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15 New Cafes & Restaurants In June 2023 – Mister Donut, Asian-Style Tapas & ~$20 Wagyu Beef Sets

New restaurants & cafes in 2023: Jan-June


You might FOMO while your friend travels abroad this mid-year holiday season. But you won’t have to feel down for long, because there’s a ton of new food ventures for you to explore this month. Here are 15 new cafes & restaurants across Singapore in June 2023:


– June –


1. Mister Donut – Popular Japanese mochi donuts



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Don’t walk, but run to Junction 8 because Mister Donut has finally opened their very first outlet in Singapore. A bite of these sugary treats might just be the cure to a bad day. They’re known for their mochi-like doughnuts which give you a good chew on top of a variety of sweet flavours.



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Price: $
Must-Trys: Pon De Ring Chocolate ($2.50), Angel French Crueller ($2.50)

Address: 9 Bishan Place, #02-27A Junction 8, Singapore 579837
Opening hours: 11am-12.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6929 3393


2. Coffee Tea Library – Countryside-like greenhouse cafe


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No, you haven’t just been teleported to the countryside. Coffee Tea Library is, in fact, located in the heart of Tanglin, right next to Lucky Saigon Cafe. The sitch here is simple: lots of tea and cute swings for seats. Despite the name, coffee isn’t on the menu yet but will be available soon.

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Whether you prefer your tea red, black or green, they’ve got tea leaves of all varieties to choose from, sourced from Taiwan, Japan, China, and Vietnam.These come served in pretty glass teaware. We recommend bringing a book to enjoy at this cafe, since the large windows provide plenty of natural light that’s perfect for reading.

Price: $$
Must-Trys: Tea tasting session – enquire for prices. 

Address: 356 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247674
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 11am-7.30pm | Wed-Fri & Mon 11am-7pm


3. Alchemist Somerset – Japanese garden-style outlet at The Heeren


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You don’t need to go to cafe hop regularly to know of Alchemist, best known for its picturesque outlets. After the closure of its minimalist-style cafe at Design Orchard, the chain returns to Orchard Road with possibly its prettiest edition thus far at The Heeren.

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Unwind at the zen coffee house complete with stone garden decor and long wooden benches on which you can enjoy your cuppa joe. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Yuzu Lemon Danish ($5.50), Pistachio Raspberry Cruffin 

Address: 260 Orchard Road, #01-ORA The Heeren, Singapore 238855
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily


4. Chiko Pollo – Halal western cafe open till 2am


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Represented by a cute chicken mascot is Chicko Pollo which you’ll be able to spot easily. They’re a halal cafe in Little India serving western delights all the way up till 2am. Prices here start from $10, enjoy 20% off your bill when you opt for takeaway or self-pickup.

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Price: $$
Must-Trys: Smoke Duck Brown Butter ($22), XL Salted Egg Sotong (S$24), Mentaiko Fries ($11)

Address: 28 Madras Street, Singapore 208422
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-2am
Contact: 9780 5224


5. BKK Bistro & Bar – $0.80 Thai boat noodles, now in Kallang


Although BKK Bistro & Bar in Orto is closing, they’re opening a brand new branch in Kallang. For as low as $0.80, you can build and enjoy a warm bowl of Thai boat noodles.

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Choose your preferred noodle first, followed by a tom yum or herb soup base. Customise this further with extra toppings like beef balls, pork slices and more. If you’re still hungry, there are a tonne of authentic Thai favourites you can gorge on.


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Price: $$
Must-Trys: Thai Boat Noodle (from $0.80), Thai Fish Cake ($8.80), Thai Papaya Salad ($8.80)

Address: 202 Kallang Bahru, #01-05, Spaze 339339
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: 6929 3393


6. Wildcard – Oxtail donuts & prawn sandos


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Wildcard is a coffeehouse by day and a wine bar by night. Light bites take centre stage over here, not just in the form of sweet delicacies such as cakes to pair with coffee, but also in the form of burgers and unique doughnuts. 

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Price: $$
Must-Trys: Oxtail Donut ($12), Prawn Sando ($22), Banana Bread ($8)

Address: 405 Havelock Road, #01-03 Furama RiverFront, Singapore 169633
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 8am-11pm | Sat-Sun 9am-11pm
Contact: 8817 8922


7. Gyu San Charcoal Bar – Wagyu beef set meals


Located in the middle of Orchard, Gyu San Charcoal Bar is selling their A5 Wagyu Japanese Hamburg Set from $23.80 each. A standard set menu comes with 2 thick grilled Wagyu patties, alongside miso soup and unlimited servings of rice.


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Add on some additional sides like an Onsen Egg ($2.50) and Kabocha ($3.50) to complete your meal. The chefs here also cook your food on an open grill, so you’ll smell and savour some of that delicious Wagyu goodness.


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Price: $$
Must-Trys: A5 Wagyu Japanese Hamburg Set (from $23.80)

Address: 583 Orchard Road #01-28 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm | Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Contact: 8313 6655


8. Back to Eden – Plant-based brunch cafe


Vegans and vegan food lovers, this one’s for you. The people behind the now closed Curious Palate recently opened Back to Eden – a plant-based brunch spot. From sourdough breads to specialty sauces, almost everything’s made from scratch.

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Their menu includes the Big Breakfast (from $17.90) with potato rosti and Corn Zucchini Kimchi Pancake ($18.90) prepared with homemade kimchi. It’s not every day we find vegan cafes, so its $11 and above price range is definitely a good steal.

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Price: $$
Must-Trys: Holy Chips ($11.90), Creamed Corn Croquette with side salad ($12.90), Big Breakfast (from $17.90)    

Address: 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily
Contact: 6238 1068


9. Tinto – Authentic Spanish cuisine on Dempsey Road


De Pulpo & Chorizo (from $36).
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Over at this newest addition to Dempsey, dive into authentic Spanish fare like gazpacho and paellas with tapas from $10 and mains from $28. Fans of garden concepts are in for a treat – the airy restaurant is a scene out of Bali, with green feature walls and a stellar view of the surrounding nature through giant windows. 

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Price: $$$
Must-Trys: Pulpo A La Brasa with octopus ($32), Gambas Al Ajillo which features roasted prawns ($28), and De Pulpo & Chorizo paella (from $36)

Address: Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21, Singapore 247700
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5.30pm-10.30pm | Fri-Sun 8.30am-6pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
Contact: 9729 5002 


10. Paaru – Japanese teahouse-style cafe in Pearl’s Hill


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You’re bound to get good food and good vibes at Paaru as it’s the newest addition to hipster cafes in Pearl’s Hil. The owners here are the same peeps behind Asaru Studio, in case you’re wondering why the cafe aesthetic looks familiar.

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Dishes like the Eggs on Shokupan ($12) and Shokupan & Jam ($8) use freshly baked Shokupan breads from their bakery that’s just a few doors down. You can also enjoy a cup of tea in a separate tea room, or watch the chefs do their thing in the open kitchen.

Price: $$
Must-Trys: Eggs on Shokupan ($12), Bircher Muesli ($14)

Address: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-61, Singapore 168976
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm | Sat-Sun 8am-6pm 


11. Elijah Pies – Over 40 artisanal pie flavours


The famous IG bakery Elijah Pies finally opens its first physical store at Tanjong Pagar. With over 40 artisanal pie favours available, you’ll definitely find a favourite at this cosy cafe.

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Among the 9 dessert pies available in stores, try out their best-selling Wild Berry Lavender Pie ($7.90), or the OG Nutella Pie ($7.50). For the savoury flavours, AKA the outlet exclusives, check out the Mac N’ Cheese Pie ($12.90) & Seaweed Chicken Pot Pie ($13.90).

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Elijah Pies is a 4-minute walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT, so it’s just a short distance to get these yummy, sweet treats.

Price: $$
Must-Trys: Wild Berry Lavender Pie (from $7.90), Matcha Latte Pie (from $7.90)

Address: 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-102, Singapore 081007
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm | Thu-Sun 10am-10pm
Contact: 9855 9480


12. Baste – Asian tapas fare with atas plating


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If you’re looking for a casual date or hangout spot, consider Baste. The menu here, served as Asian-style tapas, is a unique one you can’t find just anywhere.

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Chef Christopher – the one behind this restaurant, cooks up different concoctions combining Western & Asian flavours. These dishes include the Muscle, Garam Masala and Papadum ($17) and Octopus with Sambal Ijo ($19). For after-dinner drinks, just head up to the bar that’s located upstairs.

Price: $$$
Must-Trys: Chicken Parmigiano, Achar, Mozzarella ($23), Bincho Grilled Ribeye, Umami Butter ($34)

Address: 23 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069703
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm | Fri-Sat 11am-3pm, 4pm-11pm | Sun 11am-3pm
Contact: 8265 3632


13.  Waved Coffee & Juice Bar – High tech juice bar


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Ever imagine fruit juice could be made with technology? That’s what the people at Waved Coffee & Juice Bar are doing. 

With the help of some high-tech machines, electromagnetic waves are sent into the plant cells of fruits. This process is repeated to extract a bottle of cold-pressed fruit juice, now higher in nutrition and deeper in flavour. 

Their juices combine different fruits and ingredients all in one.
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Price: $
Must-Trys: Juice ($9.90), Espresso ($4.50)

Address: 2 Fowlie Road, #01-06, Singapore 428505
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm | Sat-Sun 8.30am-6pm
Contact: 8388 5155


14. Escape – Camping-themed with “moonlit” night sky


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Popping up a tent for a rugged adventure at Pulau Ubin isn’t on everyone’s bucket list so indoor dwellers, here’s one for you. Escape is a camping-themed BBQ restaurant where you can “moongaze” and “stargaze” indoors, in the comfort of the AC.

 It’s giving lok lok meets Pinterest.
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Pop yourselves down on folding chairs and feast on skewers (from $1.50) and sharing dishes like Stir-fried Pork (S$14.80) served in mess tins. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Skewers ($1.50-$3.60)

Address: 2 Venture Drive, #01-20, Vision Exchange, Singapore 608526
Opening hours: 4pm-1am, Daily


15. Helen’s Bar – Grand fantasy-themed pub from China


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Tipplers can’t miss Helen’s Bar, with 700 outlets in China to its name. You can say we’re pretty lucky, since the new outlet in Orchard Central is the chain’s first international foray. 

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While we’re pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to themed bars, this new player knocks things out of the park with a grand castle-esque entrance and giant sculptures like fantastical animals and giant armoured soldiers.

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Gather your clique for a round of mojito (from $15.90), wine ($12.90), or draft beer ($12.90/pint). Lightweights can still join the party with their iconic Helens Milk Beer ($5.90) that has a low 0.3% ABV.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Helens Milk Beer ($5.90), Glutinous Rice Cake ($7.90)

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #12-02 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 5pm-2am, Daily
Contact: 9816 0181

Check out more cafes and restaurants from last month:


– May –


1. Luckin Coffee – China’s rendition of Starbucks



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Luckin Coffee is the new buzz in this city’s coffee scene. Originating from China with the reputation of the largest coffee chain in its home country, Luckin Coffee has opened its first 2 outlets in Ngee Ann City and Marina Square, with more to come at locations like Aperia Mall, Jewel Changi Airport, and Tampines 1 this month.


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To celebrate their opening, there are a bunch of promotions ongoing when you make your order through their app. New users can enjoy a cup of joe for just $0.99. If you jio a friend to download the app, you can score an additional cup of coffee for the same price of $0.99. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Coconut latte ($6.40), Matcha Exfreezo ($6.40)

Marina Square outlet
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-153, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: 8am-10pm, Daily

Ngee Ann City outlet
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #01-K2, Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: 9am-10.30pm, Daily


2. DOME Bakery – Fudgey Biscoff & smoked sea salt brownies


Former home-based Dome Bakery has now made its home in Chinatown. They’re best known for their fudgey brownies that come in indulgent flavours like cookies and cream and hazelnut, with seasonal specials such as yuzu cranberry. Foodies will be glad to know that these goodies are baked fresh in small batches each day. 


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If you’re not in the mood for these gooey brownies, Dome Bakery also offers Dark Chocolate Lava Muffins ($5) and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Butter Cookies ($12.50)

Price: $$
Must-trys: Smoked Sea Salt Brownie ($6), Biscoff Cookie Brownie ($6.50)

Address: 227 South Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 058776
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6.30pm | Sat 10.30am-6.30pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 8884 8893


3. ANDO – European-Japanese fusion cuisine with vegan options



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ANDO is a new addition to Leisure Park Kallang. The spacious restaurant boasts a unique fusion of European and Japanese cuisine, with a menu that includes options such as teppans, and sandos.

If you’re dining with the little ones, the restaurant has you covered with kids’ meals starting from $8.90. For those with specific dietary preferences, there are also several vegan options, including pasta, baked rice, and pizzas.


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There’s also a breakfast menu, available until 11.30am daily and starting from just $5. For lunchtime diners, there is a range of set meals that include a main dish and a drink, starting from $11.90

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mentai Scallops Pasta ($19.80), Wagyu Burger ($26.90)

Address: 5 Stadium Walk, #01-30, Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm | Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Contact: 6970 0911


4. Hundred Acre Creamery – Popular themed cafe, now in the East


Easties no longer have to journey west to visit Hundred Acre Creamery. The Winnie the Pooh themed ice cream shop has opened its second outlet at Tampines.


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You can expect an array of creative flavours that go beyond the usual vanilla and chocolate, such as hojicha mochi and ca phe. Vegans can also indulge in their frozen treats, with options like dark chocolate and soursop mint sorbets. They also offer seasonal specials that you can dabao home in pints. 

If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll want to try their creamy Vietnamese Egg Coffee ($6) which is an exclusive to the Tampines outlet.


They also sell Winnie the Pooh merch like stickers and caps.
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Price: $
Must-trys: Vietnamese Egg Coffee ($6), Coconut Pandan Waffle ($6), Roasted Pistachio ice cream (from $4)

Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-24, Singapore 520824
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: 9764 9107


5. Lola’s Cafe – A new facelift with dedicated coffee & dessert bar



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After a decade in operation, the OG Lola’s Cafe recently underwent a transformation and reopened with a fresh facelift. The new interior features not only new furniture, but also lush plants that infuse a touch of nature, creating a relaxed and inviting ambiance.


There are different menus for brunch and dinner, so plan your visit accordingly.
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The cafe now has a dedicated coffee and dessert bar, making it more convenient for those looking for a quick grab-and-go option. While the cafe still offers its familiar menu, there are also new additions such as the Tsukune Sando ($17), which was previously exclusive to their Holland Village branch.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($13), Pulled Pork and Avocado Eggs Benedict ($16), Crab Cake Benedict ($20)

Address: 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-10.30pm | Sat-Sun 9am-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6284 0349


6. The Fat Kid Bakery – Sourdough bombolonis in Telok Ayer



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At The Fat Kid Bakery, bombolonis are not just for the sweet-toothed, but also for those who crave savoury delights. Though we had to bid farewell to their Ang Mo Kio branch, the bakery has made a return in the bustling area of Telok Ayer.


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Besides their famed sourdough bombos, they also offer treats like eclairs, brownies, cookies, and coffee to go with your munchies.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Summer Berries ($5.30) Bomboloni, Citrus Bomb Bomboloni ($5.30), Roasted Hazelnut Bomboloni ($5.80)

Address: 39 Amoy Street, Singapore 069865
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-5pm | Fri 8am-6.30pm | Sat 10.30am-4pm (Closed on Sundays)


7. Coach Cafe – Retro diner themed cafe at Tanjong Pagar


The new 3-storey Coach Play Singapore Shophouse is a vibrant sight with its pink and red exterior, adorned with the brand’s logo. It’s hard to miss as you stroll along Tanjong Pagar.

Within the shophouse you’ll find Coach Cafe, where you’ll want to strike a pose for the ‘Gram at every corner. The vibrant decor featuring milk cartons, cereal boxes, and other nostalgic touches will transport you straight to a trendy American diner.

The food is equally Instagram-worthy. The dino-shaped butter that comes with their waffles and pancakes will make your followers go “aww”. Also, their Coach hashtag, which doubles as a food piñata, is filled with sweet surprises.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chicken and Waffles ($18), The Hashtag Surprise ($25)

Address: 5 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089113
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 9.30am-3pm & 6pm-9pm (Closed on Wednesdays)


8. Two Bake Boys – Customisable crepe cakes at Balestier


Previously a home-based business that made a hit with their Thai Tea Crepe Cake, Two Bake Boys has since expanded their menu with other crepe cake flavours such as lychee rose and ondeh ondeh.


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Their new cafe at Balestier also carries interesting concoctions from their beverage menu, with signatures that include Yuzu Osmanthus Matcha ($7.80) and Earl Grey Lavender ($7.80). For those who crave something savoury, their menu also includes Chicken Pie ($5.60) and Chicken Rendang Pie ($5.60).


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If you want to become a dessert MasterChef, this cafe also has a baking studio where they conduct classes for both kids and adults from $67.80.

Price: $
Must-trys: Thai Tea Crepe Cake ($7.20), Thai Rose Crepe Cake ($9), Best Chocolate Ever (from $5)

Address: 360 Balestier Road, #03-09/K2 Shaw Plaza, Singapore 329783
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8782 6566 & 8782 6561


9. Golden Banana – Iconic Thai fritters from Golden Mile



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As we prepare to bid goodbye to Golden Mile Complex, some of its tenants have been busy relocating. One of them is Golden Banana, that has found a new home nearby. The new store features cheerful yellow walls and offers a small sitting area for those who want to chill and enjoy their addictive snacks.


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Golden Banana is known for their aroy mak mak sweet potato balls and banana fritters, which always draw long queues and sell out quickly. If you haven’t had a chance to try these treats yet, be sure to head down early to avoid missing out.

Price: $
Must-trys: Sweet Potato Balls ($4/12 pieces), Banana Fritters ($4/6 pieces)

Address: 371 Beach Road, #02-27, City Gate, Singapore 199597
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-8pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9766 5001


10. Space Coffee – Industrial-like interior cafe in Geylang



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Geylang is a bustling neighbourhood with a rich heritage. It is home to numerous Chinese eateries and durian stalls along the streets. Space Coffee is a hip new addition to this neighbourhood, featuring a minimalist industrial design, with gray concrete floors and stylish wooden furniture.

Space Coffee carries a unique menu which features several vegan options. One of the highlights is Space Fried Carrot Cake ($15), a zhng-ed version of a local favourite. In collaboration with Cloud Cafe, they also offer nostalgic pastries such as Banana Cake ($5) and Coconut Bun ($4).

Price: $$
Must-trys: Space Fried Carrot Cake ($15)

Address: 587 Geylang Road, #01-01, Singapore 389526
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9838 7495


11. MIYOSHI by Fat Cow – Japanese fine-dining in Sentosa



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Many of us would think that only atas people dines at Sentosa. If you want to feel fancy for a day, check out MIYOSHI by Fat Cow. This new and sleek Japanese restaurant offers 3 different dining experiences to cater to varying preferences.


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If you prefer ordering à la carte, they have a diverse menu that includes donburi, ramen, and udon. Your meal also comes with live “entertainment” – that is, skilled chefs cooking up a storm behind the open teppanyaki grills. Those who’re feeling adventurous can try their omakase menu.

Price: $$$$
Must-trys: Wagyu Shoyu Ramen ($58), Dinner Teppan-Kaiseki ($280), Sushi Omakase ($228)

Address: 2 Gunner Lane, #01-04/05/06 Mess Hall at Sentosa, 099567
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm | Sat 11.30am-3pm & 6pm-10.30pm | Sun 11.30am-3pm & 6pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 6019 0089


12. BHC Chicken – South Korea’s largest fried chicken chain


No longer will you have to travel 8 hours by plane to taste authentic Korean fried chicken. Fans of the other KFC, Korea’s largest fried chicken chain BHC Chicken has just opened its doors in Singapore.


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You can look forward to hearty Korean dishes like samgyetang – chicken and ginseng soup, kimchi fried rice, tteokbokki, and rabokki to complement your fried chicken.

To celebrate their debut on this sunny island, they are giving away free cheese balls when you order any chicken menu item from now until 7th May 2023.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Bburinkle Chicken (from $23.90), Gold King ($31.90), Macho King (from $23.90)

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-332A & #02-332F, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily


– Opening soon –


13. Tim Hortons – Famous Canadian doughnut & coffee chain



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Coffee and doughnuts are a combo that hardly goes wrong. And now, you can pick up this iconic duo at Tim Hortons, a coffee chain from Canada. They’re well-known for Timbits, which are fried doughnut holes that have been glazed and dipped in sprinkles.

You can get full-sized doughnuts too, with flavours such as  strawberry, chocolate-glazed, and old-fashioned glazed being fan favourites.


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There’s more to coffee and doughnuts at Timmie’s. They also serve breakfast sandwiches with sides like hash browns and mac & cheese. Keep an eye out for their outlet openings in Singapore for your next coffee and doughnuts run.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Timbits, Iced Capp

Address: TBC
Opening hours: TBC
Contact: TBC

For more new cafes and restaurants, read out past months’ editions below:


– April –


 

1. Chocoelf Cafe – Sugar-free artisan chocolate



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There’s no reason to limit yourself when indulging in desserts at Chocoelf Cafe, which specialises in sugar-free chocolate desserts. But it doesn’t mean that the tarts and ice cream here are going to taste bland. Natural sweeteners are used instead, so you can still enjoy chocolate without the guilt trip. 


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If you want to bring home their chocolate, the cafe sells bars, coated nuts, and chocolate pretzels. Their chocolate bars can also be found in major supermarkets like FairPrice and Redmart.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chocolate Tart ($8), Ruby Hot Chocolate ($8)

Address: 232 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058781
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-7.30pm | Fri-Sun 10am-9.30pm
Contact: 6775 5117 


2. Ten+ – Safari-themed cafe



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Ten+ is a safari-themed cafe, but it won’t be a repeat of your outfield experience in NS. This cafe serves up Western-Asian fusion cuisine, where you’ll dine in actual tents. Should the weather prove too warm for al fresco dining, however, there’s also an air-conditioned dining area to enjoy your meals.


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As for food, you’ll find Western-Asian fusion cuisine, where local delicacies are given a twist. Think nasi lemak with furikake rice and mala-seasoned fried chicken. If you’re here on a date, you can spring for a bottle of craft beer or wine to go with your meal.

Make sure to arrive between 11am-3pm to catch their lunch deal on the weekdays – you’ll be entitled to 1 free non-alcoholic drink with each brunch or main order.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Baked Snapper with Sambal Aioli ($23), Braised Lamb Shank ($32)

Address: 65 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699000
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 8656 8685 


3. Ms Durian – Mao Shan Wang & D24 desserts



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At Ms Durian, you don’t have to choose to indulge in desserts or durians – you can have both at the same time. This durian dessert cafe offers a wide range of durian-inspired desserts that are sure to satisfy your cravings. Their confectionaries are baked in-house with fresh Mao Shan Wang which ensures a more prominent durian flavour. 


Afternoon Tea Set.
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If you want a taste of everything, they have tea sets that come with a variety of durian desserts, such as durian tarts, macarons, and cheese mousse. To cut through the sweetness, the tea also comes with savoury hor d’oeuvres like truffle mushroom crackers and a portion of their pan-seared salmon.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Durian Cake ($12.50), Whisky Durian Cake ($14.50), Durian Craquelin ($2.20)

Address: 11 Kelantan Road, Singapore 208604
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, 9am-6pm | Fri-Sun 9am-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 6962 0057


4. Cafe Lilac By Whisking Bakes – Revamped interior & new taro menu



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Indulge in all things taro at Cafe Lilac by Whisking Bakes. The original Whisking Bakes cafe has returned with a revamped interior and new menu. The space is larger now and has more tables to accommodate large groups.

2 things that haven’t changed: their iconic purple front doors and the use of taro in their dishes from desserts to savoury mains.


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The cafe uses orh nee to flavour their dishes with a subtle but rich yam paste. There’s a thick layer of it in their sandwiches and crepe cakes. You’ll even find it in their drinks like the Taro Einspanner, which is an espresso topped with thick, creamy yam foam. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Taro Pork Floss Sando ($5.50), All Day Mini Breakfast ($8.50), Taro Choux ($8), Taro Crepe Cake ($8)

Address: 466 Crawford Lane, #01-08, Singapore 190465
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-9pm | Fri 11.30am-11.30pm | Sat 10am-11.30pm | Sun 10am-4pm
Contact: 8850 5918


5. After Hours Gelato – Ice cream flavours like soybean & youtiao



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Gelato, waffles, and thick toast are what you’ll find at After Hours Gelato. And they really do mean after hours, as the cafe closes as late as 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12am on other days of the week.

They serve unique gelato flavours such as Chinese Snow Pear, alcohol-infused Watermelon Soju, and Soybean & Youtiao. The latter is an icy cold twist on the popular Chinese breakfast pairing that sees a soy milk gelato topped with crispy youtiao bits for added crunch.


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You can get the gelato served with thick toast. The version here is 3 inches thick and comes with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and whipped cream.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Soybean & Youtiao ($5/scoop), Signature Golden Butter Toast (from $9.50)

Address: 27 West Coast Highway, #01-07, Singapore 117867
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 2pm-12am | Fri-Sat 1pm-2am | Sun 1pm-12am
Contact: 9819 2350


6. 88 Pocha – Korean street food like tteokbokki & oden soup



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The name “pocha” is short for “pojangmacha”, the word used to describe roadside street vendors in Korea that sell street food like tteokbokki and oden soup. That’s what you’ll get at 88 Pocha, a new eatery in Holland Village.


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Just like any respectable pocha in Korea, you’ll find similar street snacks here such as kimbap and fried dumplings. They’ve also done an upgraded take on ramyeon with flavours like corn cheese and truffle jjajang available.

Dining at a pocha must include alcohol and 88 Pocha won’t fail to deliver. They’ve a selection of soju and makgeolli, as well as highballs in flavours like earl grey and blue lemonade.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Truffle Jjajang Ramyeon ($11.88), Army Stew ($28.88), Oden Soup ($18.88)

Address: 26A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277685
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-12am | Sat-Sun 11.30am-12am
Contact: 6235 9950


7. Orange Mocha – Hidden book cafe


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If you’re looking for a place to read, do work, and grab a bite, Orange Mocha has you covered. The aesthetic cafe is part co-working space and part BookXcess, a bookstore chain from Malaysia.

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There are plenty of individual seats available so you can focus on work or reading if need be. And when you need a food break, the cafe has a variety of rice bowls, sandwiches, and burgers. For a balanced meal, they have a 3 item brunch set, where you get to pick your own choice of protein, carb, and greens.

They also have interesting drinks rarely found in other cafes, such as lavender latte and osmanthus sencha.

Prices: $$
Must-trys: 3 item brunch set (from $14.98), Ice Orange Mocha (from $7.50)

Address: 435 Orchard Road, #04-01, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening hours: 11am-7.30pm, Daily


8. Ceres Haus – Quaint coffee house along Circular Road



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Ceres Haus’ raw and elegant interiors allow for a cosy CBD getaway as you relish in their cuppas. But don’t let the cafe’s multiple espresso machines fool you. This quaint coffee house converts into a speakeasy in the evening, where you’ll also be able to get wine by the glass.


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It’s not all about the drinks here; they also have brunch options. If you love sourdough, you’re in luck as most of their sandwiches are made with sourdough. You can even enjoy it straight up with their dish called Sweet. It’s a toast platter that comes with an assortment of butter, cheese, jam, and marmalade.

Price: $$
Must-trys: White coffee (from $5.50), Mocha (from $6), Sweet sourdough toast (from $14)

Address: 18A Circular Road, Singapore 049374
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Thu 10.30am-5pm | Fri-Sun 10.30am-10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)


9. Sushi Moka – Intimate Omakase dining for only 10 pax



Chef’s Signature Chawanmushi.
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With only 10 seats available, Sushi Moka is the epitome of a private dining experience. Not only is it exclusive, it’s quite literally a hidden gem in Orchard Road. Here’s a hint: it’s located inside OCBC Bank at Wisma Atria.

The Japanese omakase restaurant serves a selection of fresh sashimi, sushi, and grilled seafood based on what’s in season and available in the market. The menu is always changing but for now, you can look forward to staples such as the Chef’s Signature Chawanmushi that is braised in oyster puree to add a punch of umami to the egg custard. 


Sashimi carpaccio.
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Their set lunch and dinner are priced rather competitively compared to a typical omakase in Singapore which costs at least upwards of $300. Save even more by coming with an OCBC credit cardmember. They’ll be eligible for a 10% discount.

Prices: $$$$
Must-trys: Chef’s Signature Chawanmushi, Omakase Lunch (from $138), Omakase Dinner (from $238)

Address: 435 Orchard Road #04-01 Wisma Atria Singapore (238877)
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9392 1332


10. Kreams Lounge – Garden-themed cafe with $13 lunch buffet promo



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Kreams Lounge is the newest addition to the Cafe Kreams family and is located inside The URA Centre at Maxwell Road. They took over Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop and have kept most of its interior intact. Hence, why you’ll still spot the walls of bookshelves that make aesthetic backdrops for IG pics and selfies.


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As the cafe is still in the works, they currently only serve drinks. However, expect more food like savoury croffles in time to come. In the meantime, get to try a selection of their Korean food items like bulgogi and tteokbokki at their buffet lunch ($13/pax). You’ll also get unlimited soft serve for dessert.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Honey Fruit Tea ($6.50), Choco Latte ($6)

Address: 45 Maxwell Road, #01-01 The URA Centre Singapore City Gallery, Singapore 069118
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm | Sun 12pm-10pm


– March –


1. Cafe Limonci – Furniture showroom concept



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No, you’re not lost at IKEA. You’ve just walked into the novel Cafe Limonici, with its unique showroom layout. Instead of your usual tables and chairs, find yourself a sofa and a side table and enjoy some refreshing drinks to cool you down in the afternoon heat.

You could also choose to enjoy the view at one of the long tables along the floor-to-ceiling windows if you’re not in the mood to share a table with someone else. Head down once they open in March for a coffee, waffles and ice cream or if you need some inspiration for your next interior design project.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Gelato ($4 for single scoop, $7.50 for double scoop), Waffle ($6), Iced Matcha Yuzu Ade ($5), Mocha ($6)

Address: 61 Ubi Road 1, #01-17 Oxley Bizhub, Singapore 408727
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily


2. Le Matin Patisserie – First store of popular online bakery



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Le Matin Patisserie has finally set up their own physical outlet at ION Orchard featuring French pastries and fine dining vibes. After their rise to fame online and several pop-up stalls, Le Matin invites their fans to dine in style and enjoy brunch items from 11am-3pm and desserts from 6pm-10pm. 

With items on the menu that use premium ingredients as well as an atas ambience, you might just mistake Le Matin for a fancy French restaurant.


The Seafood Pot Pie ($24) looks like a nest of gold eggs.
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For those feeling boujee, there are croissants topped with a generous helping of black truffles and pastries with wagyu. Those with a sweet tooth can choose from a selection of traditional desserts like their tarts and cakes. Treat yourself to a fine-dining French pastry experience if you’re in the Orchard area.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Wagyu Brioche Feuilletee ($44), Mont Blanc ($14), Wagyu & Bone Marrow Sausage Roll ($15)

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B2-49, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8030 7303


3. Wong Fu Fu – Free flow buffet bar & unlimited BBT



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Grab your boba buddy and head down to Wong Fu Fu, the new Taiwanese hotplate joint that has a mini buffet snack bar as well as an unlimited DIY bubble tea station. 

Have a proper meal and customise your own hotplate by selecting your meats and carbs before heading to the complementary buffet snack bar with over 15 different dishes. 


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Each purchase of a main also comes with access to the unlimited bubble tea bar. The bar is fully equipped with numerous toppings such as konjac jelly and lychee-flavoured pearls, so build your drink how you see fit.

For those who have been to the city of Taipei before, the facade of Wong Fu Fu might bring you back to the boba spots and cafes that line the streets there.

Price:$$$
Must-trys: Taiwan Fried Chicken ($25.90), Grilled Seafood ($31.90)

Address: 776 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198744
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8890 1844


4. GIG Cafe – Enjoy high tea sets among romantic floral decor



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High tea, pink furniture, and floral decor – if this sounds like a place you’d like to spend your weekend afternoons at, you should give GIG Cafe a visit. Located in Tampines, this cafe will have you feeling like you’ve walked straight into a fairytale.


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GIG Cafe via Google Maps

Instagram shoots aside, GIG Cafe offers Asian-Western cuisine with dishes such as Gong Zai Noodles and a Hong Kong favourite – curry fish balls with homemade curry sauce. Try their high tea set served on a pretty gold-tiered stand for that extra atas feel.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Teriyaki Chicken Bowl ($14.90)

Address: Block 419 Tampines Street 41, #01-10, Singapore 520419
Opening hours: 10am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 6588 5688


5. OVERBRØD – Scandinavian deli with Danish-style meatballs




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Scandinavian cuisine isn’t really well-known in Singapore but those who are feeling a bit adventurous can give OVERBRØD a shot. It’s a cosy deli along Alexandra Road that’s perfect for HTHT sessions.


Can I have s’more smørrebrød?
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IKEA meatballs are the closest a majority of us have come to Scandinavian cuisine, but the meatballs at OVERBRØD are the real deal. Their 6 handmade meatballs with mashed potatoes comes with the lingonberry jam that we all came to know about at IKEA. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Frikadeller ($18) meatballs, Gravadlax ($19) cured salmon sandwich

Address: 370 Alexandra Road, #01-14A, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, Singapore 159953
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8157 0625


6. Numb Restaurant – Dive into Sichuan cuisine & wine at Marina One



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Some look forward to spicing their evenings up after a day of hard work. And they can do so right in the CBD area at Numb Restaurant, which showcases the famed spice and tingling numbness sensation from Sichuan cooking. With a more modern setting to attract a younger crowd, Numb has created dishes with influences from Sichuan and Western cuisines.


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One such creation is their truffle fries that’s paired with Sichuan chilli powder for that extra kick. They have also put a Sichuan twist on our nation’s favourite Chilli Crab with their mala crab but you’ll need to place an order for this at least 2 days in advance. 

What’s unique about Numb is that they also serve wine which is not commonly available in Chinese restaurants in Singapore.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Mala Broth Boiled Seabass (from $39.80), Trendy Peking Duck in Spicy Stew (39.80)

Address: 5 Straits View, #01-12/13, Marina One, Singapore 018935
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9460 1960


7. CATBAKE – Cat-shaped pastries & decor



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Those who are as cat crazy as I am might have heard of CATBAKE, the new cat-themed bakery at The Star Vista. This Japanese bakery has thicc slices of cat-shaped toast and fluffy cat cheesecake which is much lighter compared to its American counterpart.


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CATBAKE sells chocolate bonbons that are cat-themed too, from a brand called Cacaocat – very much fitting for their theme. Apart from the shelves in the shape of a cat head, the interior and seating area of the bakery is simple and modern. Snap a pic with the cute cat-shaped baked goods and get ready to receive all the awww comments.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Croc Monsieur ($4.50) ham and cheese sandwich, Cat French Toast with single scoop gelato ($9.10)

Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, B1-43, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily


8. Au Balcon – Cottagecore-style European cafe



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Live out your cottagecore dreams at Au Balcon, a vintage European-influenced cafe. The interior of the cafe screams country summer energy with its pretty florals, so you can pretend you’re in Europe for the afternoon.


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The Summerhouse 

Dishes such as their seared Atlantic salmon showcase the best of French cuisine available in Singapore. Their desserts have refreshing citrus elements which add to the summer theme as well.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Pluma Iberico ($48), Grilled Baby Lamb Rack ($65), Citrus Crème Brûlée ($16)

Address: 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Opening hours: 
Brunch: Sat-Sun & PH 11.30am-3pm
Dinner: Wed-Mon 6pm-10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 8809 5840


9. Afterwords – Chinatown cafe with waffles & FATCAT ice cream



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Afterwords looks like it’s straight out of a rom-com scene where a boy meets a girl. Hidden amongst the shops in the main shopping street of Chinatown, this minimalistic-looking cafe has a menu with personality. 

You’ll find all-day brunch items with quirky names like Mini Blues Surprise ($11) consisting of mini blueberry pancakes, and The Land Before Avocado ($20) which is an avocado and smoked salmon sourdough sandwich. They also serve the popular FATCAT ice cream on homemade waffles if you’re in the mood for something sweet.

Those who enjoy the wood aesthetic will be snapping photos of their food which is served on wooden trays as well. Being dimly lit really adds to the mysterious yet cosy atmosphere at Afterwords and makes for a peaceful brunch visit.

Price: $$
Must-trys: The Sweetness at the Bottom ($15) pandan waffles with ice cream and berries,  Everything on a Waffle ($17) pandan waffles with scrambled eggs and chicken sausages, Hojicha Latte ($6)

Address: 24 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059186
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Thu 11am-8pm | Fri-Sun 11am-9pm (Closed on Tuesdays)


10. Chifa! – Fancy Peruvian Cantonese fusion at RWS



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Chifa! stands out from other restaurants at Resorts World Sentosa thanks to its bright neon lights with a purple and yellow facade. This Peruvian Cantonese restaurant offers a mix of both cultures in its decor and food.


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Siu Mai may be a dish you’d recognise but upon reading the description, there’s an unfamiliar ingredient included called quinoa – a grain that originates from Peru. 

Or their Peruvian-style fried rice dish but with the added XO factor we see in Canto cooking. Dare to venture into gastronomical unknowns while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere at Chifa!.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Yellowfin Tuna Tamarind Ceviche ($22), Charcoal Wagyu Chifero ($78)

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Ave8, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Mon & Thu-Sun 5pm-11pm (Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Contact: 6577 6558


11. Cloud Cafe – Duxton Hill coffee house with fluffy paper clouds



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It’s okay to have your head in the clouds when you’re at Cloud Cafe. With the grey industrial-like interior and white “clouds” hanging above, it gives the illusion of dining on a rooftop cafe under the sky.


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Expect a broader menu once they officially open their doors on 4th March 2023 but they have teased items such as banana bread and kombucha. They will also have seasonal items like strawberry lemon cake and fruit cake crumble so be on the lookout for new items on their menu.

Address: 1A Duxton Hill, Singapore 089480
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (Closed on Mondays)


12.  Underdog Inn – New York-style tavern in Singapore



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Urban with sophistication – those are the vibes we get at Underdog Inn, a new watering hole in town that brings the Big Apple to you. Graffiti line the walls, adding a gritty element to a night of fine dining and drinking. 


8-hour smoked beef neck with grilled fennel kimchi, whipped bone marrow and mother sauce.
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They serve mainly smoked or grilled meats and seafood, with dishes like beef neck and grilled squid. Pair this with one of their 12 draught cocktails and 6 beers that are on rotation – try a new brew each time you head down.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Smoked Beef Neck ($36), Brown Butter Squid with Smoked Almonds ($28)

Address: 115 Amoy Street, #01-03, Singapore 069935
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5pm-12am (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 9699 4829


– February –


1. Sweedy Patisserie – Artisanal “fat macarons” in Hougang



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After the croffle, another Korean food trend that’s been taking the food scene by storm is fatcarons – fat macarons which essentially come with way more layers of filling. Sweedy Patisserie offers these, but with a local twist. They’ve been selling them via their online store and at pop-ups. 


If you’re big on durians, try the
Mao Shan Wang Mousse Cake ($12.80).
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The patisserie has recently opened a physical store in Hougang, so you’ll have somewhere to pop by to fulfil your sweet and savoury cravings after you’ve discovered the best things to do in Hougang. Bite into uniquely local fatcaron flavours such as Milo and black sesame.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Black Sesame Fatcaron ($5), Liu Sha Bao Fatcaron – salted egg custard ($5), Beef Melt ($16)

Address: 377 Hougang Street 32, #01-32, Hougang Rivercourt, Singapore 530377
Opening hours:  Tue-Thu 12pm to 9pm | Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm
Contact: 9436 8160


2. 日日茶 Ri Ri Cha – Ice-cream served in dumpling baskets



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If you’re ever around Chinatown, pop by Ri Ri Cha located right next to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. This cafe is The Better Scoop‘s newest venture offering an array of oriental tea-flavoured ice-cream.


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Get them served on waffles, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try them with a sticky red date cake (additional $2.50) or steamed rice cake 白糖糕 (additional $1). What’s interesting is that these 2 variations are served in cute mini dim sum baskets – a unique take on plating desserts.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Nian Gao Waffles ($6.80), Pi Pa Gao Ice-cream ($5.50 per scoop), Tie Guan Yin with Nian Gao waffle (from $12.30)

Address: 24 Sago Street, Singapore 059020
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9681 4085


3. Hellu Cafe – Rustic croffle cafe in the CBD area



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Rid the Monday Blues with croffles – the love child of croissants and waffles – from Hellu Cafe located at Far East Square in Telok Ayer. Be it for lunch or an after work pick-me-up, get your share of desserts such as plain croffles ($5.50) and chocolate croffles ($6)


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Wash it down with some coffee starting from $4.20. If you’re not feeling coffee, they have other refreshing drinks such as yuzu lemonade ($6.50) and white peach passion soda ($6.50). With its rustic aesthetic, you could also get in some pretty shots for the ‘Gram.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Cheese croffle ($6), White Peach Passion Soda ($6.5)

Address: Far East Square #01-05, 135 Amoy Street, Singapore 049965
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm | Sat 10am-4pm (Closed on Sundays)


4. Unatoto  – Popular chain from Japan with affordable mains



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If you’re a sucker for food with umami, get a taste of it at this authentic Japanese chain. Unatoto is a popular food chain from Japan known for their affordable yet delicious unagi bowls. And they have slithered into Singapore this year.

On 25th January 2023, they opened their very first outlet in Singapore at Guoco Tower in Tanjong Pagar. If you work in the CBD, consider this for your next lunch. Dig into some rice bowls and bento boxes from as low as $8. 


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Price: $$
Must-trys: Unagi Don ($9.50), Hitsumabushi unagi set ($13.50)

Address: 7 Wallich Street, #B1 – 03, Guoco Tower, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3 pm & 5pm-10pm (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Contact: 6015 0591


5. 8Bar Espresso – Oriental TCM-themed roastery



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Head to 8Bar Espresso in Paya Lebar and you’ll immediately recognise the large red TCM medicine cabinet stretching across the wall behind the counter. Except that here, you’ll be getting coffee instead of herbs.

Take a seat at the translucent chairs and tables that resemble the colour of tea – or herbal medicine. You can get your over-the-counter coffee fix starting from $4, served in a unique conical cup. Or, try unique lattes that include flavours such as herbal blueberry and pistachio pineapple (from $8)


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Apart from drinks, you can also grab a bite here. Their array of dishes include customisable breakfast bagels. Pick between a plain bagel, blueberry bagel or milk toast. Then choose from different prescribed fillings such black mango.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Lu You fries with braised pork ($13), Black Mango bagel ($11), Matcha Mango Latte ($9)

Address: 10 Eunos Road 8, #01-131, Singpost Centre, Singapore 408600
Opening hours: 8:30am5:30pm, Daily
Contact: 8892 2094


6. ASK Coffee Roastery – Cafe chain from Malaysia



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Bringing you coffee from across the causeway is ASK Coffee Roastery. Before you ask, ASK actually stands for “Aku Suka Kopi” which means “I like coffee” in Malay. The cafe has a contemporary minimalistic look with white marbled tabletops and counters.

If you need to be brought back to life, get a cup of black coffee ($4) or latte ($6). There’s also flavoured coffee ($7-$9) such as salted caramel and hazelnut for a hint of sweet and nutty flavours. 

Opposite the main counter is their pastry section. For $3.50, you can get a butter croissant or chocolate danish. And if you join their loyalty program, you can get a free drink once you’ve accumulated a spending of $60.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Cappuccino ($6), Butter Chicken Pie ($6.50)

Address: 32 Seah Street, Singapore 188388
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm | Sat 10am–4:30pm | Sun 1pm–4:30pm
Contact: 9768 5448


7. Popeyes – First 24/7 outlet in Singapore, at The Rail Mall



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Fast food cravings can hit anytime, even in the wee hours of the morning. One fast-food restaurant chain we rely on is McDonalds. Now Popeyes has joined in with a 24-hour Popeyes outlet at The Rail Mall.


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Get your late-night fried chicken or go on a 2am supper hangout with friends. The Rail Mall also has 24-hour delivery so you can get your late-night fried chicken without having to leave the house. 

Along with its opening, get a free chilli crab chicken with a minimum spend of $15  exclusively at The Rail Mall outlet. This promo runs from now until 5th February 2023.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chilli crab chicken set meal ($11.80), 6 piece mushroom ($6.90), garlic rice ($3.60)

Address: 462 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678076
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily

Full list of Popeyes outlets.


8. Cinnabon – Popular cinnamon rolls from the U.S.



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Cinnabon will finally be rolling into Singapore this month. Appease your sweet tooth with cinnamon rolls from the U.S. Its first ever outlet is set to open at Raffles City and construction is already under way. 


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While the menu items have not been revealed yet, you can definitely expect some banger classic cinnamon rolls. So keep an eye out for any juicy updates on the Cinnabon Facebook page. There’s no need to fly to the U.S. to get your fix of Cinnabons. 

Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-60 Raffles City, Singapore 179103


9. Fujiwara Tofu Concept Shop – Initial D anime-themed cafe



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Initial D fans, get into gear because Fujiwara Tofu Concept Shop will be opening here in Singapore in late February. This cafe based on the manga and anime series, Initial D, is already a hotspot with fans getting photos of their cars with the cafe’s exterior.

Once it opens, it would make a great hangout spot to catch up with your car-kis. So if you’re driving down Sims Avenue and get deja vu seeing an oh-so familiar building, your eyes don’t deceive you – it’s an actual working replica of the Fujiwara Tofu shop.


Menu offerings at the Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Malaysia.
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The menu and prices have not been released at time of writing but you can stay tuned to their IG page to stay updated on any new developments. 

Meanwhile at the Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Malaysia, the menu offerings include teriyaki chicken don (RM20.90 ~$6.50) and Tofufa (RM5 ~$1.55) – with the option to add grass jelly for an additional RM1 (~$0.30).

Address: 169 Sims Avenue, #01-02, Singapore 387488
Contact: 9636 7799


– January –


1. Cafe Usagi Tokyo – Handmade Japanese mochi ice cream



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Coinciding with this year’s zodiac animal, Cafe Usagi Tokyo’s logo is that of a rabbit. If you’re not putting together a Japan itinerary just yet, you can still get excited over these Japanese desserts and drinks till your next trip. 


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@cafe_usagi_tokyo via Instagram

You can also choose to have your ice cream served with waffles and either Kuromitsu – a Japanese sugar syrup – or classic maple syrup. To accompany your food, sip on some hot Japanese tea (from $7.50).

Price: $$
Must-trys: Signature mochi ice cream ($6), hojicha latte ($6.80)

Address: 8 Temasek Boulevard, #02-615A Suntec City, Tower 3, Singapore 038988
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily


2. bag me up bagel house – Unagi & wagyu bagels for $16.50



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Bagels have seen an uptick in popularity in recent years, with McDonalds even releasing its own breakfast bagel. bag me up bagel house serves gourmet bagels from $10.50.


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Their main slayers are the meat bagels. One of which is the Sale-man bagel ($16.50) comprising tender smoked salmon. You can also get a variety of milk tea and coffee beverages to wash it all down with.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Bag Me Up Signature bagel with unagi ($16.50), We Will Wagyu bagel with wagyu beef ($16.50)

Address: 2 Everton Park, #01-59B, Singapore 081002
Opening hours: Thu-Fri 9.30am-3pm | Sat-Mon & Wed 9.30am-5pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 9670 1750


3. Sugaroses Cafe – DIY your own flower bouquets over lunch



Image adapted from:
Jade Tay via Google Maps

A short 2-minute walk from Jalan Besar MRT is Sugaroses Cafe, an Instagram-worthy spot with a soft floral aesthetic. Making it super obvious that it’s a flower-themed cafe, there are pink and purple flowers that look like they’re blooming from the ceiling. 


Even their dishes are laced with petals, adhering to the floral theme.
Image credit: Sugaroses Cafe via Google Maps

If you want to surprise your loved one with a bouquet made by yours truly, you can get the DIY package ($69.90). You get to pick 6 flowers, 9 types of foliage or fillers, and 5 pieces of wrapping paper from their array of offerings to craft your flower arrangement. 

They have specialty drinks you cap sip on while you work on your handmade gift, as well as dishes like rendang chicken rice ($10.90) if you’re starving.

Price: $$
Must-trys: All day breakfast ($19.90), iced lychee oolong ($6.50)

Address: 23 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 207380
Opening hours: 11am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 8946 7965


4. Seng House – Pet-friendly with unique local dishes



Image credit:
@senghousesg via Instagram

If you’re looking for a fresh spot to hangout with your favourite beings – both human and dog – hit up Seng House. Coo at each other’s pets during weekend brunch at the outdoor pet-friendly area. You should easily find this restaurant with its forest green theme and contemporary design.


Hainanese Pork Chop.
Image adapted from: Seng House

The menu is unique too, with a modern take on local food from the 70s. Try atas-ified Singaporean dishes like durian creme brulee ($12) and Hainanese pork chop ($22.50).

Price: $$
Must-trys: Claypot chicken rice ($18.80), Donut Kiap – yam ice cream between deep-fried donuts ($10.80)

Address: 214 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437007
Opening hours: 8am-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 9182 6388


5. Yolé Cafe – 1st cafe from popular froyo brand with healthy dishes



Image credit:
Kenny Loong via Google Maps

Yolé, the blue froyo shop that you’ve probably gone to enough times that getting there is muscle memory atp. You’ll be pleased to know that they’ve opened their first ever Yolé Cafe in Chinatown. 


Image credit:
@yolecafe via Instagram

Besides the usual froyo, you can also grab a healthy yet delicious meal with friends with dishes like pistachio brioche ($18.90) and quinoa chicken bowl salad (18.90). There are also a myriad of specialty drinks you can try, from milkshakes to soda mocktails.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Pistachio brioche ($18.90), Mango Blue Island – mango puree topped with blue and white whipped foam ($8.90)

Address: Pagoda Street, #30, Singapore 059189
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily


6. Wonders – Mahjong-themed ice cream cafe in Ang Mo Kio



A single scoop goes for $4.20 with some premium flavours needing $1-$2 more. Top-up $6 for Belgian waffles.
Image credit: Wonders via Google Maps

Not only is this the time of year when you’ll be playing endless rounds of the mahjong with friends and relatives, you can also carry over your love for mahjong to your desserts at Wonders. It’s located at Ang Mo Kio, so Northies are in for a treat. 


The latte art is unique to the cafe, with traditional Chinese characters such as 發 (fa) which you’d recognise from mahjong tiles.
Image credit: Wonders via Google Maps

This cafe’s ice cream flavours are tastefully labelled according to Mahjong lingo. Cookies and cream is named 半色 (ban se), meaning half colour, which coincides with the black and white appearance of the flavour. Meanwhile, strawberry cheesecake is named 红中 (hong zhong) which refers to the iconic red Mahjong tile.

Price: $
Must-trys: Pandan mochi waffle ($6)

Address: 128 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-1867, Singapore 560128
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm, Daily


7. crescent waffle & sandwich shop – Unique waffles at Fortune Centre


Fortune Centre has multiple hidden gem eateries, and one of the most recent to join the list is crescent waffle & sandwich shop. If you’re a fan of pandan waffles from neighbourhood bakeries, you can try crescent’s take on it from as low as $2.


Image credit:
crescent waffle & sandwich shop via Google Maps

Pair your waffles with artisanal coffee from Cowpresso Coffee Roasters from $4.50 or Einspänner brews – Viennese coffee with whipped cream.

Price: $
Must-trys: Black sesame waffle ($2.80), Iced Crescent Coffee ($6.50), Matcha Einspänner ($7)

Address: 190 Middle Road, #01-17 Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Opening hours: 11am-9pm, Daily


8. Equate Coffee – New outlet at Orchard with upside-down trees



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@selfcarelivingdays via Instagram

Located in town, Equate Coffee’s new outlet turns the nature theme on its head, literally. Find upside-down trees with their roots sticking out as the cafe’s centrepiece. It would make a baffling IG post igniting your friends’ curiosity.


Spam Truffle Egg Mayo Sandos ($13.80).
Image credit: @selfcarelivingdays via Instagram

As you take in the earthy interior, try some of their unique sandos and croissants. If you’re craving something sweet, they’ve also got an almond croissant ($7.80) with nuts arranged to look like a flower. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Spam Truffle Egg Mayo Sandos ($13.80), Mocha ($5.50)

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #01-17A Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 9.30am-8.30pm, Daily


Bonus: Tag Espresso – Unique coffee flavours like pandan & mint



Image credit:
XY Wen via Google Maps

Tag Espresso is a company that sells coffee capsules online. Almost like a coffee subscription service, they offer packs of capsules which you can simply mix with milk or water without the need for a coffee machine.


Image adapted from:
@tagespresso via Instagram

They have opened their first physical store at Raffles City so you can drop by for a cup of joe, sampling unique flavour notes from pineapple to rose coconut.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mint Latte ($7), Kaya Pandan Latte ($9)

Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-49 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8am-10pm | Tues 8am-8pm


Visit these new cafes & restaurants


Beginning the month off with some good food doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. From lunch set meals to desserts, you’ve got a plethora of food to try out. With these places in mind, all that’s left now is for you to head down and start munchin’.

For more activities to do in June:


This article was co-written by Iffah Nabilah Norhisham & Kezia Tan.
Cover image adapted from: @rachxr via Instagram, @saserrah_eats via Instagram, Eatbook

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