East meets best.
There’s good food everywhere in Singapore, and the East side is no exception. The Finder brings you this cafe guide that’ll bring you from Changi to the East Coast and all districts in between.
Yes, Forty Hands is not quite unknown nor hidden, but its latest cafe (opened in May as its only 2nd outlet in SG, after 8 years) occupies a former chicken rice shop along East Coast Road is new and hence, can be considered somewhat hidden from the general public — for now that is.
Given how its signature roasted cuppas and tau sar pau (steamed buns with red bean paste filling) are available here too, plus the added attraction of smashed avocado on toast and har cheong gai (shrimp paste chicken) waffles, will surely make this the go-to-cafe on the East side.
226 East Coast Rd, 428923
What began as a collective events space still holds the same beliefs — that the best form of nourishment is forging relationships. And second-best? At this tucked-away cafe reminiscent of a cosy Brooklyn roost, dig into comfort food like Crispy French Toast (pictured; available on weekends), Pumpkin Pancakes, and more.
30 East Coast Rd, Katong V, #01-11, 428751
While this is more of a gelato shop rather than a cafe, we have to give this place a shout out. The ice cream is made with natural botanical flavours like Strawberry Basil or Pandan, and they taste delicious. The interior is also extremely pretty and will provides a gorgeous backdrop for your Instagram snaps.
63 East Coast Road, #01-05, 428776
An artisanal cafe born out of a love of coffee discovered in London, you can’t justify not getting yourself a cuppa while you’re here. For the adventurous, try the Gula Melaka (palm sugar) affogato) — along with specialist cakes and breads freshly made by local bakers, healthy brunch fare, or not-so-healthy ones like the eponymous Penny Mac and Cheese.
402 East Coast Rd, 428997
Head here for TCS’ versions of local fare, especially since it just launched its new menu in June 2018. For mains, take on its fiery XO Prawn Aglio Olio, add one a side of sweet potato fries sprinkled with parmesan shavings and end the meal with a scoop gelato or ice cream (choose from durian, peanut butter & jelly, and more) served in a wafer bowl.
200 Netheravon Rd, 508529
If nothing else, this cute cafe‘s 3D latte art alone warrants a visit. Not to say that the food won’t tempt you — its Eggs Benedict is topped with rich Hollandaise sauce that marries the perfectly poached eggs and thick crusty homemade toast perfectly. Not a coffee person? Kick back with a pint or two at the alfresco dining area with some cheesy nacho fries.
4 Changi Village Rd, #01-2090, 500004
Singaporeans stepping into Sinpopo Brand will be filled with a sense of nostalgia as it is fitted out in a retro theme with familiar-yet-different food dishes. For expats, it’s a welcome curiosity, even more so once diners have browsed through the menu — locally-inspired fare like Sinpopo Sliced Wagyu Horfun (thick noodles) to sinfully rich beverages such as Kopi (local coffee) Affogato and Horlicks & Maltesers.
458 Joo Chiat Rd, 427671
Never mind that the menu here isn’t the most extensive – the Oven-Baked Molten Eggs and Melted Cheese is good enough to make the trip. The rich flavours all come together decadently with the avocado and smoked salmon – this is basically all of The Finder‘s favourite things on a single plate. That and its shelves-full of baked goods!
100 Guillemard Rd, 399718
How does this raw, zen cafe manage to keep its space so vibrant? By sharing its space with florist Dawn Q. After relocating from Club Street in Telok Ayer to the East Side, the menu has also expanded to include delish brunch fare to go with its coffees (which it takes quite seriously — the cafe instagram is a thirst-trap of caffeine!). Note: It will re-open at the end of July 2018 after a short reno.
87 Upper East Coast Rd, 455223
By Pinky Chng / Last updated by Christopher Ong Ujine, 16 July 2018.
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