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16 New Cafes & Restaurants In Dec 2022 – Ice Cream Hot Pot, Lakeside Starbucks & All-You-Can-Eat Wagyu

New cafes & restaurants in December 2022

It’s finally December, which means school’s out and the holidays are in full swing. While everyone is jetting away to another country, there are loads of new and exciting things happening right here at home. 

Here are 16 new cafes and restaurants in December 2022 to visit so you can treat yourself and your loved ones after working hard all year. 

1. Hello Kitty & Little Twin Stars Cafe – Cutesy bistro in Swissotel

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When it comes to themed cafes with adorable characters, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that tops the Hello Kitty and Little Twin Stars Cafe at Swissotel The Stamford. From now till 29th January 2023, you can expect to enjoy a range of specially-designed food items from a menu with a delightful ambience full of cute character motifs at this pop-up cafe. 

Sun, Moon & Stars Gelato (left) and On Cloud Nine mushroom soup (right).
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Price: $$
Must-trys: On Cloud Nine ($16), Sun, Moon & Stars Gelato ($16)

Address: 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Opening hours: 10am-11pm, Daily
Contact: 6338 8585 | Swissotel The Stamford website

2. Surrey Hills Grocer – Australian-style botanical cafe

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The new outlet of Surrey Hills Grocer at ION adopts the look of a greenhouse, with tons of green plants, warm lighting, and earth tones to give the place mad cottagecore vibes. 

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This makes it a great place to drop by for brunch, seeing as its healthy menu offers farm-to-table dishes. Aside from the dine-in cafe, the place also has a grocery store and artisanal bakery selling products imported from Australia if you’re looking to recreate some of the dishes at home. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Melbourne Breakfast Avo ($19), Cod Fish Burger ($25)

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #05-02, Singapore 237973
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8801 6427 | Surrey Hills Grocer website

3. Oche Singapore – Gastro gaming with digital dart boards

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While there’s no shortage of dart bars in the local drinking scene, Oche Singapore may be one of the most unique with its digital dart boards. The bar features a series of long tables with a built-in tablet that allows players to select from 6 different dart games. 

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It costs $15/player from 12pm-5pm and $20/player after 5pm. You and your friends can play a classic 501 point game or engage in a shootout where the last man standing wins. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chicken Lollipops ($16), Clover Club Cocktail ($18)

Address: 30 Merchant Road, 01-05/06 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
Opening hours: 12pm-1am, Daily
Contact: 6904 1768 | Oche Singapore website

4. Mr Bucket Chocolaterie Factory – Chocolate-based goodies

If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then you might have imagined what it’s like to visit Willy Wonka’s factory. Now you can fulfil your dreams by visiting the next best thing, Mr Bucket Chocolaterie’s new factory at Dempsey. 

While there isn’t an army of squirrels tasting nuts, they do have 5 different zones in the factory, each showing the different parts of making chocolate. There’s also a dine-in cafe and alfresco seating areas where you can kick back and enjoy some of the pastries.  

Price: $$
Must-trys: Single Origin Hot Chocolate ($8), Chewy Chocolate Cookie ($4), Chocolate Tasting Set ($18)

Address: 13 Dempsey Road, #01-03/04, Singapore 249674
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12pm-10pm | Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Contact: Mr Bucket Chocolaterie website

5. Cafe Kitsune – French pastries & desserts in a chic cafe

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Known for its stylish pastries and IG-worthy interiors, the world-famous Cafe Kitsune has found a home at Capitol Singapore. Fans of the brand will immediately recognise its signature minimalist layout, iconic logo, and French-style menu.

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Dive  into sweet pastries or enjoy a hearty brunch in this aesthetic space.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Yuzu Pistachio Strawberry Entremet ($13), Chicken Katsu Sando ($15), Smoked Salmon and Spinach Quiche ($16)

Address: 13 Stamford Road, #01-11, Singapore 178905
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8423 8000 | Cafe Kitsune Singapore website

6. Oh My Cow – Nutella dispenser & ice cream hotpot

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It’s not a stretch to say that desserts are a must to maintain a general sense of good vibes and personal satisfaction. If you’re a dessert lover, you might wanna check out Oh My Cow.

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Besides the usual choices of ice cream like Cookies & Cream or Mint Chocolate, they also serve unique flavours like Ribena. Each single scoop is priced at $4.90 while double scoops are $8.90, with the option to top up $1 for premium flavours.

Once you’ve gotten your ice cream, head over to the glorious Nutella tap, where you can dispense as much chocolatey goodness as you’d like. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Kochi Yuzu (from $5.90), Oolong Osmanthus (from $5.90), Ice Cream Hotpot ($22) 

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-280 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: 11am-9pm, Daily
Contact: Oh My Cow Instagram

7. Woodlands Sourdough – Halal bakery with cheese toasties

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Located 5 minutes by foot from Telok Ayer MRT is the 2nd branch of Woodlands Sourdough, a Halal bakery loved for its freshly baked bread and pastries. This tiny takeaway counter is beautifully decorated with rustic ornaments and decked out in wall plants to give the place a retro cafe vibe. 

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Chausson Aux Pommes ($5), Comte Cheesy Twist ($4.50), Grilled Cheese Toastie ($12)

Address: 31 Club Street, #01-02, Singapore 069468
Opening hours: Thu-Sun 8.30am-2pm (Closed from Mondays to Wednesdays)
Contact: Woodlands Sourdough Instagram

8. Supperman Speakeasy – By Awfully Chocolate & Sinpopo

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Another place that has adopted a retro theme is the new Supperman Speakeasy Grill and Bar that is located in Joo Chiat. This restaurant – which has both an alfresco and indoor dining areas – specialises in flame grilled meats and unique cocktails. 

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Black Angus Ribeye Steak ($38), Don Vanilla ($23), Kopi Peng ($21)

Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4pm-11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6345 5034 | Superman Speakeasy Grill & Bar website

9. Sol & Ora – Mediterranean rooftop restaurant in Sentosa

There’s only one word to describe the new Sol & Ora restaurant in Sentosa, and that is atas. From its tropical setting to wide and airy ambience, this is the sort of place you’d expect to see influencers dining at while taking aesthetic pictures.

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The place is known for its Latin-Mediterranean cuisine, so it comes as no surprise that the menu is filled with seafood items. Since it’s a rooftop restaurant, patrons can dine while enjoying a bird’s eye view of Sentosa, or even take a dip in their infinity pool for added relaxation. 

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Seafood Fregola ($28), Sardinian Porcetto ($78)

Address: 10 Artillery Avenue, #07-01, 099951
Opening hours: 7am-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 8879 8765 | Sol & Ora website

10. Starbucks Jurong Lake Gardens – Overlooks Jurong Wetlands

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Starbucks outlets are a dime a dozen, and you can find them at any shopping mall – but there’s a new branch at Jurong Lake Gardens that’s definitely worth a visit. 

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This standalone Starbucks outlet is perched at the edge of Jurong Wetlands, so you can enjoy the view from their floor-to-ceiling glass windows while sipping on your coffee. Inside, the cafe features a wooden ceiling and beautifully-painted walls. The outdoor seating area, on the other hand, is pet friendly – so your pooch can join you for an afternoon puppuccino. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: White Chocolate Mocha ($7.90), Chocolate Chunk Monster Cookie ($3.90)

Address: 106 Yuan Ching Road, Jurong Lake Gardens, #01-01 Lakeside House, 619616
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 8am-9pm | Fri-Sat 8am-10pm
Contact: 6910 1219 | Starbucks Singapore website

11. Jurassic Nest Food Hall – 16 realistic dinosaur statues

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Dinosaur fans can now dine in a Jurassic Park-esque restaurant at Gardens By The Bay. The new Jurassic Nest Food Hall not only has 18 different dinosaur statues that are incredibly lifelike, but also has a ton of food options from stalls that hold the Bib Gourmand Michelin Award.  

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Some stalls you can’t miss include Hawker Chan and Tsuta.

Price: $
Must-trys: Soya Sauce Chicken Rice ($8.80), Original Truffle Shoyu Soba ($16.80) 

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: 8.30am-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: Gardens By The Bay website

12. Live Seafood Market – All-you-can-eat teppanyaki & wagyu

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Most Singaporeans are on a see-food diet, but if you also happen to love seafood, then drop by The Three Peacock’s Live Seafood Market at Marina One. The Japanese-themed restaurant has an all-you-can-eat buffet with a wide selection of seafood on ice – ranging from crabs to oysters, sashimi – and even a teppanyaki grill serving wagyu beef. 

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Adult bookings are priced from $50.90 (Mon-Thu) and $55.90 (Fri-Sun) while kid bookings start from $33 (Mon-Thu) and $38 (Fri-Sun). So bring the whole fam and eat as much as you can to get your money’s worth. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Wagyu Beef, Fresh Oysters, Sashimi

Address: 5 Straits View, #02-4/5/6, Marina One West Tower, Singapore 018935
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5pm-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8180 2370 | Live Seafood Market Facebook

13. Las Palmas – Romantic poolside rooftop bar

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Las Palmas is a new poolside rooftop bar that is perfect for date night, with its stunning cityscape views and tropical beach club vibes. Vibrant colours are splashed across the surfaces of the outdoor seating area and the interior of the bar as well. 

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And when it comes to food, the menu has a hearty selection of Mexican dishes that go well with their extensive selection of cocktails. This makes it a great place for you and your date to have a nice, scrumptious meal while watching the sun go down. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Hit The Rodeo ($18/3 pieces), High Tide Mai Tai ($25)

Address: 99 Irrawaddy Road, Level 33 Courtyard Marriott Singapore, Singapore 329568
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-1am | Sat-Sun 11am-11pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6250 0303 | Las Palmas Singapore website

14. Market Blue – Authentic cuisine within a Korean “town”

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Lots of Singaporeans love heading to Seoul for a holiday – but if flying there is out of the cards for you, then Market Blue is the next best place to get your Korean cuisine fix.

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The in-house eatery, Gogipan, is known for its sets that are made fresh. They’re only available between 11am to 2pm, so drop by early if you’re looking to rejuvenate your Seoul with some tasty Korean food. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Baekban Set ($24.90)

Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #B1-122, Singapore 247933
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily
Contact: Market Blue Instagram

Bonus: 7-Eleven Cafe – Quick bites & charging points in Jewel

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Watch any K-Drama and you might see your favourite characters enjoying a bowl of instant noodles at a convenience store. Now that a 7-Eleven Cafe has just opened at Jewel, you can jio your crush down for a romantic meal. 

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The cafe has 2 bar tables that have charging points – so you can top off your devices as you fill your tummies with affordably-priced bites like fried chicken or burgers. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Cookies & Cream Cake ($5.50), Caramel Coffee Frappé ($5.50)

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #B2-221, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 7am-11pm, Daily
Contact: 7-Eleven Singapore’s Instagram

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

– November –

1. Lazy Day Cafe & Bar – Order a surprise ice-shaken tea

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An 8-minute walk away from Serangoon MRT is Lazy Day Cafe & Bar. They offer a variety of meal options such as rice bowls, all-day breakfast, and pastries. You can also try their cleverly-named iced teas such as Mr and Mrs Yellow ($6.90), which consists of mango and passionfruit.

If you can’t decide on what to order, simply get the “Surprise Me!” drink ($7.90) – where the barista will prepare a mystery ice-shaken tea for you. 

Pulled pork toast from Lazy Day Cafe & Restaurant.
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They also offer a wide range of food such as Pulled Pork Toast ($16.90), Tempura Prawn Don ($12.90), and Croffles from $11.90. Sweet tooths can add a dollop of ice-cream for just $1.

Address: 1G Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545513
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 08.30am-8pm | Sun 8.30am-5.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 82231321 | Lazy Day Cafe & Bar website

2. There Was No Coffee – Space-themed cafe from Shenzhen, China

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For an experience that is out of this world, pop by There Was No Coffee, a coffee joint originating from Shenzhen, China. This Instagrammable space-themed cafe has taken over Japanese accessory shop, Osewaya, at Orchard Gateway. And rest assured, there is coffee.

Watermelon Latte, one of the fruity lattes offered by the cafe.
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Besides its theme, this cafe also serves some otherworldly latte flavours to delight your taste buds. Their iced lattes come with actual fruit pulp which adds a refreshing factor to your coffee. There are also fruity lattes such as the Banana Latte ($5.80) and Watermelon Latte ($5.50).

Address: 277 Orchard Road, #01-08, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 9.30am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9661 7097

3. Dirty Blonde – Caribbean lounge & bar in Singapore

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One of the latest additions to Suntec City’s sky garden is Caribbean lounge & bar, Dirty Blonde.

Drink the night away with your loved ones while enjoying some live band performances. With over 50 whisky and tequila labels and almost 80 labels of rum, you will be spoilt for choice. 

They have signature cocktails for as low as $19 such as Moscow Mule ($19) a mixture of vodka, ginger syrup, angostura bitters, and ginger ale. You can also try their Butterfly Spritz ($23) made with gin, peach soju, and butterfly pea syrup.

Treasure Hunt – one of Dirty Blonde’s cocktails containing tequila, aloe vera, pandan and lime.
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Catch their happy hour deals from 5pm-7pm. You can get a pint of Heineken Holland at $10 (U.P $15) as well as red and white wine for as low as $10/glass.

Do note that this bar has a smart casual dress code, so leave your shorts and slippers at home and come dressed up for a good time.

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Sky Garden #308 309, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: Sun-Tue & Thu 5pm-2am | Wed & Fri 5pm-3am | Sat 5pm-4am
Contact: 8815 4635 (WhatsApp) | Dirty Blonde website

4. My Little Buddy Cafe by Kumoya – BTS-themed pop-up cafe

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BTS army, fall in! My Little Buddy Cafe by Kumoya now features a new theme in collaboration  with BT21 and Line Friends. This cafe goes all out with vibrant displays of the characters from the walls to the tables.

Feast on themed dishes such as SALLY and CHOCO Korean Chicken Stew ($24.90) with turmeric rice stamped with a duck face resembling Line Friends character, Sally. You can also try the Chimmy and Mang Seafood Curry Rice ($28.90).

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While you dine in, you’ll be accompanied by a plushie of one of the BT21 characters. So cuddle up with Chimmy or Koya as you feast on the dishes.

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #04-08, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: Kumoya Singapore’s Facebook 

5. Parallel Kitchen & Bar – 2-storey cafe in Sentosa Cove

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If you’re heading to Sentosa this weekend, consider grabbing a meal at Parallel Kitchen & Bar. This restaurant and bar is 2-storeys high and boasts a view of yachts docked at the quay nearby.

They offer all-day breakfast and brunch such as Eggs Benedict ($24), which comes with bacon and pulled pork. After 11am, a spread of mains and pastas such as Truffle Mushroom Risotto ($26) and Seafood Arabbiata Linguine ($28) are also available on the menu.

Big Breakfast which includes brioche, bacon, scrambled eggs and sauteed mushrooms.
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On weekdays, there is a set lunch offer consisting of 2-course ($29) or 3-course ($34) meals. The dessert included in this set is Banele, which is a mix of banana bread, brownie, and canele.

Address: Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way #01-15 ,Singapore 098375
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-5pm | Fri-Sun 8am-8pm
Contact: 8776 0375 | Parallel Kitchen & Bar website

6. Good Chai People – First chai concept cafe in Singapore

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If you’re a chai person or more health-conscious about the things you eat, check out Good Chai People. This is the first chai concept cafe in Singapore with a variety of flavours such as Hoji-chai Latte ($7), Choco Chai ($7), and Chai Smoothie ($7).

Turmeric Chai Latte from Good Chai People.
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Share a Breakfast Board ($58) with 2 to 3 friends and dig into an array of morning bites such as Smoked Salmon Stuffed Croissant ($10.50), Sourdough Toasts ($12), and Bacon Wrap Roll  ($22). Vegans aren’t left out, because there are many plant-based options sold here such as Mushroom Truffle Cream Linguine ($18) and Chai Pumpkin Salad ($14).

This cafe is pet-friendly, so it will be an ideal place for friends to bring their pets together for a playdate.

Address: 225 East Coast Road, Singapore 428922
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 9783 5757 | Good Chai People website

7. Cafe Gui – Minimalist cafe with Dalgona Honeycomb coffee

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For those who have an eye for aesthetics, Cafe Gui is a minimalistic cafe offering dishes presented like the ones you would see at atas restaurants, yet more affordable. The simple white interiors and quiet location allows for a calming meal and some Instagrammable pictures.

Their specialty coffee, Dalgona Honeycomb Coffee ($9.90) is a must-try. But if you’re more of a tea person, you can get their Iced Elderflower Tea ($5.50) or Iced Hibiscus Tea ($5.50).

Japanese chicken skewers, with Furikake onigiri rice and seasonal side
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Dig into Japanese and Korean cuisine such as Dosirak Rice Bowls ($15.90) and Ika Geso ($9.90) – which are deep-fried squid tentacles. The cafe also features some fusion dishes such as the Japanese Canadian Premium Okonomi Hotdog ($13.90).

Address: 103 Irrawaddy Road, Royal Square Novena #02-10 Singapore 329566
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am-6pm | SatSun 9am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: Cafe Gui Instagram

8. Meokja by Jungga – Muslim-owned Korean food on Selegie Road

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It can be a rather difficult task to find authentic Halal Korean food here in Singapore. To satisfy your kimbap cravings, head to Meokja by Jungga – a new joint founded by a Korean Muslim. 

Jjamppong, a Korean spicy seafood noodle soup.
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Among other authentic dishes you can try are spicy-mixed noodles called Bibim Guksu ($6.90) and Yangnyeom Chicken ($7.50), sweet and spicy fried chicken. There are also popular drinks from South Korea such as Milkis ($2.50) and Cool Pis Peach ($3).

This restaurant is located at the newly-rebranded GR.ID near Dhoby Ghaut – so you can also check out the new features of the mall while you’re there.

Address: 1 Selegie Road, GR.iD #02-03 Singapore 188306
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 10.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: 90677077  | Meokja by Jungga website

9. The Nursery Cafe & Bar – Pet-friendly cafe & bar

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If you’re looking for a peaceful Sunday brunch spot, head on over to The Nursery Cafe & Bar. This place features an outdoor area where you can dine-in with your pets so bring your furry friends along.

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You can enjoy a good brunch even in the evening with their all-day brunch menu consisting of dishes like Hong Kong-style French Toast ($7.90). They also offer signature waffles such as Fried Chicken & Waffle ($15.90) and Very Berry Waffle with Gelato ($13.90).

For some retail therapy after brunch, pop by Gentle Pet Store, which resides in the same building. 

Address: 7 Gambas Crescent, ARK @Gambas #01-16 Singapore 757087
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 12pm-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 88100414 | The Nursery Cafe website

10. COL – Vintage restaurant & bar for candlelight dinners

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For those looking for a new after-work dinner spot, there is a restaurant that recently opened in the Keong Saik neighbourhood. COL is a vintage-inspired restaurant with meat cooked over wood fire grills that will be a treat for foodies.

The warm, low lighting makes the perfect setting for a romantic candlelight dinner with your partner. Elevate your date night with a Charcuterie Board ($38) and Artisan Cheeses ($38) for an atas vibe. 

Aged beef burger x yellow mustard, pickled cucumbers, bacon, raclette.
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There are also many other mouth-watering options such as Roasted Snapper ($38) and Premium Beef Cuts cooked over Japanese coal from $98 for 300g.

P.S. The founder, Chef Colin Buchan, was once a private chef for David Beckham; so you can expect good food made with celebrity-approved cooking skills.

Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol Building #01-05, Singapore 089109
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 5pm-12am (Closed on Mondays & Sundays)
Contact: 9019 4848 (Whatsapp) | COL website

11. Hey Black Bro – 3-storey BBQ restaurant with karaoke

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With a 3-minute walk from Bugis MRT, you can get to Hey Black Bro, a 3-storey establishment housing a BBQ seafood restaurant and karaoke rooms. Bond with family and friends over sumptuous seafood platters and BBQ skewers. Then, sing your lungs out with a karaoke session.

If you’d like to enjoy a large seafood platter, alcoholic drinks, and karaoke VIP rooms, head up to the second and third floors of the restaurant. The bar there offers alcoholic drinks from soju to XO.

One of Hey Black Bro’s large seafood platters.
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To book the karaoke rooms, you will first have to meet a minimum spend depending on the room size. There are small ($388), medium ($588), and large ($888) size rooms – with the large rooms being able to hold more than 12 people.

Once you meet the minimum spend, you may use the selected rooms to your heart’s content between 12pm and 5pm in the afternoon or 6pm and 2am at night.

Address: 7 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188096
Opening hours: 11.30am-12.30am, Daily
Contact: 6015 0380 | Hey Black Bro website

– October –

1. Small Tables – Ipoh cafe overlooking Orchard Road

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Many of us find it therapeutic to people-watch from a cosy cafe. If you do, check out Small Tables, a new cafe at Orchard Road. It overlooks one of the most bustling streets in Singapore and serves up a solid menu of classic Ipoh delights.

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A dish to look out for is their signature menu item, Ipoh Curry Mee (from $20), which utilises select gourmet ingredients including fresh prawn stock and caramelised char siu. If you’re craving other yummy comfort food, there are also local faves like Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun (from $12) and even Small Tables Sliders ($16)

Address: 9 Scotts Road, #01-09/10/11/12 Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-10pm | Fri-Sat 11.30am-11pm | Sun 11am-10pm
Contact: 6452 9388 | Small Tables’ Instagram

2. Meow Barbeque – Famous BBQ joint from China

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Meow Barbeque combines 2 things we know and love – cats and BBQ. While this may initially strike you as a weird, albeit lovable, combo, this restaurant is famous in China, with over 30 outlets nationwide. 

Cat lovers will be pleased to know that the restaurant has cutesy kitty elements incorporated into it, from paw-shaped food to decor. When you visit, try their signature dishes, including Meow Signature Beef Cubes with Onion (from $10.80) and Meow Signature Spicy Beef ($23.80).

Address: Bugis+, #01-17, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11.00am-9.30pm | Fri – Sat & PH 11.00am- 1am
Contact: 9125 1308

3. Kakushin – Omakase with seasonal menu

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Omakase is an increasingly popular indulgence for Singaporeans. While on the pricier side, it’s worth the spend if you’re a sucker for top grade sashimi and wagyu. If you’re looking to try a new omakase restaurant, Kakushin is the new kid on the block serving up delectable dishes and seasonal menu items. 

This Autumn season, you’ll get to enjoy scrumptious seafood such as Snow Crab with Uni Chawanmushi, and Awabi, a.k.a. abalone, with liver sauce. Meanwhile, their signature dish is a Chargrilled A5 Kagoshima Wagyu with Truffle Balsamic Sauce, a major W for wagyu and truffle lovers. 

Price: 7-course lunch – from $228/pax | 8-course dinner – from $328/pax
Address: #02-03, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm  6pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9759 2338 | Kakushin website

4. September Coffee – French toast cafe in Chinatown

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September Coffee has been popping up everywhere on SG cafe-tok. It’s not surprising, though – the cafe has everything foodies love, with both their food and interior aesthetics nailed down to a T

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Some popular mains include their Beef Ragu ($20), Masago Udon ($23), and Fried Chicken French Toast ($18++), a sweet and savoury fried chicken and waffles-type combo. Drinks wise, the coffee shop offers unique creations like an Iced Black Sesame Latte ($8++), along with aesthetic multi-coloured refreshers ($7). 

To top it all off, the cafe has a spacious and cosy atmosphere with some tables accommodating up to 7 pax, making it ideal for gatherings. 

Address: 258 South Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 058807
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11am-9pm | Fri 11am-10pm | Sat 10am-11pm | Sun 10am-9pm
Contact: September Coffee website

5. Pomme at South Bridge Road – Minimalist patisserie & cafe

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Pomme is one of the newest Instagrammable paradises to visit. The elegant patisserie is the perfect place to visit for unique and intricate desserts. To name a few, try their hyper-realistic creations like an apple-shaped Pomme ($11.50) pastry or black sesame flavoured Pebble ($10.50) dessert.

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Those who don’t have a sweet tooth can also opt for warm dishes during lunch and dinner hours – these include a range of pastas, toasts, and bites.

Address: 47 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058680
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am-10pm | Fri-Sat 11am-10.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 8168 3778 | Pomme website

6. OnlyCreamery – Gelato cafe opened by Titus Low

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If you’ve been anywhere on social media, you’ve probably heard news about OnlyCreamery, an aptly named gelato parlour owned by OnlyFans creator Titus Low. While we can’t say the same about his OnlyFans content, this new dessert spot is definitely family and kid-friendly. Choose from a wide range of gelato flavours that’ll satisfy both the young and old. 

Gelato flavours include more mainstream ones like Strawberry Cheesecake and Tiramisu to rarer flavours like Ca Phe (Vietnamese coffee) and Hojicha Mochi. These are sold at $5/scoop and $9/double scoop with an additional $1 charge for premium flavours. 

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You can either have your ice cream in a cup or Rosemary Cone ($1.50), or opt for a waffle (from $8) if you’re craving something more filling. 

Address: 36 Temple Street, Singapore 058581
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: OnlyCreamery website

7. Mio Fine Foods – Japanese fine dining cafe

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Here’s yet another treat for Japanese food lovers. Mio Fine Foods is a new minimalist cafe serving top quality Japanese dishes, from fresh sushi to rice bowls and sandos. 

Some menu highlights include their Nigiri Sushi platter ($40) which comes with mouth-watering seafood offerings of Hokkaido scallops, torched tuna belly, and mentaiko salmon. Besides sushi, customers can also opt for dishes like Nori Tacos (from $14), Barachirashi bowls ($20) with freshly cubed sashimi, or even a top grade Wagyu Sando ($40)

Address: 82 Neil Road, Singapore 088843
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 12pm-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm | Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm | Sun 12pm-4pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6291 2330 | Mio Fine Foods website

8. B for Bagel – Popular bagels from Korea from $3.90

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B for Bagel has garnered rave reviews in Korea, and now, you’ll no longer need to cross borders to try it. The popular chain has finally come to Singapore, and best of all, it’s pretty affordable too. 

A plain bagel only costs $3.90, while popular bagel flavours like Cinnamon Orange ($5.20) and Peach Cloud ($7.50) remain reasonably priced too. B for Bagel also sells more filling bagels for those who want it as a whole meal. For instance, you can opt for a Smoked Salmon bagel ($16.90), or a classic Bacon Cheese Omelette bagel ($15.90).

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While you’re there, don’t forget to pose for some pics too – the entire outlet has a neat orangey contemporary aesthetic that’s definitely photo-worthy.

Address: 163 Tanglin Road, B1-125,126, Singapore 247933
Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm, Daily
Contact: 8781 0079 

9. Waa Cow! Yakiniku – Wallet-friendly grilled meat

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While we all love a good BBQ buffet, we can safely assume that they’re usually pretty costly. Enter Waa Cow! Yakiniku, a new yakiniku spot that proves to be a little different, with affordable prices averaging below $10

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You can get a Trio Meats Set for just $9.90, or get individual items like Pork Belly for $5.90++ and Karubi for $6.90++. Since you won’t need to spend too much, you can probably afford to indulge a little on more of their tasty dips, which include popular flavours like Truffle Sauce ($0.90++) and Wasabi Mayo ($0.90++).

Address: 1 Maju Avenue, #02-10/11, myVillage, Singapore 556679
Opening hours: 12pm-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9836 0693 | Waa Cow! Yakiniku website

10. Whiskdom – Pink cafe opened by IG-famous bakery

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Some of you may be familiar with Whiskdom, an Insta-famous home-based bakery that’s slowly been expanding its business. It already has a smaller shop in Orchard Central, and is now opening a bigger branch with seating options at North Bridge Road. 

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For the first time, the bakery will be selling bagel-wiches in classic flavours like a ham, egg and cheese H.E.C. bagel ($10), and egg mayo Eggsplode ($12.90) bagel. Whiskdom patrons can also indulge in their signature lava-filled brownies ($6.50) that will be available in-store too. 

 Address: 757 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198725
Opening hours: Mon 11am-6pm | Tue-Sat 11am-6pm | Sun 11am-8pm
Contact: 8907 8981 | Whiskdom website

11. Tsukimi Hamburg – Unique hamburg rice bowls

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If you can’t decide if you like rice bowls or hamburgers more, you’ll finally get the perfect combo of both at Tsukimi Hamburg Don. Like its name suggests, this new restaurant sells hamburg dons, a pretty rare find in Singapore. 

Their signature dish is the Tsukimi Hamburg Don ($12.80), a simple rice bowl with a beef patty and yolk to top off, but other variations you can choose include a spicy Wasabi Hamburg Don ($11.80) and Sakura Ebi Hamburg Don ($11.80). Those who want to cut down on carbs can also skip out on the rice and opt for hamburg steaks instead. 

Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2, B1-52 Shopping Centre, Jurong Point, Singapore 648886
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6250 6728 | Tsukimi Hamburg website

12. Okashi Gaku – Viral Japanese canned cakes

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Although Okashi Gaku isn’t a cafe or restaurant, we simply couldn’t exclude this viral vending machine from our list – after all, it’s been trending everywhere, and we’ve got to admit that it’s a super cute concept. 

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This cake machine, which originally comes from Hokkaido, dispenses adorable canned cakes shaped like soft drinks. Some popular flavours to try include Matcha ($8.80) and Strawberry Shortcake ($11.80). The creamy cakes are layered with generous toppings, ranging from chocolate chips to whole fruit chunks. 

Address: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, North Wing, #03-306/307, 310-316, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily

13. DOPA at Tanjong Pagar Plaza – 2nd outlet with terracotta aesthetic

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Dopa Dopa Creamery is a long-standing ice-cream fave amongst Singaporeans, and patrons will be glad to hear about its 2nd outlet, DOPA

One of the biggest changes here is the cafe’s brand new aesthetic. DOPA dons grey walls and a unique terracotta tiled seating area that customers can perch themselves on while enjoying their soft serve. As always, you can purchase the famous creamery’s popular flavours here, including the Coconut Pandan with Gula Melaka ($5) and Home Roasted Pistachio ($6)

Address: 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-07, Singapore 081007
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm | Fri-Sat 12pm-10.30pm
Contact: 9076 1236 | DOPA website

– September –

1. Canopy at Changi City Point – Petfriendly & botanical-themed

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The newest branch of Canopy Garden Dining at Changi City Point features an alfresco dining area with plenty of natural light, wood furnishing, and plants to give it an airy and green feel.

Tapas menu has 4 items that are exclusive to the outlet, namely the Grilled Octopus Leg ($36), Prawns Al Ajilo ($25), Cauliflower Steak ($23), and Mentaiko Soft Shell Crab ($22).

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They also serve mainstay meals like Australian Grain-fed Beef Cubes ($15) and Mushroom Burger ($25) that you can indulge in. Pet mamas and papas would be happy to know that this place is petfriendly, so your furkid won’t be left behind when you’re lounging at the open terrace while enjoying your meal.

Address: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-70/71 Changi City Point, Singapore 486038
Opening hours: 9am-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6556 1533 | Canopy Garden Dining Instagram

2. Eclipse at 51 Tras – Aesthetic cafe with art & food art

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Eclipse at 51 Tras might pass for a small art gallery. But upon closer inspection, this sleek and minimalist location is a cafe that is perfect for taking some artsy photos of yourself and your food.

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The cafe’s offerings consist entirely of 3 different brands: pastries from Tigerlily Patisserie, SG Chee Cheong Fun, and cakes made by Francis Wong, the former owner of None Tree Desserts.

Popular items from the menu include Laksa Quiche ($8) and Mua Chee Mochi Blondie ($8). You can also try the MoonWalker ($9) cake. To wash everything down, have a cup of Black ($6), White ($6.50), or Mocha ($6.50) coffee.

Address: 51 Tras Street, Singapore 078990
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11am-7pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 8660 3551 | 51 Tras’ Instagram

3. 886 Bistro – Authentic Taiwanese cuisine

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Travelling to Taiwan may be out of the cards now. But if you’re a fan of Taiwanese food, then 886 Bistro is the place you need to visit to satisfy your cravings.

The bistro is known for its signature items like the Scallion Chicken Rice ($5), Imperial Pork Chop ($6.80), and Ah Bao Braised Pork Rice ($5.80).

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You’ll also be pleased to know that the Ah Bao Braised Pork Rice (Lu Rou Fan) is authentic as they come. You can expect mouthfuls of braised pork belly, Japanese rice, and seaweed flakes in place of the usual salted veggies.

Address: 407 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 209012
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-9pm | Sat & Sun 11.30am-9pm
Contact: 9866 7224 | 886 Bistro Instagram

4. Musette Cafe – Bicycle-friendly sando cafe

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To all famished cyclists on the road, Musette Cafe is a good place to visit for a cup of coffee and a quick bite. This sleek cafe is known as a meeting point for cyclists, which is why you’ll find plenty of space to park your bicycle both inside and outside.

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The cafe serves all day breakfast dishes like the Breakfast Sando ($19) that has smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, scrambled egg, and chipotle sauce. We recommend trying their signature dish, the Pandan Souffle ($22), which is a homemade pandan souffle pancake with sea salt gula melaka, homemade kaya, and coconut ice cream.

Alternatively, you could try out their main courses from 11am onwards, which include Beef Burger ($23), Seafood Arrabbiata ($26), and Mushroom Orzo Pasta ($22). And for those in a hurry to get back on the road, they also serve quick bites like Chipotle Cheese Fries ($14) and Tater Tots ($12) that are filling and yummy.

Address: 2 Leng Kee Road, #01-05 Thye Hong Centre, Singapore 159086
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8031 0131 | Musette Cafe Instagram

5. Tiram – Halal seafood bar & grill with homemade mocktails

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Tiram is a new halal seafood grill restaurant that specialises in oysters and offers in-house mocktails that are full of flavour.

Their oysters range from the classics like Fresh Raw Oysters (from $30) with 3 homemade sauces to more extravagant concoctions like the Oyster Rockefeller ($24 for 4 pieces) which has spinach cream, mozzarella, and nutmeg.

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Meals are served with artisanal flair and the must-trys are the chef’s recommended mains like Wagyu ($48), Octopus Leg ($28), and Sea Salt Caramel Brownie ($12) for dessert.

You can also pair your meals with mocktails like Dancing Earl ($7) or try their ButterBeer ($9) that is made with butterscotch, caramel, soda, and cheese cream.

Address: 10 Jalan Leban, Singapore 577551
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm | Sat 12pm-10pm | Sun 10am-8pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8436 6848 | Tiram Singapore’s Instagram

6. Cinnamoroll Cafe – Themed pop-up at Kumoya

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Kumoya is known for organising themed popup cafes with iconic characters like Spongebob and Hello Kitty. This time, they’re bringing Cinnamoroll to life with a Cinnamoroll Cafe where you can bring your kids to.

Decorated with Cinnamon Roll motifs and plushies, this cute and IG-worthy cafe offers adorable mains like the Fluffy Dreamland Japanese Seafood Curry Rice ($28.90), where the omelette acts as a duvet for a sleeping Cinnamoroll.

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You can also order drinks like the Flurry Puffy Iced Latte ($12.90) or Sweetheart Iced Chocolate ($12.90). For dessert, try their signature item, the On-Cloud-9 Cinnamoroll Caramel Waffle ($25.90).

The cafe doesn’t accept walk-ins, so make your reservations early if you want to chope a spot at this kawaii cafe. While the cafe isn’t a permanent addition, it’s worthwhile to keep tabs on Kumoya’s socials for future popup cafes.

Address: Orchard Central, #04-08, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: 8946 4181 | Kumoya Singapore Instagram

7. Well Collective – MUJI-like cafe at the new Northshore Plaza

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Chic, sophisticated, and contemporary would be the best way to describe the Well Collective Cafe. Their interior, however, is not the only thing that is pretty. Their selection of desserts like the Sakura Cheesecake ($9) and Matcha Basque CheeseCake ($9) look elegant and taste delicious as well.

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Some offerings are only available until 3pm, like Madame’s Truffled Egg Croissant ($19) and Grandma Lee Chicken Congee ($13), so make sure to arrive before then to try them out.

There are also healthy offerings like the vegan-friendly Muesli Granola Bowl ($14) and their Signature Avocado Toast ($19) that is both vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

The cafe also has a patio where pet owners can bring their furkids so they can socialise while you’re chomping down on some delicious grub.

Address: Northshore Plaza 2, 418 Northshore Drive, #02-11/12 Blk 418, 820418
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6979 6442 | Well Collective Instagram

8. 46 Mittsu – “Chonky” sandwich cafe now at Everton Park

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The popularity of chonky sandwiches is undeniable and 46 Mittsu is proof of that. Famous for their thicc sandwiches that are rich and flavourful, they recently moved from their old location in Kim Yam Road to the more central Everton Park.

If you’re a first-timer, you can expect to indulge in fan favourites like their B.E.C ($14) which has a generous serving of bacon, scrambled eggs, American cheddar cheese, and their signature secret sauce.

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Returning customers can also check out the new additions to their menu including the Firebird ($15) which features Korean ingredients such as gochujang fried chicken.

46 Mittsu is open until 5pm – but they do tend to sell out early, so go down early or give them a call if you wanna snag some chonky buns. They also have limited seating so be ready to have your sandos to go.

Address: 2 Everton Park, #01-61, Singapore 081002
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-5pm – or until sold out (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8044 8506 | 46 Mittsu Instagram

9. Nimbus Cafe – Industrial-style western cafe in Joo Chiat

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Formerly known as C Cafe, the now rebranded Nimbus Cafe is vibrant and homely. It’s a cosy setting for enjoying a cup of coffee or digging into a meal.

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys breakfast meals round the clock, you’ll be pleased to know that offerings like their Breakfast for Champions ($25) and Avocado on Toast ($19) are available from 8am3pm, so you can have them anytime you want.

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They also have a full traditional lunch menu, with items like Wagyu Beef Burger ($26) and Golden Waffle ($24). To round out your meal, you can try out their Nutella Cheesecake (S$9) and Chocolate Lava Cake (S$12), or their Tropical Acai Bowl (S$15) for a healthier option.

Address: 477 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427683
Opening hours: 8am-4pm, Daily
Contact: 8787 4824 | Nimbus Singapore Instagram

10. Apricus Cafe – Middle Eastern fusion food

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Apricus Cafe is a branch of the famous Populus Cafe we all know and love. The new cafe, however, is adopting a more fusion take. Fans will be glad to know that their signature items like The Populus Scramble ($20) and The Populus All Day Big Breakky ($26) are seated firmly in Apricus’s menu.

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But what you can expect that’s a departure from the original menu is the influence of Middle Eastern cuisine. Original and iconic Middle Eastern foods like the veganfriendly Hummus and Foccacia ($13) are available while others take on a fusion approach like the Tuscan Lamb Harissa Baked Egg ($22) are worth a try.

You also get to enjoy Apricus originals like the Apricus Aubergine & Eggs ($20) and Roasted Cauliflower Steak ($16)), all of which are vegetarian-friendly.

Address: 248 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799472
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 9am-6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 6904 1175 | The Apricus Cafe Instagram

11. Gyu San – First Wagyu sando shop in Singapore

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When it comes to interesting sandwich shop concepts, none can quite compare to Gyu San, which is the first in Singapore that focuses on using quality meat like Wagyu in its sandos.

The setting makes it look like any regular coffee outlet – but instead of pastries, the glass display is lined with loaves of bread while the “baristas” prep beef as the centrepiece of their sandwiches.

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This is just like a premium steakhouse except the cuts are served with umami bread. This means that for an item like Gyu Katsu Sandos, you can choose between the House Cut ($32) striploin ($48) or Chateaubriand ($62).

And with a range of 55 different types of Wagyu to choose from, you won’t run out of options when mixing and matching to create the perfect sando. Aside from beef, try their Tamagoyaki Katsu Sando ($18) which has an omelette for the patty and Ebi Katso Sando ($28) with farmfresh shrimp imported from Japan.

Address: 7 Wallich Street, Unit 01 – 03 Guoco Tower, Singapore
Opening hours: 11.30am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 8313 6633 | Gyu San Singapore Instagram

12. Gyo Gyo – Japanese grilled fish speciality store in Funan

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Known for their selection of specialty grilled fish, Gyo Gyo restaurant offers customers a choice of 6 different cooking styles for their fish. You can select the classics like Teriyaki or Saikyoyaki, which means “white miso”; or opt for the more unique Shioyaki (Japanese salt) or Nitsuke (Japanese soy sauce).

From each category, you can then select the set that has the type of fish you wish to eat – like the White Miso Grilled Halibut set ($23.33) or the Nihon Salt Grilled Saba Set ($18.08). Each set comes with steamed rice, miso soup, and vegetables of the day to round out the meal.

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If you don’t feel like having fish, they also serve Japanese-Western fusion dishes called Teppan Spaghetti. Hearty staples such as Grilled Chicken Chop Spaghetti ($18.08) and more traditional donburi bowls like the Beef Bowl ($19.30) are available so you won’t run out of options when looking.

Address: 107 North Bridge Road, #B1-34 Funan, Singapore 179105
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6502 1270 | Gyo Gyo Singapore’s Instagram

– August –

1. Naga House – Japanese-style cafe & bar selling trendy apparel

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If you’re looking for a chill hangout spot, check out Naga House. It sports a modern laid-back interior and a retail corner selling trendy apparel, a nod to its streetwear roots.

The shop has a Japanese-inspired menu, with sandos like the Flank Steak ($16) and Triple Tamago ($12), as well as Gohan Bowls (Japanese rice bowls) like the House-Fried Chicken with Tamago Kake Gohan ($14).

It also doubles as a bar for late-night hangs, whipping up cocktails like the Pretty Boy Whiskey ($14), and Tequila shots starting from $8.

Address: 14 Lorong Telok, Singapore 049027
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-12am (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9018 3381 | Naga House’s Instagram

2. Sushi-Go – New AMK Hub outlet with AI robots

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Westies may already be familiar with Sushi-Go, a train-concept sushi restaurant. Now, the chain has opened its 2nd outlet at AMK Hub, featuring a new futuristic concept with AI Go-Botsthat’ll deliver sushi with heart-eyes, smiles, and other cool emoji expressions. 

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Customers can choose from a wide selection of 150 dishes, including new ones like the Aburi Shoyu Butter Hotate Sushi ($2.80) and Salmon Dragon Roll ($8.90)

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 04-02 AMK Hub, Singapore 569933
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm | Sat-Sun 11am-10pm
Contact: 6235 8783 | Sushi-Go’s Instagram

3. Ground Floor Coffee – Home-based coffee stall in a Pasir Ris HDB

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If you’re active on social media, you’ve probably seen videos or articles about Ground Floor Coffee, a unique little coffee shop that operates out of a HDB window. 

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You read that right – the “walk-through” stall is fully home-based, which explains why it only takes pre-orders and has varying opening hours based on the owner’s personal work schedule. Items you can purchase include Latte ($4), Lavender Latte ($6), and Dark Mocha ($6), as well as freshly baked Cake Gula Hangus ($2.50)

Address: Blk 214 Pasir Ris Street 21, Singapore 510214
Opening hours: Varies, keep updated via Ground Floor Coffee’s Instagram

4. Pocha! Korean Street Dining – Pojangmacha-style street food

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K-drama fans are probably familiar with the mandatory pojangmacha scene, where the main characters indulge in yummy street food while drinking soju inside orange-coloured tents. Now, you can live out your main character moment in the comfort of air-conditioning at Pocha! Korean Street Dining

The street food stall sells popular Korean food, from smaller bites like Pork Belly Zig Zag skewers ($5.90) and tteokbokki, AKA Korean simmered rice cakes, ($10.90) to mains like Beef Bulgogi ($12.90).

Address: 1 North Point Drive, #B1-181, Singapore 768019
Opening hours: 11.30am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 8660 3391 | Pocha! Korean Street Dining website

5. Stack – Reopened after 2 years with sandwiches & waffles

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OG fans of Stack will be thrilled to hear that it’s reopened 2 years after closing in October 2020. The aesthetic Muslim-owned cafe is recognisable by the cute cartoon graphics printed on its windows. Inside, you’ll get to enjoy an array of sandos, waffles, soft serves, and coffee. 

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Specialising in sandwiches, their sandos include a classic egg and pork-free spam combo, aptly named Spam And Egg And Egg ($12), vegan K-Sando ($10) and waffles with soft serve starting at $12. If you’d just like the ice cream, you can get it a la carte for $6, with $1 topping options.

Drinks on the menu include Espresso ($3.50) or Cold Brew Black ($7) for coffee lovers. Otherwise, order up juices like Berry Bliss ($7) or other sweet options like Butterscotch ($7). 

Address: 155 Waterloo Street, #01-07, Singapore 187962
Opening hours: 10am-6.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6904 8117 | Stack’s Facebook

6. La Petite Boulangerie – French bakery in a furniture store

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There’s always a sort of excitement attached to uncovering a hidden cafe, and La Petite Boulangerie is the newest one on the block. The French pastry shop is nestled inside My Selection, a new furniture store stocking affordable European-style furniture. 

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You can find rare French treats here. It is notably the first shop in Singapore to offer the Merveilleux ($9), a small meringue cake dessert, in a wide variety of flavours. Other pastries include a bread called Escargot, with local flavours like Coconut Gula Melaka ($5.50).

Address: 2 Marne Road, #01-04, Singapore 208393
Opening hours: Tue 10am-6pm | Wed-Sat 9.30am-6pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 8428 3548 | My Selection and La Petite Boulangerie’s Instagram

7. Um Yong Baek – Famous Korean restaurant with Busan delicacies

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Those who frequently travel to South Korea may know of Um Yong Baek, a popular restaurant from Busan. It soft-launched in Singapore in May by reservation-only and it was super hard to secure a spot at. Now, it’s been opened to the public for walk-ins, so you can finally get a taste of its famous Busan delicacies. 

One of its specialty dishes is dwaeji-gukbap, a.k.a. Busan Pork and Rice Soup ($21). The dish, which first came about during the Korean war when refugees had to maximise their usage of ingredients like pork bones, has become a staple in Busan. 

At night, Um Yong Baek also turns into a KBBQ spot, serving meat like Tongmoksal Jumeokgogi ($28), which means pork collar, and Ohgyeopsal ($27), which is pork belly with skin.

Address: 27 Boon Tat Street, #01, Singapore 069623
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9870 5721 | Um Yong Baek website

8. Restaurant BORN – Fine dining at Jinrikisha Station

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Jinrikisha Station along Neil Road was a central depot for rickshaws in the past. The heritage building is now home to a new French-Chinese fine dining spot, Restaurant BORN

The restaurant is the latest endeavour by Chef Zor Tan, a former executive chef at 2-star Michelin restaurant Sichuan Moon. It’s one that foodies definitely don’t want to miss. 

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Fitting with its clean, modern interior, Restaurant BORN serves contemporary dishes that’s a mix of French and Chinese cuisine. Currently, they offer a 9-course seasonal menu, with the Chef’s Menu costing $368++, with wine pairing at $198++ and non-alcohol pairing at $138++

Address: 1 Neil Road, #01-01, Singapore 088804
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6-11pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 6223 3292 | Restaurant BORN website

9. Le Petit Chef – Immersive dining experience available till Sep

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This dining experience is probably one of the most adorable ones we have right now, and it’s here in Singapore for a short time till 15th September 2022

Le Petit Chef comes from France, and is a super cool immersive experience where diners get to watch a tiny chef “prepare” their food through a cute animation, before trying the actual dish. 

Diners can opt for a 5-course Master Class Menu ($218), premium ingredient Elite Class Menu ($318), and vegetarian Légumier Class Menu ($218). There’s also a Junior Class Menu ($108) curated for kids.

Address: Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, Level 3 Residence 2, Singapore 228211
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm | Sun 9am-5pm & 6pm-8pm
Contact: 8328 0605 | Le Petit Chef website

10. Ocean Restaurant – Reopened after 3 months with new menu

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Ocean Restaurant, a popular dining spot at Resorts World Sentosa, is famous for being a unique fancy restaurant where patrons essentially experience dining “inside” an aquarium. It’s finally reopening with an upgraded menu after being closed for refurbishment since February.

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Its new menu is sustainability-focused, and features responsibly-sourced seafood and home-grown ingredients. The restaurant opens during fixed slots daily, serving a 4-course lunch ($148++) in the day, and a 6-course dinner at night ($248++)

Address: Equarius Hotel, 22 Sentosa Gateway, B1M, #B1-455 & 456, Singapore 098136
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11.30am & 1.30pm, 6pm & 8.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 6577 6869 | Ocean Restaurant website

11. Lola’s at Holland Village – 2nd outlet with larger tables for groups

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Lola’s is a pretty dessert and breakfast spot at Simon Road that’s steadily gained traction online, and it has officially opened a 2nd outlet at Holland Village. The new branch sports a cosy interior with wooden and brick detailing, plus large seating options ideal for large groups. 

Patrons of the Simon Road outlet can continue to enjoy their regular dishes at this outlet, such as the Pulled Pork & Avocado Eggs Benedict ($16), Lola’s Breakfast ($23), and Lola’s Chocolate Cake ($6.50).

Address: 48 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277699
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am-9.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 88636515 | Lola’s website

12. Well Collective – Pet-friendly cafe in the new Northshore Plaza

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Those looking for a new spot to chill with their fur-friends can check out Well Collective, a pet-friendly cafe with a warmly-lit interior. It adopts a Japanese-inspired dining concept, where it’s a deli and brunch spot by day and an Izakaya by night. 

It serves an array of dishes, from mains to breakfast foods and bites. For instance, they sell sandwiches like a Japanese Curry Chicken Sando ($19), breakfast platters like a Well Daily Big Breakfast ($25) and mains like Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($21)

Address: Northshore Plaza 2, 418 Northshore Drive, #02-11/12 Blk 418, Singapore 820418
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6979 6442 | Well Collective website

13. 1932 Story Cafe – Antique cafe at Bukit Timah Railway Station​​

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The Bukit Timah Railway Station, one of the 2 railway stations we have in Singapore, recently reopened to the public in July after being restored. There, you’ll find the new 1932 Story Cafe, aptly named after the year the station was built. Staying on theme, the cafe’s interior is decked out in antique furniture, and even has a space set aside for a “heritage gallery”. 

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The cafe serves halal fusion food, with options like Hawaiian, Garlic, or Mushroom Pizza ($18.90), mains like Charred Seafood Curry Pasta ($14.90) and bites like Truffle Fries ($9). They also sell local delights like Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing & Otak ($10.90).

Address: 1005 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 596121
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 9427 7177

– July –

1. Cafe Hachi – Japanese Parfaits & vegan dishes from Fukuoka

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Ask a Japanese person what their favourite dessert is and chances are they’ll say a parfait. No, they don’t mean the layered yoghurt treat you might have in mind – Japanese parfaits come with layers of fresh fruit, fluffy cream, and loads of toppings.

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You’ll find just that at Cafe Hachi, along with much more like puddings, ice cream, and vegan options too. The chain comes straight from Fukuoka, and definitely looks like it; the interior resembles an old Japanese tearoom, or kissaten, with rustic wood furnishings and plush seats. Just like with toilets and trains, the Japanese just seem to do it better.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Matcha Tall Parfait ($18.80), Matcha Milk Pudding ($6.80)

Address: 35 North Canal Road, #01-01, Singapore 059291
Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 6226 1182 | Cafe Hachi website

2. Ju Signatures – Cute, handmade dim sum & Cantonese dishes

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Ju Signatures
is a classic Chinese restaurant with a twist. Here, more than your usual siew mai and har gao, you’ll find some really cute and unique dim sum.

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Specialising in Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant is known for their IG-worthy dim sum. Looking at the pictures, you can see why – each fold, crease and dot of colour is done by hand, and the result is some dang cute dim sum. Surprisingly, prices are pretty affordable, with most of their dishes being under $10

Price: $
Must-trys: Wok Fried Chilli Crab in Mantou Bowl ($8.80), Yuan Yang Love Swans with Lychee Ball ($10.80).

Address: 4 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556682
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am-2.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8876 7498 | Ju Signatures website

3. Jinhonten – Omakase restaurant with one seating a day

If there’s anything that’ll get Singaporeans excited, it’s exclusivity. It can’t get more exclusive than Jinhonten, which only does 1 lunch and dinner seating a day.

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With ingredients air-flown from Japan, their menu features all sorts of seasonal specialties. At $180++ for the 8 course lunch and $450++ for the 10 course dinner, it’s not exactly affordable. But when you consider the fact that dishes are made with ingredients like Iranian caviar and Murasaki uni, the price makes more sense. 

Price: $$$

Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-11 Shaw Centre, Singapore 288208
Opening hours: 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: 9635 0973 | Jinhonten website

4. Pangium – Elegant date spot in Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Most of us know Singapore Botanic Gardens as the grounds for our picnics, or for being the place where we do our morning exercise or evening walks. Now, more than just being a place of exercise, there’s a new dining spot. Past all the lush greenery lies Pangium, a restaurant serving heritage cuisine in a villa setting.

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If you don’t believe this place exists because you think you’ve covered every blade of grass in the area, know that it’s located within the Gallop Extension of the garden. As they use only the freshest seasonal ingredients, there is no fixed menu. Lunch will cost you $198++, while dinner will set you back $258++, so while it’s not an everyday splurge, it’s perfect for special occasions. 

Price: $$$

Address: 11 Gallop Road, Gallop Entrance, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259015
Opening hours: Lunch: Sat-Sun 12pm-2.30pm | Dinner: Wed-Sun 6.30pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: Pangium website

5. Kura – Reopened after 3 months with new cakes

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If you’ve been in the Chinatown area recently, you may have chanced upon Kura. If the name rings a bell, that’s because this is the same joint that once operated from Kim Yam Road. After a 3-month long move and renovation, they’ve made their long awaited comeback, and with some new menu items to boot. 

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Among the familiar favourites are 2 new items: the Mango Basil ($12.80) and the Raspberry Earl Grey ($12) – made with raspberry coulis and earl grey jivara chocolate mousse. In non-baker terms, these cakes are fancy.

If cakes aren’t really your thing, you can even go for the Key Lime Tart ($8.50) – a tangy, refreshing treat that won’t get cloying no matter how many bites you take.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mango Basil ($12.80), Raspberry Earl Grey ($12)

Address: 79 South Bridge Road, #01-00, Singapore 058709
Opening hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-7pm | Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
Contact: Kura website

6. Hovoh Cafe – Healthy banh mis & rice bowls near Fort Canning

Like most hidden gems, Hovoh Cafe is tucked away in a rather unassuming building.
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They say that health is wealth, and there’s no better way to keep healthy than to make sure you’re careful about what you put into your body. Hovoh Cafe makes healthy banh mis and rice bowls, using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. 

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Located just a 5-minute walk from Fort Canning MRT station, the cafe is perfect for grabbing a quick, healthy bite after hiking at Fort Canning Park. Other than its signature rice bowls and banh mis, the Parisian-style cafe also sells pasta, burritos and coffee. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Chicken Banh Mi ($12.80), Red Curry Fish Rice Bowl ($16.80)

Address: 23 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239017
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Contact: 6219 0111 | Hovoh Cafe website

7. The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie – Opened by Le Cordon Bleu chef

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If you’ve watched the Netflix show Emily In Paris, you probably remember drooling over the bakery scenes. Chances are, you wished you could go to Paris then, and probably still do now. If that’s not an option, The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie in Bendemeer is the next best thing. 

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The cafe is helmed by a pastry chef from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, so you can be sure that the bakes are going to be good. If not, the fact that it sells out daily should make it a little more convincing. While you’re there, get the Pain au Chocolat ($4.50), the litmus test for any good bakery, and the Trio of C ($6.50), which combines a cookie, cheesecake, and croissant.

Price: $
Must-trys: Pain au Chocolat ($4.50), Trio of C ($6.50)

Address: 16 Hamilton Road, #01-02, Singapore 209186
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8.30am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8188 0102 | The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie website

8. Lumbré – Spanish farm-to-table dining in CHIJMES

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Lumbré in CHIJMES specialises in Spanish farm-to-table fare. The dishes on their land and sea-themed menu are only cooked through 1 of 2 signature means – either an open wood-fire grill or Josper charcoal oven – which imparts a delightful smokiness onto the food. 

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Their a la carte dishes, such as the Charcoal Octopus & Ibérico Pork Belly With Chorizo Foam ($38), run a little on the pricey side. But they also offer a set menu for $35++/pax, which comes with a main and a starter, and is a far more economical option. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Charcoal Octopus & Ibérico Pork Belly With Chorizo Foam ($38)

Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-20 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 9722 8171 | Lumbré website

9. Shake Shake In A Tub – Popular fry chain’s first cafe, in Orchard

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You can’t call yourself a true fry lover unless you’ve tried Shake Shake In A Tub. The popular fry chain took Singapore by storm when it first opened 3 years ago, and judging by the snaking queues outside their kiosks to this day, the hype isn’t dying down anytime soon. 

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While the chain previously only operated to-go kiosks around the island, they’ve since opened their very first cafe – a sit-down branch with plenty of new menu items. Go for the Fries-Go-Round set ($15.80) to sample 5 kinds of fried food at once, or the Say Cheese! Fondue ($21.90), which comes with its own pot of savoury, melty cheese.

Price: $
Must-trys: Fries-Go-Round set ($15.80), Say Cheese! Fondue ($21.90)

Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01-08 111 Somerset, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Shake Shake In A Tub website

10. Caffeine Xpress – Hidden cafe in a magazine store

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Even if Holland Village MRT station isn’t a part of your daily commute, you’ve probably walked past Thambi Magazine Store countless times.

The hole in the wall has been an iconic part of Holland Village for years, located just outside the station. Though it used to be a grab-and-go shop, with the opening of Caffeine Xpress, you can now grab a cup of joe to sip while you browse.

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In addition to a selection of coffees, teas, and other beverages, the newly-opened cafe also sells cakes and pies, baked in-house. While selections change daily, their Lemon Meringue Pie ($4.50) and Blueberry Cheesecake ($6) are worth a try.

Price: $
Must-trys: Lemon Meringue Pie ($4.50), Blueberry Cheesecake ($6)

Address: 211 Holland Road, #01-K4 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Singapore 278967
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 8827 0792

Visit these new cafes and restaurants in Singapore

From a chocolate factory to a poolside rooftop bar, there are lots of new places to visit and delicious foods to try that’ll keep your month as filled as your tummy. With Christmas just around the corner, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to celebrating the festive season.

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Cover image adapted from: @starbuckssg, @thestamdordbrasserie, @eat_jonlove, @ochesingapore
Article originally published on 2nd Jan 2022 by Charlotte Lee. Last updated by Brendan Yee.


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