Ang Mo Kio which is often abbreviated as “AMK”, is home to a number of hawker centres such as Chong Boon Market & Food Centre, Cheng San Market & Cooked Food Centre, 628 Market, Teck Ghee Market & Food Centre, and Kebun Baru Market and Food Centre.

However, not much has been talked about the cafes, mainly because there are a number of under-the-radar names (such as Grillhood Café and Acoustic Café) and a number of F&B change hands pretty often.

Note: Galettes and PocoLoco at AMK Ave 10 have closed, while Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Ice Cream Café has moved to Jalan Besar.

Here are 12 AMK Cafes to venture to:

Brew & Co.
716 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, #01-4030, Singapore 560716
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Sun – Thurs), 9am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)

Coffee Bar With Kinfolk-Inspired Vibes
Located opposite Broadway Plaza, this is an Instagram-worthy spot with Kinfolk-inspired vibes: simple furniture with potted plants against a clean, minimalist wall.

The espresso-based drinks such as Espresso ($4), Black ($4.50), White ($5) and Mocha ($5.50) are using a 3-beans-blend (Brazil, Guatemala, Colombian) roasted locally.

My cup of White ($5) was well executed and well-balanced with a medium body, smooth, robust, with a distinctive chocolatey and earthy taste that will resonate with most people.

Two special items can be found here, namely Dirty Matcha ($6) which is matcha with espresso and Orange Espresso ($6) which is uncommon in Singapore.

I must say the orange complements the espresso well, providing a citrus punch and counter-balance the bitterness without overwhelming it. Brew & Co. (Ang Mo Kio)

Apiary Ang Mo Kio
Jubilee Square, 61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-02, Singapore 569814
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sun)

Ice Cream Cafe With UFO Brioche Bun And Blue Milk Flavour
Apiary has opened their 2nd outlet at Jubilee Square in Ang Mo Kio, right next to the entrance of the mall.

Most of the 18 flavours here are similar to the ones offered at their flagship outlet along Neil Road. Ice cream similarly priced at $4.20 for single scoop, $8 for double scoops and $11 for triple scoops.

Normal flavours include Coconut, Earl Grey, Black Current Sorbet, Fresh Banana, Blue Milk, Cookies & Cream, Caramelised Strawberry and Fresh Mint.

Premium flavours (additional $0.50) include Black Sesame, Matcha, Ferrero Rocher, 73% Dark Chocolate, Apiary (honey ice cream cacao nibs), Brown Butter & Pecan, Baileys & Brownie, Milk Chocolate & Cookies and Lychee & Yuzu Sorbet.

The Ice Cream with Brioche Bun (from $7.20) came shaped like an UFO with a scoop of ice cream right in the middle of the soft and fluffy sliced brioche buns.

The brioche buns were lightly toasted and served warm to give a light crisp and a contrast in temperature between the warm brioche buns and the cold ice cream. Apiary (Jubilee Square)

Block 529, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2365, Singapore 560529
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 10:30pm (Tue – Thu, Sun), 11:45am – 12mn (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon

Softserve Specialty Cafe With HK-Style Egglet
Taking over the space previously occupied by Galettes at Ang Mo Kio (2 doors away from Pine Garden), is a new cafe that serves soft serve with Hong Kong-style egglet.

And it opens till 12 midnight on weekends (10:30pm on other days) except Mondays when it is closed.

Instead of the usual ice cream and waffles, AMPM serves a menu focusing on Soft Serve and HK-style egglet – which used to be kind of trending 4-5 years ago (during 2015/16, a number of cafes serves eggglets, like even Hvala and The Coffee Academics).

Available in the form of either Cup ($4.50), Handmade Cone ($5.50) or Freshly baked Egglet ($9) that comes with choice of 3 toppings and 1 sauce, there are 6 different soft serves flavours to choose from.

Think Blue Vanilla, dairy-free Grapefruit Beetroot, Earl Grey, Matcha, twist of Blue Vanilla with Earl Grey and twist of Grapefruit Beetroot with Matcha. AMPM Café (Ang Mo Kio)

61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Jubilee Square, #01-13, Singapore 569814
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Korean Lifestyle Cafe Selling Croffles And Gangnam Corndog
82Bunsik is a new Korean café located at the ground floor of Jubilee Squre, with a full ceiling to floor glass panel attracting curious onlookers peeping in.

It is an off-shoot of +82 PlusEightTwo at Rendezvous Gallery.

+82 PlusEightTwo represents the country code for South Korea; while “Bunsik” (분식; 粉食) literally means “food made from flour” – a term used to refer to reasonably-priced Korean food.

Items on the menu include Croffles ($5 for single), Corndog ($4.50, $5), Ddeokbokki ($9.90) and Korean Chicken ($9.90).

A Corndog is a sausage on a stick, coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter and deep fried. 82Bunsik’s version comes with options of Mozza, Cheddar or Cereal, then coated with sugar, drizzled with ketchup and mustard. 82Bunsik (Ang Mo Kio)

The Workbench Bistro
Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 #01-1881 Singapore 560332
Tel: +65 6452 0810
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)

Lava Burger and Salted Egg Pasta at Ang Mo Kio
The Workbench Bistro is one of Ang Mo Kio’s ‘longest’ standing hipster café, serving some interesting dishes from Egg Lava Beef Burger, Crab Cake Burger, Salted Egg Chicken Pasta, and S’moreffles (S’more + Waffles).

The Egg Lava Beef Burger is popular for its juicy beef patty, grilled bacon and cheese. But the highlight is the lava egg in the middle of the patty.

The Workbench Bistro also offers MANY items which includes salted egg – Salted Egg Chicken Pasta ($15.90), Salted Egg Chicken Burger ($16.90), Salted Egg Wings and Salted Egg Potato Wedges.

The Salted Egg Chicken Pasta ($15.90) includes crispy chicken chop over linguine tossed in raw salted egg, curry leaves and chilli padi.

The cutlet complemented the pasta much better than the Ver 1.0 (where grilled chicken was used), and the pieces were crisp and juicy. The Workbench Bistro (Ang Mo Kio)

Desert Dessert
Blk 163, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-424, Singapore 560163
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Thur), 11am – 12am (Fri – Sun)

Gelato Cafe With Mango Sticky Rice Drink And Bingsu
The 32 seater-space at Desert Dessert has a MUJI-style layout, decked in wooden benches and white table tops.

Stepping inside, the most eye-catching part of the deco is their colourful stools, that look like scoops of gelato, placed at every table.

Their menu is quite extensive for a Gelato Cafe, ranging from Gelato (Single $3.60/ Double $6.60) to Waffles ($5.50), Bingsu ($9.50 – $11.50), Specialty Shakes ($5.50 – $6), Global Flavour Local Twist drinks ($5.50 – $6.50), Boba Milk ($3.50 – $4), Coffee ($3 – $6) and Ice Blended ($7.50).

Drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with icing sugar, the Waffle is aromatic with vanilla and buttermilk fragrance that most waffle lovers will enjoy.

More than just gelato and waffles, Desert Dessert offers a wide selection of beverages such as Shakes: Yuzu Freeze Berry, ($5.50), Lychee Rose Berry ($5.50), Mango Freeze Garden ($5.50), Passion Breeze Garden ($6) and Strawberry Peach Berry ($6) with additional toppings: Cheese Cream ($1) and Pop Balls – Strawberry, Mango, Crystal Ball ($0.80). Desert Dessert (Ang Mo Kio)

603 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, #01-2661 Block 603, Singapore 560603
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Serving Mains & Pastas From $7.90 Onwards
Located at the heart of a matured estate, Grillhood Café is the place to visit if you are looking for a ‘chillout’ spot with home-recipe cafe dishes at affordable prices.

Some of the prices you are looking at: Veggie Pasta ($7.90), Classic Tuna Sandwich ($7.90), Spicy Chicken Burger ($8.90), Cajun Chicken ($9.90), and Pan-seared Barramundi ($12.90).

Maybe they are a dollar or two more expensive than the kopitiam Western food stall, but portions are good and this is an air-conditioned environment.

What was recommended included the Chicken Quesadilla ($8.90) with sautéed onions and capsicum; Pan-Seared Barramundi ($12.90) served with wedges, garden salad and salsa; and Spicy Chicken Burger ($8.90) with sides of side of tortilla chips.

In addition, you can top-up $5.90 to get a soup of the day or coffee with a single scoop of ice cream. Grillhood Café (Ang Mo Kio)

Willow. Bike. Art. Cafe
456 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Block 456, Singapore 560456
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Bicycle Shop And Cafe
An interesting bicycle themed café hidden at Avenue 10, also offering bike sales and servicing. Quite a number of enthusiasts come here to buy accessories.

The menu is mainly limited to Waffles ($8.80 with 2 scoops) and Ice Cream ($3.50 for a scoop); along with Cocoa Brownie, Milkshakes and drinks.

Flavours include Thai Milk Tea, Cookies & Cream, Strawberries Cheesecake, Rocher, Salted Caramel, and Vanilla. (Unfortunately, the waffles wasn’t available when I visited.)

There are occasional finger food such as Chicken Pizza ($6.50) and Chicken Mini Sausage ($3.50).

Acoustic Cafe
421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-1159 Singapore 560421
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues

Music-Centred Café At Ang Mo Kio Selling Brookie
Perhaps even residents of Ang Mo Kio may not know there is an Acoustic Café at Avenue 10. The name would suggest a café that is passionate about music as much as coffee.

At first glance, you might think the panelling on the wall in this 10-seater cozy café is merely part of the decoration.

Their recommended food and drinks include Brownie ($3.50), Brookie ($4.00, $1 more for Vanilla Ice Cream), Mocha ($4.70), Lavender Tea Latte ($4.50), and Acoustic Milk Latte ($3.00).

However, they are actually acoustic panels, manufactured from high density glass wool and coated with a special coating on the surface to absorb unnecessary noise and echoes.

The one item that caught my eye though was the Brookie ($4), a 2-in-1 combination of a classic Brownie and Cookie.

I was expecting the cookie to be crispy and hard, but it wasn’t. Slightly chewy in texture, this reminded me of the Subway cookies.

The brownie part was chocolatey and crispy on the outside, while soft on the inside. This could do with an ice-cream pairing for that extra oomph. Acoustic Café (Ang Mo Kio)

Professor Brawn Café
Pathlight School Campus, 5 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 569739
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

Social Enterprise Which Provides Jobs and Social Integration Opportunities
Professor Brawn Café is a social enterprise by the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) which provides job and social integration opportunities to people with special needs and the disadvantaged in society.

This outlet provides Pathlight students with training opportunities, and also includes The Art Faculty products which showcases the works of Pathlight School’s Artist Development Programme artists.

If you are looking for a fuller meal, some Western style mains you can expect include Prof’s Signature Battered Fish n Chips ($17), Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon with Sweet Potato Mash ($21), Grilled Chicken with Truffle Sauce ($16), Pan Grilled Striploin Steak ($22), Spaghetti Vongole ($16) and Spaghetti with Beef Meatball.

Sides include Rosti ($6.90), Potato Wedges ($5.50), Truffle Fries ($6.50), Crunchy Calamari ($7.90) and House Drumettes ($8.90).

If not, a selection of desserts, waffles, cakes, croissants, and muffins are also available.

GRUB – Bishan Park
510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 (Bishan Park 1) Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)

Burger Bistro at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Although it seems for non-drivers, many families do not mind coming all the way here because the scenery is beautiful at this café-restaurant within Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

After crossing a bridge from the carpark, you see families taking slow strolls, children playing with balloons, happy dogs being walked, and just an almost entire view of lush green. Very refreshing and relaxing for a weekend visit.

Opened by Cookyn’s Mervyn Phan and team, Grub’s most popular items are burgers with local twist such as the Har Cheong Gai Burger ($15), Grilled Satay Burger ($15), and Grilled Chicken Burger with terikyaki-glaze chicken thigh and enoki fritter ($15).

Also look out for the Mala Xiang Guo Burger ($17) which we created for the Toggle programme “Foodie Makeover 美食大翻新” – it has become a permanent item on the burger menu.

Essentially, it includes many ‘essential’ ingredients of Mala Xiang Guo such as luncheon meat, sliced pork, lotus root slices, and spicy Szechuan pepper corn sauce. The purplish-red bun is due to the beetroot included in the burger. Mala Xiang Guo Burger (Grub Bishan)

Canopy Garden Dining
1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 Bishan Park 2 Singapore 569931
Opening Hours: 9am – 12am (Mon – Fri), 8am – 12am (Sat – Sun)

Nestled Within Lush Greenery of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park II
A place to head to with family and friends, with if you need a pets-friendly venue or just somewhere to relax over coffee and cakes surrounded by greenery.

Brunch items available till 4pm include Scrambled Eggs Croissant, Classic Eggs Benedict, African Shakshuka, Grilled Breakfast and Lobster Omelette.

For mains, the recommended items are Black Angus Cheeseburger, Truffle Pizza, Spanish Pork Chop, Beer Batter Fish N Chips, and Espanola Bomba Rice.

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