Named after English architect Hugh Holland, Holland Village is known for its restaurants, pubs, and charming cafes with a laid-back feel.
Take a train to Holland Village MRT and you can start with the Lorong Liput area for Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh Singapore, Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap, and the hip places such as Two Men Bagel House, Project Acai and 2am:dessertbar by Janice Wong.
You can start your foodie trip right in the middle is Holland Village Market and Food Centre, which leads on to a stretch of watering holes.
Take a short stroll to Chip Bee Garden, which is lined with fancy restaurants, dessert houses and specialty coffee cafes. (Note: Our Second Home which is well-loved is undergoing renovations, which is why it is not included here.)
Here are 14 Holland Village cafes you can explore:
The Chir Cafe & Bar
Holland Village, 26A Lor Mambong, Singapore 277685
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Korean Cafe By Famous Fried Chicken Brand
Korean food lovers will be familiar with Korean fried chicken brand Chir Chir (pronounced “chi-ruh chi-ruh”) – the famous fried chicken chain originating from Seoul, South Korea.
And yes, this is its first café concept in the world.
Expect brunch items designed by a team of Korean chefs (till 4pm), all-day pasta, and a night menu of hearty Korean fare – think Chir Fried Chicken, Spicy Seafood Tteokbokki, Bacon Kimchi Dubu, to even Coke Ribs with Fries.
The recommended is the Bulgogi Tartine ($22), an open-faced sandwich with a thick slice of brioche for its base, slathered with a creamy spinach mascarpone spread.
Fresh crunchy rocket leaves are laden over it, then topped with juicy bulgogi beef and herbed mushrooms.
If desserts are your thing, there is the Belgium Chocolate Waffles, and cakes of Sea Salt Chocolate Truffle and Tiramisu. The Chir Café & Bar (Holland Village)
Two Men Bagel House
17D Lorong Liput Singapore 277731
Tel: +65 6235 5159
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm or sold out (Mon – Fri), 9am – 4pm (Sat – Sun)
For early risers (it opens at 8am during weekdays), there is a “Morning Gems” menu including delicious-sounding Lean Jean ($12) included with scrambled egg whites, smashed avo, turkey sausage and more; and Mademoiselle Chantal ($14) with corned beef, honey baked ham, swiss bechamel and Carolina mustard sauce ($14).
The K-Town Gim ($15) from the “Trail Blazers” menu caught my attention, filled with braised short ribs, Asian pickles, Swiss gochugara (Korean hot peppers) sauerkraut, and mojo sauce.
For bagels, you can choose from their plain, or more fanciful ones from seeded, cheddar, olive, garlic, choco chip and gluten free.
Even if some are feeling that price can be on the higher side, the portion that came along was substantial. Two Men Bagel House (Holland Village)
Tai Cheong Bakery Café
31 Lorong Liput Singapore 277742
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Famed HK Egg Tart Shop With Cha Chaan Teng Concept
The outlet at Holland Village a 60-seater sit-down eatery, also the brand’s FIRST dine-in concept ever.
To me, the special must-get is the Singapore-exclusive flavour of Pandan Egg Tarts ($2)
The creation features aromatic pandan-infused egg custard in the buttery pastry shell. The fillings reminded me of the Nonya Kueh Kueh with its kaya-ish fillings.
There are other typical Hong Kong cha chaan teng dishes such as Scrambled Egg Toast Stack with Chicken Chop ($9.50), French Toast ($6.50) and Macaroni Soup ($8.50) available too.
One of the eatery’s signature dine-in items is the Three-Egg Macaroni Soup with Luncheon Meat ($8.50), a bowl of elbow macaroni in a rich tomato and chicken broth topped with a three sunny-side up eggs and strips of crispy fried luncheon meat, and six-hour braised Beef Brisket Curry Rice ($10.90).
27 Lor Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277738
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Singapore’s First Dedicated Açaí Superfood Café
Project Acai can be considered as Singapore’s first dedicated acai café, and this Holland Village outlet is its first.
The Original Flower Bowl (Handy – $6.80, Medium – $9,30, Large – $14.50) includes up to 14 different fruit and superfood toppings.
The 14 toppings are banana, granola, dragonfruit, melon, pineapple, mango, strawberry, grapes, blueberry, coconut shavings, goji, cacao nibs, chia seeds and bee pollen.
As for the acai base, Sambazon acai is blended manually freshly in small batches throughout the day, ensuring every customer gets as much acai in their bowl as possible.
Kyushu Pancake Singapore – Holland Village
25 Lor Liput, Singapore 277735
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Japanese Pancake Cafe At Lor Liput
Kyushu Pancake which used to be at Novena Regency, has reopened again at a different location – Holland Village.
Wondering what to get? Some of the top-sellers include Berry-licious Pancake ($16.90), Matcha Tiramisu ($16.00), and Matcha MontBlanc ($18.00), and Annou Imo Pancakes (16.00).
There are also savoury options of Eggs Benedict ($18.00), Croque Madame Pancake ($19.00), and American Big Breakfast ($22.00).
The Kyushu Pancake Mix is made from 7 different finely selected grains including wheat from Oita Prefecture and Pressed barley from Saga Prefecture, 100% homegrown in Kyushu Japan, free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives or processed starch.
Therefore, the texture may not be the usual souffle and wobbly that many Singaporeans are more used to. Kyushu Pancake (Holland Village)
48 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277699
Tel: +65 9800 3787
Opening Hours: 3pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 11am – 2pm, 3pm – 6pm (Sun)
Delicious Burgers With Chicken Salt Fries
The café is a three-storey ‘hidden’ gem at the end of Lor Mambong Road though, so may not be visible to many.
It features an alfresco area sweeping around the building where people can be spotted drinking outside, a full retail shop experience on the ground floor.
The family-friendly menu has a wide selection of dishes including aged Aussie Angus burgers, deep-fried pork belly, and homemade pies all from master butchers Sidecar Handcrafted.
Founder of JOMO Steve Yallop is close friends with the founder of Australian Butcher Sidecar Handcrafted, hence the partnership on the menu and weekly BBQs.
Mains include Dry Aged Aussie Beef Burger ($14), Pulled Pork Burger ($14), Shredded Lamb Burger ($16), JOMO Veggie Burger ($14), Gourmet Hot Dog ($14), Banger’s & Mash ($14), Homemade Beef Pie & Chips ($16), and Cajun Chicken Salad ($14). JOMO (Holland Village)
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
275 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278993
Tel: +65 6463 1715
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
For Specialty Coffee And Brunch
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is local-brand of 3rd wave coffee shop serving brunch items, specialty coffee and cakes.
If you are thinking of having brunch items, then go for the Craftsmen’s Savoury Waffles with scrambled egg and salsa; or the Fried Chicken Waffles of cornfed chicken thigh, sriracha maple dressing on buttermilk waffles.
Also recommended are their “Craftmen Specials” pasta, such as Tom Yum Seafood Cremoso, White Wine Prawn, and Seafood Laksa Cremoso.
273 Holland Avenue, #02-01/02, Singapore 278992
Tel: +65 6219 9807
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Double Storey Whimsical Café
Founded by Mike Chin and established in 2012, d’Good Café takes on a whimsical and cosy feel.
There are also three different settings within, which they term the Lawn, Attic and Balcony.
Food wise, you can expect Seafood Risotto, Croque Madame, Bacon Carbonara, Portobello Eggs Benedict, Forest Mushroom & Ribeye, Truffle Woodland Mushroom Pasta, and Little Nyonya Cake.
I liked the Poached Fresh Lobster Pasta, cooked al dente with chunky lobster meat, except a tad oily. The Cod Fish and Chips were lightly battered, moist on the inside, best paired with some of those malt vinegar on the side.
If you love Cold Brews, you can possibly get the D’Unknown ($7.50) where you get dutch ice drip with coffee, Hokkaido milk with a SECRET flavour. Seasonally changed, and you can put the taste buds to the test.
Haakon Superfoods and Juice
118 Holland Ave, #01-03, Raffles @Holland Village, Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
For Superfoods, Acai Bowls and Juices
Haakon is for the health conscious looking for some nourishing food with a fusion of Scandinavian and tropical flavours.
The Haakon Classic Acai Bowl ($7.90, $12.90) contains an organic acai blend, topped with granola, coconut flakes, chia seed parfait, blueberries, banana and seasonal fruits.
Other varieties include Pink Pitaya and Chia Bowl, Lean & Green Bowl, Coco Loco Acai Bowl, and Acai Chocolate Therapy.
Other than the these Acai Bowls, you can look forward to salads and all-day breakfast.
Specialty Bowls for those who intend to pile up on healthy proteins are Ginger Ponzu Steak & Soba ($14.90), Asian Spice Soba ($12.90), and Salmon Mentaiko & Soba ($14.90).
The Daily Scoop – Chip Bee Garden
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-78, Singapore 278116
Tel: +65 6475 3128
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat), 2pm – 10pm (Sun)
Ice Cream Café That Has Been Around For More Than A Decade
The Daily Scoop has come a long way. It first started at Sunset Way, and its 2nd outlet at Holland Village has been around since 2009. More than 10 years!
They are known for ice cream with varied flavours (including local ones) made in-store daily, using quality natural ingredients and local produce.
Cha Earl Grey, Kookie Monster, Nutty Macadamia, Simply Chocolate, Lychee Martini, Maple Crisp, Salted Mr Brown, Surprising Coconut, Strawberry Shortcake and Mao Shan Wang are some of their top flavours.
Tiong Bahru Bakery – Chip Bee Gardens
43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-74, Singapore 278115
Tel: +65 6877 4868
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
Known For Croissants and Kouign Amann
This is Tiong Bahru Bakery’s 4th outlet. Other than their Kouign Amann, their Croissant is generally well loved, with choices of classic Croissant, Almond Chocolate, Almond, Green Tea Almond, and Pain Au Chocolat (my personal favourite is the Green Tea Almond.)
The Croissants are handmade, never frozen, and baked fresh every two hours with French flour and French butter – the butter itself is made from Normandy cow milk which gives the pastry more layered richness.
The new place has a 1930s local sweet shop-inspired décor, a grab-and-go takeaway express lane, with a striking Three Wise Monkeys Mural by local artist/X.
I thought it was quite appropriate… especially ”speak no evil”. Just enjoy the coffee, Kougin Amann and leave the gossips at the door.
Baker & Cook – Chip Bee Gardens
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-56, Singapore 278116
Tel: +65 6472 0998
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Hearty Brunch, Croissants and Carrot Cake
Delve into hearty European breakfast and colourful pastries at Baker & Cook.
The best-selling pastry is the Butter Croissant, and founder Dean Brettschneider insists on using Anchor butter from New Zealand.
The butter is said to be made from cows that are raised on lush green pastures and left to wander free-range, which gives the golden churn a richer taste.
Therefore, the Croissants feature delicate layers, and is typically crisp and flaky with light and soft centre.
%Arabica Singapore – Chip Bee Gardens
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-58, Singapore 278116
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
Famous Cafe Chain Opens At Chip Bee Gardens
%Arabica is known to be originally from Kyoto Japan, currently expanding globally under the coffee leadership of Global Head Baristas Junichi Yamaguchi and Shu Konishi.
Caffe Latte is priced at $7 for short, $8 for tall, while the iced version is priced at $8.
If you like a little sweetness to your coffee, you can try the Spanish Latte ($9 for iced) which was first created by % Arabica Kuwait, and includes sweetened condensed milk.
There are nuances that reminded me of the local kopi peng, so for a more unadulterated taste, go for the Caffe Latte or Americano.
Sunday Folks – Chip Bee Gardens
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-52, Singapore 278116
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Soft Serve Specialty Café With Desserts And Cakes
From the originators of Creamier at Toa Payoh, Sunday Folk’s soft serve ice creams are freshly churned and served in a delicious handmade charcoal cone.
Their flavours are distinct, from the popular favourites of Earl Grey Lavender and Sea Salt Gula Melaka, to the tried-and-tested Roasted Pistachio and Summer Strawberries.
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