Jalan Besar has become a popular hotspot for cafe goers in Singapore, known for its third-wave coffee shops and hipster cafes serving brunch, desserts and ice cream.

Here are 30 Jalan Besar Cafes compiled for your cafe-hopping experience: (10 Lavender Cafes For Brunch)

Apartment Coffee
161 Lavender Street #01-12 Singapore 338750
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

Beautiful White Cafe That Makes You Feel Like Home
This specialty coffee place at Lavender Street is called “Apartment” because the owner wanted to create the vibes of inviting people home, to have chats with coffee lovers at the counter seats, and for them to feel welcomed.

The café fulfils many requirements needed for those ‘mood’ and ‘got-feel’ shots – natural daylight, white space, Scandinavian furniture, locally-designed ceramic cups.

I was recommended the Colombia La Falda ($6.50), a single origin with notes of plum, redcurrant and grapefruit.

It was indeed a well-balanced, refreshing cup with that obvious fruitiness that made a good perk-me-up. One of the best places in Singapore to get your serious coffee fix. Apartment Coffee (Lavender Street)

161 Lavender St, #01-09, Singapore 338750
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 9:30am – 1am (Fri – Sat)

Minimalist Botanical-Themed Cafe With Pandan Mochi Waffle
Opened by the folks behind Onalu – a bagel house located at SMU, Glacier is their new concept cafe with a botanical theme, offering an-almost ‘farm-to-table’ concept.

As their name implies, glacier refers to a moving piece of ice reflected in their space which is completely white, from the white furniture pieces to the coffee bar counter, espresso machine and coffee beans grinder.

Their menu is concise with 6 items on their brunch menu: Glacier Big Breakfast ($24), Smoked Salmon & Avocado Toast ($19), Seafood Vongole Pasta ($23), Basil Pesto Pasta ($18), Salmon Mentaiko Truffle Grain Bowl ($20) and Glacier French Toast ($16).

Here the highlight is the Pandan Mochi Waffle ($8) with a sticky mochi layer in addition to the crispy-ness and fluffiness.

Topped with desiccated coconut for the added crunch and aroma, drizzled with maple syrup and Gula Melaka sauce on the side, the overall taste is similar to that of Ondeh Ondeh, the mini green, round glutinous rice balls. Glacier (Jalan Besar)

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Houses The Roastery, CSHH Coffee Bar, the Annex and the C-Platform
Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) along Tyrwhitt Road in the Jalan Besar district of Singapore, has been one of the most popular places for third-wave coffee drinkers.

CSHH was one of the very first venues that was inaugurated in Jalan Besar when it was only a transitioning stop. The café still holds up to be one of the best places for coffee and brunch.

A popular item would be the Papa’s Breakfast ($21) of comforting eggs (scrambled, sunny side-up, overeasy, or sous vide) alongside Mushroom Chicken Sausage, Hash Browns, Portobello Mushrooms, Sourdough Toast, Rocket and Cherry Tomato confit.

Not forgetting it is home to the PPP Coffee, formerly known as the Papa Palheta brand too.

The Cold Brew is made using Ethiopia Suke Quto coffee beans, designed to be slightly stronger as it would be slightly diluted when served over ice.

The White Cold Brew uses the Throwback blend instead, comprising of Brazil Samambaia and Indian Thippanahali, and is dark chocolatey, creamy-bodied and slightly sweetened.

D’Vine Café
149 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207562
Tel: +65 8831 6875
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 9:30am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)

All-Day-Brunch Cafe At Jalan Besar With Lobster Crab Scramble
D’Vine Café is located at 149 Tyrwhitt Road, which is right opposite Chye Seng Huat Hardware and so people may just miss it.

For the egg lovers out there, the all-day-brunch menu already sounds enticing, with Egg Cheesy Bacon Melts with Croissant ($14), Lobster Crab Scrambled ($19), Egg Ben Salmon ($16), and Maple Griddle Cake ($12).

D’Vine Café’s Lobster Crab Scramble uses sweet and savoury components to create a hearty creation that both seafood and egg lovers can relish.

At the base of the dish is a brioche French toast having a hint of aromatic sweetness from vanilla essence and milk.

Covering the bread is scrambled egg with baby lobster and white lump crab meat.

If you are aiming for something more filling, there are also the Ultimate D’Vine Burger ($24), Confit Chicken Bowl ($14), Mac & Cheese Gratin ($15) and Pizzalicious Waffles ($22).

Read more at: D’Vine Café (Jalan Besar)

The Tiramisu Hero
121 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207548
Tel: +65 6292 5271
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun)

Tiramisu Speciality Café For The Sweet Tooth
Tiramisu Hero has Tiramisu everything. You get all sorts of customizable tiramisu varieties and even tiramisu beer. It is a whimsical little colourful café that will brighten up your day in no time.

The café mascot is a chubby and furry feline called Sir Antonio – a masked cat with a cape, ready to welcome you.

The signature tiramisu comes in three sizes, the Mini Hero ($3.50 – $4.50), Momma Hero ($7.50 – $9.50) and Papa Hero ($17 – 21)

Other than allowing customisation of alcohol content, sweetness and wetness levels for the tiramisu recipe, The Tiramisu Hero also offers other variations with different flavours infused into the rich mascarpone cream cheese.

But the cafe sells more than just Tiramisu.

They also have a wide range of savoury options including all day breakfast menu, soups, salads, and main courses – Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta ($14.90), Mentaiko Pasta ($16), Waffle Fried Chicken ($15), Savoury Creamy Salmon ($19), Ultimate Mac & Cheese ($14.90), Vegan Meatball Pasta ($16).

Black Fairy Coffee
131 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207553
Tel: +65 6909 3515
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun)

Goblin Burger, Morning Feast And Enchanted Matcha Parfait
The Black fairy coffee is a cafe hanging lightbulbs looking like fireflies fluttering over marble tables.

The offerings include Soy Chicken, Shrimp Paste Pork Belly, Ebi Fry, Thai Style Crispy Fish Fillet, Rustic Beef Stew, Curried Prawns, Cheesy Broccoli Omelette, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Candy Bacon Sandwich and Morning Feast.

Sort of everything under the sky.

The most thematic item on its menu board was The Goblin Burger pulled pork and yogurt coleslaw and smoked barbecue sauce in a brioche burger bun. Though Gong Yoo himself may wonder what’s so “goblin” about this burger other than the name.

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams Singapore
139 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03, Singapore 207557
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Wed), 12:30pm – 10:30pm (Fri), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun)

Popular Lava Cookie Cafe From Thailand
Using the same recipe from their main outlet in Bangkok, the menu comprises of Lava Cookies, Classic Brownie, and Ice Cream.

Their main differentiating factor from other ice cream cafes will be their Lava Cookies – think Lava Cake in cookie form.

All the ice creams are made in house, and great to see local flavours such as Piko Piko (Tiramisu with Kopiko candy), Black Dog (Guinness Stout) and Ca.Le.Ho.Yo served with honey.

All these go on cookies (choose from lava or non-lava) with flavours of Chocolate, Red Devil (red velvet cream cheese lava) and Monster Matcha.

Get your cameras ready as dramatic lava would flow out when the scoop of ice cream ‘falls’ on top of the lava cookie.

Sweet Cheeks Gelato – Jalan Besar
147 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207561
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)

Pretty Gelato Shop At Jalan Besar Opens Till 1AM (Fri & Sat)
Sweet Cheeks Gelato first started in 2019 at Potong Pasir by 3 SMU graduates together with an Italy-trained chef handcrafting fresh gelato daily.

To be better in the art of gelato-making, their co-founder travelled to Bologna, Italy to train for a month.

Their 3rd outlet located directly opposite Chye Seng Huat Hardware and few doors away from Creamery Boutique Ice Creams, is their largest branch to date.

18 gelato flavours are available at any one time, priced at $4 for single scoop, $7.50 for double scoops, additional $1 for premium flavour and additional $2 for gourmet flavours.

For more indulgence, there are add-ons such as Waffle ($6), Chocolate Lava Cake ($5), Brownie ($5). Gelato flavours were inspired by their co-founder’s overseas travels. For example, Ricotta with Pistachio & Lemoncurd with Speculoos by travels to Italy, Cinnamon Brown Bread from the streets of Ireland and Coconut Mango, and Mango Sticky rice in Thailand.

Normal flavours (Single $4, Double $7.50) include Marshmallow Oreo, Earl Grey, Cereal Milk, Hojicha, Honeycomb, Biscoff Cookie Brunch, Hazelnut with Nutella Swirl and Peanut Butter Banana.

The Premium flavours (Single $5) are more unique and interesting: Ricotta with Pistachio bits, Cinnamon Brown Bread, Lemon curd with Speculoos bits, Honey Chrysanthemum with Cacao nibs, Lychee with Raspberry bits and vegan Fleur de Cao dark Chocolate. Sweet Cheeks Gelato (Jalan Besar)

Wimbly Lu – Tyrwhitt Road
166 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207570
Tel: +65 6291 8138
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)

Chocolate Desserts, Crispy Waffles And Ice Cream
Wimbly Lu Chocolates can be considered a familiar name, an “early day” cafes which started back in 2013. This is the other outlet at Tyrwhitt Road.

On the menu are items such as The Savoury Breakfast Crepe ($15.50), Smashed Avo Chicken Open-Faced Sandwich ($14.80), Chicken & Waffles, Pulled “Tau Yew Bak” Open-Faced Sandwich ($13.80), and Crab Roll ($18.50).

For sweets, get a choice of waffles, pancakes or crepe topped with berries, caramelised bananas, or just butter and maple. Each is priced at $8 – $15.80.

Wimbly Lu’s Waffles are known for their light and crispy texture. This is best accompanied with a scoop of recommended ice cream flavors like Earl Grey, Cookies & Cream, or Salted Caramel.

Antea Social
9 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207528
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 7pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 11.30am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon

Contemporary Oriental Specialty Teahouse With Elegant Pink Interior
Decked in baby pink with a huge circular glass window which resembled that of a full moon, the teahouse eludes a cosy vibe with a double-storey tall ceiling and hanging lights inside.

It reminds me of Nesuto at Tras Street which has the same lady-like, pink vibe, desserts and tea which is also supplied by Antea Social.

Antea Social offers a a small pastry selection and focuses more on their tea selection: Lychee Oolong, Hojicha, Oriental Red and Rooibos.

Each tea set also comes with a small slip of paper which indicates the country of origin, the type of tea leaves and taste profile. Antea Social (Jalan Besar)

Sweets Craftsman
11 Cavan Rd, #01-06, Cavan Suites, Singapore 209848
Opening Hours: 12pm – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Desserts Cafe With Japanese-Style Matcha And TieGuanYin Swiss Rolls
Located along the same stretch of units as Gelato Labo at Cavan Road (Jalan Besar), Sweets Craftsman is a new dessert cafe that focuses on artisanal bakes and pastries.

With more than a decade of experience in the confectionery industry and has previously worked at Raffles Hotel and TCC, the pastry chef has decided to open his very own bakery cafe in Jalan Besar.

Served mainly as a takeaway shop, the menu features Swiss Roll ($7.80), Meringue Rolls (Summer Berries $6, Yuzu Orange $6.80), Cakes ($6.80), Tarts (Strawberry, Blueberry $6.80), Croissants (Butter $3, Almond $4), Madeleine ($2.80) and Brownie (Sea salt $3.50, Pecan $3.50).

All the Swiss roll were so kawaii, crafted with a Mt. Fuji in the middle with different flavours such as Matcha, Tie Guan Yin and Chocolate Raspberry.

As the Swiss rolls are all Japanese inspired, and thus tend to be on the lighter side in terms of texture and flavour. Sweets Craftsman (Jalan Besar)

La Levain
23 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209193
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Bakery Cafe With Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant
Levain, a leavening agent used to bake bread, is a starter of bread-making, thus the fundamental principle at La Levain.

The 30-seater minimalist space is decked out in industrial-like grey interiors, rustic wooden furniture and neon orange lighting.

More than just a bakery, it offers with brunch fare, pastries and specialty coffee menu-wise.

With a wide selection of more than 50 pastries and bakes on display at their counter, customers can look forward to Bread ($4 – $9), Viennoiserie ($3.50 – $7.40), Cruffin ($4.60 – $5.20), Baked Sandwich ($5.50 – $6.50), Muffin ($2.50 – $7.50), and Pies ($32 – $35).

The croissants are double baked to give it a very crispy texture, flavourful and buttery aroma.

The Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant ($6.50) is recommended, inspired by our local dessert Bubur Cha Cha with a layer of purple sweet potato, yam and coconut mochi.

The sweet potato and yam cubes give it more textures whereas the coconut mochi adds a nice subtle sweetness to the combination. La Levain (Jalan Besar)

38 Hamilton Road Singapore 209208
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Mon, Thurs – Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues – Wed

Minimalist Grey Café With Cloud Cake And Good Coffee
Lucid is a collaboration between 37 waves – a distributor for professional coffee equipment and tools; and Thought Bakes.

Industrial-grey look with cement flooring, modern matt-silver furniture and a minimalist look should appeal to the Instagram generation.

The menu is kept lean, with offerings of coffee drinks such as Black Coffee ($4), Iced Black ($5.50), Strong White ($5, Iced White ($6), Mocha ($6.50) and Chocolate ($6) for non-coffee drinkers.

They also offer sweets such as Flourless Chocolate Cake ($7.50), Dark Chocolate Tart ($8.50), Lemon Tart ($8.50) and selection of bakes from Maple Scone ($6) to Cashew and Pistachio Cake ($5). Lucid (Hamilton Road)

Lola Faye Café
35 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209204
Opening Hours: 2pm – 2am (Tues – Sat), Closed Mon

Tropical-Themed Muslim-Owned Dessert Cafe With Gelato Croissant
Lola Faye Café is a brand-new tropical themed café at Hamilton Road, and also is Muslim-owned which uses 100% Halal ingredients.

It joins neighbours such as Lucid, For The People, Once Upon A Time by Jeanette Aw, and SCALED by Ah Hua Kelong along the same stretch at the hot Jalan Besar district.

While many tropical-themed cafes usually pick a bright and vibrant look, or Bali-style decor, Lola Faye Café has gone for a darker look which is still photogenic.

The main highlights are the gelato desserts, presented in the forms of Gelato Croissant ($9.90), Buttermilk Belgium Waffles ($6, additional $5 for single scoop, $9 for double scoop), and Fudgy Brownies with Gelato ($10.90) – moist brownies filled with chocolate chunks, topped with shaved chocolate and whipped cream. Lola Faye Café (Hamilton Road)

For the People
11 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209182
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon, Thurs – Sun), Closed Tues, Wed

Showroom-like Cafe With Fried Chicken & Waffles And French Toast
With an intention to create a space for people to connect and recharge over food and drinks, the space at For The People is considerably spacious with a 60-seater space.

The layout reminds of me of a showroom with a contemporary-style co-working space in terms of their furniture and finishing.

Stepping inside, the first area is the coffee bar with various pastries on display at the counter.

They appear to have stream-lined their menu to items of Grilled Three Cheese Party ($16), Mushroom Sammie ($18) and Breakfast Pita ($24), alongside burgers such as Cajun Fried Chicken ($18) and Double Cheese Burger ($22).

For something more substantial, there is the Fry Up ($24) with spicy Italian sausage, bacon, sunny side, tater tots, sauteed mushroom and focaccia.

16 Hamilton Road, #01-05 Singapore 209186
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon), 11am – 9pm (Wed – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 10am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Tues

Vintage-Style Bakery Cafe At Jalan Besar Serves Instagrammable Desserts
Missus is the latest addition at Hamilton Road, a Muslim-owned 185 sqm bakery cafe with a full-scale central bakery next door.

The interior design is inspired by the owners’ travel experiences in Australia, with a laid-back and cozy ambiance in a vintage-inspired Victorian-style interior setting.

A good selection of bakes are available on display each day, such as Coconut Bun ($5), Sticky Pecan Bun ($5.50), Cinnamon Roll ($4.50) and Scones (Plain $5.50, Scallion Cheese $6).

After 12 noon, a more comprehensive menu is available, ranging from sides such as Truffle Tater Tots ($12.50), Jalapeño Poppers ($11.90), Grilled Cheese Sandwiches ($13.90 – $22) and Plated desserts ($8.50 – $16.90).

The selection of plated desserts seemed interesting, with options such as Exotic Tart ($16.90), Churros ($11.90), Missus Sticky Buns ($8.50), Baked Ketaifi Cheese ($12) and Date Pudding ($12.90).

Read more at: Missus (Hamilton Road)

The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie
16 Hamilton Road #01-02 Singapore 209186
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

French-Style Bakery With Huge Selection of Pastries
The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie is a French-style bakery that specialises in viennoiserie such as croissants, Danishes and brioches. Note that there is limited seating here, and it is primary a take-away shop.

There are the favourite classic selections including Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Almond Croissant, Kouign Amann, Margherita Pizza, Sacristain – a twisted croissant layered with almond and chocolate chips.

Some of its best-selling bakes include the Quiche, La Brioche Macaronade, La Brioche Chotolat et Crumble, Trio of C (croissant, cookie and cheesecake), and Fleur de Framboise.

Its signature item is the Pommes aux Crumble ($7.20) – an apple ‘crumble’ like pastry with crispy croissant dough wrapped around cream cheese and sweet tangy apples stew with a dash of cinnamon. It is topped off with almond cream and a layer of crumbly streusel.

Brawn & Brains Coffee – Hamilton
16 Hamilton Road, #01-06, Singapore 209186
Tel: +65 8101 5211

Brawn & Brains Coffee Opens NEW Outlet At Jalan Besar Hamilton Road
Coffee drinkers staying near Guillemard Road and East Coast should be familiar with Brawn and Brains Coffee, known to serve good coffee, pastries and its own style of unpretentious mains.

It has also opened a new outlet at Hamilton Road.

This is quite a big space with a U-configuration coffee counter. The seats on one side are suitable for communal dining, while the other is more suited for individuals or pairs who prefer a quiet time with coffee.

Get an espresso-based coffee (served double ristretto), with options such as Long Black ($4.50), Caffe Latte ($5.50), Flat White ($5.50), Cappuccino ($5.50) and Caffe Mocha ($6.50).

Grab a BB Donut ($4.20) to go along with your coffee, from the Classic Sugar, to those filled with Lemon Curd, Milo Custard, House-made Kaya and House made Berries Jam.

Read more at: Brawn & Brains Coffee (Hamilton Road)

Ai Cafe
74 Horne Road, Singapore 209076
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Cute Matcha Bamboo And Lychee Bao Desserts At Jalan Besar
“Ai” is the abbreviation for Artificial Intelligence and not Ai(Love 爱).

This was what the owners projected to be initially, a cafe fully automated by machines and robots to create an immersive and futuristic experience.

Instead of the usual brunch food, Ai Cafe serves Burgers ($16 – $20), Pasta ($16 – $20), Pizza ($18 – $20), Mains ($12 – $20), Bites ($8 – $20) and Desserts ($8 – $10.80) on their menu.

Their signature mains is their Fish & Chips with Homemade Tartar Sauce ($18) that comes with beer-battered fish, fries and apple slaw.

Crispy and golden brown on the outside with a moist and tender texture, it was comforting dish and probably safe option.

Instead, their selection of desserts is more eye-catching, ranges from AI Magnum ($9.80) to MSW Durian Truffle Chocolate ($10.80), Black Forest ($9.80), Mango Passion ($8.80), Bao de Litchi ($8.80), Matcha Goma ($9.80), Lemon Cremuex Tart ($8) and Banoffee Tart ($8.50). Ai Cafe (Jalan Besar)

Two Bakers
88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083
Te: +65 6293 0329
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues

Creative French and Fusion Inspired Pastries
Nestled in the hippie enclave of Horne road, Two Bakers is an artisanal bakery cafe run by Le Cordon Bleu Paris trained chefs.

They serve up mains, brunch items, bespoke French and Fusion inspired pastries, and specialty coffees.

For brunch till 3pm, You can look forward to Spicy Crab Omelette ($18), Corned Beef & Spam Hash ($16), Spicy Crab Eggs Benedict ($18), Shashuka ($16), Bak Kwa Stuffed Omelette ($16), Golden Kaya French Toast ($16), Pandan Pancakes ($14), and Earl Grey Pancakes ($14).

One of the popular cakes is the “Pure” ($8.50) of pandan sponge cake topped with desiccated coconut; and nestled within the coconut mousse is gula melaka jelly.

Habitat Coffee
803 King George’s Ave, #01-242/244, Singapore 200803
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Industrial-Themed Brunch Cafe Shifted From Upper Thomson To Jalan Besar
One of the main-stayers at Upper Thomson since 2011 (yes, that’s a full decade ago), Habitat Coffee has shifted out of their home ground and into the Jalan Besar neighbourhood.

This new space now accommodates 3 long communal tables and 8 tables nicely spaced apart.

It is decked in a similar style as their defunct outlet at Upper Thomson with shades of white and black, cemented floorings and wooden furnitures.

All-Day Brunch is available till 8pm, with signature brunch items such as Big Ben ($18), Pulled Pork Benedict ($17), Avocado & Eggs ($17) and Stuffed Berries Hotcake ($16).

Do not be confused with the name of Big Ben ($18) – which is a plate of ‘big breakfast’ rather than Eggs Benedict, containing scrambled eggs, maple glazed bacon, toast, pork sausage, grilled tomato, and sauteed mushrooms.

For a more substantial meal, 3 different Rice Bowls are offered on the menu: Veggie Bowl ($13), Honey Garlic Prawn ($17) and Beef Yakiniku ($13), Pasta with Mushroom Truffle ($17), Chilli Crab Linguine ($18) and Grilled Teriyaki Salmon ($14). Habitat Coffee (Jalan Besar)

Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen
Jalan Besar Community Centre, 69 Jellicoe Road #01-05, Singapore 208737
Tel: +65 9833 0858
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)

Cafe Hidden Within Jalan Besar CC With $2 Espresso
The cafe is opened by the same team behind pet-friendly Sun Ray Cafe at Serangoon Garden and Parched at Ubi. One of the key differences is that Pacto has a stronger tea focus.

The one thing to note is their coffee is more on the wallet-friendly side, with an espresso priced at $2.

A Long Black is at $3.50, with no additional charges for an iced version.

Other coffee-based drinks include Flat White ($4), Latte ($4), Cappuccino ($4) and Mocha ($5).

There was a small selection of cakes available, from Sourcream Cheesecake ($6), Hazelnut Royaltine ($7), Green Tea Azuki ($6), Matcha Swiss Roll ($4.50) and Houjicha Swiss Roll ($4.50).

The Yuzu Osmanthus Cake ($6) was a not-bad choice, of soft and fluffy layers of yuzu-soaked sponge cake, layered with fresh osmanthus whipped cream. Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen (Jalan Besar)

Aphrodite Waffles & Gelato
106 Desker Road, Singapore 209628
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 1pm – 2am (Fri – Sun), Closed Tues

Unique Gelato Bar Near Swee Choon With Goat & Blue Cheese Flavours
Aphrodite Waffles & Gelato is located near the popular Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant 瑞春点心餐厅.

Opened till 2am from Fridays till Sundays, they can perhaps attract some of the supper crowd looking for post-dinner desserts.

True to their name, the interior is beautifully decked in white, minimalist Kinfolk-like design, with potted flowers on each table.

Focusing on their unique gelato flavours (Single $5, Double $9) made in-house, 12 different flavours are available at any one time.

Interesting flavours include Thyme, Blood Orange Sorbet, Salted Honey, Goat Cheese and Aphrodite (Blue Cheese Chocolate).

Other classic flavours include Roasted Pistachio, Bitter Gianduja, Hojicha, Buttery Biscoff, Coconut, Brown Butter Spice and Drifting Snowflakes Jasmine.

Home-made cones are available at an additional $1 or you can opt for either the Original Waffle ($6) or Charcoal Waffle ($7). Aphrodite (Jalan Besar)

Cafe Monochrome
216 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207749
Tel: +65 9239 1240
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues, Wed, Sun), 10am – 10pm (Thurs – Sat), Closed Mon

Instagrammable 2D Black & White Café With Brunch & Ice Cream
While a 2D café isn’t exactly a fresh concept, you can tell that the team behind Café Monochrome did spend significant amount of time doing up the painting works, while paying attention to details.

The other one thing I noted is, the café space is rather big considering Singapore’s concept, so you may just find a suitable spot for #OOTD pics.

In terms of food, mains offered include Truffle Cream Pasta ($16), Monochrome’s Angel Hair ($14), Mentaiko Pasta ($13), Spicy Baked Fish ($12), Garlic Pepper Fish ($12), and Monochrome’s Brunch ($15).

There are also a couple of donburi bowls such as Wagyu Donburi ($18), Smoked Duck Donburi ($12), Smoked Bacon Donburi ($12), and Yakitori Donburi ($12).

I had the Monochrome’s Brunch ($15) which was considered okay-priced as many similar big-breakfast-plates are edging towards or have gone beyond the $20 price tag.

This plate included grilled sausage, bacon and a sunny side up on waffles made with their in-house recipe, topped with pure English maple syrup. Café Monochrome (Jalan Besar)

Asylum Coffeehouse
311 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208970
Opening Hours: 8am – 4:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Minimalist-Chic Cafe With Sandwiches From Hambaobao
Asylum Coffeehouse is nestled in a blue and red heritage shophouse along Jalan Besar (near Petain Road), though the inside is designed with the typical white and woody (well, MUJI like) interior, with natural daylight cast in.

Drinks-wise, there are choices of Black ($4), White ($5, $5.5), Filters and Pour Overs ($6), Mocha ($6), and Hot Chocolate ($5.50). $1 extra for iced, and switch to oat or macadamia milk.

The café serves up its very own Espresso blend, Keluak which has dominant chocolate, nutty and earthy notes. This Keluak coffee is inspired by the Peranakan dish Buah Keluak and its characteristics.

In terms of food, you can look out for two sandwiches, the Cubano ($16) and the Turfoieken ($19). Interesting to note that they are both created by burger shop Hambaobao – previously located at Beauty World Food Centre.

If you are questioning why a sandwich would be priced at the upper-tier of $19, that is because it includes turkey, chicken AND foie gras, with aioli and apple chutney. Asylum Coffeehouse (Jalan Besar)

32 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209360
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Muslim-Owned Cafe In Monochromatic Colours Offering Brunch Food
Steep is one of the newest Muslim-owned cafes opened at Jalan Besar, not to be confused with Steeped Tea Bar at Bugis.

The interior is clean and minimalist, simply decked in black and muted colours (not to be confused with Café Monochrome a walk away.)

To accentuate the monotone colour scheme, their espresso machine, coffee cups and saucers, stools and photos hanging on the wall are all dark grey or black in colour.

Offering Melbourne-inspired brunch food on their menu, café hoppers can expect Granola ($9), Steep’s Breakfast ($17), French Toast ($15), Grilled Cheese ($9) and Ham & Cheese Croissant ($7). Options seem to be on the safe side though.

The remaining menu consisted of 6 other mains such as Egg on Toast ($6), Eggs Royale ($14), Aglio Olio ($14) and Truffle Cream Pasta ($12).

The Steep’s Breakfast ($17) came with an assortment of colourful components in a single plate.

The components included tater tots, roasted tomato, herb sausage, sautéed mushrooms, sourdough, turkey bacon, mixed greens salad and a choice of egg – poached, scrambled, sunny side up. Steep (Jalan Besar)

204 Jalan Besar Singapore 208890
Opening Hours: 12pm – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Minimalist French-Style Patisserie Café
LA VIE is conceptualised on the idea of providing people with a place to enjoy fine pastries, drinks, art appreciations – you will see hanging paintings of rotating local artists on sale.

The business was previously known as Reverie Patisserie, an online patisserie shop specialising in various French pastries and butter cookies.

Some of the signature dessert items include Chloe ($8.50) – a lychee rose entremet, Kaiser ($9) – a mango and passionfruit entremes, Alfie ($9) – a chocolate banana entremet, and Trio Chocolate Cake ($10) – the other one without the fancy name.

If you like something cute, there is the Épic which is a porcupine-shaped trio chocolate entremet. This is actually inspired by their little porcupine potted plantlet.

I went with the pretty-looking Watermelon Strawberry Cake ($9.50), with fresh sliced watermelon sandwiched between layers of rose chantilly and nutty almond dacquoise.

The cake was further decorated with fresh strawberries, blueberries and grapes. La Vie (Jalan Besar)

Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Cafe
114 Jalan Besar Singapore 208834
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

Cafe At Jalan Besar With 85% Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
OCD Café is not exactly an unfamiliar name for those around Ang Mo Kio. However, the ice cream has moved from the North to the Jalan Besar enclave as its lease at the previous outlet has ended.

16 flavours are available at any one time ranging from their signature chocolate flavours (as their name implies) to classic ones such as Vanilla Chips and Pistachio.

The other rotating flavours include Brown Butter Blueberry, Hazelnut Rocher, Lychee Raspberry, Salted Caramel, Melon Milk, Bubblegum, Lavender Hojicha to an intriguing Jeju.

The highlight is definitely their five choices of chocolate ice cream from different origins: Madagascar 33% Milk, Ecuador 40% Milk, Belgium Dark 60%, and Africa 85% Dark.

The percentage refers to the amount of cacao in a chocolate bar.

Both milk and dark chocolate are made similarly from cocoa solids/ cocoa liquor except that the former contains less cocoa but with milk products within.

The Africa 85% Dark had a stickier texture that is similar to a gelato, and was strong, robust, and chocolatey all at the same time without any lingering bitterness. Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Ice Cream Café (Jalan Besar)

Butter Studio
147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865
Tel: +65 6294 7115
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon, Wed – Thurs), 11am – 9pm (Fri – Sun), Closed Tues

Home To Homespun Cupcake Goodness
This café consists of halal certified cakes and cupcakes with premium quality ingredients and handmade love and goodness.

They give the old-fashioned, nostalgic treats a modern twist.

Butter studio have a variety of delicious cakes. Their signature items include the Ispahan Lychee Rose Cake which is a soft and tender layered cake with the sweetness of lychee complimenting the tempting aroma of rose.

Another widely popular one is the Salted Caramel Red Velvet Cake which is their timeless, award winning dessert.

As for the signature best seller cupcake, go for the Salted Gula Melaka which was oozing with palm sugar filling and blended with salted Gula Melaka cream cheese.

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


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