Consider yourself lucky if you’re a coffee lover in Singapore, especially when you can so easily get a deliciously brewed cuppa made from the best artisanal beans and native buttery roasts. Singapore has seen some of the best coffee houses and cafes with various design aesthetics ranging from industrial to contemporary opened in 2023, many of which mushroomed post-pandemic, prompting everyone to head out to enjoy the fragrant roasts in person.
Coffee culture in Singapore is showing no signs of slowing down, which explains why these new cafes in Singapore have made it their mission to serve the best roasts to those living near and far.
To get you started on your cafe-hopping journey, here’s our list of the best new cafes to have an exquisite cup of coffee and brunch in Singapore this 2023.
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in November 2023:
A Cube Bistro
There can be many expressions for ‘A’ cube (‘A’ times three). But at A Cube Bistro, you’ll find Asian influences in its Italian haute cuisine created by an award-winning chef.
The contemporary menu features specialities like the 3M Muscle Mussel Mouclade, a unique Asian twist on the classic Belgium Mouclade and Breakfast Pizza – a Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza topped with familiar breakfast staples. Also, taste the unique A Cube Signature Blend that’s specially curated with three origins from Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia, which exudes hints of dark cherry, brown sugar and dark chocolate.
A Cube Bistro is located at 526 Macpherson Road, Singapore 368216.
Butter by Two Men Bagel House
A new concept conceived by the famed Two Men Bagel House, Butter by Two Men Bagel House is a hip joint found within Trifecta at Somerset – Asia’s first-ever all-in-one snow, surf, and skate attraction. Of course, butter is prominently featured on its menu across Bagels, Croissants, and Pancakes.
Standouts include Bagelwiches like Poo Bear (spicy peanut butter, spam, scrambled egg, pork floss, and garlic aioli), Sweet Chicks (fried chicken with sriracha honey butter), and Sup’ Beef (stuffed with hamburg au jus, sauteed mushrooms, and sunny-side up).
Butter by Two Men Bagel House is located at 10A Exeter Road #01-02 Singapore 239958.
Common Man Coffee Roasters – On The Go
An excellent cuppa java in the morning can kick start your day well. For those working in Orchard, you’re in luck. Reputable coffee purveyor Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) recently introduced an ‘on the go’ concept at ION Orchard. Now shoppers and coffee connoisseurs can enjoy artisanal coffee to go or take five in its cosy 10-seater space.
Besides sipping its signature CMCR coffee blends, diners can fuel up with a curated selection of bites like sandwiches and pies. Recommended favourites include Chicken & Bacon Sourdough sandwich, Pork & Apple Sausage Roll, Beef Cheek Pie, and Smoked Salmon & Feta Spinach Quiche.
Common Man Coffee Roasters – On The Go is located at 2 Orchard Turn, B3-27/28 ION Orchard, Singapore 237973.
Compose Coffee Singapore
Currently one of the most trendy coffee brands from South Korea, Compose Coffee has recently opened its first international outpost in Singapore. Their iced Americano is one of the best-sellers in South Korea due to its affordable price and quality.
Established in Busan in 2014, the brand has quickly expanded to 2,200 outlets in Seoul and Busan alone. They were also conferred as the nation’s favourite coffee brand at the ‘2023 Korea’s Most Loved Brand Awards’. Signatures here include the Instagramamble and vibrant Busan Sea Salted Cream Latte, Sangha Farm Ice Cream Latte, Grape with Cream Cheese Foam, and K-Red Bean Milkshake. Those who wish to have a quick bite can grab a coffee to pair with their drinks too.
Compose Coffee is located at Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 3 #01-623, Singapore 038983.
Pâtisserie CLÉ River Valley (takeaway and delivery flagship)
The five-year-old Pâtisserie CLÉ, known for its Orh (Yam) Blanc Tart, is ready for bigger things (and location). Started its business at Paya Lebar followed by a second takeout address at Lucky Heights, the pastry shop will begin a new phase with a new flagship at River Valley and a café at Dairy Farm (opening mid-December 2023).
This prime city location allows customers to conveniently procure their exquisite viennoiseries, savouries and confectionaries, available for takeaway and delivery. New and exclusively available at the River Valley flagship is the lightly spiced Apple Nutmeg Cake presented as a glistening red apple. Another new creation on the menu is the Tropico Tart, which bursts of tropical fruit flavours from mango and passionfruit.
Pâtisserie CLÉ flagship (takeaway and delivery) is located at 415 River Valley Road Singapore 248314.
Tanglin Cookhouse at PLQ
Expanding its presence to the east side is Tanglin Cookhouse. Known for its British-inspired menu with a twist of local flavours, diners flock to its namesake first outlet at Tanglin Mall to delight in the uncommon contemporary British-Colonial cuisine. You can have breakfast or brunch at the all-day dining at Tanglin Cookhouse, choosing a selection of Western and Asian mains – from pasta to desserts.
Residents staying in the east of Singapore can now enjoy signature favourites like beer-battered English Fish and Chips, Sunday Roast (comprising of roasted grass-fed Angus beef in an onion gravy, soft Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, and vegetable medley), and the juicy Crispy Hainanese Kurobuta Pork Chop topped with oriental-influenced tomato sauce.
Tanglin Cookhouse – PLQ is located at 2 Tanjong Katong Road, #01-06/07 Paya Lebar Quarter 3, Singapore 437161.
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in October 2023:
One of the most highly anticipated café openings this year has got to be Cedric Grolet. His Singapore outpost is also his first in Asia and will give fans a taste of his famed French pastries – without booking a trip to Paris or London. His signature hyperreal fruit pastries, as well as classic French baked goods like croissants and pain au chocolate, are available here.
Cedric Grolet Singapore will offer exclusive Fruit Sculptés, or desserts that closely resemble fruits and flowers, like Mango Ginger Flower, Lychee, and Dragon Fruit which are available for pre-order online. Traditional pastries on the menu like the the flaky, buttery croissant and the dreamy, vanilla-scented Parisian flan are sold only at the cafe for dine-in or takeaway. Cédric Grolet also serves a special tea menu and brunch items such as the hearty avocado toast.
Cédric Grolet Singapore is located at 30 Bideford Rd, COMO Orchard Level 1, Singapore 229922.
Common Man Coffee Roasters Anchorpoint
Reliable coffee haunts Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) has finally made its debut in Singapore’s west – more specifically, at Anchorpoint. The outlet will also transform into the Common Man Night Shift (CMNS) come sundown.
This location introduces new menu items for CMCR, such as the Conti Sandwich – served with creamy stracciatella, tomatoes, shaved ham, chorizo, and basil paste in between freshly baked focaccia – and the crispy sweet Kouign Amann Toast – a variation of the brunch favourite, French Toast. CMNS continues to feature over 80 labels of natural wines alongside bites like the signature Sourdough Pizzas, Duck and foie Gras Pie, and Cacio e Pepe Udon Pasta.
Common Man Coffee Roasters Anchorpoint is located at 368 Alexandra Road, #01-01, Singapore 159952.
Finnish design house Marimekko has returned to Singapore after exiting temporarily at its previous location at Capitol Piazza. This time, it presents itself as a lifestyle concept that comprises retail and a café at ION Orchard.
The café is more than just a corner for shoppers to relax at. Besides a selection of coffee and teas alongside confections like cakes, tarts, and pies, the café also serves as a showroom that demonstrates how Marimekko products seamlessly integrate into customers’ lifestyles. The long benches, for example, are swathed in Marikekko’s signature Unikko print fabric to make for an Instagrammable coffee spot.
Marimekko is located at 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B1-12, Singapore 238801.
The Coffee Code Singapore
Popular Malaysian café chain The Coffee Code has made its debut in Singapore at Neil Road. Hailing from East Malaysia, Sarawak, diners can dig into their signature waffles in either the regular plain version or the uncommon black rice variant.
Unique options on the menu include bak kwa waffle, which is shaped like a flower and topped with cured chicken meat, as well as the T.C.C Chicken Waffles, which features black rice waffles with cajun grilled chicken. Brunch staples like Sourdough ciabatta in the Classic Big Daddy platter, or various butter cakes can be enjoyed with a cup of fragrant coffee.
The Coffee Code Singapore is located at 37 Neil Road, Singapore 088822.
Indonesian coffee brand Kenangan Coffee opened in Singapore at Raffles City Shopping Centre with much anticipation for its fragrant brews.
Known as “Kopi Kenangan” in Indonesia, the establishment offers an extensive menu of espresso-based drinks and non-caffeine options. One of which is the signature Kenangan Latte – a harmonious blend of espresso and Black Aren, a natural sweetener boasting fruity, caramel-like, and subtly smoky notes. Bumi Flores Bean, a premium bean option harvested from Bumi Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, has dried orange notes and is available alongside the house brew. You can also grab a quick bite here with an assortment of puffs, alongside the Creamy Chicken Pie.
Kenangan Coffee is located at 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1- K10, Singapore 179103.
Located outside The Zall Bookstore 卓爾書店 and Marks and Spencer (formerly The House of Robert Timms), Nico Cafe brings out the bookworm in all of us with their second outlet at Wheelock Place.
While marvelling at the intricate seasonal floral arrangement and a backdrop of book pages, diners can relish in an extensive brunch menu that includes classics like Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame to contemporary donburis like Cheesy Mentaiko Chicken Cutlet and Ssamjang Iberico Pork Secreto. Nico Cafe also prides itself on serving robust coffee made from freshly roasted coffee beans. Keep a lookout for the holiday season, when their café will be decked out in Christmas adornments.
Nico Cafe is located at 501 Orchard Rd, Wheelock Place Level 1, Singapore 238880.
Baristart Coffee Singapore at OCBC Wisma Atria
Known for its Japanese confectionaries like the signature sizeable Cream Puff stuffed with Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk custard, Baristart Coffee Singapore has now expanded their presence with a branch in Orchard. Shoppers who need a respite from retail therapy can catch a breather at their newest outlet within OCBC Wisma Atria.
Find popular hot food like Tonkatsu Sando that uses tender Hokkaido pork loin and flavourful Wafu Pasta. Those who prefer sweets or a lighter bite can opt for desserts made with rich and creamy BIEI Jersey Milk from Hokkaido, such as the Jar Custard Cream Puddings, cream cuffs and milky soft cream ice-creams.
Baristart Coffee Singapore – Wisma Atria branch is located at 435 Orchard Rd, #04-01 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877.
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in September 2023:
Formerly occupied by Alchemist (which moved across the street to The Heeren), the top level of Design Orchard is now occupied by NOWAFTER Cafe, a new name in the coffee scene. Korean-inspired drinks and pastries fill the menu here, as the owner previously operated a cafe in South Korea.
Chill over iced concoctions that go beyond the usual latte and espresso offerings, such as the Black Sesame Einspanner and Uji Matcha Latte. The minimalist industrial monochromatic space is a vibe in itself, and it carries on to the black-and-white confectionaries too. Dig into the savoury Charkey Bun, which features a fluffy charcoal bun with mozzarella, truffle sour cream, and garlic herb butter in the middle. Blackmisu is also a treat for its dark cocoa base and a hint of alcohol.
NOWAFTER cafe is located at 250 Orchard Road, Design Orchard #03-01, Singapore 238905.
Lou Shang 楼上
Nostalgia fever is still going strong in Singapore, as proven by the recent opening of Lou Shang 楼上. With a decór themed similarly to mature HDB estates, it feels like you’re stepping back in time upon entering the space. Helmed by the folks behind Mama Diam, Lou Shang’s offerings are locally inspired with a contemporary update.
Remember those colourful slice of Rainbow Bread? They are accompanied here by flavoured dips like Milk, Chocolate, Bundung, and Kaya, to correspond to the colours of the Rainbow Bread. Also, try the homemade pasta that’s paired with familiar local flavours, such as the Chilli Crab Tortellini, Hokkien Prawn Ravioli, and Butter Chicken Tagliatelle. For dessert, Tutu Kueh is a standout, especially since it’s served as a giant version of the traditional dessert. Here, it is made with coconut mousse and vanilla chiffon and has gula melaka-soaked desiccated coconut stuffing.
Lou Shang 楼上 is located at 38 Prinsep St, 02-02, Singapore 188665.
You don’t need to travel all the way to Germany for some pipping hot German pretzels. Touted as Singapore’s first authentic German bakery, Park Bäckerei opens in Tanjong Pagar’s Icon Village to offer fresh handcrafted bakes from Deutschland daily.
Park Bäckerei’s signature is the hand-shaped Swabian-style pretzels from Southwest Germany, which are characterised by its skinnier ‘ends’ and a plump ‘belly’. Besides the original plain and cheese option, there are also other savoury and sweet iterations made with the same pretzel dough, like the Brötchen (bread rolls) which is a staple at most meals, as well as generously stuffed bagels.
Park Bäckerei is located at 12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village #01-41/42/52/53, Singapore 078877.
Chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57 and JustIN Flavours of Asia fame has opened a casual gastro café-bar under his eponymous first name. Although relaxed, the food still features his signature Asian-French culinary style through elevated presentations.
With an extensive brunch menu, diners can choose from the wild mushroom and poached egg Parmentier that features salted Iberico pork cubes, Deep-fried mantou with Iberico pork char siu, and “Perigordine”, braised pig trotters with sautéed duck foie gras and juicy mushrooms. Refresh your palate at the end of it all with the perky pineapple carpaccio accompanied by lime zest and sorbet.
Justin is located at 310 Orchard Road, Tangs @ Tang Plaza Level 4, Singapore 238864.
Pocket by Flip Coffee Roasters
Those who take their java seriously will appreciate Pocket by Flip Coffee Roasters. Helmed by the speciality micro-roastery themselves, this two-year-old establishment sources a monthly rotating curation of quality beans that don’t disappoint. Oh, and just a quick note for beginners to this establishment: Espresso here is known as “Spro”.
Pair your chosen cuppa, from double “Spro”, to the White or Filthy, with a humble selection of in-house bakes and “Bomb-ass Toasties”. The latter is available in four options – Mushroom, Pulled Pork, Breakfast, and Tomato Basil Cheese. The Breakfast is the heartiest of all with its lavish stuffing of house-made Italian sausage, scrambled eggs, grape jam, smoked mayo, and red cheddar.
Pocket by Flip Coffee Roasters is located at 619H Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269728.
Glow by SuperNature
Focusing on superfoods and organic produce, SuperNature provides a great option for those who are into mindful and functional eating. Moving from Forum The Shopping Mall to COMO Dempsey, diners can now escape from the bustling shopping belt and unwind at the peaceful enclave of its new location.
The menu at Glow by SuperNature offers nutritionally balanced Mediterranean and Asian-influenced creations made with fresh seasonal ingredients that are refreshed weekly. Highlights for mains include the Salmon Cake that’s made with Slow-cooked Scottish organic salmon and mixed with organic Dutch Cream potatoes, as well as the Crispy Porchetta, featuring succulent pork loin and sautéed pears.
Don’t leave without having their mouthwatering selection of cakes or muffins. A handful are gluten-free and dairy-free, such as the Orange Almond Cake, Banana Muffin with Oat Crumble, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Tart.
Glow by SuperNature is located at 26 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249686.
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in August 2023:
Bacha Coffee Fashion Avenue
Few places let you sample coffee from all over the world like Bacha Coffee. The coffee specialist’s newest 300-square-metre outlet in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is their first in Singapore to offer three distinct experiences under one roof.
Besides dining in and takeaway, customers can bag their favourite coffee – from Single Origin, Fine Blended, and Fine Flavoured, to CO2 Decaffeinated coffees – starting at 100 grams, which are then expertly grounded by in-house Coffee Masters to suit a personal preference.
For dine-in guests, select from over 200 coffee varieties and pair your choice with the extensive dine-in menu which includes the exclusive Blueberry & Lavender Croissant, which will be available until September. On the savouries spectrum, fill your table with a French toast sandwich smoked salmon with Comté cheese, as well as free-range scrambled eggs with black truffle.
Bacha Coffee Fashion Avenue is located at 2 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands B2-13/14, Singapore 018972
Back to Eden
Formerly known as Curious Palette, Back to Eden is a new brunch establishment helmed by the folks behind the Strangers Union group that’s vegan-friendly. Thankfully, the menu isn’t salad-heavy, but instead highlights the natural flavours of plant-focused ingredients with delicious, hearty meals.
Dig into brunch favourites like the crispy potato rosti, hearty shakshuka, and savoury corn zucchini kimchi pancakes. What’s a brunch without waffles? Back to Eden’s whole wheat-based Buttermilk waffles promises to delight the whole family.
Back to Eden is located at 64 Prinsep St, Singapore 188667
Hailing from South Korea, Cafe Margaret is a cafe that reflects true-blue Seoul’s cosy aesthetics. A notable name in its motherland, this cafe is famous for its signature cube pie which has a 72-layer flaky pastry filled with sweet cream. Sweet tooths can choose from five flavours – Matcha Cream, Nutella, Lotus Cream, Vanilla, and Injeolmi (Korean sweet rice cake).
Exclusive to the Singapore market is also the soft lemon and raspberry pound cakes, which pair well with a fragrant cup of coffee. We also suggest you chill out at the Instgrammable-worthy cafe’s second level while you relish in other treats like Black Sesame Cookies and Black Chocolate Strawberry Cookies.
Cafe Margaret is located at 32 Bali Lane, Singapore 189868
Need a brief respite after scoring a haul at Ralph Lauren’s new Purple Label boutique in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore? Take five at the adjacent Ralph’s Coffee. This cafe concept by the American retailer first appeared in Manhattan, New York, in 2014. It has since expanded to 19 more outlets worldwide, including its latest in Singapore.
Energise with a cuppa brewed with the signature Ralph Roast blend – a combination of coffee beans from Brazil, Mexico, and Ethiopia – and pair it with fresh bakes like Ralph’s Chocolate Cake, which is made just for the Ralph Lauren cafe by Singapore-based bakery Plain Vanilla.
Ralph’s Coffee is located at 2 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #01-72, Singapore 018972.
Expanding from its first outlet in Potong Pasir to its second outlet in Somerset is Rise Bakehouse. Specialising in cakes and gelato, this vibrant pink cafe immediately catches the eye of diners with both its interior and bake. Here, they offer a more extensive menu as compared to their inaugural outlet, but you won’t go wrong with their signature brown butter waffles, which are still ever so popular. Besides topping it with gelato or the Chocolate Banana Brulee flavour, you can opt for savoury selections like Rise Breakfast – featuring eggs and chicken bratwurst – or the Honey Soy Garlic Fried Chicken.
Rise Bakehouse also recently introduced the flavourful tropical Mango Coconut Cake, which took them a year to perfect since July 2022. It comprises soft mango cake layered with coconut chantilly cream that’s topped with fresh mangos and coconut shreds. Other notable cakes include Osmanthus Oolong, Orh Nee Yam Cake and Yuzu Mascarpone.
Rise Bakehouse is located at 111 Somerset Rd, TripleOne Somerset #01-05, Singapore 238164
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in July 2023:
PS.Cafe at Marina Bay Sands
One of Singapore’s most popular homegrown cafe brands, PS.The cafe has opened at Marina Bay Sands. The inspiration for this 86-seater outlet is Parisian cafe culture that features the brand’s signature black-and-white aesthetic. Sheltered by parasols, diners will find the island platform reminiscent of a romantic dining experience along the Seine River in Paris, where they can enjoy refreshments after some retail therapy.
New on the menu are moreish mains including the local-inspired Buttermilk Chicken Nasi Lemak and the Duck Confit Curry with Crispy Roti.
PS. Cafe Marina Bay Sands is located at 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Canal Level #B2-119, Singapore 018956.
Café Natsu Joo Chiat (new menu)
It hasn’t been that long since the opening of Café Natsu’s flagship in Joo Chiat in May 2022. But it’s time to introduce something new for diners – hearty lunch sets. Two options will be available here: the Wagyu Hamburg Bowl Set ($36), featuring a house-made Wagyu patty, or the Teishoku Set ($32), which highlights seasonal fish. Both are accompanied by appetisers and chestnut rice cooked with dashi.
Also new on the dessert menu is Matcha Kakigori, which is prepared using Uji Matcha, and served with seasonal fruits and Gula Melaka. There’s also the Souffle Cheesecake and Zenzai dessert that consists of Azuki Beans, Toasted Mochi, Glutinous Rice Balls, and Sour Plum.
Café Natsu Joo Chiat is located at 283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427537.
Nesuto Jewel Changi Airport
After making its debut on Tras Street, local patisserie Nesuto is set to open its second store at Jewel Changi Airport. Known for their artisanal Japanese and French-inspired cakes and confectioneries, the new space will introduce Chocolate Bon Bons – which are the culmination of two years of intensive research and development. Expect flavours like Earl Grey & Bergamot, Smoked Dark Chocolate and Caramel, and Japanese Goma.
The warm autumn-inspired hue store will also emit a subtle unique roasted chestnut scent while diners dig into new signature cakes like Matcha Chestnut and Chocolate Orange and Chocolate Whiskey.
Nesuto is located at 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #01-236 & 237, Singapore 819666.
A new concept by Danny Pang, founder of local F&B establishment SPRUCE, Cotelato is a dessert-focused café that prides itself on using premium ingredients like high-grade flour from Fuji, Japan, Valrhona chocolate, and French butter. Chaptered by three thematic experiences for their offerings – “FrostFire”, “Frosty” and “Firey”, Cotelato aims to surprise diners with a multisensorial experience while appreciating their creations.
Highlights include the Whimsical Carousel (pictured above), which features the chef’s selection of tea cakes served on a merry-go-round. Break the Blossom consists of edible flowers and fresh fruit hidden within the cake, while Pinky Lava features strawberry cream cheese sauce that’s drenched on a bed of warm and fluffy hotcakes.
Cotelato is located at 4 Hillview Rise, HillV2 #01-01, Singapore 667979.
Cafe Ren by KUKI
Opened by popular home-based bakery KUKI – which is known for its open-faced molten cookies – Cafe Ren is an offline extension that offers its specialised bakes and more. You can dine in and enjoy beloved flavours like the Pistachio Lava Cookie, a chocolate cookie crater which holds pistachio praline lava with oat milk vanilla gelato on the side.
Of course, there are brunch dishes and all-day mains too. Savour the Avocado, Mentaiko and Egg, which consists of sourdough, mentaiko, folded eggs, salmon roe, and fresh avocado. The generously stuffed Pulled Pork Roll, and the Eggs, Pork, and Rosti trio (pictured above) are just as popular.
Cafe Ren is located at 681 Race Course Road, #01-305, Singapore 210681.
After serving delectable dessert pies for orders and takeaways at a baking studio-only space, patisserie brand Elijah Pies has launched its first dine-in bakery-café alongside a studio in the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood. Customers can still find favourites like Lime Thyme Pie, Honey Chrysanthemum Pie, Matcha Latte Pie, and Pandan Coconut Pie – only now fans can enjoy them fresh at the cafe. Elijah Pies is also introducing savoury options like the decadent Black Truffle Mash Pie and Scallop Chowder Pie in this new space, much to the delight of the non-sweet tooths.
Elijah Pies is located at 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-102 Singapore 081007.
Alchemist The Heeren
When word got out that Alchemist will be closing their kiosk in Design Orchard, coffee lovers groaned as it meant one less location to get a quality cuppa from. Fret not, however, as the reliable craft coffee specialist has reopened with a larger dine-in space at The Heeren nearby. This new outlet marks the brand’s sixth in the city, an expansion bolstered by growing demand for their coffee. Signature blends like Dark Matter and Finca Los Altiplanos remain a mainstay while the filter coffee menu will rotate constantly. Diners can also find a selection of bakes and pastries like Almond Croissant, Pain Au Chocolate, and Pistachio Raspberry Cruffin to pair with their cup of java.
Alchemist Orchard is located at The Heeren #01-ORA, 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855.
Paaru パール is definitely a café made to be featured on Instagram. Exuding a zen-like ambience with its Japanese decor, the off-kilter coffee space is asking for a humble home, with a dedicated dining area, kitchen, and tea room. Paaru’s address at the historic 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace also reflects the Japanese minimalist aesthetic. The cafe’s signature rich ‘PAARU espresso blend’ consists of a blend of beans from Brazil’s Fazenda Sertao, Colombia’s Hacienda Mallorca, and Ethiopia’s Bensa regions.
The food menu is another highlight too. A must-try is the in-house Shokupan milk bread, which is freshly baked by Japanese Chef Yuki Kaneda and his team at the nearby Paaru Bakery. You can have it as French Toast or accompany it with either poached or creamy scrambled eggs alongside add-ons like portobello mushroom or bacon.
Paaru パール is located at 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace #01-61, Singapore 168976.
Madu The Bakery
It’s uncommon to find Indonesian-inspired flavours in fresh bakes, but Madu The Bakery offers unique confections that feature them. ‘Madu’ is Indonesian for ‘honey’, so expect sweet treats to dominate here. The 20-seater space offers special desserts like Bola Keju, a classic Indonesian cheesecake consisting of a fluffy vanilla sponge cake layered with bourbon vanilla and cheddar cheese. Other highlights include the Nori Jambon sandwich and savoury Mentaiko-filled brioche bun.
Madu The Bakery is located at 421 Race Course Road, Singapore 218668.
It’s increasingly common to see cafés in hotels serving hearty brunch fare. A new addition to this list is Wildcard. Located in Furama RiverFront, Wildcard is both a coffee house and a wine bar. From light bites to wholesome dishes, there’s something to satisfy diners of all appetites. Pair coffee with the decadent Banana Bread with whipped cream and apricot jam or generous Egg Mayo on Milk Bun. Moreish meals can be found on the menu too. Choose from Prawn Sando, oxtail doughnut, and the sauce-filled Paccheri pasta.
Wildcard is located at 405 Havelock Road, Furama RiverFront #01-03, Singapore 169633.
Keong Saik Bakery at Bendemeer
One of Singapore’s well-known cafés specialising in local flavours has moved out of its namesake address. Will they change their name then? Keong Saik Bakery continues to honour its heritage to keep its signatures like the Pulut Hitam-inspired Purple Milk, Attap Chee Rose Cheesecake, and Orh Nee Tart. Their best seller, Chendol Delight, features different textures with smooth gula melaka coconut custard, red bean bits, and pandan jelly on top.
Keong Saik Bakery is located at 70 Bendemeer Road, Luzerne Building #01-03, Singapore 339940.
First Story Cafe
Support social causes while having a comforting brew? Sounds like a win-win initiative. First Story Café, a brunch and gelato dining space, empowers individuals with disabilities and special needs via employment opportunities. The hired will practice with inclusive training to make coffee and manage the operations of the café. Cool off from the hot weather with the myriad of gelato flavours available. If you’re peckish, choose from hearty dishes like the savoury Pulled Beef Gochujang, Teriyaki Chicken, or Honey Soy Beef Rice Bowl, accompanied by an iced Yuan Yang to complete the meal.
First Story Café is located at 149 Serangoon North Ave 1, #01-917, Singapore 550149
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in May 2023:
Allpress @ 73 Duxton
Coffee aficionados will certainly recognise Allpress Espresso. Their blends are used by many cafes in Singapore and have physical stores presence including Australia and Japan. Now, you can sip straight from the source as the New Zealand-based brand recently opened a café and retail pop-up in the hip Duxton neighbourhood.
Taste Allpress’s signature ‘Hot Air Roaster’ medium roast blends via espresso and flat white alongside pastries like savoury bagels, smooth Coffee Basque Cheesecake, and crusty yet tender canelè. Other highlights include Allpress Espresso Chocolate Granola infused with Browns Mill Organic blend and vegan-friendly Allpress Cold Brew Sorbet. With sustainability in mind, you can also purchase an Allpress Airtight Coffee Canister for your cuppa on the go.
(Image credit: Allpress @ 73 Duxton)
Allpress @ 73 Duxton is located at 73 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089532.
Experience elevated confections at the upscale La Savior. Located inside the swanky Scotts Square, the French-focused café is decked out in vibrant Hermés wallpaper and serves delectable pastries on the luxury label’s refined tableware collection. Food-wise, La Savior’s menu fuses French and local flavours like the zesty Kumquat Citrus Cake, Butter Board, and Angus Beef Tartare.
(Image credit: @lasavoir.sg/Instagram)
La Savior is located at Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road #02-01, Singapore 228209.
Cafe Usagi TOKYO
You don’t need to travel to Japan to sample authentic Japanese confectionaries. Instead, head over to Café Usagi TOKYO as they deliver these sweets fresh from their kitchen in Singapore. Helmed by Japanese Chef and Creative Director Yuka Shigeno debut her intricate creations like Cafe Usagi Rabbit Bread (above) alongside signatures ranging from the toothsome Dorayaki Cake to the pillowy mochi ice cream.
(Image credit: Café Usagi TOKYO)
Café Usagi TOKYO is located in multiple locations including Suntec City Tower 3 and 111 Somerset.
The Ride Side Skate Cafe
Hungry after practising Ollies and hard flips on your skateboard? Sustenance is just a stone’s throw (or a skate) away if you’re at the biggest skate park in Singapore within Jurying Lake Gardens. Created in collaboration with local café veteran The Assembly Ground, The Ride Side Skate Cafe serves moreish grub that’ll certainly fill tummies. In addition, the café also offers free community skate classes.
Burgers are the highlight here. Pick from the juicy Trick Stacker Burger and flavourful Buttermilk Chicken Burger or mains like The Ride Side Melt and Cajun Chicken Sandwich. Need a perk me up? Sip on the fragrant coffee blend here provided by the State of Affairs.
(Image credit: @theridesideskatecafe/Instagram)
The Ride Side Skate Cafe is located at Rainforest Pavilion @ Jurong Lake Gardens, 108 Yuan Ching Rd #01-01, Singapore 619617.
Kurasu Singapore ‘The Stand’
We know the Japanese can make a mean cuppa brew too as proven by the popularity of Omotesando Koffee, %Arabica, and Kyoto-based brand Kurasu. You don’t need to travel to appreciate these best Japanese cafes now because all four brands have a presence in Singapore as of 2023. While Kurasu’s flagship outlet at Waterloo Street is a zen hideout perfect to chill and relax, its newest outpost, dubbed as ‘The Stand’, at Orchard Building requires java lovers to grab and go.
Their signature coffee remains the same – a 3-beans house blend with beans from Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia roasted in their Fushimi Inari roastery in Kyoto and shipped over weekly to Singapore. Besides brews, there are also sweet bakes like cookies for customers to pair their coffee with.
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Kurasu Singapore ‘The Stand’ is located at 1 Grange Rd, Orchard Building #01-03, Singapore 239693.
China’s largest coffee chain finally opens in Singapore with great fanfare with a handful of outlets commencing operations concurrently. Making its first overseas foray, Luckin Coffee comes armed with its signature Coconut Latte which uses cold-pressed raw coconut milk. It is best enjoyed iced, a no-brainer to cool down from Singapore’s tropical climate.
Other favourites include Creamy Dreamy Latte and Dark Brown Sugar Velvet Latte. Customers can enjoy their coffee via dine-in seatings in stores with the exception of the Ngee Ann City outlet, which is a takeaway kiosk.
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Luckin Coffee is located in multiple locations including Ngee Ann City, Guoco Tower, and Marina Square.
All the best new cafes in Singapore to head to in April 2023:
Every cloud has a silver lining. Here, it’s dreamy coffee. This minimal industrial-themed cafe obtains its name from the fluffy white cloud decor hanging from the entrance’s ceiling. No frills, it’s all about the cuppa and pastries here.
Cloud brews a single origin from Brazil, roasted by Double Up Coffee. The usual drinks – Espresso, Black, White, and Mocha are crafted afterwards. Those craving to nibble can choose from a selection of small bakes like Sea Salt Chocolate Cookie, Strawberry Lemon Pound Cake, and Banana Bread.
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Cloud is located at 1A Duxton Hill, #01-01, Singapore 089480. Website here.
An intimate coffee place has opened in the bustling Far East Square near Telok Ayer MRT. This sixteen-seater indoor and outdoor (eight in each section) space provides a quick caffeine fix. Hellu greets with espresso-based drinks from Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee’s two-bean Brazil and India blend.
Those not in the mood for coffee can choose from a selection of teas, Yuzu Lemonade, and White Peach Passion Soda. Hellu also bakes croffles fresh every morning in limited quantities. Available in three flavours – Plain, Chocolate, and Cheese, they make great coffee companions if you need a quick bite.
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Hellu Coffee is located at 135 Amoy Street, Far East Square #01-05, Singapore 049965. Website here.
Sink your teeth in feline-shaped confections that are oh-so-cute to eat at CATBAKE. This Japanese-themed bakery from Hokkaido delivers both taste and presentation in their bakes which blend Japanese and Western flavours. Co-founded by renowned pâtissier-chef Shinya Tajima, creator of Neko Neko Shokupan which went viral in Japan, CATBAKE’s all about the cat-faced motif.
The soft and fluffy shokupan remains a classic favourite while hot creations like Croque Monsieur and French Toast charm with their balanced sweet-savoury qualities. Another highlight is also the soft and creamy two-layered cat-shaped cheesecake that looks deceptively simple but delivers in taste.
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CATBAKE is located at 1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista B1-43, Singapore 138617. Website here.
Behind the brains of Seng Coffee Bar comes stylish Seng House and both are helmed by the daughter of Gu Zao Ren Taiwan Porridge. This new café, located at Tanjong Katong, incorporates traditional Hainanese touches (from the family’s roots) into contemporary Western flavours for its hot menu. Serving entirely different dishes from Seng Coffee Bar, Seng House dazzles with the unique Seng Breakfast Club (toast with homemade kaya, luncheon meat, and eggs), and the Donut Kiap (a deep-fried doughnut bun with yam ice cream in-between).
Lunch is hearty with selections like Hainanese Pork Chop, Oxtail Stew, and British Fish and Chops. Due to its location as a corner shophouse, alfresco seatings are available here, making it pet-friendly for your fur pals to dine with you.
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Seng House is located at 214 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437007. Website here.
Dear coffee lovers here’s one for you. Equate has just opened its first concept store at Orchard Central. More than just a space for coffee, Equate’s Orchard Central outlet has been thoughtfully designed as an upside-down world, which aims to encourage guests to rearrange their perspective of what the right-side up actually is.
Apart from Equate’s pour-over coffees, classic lattes, matcha, and cold brews, diners can also expect artisanal bakes like croissants and pastries that are made in-house daily. We’re also pairing our brews with the Sandos here; made from house-made Shokupan bread, these flavourful bites come sandwiched with anything from house-roasted Reubens and chicken kimchi to truffle egg spam.
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181 Orchard Rd, #01-17A Orchard Central Singapore 238896. Website here.
Ex-Head Pastry Chef from Michelin-starred Meta, Gail Ho, has opened a new patisserie within a quiet business park in Alexandra. Mooi is co-owned by Ken Loon, the restauranteur behind popular dining spots such as Naked Finn and Burgerlabo.
The compact menu, which features an updated perspective on classic pastries like tarts and cream puffs, also includes croissants, cookies, and marble cakes. The Mokasha is a crowd favourite – think an aromatic buckwheat sable crust and buckwheat caramel that’s topped with coffee-infused dark chocolate cream filling, complete with toasted buckwheat, cocoa nibs and chocolate shavings sprinkled over for a bit of texture.
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438C Alexandra Rd, #01-06/07 Block C, Alexandra Technopark, Singapore 119976. Website here.
Following stints at Paragon, Raeburn Park and Robinson Road, Le Matin settles down for good at ION Orchard. Besides classic pastry favourites, this famed patisserie will debut a hot brunch menu. Brioche Feuilletée gets paired up with either Wagyu or Chutoro and the humble scrambled egg croissant gets elevated with black truffle shavings. Yes, all eight grams of it!
In the evening, brand-new desserts take the spotlight. From the all-cheese-based Fromage de vos Reves and nutty Tarte Aux Noix de Cajou to the honeyed Bais et Abeilles, these intricate confections are indeed gastronomic visual palatable delights.
New petit gateaus like Sake Lees & Macadamia Choux Bun and the savoury-sweet Kombu Tart are also added to Le Matin’s current little cake staples. These pastries will be available all day for dine-in and takeaways.
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2 Orchard Turn, #B2-49 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801. Website here.
Surrey Hills Deli
If you missed having brunch in Melbourne, make a beeline for Surrey Hills, where you’ll find everything from brightly-lit interiors and lush greenery to fragrant coffee and generously sized brunch platters.
During the day, the cafe serves freshly brewed cuppas and delicious sarnies, but come sundown, the space transforms into an after-work haven, with fresh Aussie craft beer, cocktails, wine, and bar bites on the menu. If you’re more of a day person, hit up well-loved favourites like the Energise To-Ma-Toes, which sees a healthy mix of marinated tomatoes with mozzarella, basil pesto, and caramelised onions.
#01-02, Raffles Place, 6 Battery Road, Singapore 049909
We know it’s hard to resist the charm of the Maison Kitsuné fox, more so when he comes in the shape of shortbread. The stylish Café Kitsune finally makes its debut in Singapore at Capitol, and perfectly blends Parisian chic with Japanese eclecticism, all while serving delicious roasted coffee and cakes. Don’t forget to try the Singapore special, the Chilli Chocolate Tart, while you’re there. The dessert gets a slightly fiery twist, with chilli flakes sprinkled on top for a little kick. Little wonder then, that it’s already one of the best new cafes in Singapore for 2023.
#01-11, Capitol Singapore, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
Aphrodite Waffles & Gelato
Located just a stone’s throw away from the famous Mustafa Centre, this quaint cafe, which has already made a name for itself since its opening in January 2023, is the best spot to be in Singapore after a long day of shopping. It doesn’t hurt that it serves some of the best gelato you’ll ever try in Singapore. If you’re feeling adventurous, skip the classic options and go for unusual ones such as the Drifting Snowflakes Jasmine, Blood Orange Sorbet, and the house special, Aphrodite, a blue cheese and chocolate flavour that’ll definitely keep you coming back for more.
106 Desker Road, Singapore 209628
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