, #01-02, Singapore 089158
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Affogato Specialty Cafe With Well-Designed Interior
The Affogato Lounge is a spin-off from The Affogato Bar at Cluny Court Bukit Timah Road, specialising in alcoholic infused affogatos, micro-batch ice cream, and Italian bites such as Paninis, Bowls and Baked Quiches (available from 8am to 5pm).
Beyond the attractive turquoise coloured façade, the interior certainly looked artfully-designed, with geometric wooden panelling, mood lighting, and contemporary vibes.
The Affogatos are certainly the highlight of the menu, but so is the pricing – from $14 to $20. The highlight being the alcoholic Tiramisu ($20) served with a double shot of Paramount and house blend liquor. The Affogato Lounge (Keong Saik)
Glyph Supply Co
111 Somerset Road, #01-06, Singapore 238164
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 8:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Minimalist White Café Found At Somerset
Glyph Supply Co. has been attracting quite a fair bit of customers, because it is an artisanal café with quite an “instagrammable” interior.
Coffee is priced at $4.50 for the black, $5.50 for the white, Coldbrew at $6.00, while iced versions cost $1 extra. For non-coffee drinkers, there is also offering of Matcha ($6.00) and Chocolate ($6.00).
This is slightly pricier than what you find in other hipster cafes in the neighbourhoods, but I suppose they have high rentals to pay.
Bakes are from Carpenter & Cook, and you get a rotational selection from Lemon Tart, Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Tart, Passionfruit Meringue Tart, Almond Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat, to savoury bites of Mushroom Quiche, and Ham and Cheese Croissant. Glyph Supply Co. (TripleOne Somerset)
Cafe De Nicole’s Flower
224 Telok Kurau Rd, #01-01, Singapore 423836
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 8.30pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Floral-Themed Café With Soufflé Pancakes
While many new cafes in Singapore has gone for a minimalist or industrial concept, Cafe De Nicole’s Flower focuses on a garden theme.
And this is not just about the aesthetical aspect but also through its presentation and scent.
Something that caught my attention is the addition of flowers, be it dried or fresh flowers, in all the desserts and drinks that I ordered.
Even though the souffle pancakes may not seem as tall, wobbly or bouncy (worthy for a Boomerang shot), this plate of soufflé pancakes is a piece of art on its own, with sauces, fruits and flowers used for plating. Cafe De Nicole’s Flower (Telok Kurau Road)
51 Upper Serangoon Rd #01-70 The Poiz Centre, Singapore 347697
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Durian Desserts Cafe With Durian Choux Pastry And MSW Cake
Ms Durian, a new durian-specialty cafe specialising in durian desserts has opened at Potong Pasir, similar to Double Durian at Jalan Besar and Mao Shan Wang Café at Temple Street.
It offers a small and refined selection of 6 items on their menu, focusing on durian desserts.
Some of the lighter options include Durian Coconut Milk Pudding ($6), Durian Mousse Cake (Slice $8.50, Whole $65) and Durian Craquelin ($2).
On the other hand, the heavier options are made using MSW – Mao Shan Wang (King of durians) include MSW Ice Cream Puff ($3), MSW Durian Cake (Slice $12, Whole $90) and MSW Ice Cream ($9). Ms Durian (Potong Pasir)
Block 36 Circuit Road, #01-414, Singapore 370036
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue – Fri), 11am – 11pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Undiscovered Ice Cream Parlour With Sakura Tree And Mala Wings
Wishes Cafe is another ice cream parlour that has joined the recent trend of opening within HDB residential estates, such as Denzy at Bishan, OCD Café at Ang Mo Kio, and Pobo Gelato at West Coast.
A single scoop of ice cream will cost $3.50, and double scoops is priced at $6. With a total of 12 flavours available at any one time, all ice cream are freshly churned in-house.
Classic flavours include Vanilla, Sesame, Rum & Raisin, Pistachio and Cookies & Cream whereas interesting ones are Japanese Sweet Potato and Kum Quat sorbet (a citrus fruit).
There is an eye-catching component in its interior – a tall pink sakura tree which spans across the entire ceiling that creates a homely ambience.
Not real but from Taobao of course, but it makes some photographic moments.
With a total of 12 flavours available at any one time, all ice cream are freshly churned in-house. Wishes Café (Macpherson)
The M Plot
No. 9 King Albert Park, KAP #01-05, Singapore 598332 (King Albert Park Downtown Line)
Tel: +65 6223 1986
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Macaron Focused Café with Big Macaron Cake
The M Plot at KAP serves up Macarons, and offer many types with creative flavours.
The unique flavour selection is inspired by Asian food cultures, and you can find anything from Salted Egg Yolk x Curry, Thai Tea, Purple Yam, to Lychee x White Chocolate.
By adding say a hint of curry leaf into the classic sweet dessert, they hope that customers can have a surprising outcome. As though there is some roller coaster in your mouth.
Also available are “Big Macaron” ($8.50), which come in flavours of Raspberry Rose Lychee
Rose, Chocolate Hazelnut Praline, and Black Forest. The M Plot (King Albert Park)
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop
The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, #01-01, Singapore 069118
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 2pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Hidden Coffee Place Within A Bookstore
Singapore’s largest independent publisher, Epigram Books has opened a 980 square feet brick-and-mortar bookstore right at URA Centre, with 90% of the books on display written by Singaporean authors, published locally or all about Singapore.
In collaboration with Huggs Coffee to provide a space for quick bite and drinks while books browsing, there are interesting local items on the menu.
This includes beverages of Tumeric Latte ($5), Latte Gula ($5), Sumatra Kopi/ Kopi Si/ Kopi O ($1.80/ $2/ $1.60), Milk Teh Si ($2) and Masala Tea ($2.20).
As I sit down and enjoy my cup of caffeine from Huggs Coffee in the 40-seaters space, the most eye-catching and alluring part of this place is the 11-metres long bookshelf. Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop (Maxwell Road)
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