If you are looking for NEW cafes to visit in Singapore, look no further.
We made it a point to personally visit each and every one of them all around the island for a first hand experience (also to see what is served matches up to what we see on Instagram).
Ice cream shops continue to take up a sizable proportion of new openings, and the other ‘trend’ is F&B opened up at more hidden places, such as Chū and Co. at Serangoon Garden and Balance Coffee at Balestier.
Other than those listed, NEW cafes you can consider heading to include: (click on blue links for details)
Maison Sucreé (Lengkok Bahru)
Equate Coffee (Tanjong Pagar)
The Coffee Academics (new Millenia Walk outlet)
The Garden Slug Petite (Kovan)
Samwitch (Hougang Central)
CAF Clickafood (Upper Paya Lebar)
474 River Valley Road Singapore 248359
Tel: +65 6221 6223
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Patisserie Known For Delicate Japanese-Style Cakes Opens At River Valley
It is a pleasant surprise to find Pantler moved to the River Valley hood, opposite Valley Point (which also houses Little Farms Café and LR Boulangerie).
You would notice there is not only an alfresco seating area outside, but a dining area at the back which includes a covered sitting space which evokes dining under the open sky with an artificial skylight.
Signature products include the Yatsura ($9.50) featuring hazelnut praline and dark chocolate ganache, Chou a la Creme ($5.50), Pantler Cheesecake ($7.80), Dark Chocolate Delice ($8.80), and the Strawberry Shortcake ($9.50).
If you are looking out for the new stuff, they are the Raspberry Pistachio ($9.50), Russa ($9.50), Gianduja ($9.50) and Ivory ($9.50).
The Raspberry Pistachio ($9.50) would please those who love that gentle tanginess, with raspberry buttercream contrasted with the more muted layer of pistachio sponge. Pantler (River Valley)
Ballad of Anna May Coffee & Dine Out Bar
42 Craig Road Singapore 089680
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)
Enjoy Melbourne’s Famous Proud Mary Coffee In Singapore
Ballad of Anna May is located at 42 Craig Road near Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, is the first coffee specialty shop in Singapore to bring in Proud Mary beans.
Some background of Proud Mary: the coffee brand is founded by Nolan Hirte is a specialty coffee roaster, café, coffee educator and retailer based in Melbourne, Australia and Portland, Oregon USA.
They are focused on sustainable sourcing, recognised as a pioneer of the specialty coffee industry in Australia.
Specialty drinks on the menu include the Flat White ($5.50), Cappuccino ($5.50), Mocha ($6.50) and Orange Cold Brew ($7.50).
Food wise, you can expect savoury toasties The First Born ($13) which is Beef Pastrami Toastie, Dangerous To Know You ($13) included with different types of cheeses, and Across To Singapore ($13) of a classic tuna melt. Ballad Of Anna May (Craig Road)
SOTA, 1 Zubir Said Drive, #01-01, Singapore 227968
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden Coffee Bar In A Cosy Furniture Shop Near Dhoby Ghaut
It did take some effort trying to locate Void Cafe, especially when it’s hidden right within the furniture shop, Etch&Bolts, at School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA).
Focusing on beverages at the moment, a 2-beans-blend (Brazil, Sumatra) is used for their espresso-based drinks roasted by local roastery – Smitten Speciality Coffee and Tea.
The usual offerings can be found, think Espresso ($3.80), Macchiato ($4.50), Americano ($4.80), Cappuccino ($5.80), Flat White ($5.80), Coffee Breve ($5.80), Mocha ($6.20), Vanilla Latte ($6.20), Caramel Latte ($6.20), Hazelnut Latte ($7.20) and Matcha Latte ($7.20).
With more than 30 drinks on their menu, Void Cafe will be an ideal shop place to chill and relax over a cup of coffee. Void Café (Zubir Said Drive)
VIIO@BALESTIER, 520 Balestier Road, #01-08, Singapore 329853 (beside Zhongshan Mall)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden Coffee Bar By Geisha Specialty Coffee At Balestier
Geisha Specialty Coffee needs no introduction to avid coffee drinkers in Singapore, a quaint little shop opened since 2011.
It is named after the prized variety coffee beans called “Geisha”. Geisha coffee propelled to fame due to a family-owned farm in Panama called Hacienda La Esmeralda where they won the “Best of Panama” auction in 2004.
The coffee is known for its outstanding taste, complexity and precious quantity due to its labour-intensive process.
Balance Coffee is much more spacious compared to their sister outlet, with a total of 28 seats both indoors and outdoors.
A trip to Balance Coffee won’t be complete without trying their Geisha coffee beans from Santa Teresa (Espresso $8, White Geisha $8.50, Drip $8).
The beans come from a coffee farm located in the cloud-forest of Chiriqui, Panama and is a regular finalist in the “Best of Panama” Auction with more than a dozen awards won in the last decade. Balance Coffee (Balestier)
63 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169369
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Nordic-Style Cafe With Swedish Daim Cake And Orh Nee Cake
The usually sleepy Kampong Bahru has indeed become more exciting the past months, with the addition of Dolc Patisserie, Kream & Kensho and the revamped Strangers’ Reunion.
At3 is a Nordic style cafe serving Nordic cuisine, not commonly seen in Singapore.
Food menu consists of Nordic cuisines, which will only be available after their official opening at a later date.
Items include Smoked Salmon Salad ($17), Kale Salad ($17), Avo Shrimp Sandwich ($24), Skagen Toast ($18), Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($20) and Viking Breakfast ($21).
Their (not-very-Nordic) dessert include Earl Grey Lavender Tea Cake ($8), Pistachio Lemon Tea Cup ($9, Sliced Daim Cake ($4), Mini Tart ($7), Orh Nee Cake ($10) and Ondeh Ondeh Cake ($10).
The Sliced Daim Cake ($4) is made using a Daim bar – a type of Swedish chocolate made from bits of crunchy almond caramel covered in milk chocolate.
It tasted similar to Ferrero Rocher without the hazelnut crunch, not as dense as I thought it would be, perfect as a light snack. At3 (Kampong Bahru)
779 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198747
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12:30pm – 12am (Fri – Sat), Closed Tues
Popular Malaysian Ice Cream Cafe Arrives In Singapore Near Bugis
If you an ice cream lover in Malaysia, you may have noticed this shop with its colourful look and localised flavours.
From Malaysia to Singapore, Inside Scoop has opened its first international outpost at North Bridge Road.
There are various #OOTD spots within the compound such as the circular swing, multiple mirrors and florescent tubes for the perfect backdrop.
Offering the same flavours as those in Malaysia (they have over 70 flavours there), these ice creams are all freshly made in-house.
Prices start from $4.80 for a single scoop of ice cream, $8.30 for double scoops, $11.50 for triple scoops and additional $1 for premium flavours and $2 for double premium flavours.
Out of the 18 flavours on display, only the Mao Shan Wang and Sicilian Pistachio are double premium flavours (+$2), whereas premium flavours (+$1) include D24 Durian, Cempedak, Valrhona Chocolate, Hazelnut, Premium Matcha, Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake, Oreo Nutella Cheesecake and Vanilla Bean.
I found the Unicorn flavour interesting as I expected it to be our childhood paddle pop flavour. Instead, it was a yogurt flavour with a sweet and sour tang, coupled with a smooth and milky texture. Inside Scoop (North Bridge Road)
Geylang Drip City
184 Geylang Road, Singapore 389253
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6pm (Thurs – Tue), Closed Wed
Minimalist And Futuristic Black Coffee Bar At Geylang
Situated right opposite Shell petrol station and next to the popular BBQ Box along Geylang Road, Geylang Drip City is a 25-seater Muslim-owned coffee bar.
Stepping inside, the all-black, futuristic design is very sleek and captivating with all the details from the coffee machine, to the black marble tables and coffer bar counter, walls, sofa couch and brewing equipment.
Geylang Drip City offers both coffee and light bites on their menu.
The espresso-based drinks use a single origin from El Salvador roasted by The Community Coffee for their Black, White and Soul Plane (Single Shot + 3oz White).
All the bakes are made in-house (except the sourdough) with offerings such as Brownies, Cocoa Butter Kisses and Channel Orange.
The Channel Orange was my favourite, served with soft and chewy orange candied brioche with a dollop of fig cream by the side for the extra citrus-ness. Geylang Drip City (Geylang)
Chū and Co.
15 Litchfield Road, Singapore 556835
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Fri – Tue), Closed Wed, Thurs
Bakery Café By Day and Gelato Lab By Night
Talking about where hidden gems where “birds don’t lay eggs”, Chū and Co. may rank somewhere on the list.
Nestled within the private residential estate of Serangoon Garden, Chū and Co. is a dual-concept space featuring its bakery café arm (Chu Bakery) in the daytime and gelato lab (Chulato) at night.
For a new place, I was rather surprised to be greeted with a wide assortment of bakes and pastries.
These range from whole loaf bread, sourdough, baguette, to pound cake, brownies and cookies which left me spoilt for choice.
I randomly picked up a Salmon Rilette Brioche Bun ($7.50) which has flavourful and creamy salmon spread sandwiched in soft brioche bun.
The Lemon Cake with Olive Oil and Rosemary ($5.50) was also ‘on point’ – dense and moist with citrusy flavours, complimented with herbaceous notes from olive oil and rosemary. Chū and Co. (Serangoon Garden)
Foursome Ice Cream & Waffle
22 Sin Ming Road #01-218, Singapore 570022
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 2am (Fri – Sat)
Ice Cream Cafe At Upper Thomson, Opens Till 2AM Fri & Sat
Located at Upper Thomson under a residential block, Foursome Ice Cream & Waffle has joined the trend of ice cream bars in the vicinity opening past midnight.
14 ice cream flavours are available at any one time, ranging from regular ones such as Gula Melaka, Banana Nut Crunch, Hojicha, Black Sesame, Hokkaido Milk, Chamomile Honey Milk Tea, Mint with Cookie Chips, Mao Shan Wang, Sea Salt Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Tiramisu.
Single scoop is priced at $3.80, while double is $6.60.
Premium flavours are priced at an additional $0.80 (Single scoop $4.60, Double Scoops $8.20), and include Hazelnut Chocolate Rocher, Taro Yam Coconut and Speculoos Biscoff – probably the IT flavour of late.
I enjoyed the Waffle ($4.20) which was crispy with a light crunchy on the outside, complete with golden-brown shade.
The icing sugar and chocolate sauce was added to the sides for additional sweetness, yet without thankfully not interfering with the taste of the waffle. Foursome Ice Cream & Waffle (Upper Thomson)
Sims Vista, 53 Sims Place, #01-172, Singapore 380053
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Malaysian-Style Cafe With Purple Sweet Potato Waffles
Teahouse 1973 is the newest addition to the Geylang community at Sims Vista.
Both Asian and Western grub items are on their menu such as Nasi Lemak ($13.80), Curry Chicken Roti Prata ($8.80), Cheese Baked Rice with Japan Curry Seafood ($13.80), Rosemary Honey Roasted Chicken Leg ($13.80), Salted Egg chicken Chop ($13.80), Sous Vide Steak ($19.90) and Beef/ Chicken/ Salmon Burger ($13.80).
Apart from the afternoon tea set, only ice cream and waffles are available on their dessert menu.
Comes in the form of original or purple sweet potato flavour, each Waffle ($12.80) is served with 2 scoops of ice cream and generous toppings.
The Purple Sweet Potato Waffle with Ice Cream ($12.80) came with an overwhelming assortment of Cherries, Choco balls, Whipped cream, Banana, Lychee, Grapes and Red beans. Teahouse 1973 (Sims Vista)