Typically approaching year-end, there will be more and more NEW F&B openings you can look forward to. But… Considering we only include cafes personally visited (even then some we do not post at all), there are more than 20 NEW café openings this month alone. The more recent cafes openings in Singapore include Infinity Cafe
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Typically approaching year-end, there will be more and more NEW F&B openings you can look forward to. But…
Considering we only include cafes personally visited (even then some we do not post at all), there are more than 20 NEW café openings this month alone.
The more recent cafes openings in Singapore include Infinity Cafe (Marina Bay Link Mall), Pints & Cones (Serangoon), The Wonderment Collective (Geylang), Firewood Chicken and Bagel (East Coast Road), Salted Caramel Artisan Ice Cream (Lor Kilat), GLASS Roasters (Faber Drive), Cupping Room Coffee Roasters Singapore (Takashimaya), TRYna Café (Tekka Place), Flash Coffee (Oxley Tower), and Joy Luck Teahouse (opening at Bugis Junction).
Here are 10 more:
Cafe Ma Maison
333A Orchard Road #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6235 6411
Japanese Cafe With Pretty Fresh Fruits Shortcakes And Fruits-Sando
For those of you who remember, Café Ma Maison used to exist at Liang Court’s basement. The new space at Orchard Road replaces where gorgeous pastry shop Antoinette used to be.
In terms of “Special Cakes”, there is an attractive display of Classic Strawberry Shortcake ($7.80), Chocolate Walnut ($7.80), Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake ($7.80), Earl Grey Tea ($7.80), Fresh Fruit Shortcake ($8.80), and Japanese Matcha Mousse & Red Bean ($8.80).
While my heart told me to go for a Strawberry Shortcake, I thought it has become quite a regular offering in Singapore’s cafes and so opted for a more uncommon and colourful Fresh Fruit Shortcake.
I loved the array of fruits of grapes, blueberries, kiwi, strawberries and oranges, in between moist yet flurry sponge. But my favourite part was still the light, airy cream.
Also included is a small savoury items menu, with Omu-Katsu ($20.80) of Omu-Rice with Pork Cutlet, Truffle-Flavoured Katsu Sandwich ($14.80), and Mentaiko Spaghetti ($18.30). Café Ma Maison (Mandarin Gallery)
Parallel Coffee Roasters (Duxton Hill)
39 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089617
Tel: +65 9750 8997
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Tues – Sat), 10am – 4:30pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Cafe Haunt Hidden At Duxton Hill, With Inexpensive Coffee From $2.90
This is where you can find an Iced Long Black for $2.90 and Iced Latte for $3.90. Especially when coffee shops around the CBD and town area are selling a dollar or much more (I ever paid $7+ for an Iced Black elsewhere).
Plus point: the hot and iced versions are the same price.
The recommended Sourdough Sandwiches are the Smoked Turkey, Classic Honey Chicken and New York Pepperoni (each $11.90).
Parallel’s Acai Bowls ($11.90) come with choices of Superstar, Antioxidant, or Amino Bowl.
I was recommended the Amino Bowl with a blended açaí base served with strawberries, blueberries, goji, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds. Parallel Coffee Roasters (Duxton Hill)
Kream & Kensho
33/35 Kampung Bahru Road Singapore 169354
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Japanese-Inspired Cafe With Instagrammable Drinks And Chio Interior
Kream & Kensho aims to have a brunch café and coffee place by day; dining with beer at night. (“Kenshō” is a Japanese term which implies “initial insight or awakening”.)
In terms of its interior and décor, they managed to hit the spot right with something contemporary with soft pastel finishes and a touch of Japanese here and there. And good choice of music.
On its menu include Donburi, Salad, Sides and Dessert, such as Momo Salad ($14), Charred Watermelon ($14), Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup ($12), Kombu Truffle Fries ($15), Chicken Katsu Don ($10.90), Gyu Don ($12.90), Aburi Salmon Don ($12.90), and Tendon ($10.90).
But the café is still fine-tuning the food options, so you may end up with a different menu if you head over.
Kream & Kensho do offer interesting and not the run-on-the-mill drinks such as Ginger Brown Sugar ($5.50), K&K Milk Tea ($6), Cheng Tng ($6), Kyoho Soda ($6), Momo Tea Soda ($6) and Yuzu Matcha ($6.50) which are good for the gram. Kream & Kensho (Kampung Bahru Road)
Wan Wan Thai Cafe
127A Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189637
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3am (Mon – Sun)
”After You” Style Shibuya Toasts And Thai Desserts Near Bugis
Located on the 2nd floor directly above Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen along Bencoolen Street, Wan Wan Thai Cafe is well hidden from many passerby on the ground floor.
The space looks totally different in the day and night, which transform from a white minimalist space, to a dark and moody vibes at night.
Their Toasts comes in various flavours such as Milk Tea ($9.90), Mango ($12.90), Coconut ($12.90), Milo ($8.90), Kaya ($8.90), Banana ($9.90), Banana Caramel ($10.90), Chocolate ($8.90), Nutella Banana ($10.90), Strawberry ($11.90) and Fruity ($13.90).
I had the Kaya Toast ($8.90) that comes with a scoop of coconut ice cream on top of a crispy, golden-brown toast.
The toast was crispy, buttery fragrant and moist and the flavour combination with a layer of kaya reminded me of our local kopi-tiam breakfast.
The cookie crumbs add a crunch to the overall texture, yet not being too sweet. Wan Wan Thai Café (Bencoolen Street)
Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, #02-K2, Singapore 529536
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean Dalgona Specialty Cafe With Low-Carb Cheesecake
Specialising in Korean Dalgona Coffee, O’Brew Culture has a small seating area with 3 tables and is located on the 2nd storey of Tampines 1 (beside The Alley).
Service is swift and prompt considering that it is solely managed by a single staff from taking orders to drinks preparation.
Their menu focuses on artisanal coffee with the usual selection such as Espresso ($3), Long Black ($4) and White ($5), and interesting options such as Rose/ Vanilla/ Hazelnut Coffee ($5.50), Rose Chocolate ($6), Vanilla Pistachio ($5.50) and Dalgona ($5.90).
Instead of the usual Dalgona Coffee ($5.90), interesting flavours include Matcha, Chocolate and Rose Milk, topped with the traditional Dalgona snack.
Sprinkled with Dalgona pieces on top, the Dalgona Matcha was the preferred drink, adding some malted, caramelised sweetness to the underly bitter matcha drink, prepared using Uji Matcha powder. O’Brew Culture (Tampines 1)
Crank N’ Chain
31 Ocean Way, #01-22, Singapore, Singapore 098375
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 8pm (Tue – Fri, Sun), 6am – 8pm (Sat), Closed Mon
Bicycle-Themed Café With Gluten-Free Food At Sentosa Quayside Isle
Crank n’ Chain is the newest addition to Quayside Isle in Sentosa, located right next to the drop-off point.
With a total of 3 tables, Crank n’ Chain focuses more on gluten-free takeaway bites such as Orange Almond Cake ($6), Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Salted Chocolate Cake and Banana Vanilla Bean Cake from The Whole Kitchen.
Definitely not on the cheaper side as a small slice of moist and flavourful Orange Almond Cake is priced at $6, packed with orange slices, almonds, honey, sea salt, sprinkled with black sesame seeds.
For a cup of joe, the menu offers Espresso ($4.50), Long Black (5oz $4.50/ 8oz $5.50), iced Black ($6.50), Flat White (5oz $5.50/ 8oz $6.50), Iced White ($7.50) with optional Almond Milk (additional $1). Crank n’ Chain (Sentosa Quayside Isle)
2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Donut Specialty Shop With Orh Nee, Ondeh Ondeh And Milo Dinosaur Donuts
Looks like donuts are getting some fanfare in Singapore of late, with the opening of shops such as City Donut at Telok Ayer Arts Club, Korio at Far East Square, and Haritts Donuts at Havelock Road.
The menu focuses only on donuts, with local flavours ranging from Original ($1.30), Coffee ($1.80), Pandan Kaya ($2.20), Pulut Hitam ($2.20), Milo Dinosaur ($2.20), Wholemeal Yogurt ($2.20), Pandan Ondeh Ondeh ($2.80), Orh Nee ($2.50) to Citrus Yuzu ($2.50).
Their bestseller is the Pandan Ondeh Ondeh Donut ($2.80), not in the usual shape of a ring donut.
Instead, palm sugar or gula melaka is mixed with grated coconut to fill up the core of the Pandan Ondeh Ondeh Donut before sprinkling more desiccated coconut on the surface.
The green pandan infused ball-shaped donut was soft, fluffy and fragrant.
However, I personally felt that the Pandan Ondeh Onden Donut had a texture more similar to a bun, lacking that distinct character of a doughnut. Plus it is not deep-fried (but of course this is healthier). City Donuts (McCallum Street)
% Arabica – Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport, #01-K208 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore, 819666
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
4th SG Outlet At Jewel Changi Airport With Clean Minimalist Look
% Arabica has opened a new outlet at this popular destination, a stone’s throw away from the iconic Rain Vortex.
The design and look should appeal to many, in that signature clean and minimalist looking, complete with white-washed furnishing.
The price of % Arabica’s drinks are generally to the higher side – Caffe Latte is priced at $7 for short, $8 for tall, while the iced version is priced at $8.
Other items include America ($6 for hot, $6.60 for iced), Spanish Latte ($7.80 for hot, $9. for iced tall), Matcha Latte ($8.60 for hot, $9.60 for iced tall).
Decent coffee, slightly pricey, but cool ambience. % Arabica (Jewel Changi Airport))
477 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427683
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
The 40-seater space is white and minimalist, with a Magic Table in the middle of the cafe for the magic-enthusiast owners to pull a magic trick or two to interact with the diners.
Their menu is specially designed to look like a deck of cards, with brunch items such as Avocado on Sourdough Toast ($18), Breakfast for Champions ($24), Toasties – Chicken/ Leg Ham/ Smoked Salmon ($18) and Chicken on Waffle ($18).
For those seeking small bites instead of a full meal, Salad ($15 – $17), Chicken Wings (6pcs for $8, 10pcs for $12), Spam Slam ($10) and Truffle Shuffle ($12) are available.
Unlike most dessert menu featuring cakes and ice cream, C Cafe offers healthier options such as Chia Seed Pudini ($8), Greek Yogurt ($8) and Tropical Acai Bowl ($12). C Café (Joo Chiat)
Kings Cart Coffee Factory
328 Joo Chiat Road #01-05, Singapore 427585
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Sun – Thu), 9am – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat)
Cafe With Devilish Chocolate Cake And Coconut Affogato At Joo Chiat
One more to the East Coast Plan. Showcasing a series of coffee-centric food, bakes and desserts, Kings Cart Coffee Factory focuses on specially crafted recipes using coffee as a key ingredient.
Customers may also find food pairings which can further complement or enhance the taste profile of specialty coffee.
I was recommended to their Coconut Cold Brew ($9) which features an espresso shot into fresh coconut juice with chunky coconut flesh.
The concoction came light and refreshing, which coupled well with occasional fruity and floral notes from the dosage of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe single origin beans espresso.
I also took a liking to their Coconut Affogato – its espresso shot with coconut ice cream provided a bitter-sweet blend of flavour, with toasted coconut flakes for an additional bite texture. Promising space, can get quite crowded during the weekends. Kings Cart Coffee Factory (Joo Chiat)
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