You can’t claim to be the cafe-hopping foodie that you are if you’ve never explored the heartlands and what they have to offer. Try these places before anyone else, and they’ll have you wishing you live in these ‘hoods.
Unless you’ve got insider info, you probably wouldn’t chance upon this hidden gem, sat inside a community club in the East. And their wallet-friendly brunch fare is as much of a pleasant surprise – dishes like the Butcher’s Daughter (sous-vide seared beef, fluffy scrambled eggs and fries) and the Peanut Butter Jelly Toast are all priced under $15.
#02-07 Tampines West Community Club, 5 Tampines Ave 3, Singapore 529705
NEXT: Mingle Mangle →
Photography is hard work, ok? And so, this photography-themed ice cream parlour was established by a photographer as a place for shutterbugs to chill out and refuel. Enjoy sweet treats while you check out the photo gallery that showcases the works of budding local talents. (Foie gras ice cream, anyone?)
#02-07 Block 476, Upper Serangoon View, Singapore 537476
NEXT: Out Of The Cake Box →
“We Make Cakes Awesome”, they say. And they sure do, whether cake, tart, or cookie. They also do customised cakes for your special occasions and hold baking and decorating workshops.
#01-173 Block 45, Telok Blangah Dr, Singapore 100045
NEXT: Buttercake n Cream →
Of course a cafe so named has yummy homemade desserts and cakes. And more – tuck into Italian and Western fare like the Grilled Ribeye, or comfort food with a local twist like the Sunny Side Otah Burger.
#01-52 Block 106, Clementi St 12, Singapore 120106
NEXT: Castel Cafe →
Who says you can’t get authentic Italian cuisine in the ‘hood? Castel Cafe serves over 50 types of pizza and pasta at “neighbourhood prices”, as they put it. Mouth-watering specialties include Pescatora pizza, meat lover aglio olio pasta, Gnocchi Di Patate, Crepelle Di Spinaci, and their signature Castel Pizza.
#01-1940, 555 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560555
NEXT: Archipelago Creamery →
This dessert parlour is open until midnight every day so you have plenty of time to get here. Their Shibuya toast buttery bread cubes inside a small loaf of bread, topped with vanilla ice cream, fruits and whipped cream.
#01-09 Block 60, Jurong West St 91, Singapore 649040
NEXT: Revelry →
Waffles everything! This cafe serves up a selection of waffles, but it’s the savoury waffles that intrigue us: they’ve got Revelry Signature Burffle, Chicken and Waffles, and even Waffle Pizza (gooey, melty cheese included!)
#01-02 21 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598123
NEXT: Jimmy Monkey Cafe →
Set up by a true blood native Melbournian (and we all know how much they love their coffee), Jimmy Monkey promises the “ultimate coffee experience”, with amazing coffees made with beans roasted on-site from some of the best independent farms to go with simple yet satisfying brunch fare.
#01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-North Gateway, Singapore 138643
NEXT: Penny University →
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 affogato) – along with specialist cakes and breads freshly made by local bakers or equally indulgent savoury options like the eponymous Penny Mac and Cheese.
402 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428997
NEXT: Breans & Cream →
This cozy neighbourhood ice cream parlour makes their own ice cream of various flavours, including some really unique ones like Thai Iced Tea. P.S. ask about the Flavour of the Month specials!
#01-260 Block 347, Bukit Batok St 34, Singapore 650347
NEXT: Brothers in Fine Food →
By Muneerah Bee, last updated November 2017
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