It is the last “new cafe guide in Singapore” for the year 2021!

The DFD team has been visiting cafes anonymously – at least 10 per month (usually 20 to 30) from 2015 to compile and visit these cafes for you. Hope you have been enjoying and finding them useful so far.

2021 has been extremely challenging for the F&B industry; and we prefer to stay positive and hope that the situation will become better. In the meantime, the F&B staff also has a more difficult time than usual, so let’s all exercise some patience, and show them more love and support.

Burnt Ends Bakery
7 Dempsey Rd, 01-01, Singapore 249671
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Wed

Michelin-starred Restaurant Opens Bakery Cafe At Dempsey
It has been some wait, but Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends has opened a bakery cafe at Dempsey itself. Well, take note that it is only for four days a week, and some of the popular items can get snapped up very early in the morning.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

You can find pastries such as Cinnamon Knots, Scones, Gruyere Cheese & Scallion Scones; along with their famous Doughnuts in flavours of Lemon Meringue, Coffee, Pandan, Nutella, Vanilla Cream and Milo Dinosaur.

While there are no seats on the inside, there are some on the outside to enjoy the cool breeze and savour the (whatever) pastries you can get your hands on. (Go easy on them, leave some for the next customer behind you. 🙂 ) Burnt Ends Bakery (Dempsey)

Dearborn
1 Everton Park, #01-29, Singapore 081001
Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 1pm (Sat), Closed Sun

Granola-Specialty Cafe Opens At Everton Park
“Dearborn”, a name that rings a bell in the supper club or the private dining world by Chef Christopher Kong, has been transformed to a granola-specialty store in Everton Park.

Decked in shades of navy green and wooden elements with accentuated by arches and curve edges in the design, the outlet here serves as their production kitchen.

Limited items are available on their weekday menu, namely Basic Granola Bowls ($8 – $9) and a small selection of drinks ($6 – $7).

The Granola flavours are on weekly rotational basis, with either Chocolate or Fruit options.

The former comes in Milk Chocolate, Fruit & Oat; Double Chocolate Orange; Dark Chocolate & Macadamia and Dark Chocolate & Banana.

The latter includes Mango, Passionfruit & Coconut; Cranberry Maple Pecan; Berries and Lemon & Pistachio.

2 different toppings are added to the granola: Raglan Coconut Vanilla Bean Yogurt ($9) or Chobani Greek Yogurt. Dearborn (Everton Park)

Seriously Coffee
2 Jln Mat Jambol, Bijou #01-07A, Singapore 119554
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)

Hidden Pasir Panjang Cafe With 1-For-1 Coffee
If you are at Pasir Panjang, you may also want to head to the mixed development BIJOU which now houses four food establishments within – Xchange Restaurant & Bar, Xchange Chirashi, KrysBerry Superfood, and Seriously Coffee.

It is located right opposite Pasir Panjang Food Centre.

Choose to sit inside, or outdoors at the al fresco dining area which was quite breezy (and empty because not many people have found out about this place).

Seriously Coffee serves up a lean menu of Traditional Buttered Toast Set ($6), Traditional Toast Set ($7); and lunch items including Fisherman’s Laksa ($13), Not So Ordinary Mee Siam ($10), Teriyaki Chicken ($9.50), Spicy Lemongrass Chicken ($9.50), Garlic Chilli Shells Pot ($10) and Freo Tomato Chilli Shells Pot ($12).

There is also 1-for-1 opening promotion for their coffee, likely to last till up to the end of the year. Seriously Coffee (Pasir Panjang)

Abseil
Eon Shenton, 70 Shenton Way, Singapore 079118
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

Minimalist, Monochromatic Coffee Bar At Shenton Way
Located on the first floor of Eon Shenton – a mixed development of residential and commercial use, Abseil is the latest addition to the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood.

Seating space is pretty limited with 5 tables indoors, all aligned to the wall, facing the white coffee bar counter that spans across the entire room.

The space is entirely monochromatic with black furniture and coffee equipment against a white background. Stylish looking, I must say.

Serving coffee beans roasted by All Day Roasting Company in Taiwan, the N.1 Blend uses coffee beans from 4 different regions of Colombia for their Espresso ($4.50), Black ($5), White ($5.50) and Tonic ($8).

The only dessert on their menu is the Dacquoise ($7) made up of layers of almond and hazelnut meringue with either whipped cream or buttercream on a buttery biscuit base. Abseil (Shenton Way)

Pinhole Coffee Bar
27 Purvis Street, Singapore 188604
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Hole-In-The Wall Cafe Found Near City Hall
Located along Purvis Street, one will probably will walk past this hidden coffee spot with a Chinese-worded signboard hanging at the entrance.

Designed with a photo studio in mind, the space is equipped with studio lamps and a plain wall for displaying photos in the future.

Their menu is concise and straightforward, offering Espresso ($3.50), Black ($4) and White ($5) for their espresso-based drinks.

Using single origin from Ethiopia roasted by Luli Roasts for their espresso-based drink, I ordered the Hello, Good Morning ($7).

The coffee paired well with the Lemon Loaf ($5.50) baked in-house, the acidity in the lemon loaf elevated the sweetness, along with refreshing and citrusy touch. Pinhole Coffee Bar (Purvis Street)

Alice Boulangerie
Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St, #01-05/11, Singapore 078877
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues

Bakery Cafe With Pretty Cakes & Croissants
Alice Boulangerie at Icon Village is decked in Balinese style furniture pieces and bespoke lighting which gave those warm and cosy vibes.

All the pastries are displayed on the counter located at the entrance, ranging from Focaccia ($5), Scone ($4), Danish ($5), Croissant ($4 – $7) and Cakes ($9.60).

One of their signature items is the Bi-colour Croissants ($7), coming in alternating layers of laminated croissant layers with flavours such as Pistachio Nocciola and Ispahan.

As they were made in limited quantities, they are sometimes sold out by noontime.

For savoury options, their croissants were stuffed with either Chicken Mayo ($7) or Egg Mayo ($6).

Apart from bakes, Alice Boulangerie offers a selection of finely crafted desserts such as Ispahan ($9.60), Opera ($9.60), Pistachio Dacquoise ($9.60), Mango Cheesecake ($9.60), Carrot Cake ($9.60) and Sea Salt Chocolate Tart ($9.60). Alice Boulangerie (Tanjong Pagar)

Kings Cart Coffee
Bishan Public Library, 5 Bishan Pl, Level 1, Singapore 579841
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Coffee Specialty Cafe At Bishan Library
From a mobile coffee cart for corporate, weddings and pop-up events to their first brick-and-mortar shop at Joo Chiat, King’s Cart Coffee has opened their second outlet at Bishan Public Library.

Focusing on coffee-centric food, bakes and desserts, coffee is used as a key ingredient in many dishes.

These include the coffee mascarpone in the Tiramisu and Matcha Souffle ($18.90), Coconut Affogato ($7) and a good selection of artisanal drinks.

Brunch menu is pretty limited with only Scrambled Egg on Toast ($11) and some sides such as Truffle Fries ($10), Mentaiko Fries ($12) and Cheesy Melt Fries ($12).

Their Inspirations menu consists of artisanal drinks such as Salt Caramel Latte ($8), Coconut Latte ($8), Coconut Cold Brew ($9), Summer Yuzu Tonic ($9) and Sun Kisses ($9). King’s Cart Coffee (Bishan)

Obok Dabang
SMU, 70 Stamford Rd, Li Ka Shing Library, #01-22A, Singapore 178901
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 12:30am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

Korean Cafe At SMU With Crispy Korean Fried Chicken
”Daebak~ Korean cafe all day, Korean Fried Chicken at night, Obok Dabang is the latest brainchild of UTB Coffee Singapore – which also owns Urban Table at Yio Chu Kang.

Their cafe menu is available all day here, with Croffle ($4.50), Pastries, Cakes, Coffee ($3- $6) and Drinks ($5.50 – $6).

The Croffles ($4.50), a mix between Croissant and Waffle, are baked and displayed on the shelves, heated up before serving to give it a crispy crunch.

Come in both sweet and savoury options, flavours include Blueberry, Ang Butter, Cheese, Lotus Speculoos, Tiramisu and Basil Pesto.

Their Korean Fried Chicken menu is only available after 5pm daily, available in either Half Chicken (7pcs $17.40) or in parts: Wings (3pcs $8.40), Drumsticks (3pcs $8.40), Tenders (4pcs $7.80).

There are two options, either one of the four different flavours: Soy Garlic, Sweet Spicy, Honey Butter Powder, Snowing Cheese or 5 different dipping sauces: Spicy Chili, Soy Garlic, Sweet Spicy, Honey Mustard and Wasabi Mayo. Obok Dabang (Stamford Road)

Upside Down Coffee Roaster
Anson House, 72 Anson Rd, Singapore 079911
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Specialty Coffee Place With Pancakes Hidden In A Furniture Showroom
First opened at Amoy Street in 2017 as a hole-in-the-wall takeaway kiosk, Upside Down Coffee Roaster has since expanded with their latest flagship outlet at Anson House, Tanjong Pagar.

Co-sharing the same space with Haworth – an office furniture manufacturer at the lobby of Anson House in Tanjong Pagar, Upside Down Coffee Roaster is now equipped with comfy furniture pieces from their showroom.

Instead of focusing on their artisanal specialty coffee by offering multiple blends and single origins, the Anson House outlet only offers one blend for their espresso-based drinks.

New on the menu is their food items, a selection of brunch items with funky names such as Cheese & Whiskers ($14), Smash Hit ($16), Homeless Smurfs ($15), Sweet Cheesus ($16), Mancake ($18) and Happy Place ($18).

Their pancakes come in both sweet called the Happy Place ($18), and savoury versions with the Mancake ($18). The latter is like a chives pancake. Upside Down Coffee Roaster (Tanjong Pagar)

one more…

Burp Kitchen & Bar
740 Bedok Reservoir Road #01-3165 Singapore 470740
Tel: +65 8428 4722
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:15pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10.15pm (Sat – Sun)

Hidden Cafe At Bedok With Affordable Brunch
While not exactly a new cafe, Burp Kitchen & Bar has recently revamped with a new brunch menu available every day of the week till 4pm.

Brunch starts at 11am on weekdays, and 10am on weekends – you can have ample time of sleep in before you break the fast at Burp.

Recommended is the Smoked Salmon Croissant ($14) filled with soft and creamy scrambled eggs, topped with smoked salmon.

Salty, smooth, and mildly sweet, the thinly sliced salmon makes this sandwich a savoury treat to your taste buds. A few sprigs of arugula add some peppery notes to perk you up.

Make it a sweet and cheery morning with a visually stunning serving of French Toast ($12). Made using house-made brioche, each slice is dipped in egg mixture then pan fried ‘til golden brown.

Each order comes with three toasts topped with fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries, plus a side of maple syrup to drizzle all over. Burp Kitchen & Bar (Bedok Reservior)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape.

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