Tiong Bahru which is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, has been transformed in the last decade where indie shops, small restaurants and hipster cafés have popped up.
With the departure of Forty Hands, Tiong Bahru cafe hoppers may be at a loss at where else they can head to.
The neighbourhood has found quite a number of cafes such as Chapter 55, PS.Cafe Petit, and Caffe Pralet. Here are 10 more Tiong Bahru Cafes you can head to:
Plain Vanilla Bakery
1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641
Tel: +65 8363 7614
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 7:30am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
This flagship store of Plain Vanilla Bakery is where you can find their largest selection of bakes, a daily brunch menu, and full range of their grocer brand Plain Vanilla Foods.
The Plain Vanilla folks take pride in their products, using the best of ingredients: French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, perfectly ripe bananas, no artificial preservatives.
Their cupcakes made in-house are popular and pretty, with the mainstay offerings including Carrot, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Cookies and Cream, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Milk Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, Chocolate Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate Banana, Strawberry White Chocolate and Salted Caramel.
As for coffee, they serve up Brown Mills Organic coffee which is a seasonal triple-origin blend of medium roast beans roasted by Allpress Espresso.
They do serve up savoury pasta dishes as well, in the likes of Chicken Pesto Orecchiette ($24), Spicy Beef Ragu Tagliatelle ($24) and Roasted Garlic Aglio e Olio ($22).
Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee
78 Yong Siak Street, #01-18, Singapore 163078
Tel: +65 6221 1076
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee originated in Toa Payoh and has expanded with several ice cream cafés operating under the Creamier name—Creamier Toa Payoh, Creamier Gillman Barracks, and Creamier Tiong Bahru.
The Tiong Bahru café is nestled in a pre-war horse-shoe housing block built in 1939 along Yong Siak Street.
Best-selling flavours include Roasted Pistachio, Plain Ole Chocolate, Earl Grey Lavender, Summer Strawberries, Cookies & Cream, and Blue Pea Vanilla.
One of their must-haves is the freshly baked Golden Waffles with Ice Cream ($9.30 onwards), and recommended flavour is the Sea Salt Gula Melaka.
Sweet palm sugar and hand-harvested sea salt from England are churned together to create ice cream with a smooth and dense consistency.
Monument Lifestyle – Tiong Bahru
21 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168651
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Monument Lifestyle may not be a place you would walk in for coffee because it seems more like a clothing and accessory store.
I liked how the entire space was done up, in a stylish yet cosy setting. The lifestyle store was at the front, while the café blended unobtrusively at the back.
The menu at the Yong Siak outlet is a leaner one, offering items of New York-style “Schmear Bagels” ($4.50) available in plain, sesame, cheddar and “everything”.
Top it up with Cream Cheese ($2.50) – choose from plain, jalapeno cheddar, spring onion, or garlic & herb. Or get a Bagel & Lox ($14) for the classic pairing with smoked salmon.
58 Seng Poh Road, #01-15, Singapore 160058 (Tiong Bahru)
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 8:30am – 9pm (Fri – Sun)
Japanese Cafe & Tearoom In The Day At Tiong Bahru
The bustling Tiong Bahru area known for many cafes is seeing new additions to the neighbourhood.
The latest kid on block is Sevens Kissaten, opened by the Sevens Group – a real estate developer and thus the name.
Sevens Kissaten is the Japanese tearoom during the day; and the entire space is closed at 5.30pm to convert to a Kappo-Style Omakase – Sevens Kappo during dinner time.
Their Japanese-inspired menu includes a selection of Appetizers ($8 – $16), All Day Breakfast ($19 – $48), Yakimono ($12 – $58), Rice & Pasta ($16 – $42), Dessert ($7 – $15), Japanese Tea ($7 – $8) and Coffee ($5 – $8).
All Day breakfast items range from 7S Breakfast ($32), Avocado Salmon Baguette ($23), Onigirzau ($23), Chateaubriand Katsu Sando ($48), Mentai Dashimaki Baguette ($21), Wagyu Hamburg Yogan ($29) and Chicken Stew Thick Toast ($19). Items may seem to be on the pricier side. Sevens Kissaten (Tiong Bahru)
Tiong Bahru Bakery
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70, Singapore 160056
Tel: +65 6220 3430
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Tiong Bahru Bakery needs little introduction with several outlets throughout Singapore, offering a range of French pastries and artisanal breads made with 100% French flour and butter.
Bestsellers include the Kouign Amanns (Original), Croissant ($3.50), Pain Au Chocolat ($4), Almond Croissant (Original $4.80, Chocolate $5.20, Green Tea $5.20) which can be seen neatly displayed on the counters.
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.
Coffee is brewed from Common Man Coffee Roasters beans.
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-68, Singapore 160056
Opening Hours: 8am – 12am (Mon – Sat), 8am – 11pm (Sun)
There are different faces to the popular Merci Marcel – a French breakfast and brunch café spot in the day, chic restaurant and wine bar at night.
In terms of decor, the 1,450 square feet restaurant has 3 spaces of the Lounge, Café Chic, and the Garden Patio. A fairly photogenic place.
For something sweet for brunch, go for the French Toast Brioche ($17) with berries, honey, almonds, and homemade whipped cream.
During the evening, Merci Marcel introduces a French social dining concept with a dinner ‘tapas’ menu, created for sharing in good company.
It is recommended that diners start with 2 to 3 plates, then continue “depending on desire”.
The Duck Rillettes ($18) is their signature, where the silky paste is served up with delicate melted camembert cheese and marinated pear.
71 Seng Poh Rpad, #01-35, Singapore 160071
Tel: +65 6222 1369
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
TIANN’s specialises in “real good food” that is all made in house.
Their creations are all made “sugar conscious” and gluten-free, so that they are both healthy and tasty. Good for those looking for a lower sugar or even keto meal.
The signature TIANN’s waffles ($19) offer choices from specialty scrambled eggs with sun-dried tomatoes; Italian fresh mozzarella with house-made pesto; or organic maple syrup with French butter.
They offer a Fave Breakfast ($13 onwards) which allows customers to customise with various bases such as scrambled eggs with PALEO toast, Farmer’s Loaf or TIANN’S Waffles, to be added with grilled sausage, smoked trout and avocado & goat’s feta.
Privé Tiong Bahru
57 Eng Hoon Street, #01-88, Singapore 160057
Tel: +65 6776 0777
Opening Hours: 8am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Also located right across Tiong Baur Market, Privé is a casual venue with both indoor and alfresco seating for all-day dining and drinks.
Their Ultimate Signature Breakfast ($21) is quite popular, for a plate of 2 eggs of any style, 6-inch pork Bratwurst (nitrite-free), maple-glazed house-made bacon, baked beans, roasted Roma tomato, sautéed button mushrooms, potato rosti, and house-made wholemeal toast.
One of their notable dishes is the award-winning Heura plant-based Hainanese Chicken Rice ($18) which has garnered a strong following from both vegans and carnivores for its striking similarities to regular chicken rice, but with a healthier skew.
Drips Bakery Café – Tiong Bahru
82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05, Singapore 160082
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 9am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Drips Bakery Café has been in the Tiong Bahru estate since 2010.
The one item that has remained as a best seller over the decade is the Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tart ($11.90).
They use a secret recipe to create a French butter tart shell paired with freshly made in-house custard infused with Madagascar vanilla beans.
The tart is then topped with freshest seasonal fruits available.
I found its Avocado Tart ($9) quite delicious, paired with Spanish avocados and French white chocolate curd, topped with meringue and dark cocoa power.
There is a surprise in the middle, which I would keep a secret. This Avocado Tart is only available during weekends and public holidays though.
Tiong Bahru Estate #01-25, Moh Guan Terrace, Block 78, Singapore 162078
Opening Hours: 8am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Flock Café is another café at the further end at Moh Guan, a walking distance near where the hipsters would hang out at Yong Siak.
According to co-owner Edith, the word “Flock” represents groups of like-minded people coming together, be it friends and or family members who share a common interest in food, coffee or music.
The good is you get a sense of a comforting, relaxed ambience where the crew could know the regulars by their first name.
Their All-Day Breakfast items include Big Breakfast, Eggs Sally (poached eggs with smoked salmon), Cheeky Eggs (poached eggs with braised pork cheek), Scrambled Eggs with Croissant with Smoked Salmon or Crispy Bacon.
I thought the Flock’s Scrambled Eggs & Toast was decent, done creamily with generous portions of eggs accompanied by sourdough bread lightly toasted.