Hello cafe hoppers, for this month’s best new cafes in Singapore cafe guide, you would find quite a number of unfamiliar names.
We made it a point to discover hidden coffee and dessert shops not covered frequently on social media, because they possibly all need some support.
Enjoy June, and all these new food places in Singapore.
Kura Patisserie Singapore
79 South Bridge Road, #01-00, Singapore 058709
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 9pm (Fri – Sat)
Kura Patisserie & Bakery Moves To South Bridge Road
Kura Patisserie & Bakery previously located at The Herencia (Kim Yam Road), has moved to a new location at 79 South Bridge Road – somewhat near the Boat Quay area.
The name “Kura” 蔵 in Japanese stands for a “storehouse”, a place where the owners would ‘store’ treasured pastries for customers.
Some of its signature cakes include the La Vie En Rose, Honey Passion Sake, Strawberry Pink Guava Cheese Cake, and Mango Citrus.
This time, I also tried the ‘black rose’ verison called Goma Yuzu Mochi. The good-looker includes black sesame cream, kochi yuzu curd and mochi on a tart, with both earthy roasted notes from the black sesame and bright tones from yuzu.
The sticky rice cake filling was a surprise as well.
Read more at: Kura Patisserie & Bakery (South Bridge Road)
283 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058832
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun
Cake Spade Reopens With 2-Storey Pink Cafe At Chinatown
Cake Spade has moved further down the road from Tanjong Pagar Road to South Bridge Road, a short walk away from Maxwell Food Centre.
This patisserie café has a much bigger space, painted in a baby pink on the exterior.
The cake café first got into the limelight years ago with their take on of Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake ($8.80, $65 for whole) with fresh strawberries encase in jelly with digestive biscuit crust at the base.
A highlight at this new shop would be the whimsical looking Comic Cake ($9.80) that would look like it was out of a 2D webtoon.
This was a soft vanilla Chantilly cream cake, layered with mangoes and strawberries, cleverly outlined with chocolate strokes to make it better for the gram. Somewhat pricy though.
Read more at: Cake Spade (Tanjong Pagar)
283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427537
Opening Hours: 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Cafe Natsu is their latest opening at Crane (Joo Chiat) which houses a houseware and provision retail section on the first floor, a co-working space on the 2nd storey, and hole-in-a-wall Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar at the back alley.
Natsu means “Summer” in Japanese, a symbolism of the all-year climate in Singapore, with a Japanese-inspired menu.
With a Japanese influence for their lunch menu, think Sando (Chicken Katsu $26, Wagyu Beef Short Rib ($30), Egg Mayo ($22), Hamachi ($30), Wagyu Burger ($28), Shio Kombu Gnocchi ($24), Togarashi Fries ($8) and Wasabi Spinach ($5).
With a minimum waiting time of 20 minutes to prepare the pancakes upon request, the Souffle Pancakes ($23) comes with 2 thin and eggy layers, with slices of peach sandwiched in between, drizzled with litchi honey and a scoop of roasted almond ice cream. Slightly pricy for the portion.
Read more at: Café Natsu (Joo Chiat)
i12 Katong #01-01/02/03, 112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Dessert & drinks only: 4pm – 5pm
i12 Katong Outlet With Exclusive Dishes And Pet Friendly Outdoor Terrace
PS.Cafe has arrived at Katong, with this new i12 Katong outlet boosting an airy indoor dining area and pet-friendly outdoor terrace.
Only available at PS.Cafe Katong is the Bali Beef Cheek Rendang ($29), included with shallot scented rice, sambal tempeh, French beans, shredded egg omelet, winged bean salad, cucumber & pineapple pickle, and crispy prawn cracker.
Or if you have a hearty appetite, the PS Impossible Burger with Shoestring Fries ($30), Jack’s Creek Free Range Flat Iron Steak with Shoestring Fries ($45), Sticky BBQ Ribs with cabbage, walnut and potato slaw ($38), or Tiger Beer-Battered Dish with Shoestring Fries ($30) should satisfy.
Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to know that the café has a separate dessert counter packed full of sweet and yummy delights.
The exclusive item here is the PS. Katong Chendol Panna Cotta ($15).
Read more at: PS.Cafe (Katong)
Blue Balls Bike Café
44 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118504
Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm (Tues – Thurs), 6am – 12am (Fri – Sun), Closed Mon
Cycling Themed Cafe With Huge Space And Organised Rides
Hailing from Norway, Stig and Petter opened up the Blue Balls Bike Cafe recently as a haven for cyclists to gather.
There are also cycling gear and accessories for sale, with the café done up in a cycling theme with plenty of corners for #OOTD.
The food you will find at Blue Balls Bike Cafe are the quintessential Western food. Most of them have cute cycling-related names – keep a lookout for them.
The menu is headlined by the evocative Blue Balls Burger ($20), which is a beef BLT with bacon jam, brie and homemade sauce, all contained within two fluffy Brioche buns. Aero Burger ($22) is a fried chicken version of the burger.
All burgers come with a side of fries to give you the carbohydrates you need before heading out for a cycling session.
Read more at: Blue Balls Café (Pasir Panjang)
Venture Drive Coffee
123 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-110, Singapore 150123
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Wed
Under-The-Radar Minimalist Monochromatic Coffee Shop At Bukit Merah
Interesting that the under-the-radar neighbourhood of Bukit Merah has welcomed two new coffee shops – Rookie’s Coffee Shop and Venture Drive Coffee just across each other.
While they used to have an all-white minimalist décor, the Bukit Merah outlet has adopted a primary black base colour, with limited seating outdoors on stools.
Focusing on single origin coffee beans that are roasted in-house, their menu offers only beverages such as Black ($4.50 – $10), White ($5 – $6.50), Mocha ($6 – $7), Chocolate ($6 – $7) and Tea ($6).
Serving single origin Brazil coffee beans with a natural process for their espresso-based drinks, it had a nutty and chocolatey taste.
Read more at: Venture Drive Coffee (Bt Merah)
23 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239017
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden River Valley Cafe With Parisian Vibes
From the outside, Hovoh Cafes looks like a Parisian-style café with bottles of wine displayed near the entrance. However, walking in and after a closer look at the menu, I realised it was not quite.
Built on primary a grab-and-go concept, Hovoh Cafe on Mohamed Sultan Road offers nutritious and simple-to-eat food to the public (CP Residences’ members).
In the morning, have the Breakfast Tortilla Wrap ($7.50) with chicken patty, sliced egg, cabbage and cherry tomato. English Muffin ($7.50) has the same chicken patty but with poached egg and a slice of cheese instead.
I had the Chicken Banh Mi ($12.80) filled with savoury meat (can also choose pork), fresh vegetables, pickles, and a smear of soft pate.
The part I liked best was actually and lightly crusty and fluffy baguette, which is sourced from a popular Vietnamese eatery in Singapore.
Read more at: Hovoh Café (Mohamed Sultan)
20 Kandahar Street, #01-01, Singapore 198885
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Situated right in the heart of Kampong Glam, Tourterelle Cafe is as much of an art gallery as it is a cafe.
It is said to be inspired by the French cafes in Vietnam.
It serves up some light bites such as Pepper Mushroom Gruyere Cheese Egg Bites ($12), Duck Crof’wich ($10) and Soicy Korean Pork Crof’wich ($10) which is a croissant waffle sandwich with Korean spicy pulled pork and kimchi.
For something more substantial, there are the Chicken Meatball Shakshuka ($25) and Spicy Beef Bourguignon ($25).
Read more at: Tourterelle Café (Kandahar Street)
The Coconut Club
269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Famed Nasi Lemak Restaurant Moves To Beach Road With Breakfast
The Coconut Club has moved again, and is now found at a three-storey conservation shophouse at 269 Beach Road near Arab Street.
For breakfast, there are choices such as the Charcoal-grilled Kaya Toast ($6.80), Otah Katsu Sando ($7.80), Hae Bee Hiam Tuna Sandwich ($10.80), and add $3 for hot coffee, teh tarik or teh halia.
The Kaya Toast is made using ‘space buns’ from old-school Sing Hon Loong bakery at Balestier, chargrilled over binchotan then spread with butter and kaya made the “The Coconut Club’s” coconut milk.
This is accompanied with 63-degree sous vide eggs. You can see this as an upmarket form of your kopitiam toast – not too bad a choice for the fragrant kaya spread and fluffy breads.
Read more at: The Coconut Club (Beach Road)
211 Holland Road #01-K4 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Singapore 278967
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun)
Hidden Coffee Gem Found At Holland Village
Caffeine Xpress is found inside Thambi Magazine store, probably one of the most iconic news-stands in Singapore.
Primarily a take-and-go place, you find your “daily cure” of Espresso ($3), Long Black ($3, $4), White ($4, $5.50), Mocha ($4.50, $6) and Caramel ($4.50, $6). A change to oat or almond milk is at additional $1.
Caffeine Xpress uses an expresso blend from local Six Four Coffee, a medium roast with low acidity, flavour of milk chocolate and hazelnut with smooth and long after taste.
I loved their coffee which was of medium body and well balanced, though some who need a stronger fix may find this on the light side.
Read more at: Caffeine Xpress (Holland Village)