With the opening of Maxwell MRT Station (TE18) on the Thomson–East Coast line, cafe hoppers can head down to cafes at Chinatown, Downtown Core and Outram much more conveniently.

The NEW Maxwell Station is located along South Bridge Road and Neil Road, situated directly beside the Maxwell Food Centre and across from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Here are 10 cafes near the NEW Maxwell MRT station you can check out:

Fieldnotes by Zee & Elle
41 Neil Road, Singapore 088824
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)

Patisserie Specialising In Light Fresh Cream Cakes
Fieldnotes by Zee & Elle is, as the name goes, a café concept helmed by two long-time baking partners.

With an original outlet at MacPherson, this cafe space at Neil Road is their first dine-in concept.

According to Zee & Elle, every slice is fully inspired by nature, incorporating lush botanicals and whimsical colours, while keeping to the principle of simplicity.

You can look forward to best sellers of Honey Yuzu, Guava Lychee, Passionfruit Jasmine and Mango Yuzu ($8.50 – $8.90), tarts and other seasonal specials.

The cake that is said to start it all is the Guava Lychee Cream Cake ($8.90), as the owners wanted to offer a flavour not commonly found elsewhere.

What you get is a base of fluffy-soft guava infused sponge, layered with a guava cream and lychee bits.

I liked it as it had that uncommon tropical flavour, and was easy-breezy light – and not-too-sweet to reduce the guilt factor.

Read more at: Fieldnotes by Zee & Elle (Neil Road)

Glasshouse – Neil Road
136 Neil Road #01-01, Singapore 088865
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues

Popular Cafe Opens NEW Photogenic Coffee Space
This Glashouse from CHIJMES has expanded with a brand-new outlet at Neil Road, taking over where The Lokal used to be (nearby The Populus and Baker’s Bench Bakery).

The cafe has earned quite a following for serving artisanal coffee, assortment of toasts, all in a pretty setting.

Café hoppers can look forward to Caprese Ricotta Tartine ($22), Avocado Nut Parfait ($20), Corn Fritters ($18), Fried Chicken Burger ($25), Roast Beef Sanger ($28) to Glasshouse Mac & Cheese ($18).

If you are aiming for something healthier, there are also the Japanese Pumpkin Quinoa Salad ($18) and Cauliflower Couscous Salad ($18).

Not quite the same offering as its original outlet.

Read more at: The Glasshouse (Neil Road)

Maxi Coffee Bar
6 Ann Siang Hill Singapore 069787
Tel: +65 9776 7400
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Tues – Fri), 9pm – 5pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon

Minimalist Blue Cafe With Iced Cereal Milk Latte And Tasty Toasts
While the previous location was a small space, Maxi Coffee Bar has moved to a bigger outlet a short walk away at 6 Ann Siang Hill (where The Coconut Club used to be at) opposite The Corner Grill.

In terms of food, there is an expanded menu such as Granola ($6); Kinda Plougman’s ($7, $13) with onion chutney, mature cheddar and soft egg; and Not-an-egg Sandwich ($8) which includes egg, preserved egg, chicharron on thick white toast.

Recommended is the Field Trip ($7.50, $14) which is mushroom, marmite butter, dill and parsley salad on sourdough for those who would prefer something not so heavy-going with a cleaner taste.

Coffee offerings include a “Comforting” or “Adventurous” Espresso ($3.50, $4), White ($5.50), with the more special drinks being the Iced Cereal Milk Latte ($7.50), E&T or Espresso Tonic ($7.50), and the “Dirty” ($7.50).

Read more at: Maxi Coffee Bar (Ann Siang)

Rough Guys Coffee
214A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058763
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

Hidden Monochromatic-Style Cafe At Maxwell By Ex-Beng Who Cooks Founder
One of the founders of this new coffee bar is from Beng Who Cooks (a hawker stall at Hong Lim Food Centre). His new partner is an experienced barista previously from Kurasu; the duo makes a good pairing.

To find the café, you have to head to the Level 2 of 214A South Bridge Road (near the iconic Sri Mariamman Temple).

Coffee is the focus here. A cup of Black ($5, $6), pulled from their premium Synesso Espresso Machine, carry delicately smooth nutty notes.

As do the White ($6, $7), the beans used are a single origin sourced from Mexico, with tasting notes of dark chocolate and brown sugar.

Rough Guys Coffee got a contemporary bakery Yeast Side to provide them with some bakes to go with the coffee.

Read more at: Rough Guys Coffee (South Bridge Road)

Cake Spade
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 South Bridge Road
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 (South Bridge Road)

September Coffee
258 South Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 058807
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat), 10am – 9pm (Sun), Closed Mon

Aesthetic Brunch Place With Fried Chicken French Toast And Sakura Drinks
The people behind September Coffee draw their inspiration from mature café scenes in South Korea and Thailand.

Some of the signature foods are the briny Masago Udon ($23), rich Beef Ragu ($20), delicate Crab Linguine ($20), and the indulgent Wagyu Beef Brisket ($26).

Headlining is the Fried Chicken French Toast ($18), which you can consider a spin on fried chicken and waffles, and is also sold-out early.

Cut into the French toast that has soaked up the spicy honey, with a piece of fried chicken to go with it.

There are also the pretty-looking Iced Refreshers of Sunset Breeze ($7), Sakura Peach Blossom ($7), Sakura Lychee Spritz ($7) and Yuzuri Spritz ($7). Take a couple of photos, and give the drinks a good stir.

Read more at: September Coffee (South Bridge Road)

The Food Peeps Coffee & Deli
34 Sago Street, Singapore 059026
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed

Under-The-Radar Brunch Café At Sago Street
This humble cafe previously located at Maxwell House has shifted to Chinatown, next to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Apart from the expansion in space, the cafe has also undergone a change in colour tone, a distinctive green added to the previous pink colour used.

In the sandwich department, there are some creative items such as Hong Kong Breakfast Bagelwich ($12), Halloumi & Avocado Bagelwich ($12) and Spicy Prawn Burger ($15).

Their Brunch menu, on the other hand, has more than just sourdough toasts, with interesting options such as Big Breakfast Club ($18), Omelette “Crepe” ($15), 3-Cheese Rosemary Waffle ($14) and Hangover Pancake ($15).

The Omelette “Crepe” ($15) caught my attention. It was a thin crepe-like omelette with wilted spinach, creamy avocado, multigrain toast and a choice of smoked salmon or mushrooms added on top.

More at: The Food Peeps Coffee & Deli (Chinatown)

Madame Ooze Ice Cream Cafe & Dessert Bar
259 South Bridge Road, Singapore, 058808
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)

Croissant Ice Cream Cafe Hidden In A Boutique Hostel Along South Bridge Road
Madame Ooze is a concept store opened within Adler Hostel. The 20-seater is colourful and vibrant, well-equipped with comfy sofa seats, tables and chairs just like a living room.

What you can expect include Ice Cream (Single $4.20, Double $8, Triple $11), Croissant ($4.50), Cinnamon Bun ($2.50), Coffee (from $3), Tea ($6.50) and Bubbly ($6).

Their signature item is their Croissant with Ice Cream, which created an oozy effect due to the temperate difference and thus the name – Madame Ooze.

I must say that each scoop of ice cream is huge and generous, sandwiched between the warm croissant, before sprinkling some icing sugar on top as a finishing touch.

The croissant was light and flaky, giving a textural contrast to the creamy ice cream and a good balance between the warm croissant and cold ice cream.

Read more at: Madame Ooze (South Bridge Road)

Five Oars Coffee Roasters Heritage – Tanjong Pagar
43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Five Oars Coffee Roasters Heritage Opens At Tanjong Pagar
The Melbourne-inspired cafe is back with a “Heritage” branding, and has moved to a few units down at 43 Tanjong Pagar Road.

There is use of darker and earthly green and brown tones in a rustic setting, complete with red bricked walls and cemented grey surfaces.

If you are looking for brunch, available favourites include the Avocado & Eggs ($18), Baked Eggs ($21), Buttermilk Chicken Burger ($21), Iberico Pork Benedict ($22), Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($25), Seafood Aglio Olio ($26), and Steak & Eggs ($32).

New or updated dishes are the Corned Beef Hash ($23), Mushroom Medley ($20), and Smoked Salmon Rosti ($24).

Come evening time, and there will be Night Hawk which serves up cocktails from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5:30pm to mid-night.

Read more at: Five Oars Coffee Roasters Heritage (Tanjong Pagar)

Huggs Collective
30 Maxwell Road, #01-03/04/05, Singapore 069114
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Aesthetic Multi-Collaborative Flagship Cafe At Maxwell
Huggs Collective at Maxwell features a collaborative space between several brands such as Samsung, Commune, Denzy Gelato and Fitmeal.

Their largest outlet to date spanning across 3000 square feet with a dedicated members lounge, a mini-amphitheater and an outdoor seating area which is pets-friendly.

A good selection of cakes were shown on their menu: Burnt Cheesecake ($7.90), Pistachio Rose Cake ($6.90), Lychee Raspberry Cale ($6.90), Rainbow Cake ($6.90), Chocolate Fudge Cake ($6.90), all are unfortunately unavailable.

Read more at: Huggs Collective (Maxwell)

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

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