Holland Village is well-known among locals and expats as a hip place for restaurants, pubs, and charming cafes with a laid-back feel.
From Lor Mambong, Lorong Liput, Holland Avenue to Chip Bee Gardens, this area is lined with dessert houses and specialty coffee cafes – best to take a short stroll and slowly explore.
Here are 15 Holland Village cafes you can head to:
Lola’s Café – Holland Village
48 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277699
Opening Hours: 9am – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Popular Brunch Cafe From Hougang Opens At Holland Village
Known for its unpretentious food, Lola’s Cafe is typically packed with groups of families and friends during the weekends, especially for the brunch hours.
It has opened a second outlet at 48 Lorong Mambong.
The breakfast menu available from 9am to 3pm include hearty items of Shakshuka ($16), Crab Cake Benedict ($19), Pulled Pork & Avocado Eggs Benedict ($16), Angus Beef Burger ($18), and Ultimate Croissant ($16).
Go for the Crab Cake Benedict ($19) which consist of handmade crab cake on toasted English muffins, topped with miso hollandaise sauce and furikake.
Not forgetting the poached eggs as well. As you cut across, the combinatiexplosion ion of oozy egg yolk, moist crab cake and unique miso hollandaise may just create that mini n your mouth.
For dinner, some of their heartier items include Grilled Kurobuta Pork Collar ($23), Battered Fish & Chips ($17), Tuscan Seafood Stew ($23), Black Garlic Fried Chicken Burger ($18), and Duck Leg Confit with Truffle Mash ($20).
Read more at: Lola’s Café (Holland Village)
The Chir Cafe & Bar
26A Lor Mambong, Singapore 277685
Opening Hours: 11am:30am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
Korean Cafe By Famous Fried Chicken Brand
Korean food lovers will be familiar with Korean fried chicken brand Chir Chir (pronounced “chi-ruh chi-ruh”) – the famous fried chicken chain originating from Seoul, South Korea.
And yes, this is its first café concept in the world.
Expect brunch items designed by a team of Korean chefs (till 4pm), all-day pasta, and a night menu of hearty Korean fare – think Chir Fried Chicken, Spicy Seafood Tteokbokki, Bacon Kimchi Dubu, to even Coke Ribs with Fries.
The recommended is the Bulgogi Tartine ($22), an open-faced sandwich with a thick slice of brioche for its base, slathered with a creamy spinach mascarpone spread.
Fresh crunchy rocket leaves are laden over it, then topped with juicy bulgogi beef and herbed mushrooms.
If desserts are your thing, there is the Belgium Chocolate Waffles, and cakes of Sea Salt Chocolate Truffle and Tiramisu.
Read more at: The Chir Café & Bar (Holland Village)
Two Men Bagel House
17D Lorong Liput Singapore 277731
Tel: +65 6235 5159
Opening Hours: 9am – 2:45pm or sold out (Tues – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Mon, Thurs
For early risers (it opens at 8am during weekdays), there is a “Morning Gems” menu including delicious-sounding Lean Jean ($12) included with scrambled egg whites, smashed avo, turkey sausage and more; and Mademoiselle Chantal ($14) with corned beef, honey baked ham, swiss bechamel and Carolina mustard sauce ($14).
The K-Town Gim ($15) from the “Trail Blazers” menu caught my attention, filled with braised short ribs, Asian pickles, Swiss gochugara (Korean hot peppers) sauerkraut, and mojo sauce.
For bagels, you can choose from their plain, or more fanciful ones from seeded, cheddar, olive, garlic, choco chip and gluten free.
Even if some are feeling that price can be on the higher side, the portion that came along was substantial.
Read more at: Two Men Bagel House (Holland Village)
Tai Cheong Bakery Café
31 Lorong Liput Singapore 277742
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Famed HK Egg Tart Shop With Cha Chaan Teng Concept
The outlet at Holland Village a 60-seater sit-down eatery, also the brand’s FIRST dine-in concept ever.
To me, the special must-get is the Singapore-exclusive flavour of Pandan Egg Tarts.
The creation features aromatic pandan-infused egg custard in the buttery pastry shell. The fillings reminded me of the Nonya Kueh Kueh with its kaya-ish fillings.
There are other typical Hong Kong cha chaan teng dishes such as Scrambled Egg Toast Stack with Chicken Chop ($9.50), French Toast ($6.50) and Macaroni Soup ($8.50) available too.
One of the eatery’s signature dine-in items is the Three-Egg Macaroni Soup with Luncheon Meat ($8.50), a bowl of elbow macaroni in a rich tomato and chicken broth topped with a three sunny-side up eggs and strips of crispy fried luncheon meat, and six-hour braised Beef Brisket Curry Rice ($10.90).
27 Lor Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277738
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Singapore’s First Dedicated Açaí Superfood Café
Project Acai can be considered as Singapore’s first dedicated acai café, and this Holland Village outlet is its first.
The Original Flower Bowl (Handy – $6.80, Medium – $9,30, Large – $14.50) includes up to 14 different fruit and superfood toppings.
The 14 toppings are banana, granola, dragonfruit, melon, pineapple, mango, strawberry, grapes, blueberry, coconut shavings, goji, cacao nibs, chia seeds and bee pollen.
As for the acai base, Sambazon acai is blended manually freshly in small batches throughout the day, ensuring every customer gets as much acai in their bowl as possible.
Kyushu Pancake Singapore – Holland Village
25 Lor Liput, Singapore 277735
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon
Japanese Pancake Cafe At Lor Liput
Kyushu Pancake which used to be at Novena Regency, has reopened again at a different location – Holland Village.
Wondering what to get? Some of the top-sellers include Berry-licious Pancake ($16.90), Matcha Tiramisu ($16.00), and Matcha MontBlanc ($18.00), and Annou Imo Pancakes (16.00).
There are also savoury options of Eggs Benedict ($18.00), Croque Madame Pancake ($19.00), and American Big Breakfast ($22.00).
The Kyushu Pancake Mix is made from 7 different finely selected grains including wheat from Oita Prefecture and Pressed barley from Saga Prefecture, 100% homegrown in Kyushu Japan, free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives or processed starch.
Therefore, the texture may not be the usual souffle and wobbly that many Singaporeans are more used to.
Read more at: Kyushu Pancake (Holland Village)
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)
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
275 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278993
Tel: +65 6463 1715
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8pm (Sun – Thurs), 8:30am – 8pm (Fri – Sat)
For Specialty Coffee And Brunch
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee is local-brand of 3rd wave coffee shop serving brunch items, specialty coffee and cakes.
If you are thinking of having brunch items, then go for the Craftsmen’s Savoury Waffles with scrambled egg and salsa; or the Fried Chicken Waffles of cornfed chicken thigh, sriracha maple dressing on buttermilk waffles.
Also recommended are their “Craftmen Specials” pasta, such as Tom Yum Seafood Cremoso, White Wine Prawn, and Seafood Laksa Cremoso.
Haakon Superfoods and Juice
118 Holland Avenue, #01-03, Raffles @ Holland Village, Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: 10am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sun)
For Superfoods, Acai Bowls and Juices
Haakon is for the health conscious looking for some nourishing food with a fusion of Scandinavian and tropical flavours.
The Haakon Classic Acai Bowl ($7.90, $12.90) contains an organic acai blend, topped with granola, coconut flakes, chia seed parfait, blueberries, banana and seasonal fruits.
Other varieties include Pink Pitaya and Chia Bowl, Lean & Green Bowl, Coco Loco Acai Bowl, and Acai Chocolate Therapy.
Other than the these Acai Bowls, you can look forward to salads and all-day breakfast.
Specialty Bowls for those who intend to pile up on healthy proteins are Ginger Ponzu Steak & Soba ($14.90), Asian Spice Soba ($12.90), and Salmon Mentaiko & Soba ($14.90).
The Daily Scoop – Chip Bee Garden
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-78, Singapore 278116
Tel: +65 6475 3128
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat), 2pm – 10pm (Sun)
Ice Cream Café That Has Been Around For More Than A Decade
The Daily Scoop has come a long way. It first started at Sunset Way, and its 2nd outlet at Holland Village has been around since 2009. More than 10 years!
They are known for ice cream with varied flavours (including local ones) made in-store daily, using quality natural ingredients and local produce.
Cha Earl Grey, Kookie Monster, Nutty Macadamia, Simply Chocolate, Lychee Martini, Maple Crisp, Salted Mr Brown, Surprising Coconut, Strawberry Shortcake and Mao Shan Wang are some of their top flavours.
Tiong Bahru Bakery – Chip Bee Gardens
43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-74, Singapore 278115
Tel: +65 6877 4868
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
Known For Croissants and Kouign Amann
This is Tiong Bahru Bakery’s 4th outlet. Other than their Kouign Amann, their Croissant is generally well loved, with choices of classic Croissant, Almond Chocolate, Almond, Green Tea Almond, and Pain Au Chocolat (my personal favourite is the Green Tea Almond.)
The Croissants are handmade, never frozen, and baked fresh every two hours with French flour and French butter – the butter itself is made from Normandy cow milk which gives the pastry more layered richness.
The new place has a 1930s local sweet shop-inspired décor, a grab-and-go takeaway express lane, with a striking Three Wise Monkeys Mural by local artist/X.
I thought it was quite appropriate… especially ”speak no evil”. Just enjoy the coffee, Kougin Amann and leave the gossips at the door.
Baker & Cook – Chip Bee Gardens
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-56, Singapore 278116
Tel: +65 6472 0998
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Hearty Brunch, Croissants and Carrot Cake
Delve into hearty European breakfast and colourful pastries at Baker & Cook.
The best-selling pastry is the Butter Croissant, and founder Dean Brettschneider insists on using Anchor butter from New Zealand.
The butter is said to be made from cows that are raised on lush green pastures and left to wander free-range, which gives the golden churn a richer taste.
Therefore, the Croissants feature delicate layers, and is typically crisp and flaky with light and soft centre.
%Arabica Singapore – Chip Bee Gardens
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-58, Singapore 278116
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
Famous Cafe Chain Opens At Chip Bee Gardens
%Arabica is known to be originally from Kyoto Japan, currently expanding globally under the coffee leadership of Global Head Baristas Junichi Yamaguchi and Shu Konishi.
Caffe Latte is priced at $7 for short, $8 for tall, while the iced version is priced at $8.
If you like a little sweetness to your coffee, you can try the Spanish Latte ($9 for iced) which was first created by % Arabica Kuwait, and includes sweetened condensed milk.
There are nuances that reminded me of the local kopi peng, so for a more unadulterated taste, go for the Caffe Latte or Americano.
Sunday Folks – Chip Bee Gardens
44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-52, Singapore 278116
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Soft Serve Specialty Café With Desserts And Cakes
From the originators of Creamier at Toa Payoh, Sunday Folk’s soft serve ice creams are freshly churned and served in a delicious handmade charcoal cone.
Their flavours are distinct, from the popular favourites of Earl Grey Lavender and Sea Salt Gula Melaka, to the tried-and-tested Roasted Pistachio and Summer Strawberries.
If not, get one of their waffles which are freshly-baked upon order, topped with soft serve ice cream flavours with choices of Sea Salt Gula Melaka, Dark Chocolate Ferrero and Earl Grey Lavender.
Keong Saik Bakery – Holland Village
44 Jalan Merah Saga, 01-42, Singapore 278116
Opening Hours: 8am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Holland Village Cafe With Pastries and Local-Flavoured Cakes
Keong Saik Bakery has opened a second bakery café outlet at Holland Village‘s Chip Bee Gardens, with %Arabica, Tiong Bahru Bakery, and Sunday Folks as neighbours.
The bakery café was first started by two friends Yuzhong and Beng Soon who met at Baker & Cook, and Beng Soon has moved on to set up his own at La Levain, Jalan Besar.
I already liked the exterior of the Holland Village shop, painted in pale baby blue with an interior of clean-cut contemporary café meets nostalgic kopitiam with those retro-looking floor tiles.
For the viennoiserie, you get more creative flavours including Black Sesame Croissant ($5.30), Rocher Croissant ($5.50), Otak Danish ($4.40), to Matcha Kouign Amann ($4.80).
You would find Asian flavours and nostalgic childhood favourites incorporated in their cakes, including Chendol Delight ($8), Attap Chee Rose Cheesecake ($8) inspired by Attap Chee Potong Ice Cream), Orh Nee ($7.50), and Bandung Cheese Tart ($8.80).
Read more at: Keong Saik Bakery (Holland Village)