Do you know that “Buona Vista” means “good view” in Italian, so named due to the tranquil hilly surroundings?
While it is more known for the many technological, science and educational hubs, there are also many cafes and food choices – many located at The Star Vista and Rochester areas.
Below are 10 Buona Vista cafes you can head to:
Note that there are many outstanding cafes such as Bread Yard, Jimmy Monkey Café & Bar, Runes Café, Little Big Coffee Roasters found at One North – which we intend to do a separate guide for.
The Star Vista #01-46, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Buona Vista Cafe With Candy Floss French Toast And Chicken Waffles
Dewgather pronounced as “together” features a spacious 20-seater space indoors and 40 seats outdoors in an elongated layout, Dewgather has a contemporary look decked in dusty pink with industrial flooring.
Their mains menu features a selection of brunch dishes that are pretty similar to many cafes, priced about $2 – $3 higher.
These include Dewgather Breakfast ($22), Salmon Avocado ($20), Hummus in the Pan ($15), Waffle & Fried Chicken ($20), French Toast ($18), Linguine Puttanesca ($17) and Barramundi Fish Burger ($25).
Chef’s recommendation includes the Dew Harvest Bowl ($22) and Dew Swordfish Pasta ($24). Worthy to mention is that there is a relatively high proportion of vegetarian options.
The French Toast ($18) looked “instagrammable” with a scoop of Crème anglaise ice cream, topped with brown sugar crumble, crushed pistachio, berry compote, purple candy floss with edible flowers on top of the thick sliced brioche toast.
What I liked most is the brioche toast, slightly crispy on the edges with a fluffy and chewy texture on the inside which becomes moist after soaking in the cream foam and melted ice cream. Dewgather (The Star Vista)
The Star Vista #01-41, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Taiwanese Cafe With Homely Lu Rou Fan, Mee Sua And Snowflake Desserts
Monki 台灣小吃部 which was previously located at Holland Drive, has moved to The Star Vista.
The café is opened by a Taiwanese mother to offer both Singaporeans and Taiwanese living in Singapore distinctive home-styled Taiwanese dishes.
They pride ourselves to be different from the night market themed foods, bringing in some yet-to-be-discovered Taiwan gems. These include Taiwan Bittergourd Pineapple Chicken Soup, braised platters sets, and some items specific to Tai Chung in Taiwan.
The menu is divided to sections of Rice, Noodles, Small Bites, Fried Food, Egg Roll, Soups, Snowflake Desserts, Drinks and Beer.
They also try to keep the menu fresh by offering weekly and monthly seasonal items that may include Taiwanese Cold Noodles, Taiwanese Fish Maw Soup and Beef Noodles Soup. MONKI 台灣小吃部 (The Star Vista)
5 Senses Bistro
The Star Vista #02-21, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Last Order 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
From French fare and Italian pastas to Asian bowls, 5 Senses offers comfort food that are affordably priced.
This bistro is run by local chefs from different culinary institutions, so expect them using the freshest quality ingredients prepared in modern cooking techniques.
Cooking ingredients and materials are made from scratch daily so you can be guaranteed freshness in each plate they dish out.
Try their bestsellers including Burrata N’ Tomatoes ($12.90) and Seared Diver Scallops (16.90), two recommended appetisers.
For mains, they offer Norwegian Salmon ($17.90), Confit French Duck Leg ($17.90), Australian Braised Lamb Shank ($24.90), and its signature White Seafood Crabmeat Pasta (15.90).
Beautifully served in crab-shaped bowl, this house special White Seafood Crabmeat Pasta ($15.90) boasts of a medley of seafood, including mussels, squid rings, prawns, scallops, and the name-bearer crabmeat.
Swee Lee Social Club
The Star Vista #01-07/10, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Tel: +65 6334 7703
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Music Lifestyle Café
Swee Lee is known to be the place to get your dream musical instrument, and they had expanded to include a café within their flagship store at The Star Vista.
The store also offeres a music lifestyle experience which incorporates instruments, vinyl, headphones & speakers, magazines, even fashion and footwear.
Offerings include Flat White ($5), Cold Brew Coffee ($6), Hot Chocolate ($6), Sweet Toast ($7), and Waffles & Ice Cream ($10).
The Star Vista #01-04/05, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Home-Grown Chocolate Cafe & Shop
Not just an ordinary chocolate maker, Lemuel Chocolate focuses on unique, handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolate-making.
Their chocolates are made with only 2 ingredients: cocoa beans and organic cane sugar.
Offering more than 16 different single-origin chocolates, it sources and imports quality cacao beans from cacao farmers and reputable cacao agents around the world.
Aside from single-origin chocolates, they also offer a selection of chocolate drinks, pastries, products and tarts ($9) and cakes ($10 – $11).
The tarts available in rotational and seasonal flavours such as Signature (72% Dark Chocolate), Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Liquid Gold (Sea Salt Caramel), Pistachio, and Hazelnut to tease the chocoholic in you. Lemuel Chocolate (The Star Vista)
The Headless Baker & Sons 無頭師
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-14/15, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Tasty Croissants By Ghim Moh Hawker
From hawker centre to a cafe within a shopping mall, The Headless Baker 無頭師 has opened a second outlet named “The Headless Baker & Sons”.
Serving an entirely different menu from their original outlet, outlet-exclusive viennoiseries – which are baked goods made from a yeast-leavened dough similar to bread and puff pastry, are offered here instead.
Pastries include Croissant ($4), Almond Croissant ($4.50), Chocolate Croissant ($5), Kouign Amann ($4.50), Lunettes ($4), Chocolate Roll ($4), Cruffin ($4.50), and Apple Almond Tart ($4).
My favourite was the Canele ($3), a small French pastry flavoured with rum and vanilla.
The darker caramelised crust on the outer was crispy and chewy, while the custard centre was soft and moist with the right balance. The Headless Baker & Sons 無頭師 (The Star Vista)
Orange & Teal Café
35 Rochester Drive, #02-12 Rochester Mall, Singapore 138639
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon
Homely Cafe By Chee Soon Juan
Orange & Teal Café at Rochester Mall is opened by Dr Chee Soon Juan a well-known Singaporean opposition politician who has been secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
There is the usual standard café bites of Truffles Fries ($8.90), Chicken Nuggets with Pesto Dip ($7.20), Calamari Rings with Pesto Dip ($9.20), Luncheon Sticks ($7.50), and Chowder Soup ($4.50).
Mains offered from 12pm were the Creole Jambalaya ($13.90), Poulet Roti ($12.90), Creamy Butter Tuscan Salmon ($20.80) and Succotash ($10.80). The raved-about Texas Oven Baked Beef Brisket ($18.80) was not available.
The recommended Creolo Jambalaya ($13.90) was a slight-spicy Louisiana-style dish included with shrimps, chicken sausage, rice on top of succotash.
As for the Creamy Butter Tuscan Salmon ($20.80), it had pan-seared salmon accompanied with some linguine in a creamy butter sauce topped with grated parmesan, accompanied with asparagus and baby spinach. Orange & Teal Café (Rochester Mall)
Tanamera Coffee – The Metropolis
9 North Buona Vista Drive #01-22 The Metropolis Tower 2, Singapore 138588
Opening Hours: 8am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Metropolis Cafe With Indonesian Speciality Coffee and Food
Tanamera Coffee (and not Tanah Merah) is a coffee chain from Indonesia. In the Bahasa Indonesian language, “tanah merah” means “red earth” or “red land”, and this represents the rich soil of the Indonesian mountainsides which is the source of coffee beans.
Food wise, expect Tanamera Big Breakfast ($13.80), Roast Beef Sandwich ($12), Grab * Go Croissantwich ($5.80)
There are also some Indonesian style items including Bubur Ayam Jakarta ($8.80) which is porridge served with shredded chicken, Soto Betawi ($12.80) – a style of beef soup with potatoes, Lemongrass Chicken Rice ($12.80), Mie Ayam ($10.80), and Tanamera Satay Platter ($9.80).
170 Ghim Moh Road, Ulu Pandan CC, #01-03, Singapore 279621
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Scandinavian-Style Cafe At Ghim Moh
The café at Ghim Moh is not to be confused with void deck-themed cafe Downstairs 楼下 at Suntec City selling local favourites.
I initially thought House Downstairs will be located below a housing block as their name implies, but it turned out that that they are located within Ulu Pandan Community Club. It is about a 10 minutes’ walk from Buona Vista MRT station and opposite Ghim Moh Food Centre.
There are a total of 42 seats with a coffee bar counter, tall communal tables, windows seats and sofa seats. Well, considered quite homely.
The Asian dishes included Homemade Scallion Pancakes ($6), Korean Riceballs ($9), Mantou with Sweet Sambal Sauce ($12), Gochujang Chicken with Rice ($16), Laksa Goreng ($16) and House Signature Craygee ($18).
I was recommended the House Signature Craygee ($18), their version of Pao Fan with short-grained egg fried rice, clams, Thai Feiji prawns and crayfish.
There was that seafood aroma when the dish was served with spring onions and puff rice sprinkled over for that extra texture. House Downstairs (Ghim Moh)
2nd Serving: Artisan Gelato & Tea
41 Holland Drive, #01-07, Singapore 270041
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun, Tues – Wed), 12pm – 11pm (Thurs – Sat), Closed Mon
Hidden Gelato Cafe At Holland Drive With A ‘Vending Machine’ Door
This is another one of those ice cream shops that you may just walk past without noticing.
2nd Serving which is located at an inconspicuous side of 41 Holland Drive, is an artisanal gelato and tea shop with an interesting looking door. It is say a 10 minutes’ walk or so away from Buona Vista MRT station.
Gelato goes for $4.50 for a single, and $8 for a double, with the premium flavours costing a dollar more.
Flavours include Pulut Hitam, Passion Fruit, Summer berries, Blueberry Cheese; while the premium ones are Banana Honey Roasted Nuts, Coffee Crunch, Salted Caramel Cheese, Ultimate Coconut, and Rum & Raisin.
Sometimes, they do offer interesting flavours such as Mango Sticky Rice, Kueh Bangkit, Tau Siah Piah – which tasted too much like the real thing, which can be seen as a good or not-so-good thing. 2nd Serving (Holland Drive)