10 New Cafes & Restaurants In Dec 2023 – Tim Hortons, Swordfish Sandos In Katong & Foie Gras Bao

New cafes & restaurants in December 2023

As 2023 looms to a close, the holidays and festivities mean that you can finally get some well-earned rest after slogging it out for the rest of the year. And we can’t think of a better way to end the year than treating yourself to a good meal.

This list might come in handy. Whether you’re looking for date night restaurants, a sweet treat to end off dinner, or somewhere to have a chill brunch, here are some new cafes and restaurants in December to try out.

1. Moonchild – By the folks behind Atlas Coffeehouse

Occupying a corner unit facing Jalan Besar, it’s hard to miss Moonchild, especially with the unique lightbox sign broadcasting the cafe’s name. Inside, you’ll find that the space is bright and airy, thanks to the expansive windows which allow plenty of light in. The decor here is kept simple too, with the wooden furniture, bottle tree centrepiece, and bare concrete floor all helping to keep it chill.

Scallop Rose Mafaldine ($24)
Image credit: Shin Wakusu via Google Maps

Food-wise, you can look forward to the Really Nice Mushrooms on Toast ($19), a sourdough ciabatta base with spinach, grilled mushrooms, and pickled shallots. If you’d like a break from typical cafe food, consider their Pork Dan Dan Scallion Noodles ($21), which consist of knife-cut noodles, crispy mala pork, and a medley of other ingredients such as diced long beans.

A variety of drinks are available to end your meal with. These include the Viennese Einspanner ($7.60) coffee, as well as the Earl Grey Milk Tea with Milkstache ($7.50).

Price: $$
Address: 351 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208988
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9am-10pm | Sun 9am-7pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6592 4775 | Moonchild Instagram

2. Sidedoor – “Atas” flavours of baos like foie gras & truffle

Founded by the former head chef and bartender of Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore.
Image credit: @bannie_k via Instagram

Sidedoor began life as a private dining experience in its founders’ 3-room flat in MacPherson. It has since moved into its own space in Tanjong Pagar, “hidden” behind an unassuming door on Neil Road. 

The interior sports an industrial vibe, finished in bare concrete, with wooden stools, potted plants, and a tiled table providing a splash of colour to the otherwise grey theme. But if you get the impression that their food is as drab as the walls, think again.

Image adapted from: @sidedoor_sg via Instagram

Boasting fillings such as wagyu beef, truffle, and foie gras, their beef short rib bao ($32) is one of the must-tries. Others include the dumplings ($18), which feature ingredients such as Iberico pork, yoghurt, and homemade scallop XO sauce. This festive season, you can also make your own charcuterie board, with ingredients such as smoked dill ricotta and parma ham available from $6.50.

Price: $$$
Address: 3 Neil Road, Singapore 088805
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 3pm-12am (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: Sidedoor Instagram

3. Tim Hortons – Famous Canadian chain’s first outlet in SG

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With the opening of Singapore’s first Tim Hortons in VivoCity, you no longer have to take a 16-hour flight to get your fix of Timbits. The famous Canadian coffeehouse has set up shop right next to the north entrance, so you won’t miss it. 

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Besides their beloved Timbits ($1), which are essentially donut holes, other signature offerings available here include their Donuts (starting at $2.90) and espressos (starting from $3.50).

If VivoCity is too far for you to travel to, don’t worry. They are opening more outlets in NEX, Suntec City, and One Raffles Place – so keep your eyes and ears peeled. 

Price: $$
Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-207 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Tim Horton’s Singapore Instagram

4. – Gelato cafe open till late

In a further nod to the cafe’s name, the walls here are coated in 3 Instagrammable shades of pale pastel.
Image credit: via Instagram

Whether you’re looking for something to beat the heat or just a chill place to hang, you can consider as an option. Rather than using artificial sweeteners to enhance their gelato, only natural ingredients are used here. 

Image adapted from: @iris._.nihao via Instagram

Flavours available include the Evergreen Sorbet, which marries the sharp tanginess of lime, coolness of mint and freshness of cucumber to produce a refreshing flavour, as well as the Coco Mango, which is a blend of fresh mango with coconut milk. A single scoop of these will set you back $5, while a double scoop costs $9

Price: $
Address: 221 Lavender Street, Singapore 338774
Opening hours: 12pm-12am, Daily
Contact: 9229 3887 | Instagram

5. Featherblade East Coast – New dishes like Swordfish Sando

Image credit: @thefeatherblade via Instagram

Given its location at East Coast, Featherblade’s 2nd outlet is decorated much like a seaside beach bar, with bright neon signs, wooden cupboards, and a long bar counter. Further adding to the maritime theme are their new seafood offerings, such as shrimps (3 for $18.50), scallop ceviche ($16), and Swordfish Sando ($32).

However, those who aren’t a fan of seafood can still order Featherblade’s signatures such as the Feather Blade steak ($24) and Feather Blade bowl ($28).

Price: $$$
Address: 225 East Coast Road, Singapore 428922
Opening hours: Mon 5.30pm-11pm | Tue-Fri 12pm-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm | Sat-Sun 11.30am-11pm
Contact: Featherblade website

6. Fore Coffee – Indonesia’s giant coffee chain

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Those who frequently travel to Indonesia will probably be familiar with Fore Coffee, a coffee chain with more than 160 stores there. Well, here’s good news: it just opened its first Singapore outpost at Bugis Junction. 

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On top of usual cafe offerings such as flat whites and Americanos, signature creations such as Gula Aren Latte ($6.50), Pandan Oat Latte ($6.50), and Butterscotch Sea Salt Latte ($6.50) are available here. If you’re worried that your drink might be too sweet, fret not, you can tailor the sugar levels in your drink, similar to bubble tea. Alternative dairy options such as almond milk, oat milk, and low-fat milk are also available.

Fore Coffee also ensures that they are good for the planet. For example, not only is the furniture at their outdoor seating area upcycled from plastic coffee cups, their packaging and merch are all eco-friendly too. 

Price: $
Address: #01-14/14A Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: 7am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9018 7861

7. Moxie – Mediterranean-style ambience & dishes

The warm lighting throughout, coupled with the large, expansive windows, adds to the warm, cosy feel.
Image credit: @moxie_sg via Instagram

With its neutral, earthy tones, rattan lamps and shelves of earthenware, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into a coastal home in Italy or Spain upon entering Moxie.

Image credit: @moxie_sg via Instagram

The modern Mediterranean restaurant serves up regional fare such as the Lamb Harissa Lamb Pita ($21) and Meatball Shashuka ($25). A variety of Mediterranean wines are available too, if you’d like something to accompany your hearty meal. These range from Israeli Shiraz ($120) to Syrian Chardonnay ($95) and even Turkish Okuzgoku ($90).

For teetotallers, a variety of non-alcoholic drinks such as mocktails or fruit juices are available as well. 

Price: $$$
Address: 2 College Road, Singapore 169850
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9339 3380 | Moxie website

8. Sen-Ryo – Budget-friendly lunch sets in Suntec

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Japanese food lovers working in Suntec will be delighted to know that yet another option is open to them, now that Sen-ryo’s 2nd outlet just opened its doors.

Those looking for a midday respite from work will be glad to know that lunch sets such as the Saba Shioyaki set ($15.80), Tori Katsu set ($17.80) or Braised Gyu Tan set ($24.80) are available. These feature rice sets with various meats, steamed egg, and a bowl of miso soup.

In addition, outlet-exclusive offerings such as Sen-ryo’s Appetiser Platter ($26.80) and Sen-ryo Signature sushi platter ($68.90) can be ordered as well. 

Price: $$$
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-434 Tower 5 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 11am-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6957 7978 | Sen-ryo Instagram

9. Keong Saik Bakery Jewel – Outlet-exclusive pastries

Image adapted from: Jewel Changi Airport via Facebook, @keongsaikbakery via Instagram

Keong Saik Bakery has recently opened its 3rd outlet in Jewel. It’s located on Level 1 opposite Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, so last-minute pastry runs for your friends and family overseas have been made even more convenient. Perhaps you can buy them outlet-exclusive pastries such as the Palm Beach ($8.80), a pandan cheesecake topped with coconut mousse. 

If you’re looking for something more familiar, fret not, crowd favourites like the Almond Croissant ($5) and OG Sor Hei ($5.40) are also available.

Price: $
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #01-K214, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 8am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Keong Saik Bakery website

10. Dew by Whitegrass – Lowkey date night restaurant in CHIJMES

The restaurant combines old-school louvre doors and arches with muted, Muji-esque furniture to create a classy mix of old and new.
Image credit: Dew by Whitegrass 

Our last restaurant isn’t exactly new, but it’s still a relatively unknown spot in town. Having opened its doors earlier this year, Dew by Whitegrass touts itself as the more affordable counterpart to its Michelin-starred sibling located right next door. 

Asian Buta Tacos.
Image credit: Dew By Whitegrass

The restaurant’s speciality is small plates of European fare that have been given an Asian twist. For example, their “R” IGA Ribeye ($58) is served with sauteed spinach and wasabi, while their Asian Buta Tacos ($14) feature fillings such as Iberico pork, seaweed, chorizo and mustard. A wide selection of sake is available as well, perfect to unwind after work or catch up with friends. 

Price: $$$
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-27A, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 9067 3891 | Dew by Whitegrass website


The year may be coming to an end soon, but that doesn’t apply to your where-to-makan list—all thanks to the abundance of brand-new eateries that have opened up this November. So, the next time your date asks you where to eat, just whip out your phone and open up this list.

We’ve gathered new cafes and restaurants, including our picks for the ones that are Instagrammable, have reasonable price tags, and have multi-cuisine eateries in the city. 

1. Breakfast Club – New outlet in Tiong Bahru with an expanded menu

Image credit: S L via Google Maps Maps

You may have been to the Breakfast Club in Kovan or the now-closed outlet in Lorong Liput. The retro-themed restaurant has a new location in Tiong Bahru Plaza with an upgraded menu.

You can add a pancake for $1 to your Breakfast Plate.
Image credit: @twizzlebea via Instagram

You’ll find your fave American diner-style breakfast staples here like scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, and bacon. That’s all available on the Breakfast Plate for $12.50.

Memory refresh: this is the Rosti from the Kovan outlet.
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Those who’ve been to their OG outlet in Kovan will remember their Rosti (from $5.90). It’s available here, which you can get with a cheesy omelette as well ($11).

Price: $$
Must-trys: Pancakes ($7.50), Fried Chicken & Waffle ($11.90) & Duck On Mash ($16).

Tiong Bahru Plaza outlet
Address: 302 Tiong Bahru Road, #B1-135, Singapore 168732
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Contact: Breakfast Club website

2. Wheeler’s Tropikana – Resort-like with live music & dipping pool

Image credit: @wheelerstropikana via Instagram

Step into Wheeler’s Tropikana and you’d think you just travelled 3 hours to Bali. It’s got everything a good beach club in Bali would have. Think bamboo ceilings, rattan furnishings, and even a dipping pool to wade in. Food-wise, it’s Australiasian fusion on the menu featuring lots of fresh seafood like Cold Crab & Shishito Pepper Soup ($25), and Kingfish Ceviche ($26).

Image credit: @wheelerstropikana via Instagram

Feel free to shake what your mama gave ya on the dance floor from Tuesday to Sunday night, as there’s live music from the in-house DJs and bands. Go a little earlier if you plan on getting lit – happy hour is from 12pm-8pm on weekdays. If you’re in need of a break, there’s a lounge on the 2nd floor to unwind in as well.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Blue Swimmer Crab Croquette With Citrus Mustard Aioli ($20), Island Trout Croissant ($22), Organic Spinach And Nutmeg Linguine ($30)

Address: 9A Lock Road, Singapore 108926
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11.30am-11pm | Fri 11.30am-12am | Sat 9am-12am | Sun 9am-11pm (Closes on Mondays)
Contact: 8070 9088 | Wheeler’s Tropikana website

3. Paik’s Noodles – Homemade sauces & noodles by the Paik franchise

Paik’s Noodle outlet in Suntec City.
Image credit: @yangseah1222

We don’t know about you, but watching K-dramas makes us crave Korean food all the time. For those who feel the same way, you can now get those cravings satisfied at Paik’s Noodles at Suntec City.

Tangsuyuk and Jjamppong. Drooling as we speak.
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If you’ve watched enough K-dramas, you’ll recognise some of these items on the menu, such as tangsuyuk (from $21), a Korean-Chinese version of sweet sour pork, and jjampong (from $14), which is a spicy Chinese-style Korean noodle soup with seafood.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Jajang Myeon (from $11), Jajang Bap (from $13), & Gochu Yuringi (from $23)

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-177/177A Suntec City, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 11.30 am-2.30 pm & 5pm-8:30 pm, Daily
Contact: Paik’s Noodles website

4. Cai Lin Ji – Iconic handmade dumplings from China

Skip the kopitiam for a day in exchange for homemade rice noodles and beverages, steaming nibbles, and deep-fried food at the Cai Lin Ji restaurant. The franchise has been a hit in China for almost a century (95 years), and its first international outlet is here in Jurong Point. 

Before you dismiss this as just another Chinese restaurant, get this: some of their dishes are only available here. Your other option is to hop on a flight to Wuhan.

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Wuhan’s spicy dry noodles with its black sesame sauce, Zha Jiang Hot Dry Noodle ($7.90), are a must-try for first-timers. If you prefer something soupier, try their Xiang Yang Beef Noodles (~$10.90), which have a strong beefy flavour. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Signature Shao-Mai (S$3.90 for 3pcs), Beef & Tripe Hot Dry Noodles (S$12.90), & Xiang Yang Beef Noodles (S$10.90)

Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2, #03-56 Jurong Point, Singapore 648886
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Cai Lin Ji website

5. Nong Geng Ji – Super spicy Hunan dishes for chilli lovers

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If you think you can handle spicy food, try out Nong Geng Ji, which serves the hottest cuisine from Sichuan, China. Fair warning, their Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Peppers ($28.90) is considered their spiciest on the menu and should only be attempted by pro-spice eaters.

Some side dishes are served in woks and pestles.
Image adapted from: Chin Yung Goh & Terry Ding via Google Maps Maps

Don’t worry, there’s also their Stir-fried Beef with Fried Chilli (S$28.90) if you have a lower spice tolerance. Or, try one of their signature dishes, the Stir-fried pork with Abalone and Chilli ($27.90); it’s what most people go there for. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Pan-Seared Green Chillies with Century Egg ($11.90), Hengyang Stewed Vegetables ($15.90), Signature Grass Fish Fillet with Chilli ($25.90)

Address: 16 Collyer Quay, #01-01/02, Singapore 049318
Opening hours: 11am-2.30pm & 4.30pm-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6322 4887 | Nong Geng Ji Instagram

6. Burma Social – 6 different cuisines, including Burmese & Thai

The dining areas are stunning, and the photos speak for themselves.
Image adapted from: Social Burma via Google Maps & via Instagram

Having a large group of friends with varying tastes in Asian food is no problem at Burma Social because they can accommodate it all. The restaurant serves food from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, India, and China all in one place. 

Drop by during dinner to get a golden hour welcome drink and bring home a Burmese silk scarf. There will also be fire or water performances once a week in the verandah.

The very famous Laphet Nay Wai Thoke and Instagrammable Silky Smooth.
Image credit: via Instagram

In case you need a recommendation, first-timers have to try Laphet Nay Wai Thoke ($18). It’s a fermented tea leaf salad with a mix of umami, sweet, sour, and spicy flavours. The space is Insta-worthy, and the beverages are no less. Get the smokey Silky Smooth ($25), a Laotian cocktail mixed with vodka, rice wine, and Laotian milk.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Crispy Tohu ($20), Papaya & Mango Thoke ($22), & Hnin Si’s Steam Puzon ($32)

Address: 34 Tras Street, Singapore 079026
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30 am-2.30 pm & 6pm-12am | Sat 6pm-12am (Closes on Sundays)
Contact: 6016 9140 | Burma Social website

7. Tipsy Unicorn –  Barbie-like beach club with flaming desserts

The purple-themed beach club, Tipsy Unicorn, is just a short walk away from Sentosa’s Beach Station. It’s an ideal spot for anyone who loves catching sunsets while they party and drink like a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world.

The iconic flaming desert, Mystical Unihorn.

Like any respectable beach club, you’ll get your fill of heavy beats thanks to the line-up of DJs that play on weekends. You’ll also be able to fill your tummies with unicorn-themed food like the Mystical Unihorn ($18) dessert that’s set on fire when it’s served.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Sunchoke Soup ($14), Spiced Lentil Tarts ($18), Wok-Fired Beef Cubes (S$24), Charcoal Grilled Octopus ($30).

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8. Three Little Coconut – Coconut-themed dessert

Image credit: Three Little Coconut Singapore

If you still aren’t over the Mr Coconut craze, there’s a new cafe coming to One Punggol on 11th November 2023 that you’ll want to take note of. Three Little Coconut by Mr Coconut serves desserts that all feature the tropical not-a-nut. We’re talking coconut jellies, cakes, croffles, and ice cream. 

Image adapted from: Three Little Coconut Singapore

Expect a fusion of cultures with desserts like the Chendol Cheesecake that’s laced with the green pandan worm-like jellies in the base and topped with sweet red beans and coconut cream. A safer alternative would be the simple Croffle with Coconut Ice Cream. The menu hasn’t been released yet, but keep a lookout for it on the Three Little Coconut Facebook page.

Price: $$

Address: 1 Punggol Drive, #01-03, One Punggol, Singapore 828629
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Three Little Coconut Singapore Facebook

9. El Chido – Mexican-themed rooftop bar with an infinity pool

Let’s taco about El Chido, the new Mexican-themed rooftop bar that’s perched atop Pullman Singapore Hill Street’s roof. Yes, there are tacos like Shrimp & Chorizo ($24), but you can also get other Mexican street food like Elotes ($12) – grilled corn.

Image credit: via Instagram

But the kicker to this place? The infinity pool is open to all diners. Grab a cocktail like the spicy-sweet Mariachi Margarita ($24) and enjoy the beats from the live DJ. Or take in the vistas of the city skyline – Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade are within view.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Nacho Man ($18), Chicken Peanut Mole ($20) & Martini Express ($23)

Address: Pullman Singapore Hill Street, 1 Hill Street, Singapore 179949
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: 6019 7888 | Pullman Singapore website

10. Lo Quay – Vietnamese restaurant cuisine with artwork gallery

Image credit: @loquaysg via Instagram

Pho bo and banh mi are perhaps the first dishes that spring to mind when we talk about Vietnamese cuisine. But these street food classics are elevated at Lo Quay, a Viet-Mod restaurant. Using Japanese and European techniques, dishes like banh mi are now served in a bite with liver pate and pickles.

Image credit: @loquaysg via Instagram

You’ll also find more homely dishes like deep-fried whole sea bass that’s served with a honey sauce and fennel – a personal favourite of Head Chef Quynh’s who used to have this on her birthdays in Vietnam. These dishes are available a la carte, but the Discover Menu ($138/pax) is worth the splurge as it means getting to try 5 courses inclusive of starters and dessert.

Price: $$$$
Must-trys: Soft-shell crab ($32), Iberico & Morel ($52), Heirloom Cauliflower ($19)

Address: 88 Amoy Street, Singapore 069907
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-11pm | Sat 6pm-11pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9159 1774 | Lo Quay website

11. Nico Cafe – Aesthetic floral-themed cafe along Orchard Road

Image credit: @nicocafesg via Instagram

Nico Cafe at Wheelock looks straight out of a fairytale, with its green plants, colourful flowers, and old, weathered books that decorate the cafe. Put on cute floral dresses and pose for the ‘Gram with your besties in front of the aesthetic book wall.

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Manage your expectations, though. The garden-like interior may be pretty for a cute date, but it can get a little hot during the day as the cafe has an al fresco dining concept. If you’re sweating, at least the food is still Instagrammable. The jiggly Original Souffle Pancakes ($17.90) is always a hit for boomerangs.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Guacamole with Marinated Cherry Toast ($11.90), Bikini Sandwich ($13.90), Mixed Berries Cheesecake ($21.98)

Address: 501 Orchard Road, Level 1, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Opening hours: 9am-7pm, Daily
Contact: Nico Cafe website


1. Cédric Grolet Singapore – Hyper-realistic fruit pastries

If pretty pastries are your thing, then the creations over at Cédric Grolet Singapore will have you turning your dessert run into a full-fledged photoshoot. The eponymously named patisserie was conceived by celebrity chef Cédric Grolet, and his hyper-realistic fruit-inspired pastries ($26) come packed with familiar flavours in bite-sized form. 

Image credit: @marcocpz via Instagram

2 of the favourite flavours are Lychee and Paris Brest Flower, the latter made from hazelnuts. You also can’t miss out on their croissants ($8) which they recommend to be dipped into a cup of coffee before devouring. The man hails from France after all, so you can be sure these are freshly made with layers of flaky goodness. 

Price: $$$

Address: 30 Bideford Road, Level 1, Como Orchard, Singapore 229922
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8.30am-6pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: Cédric Grolet Singapore website

2. Bing Tang Tang Shui – Rustic office-themed decor

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Retro vibes are aplenty at Bing Tang Tang Shui. It’s an office-themed cafe in Thomson, but this corporate haunt looks as if it’s frozen in time. You’ve got relics like cassette tapes, magazines from the 80s, and rotary phones and fans strewn about. You can even host larger-scale lunch dates in a Meeting Room, and for added intimacy, head to the Chairman Office.

Image credit: @bingtangtangshui via Instagram

The cafe specialises in traditional Chinese desserts such as Osmanthus Infusion ($12.50) and Orh Nee ($7) to reward yourself with after you panggang. Your post-OT munchies can be covered here too, as it’s open till 1am on most nights. 

Price: $

Address: 15 Thomson Hills Drive, Singapore 574759
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Thu 4.30pm-1.30am | Fri-Sat 12.30pm-1.30am | Sun 12.30pm-12am (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 8076 2721 | Bing Tang Tang Shui Instagram

3. Clovelly – All-day brunch at a cafe with Aussie vibes

Crab Croissant Florentine ($22.90).
Image credit: via Instagram

Clovelly is the place to be for those lazy Sundays where you just can’t be bothered to get up in time for brekkie. The restaurant has an all-day brunch menu for sleepyheads, or you can dig into their variety of handmade pastas topped with fresh seafood such as the Crab On Crab ($24.90).

The hanging lights and plants provide a bohemian ambience that’s reminiscent of a cosy Aussie cafe, so feel free to spend whatever’s left of the weekend here leisurely sipping on a good cup of joe or indulging in some Molten Lava Cake ($11.90).

Price: $$

Address: 15-2 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-9.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8835 8987 | Clovelly Instagram

4. The Coffee Code – Popular Malaysian cafe with specialty waffles

Image credit: @thecoffeecodesingapore via Instagram

The Coffee Code has made waves in East Malaysia, with stores across Sibu and Kuching. Now that they’ve opened a branch right here in Singapore, we can finally see what all the fuss is about. 

Image adapted from: @2eatss via Instagram, Bran Van Boom via Google Maps

The cafe is swathed in shades of grey and pastels to create a zen-like atmosphere, but do dig into their specialty waffles like the Bak Kwa Waffles ($18) before hitting the books. You can also order soft serves for motivation while fuelling up on Hand/Nitro-Brewed Coffees ($8), so bookmark this one for your next mugging sesh.

Price: $$

Address: 37 Neil Road, Singapore 088822
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm | Fri-Sat 11am-11pm | Sun 10am-10pm
Contact: 8208 9500 | The Coffee Code Singapore Instagram

5. Marymount Bakehouse – Cottage-core pies

Image credit: @marymount_bakehousesg via Instagram

Those who frequent farmers’ markets will probably have heard of Marymount Bakehouse – the home-based bakery’s goods sell like hotcakes at various pop-ups around Singapore. Now, they share a permanent location with Mr Bucket Chocolaterie, tucked away at their Upper Thomson location.

Image adapted from: @marymount_bakehousesg via Instagram

To go along with their new opening, they’re launching their adorably named Marymufflet ($7), which is their own take on the classic English muffin. They’re best known for their sourdough offerings, as well as their cottage-core-evoking pies. For their signature dish, try the Shepherd’s Pie (The MMBH Way) ($28).

Price: $$

Address: 23 Sin Ming Road, #01-15, Singapore 570023
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 8.30am-7.30pm | Sat-Sun 8.30am-6.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 8757 9892 | Marymount Bakehouse website

6. Milan Shokudo – Japanese-Italian fusion with free-flow drink bar

Image adapted from: via Instagram

The Saizeriya faithful will have to give Milan Shokudo a try; the restaurant has Japanese fusion mains and even sports a similar free-flow drink bar ($3.90). They’ve got affordable pizzas and, to top off the connection to Italy, their seats bear the unmistakable colours of the Italian flag.

The Smoked Duck Carbonara ($10.90) is a signature dish, while the classic Margherita Pizza ($4.90) is so affordable that you just can’t go wrong with it.

Price: $

Address: 9 Bishan Place, #02-34/35 35A Junction 8, Singapore 579837
Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6259 6698 | Milan Shokudo Instagram

7. Ah Zhong Mian Xian – Authentic Taiwanese cuisine in Chinatown

Image credit: Han Lim via Google Maps

Although Ah Zhong Mian Xian bears a similar sounding name to the famous Ay Chung Mian Xian in Taipei, the restaurant based in Chinatown is not affiliated with its Taiwanese counterpart. However, its head chef did work under Ay Chung for a period of time, and it shows in his craft.

Image credit: Khaw Han Chung via Facebook

Of course, Taiwanese delicacies and street snacks are on the menu, and they have been lauded as authentic AF. As an added bonus, meals here are GST-free, much like those on the streets of Ximending. 

For mains, you can go for the Signature Mee Sua ($8.80) or Braised Pork Rice ($9.10). Then wash it all down with some good ol’ Brown Sugar Milk Tea With Pearls ($3.90).

Price: $

Address: 283 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058832
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6022 1669 | Ah Zhong Mian Xian Facebook

8. Friends Kimbap – Low-carb Kimbaps

Image credit: Friends Kimbap 펑요김밥 好朋友紫菜包饭 via Google Maps

Friends Kimbap is another popular chain overseas that has snuck its way onto our Little Red Dot. Surprisingly, this one’s not from Korea; instead, it has infatuated the Shanghai crowd with its wide variety of rice rolls. 

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The Classic Kimbap ($8.50) is already delish as is, but you can choose to stuff your kimbaps with a plethora of fillings like cheese and kimchi. There’s even a low-carb option like the Beef Kimbap ($13.90) where the rice is swapped with eggs, so there’s no reason not to try one for yourself. Seafood lovers can go for the Crab Meat Salad Inari Sushi ($3).

Price: $

Address: 277 Orchard Road, #B1-11 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9036 8111

9. Nasi Don – Nasi Lemak infused with flavours of Japan

With Singapore being a mish-mash of cultures, it is inevitable that our cuisine follows suit. This time, the folks over at Nasi Don Origin have ingeniously fused aspects of the humble nasi lemak with the modern Japanese rice bowl.

Honey Miso Chicken Karaage Don ($6.90).
Image credit: Nasi Don via Facebook

Expect your usual Japanese fare, which includes pork belly cha shu, tempura enoki mushrooms, and an onsen egg. But, this is accompanied by fragrant coconut rice, roasted peanuts, ikan bilis, and your obligatory sambal chilli for a local flair. Must-try dishes include Mentaiko Dory Fish Don ($7.90) and Blackpink Calamari ($7.90).

Price: $

Address: 28 Flanders Square, Singapore 209309
Opening hours: 10.30am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 8889 3588 | Nasi Don Facebook

10. Flippers – Westgate outlet with 9 new pancake dishes

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For those bidding a tearful farewell to their outlet at Takashimaya, seek solace in the opening of Flippers Westgate around 9th October. For the uninitiated, the Japanese souffle pancake chain is most known for their “Kiseki” souffle pancakes ($16.80), which are miraculously fluffy. 

They’ll also be launching 9 new pancake dishes in both sweet and savoury flavours alongside their Westgate branch. These include a creme brûlée souffle pancake and a Japanese curry katsu pancake, with prices yet to be announced. 

Price: $$

Address: 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Opening hours: TBA
Contact: Flippers Singapore Instagram


1. Van Leeuwen – Famous NYC ice cream store arrives in SG

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You don’t have to have a sweet tooth to know about the iconic NYC ice cream brand, Van Leeuwen. First started as an ice cream truck in 2008, it’s now known for its French-style ice cream that’s made using more than twice the number of egg yolks used in regular ice cream. And now, we get to try it for ourselves at the first outlet in Singapore. 

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There’s a variety of flavours to choose from, alongside topping options such as cookies and cream crumbs. You can opt to have your ice cream on a waffle cone that costs an additional $1. Those following a plant-based diet will be happy to know that vegan choices are available here too. 

Ice cream aside, snap a photo at their 2 IG-worthy photo spots – the holographic mirror wall and rainbow-hued arch walkway.  

Price: $
Must-trys: Honeycomb ($6.50/scoop), Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($6.50/scoop), Sicilian Pistachio ($6.50/scoop)

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #01-19, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 12pm-11pm | Thu-Sat 12pm-12am
Contact: 6235 0214 | Van Leeuwen Instagram

2. Lou Shang – Hidden HDB-themed cafe serving fusion dishes

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With its unique concept that revolves around nostalgic HDB estates and a locally-inspired menu, it’s no surprise that Lou Shang keeps popping up on your FYP. 

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Every day till 5pm, Lou Shang is a cafe serving fresh homemade noodles and locally-inspired dishes. In the evening, the cafe transforms into a bar where you can order cocktails inspired by Singaporean flavours we all know and love. 

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Kopi & Dream ($22) – a coffee based cocktail, Gula Melaka Tiramisu ($13), Hokkien Prawn-tastic ($18), Rainbow Roti ($9) – rainbow bread served with kaya, milk, chocolate, and bandung custard

Address: 38 Prinsep Street, #02-02, Singapore 188665
Opening hours: Sun-Mon 9am-5pm | Tue-Thu 9am-5pm, 6pm-11pm | Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, 6pm-12am
Contact: 8714 0012 | Lou Shang website 

3. Park Bäckerei – Handcrafted cheese pretzels & stuffed bagels

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Calling all pretzels fans – we beckon you to give Park Bäckerei, Singapore’s first German pretzel bakery, a try. The bakery’s known for its Swabian pretzels, which have fluffier bellies and thin, crispy arms.

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The queues at Park Bäckerei can get pretty long and it’s not uncommon for their bakes to be sold out by afternoon, so we recommend you to go there earlier to increase your chances of chope-ing a pretzel or two. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Laugen Pretzel ($3.90), Cheese Pretzels ($4.50), Roast Beef Sandwich ($16.90), Jalapeño Cheddar Laugen Bagel ($7.90), Mini Pretzels ($2.50)

Address: 12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village, #01-41/42/52/53, Singapore 078877
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm | Sat 8am-2pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 8756 2029 | Park Bäckerei website

4. Uptown – Cottage-style cafe with Asian-inspired brunch

Alfresco seating is also available.

Image adapted from: @up_____town via Instagram

If you’re looking to give the #cottagecore trend a try, we have the place just for you – Uptown. The first thing you’d notice about the space is its minimalist, cottage-inspired interiors – perfect for the ‘Gram. Food-wise, you can expect unique food creations that merge Asian flavours with Western dishes.

Crabcake & Eggs” and Tempeh & Butternut pumpkin greens.
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Uptown isn’t just a cafe – it’s also a men’s vintage thrift store where you can get second-hand streetwear items like jackets and sneakers. Last we heard, items in the store are updated every week – so you’ll always be able to find something new. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Kimchi Fried Chicken Burger ($24), Kaya Butter Toasties ($9). 

Address: 55 Zion Road, Singapore 247780
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8am-6pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: Uptown Instagram

5. Baristart Coffee – Hokkaido milk centric menu items

Image credit: Baristart Coffee Singapore via Facebook

The Hokkaido milk trend may have slowed down, but fans of this rich Japanese beverage still have plenty of options in Singapore. One of which is Baristart Coffee, a Hokkaido-based concept cafe with 2 outlets at Tras Street and Siloso Beach.

Image credit: Baristart Coffee Singapore via Facebook

Come mid-September, you’ll have yet another outlet to enjoy their beverages, mains, and desserts – as they’re opening a 56-seater cafe at Wisma Atria. The next time you need a coffee break after all the shopping, you know where to head to.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk ($7.50), Wafu Pasta ($19.80), Eggs Benedict ($22.80), Hokkaido Cream Puffs ($7/piece, $19.50 for 3 pieces)

Address: #04-01 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Opening hours: TBC
Contact: Baristart Coffee website

6. Sushi-GO Marina Square – Exclusive menu items like petite donburi

Image adapted from: Sushi-GO 

Sushi-GO will be making its way to Marina Square, making it its 3rd outlet in addition to Jurong Point and Ang Mo Kio Hub. And with the new store opening, comes new outlet-exclusive menu items. 

There’ll also be the petite donburis that’ll be made available in 8 different options. These are also exclusive to the Marina Square outlet. Prices are currently unavailable, so follow their Instagram account to keep yourself updated.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Aburi Hanasaki Salmon Sushi, Cheezy Dragon Roll, Petite Kaisen Don 

Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-277, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: TBC
Contact: Sushi-GO Instagram

7. Kee Mei Siew Pow – Popular Malaysian pork bao in Singapore

Image credits: Kee Mei Siew Pow Singapore via Google Maps

If you’ve been crossing the border to get your siew bao cravings sorted, there’s no longer a need to do so. Renowned Malaysian brand Kee Mei Siew Pow has opened its very first outlet right here in Singapore. 

Image credits: Kee Mei Siew Pow Singapore via Google Maps 

It’s convenient to get to the Kee Mei Siew Pow outlet too, as it’s an 11-minute walk away from Tai Seng MRT station. Psst … there are also egg tarts and other Chinese confectionery that you can buy, especially if you want to impress your in-laws. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Pork Siew Bao ($1.80), Pork Siew Bao Puff ($2)

Address: 498 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368202
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm | Sat-Sun 9am-8pm
Contact: 8939 2037 | Kee Mei Siew Pow website 

8. NOWAFTER Cafe – Monochromatic food items

Image credits: @nowaftercafe via Instagram

If you’re looking for something to match your monochrome aesthetic, we recommend heading down to NOWAFTER Cafe, located on the 3rd floor of Design Orchard. The industrial-themed interiors make a chic backdrop for your photos – but get this, even their food items are in black and white. 

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All their bakes are available while stocks last, so be sure to head down early and check their Instagram for regular updates to avoid disappointment. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Charkey bun ($13), Blackmisu ($13), Sour Dough Gelato Waffle ($15) 

Address: 250 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 238905
Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Daily
Contact: NOWAFTER Cafe Instagram 

9. Margaret Market Food Court – Melbourne vibes in Queenstown

In case you haven’t heard, Singapore has its very own Margaret Market in Queenstown. The 2-storey indoor market takes over the former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market. Whether you’re craving for local, international, or even fusion cuisine, you’d be able to choose from the 7 eateries here. 

Spaghetti with clams from Bowen’s Cafe.

Margie has an array of Mexican rice bowls and tacos inspired by regional flavours – think sambal stingray and Ramly burger. If you want something sweet, The Homme Baker serves up delicious cakes, while Creamier has a selection of ice cream (from $4.30/scoop)

Price: $$
Must-trys: Sambal Stingray Tacos ($8.90), Strawberry Shortcake ($8.80), Spaghetti with clams ($14.80)

Address: 38 Margaret Drive, Singapore 141038
Opening hours: 7am-12am, Daily

10. Galangal – Pink Thai restaurant filled with roses


Filled with pretty pink and white flowers, you might want to consider bringing boo to Galangal for your next date. Aesthetics aside, the restaurant serves Thai dishes ranging from appetisers to rice and noodle dishes. 

Image credits: via Instagram

Get your caffeine fix here with their signature iced coffees that come in hearty flavours like cookie frappe and banana chocolate.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Thai Prawn Cakes ($7.50), Red Tom Yum Noodle Soup (from $12.90), Passion Fruit Sparkling Americano ($8.90), Mango Sticky Rice ($6.90)

Address: 3 Bishan Street 14, Singapore 579780
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily


1. Jamba Juice – Popular smoothie chain from US

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If you haven’t heard, Jamba Juice has just opened at Changi Airport Terminal 1 – serving up cold smoothies and energy bowls to beat the heat. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a popular smoothie chain from the United States, and it has finally made its way to our sunny island. 

The menu ranges from protein and plant-based smoothies to customisable energy bowls, their version of acai bowls.
Image credit: @jambajuice via Instagram

Whether or not you’re travelling soon, head on over to grab a bite or smoothie. It’s located by the check-in counters before you enter immigration, so anyone can access the stall. Besides classics like the Strawberries Wild (from $7.90) and Chocolate Moo’d (from $7.90), savoury food like chilled sandwiches ($6.50) is also available. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Berry Paradise Smoothie (from $7.90), Nutty Almond Butter Bowl ($13.90)

Address: 80 Airport Boulevard #02-05 Changi Airport, Terminal 1 Departure/Check in Hall West, Singapore 819642
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily

2. Ssada Gimbab – Unique Korean gimbap in Bukit Timah

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Calling all K-food lovers, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a new food spot at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. Called Ssada Gimbab, it has unique gimbap flavours like Tonkatsu and Mala.

Mala Pork Gimbab ($11).
Image credit: @ssadagimbabsg via Instagram

Apart from these seaweed rice rolls, the ahjummas here also prepare authentic main dishes like Rabokki ($13) and Soybean Paste Stew ($13) to satisfy your Korean food cravings. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Beef Gimbab ($11), Cheese Kimchi Fried Rice ($14), Curry Tonkatsu ($14), Tonkatsu Gimbab ($11), Mala Pork Gimbab ($11)

Address: 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B1-14, Singapore 588179
Opening hours: 10am-3pm & 5pm-9pm, Daily
Contact: 8267 3730

3. Chengdu Bowl – Sichuan-style tapas

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Chengdu Bowl’s new flagship outlet is not just modern and cosy, but the food is also pretty legit. That’s right, everything here is cooked Sichuan-style, which screams spice.

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Think hot dishes like Spicy Assorted Skewers in Red Chilli Oil ($16.80) or Classic Spicy Chilli Chicken with French Fries ($24.80). Though, the highlight here has to be the Flaming Beer Roasted Duck ($38.80), drenched in beer and set to flames right in front of you. And yes, there are Sichuan-style tapas too, like the Umami Oyster Mushroom Beef Tapas ($9.80)

Price: $$
Must-trys: Sichuan Spiced Mouthwatering Spicy Chicken ($13.80), Fresh Prawn and Tofu Hot Pot in Umami Rich Broth ($24.80)

Address: 120 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088532
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm & 5pm-10pm | Sat 11am-3pm & 5pm-11pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9460 1960

4. Ralph’s Lauren Cafe – Luxury brand’s coffee & treats

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Turns out Ralph Lauren isn’t just a fashion brand, there’s also a namesake cafe now at Marina Bay Sands. The inside of Ralph’s Lauren Cafe only has seating for 8 pax at a time, so you’d want to opt for a takeaway coffee which you can savour while walking around the atas mall. 

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Aside from your usual cold brews and lattes, you can get unique outlet exclusives like the Pineapple Shaken Tea ($8) – or the Ralph’s Coffee Soft Serve ($9) for a sweet treat. There are also savoury sandwiches available, perfect for those squeezing in a cheeky lunch visit. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Ralph’s Chocolate Cake ($14), Sea Salt Caramel Latte (from $8)

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-72, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily

5. Kou Teppan – Affordable 6 & 8-course teppan omakase from $58

Image credit: Kou Teppan 

At you’re getting a 2-in-1 experience. That’s because they’re a teppanyaki restaurant that offers omakase-style dining. The chefs here cook on 2 grills, one main grill at the back and a private grill right in front of customers. If you want to catch their cooking action upfront like in Japan, we’d suggest opting for the counter seats.

A5 wagyu main course.
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There are 2 dine-in options to choose from, the 8-course Hino Dinner Omakase Set (from $88) or the 6-course Enya Lunch Omakase Set (from $58). The former includes seasonal Japanese vegetable and fish cartoccio dishes. Highlights from both courses include the Japanese A5 wagyu garlic rice, grilled Hokkaido scallops and Asari clams.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: 6-course Enya Lunch Omakase Set (from $58), 8-course Hino Dinner Omakase Set (from $88)

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, B1-134 Great World, Singapore 237994
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9460 1960

6. TaiWan Night Markets – Taiwanese street food fest

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If you miss Taiwanese food, you’re going to have a blast at the TaiWan Night Markets. The concept food court is located at the basement of Cineleisure Orchard, with 19 food kiosks and 5 restaurants to order from. 

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Obviously you’d be heading down for some yummy Taiwanese street food, so you’ll surely find mains like the Oyster Vermicelli ($5) alongside other finger food. The dining area holds up to 300 people so you don’t have to worry about chope-ing a seat. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Peanut Crunchy Candy Rolls with Taro Ice Cream ($5), QQ Sweet Potato Balls ($6), Taiwanese Sausage with Sticky Rice ($8)

Address: #B1-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 11.30am-12am | Sun-Thurs 11.30am-10.30pm

7. Poonsti – Everything rösti-inspired

Image credit: @oldhencoffee via Instagram

You may be familiar with Old Hen Coffee’s cold brews, but the team behind the cafe has launched a new concept – a full menu of rösti-inspired dishes at Poonsti.

Rösti’s a Swiss dish made out of fried grated potatoes.
Image credit: @poonstisg via Instagram

Each dish consists of a crunchy and savoury rösti base, but served with different kinds of toppings. From the usual sour cream and chives to house cured salmon, everything’s here made from scratch. Poonsti opens from 9.30am until the röstis are sold out, so we’d recommend going down earlier for a Swiss-inspired breakfast. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Rosti with House Cured Bacon ($18), Rosti with Smashed Avo ($17)

Address: 127 Owen Road, Singapore 218931
Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm, Daily
Contact: 6291 0632

8. Mr Onigiri – Japanese-style “sandwiches” at VivoCity

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Think onigiri but in a sandwich form, that’s Mr Onigiri for you. This popular food chain just opened their 2nd outlet at VivoCity – and yes, only some specials are available there. 

Image credit: @susanto.lina via Instagram

Most of us are probably familiar with their bestseller, the Signature Melted Cheese Crispy Chicken ($6.90) that’s got a whole slab of tamagoyaki, spam, and a chicken patty in one sando. It’s time to try outlet exclusives like the Ebino Kani Kama ($6.90) and Teriyaki Grilled Salmon ($8.90) onigiris that are just as thick and filling.

Price: $
Must-trys: Otakotak Onigiri ($7.90), Spam with Onigiri ($4.90), Signature Melted Cheese Crispy Chicken ($6.90)

Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, B2-23D VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 10.30am-9pm, Daily

9. Surrey Hills Grocer Cafe – MasterChef winner’s new menu

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Surrey Hills Grocer Cafe has a new outlet at Raffles City, complete with a new menu by MasterChef Season 2 winner, Chef Derek. The restaurant is giving major backyard vibes, with tons of plants and wooden-style decor.

Image credit: @godbergtan via Instagram 

The cafe’s new menu offers a range of dishes, from new creations like the Crab Avo ($28) and Barramundi ($38) to Singapore-inspired dishes such as the Crispy Soft Shell Chilli Crab ($25). Don’t miss out on dessert, crafted by the ex-chef and owner of the now-closed Antoinette patisserie.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Barramundi ($38), Tater Tots ($18), Banana Bread ($18)

Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #03-42, Singapore 179103
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8332 1024

10. Snap Cafe – Korean-inspired desserts like Injeolmi Canele in the CBD

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There’s no need to travel to Seoul for your Korean dessert fix – because Snap Cafe’s bringing these sweet treats to you. The cafe‘s also in the CBD area, which makes it a perfect stop if you’re craving a pastry in the middle of the working day. 

Image credit: via Instagram

You can’t leave without trying the Matcha Injeolmi Canele ($4) and the Hotteok Sticky Roll ($6). These are baked fresh daily in limited quantities, so aim to come early if you really want a taste. Otherwise, there are also savoury bites such as their sourdough toasties that start from $5

Price: $$
Must-trys: Honeycomb Granola ($8), Pistachio Espresso Latte ($8), Iced Orange Espresso ($8)

Address: 21 McCallum Street, #01-01/02 The Clift, Singapore 069047
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm | Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

11. The Wizard’s Brew – Harry potter-inspired bar

Harry Potter fans rejoice, there’s a bar inspired by the series in Chinatown. Think flying books hanging from above, cloaks, and a wand – it’s like you’re in the real Hogwarts, but you’re at The Wizards Brew.

Aside from the whimsical and interactive interior, every dish here has its own unique charm. Order the Phoenix Fire ($22) cocktail and the waiter serves your drink while lighting it on fire. You also get to craft your own concoction in a cauldron cup when you buy the Wizard’s Brew ($22) gin cocktail.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Wizards Brew ($22), Reapers Gold ($16), Pulled Pork or BBQ Chicken Quesadilla ($19)

Address: Trengganu Street, 10B, Singapore 058464
Opening hours: Tue-Wed & Sun 1pm-11pm | Thu-Sat 3pm-12am (Closed on Mondays)

12. Gourmet Park Sentosa – Local & international cuisine food trucks

It’s quite rare to find food trucks in Singapore, so you need to check out Gourmet Park Sentosa. There are 16 different stalls featuring a range of international cuisine like Mexican, Sri Lankan, and of course, Singaporean dishes. 

If you’re trying local delicacies, go for the Ayam Goreng Berempah Nasi Lemak ($14.90) from Dickson Nasi Lemak, or Chun Noodle Bar’s Signature Char Siu Noodle ($10). Adventurous foodies can opt for some tapas or loaded tacos at Queic & Olivia Market.

Price: $$
Must try’s: Ayam Goreng Berempah Nasi Lemak ($14.90) from Dickson Nasi Lemak, Prawn Kottu ($18) from Kotuwa, Spanish tapas (from $10) from Queic & Olivia Market

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, The Bull Ring, Level 1, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm | Sat-Sun 11am-9pm

13. Onne – Minimalist Japanese-Italian cafe

Image credit: @eatwithfelz via Instagram

Onne is the newest restaurant on the block along Kampong Bahru Road and it’s serving some Japanese-Italian meals. Its minimalistic and cosy furniture definitely makes a good hang-out spot for a lunch out with your friends. 

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Expect fusion pastas like Carbonara Miso ($21) and Hotate Aglio Oglio ($22). You can also choose to add onsides like thick slices of Tamago ($6) covered in mentaiko sauce. Say you’re a sweet tooth, you’ll be happy to know that the place sells Mochi Waffles ($9) that come in 2 flavours: matcha green tea and dirty charcoal. 

Price: $$
Must try’s: Pasta Cresmosa di gambi ($24), Masago Pasta ($6), Mochi Waffles ($9)

Address: 5 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169341
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-11pm | Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Contact: 9760 4004

– July –

1. Camo Cafe & Bar – Military-themed menu

ICYMI: SAFRA Choa Chu Kang just opened its doors to the public last month. Within it, you’ll find Camo Cafe & Bar

Although Kranji camp is nearby, the phrases “fall in” and “recruit” take on a different meaning. Instead of signalling military commands, they serve as cleverly named dishes on the menu. So, when you hear these phrases, rest assured that fellow patrons are simply placing their orders.

Camo Cafe & Bar is currently running a happy hour promo until 31st July 2023, where you can enjoy 1-for-1 Tiger Draught Beer from $10 (U.P. $20) and discounted Guinness Draught Beer from $6 (U.P. $8).

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Camo Brunch (Fall In!) Platter ($19.80), Otah Own Target ($18.80), Camo Bullet-Proof Coffee ($6.50)

Address: 28 Choa Chu Kang Drive, #01-05 SAFRA, Singapore 689964
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10.30am-10pm | Fri-Sun 9.30am-10pm
Contact: 6992 2900 | Camo Cafe & Bar website

2. Elixir Coffee and Wine – Brunch by day, pizzas by night

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Previously known as Elixir Boutique Roasters, this restaurant and bar has recently reopened as Elixir Coffee and Wine.

Those who love spice will enjoy the chef’s homemade chilli crunch which has been incorporated into some of the tarines and pizzas. If you can’t get enough of this fiery delight, you can even dabao a bottle of their chilli crunch for $8.80

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Their happy hour is from 2pm6pm and after 8pm daily, where you can score 1-for-1 wines, draught beers and cocktails.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Turkish Eggs Tarines ($16), Not-Carbonara Pizza ($26), Hot Mama Pizza ($28)

Address: 24 Holland Grove Road, #01-18 Holland Parksuites, Singapore 278803
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 8.30am-10pm | Fri-Sat 8.30am-11pm
Contact: 6908 5547 | Elixir Coffee and Wine website

3. Keong Saik Bakery – Now in Bendemeer with new menu items

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Although Keong Saik Bakery has bid farewell to its original location on Keong Saik Road, its relocation to Bendemeer has breathed new life into the establishment, including an upgraded menu.

Expect outlet exclusives such as Black Sesame Croissant Flan ($6.50) and Lemon Pistachio Croissant Eclair ($7.50). They also have made-to-order items like Kimchi Korean Fishcake Sando ($14) and Truffle Mac N Cheese ($15.90), for those looking for a hot snack.

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They are currently running a happy hour promo on weekdays, where you can snag a second burger or sando at half price.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Muah Chee Croissant Cube ($6.40), Otak Mac N Cheese ($15.90)

Address: 70 Bendemeer Road, #01-03, Singapore 339940
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm | Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
Contact:  9021 9626 | Keong Saik Bakery website

4. Birds of Paradise in Mandai – First dine-in outlet

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Tongue twister ahead – you can now spot both birds and Birds of Paradise at Bird Paradise. The ice cream chain renowned for its botanical-flavoured gelatos has opened its first dine-in outlet at Mandai. There’s a selection of dairy-free gelato, too, with flavours like Banana Coconut Caramel and Smoked Double Chocolate.

Image credit: @bopgelato via Instagram

In addition to getting your usual ice cream fix, you can also grab a quick bite with their range of sandwiches starting from $10.80 or try their affogato ($9.50), which features White Chrysanthemum gelato.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Strawberry Basil Milkshake ($9.80), Grilled Triple Cheese ($12.80)

Address: 20 Mandai Lake Road, #02-03, Singapore 729825
Opening hours: 9am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 9825 0262 | Birds of Paradise website

5. The Malayan Council at Fullerton – New Halal buffet menu

A favoured destination for gatherings and feasting with friends, The Malayan Council has been a go-to spot for delightful makan sessions. Now, at their newest outlet in Fullerton, you can relish the same dining experience while taking in a picturesque view of The Esplanade.

Image adapted from: @themalayancouncil via Instagram

From $45/pax, the restaurant offers a sedap Halal buffet spread that showcases a fusion of Asian and Western flavours, including sushi, dim sum, and a selection of fresh seafood. The menu changes throughout the day for lunch, high-tea, and dinner. So, before you head down, you can give them a quick ping to find out what dishes are served. 

Image adapted from: @themalayancouncil via Instagram

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Seafood on ice, Kobe beef, cereal prawns

Address: 3 Fullerton Road, #01-01/02/03 The Fullerton Waterboat House, Singapore 049215
Opening hours: 11am-11pm, Daily
Contact: 9002 4414 | The Malayan Council website

6. Keisuke Tokyo – Famous lobster broth ramen returns

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Keisuke is renowned for its ramen accompanied by free-flow hard-boiled eggs and beansprouts. And if you’ve been yearning for their lobster broth ramen since their Clarke Quay outlet closed last year, your cravings can finally be satisfied at their latest outlet in Capitol Singapore.

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In addition to the classic tonkotsu and shoyu ramen options, the restaurant also has exclusives like Jiro Style Ramen ($14.90) and Iekei Style Ramen ($14.90) both of which feature thicker-than-usual noodles.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Lobster Broth Ramen Special ($21.90), Jiro Style Ramen ($14.90), Iekei Style Ramen ($14.90)

Address: 13 Stamford Road, #B1-35 Capitol, Singapore 178905
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-9.30pm | Sat-Sun 11.30am-9.30pm
Contact: 6337 7919 | Keisuke website

7. M5 Coffee – Taiwanese coffee chain’s first global branch

M5 Coffee, a renowned coffee chain hailing from Taiwan, is making its international debut in Singapore. 

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Drawing inspiration from majestic mountains such as Alishan and Mount Faber, M5 Coffee offers beverages that embody the spirit of these natural wonders. While you may not be soaking in the breathtaking views from the mountain peaks, you can still embrace the essence with a cup of their chio coffee. 

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Besides coffee, they also offer tea, non-caffeinated drinks and some desserts.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mount Faber ($7), Oatmeal Cookie Cup Latte ($9), Cactus Cupcake ($11)

Address: 277 Orchard Road, #B1-01, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 10.30am-8.30pm, Daily
Contact: M5 Coffee Instagram

8. The Coconut Club in Siglap – Weekend brunch specials

Siglap residents can now dig into Michelin-approved nasi lemak as The Coconut Club opens its second outlet in the area.

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The new branch introduces exclusive additions to its menu, such as the Dry Laksa ($21) and Apom Berkuah with Pisang Pengat ($16). In addition, fans of their sandwiches can now enjoy them throughout the day at their Siglap outlet, saving you the regret of missing out on the tea-time offerings at their Beach Road location.

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Price: $$$
Must-trys: Ayam Goreng Berempah Nasi Lemak ($21), Coconut Milk Cold Brew ($9)

Address: 97 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458222
Opening hours: Mon, Thurs & Fri 11am-9.30pm | Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Contact: 8028 3486 | The Coconut Club website

9. Planet Plus – All-pink dessert cafe near Orchard Road

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@planetplussg via Instagram

If you’re all about the aesthetics and have a thing for colour-themed cafes, then you’ll want to add this into your list. Planet Plus is a haven for pink enthusiasts. The cafe carries uniquely shaped cakes resembling red packets and fortune bags, as well as adorable creations featuring bunny and panda designs.

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Planet Plus is currently offering a Star Buddy Meal until 31st July 2023. The meal features pastries like the Galaxy Dome Cake and Croissant Sandwiches, as well as 2 cups of Lychee Coffee, so you can grab your best pal and treat yourselves to a nice coffee break.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Bisky Mango ($12.90), Cheese & Mochi Croffle ($6.50)

Address: 6 Scotts Road, #02-08, Scotts Square, Singapore 228209
Opening hours: 10.30am-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6518 4333 | Planet Plus website

10. PS.Cafe at Marina Bay Sands – Located along the iconic canal

Situated alongside the iconic canal in Marina Bay Sands, PS.Cafe offers a chic setting with parasols casting a charming shade under the natural light that filters through the glass ceiling. With this set-up, you might just be transported to a scene from Emily in Paris

Image adapted from: @pscafe via Instagram

Sample the outlet’s exclusive Buttermilk Chicken Nasi Lemak ($26), or order the crowd’s favourite Truffle Shoestring Fries ($18). A specially curated junior menu ($15) is also available for kids, featuring a variety of mains paired with a bowl of ice cream to complete the meal.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Truffle Shoestring Fries ($18), Buttermilk Chicken Nasi Lemak ($26)

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Canal Level #B2-119, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10.30am-10pm | Fri-Sat 10.30am-11pm
Contact: 6708 9288 | PS.Cafe website

11. ToMo Cafe – Unique coffee like Tiramisu Latte

Image credit: Ser Leng Kuai via Google Maps

While Joo Chiat has long been known for its rich Peranakan heritage, the neighbourhood continues to evolve with new cafes popping up every few months. Among them is ToMo Cafe.

Image credit: @tomocafesg via Instagram

This cosy cafe has a selection of brunch options, hearty sandos, and flavourful pastas. Those who love their coffee zhng-ed will appreciate their coffee menu, featuring interesting concoctions infused with tiramisu, black sesame, and even a hint of sea salt cream.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Iced Honeycomb Latte ($7), Grilled Prawn Pasta ($22)

Address: 189 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427460
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 9am-6pm | Fri-Sun 9am-9pm
Contact: ToMo Cafe website

12. Verandah Pool Bar & Grill – Floating meal at a rooftop pool

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There’s no need to fly to Bali just for a floating dining experience. Hop over to Verandah Pool Bar & Grill where you can soak in their reflection pool while enjoying some bar bites and refreshing drinks served on an IG-worthy floating tray.

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For those who prefer to stay dry, Verandah also has indoor seating where you can enjoy your meal while marvelling at the picturesque view of the Southern Ridges through the floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Price: $$$
Must-trys: The Verandah Sundown (From $98 for 2 pax), Argentinian Dirty Steak (From $20)

Address: 323 Alexandra Road, Level 7, Singapore 159972
Opening hours: 11am-12am, Daily

Bonus: Ben’s Cookies – Comeback at the same location

Image credit: Ben’s Cookies Singapore via Facebook

If you’ve been lamenting the early closure of Ben’s Cookies last year, depriving you of that last piece of cookie, here’s some sweet news for you. They have made a comeback at the very same spot in Wisma Atria, so you can finally head over to get a few pieces of that goodness after waiting for almost a year.

Price: $
Must-trys: Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Chunk

Address: 435 Orchard Road, #B1-50 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Contact: Ben’s Cookies website

Go for a food hunt this December

Whether you’re a big-time foodie or just looking for a spot to enjoy the company of your loved ones, try these new restaurants before the year wraps up. Swap your go-to eateries for these dining experiences this December. Who knows, you might have just found your new favourite hangout spot.

More restaurants and cafes for food hunters:

Cover image adapted from: Shin Wakusu via Google Maps, 


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