We hear a collective ‘YES’ to the news that Singapore is finally on track to opening back up. It’s been a rocky few months for Singaporeans and our beloved cafes, coffeehouses, bakeries, and eateries. After all, hasn’t it been said that enjoying good food is one of our national pastimes?
After a few months of not being able to dine in, we’re definitely all ready and raring to patronise our favourite F&B spots again but if you’re thinking of trying something new, boy do we have some new cafes and bakeries popping up all over the island for you.
And judging by our list of new cafes and bakeries that had quietly opened their doors in the last few months, it certainly looks like the pandemic hasn’t completely killed the cafe scene in Singapore.
From pretty ice cream joints and novel bo lo bun cafes to Singapore political figure Chee Soon Juan’s very first foray into the cafe scene, here are 23 new cafes and bakeries you ought to check out with fully vaccinated friends and family in the upcoming weekends. Thank us later!
Fun fact: the very aptly named Around is located, well around a literal corner of The Alps Residences, a residential condominium development in Tampines. Not to worry though, you’ll have no problems getting in without needing to go through the condominium’s security thanks to a cleverly located entrance.
This little ice cream cafe opened its gorgeous glass doors in June and is definitely a place you’ll want to sit in and revel the ambience for its sheer beauty.
It serves up delicious exclusively-crafted scoops of rich ice creams in a plethora of flavours that run the gamut of unusual (Yakult Oreo, anyone?) to good all-time favourites like Salted Caramel.
You’ll also find other desserts like açaí bowls and cakes to satiate your sweet tooth, as well as freshly brewed coffee and fruity mocktails for a respite from the tropical heat.
This is Around’s second outlet after it first opened its doors in Ang Mo Kio last year – and we hope this won’t be the last!
2. Coexist Coffee
You’ll have to trek up an old industrial building to visit this new cafe but we think it’s totally worth the effort.
Stepping in, you’ll be greeted by a vision of visual symmetry: the space is perfectly divided along a straight line into a brilliant white side, and a deep burgundy side.
If you can’t decide which side to side on, why not sit at the long table right down the middle – where the two shades happily co-exist?
One of the other awesome things about Coexist Coffee has to be the unobstructed views of the vicinity from the eighth floor, offering glimpses of the surrounding Bukit Batok Park greenery.
The menu here is hearty and comforting, with safe all-time favourites like big breakfast plates and avo toast, as well as local items like Kaya French Toast, Sambal Fish and Chips, and Rendang Wagyu Beef Burger.
We certainly love cafes with a solid menu, and Coexist doesn’t disappoint!
3. Tigerlily Patisserie
Starting off as a home-based bakery by Michelin-starred pastry chef Maxine Ngooi, Tigerlily Patisserie has truly taken social media by storm since its opening in June.
It calls a buzzing neighbourhood in Joo Chiat its very beautiful home, and the trendy little cafe is decorated with an attractive botanical touch replete with fun touches like sunshine yellow arches and cheerful terrazzo tabletops in confetti colours.
Let’s talk about the food though, and believe us when we say that they’re every bit as gorgeous as the space they inhabit. Almost every creation is a work of art, it seems almost a crime to even cut into them. Just take a look at the gorgeous desserts below, and you’ll know what we mean.
What caught our eye was The Beehive – a white chocolate shell painted a bright yellow, encasing lemon thyme and litchi honey jelly, lemon sponge, and honey parfait; and the Pink Guava and Pear – a lovely elderflower mousse dessert with fresh pear cubes and pink guava jelly embedded in, resulting in a fun take on the lovely terrazzo tabletops.
There’re also savoury treats if sweets aren’t your thing, try the Tomato and Artichoke Tart or the Mushroom Bacon Quiche – they’re absolutely scrumptious too.
If this is anything to go by, we absolutely can’t wait to see more of what Maxine has up her white chef sleeves.
Bakery cafe Dough joined the ranks of other cafes at CHIJMES this April, and we’re already looking forward to tucking into some delicious, comforting bakes and breads. Inspired by Korean bakery cafes, Dough churns out a rotating roster of freshly baked pastries and breads that you can pick out to eat immediately, piping hot from the oven.
Choose from breads like the pillowy sun-dried tomato and goat cheese Fougasse or the pretty strawberry brioche with its pink-topped meringue crust. Or, go for mains like Kimchi Pasta, Wagyu Burger, or perfectly grilled Salmon. Almost everything on the menu is pretty darn good.
Coffee lovers will appreciate that Dough brews its cuppas using a custom-made La Marzocco espresso machine in a gorgeous shade of green, yielding a robust brew that’s aromatic with that perfect hint of nuttiness.
5. Champion Bolo Bun
What’s crunchy, crusty and sweet, with a fluffy bun that’s soft as a pillow? Champion’s bo lo buns, that’s what.
The brand started out selling its buns at roving food fairs to wide acclaim, and it’s now found a home at a prettily furnished three-storey Tanjong Pagar shophouse.
Helmed by 21-year-old Hoh Loyi who trained in Taiwan to perfect the art of bread-making, she also learnt how to make her delicious bo lo buns directly from an experienced master in a cha chaan teng (coffee house) in Hong Kong.
It’s little wonder then that the buns here are extremely well-loved. People have been known to queue for 30 minutes just for the chance to grab their fill of freshly baked bo lo buns, straight from the kitchen of Champion.
There are only four buns on the menu but they’re all done to perfection. Try the Classic for, well, the classic bo lo bun you know and love – and it comes full-sized or in perfect eat-on-the-go size of Mini of 4.
Alternatively, get the Classic with Butter for a bit of decadence with a slab of cold New Zealand butter wedged between the bun that’s honestly a real treat for your taste buds.
For a local twist to this Hong Kong classic, you’ll want to save some space to try the Curry Potato, a delectable bun with a savoury and spicy curry puff filling.
The beverages are no slouches either, with the freshly brewed Hong Kong-style milk tea frequently sold out early. Bo lo buns have never looked or tasted so good.
6. Mr Holmes Bakehouse
What Krispy Kreme is to doughnuts and McDonald’s are to french fries, you’ll totally get it when we say that Mr Holmes is to cruffins. Hailing from the US, cruffins are a cross between croissants and muffins and stuffed with decadent fillings.
You can find three rotating cruffin flavours here in the extremely pretty and pink Singapore store. The current offerings are Mint Chocolate Chip, Tiramisu Cream, and Peanut Butter Milkshake.
So do the original cruffins taste as good as they sound? As it turns out, yes. We love that the filling isn’t rich to the point of being jelak (that essentially means “too much”), yet remains delightfully luxe to the tongue.
Other treats you should order while you’re checking out Mr Holmes and snapping photos for your social feeds are bombolinis a.k.a. stuffed doughnuts, and a selection of stuffed croissants including the very avant-garde-looking YellowPink croissant that looks exactly like its name says and tastes like mango and white chocolate.
7. La Vie
If delicate French desserts are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out La Vie, the new cafe on the block at the already-buzzing neighbourhood of Jalan Besar. With its eye-catching Tiffany blue exterior and minimalist grey and white interior, you’d find it hard not to walk right in even if you were just passing by.
Its name means “life” in French, in a nod to the founder’s training from the famed Le Cordon Bleu Institute in France. Also, we think it’s pretty apt because dessert is life, isn’t it?
With a menu filled with gorgeous dessert creations, you may find yourself stuck at making a decision on what to order. That’s a happy problem if you ask us, but we’d recommend going with the store’s signature Watermelon Strawberry Cake.
Stacked with exquisite layers of rose chantilly cream, freshly sliced watermelon, and almond dacquoise, it’s heavenly in the mouth. And before you ask, the answer is yes – this is a self-acknowledged replica of the original famous Watermelon Strawberry Cake from Black Star Pastry in Sydney.
We also recommend trying the almost-too-cute-to-eat chocolate trio porcupine entrement Epic, the lychee boba cake Chloe or the tiramisu-in-a-pot Baileys Tiramisu. After all, there’s hardly such a thing as too much dessert, right?
8. Pickle Bakery
You may know Everton Park for being home to Ji Xiang Confectionery of ang ku kueh fame, but now it’s also home to the newest sourdough bakery cafe in Singapore: Pickle Bakery. It’s a small space that lends itself more to takeaway orders than the dine-in experience, but trust us when we say that it’s one of the best sourdough bakeries on our little island home.
All the breads and pastries are carefully crafted and hand made by the owners of Pickle Bakery, Liz and Jas. If you’re a sourdough fan, you’ll know what it means when we say that they sprout and pickle their own grains – and we’ve got nothing but respect for that.
The dough is also allowed to ferment for long periods of time so you know you’re in for a treat with their sourdough breads which have been known to sell out within the first few hours of opening on some days.
Do also give their Tartines a try. These are slices of bread topped with savoury or sweet toppings such as parma ham and burrata cheese, or mushrooms and cheddar cheese. These are rotated based on ingredient availability, as are their menu of breads and other bakes.
Missed the familiar aroma of Rotiboy’s signature buttery coffee buns? Well, it’s back!
The bakery from JB that popularised the Mexican Coffee Bun has reopened its doors in Singapore in June.
As a sign of just how much those of us in Singapore have missed the fragrant pillowy buns, there was a queue formed outside the store just to collect pre-orders made online.
Fans of the bun love its soft-as-a-cloud bread base, which is topped with a coffee-infused cookie crust that crumbles like a dream with every bite. There are currently only four flavours available – the Classic, Mocha, Cheese, and Buttermilk. If you ask us, they’re all equally delicious, with their fluffy buns, crumbly buttery tops, and delicious fillings of butter, chocolate, cream cheese, or buttermilk.
You can only get these boys via pre-order online, with slots currently filled till mid-August.
Taiwanese street food is a glorious thing, and we’re stoked that we can now have it here in Singapore – and scrumptiously made ones at that – while we’re grounded in the country for just a little while more. You’ll want to head on down to Abundance for your Taiwanese fix, the latest eatery to open in the Lengkok Bahru area.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of trying gua bao in Taiwan, do give Abundance’s version a go. It’s a fluffy lotus bun stuffed with a thick slab of savoury melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, peanuts, and pickles – a veritable treat for your taste buds!
It tends to get a tad messy while you’re trying to take a chonky bite out of the bun though, so don’t worry about the mess and just chomp right on!
Another must-try Taiwanese street snack you can find at Abundance is the Peanut Ice Cream Roll, a mind-bending dessert that’s basically vanilla ice cream, cilantro, and peanuts wrapped up in thin popiah skin – we hear Abundance’s version is pretty legit.
Abundance’s menu is also packed with other Taiwanese goodies, like Hong You Chao Shou (that’s hot chilli dumplings for you), Prawn Toast, Golden Egg (a fried century egg snack), and various versions of eggy fried rice reminiscent of Din Tai Fung. Wash these down with cold craft beers on tap for the ultimate abundant treat this weekend!
11. Ambling Turtle
Perhaps the first of its kind in Singapore is the Ambling Turtle, a cosy Peranakan cafe that serves up light nyonya favourites accompanied by coffee and tea for lazy, ambling afternoons.
It’s a beautiful two-storey space, decked out in wood and greenery with floor-length glass windows that let in ample sunlight that will lift even the gloomiest of spirits.
The menu is a charming, modern take on Peranakan food, perfect for savouring over your afternoon drink. We hear the Go Home Waffles are a must-try, a tea-time take on the classic Peranakan dessert, chendol.
Crispy and fragrant pandan waffles topped with chendol jelly, Azuki red beans, and gula melaka sauce, served alongside a scoop of soft coconut ice cream? Sounds like heaven to us.
For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll also find classic hand-made nyonya kuehs, and a specially crafted pulo hitam tart. Croissants stuffed with rendang and satay are also on the menu if you’re craving something a little more substantial to sink your teeth into.
Pair these with a cuppa Kopi Jawa (that’s coffee sweetened with a unique sugar from the coconut palm tree), or a tall glass of refreshing Lemonade with Blue Pea that’s the very definition of cantik (Malay for ‘beautiful’).
12. 6 Letter Brunch
From the good folks that brought us 6 Letter Coffee in the East is the newly opened 6 Letter Brunch – also in the East, at Siglap.
What first catches your eye here at this cheerful garden-themed cafe are the vintage bicycles parked outside and the empty bike racks for cyclists to park their bikes there while brunching. Can we hear a hooray from ardent cyclists?
The menu of 6 Letter Brunch is really something to behold. Coming in at a whopping 100+ items, it totally takes being spoilt for choice to a different level!
You can expect to see familiar well-loved items from 6 Letter Coffee here as well, but if you want to check out what’s new on the menu, do try the selection of crispy rostis where you can choose from Sweet Potato, Salmon, or Crabcake Sweet Potato. Rosti lovers will understand when we say that rostis are really quite the comfort food – and these are exactly that.
For yet another 6 Letter Brunch-exclusive item, you’ll want to go with the sweet or savoury pancakes. Opt for the decadent Pancake Wonderland for your dose of sweets – it’s a stack of mini pancakes served alongside creme anglais, cookie crumble, and a scoop of gelato, or get the savoury Smoked Duck Pancake that goes beautifully together with sour cream and salty rich smoked duck.
Among the throngs of cafes in Singapore, new cafe SYIP stands out for being so lovely to behold. Its interior is truly aesthetic goals, with a clean white and minimalist feel that’s extremely Instagram-worthy.
SYIP is the perfect place to have a sip of coffee on a weekend as you catch a respite from the busy workday, and it certainly helps that its menu, while not extensive, is thoughtfully planned and executed too.
Take your pick from adventurous pasta offerings like Ikura Kombu Capellini or Seafood Rose Linguine, or satisfy your brunch cravings with cafe staples like the Creamy Chicken Scrambled Egg Croissant or a Big Breakfast set.
We really like the drink offerings though – and with coffee beans obtained from Compound Coffee Co, you’ll know your brews will be strong as they will be aromatic. Our favourite drink is the prettily layered London Fog, a concoction comprising whipped cream, black tea, and strawberry puree that we promise tastes as lovely as it looks.
14. Orange & Teal
Dr. Chee Soon Juan may be best known for his political statements as an outspoken member of an opposition party in Singapore but now, you’ll also know him as an F&B entrepreneur and the founder of Orange & Teal. While there was undeniable hype surrounding the opening of the cafe in June for reasons other than the food, what we (and we’re sure most of you) want to know is: is the food any good?
Turns out, the answer is a yes. While the cafe menu tends towards the safe, the food is tasty and done with finesse. The finger bites are the usual cafe fare like Luncheon Fries, Calamari Rings, and Nuggets, which you’ll find are hard to go wrong with!
The stars on the menu have to be the mains, such as Creole Jambalaya (a spicy Louisiana-style fried rice with shrimps and sausage atop a serving of succotash), and the Creamy Butter Tuscan Salmon.
The space itself is furnished to feel like a home – it even comes complete with a well-thumbed bookshelf and a piano, so much so that you’ll settle right in to enjoy good conversations and equally good food.
15. Lady M Champagne Bar
Is it a cafe if you get to order Lady M’s signature mille crêpes but with champagne to wash it all down? We’ll take it because a glass of champagne in the day paired with delectable desserts is a wonderful idea. Patisserie Lady M’s sixth outlet in Singapore, the Lady M Champagne Bar is a gorgeous space that simply oozes pretty with its rose gold and marble accents.
Lady M’s usual cakes and tarts are available here, with the addition of location-special Champagne Mille Crepe, because why not? It’s an ultra-luxe version of the store’s crepe, topped with strawberry cream and crystal gelato made from Rosé Première Cuvée Extra Brut Bruno Paillard Champagne.
A Champagne Cake Set is also available for those of you who want a glass of actual bubbly to have with any cake available for the day. If you’re there for the full works, we recommend going for the Afternoon Tea Set for Two. With its delicate sweet and savoury selection, you won’t need to decide what you’ll have for the afternoon!
16. New & Old Cafe
With a name like New & Old Cafe, you know you’re in for an experience that spans both ends of the spectrum, escaping any stringent classification – and that’s precisely what you get.
This unassuming cafe tucked away in a bustling corner of International Plaza defies any one definition of what it is: part cha chaan teng, part old-school kopitiam, part modern cafe.
The menu is as eclectic as you imagine it to be and then some, with a slew of Hong Kong favourites, local fare, and some fusion dishes thrown in for good measure.
Here, you can find Hong Kong staples like HK Milk Tea, Yuan Yang, Condensed Milk Buns, and Bo Lo Buns; local favourites like Dry Mee Siam, Dry Laksa, or Ondeh Ondeh Cake as well as international fare like Traditional Okonomiyaki, Beef Multigrain Rice, or homemade Philadelphia Cream Cheesecake.
Keep an eye out for its menu to see what’s new, you never know what next will make its appearance here!
17. Asylum Coffeehouse
Seeking asylum from the bustle of your modern day lives here in Singapore? Look no further, especially if your calm is found at the bottom of a coffee cup.
There’s now Asylum Coffeehouse, a minimalistic-looking cafe nestled in a charming blue and red shophouse. The newest cafe on the literal block of cafe heavyweights along Jalan Besar distinguishes itself from its established neighbours with its special keluak coffee bean blend that’s used in all its brews.
The food served here isn’t the typical cafe grub either – you won’t be ordering big breakfast plates off this menu.
Think more stuffed pulled pork sandwiches that are hearty, filling, and extra large in size and flavour. Both have delicious pulled pork as a staple, then choose from the grilled Cubano accompanied by gherkin, Swiss cheese and mustard; or the aptly named Overload, a buttered brioche mega-wich with macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.
A small pastry selection is also available if you’re looking for a little snack: we spy buttery croissants and sugee cake topped with rum for that bit of midday extravgance.
18. Cafe Monochrome
Looking like a page right out of a Korean webtoon is Cafe Monochrome, Singapore’s very first 2D black-and-white cafe that recently opened its doors in June.
These 2D cafes are big in the region now so we’re glad it’s Singapore’s turn to have one of these cute cafes to snap one too many photos for the ‘gram!
We don’t blame you if you wanted to visit purely for the decor, because truth be told, us too! But you’ll be glad to hear that the food is more than decent – great, in fact!
The good people at Cafe Monochrome have put together a tasty menu of cafe favourites like Truffle Cream Pasta, Mentaiko Pasta, Spicy Baked Fish, and donburi bowls with ingredients like Wagyu, Smoked Duck or Smoked Bacon.
The one thing on the menu that is a must try, in our opinion? Definitely the you tiao ice cream. Piping hot and crispy you tiao, which are deep fried dough fritters and a popular breakfast food here in Singapore, are topped with an ice cream scoop in a flavour of your choice.
19. Cafe Kuriko
If the last time you had a taste of some Japanese Mont Blanc dessert was before the pandemic upended our world as we knew it, Cafe Kuriko is a godsent for you.
This speciality Japanese cafe serves a spectacular Mont Blanc in either a chestnut or cheese base, paired with either a chestnut puree or a sweet potato puree.
Making the dessert is watching an artform in itself, as a machine dispenses threads of purple sweet potato or cream coloured chestnut puree, drizzling the cream softly atop your dessert.
Another sweet treat you can find here is the Mont Blanc Parfait, which comprises layers of goodies like Mont Blanc jelly, rice puffs, cake, ice cream, chestnuts, mochi balls, and your choice of chestnut or sweet potato puree.
There’s even Mont Blanc Coffee, with a generous serving of the chestnut or sweet potato cream whipped to a light-as-air texture and piled atop the cuppa, which will melt into the coffee like snow melting in summer.
The cafe’s chanabe pots are also worth a try, especially the soya milk broth. It’s a soup base that’s gaining popularity in Japan for its rich and creamy texture and flavours and we can totally see why!
20. Tearuk Dessert Bar
The Yaowarat stuffed bun craze has hit Singapore somewhat belatedly (no thanks to COVID-19) but now that it’s here, you just got to try it. Where at, you may wonder? Right here at Tearuk Dessert Bar, the newest Thai dessert cafe in Singapore that just opened in July at The Grandstands.
Headlining the cafe are the Yaowarat buns, a popular Thai street food item that’s basically a crispy toasted bun stuffed full with fillings that can be either sweet or savoury. At Tearuk, you can choose from eight fillings that include Thai tea kaya, taro coconut, milk chocolate, crab mayo, and pizza.
Haven’t got your fill of Thai desserts yet? You could go for quintessential Thai classics like Red Ruby and Mango Sticky Rice, or ice-cold desserts like coconut or avocado shakes, snow ice bowls, or bubble tea! Perfect for chilling out in the recent spate of scorching weather.
21. Lola Faye Cafe
We love ourselves a Muslim-owned cafe that uses 100% halal ingredients because it means one more spot we can hang out with our Malay pals without fretting!
Dessert cafe Lola Faye joins the club of awesome Muslim-owned, halal cafes in Singapore – and to top it all off, it opens until two o’clock in the morning to fulfill those late-night cravings.
It’s gelato galore at Lola Faye, yes even past midnight! Have it with brownies or waffles, or on its own.
The coffee menu is also quite extensive, with flavours ranging from caramel to guka meleka for that cup of flavoured latte when you’re feeling like shaking your coffee routine up.
If you’ve got your mind on something savoury, you’ll be happy to sink your teeth into a selection of wraps and sandwiches that will satisfy those late-night hunger pangs. Choose from spicy chicken, satay chicken, or soy beef – they all sound pretty yummy to us!
22. Up in Smoke
If you love your waffles and ice creams, you’ll probably be familiar with Burnt Cones and its, well, ice cream paired with perfectly burnt cones. Up in Smoke is its newest younger sibling, which offers literal smoked waffles that are a multi-sensory treat.
The cafe’s signature dish is indisputably the Applewood Smoked Waffles, which are smoked before your very eyes in a glass lid. And when the lid lifts, it’s a moment of pure smoky magic – the aroma and sight of the billowing Applewood scented smoke is certainly memorable.
Have this with two scoops of creamy gelato – the flavours are similar to that at Burnt Cones so you know you’re in for a real treat. We also spy an exclusive smoked cheese flavoured gelato here, if you want an ice cream flavour that’s completely on point with the theme.
And if you happen to be looking for something heavier at Up in Smoke, there’re always good old brunch plates, or a juicy Philly Cheesesteak, waiting just for you.
23. La Fez Cafe and Bakery
If you’re seeking out gorgeous cafes reminiscent of your previous globetrotting life, you’ll want to pay a visit to halal-certified La Fez.
With its lavish gold and blush pink interior and arched doorways that are framed with palm trees, La Fez definitely calls to mind the luxe atmosphere of Morocco.
In line with the cafe theme, La Fez’s menu is decidedly Moroccan in nature, with traditional brunch items like Turkish Eggs or Majorelle Shakshuka with Feta Cheese; and mains like Aamir Lamb Tagine or Moroccan Harissa Chicken Legs. The food is also cooked in a fire oven or in traditional Moroccan earthernware, where possible, for an authenticity that cannot be replicated.
If you remember, Moroccan desserts are sweet as they are gorgeous, and La Fez puts them up beautifully.
Do try the Pomegranate Rose Mille Feuille or the Hot Baklava Cheesecake – we hear they’re hot favourites and are often sold out. We don’t blame you if you have a hard time choosing because they all look equally pretty!
Address: 907 East Coast Road, #01-03A, Singapore 459107
Opening hours: 11.30am – 9pm (Tue to Thu) | 11.30am – 10pm (Fri) | 9am – 10pm (Sat) | 9am – 9pm (Sun) | Closed on Mondays
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