This is actually my 3rd edition of “Korean Cafes in Singapore” café guide.
A big reason why is that many of the cafes previously listed, has unfortunately closed. Remember days when bingsu and churros were in trend?
If you have this question, “What makes a Korean cafe?” Those indicated here are a mixture of made-in-Korea brands, owned by Koreans in Singapore, or sell Korean food items such as bingsu.
Here’s a list of 12 Korean cafes in Singapore. The listicle is non-exhaustive, as there are other players such Paris Baguette, Han Bing Café, One Thing Coffee and Tom N Toms Coffee. (For websites who intend to do some copying, go do some actual trying and take your own photos lah. Have some pride in your work.)
Walking On Sunshine Cafe
181 Orchard Rd, #03-07 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 Tel: +65 8877 0088
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean Dining and Beauty Hub At Orchard Central
Walking On Sunshine or WOS is located at the 3rd floor of Orchard Central. It is one of the biggest Korean café you can find in Singapore, juxtaposing a salon and a café in one location.
The beauty salon is powered by top-notch professional hairstylists, barbers, make-up artists, and nail artists from all around the world.
As for the garden-themed café, it offers lots of food choices for its diners.
If you could just pick one item from the food menu, make it the Instagram-popular Soufflé Pancake ($20.50).
Imagine a stack of three light and fluffy pancakes topped with a special cream, nuts, and fresh fruits like berries, grapes and strawberries. Good for sharing (or save all for yourself), this dish is loved by kids and adults alike.
Or have a savoury pancake for a change. The Crab and Kimchi Pancake ($20.50) is definitely on the other side of the flavour spectrum, but its spicy-sour taste is just as inviting.
32 Maxwell Road, #01-07 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115
Tel: +65 9620 7739
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 10am – 5pm (Sun)
Autumn-Themed Korean Café At Maxwell Chambers
When I visited this undiscovered café called Kreams Krafthouse at Maxwell Chambers (near Tanjong Pagar MRT station), I couldn’t help feeling how spacious, how well-decorated this space was. And the attention to details.
Beautiful space. The cafe just focuses on two items for now – coffee and scones.
Other than the usual Latte and Long Black, there are more Korean-café oriented drinks such as Dalgona Coffee (don’t have to whip yourself), Creamy Choco, Sweet Potato Latte, Vanilla Latte, and Cloud Latte.
The Dalgona Coffee was not quite like the typical ones circulating on the net or made at home, and was included with house-made toffee crisps. Because this is how “dalgona” is supposed to be.
Give it 5 minutes to melt before enjoying the sweet Korean candy taste and mild bitter finish. Kreams (Maxwell Chambers)
MAISON de PB by Paris Baguette
#02-200 Jewel Changi Airport, 80 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819642
Tel: +65 6743 7900
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Brunch And Pretty Desserts At JEWEL Changi Airport
This “House of PB” is an enhanced and more upscale version of the Paris Baguette people know and love.
The Seoul-based SPC Group designs it as a jewelled version of Paris Baguette, something more unique and far less of them.
This is a double-storey space at Jewel Changi Airport.
On the lower level is a more casual bakery-café concept, where you can get your selection of salads, soups, savoury, and mains, pasta, and European-style breads and pastries.
Get the Pain Coeur ($5.50). It is a heart-shaped bread added ingredients like lemon peel, white chocolate chips and diced strawberry to add nuances in flavours.
Or you can try the Les Cinq Diamants literally, “the five diamonds” ($4.50 for half, $9.00 for full), a crusty type of bread baked with bits of orange peel, figs, raisin, currant and walnut.
Another iconic French pastry is the Kouign Amann ($4.50), which originated from the Brittany region of France. It is a laminated type pastry, similar to what’s used in croissants and other viennoiseries.
896 Dunearn Road, Sime Darby Centre #01-11 Singapore 589742 (King Albert Park MRT Exit B)
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon), 9am – 8:45pm (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun), 9am – 8pm (Wed)
Korean Lifestyle Cafe With Honey Butter Waffles & Wing
There is a minimalist style Korean lifestyle café at Bukit Timah. The café is owned partially by a Korean artist and avid yogini, who felt that the Bukit Timah area needed a quiet and chill place where people could relax and enjoy themselves.
Due to her background, there are a number of Korean-infusions and treats for the health-conscious.
Some eye-catching items on the menu include the Honey Butter Waffles ($18), Bulgogi Sandwich ($17), Ban Ban Wings ($20 for 10), Korean Chicken Rice ($16), Bulgogi Pesto Pizza ($18), Ramyun ($14), and Tteokbokki ($14).
The Ban Ban Wings ($10 for 4) in choice of spicy & sticky or honey butter sauce, tasted quite authentically Korean.
It vaguely reminded me of Kyochon’s with its sticky-honeyed-sweetness, and the meat was deliciously moist.
9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Gallery #01-02, Singapore 189559
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean Bingsu Cafe In Singapore By BTOB’s EunKwang
Fans of BTOB has rejoiced 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)
Paik’s Bibim and Paik’s Coffee
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-111, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
Tel: +65 6255 0870
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Combination Of Both Paik’s Bibim and Paik’s Coffee
The brainchild of Korea’s celebrity chef Paik Jong Won, Paik’s Bibim has modernized the way traditional bibimbap is presented – all at wallet-friendly prices.
The mixed rice bowls are all below $10, and you can have your fill from the Spicy Pork Bibimbap ($9.00), Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap ($9.00) or Teriyaki Chicken Bibimbap ($9.00). Best to go with a side of Fried Chicken in Sweet & Spicy Sauce ($6.00).
The Spicy Pork Bibimbap is the latest addition to Paik’s Bibim menu, consisting of stir-fried pork slices seasoned in a special spicy marinate and served with a variety of fresh vegetables.
Before mixing all up, drizzle some of Chef Paik’s specially formulated gochujang sauce for that extra kick.
Can I also recommend the Iced Paik’s Original Coffee? This comes at a very reasonable price of $3.50 for a large cup, great for you to dabao back to office.
6 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, #02-272/273 & 278, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Coffee Chain Featured In Goblin
The café chain which originated from Korea is known to be featured in a number of memorable scenes in hit Korean TV dramas Descendants of the Sun and Goblin: The Lonely and Great God.
It specialises in quality Arabica bean brews made with a proprietary selection of three blends K1 to K3; each with its own characteristic aroma and flavour.
One of the most popular drinks is the Espresso Cube with Milk ($8.50), in which milk is poured into a cup of iced espresso cube which provides varying range of flavours the cubes melt.
Pair your coffee with Croque Monsieur ($9), a Turkey ham and cheesy sandwich further topped with melted mozzarella. For the cheese lovers.
Blk 211 Hougang Street 21 #01-291, Singapore 530211
Tel: +65 8166 0140
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean Inspired Café With Bibimbap, Naengmyeon And Pulut Hitam Bingsu
Inspired by Korean Café Scene, Two Cranes is a neighbourhood café found in Kovan which serves a focused selection of Korean-themed food, bingsu dessert and hand-crafted beverages.
Their signature coffee mocktail, Wonda-fu Drink ($6) was a potent mix concocted from espresso shot, coffee jelly and mint leaves served in a cocktail glass.
It was rather sweet with coffee aroma and had a lingering scent of mint. I liked this drink, but my dining companions had mixed opinions about it.
There were also some Korean-inspired brunch dishes such as Spicy Dakgalbi with Scrambled Eggs ($13.50), Poached Eggs with Flambé Champignons ($13.50) and Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings ($12).
While Korean bingsu may be considered passé (to some), their flavours such as Tea Bingsu ($12) and Caramel Macchiato Bingsu ($13.50) are made using tea and coffee syrup concocted using their in-house blend.
What caught my attention was the locally inspired Pulut Hitam Bingsu ($12) which came with snow-like ice shavings topped with black glutinous rice, condensed milk, oreo and crushed almond bits.Two Cranes (Hougang)
277, Orchard Road #01-09A, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 8399 7900
Opening Hours: 24/7
Korean coffee chain Coffeesmith has followed the same formula of advertising aggressively in Korean dramas, from “It’s OK. That’s Love”, “Punch”, “Sweet Stranger and Me”, “Mrs Cop” and “Ruby Ring”, and has gained some popularity.
Its flagship outlet Gangnam-gu, Seoul has a beautiful, comforting setting and interior with natural lighting.
Other than the flagship at Orchard Gateway, it has other outlets at Suntec City (Tower 5 #02-413), Northpoint City (South Wing #01-112) and Westgate (#02-24).
The name coffeesmith is derived from the English suffix “-smith”, and their drinks are “crafted” carefully by blending 5 kinds of quality Arabica coffeebean.
On its menu include Café Americano, Latte, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato, Vienna, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, priced from $5.00 to $7.00 for a regular cup, $5.50 to $7.50 for a large. On the slightly expensive side.
Cafe de Muse
350 Orchard Road Isetan Scotts, Shaw House, #01-00 & #02-00 Singapore 228208
Opening Hours: 24/7
Korean Coffee and Dessert Place at Shaw House
It seems like Cafe de Muse is a “Korean” cafe, looking at the servers, customers (who are primary Koreans) and they serve up Bingsu as well.
The cafe serves up the typical brunch items such as Avocado on Toast ($22), Egg Benedict ($26), a couple of sandwiches such as Beef & Chimichurri ($20), and Pasta dishes ($20 – $24).
The seats by the window make it a place to people-watch, and a friend quipped there is a “hunky cute Korean server with a soft voice”. Otherwise, I thought that the menu could have more differentiating factor to match its higher than average price point.
Well, the good thing is, it is opened for 24/7 and has two stories (enough space for social distancing). For those who crave for bingsu.
Café de Paris
313 Orchard Road #B1-37 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Korean Cafe With Fruits BonBon At 313@Somerset
Café de Paris is best known for its Instagram-worthy Sweet BonBon, a dessert drink combination in a large cup, piled with fruit fruits, cream and slushie.
However, the price screamed at me. $17.80 to $19.80 for a cup. WAH.
To be fair, the Mango and Strawberry cups are priced at 16,000 Korean Won over in Seoul, equivalent to SGD19.40. But still.
The Sweet BonBon comes in flavours of Mango, Grape, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry, and Raspberry.
Loved the fruits, didn’t like the cream. Café de Paris (313@somerset)
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #04-20/32 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 11:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Bingsu & Honey Toast at 313@Somerset
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café is one of the first Korean bingsu shops in Singapore. And while many has unfortunately closed as the trend came down, this is still standing strong.
Its signature Mango Berry Cheesecake Bingsu was pretty spot-on. Loved that there were both light cheese cake and ice cream (oh, the calories), with scattering of cranberries for that touch of sourness.
Plus the ice is quite smooth compared to the generic brands.
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