Friends asked if I am still writing this “new cafes guide” for August.
In which I answered “of course”.
Wait. “Are there STILL new cafes opening in Singapore?”
“Who will go?”
Reasonable questions. I guess all the more they need some sort of publicity so that people can grab a coffee or two and food if it is near them.
In the meantime, other NEW cafes that opened this recent period include:
PRAIRIE by Craftsmen (Joo Chiat)
Chinese Tofu Magician 半仙豆夫 (Paya Lebar)
CakeArtelier Gelato Café (Bukit Timah)
La Creamery (Chai Chee Drive)
55 Degree Celsius (Harbourfront)
Man Tang Hong 满糖红 (Bedok)
Dazzling Delish (Circular Road)
Orange & Teal Café (Rochester Mall)
Lola Faye Café (Hamilton Road)
Here are 10 NEW Cafes In Singapore August 2021: (Quick note that many F&B establishments has amended operational timings during P2HA period, so do check out their social media for updates.)
Coexist Coffee Co.
48 Hillview Ter, Hillview Building #08-00, Singapore 669269
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Rooftop Cafe At Hillview With Beautiful Burgundy & White Interior
Coexist Coffee Co. is found on Level 8 of the industrial Hillview Building – a walk from Bukit Batok Nature Park, but has gotten some social media attention among Instagram influencers.
It ticked some of the right boxes at the start – some form of hidden find to Singaporeans craving for a ‘travel’ adventure, highly instagrammable factor, and promising menu with brunch, mains and pastries.
Converted from a former canteen, the interior is split half into a photogenic white and burgundy-red, with the middle suspended long table being the highlight.
Wait till 10am, and All-Day Breakfast items available include Bao Benedict ($14) of poached eggs in mantou ($14), Avocado Toast ($14), Smoked Salmon Toast ($16), Breakfast Burrito ($18), and Kaya French Toast ($16).
Mains offered had some Asian and local elements, featuring Rendang Wagyu Beef Burger ($22), Sambal Fish & Chips ($20), Seafood Coconut Broth ($18), Chicken Waffles ($18), Steak & Eggs ($26), and Squid Ink Fried Rice ($26). Quite promising food as well. Coexist Coffee Co. (Hillview)
UBS at 9 Penang Road, #02-03, Singapore 238459
Opening Hours: 10am – 3pm (Closed Sun, Mon)
Instagrammable Doughnut & Croissant Shop Opened By MasterChef Singapore Runner-Up
Sourbombe has finally shifted from an online business to a brick-and-mortar shop on the 2nd level of UBS Singapore Business Hub at 9 Penang Road.
Genevieve Lee, runner-up of MasterChef Singapore’s first season, first started her online business Sourbombe in August 2020, focusing on sourdough Bomboloni – Italian doughnuts piped with various fillings.
Using homegrown sourdough starters for all her bakes, customers can look forward to Sourdough Bomboloni aka Sourbombe (Plain $3.60, Standard $4.80, Premium $5.60), and Sourdough Loaf Cakes ($8.90).
Their flavours are artisanal with six signature ones permanently on the menu, namely the original Cinnabombe ($3.60), Lavender-Lime Mascarpone ($4.80), Hojicha Caramel Crunch ($4.80), Passionfruit & Caramelised Banana ($5.60), Blueberry & Lemon Thyme ($4.80) and Basque Burnt Cheesecake ($5.60).
For the original experience, the Cinnabombe ($3.60) was such a delightful treat, simple but so soft, fluffy and chewy yet airy at the same time, just lightly flavoured with cinnamon and sugar. Sourbombe (Penang Road)
Nuage Patisserie & Boulangerie
47 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169361
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 5pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), 8:30am – 4pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
French Pastry Cafe Near Outram With Instagrammable Cakes and Pastries
Nuage, pronounced as “nu-age”, means “cloud” in French and is a representation of the owners ideology in being carefree without restrictions in their bakes and pastries.
Classic French pastries can be found here, namely Croissant ($4), Pain Au Chocolate ($4.50), Ham & Cheese Croissant ($6.90), Kouign Amann ($5.50), Plain Bagel ($3.50) and Bacon Onion Cheese Focaccia ($8.90).
Their cakes menu is on a rotating basis and there were Pistachio Strawberry ($9.20), Strawberry Popcorn ($9.80), Brown Sugar Boba ($9.60), Blueberry Cheesecake ($8.50) and Elmo/ Cookie Monster Cupcake ($6.50).
My favourite was the Brown Sugar Boba ($9.60) with a brown sugar Swiss roll sandwiched between 2 butter cookies.
Remove the butter cookies to reveal the soft and fluffy brown sugar sponge, generously piped with brown sugar Chantilly and brown sugar boba that gives it a nice contrast in textures. Nuage Patisserie & Boulangerie (Kampong Bahru)
220 Orchard Road, #01-09 Midpoint Orchard Singapore 238852 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
Hidden Ice Cream & Waffles Cafe At Somerset With $4.50 Wafflewich
Play Gelato is a gelato and waffles café hidden within Midpoint Orchard, painted in striking turquoise and white.
It is founded by a married couple with the intention to offer memorable and flavourful gelato.
Interestingly, they are focused on single flavour profiles that are rich and creamy, as contrasted to mix of fanciful flavours which are quite popular in recent openings.
Available choices when I visited include Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Rum & Raisin, Chocolate Mint, Pistachio, Matcha, Cookies & Cream, Hazelnut, Raspberry Sorbet, Double Belgian and Strawberry Marshmallow.
A scoop goes for $5 for classic, $6 for premium flavours.
Their recommended are the Double Belgian ($6) with chocolate brownie cookies to enhance the texture and taste; and Rum & Raisin ($6) in which the raisins were in soaked in rum for at least 24 hours before the gelato is produced. Play Gelato (Orchard)
Up in Smoke
NEWest, 1 West Coast Drive, #01-67, Singapore 128020
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Smoked Waffles Offered By Hidden Gelato Cafe At West Coast
Up In Smoke is opened by sister cafe Burnt Cones at Sunset Way.
Most of the gelato flavours are are similar across the two outlets, with 14 artisanal hand-crafted gelato flavours (Single $5, Double $9, Signature +$1, Supremo +$2) on display.
Customers can look forward to Bacio (Hazelnut chocolate), Fior de Latte (Milk), Oreo, Madagascar Vanilla, Earl Grey, Ube (Purple Yam), Scamorza (Smoked cheese), Black Sesame, Butterscotch, 85% Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, Thai Coconut Lychee and Strawberry Basil.
As their name implies, Up in Smoke focuses on smoked items on their menu, namely the Smoked Buttermilk Waffle ($10) and their Scamorza (Smoked cheese) gelato.
Hmm, from the name and the $10 price tag, the Smoked Buttermilk Waffle does burn a hole in the wallet (pun intended).
With a fragrant and smokey aroma, the smoked buttermilk waffle had a savoury, almost bacon-like taste to it, adding some complexity to the usual dessert. Up in Smoke (West Coast)
Naked Ice Cream
957 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534717
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2am (Mon – Sun)
Kovan’s New Ice Cream Cafe Opens Till 2AM Everyday
Cheeky name aside, Naked Ice Cream is opened till 2AM every day for supper goers, and the plain waffles is priced at $3.80 – considered more affordable than many new cafes.
On its menu are classic ($3.80) and premium flavours ($4.80) such as Speculoos Cookies Butter, Mint Cookie Chip, Hojicha Green Tea, Strawberry Cheese Cake, Earl Grey Tea, Milo Dinosaur, Cookie Monster, Lychee Lime, and Hokkaido Milk.
So I went for the more interesting sounding Yubari Rock Melon with a delightful fruity sweetness, though I wished it was either creamier or more ‘sorbet-y’ while this was somewhere in middle.
Generally, the ice cream could be less sweet.
The waffle which was served in options of plain ($3.80) or ($4.80), came in two easy-to-manage pieces with light crispiness, buttery-ness and fluffy texture in between. Naked Ice Cream (Upper Serangoon Road)
6 Letter Brunch
103 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458225
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)
Located along Frankel Avenue (where Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is), 6 Letter Brunch is pretty spacious with a total of 16 tables indoors and a front porch area that accommodates another 4 tables and 4 bicycle racks.
Serving an extensive menu with over 100 items, there are All Day Brunch items ($7 – $25), Salad ($11), Soup ($6), Meats/ Fish ($16 – $25), Burger ($16 – $28), Pasta ($15 – $21), Sides ($6 – $26), Kid’s Meal ($9 – $12), Smoothie Bowl ($12 – $13), Waffle $8 – $16), Gelato (Single $4, Double $6) and Desserts ($8 – $12).
12 new dishes are exclusive to 6 Letter Brunch, namely Sweet Potato Rosti ($16), Salmon Rosti ($18), Crabcake Sweet Potato Rosti ($18), Chilli Crab Pasta ($18), Salmon Aglio Olio ($18), Mr Frank Toast ($11), Pulled Pork Tacos ($12), Brunch Tacos ($12), Smoked Duck Pancakes ($12), Pancake Wonderland ($16), Creme Brûlée ($8) and Fudge Brownies ($12).
The Smoked Duck Pancakes ($12) came with savoury toppings such as a dollop of sour cream, and smoked duck, drizzled with blueberry jam that added a good balance and some complexity to the dish. 6 Letter Brunch (Frankel Avenue)
FLOR Patisserie East Coast
53 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455214
Opening Hours: 11am – 6:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Japanese-Style Cakes Cafe With Botanical Theme
Easties rejoice as the #EastCoastPlan is getting more exciting with the opening of FLOR Patisserie at Upper East Coast Road.
Using mainly fresh fruits which are lighter in flavour than conventional French pastries, locally-grown brand FLOR Patisserie doesn’t use artificial colourings or chemical agents in their cakes.
Signature pastries include the Sophie ($9.50), Passion Donut ($9), Matcha sponge Paris Vert ($8.90), Tarts ($12.50) and Swiss roll ($7.48).
The Paris Vert ($8.90) comes with matcha cream and Azuki cream, encased within a match meringue and matcha sponge.
I enjoyed the soft, light and airy texture whereas the matcha taste was on the fainter side. Flor Parisserie (Upper East Coast Road)
Wilmar International Limited Headquarters, 28 Biopolis Rd, Singapore 138568
Opening Hours: 8am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Probably one of the prettiest cafes you can find in this part of Singapore, the view outside was magnificent surrounded by lush greeneries that evoked a sense of tranquility.
Using a single origin from Myanmar, espresso-based drinks include White (Regular $4, Large $5), Black ($3) and Batch ($2.50) with add-on such as Oat Milk (+$0.50), Espresso Shot (+$0.50) and Iced (+$0.50).
My cup of White ($4) was well balanced with a smooth, medium bodied and darker roast, definitely what the CBD peeps will need on a hectic day.
Apart from coffee, there will also be food served such as Pastries, Sandwiches ($6 – $8), Salad ($5.50), Rosti ($7) and Protein Bowls. Runes Café (Biopolis)
Sweetish Dessert 有点甜
Parklane Shopping Mall, 35 Selegie Road, #02-04, Singapore 188307
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Pink Whimsical Dessert Cafe With Than 70 Items
Sweetish Dessert 有点甜 is yet another pretty-in-pink dessert café in Singapore, conveniently located at Parklane Shopping Mall at Selegie.
With over 70 items on their menu, diners can look forward to hipster desserts such as Souffle Pancakes ($15.90), Milk Tea “Hot” Pot and Mian Mian Ice ($6 – $6.50). The former two were unfortunately not available during my visit.
Other traditional desserts include Chendol ($3.80 – $4.50), Durian desserts ($5.50 – $6), Double Skin Milk Series ($3 – $3.80), Taro Ball Series ($4.30 – $4.80), Sago Series ($4.80 – $5.50) and Shaved Ice Series ($5.50).
The Strawberry Mian Mian Ice ($6) came with soft and fluffy Taiwanese ice shavings, drizzled with strawberry syrup, a scoop of strawberry ice cream, strawberry popping pearls and fresh strawberries. Sweetish Dessert 有点甜 (Parklane Shopping Mall)
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