Slowly, but surely. My friends who once complained that “there are very few cafes at Punggol” would find more and more brunch, desserts, and cafes in this North-eastern part of Singapore.

Other than the malls of Waterway Point and Northshore Plaza, you can also find food choices at Tebing Lane, The Punggol Settlement, Punggol Container Park, and Oasis Terraces.

Here are 8 Punggol Cafes you can consider heading to:

Whisk & Paddle
10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat), 9:30am – 10pm (Sun)

In Singapore, there are few cafes by the river, but Whisk & Paddle is one of them.

Their breezy alfresco area has a wonderful view of the waterfront, so you can feast with your eyes too over brunch. Even though Whisk & Paddle has opened its second outlet elsewhere, the Punggol location remains the most unique.

In the day, look for the Whisk Breakfast Pan ($20.80), a spread of 2 eggs done your style, smoked pork sausage, thick-cut bacon, bread and greens. Eggs Benedict ($14.80) is available all-day. Make a choice between smoked salmon, ham, bacon and mushrooms to go with the creamy poached eggs on a waffle.

Come with a group to share the hand stretched thin crust pizzas on offer. Made freshly with naturally leavened doughs and fresh ingredients, a Margherita ($17.80) allows the quality and freshness to be highlighted.

Duck & Lychee ($17.80) is a creative endeavour by the café, pairing smoked duck breast with lychee and mango salsa.

Rise & Grind Coffee Co.
681 Punggol Drive, #01-06 Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)

Situated in Punggol’s Oasis Terraces, Rise & Grind Coffee Co is near Singapore’s Northern waterfront. With Punggol Waterway Park just a stone’s throw away, Rise & Grind is a great spot for brunch and a leisurely walk after.

Being Australian-inspired, the cosy café in Punggol prides itself on their unbeatable breakfast, brunch and of course coffee.

The cafe is helmed by two chefs who honed their skills at the Raffles Hotel.

Daily until 3pm, enjoy a sweet start to your day with a fresh plate of Banana Hazelnut Brioche French Toast ($13.90). At a decent price, the soft brioche slices are perfect with the banana and golden maple syrup.

Some brunch favourites are done with a twist. The Pulled Pork Benedict ($16.90), for example, spices up a regular egg benedict with slow cooked barbecued pulled pork shoulder.

The hungrier ones will be satisfied by the Angus Ribeye Steak & Eggs ($22.90). The tender, and done-to-your-liking steak, paired with fries and eggs, will no doubt give you more than enough energy to start the day.

From 11am onwards, delightful mains start to roll out. Fish and Chips ($15.90), 200g Angus Ribeye Steak ($22.90), Hickory BBQ Chicken Chop ($12.90) and Creamy Smoked Salmon Alfredo ($14.90) are some of their recommendation dishes.

Sugartown Cafe
658 Punggol E, #01-08, Singapore 820658
Opening Hours: 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 6pm – 11:30pm (Fri), 11am – 11:30pm (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun)

Sugartown, as its name suggests, is an indulgent place for your favourite gelato and waffles. There are classic, premium and “super premium” flavours, which you can take home in pints too.

When you are deciding on the gelato, you may just want to try out their Italian White Truffle flavour – it does get a little getting used to, and not everyone’s kind of flavour.

White truffle are incorporated into the gelato, creating a decadent mix of sweet and savoury.

Bacio is a chocolate hazelnut flavour that is rich and nutty is the safe choice that could leave you wanting more. Chocolate lovers will similarly rejoice for the 85% chocolate choice.

There are also Yuzu, Strawberry and Mascarpone Basil flavours. Have a single scoop ($3.90) for a taste or spoil yourself with a double scoop ($7.60).

Have the gelato on a waffle, which comes in Original, Charcoal or Red Velvet.

If you are looking for more fun beyond the sweet treats, there is an arcade machine in the café that you can play. I was given some tokens for all the ice cream ordered, but sadly fare badly in those games.

Vibes Café @ Kiztopia Punggol
85 Punggol Central, #01-01, Singapore 828726
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)

Located in Kiztopia, Vibes Café is the spot for families to go to. The eatery is decorated with a jungle theme, using wood tones and forest graphics.

The menu has the usual Western food and some local fare, to delight kids and adults alike.

Here, you will find crowd-pleasing dishes like the Grilled Chicken ($15.50), which comes with roasted potato wedges and steamed vegetables. Fish and Chips ($14.00) uses battered dory fish. A range of pasta includes Aglio Olio, Carbonara, Pesto and Marinara.

To share, there are Truffle Fries ($11.90), Mid Joint Wings ($13.00) or Hawaiian Pizza ($14.00).

The local delights served by Vibes Café include the Signature Satay ($14.00), which gives 10 chicken skewers with ketupats, onions, cucumbers, peanut and pineapple sauces. Rojak ($8.00), Chicken Curry ($13.00), Beef Rendang ($15.00) are renditions of the hawker classics.

Fat Po
10 Tebing Lane, #01-05/06, Singapore 828836
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat), 9:30am – 10pm (Sun)

Fat Po is in its own little building next to a terrace, overlooking Serangoon Harbour.

Its interior has a high ceiling to let through lots of sunlight, while overhanging pots of plants adorn the café. There is an open and cosy feel both indoors and in the alfresco dining area.

At Fat Po, you will be spoiled with choice for Western-Asian fusion dishes.

Starting with brunch, the delightful style of the café is already obvious. Brunch Bolo Burger ($18.80) is a BLT with egg, stacked between golden-brown Bolo buns.

The crust on the buns is buttery and satisfyingly crunchy. In fact, there is an entire Bolo Series available all day, serving versions of Bolo Burgers including the Har Chiong Chicken Bolo Burger ($17.80), Masala Breaded Fish Bolo Burger ($17.80) and BBQ Pulled Pork Bolo Burger ($19.80).

For a main course, fusion-style noodles and pastas are dazzling. Fat Po Laksa ($17.80) Westernises laksa by throwing in fresh clams, mussels and a sous-vide egg. Prawns Soba Aglio Olio ($18.80) uses firm Japanese Soba noodles as the base for Aglio Olio, paired with tiger prawns.

Gram Cafe & Pancakes
Waterway Point West Wing #01-64, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

The famous fluffy pancakes from Osaka Japan – Gram Café & Pancakes can also be found in Punggol at Waterway Point.

Gram is famous for its 3-stacked “Premium Pancakes”, each 4 cm thick, served with syrup, butter and whipped cream.

They are slow-cooked on low heat and whipped full of air, resulting in a fluffy texture which people say it is like cloud or cotton.

Other pancake choices include Classic Pancakes ($11.90), Caramelised Banana Pancakes ($13.90), Mixed Fruits & Chocolate Pancakes ($15.90), to savoury ones such as Bacon & Scrambled Egg Pancakes ($18), and Chilli Bean Pancakes ($18.90).

An Acai Affair
Waterway Point #01-K13, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

An Acai Affair newly opened at Waterway Point, focuses on acai – a superfood from Brazil that is known to have high anti-oxidants, anti-aging and weight loss properties.

The menu consists of Signature Acai Bowl ($6.70, $9.90, $15.50) that come with one drizzle of honey, cookie butter, almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter (+$1).

Toppings wise, my Acai Fruit Bowl came with fresh fruits, granola, chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut shavings, goji berries and almond flakes.

Downstairs
407 Northshore Drive, Northshore Plaza, #02-22, Singapore 820407
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)

In line with the spirit of heading downstairs for a quick comforting meal, Downstairs is where can find are familiar local favourites and coffee at different times of the day.

For early-risers or those heading to office, start with a plate of Downstairs Bee Hoon, Kaya Butter Toast Bun or Chicken Chop Hor Fun available from 8:30am (9am during weekends).

Then move on to heartier choices of Chicken Cutlet Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Pork Cutlet Rice to Char Siew Rice with Lava Egg and more.

Try the Downstairs Wanton Mee ($6.50). You get a serving of egg noodles tossed with dark sauce, topped with tender slices of barbecued pork glazed with honey, and pieces of wanton dumplings in a bowl of accompanying soup on the side.

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang.

1 COMMENT

  1. My friends who once complained that “there are very few cafes at Punggol”

    Your friends are talking about getting a good cuppa coffee. Third-wave coffee.

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