Gong Cha, LiHo, Koi – popular choices for an after-meal beverage to finish off your meal. These are great options (who doesn’t love a good cup of bubble tea?) but every now and then, why not try something new? With Singapore’s F&B market ever burgeoning, it’s not difficult to find alternative drinks that are just as delicious, if not more.
Enough said, here’s the list of drinks to take away after meals that are equally – maybe even more – satisfying!
1. All Coco
What better than refreshing coconut to cool off on a hot summer day? This popular kiosk that hails from Bangkok offers you exactly that. You can opt for their classic Coconut Water or even their fruit slushies but if you’re not one for simple tastes, the store also serves unique coconut pairings such as their Coco Royal Thai Ice or Coco Americano. The coconut water in the beverages give a sweet fragrance that just elevates the the Thai tea and Americano to the next level.
Price Range: SGD3.50 to SGD8
Outlet: 2 Handy Road, #01-24, The Cathay, Singapore 229233
For healthier drink alternatives, opt for fruit smoothies at Boost! Like its name suggests, the drinks are packed with vitamins and nutrients to give you that extra boost for the day. Good news is, Boost is so popular that you don’t have to look far to locate the nearest outlet.
Price Range: SGD5 to SGD7
Outlets: Click here for a full list of outlets.
If you really enjoy a good cup of Matcha Latte to de-stress from a hectic schedule, head over to Hvala for a quick pick-me-up. This restaurant offers creamy cups of Matcha, Hojicha and even a Matcha-Hojicha blend, which has been highly raved about.
Price Range: SGD4.50 to SGD8
Outlet: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-50, 313@somerset, Singapore 238895
Kakuida’s specialises in Kurozu, or Japanese Black Vinegar – yes, that’s right, vinegar. Before you wrinkle your nose, let’s recall the numerous health benefits it provides, all packaged into a delicious beverage for you. The store offers a range of beverage choices ranging from fruit teas to milk teas to smoothies, so even the fussiest customer will not leave disappointed. The recommended choices when you visit are Pina Colada Fruit Tea with Kurozu Konnyaku and Organic Apple Kurozu.
Price Range: SGD3.90 to SGD6.50
Outlet: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-23, Icon Village, Singapore 078877
KECha’s concept is pretty simple: refreshing fruit tea and milk in stunning colours that is meant for sipping on throughout the day. The best part about this is seeing the colours meld together as you drink it. There are three series to choose from – the milk series, the butterfly pea tea series, and the unique series. So far, My Secret Garden and Ocean Berry (there’s something so magical about their names!) are some of the more popular picks of the store. Don’t forget to take a photo for the ‘gram when you get this!
Price Range: SGD3.90 to 5.90
Outlets: 14 Scotts Road, #01-16E, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
2 Jurong East Central 1, #02-65, JCUBE, Singapore 609731
21 Choa Chu Kang North 6, #B1-41, Yew Tee Point, Singapore 689578
6. Mr Bean
While more and more new and trendy beverage kiosks are popping up all over Singapore, let’s not forget our classic Mr Bean. A creamy cup of soya milk is a good way to finish off a hearty meal, especially if you’ve had a spicy one. The store has also modern spins on traditional soya milk such as Taro Soy Milk and Icy Sea Salt Chendol. If you think you’re familiar with the taste of Mr Bean’s offerings, you need to go back again to try these new takes.
Price Range: SGD1.80 to SGD3.30
Outlets: Click here for a full list of outlets.
7. Nayuki 奈雪の茶
Bringing you one of the most beloved cheese tea chain from China, Nayuki is a treat for any cheese tea lover. The store boasts of their Supreme Cheese Fruit Tea, which offers a unique match of tart fruity goodness with rich creamy flavours. If you’re curious about this new store but unsure what to try, definitely go for the Supreme Cheese Strawberry Tea, Supreme Mixed Fruits or Cheese Ali Mountain Dew.
Price Range: SGD3.90 to SGD8.30
Outlet: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-207, Vivocity, Singapore 098585
8. Roji Chaseki
For bubble tea fans, it is a shame if you miss out on Roji Chaseki which hails from Japan. Offering their own unique take on ‘bubble tea’, Roji Chaseki offers uniquely Japanese flavours such as Tsubaki Oolong and Melona Manpuku with choice toppings of aloe vera, winter jelly and golden pearls. Even though it is not exactly the same as the Taiwanese bubble tea you’re familiar with, you’d still get that satisfaction of sweet tea and chewy toppings.
Price Range: SGD3.50 to SGD7
Outlet: 5 Raffles Place, #B1-64, Raffles Xchange, Singapore 048618
9. The Talad Drink
Adding novelty into the equation, The Talad Drink features a multi-coloured drinks series that have been all the rage in Thailand. The Butterfly Pea Series and Traditional Ice Tea have a distinct Thai flavour to them, but the store also carries unique concoctions such as Blue Lagoon and Mango Juice. The Thai Milk Tea is also a popular option for those who cannot get over their bubble tea cravings!
Price Range: SGD3.50 to SGD4
Outlet: 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-520, Food Alley, Singapore 310190
An ideal thirst-quencher for Singapore’s hot weather is Teafolia. With fruits swimming in freshly brewed premium tea, Teafolia is not only a palatable drink for those who dislike the bitter note in brewed tea, it is a feast for the eyes! On a side note, the store also carry smoothies and a unique Stirring Milk – fresh milk with house-made sauce.
Price Range: SGD3.90 to SGD6.20
Outlets: 20 Tampines Central 1, #01-29/30, Tampines MRT Station, Singapore 529538
311 New Upper Changi Road, #01-K1, Bedok Mall, Singapore 467360
1 Northpoint Drive, #01-154, Northpoint City (Yishun), South Wing, Singapore 768019