A great cup of coffee, excellent food, and perhaps a snazzy backdrop for a casual snap or two.
Are you suffering from post-vaycay blues? Still trying to settle back into the SG routine after your wonderful holiday? Fret not, we’ve rounded up some awesome cafes right here on the island that’ll take you to faraway, exotic places while you enjoy some drinks and snacks. Leave your passport at home, all you need is a long lunch break or a free weekend afternoon.
If you’re all about Latin-American flavours, love your meat grilled and your spices kickin’ hot, you’ll want to make a reservation at Panamericana Singapore right away. With their signature “farm-to-fire” philosophy, look forward to wolfing down a fresh, hearty meal while enjoying the stunning view this jewel offers. Our recommendations? Its refreshing Peruvian Ceviche ($18) with green mango and fresh slices of snapper, or the Land and Sea ($28) which is an intriguing mix of crackling roast belly and scallops topped with jicama salsa. Don’t forget the Churros ($14) with dulce de leche which will send you to dessert heaven.
Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, 099892
Tel: 6253 8182
The spot to be for Francophiles and lovers of French cuisine alike, Merci Marcel’s Parisian-inspired decor will sweep you right off your feet. Our favourite is the beautifully chic garden patio that sports lush greenery, bricked walls and natural light — perfect for the ‘gram. Standing out amongst the many hipster cafes in Tiong Bahru with its large menu, you’ll find a rotating cheese menu, main dishes, and sharing plates available. You must get a croissant while you’re at it — light, buttery and crispy, the humble pastry is done perfectly here. Don’t forget to browse their wide selection of wines, spreads and cheeses and bring a little French flavour back home with you.
#01-68, 56 Eng Hoon Street, 160056
Tel: 6224 0113
Calling all book lovers, this picturesque cafe is the place you’ve been looking for. Emitting elegant English vibes, get comfy here with a good novel and some coffee against a backdrop of towering bookshelves, quirky oddities and plush couches. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to London. You may want to skip breakfast and drop in early, since it’s worth noting that their brunch offerings are very popular and affordable.
19 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089833
Tel: 6223 1608
When you think of comfort food, does a piping hot burger and a side of fries, all washed down with a frothy milkshake come to mind? If so, you’ll have to hit up Overeasy. Featuring Instagram-ready neon signs and arcade game machines, dig into classic American fare in this picturesque diner straight out of old comic books. Take it from Overeasy: They’re “familiar, but never boring”.
#01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, 049213
Tel: 6684 1453
#01-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, 238881
Tel: 6684 1453
While going on a regular vacation can have one gain some weight (from all the yummy food you’re bound to try!), eating at this tropical-themed cafe is unlikely to. Beriwell not only serves up Bali vibes, but also healthy and deliciously fruity snacks. Grab a berry delicious signature acai soft serve with your choice of toppings ($6.90/$9.90) and enjoy the icy cold treat while hanging out at their wooden tables and rattan chairs. While you’re at it, take a photo against their coconut tree murals for that Instagram-worthy shot.
#01-01, 19 East Coast Road, Singapore 428746
Tel: 6684 1453
The journey is as important as the destination, so hop on-board the aircraft-themed Sushi Airways. Resembling the interior of a plane, the quirky restaurant is staffed by people dressed as flight attendants, though thankfully the meals are not plane food. Dine with your head up in the clouds and choose between a mouthwatering array of sushi, sashimi, hand rolls and other Japanese dishes. If you’re up for a special treat, an Omakase degustation menu is available ($180 to $250 per pax), complete with seasonal specialty items that are freshly flown in every week.
20a Baghdad Street, 199659
Let Walking On Sunshine transport you to the Korean countryside, and feast on Western fare with a Korean twist (think Bulgogi and Mixed Bean Salad ($19.50) and Spicy Pork Panini ($17.50)) while you sit surrounded by lush floral and botanical decor, complete with rustic wooden tables. A peaceful oasis in the middle of town. Complete with an in-house hair salon, nail bar and photo studio, this may just be your squad’s next favourite hangout spot.
#03-07 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, 238896
Tel: 8877 8800
Dreaming of spending an idyllic getaway on one of Greece’s many gorgeous islands? Get one step closer to your dream destination and treat yourself to some authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Blu Kouzina. Gather a few friends and indulge in their plates of flavourful food, such as the Kalamaki Souvlaki ($20.80), a beef kebab served with fresh onions, sliced tomato, and pita, and the Xtapodi ($39.80), a firm yet tender grilled octopus. Made with fresh ingredients directly from Greece, you’ll definitely feel refreshed after a meal spent lounging by the lovely floor-to-ceiling windows of this white-and-blue themed eatery.
#01-21, Dempsey Hill, 10 Dempsey Road, 247700
Tel: 6875 0872
A Californian dream come to life, this hip spot on Duxton Road specialises in barista-made coffee using beans from San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee. The main draw here, though, is the lifestyle concept store which sells global merchandise, with an emphasis on men’s clothing. Expect to find brands like Katin and Alex Mill here.
75 Duxton Rd, 089534,
Tel: 6304 8077
Singaporeans seem to be travelling more than ever, so it’s appropriate that the island got its first ever travel-lifestyle concept store in Tampines. There’s a travel concierge counter to help you plan and book your travels, and a flyer-laden wall bedecked with brochures to inspire your planning. Everything here is travel-themed. The menu’s presented on a departure timing board, and the seating area has been made to look like a series of train cabins. On the food front, expect a range of Asian-fusion snacks and meals – as well as coffee and other beverages.
10 Tampines Central 1, 529536
Text: Zoe Zeng and Gayatri Bhaumik/ Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2019
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