Five new cafes in Singapore to visit

From instagrammable bentos to Japanese-Western fusion food and ice cream waffles, we’ve got both your tummy and IG feed covered.

Meagan Goh
Meagan Goh

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Published: 5 October 2020, 5:45 PM

If you’re in dire need of visiting new places to eat in Singapore, we’ve got you covered. 

From alcoholic gelatos to spicy marinated diced seafood Chirashi bowls, here are five new cafes you can head to that opened within the last two months:

1. Kyushu Pancake Cafe

Previously located at Novena Regency, Kyushu Pancake Cafe has reopened at Holland Village. Originating from Kyushu Japan, they have successfully brought their pancakes to other countries like Taiwan and Singapore. 

Kyushu pancake is located at the end of a stretch of shophouses along Holland Village.

The walls of the cafe are decorated with drawings by the owner, Jeffery Yap, a passionate sketcher. They have also invited five local artists from Urban Sketchers to sketch on the walls for their new outlet. 

The hand-drawn artworks add to the cafe’s warm and cosy environment.

Wondering what to get? Some of their best-sellers include: Eggs Benedict ($18.00), Bamboo Charcoal Waffle from their new autumn menu ($19.90), Dori Yaki Smoothie ($8.00), Tropical Fruit Tea ($7.90) and Cold Brewed Sencha Tea (bottle $9.90/cup $5.50).

If you’re into sweet and savoury things, the Eggs Benedict is perfect for you!
Their Cold Brew Sencha Tea is brewed with premium tea leaves and room temperature water.

The Bamboo Charcoal Waffle is fluffy and not too sweet, topped with a generous serving of vanilla ice cream and fruits. Charcoal is said to detox your body so this is a must-get for those who are in need of a body cleanse. 

You know their ingredients are really air-flown from Japan when their blueberries are this huge!

All their ingredients are air-flown from Miyazaki, Japan, to ensure that their food is fresh and of the highest quality. Their pancake mix is also free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives and processed starch. 

Address: Holland Village 25 Lor Liput, Singapore 277735

Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed on Mon

2. Rilakkuma - The Relax Cafe

Calling all Rilakkuma fans! 

Located in Orchard Central, the interior of the cafe is so colourful and cute, it instantly puts you in a good mood. The cafe has a seating capacity of 70 people with an exclusive private room for special occasions. 

The private room is perfect for celebrating birthdays!

With Rilakkuma plushies just lying around on the seats and tables, you will never run out of  props when taking pictures for the gram.

Your followers will be jealous of how kawaii your Instagram feed looks!

The items on the Rilakkuma inspired menu are curated and designed by bento food artist, Shirley Wong. We must say though, that while the bento art displays are really cute, don’t expect too much from the food. 

The dango was made of lotus seed buns to our surprise!

This kawaii immersive experience is of course, made complete with specially imported Rilakkuma merchandise that visitors can purchase. 

From Rilakkuma plushies to masks, who could resist such cute stuff?

Although the food here is on the pricey side, it is still worth a once in a lifetime experience, especially if you are a Rilakkuma fan. 

Address: Kumoya @ Orchard Central #04-08, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

Opening hours: 11am-9pm, daily

3. Daizu Cafe

Newly opened in July this year, Daizu Cafe is a minimalist Japanese-style cafe that serves Japanese-Western fusion food. 

The double storey cafe can accommodate up to 58 people. The first floor is bright and spacious whereas the warm lights on the second floor create a cozier atmosphere. 

FYI, the big windows on the first floor is perfect for people watching – if you’re into it.

You’ll be pleased to know that they allow studying and working but of course, only during non peak hours. 

Moving onto the food, the assorted seafood in the Chirashi bowl is sliced thickly which makes it more shiok to eat. The large portion will also keep you feeling full throughout the day. 

Daizu’s Spicy Bara Chirashi bowl comes with sushi rice topped with an assortment of spicy marinated diced seafood and edamame.

Unlike the usual chilli crab sauce that most of us are familiar with, their sauce has a spicier and sour punch to it. The chilli soft shell crab also comes with brioche sticks which is said to soak up the chilli crab sauce better than the traditional mantou. 

If you are a fan of chill crab and mantou, you should definitely give this a try – it packs a punch.

The staff also mentioned that they will be launching more soy products in November this year, so look out for that!

Address: 129 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218407

Opening hours: 10am-10pm, daily

4. Bloom Artisan Cafe

Situated in a neighbourhood between Yishun and Khatib MRT, Bloom Artisan Cafe is known for its wide range of gelato flavors. Some popular flavors include Whisky Crancherry and Strawberry Ricotta. 

Apart from gelatos, they also offer apple and mint flavoured sorbets.

Their creamy delicious gelatos are made with 100 per cent fresh ingredients with no artificial flavourings. In fact, they are closed every Tuesday for production as they make the gelatos themselves. 

Bloom Artisan offers home-made waffle cones, and the more uncommon sourdough waffles to go with your ice cream. 

Treat yourself to something cold and sweet to beat the heat!

A huge part of the Bloom Artisan experience is the ambience. While the cafe has limited seating capacity, the warm and friendly staff is what enhances the whole experience. 

The simple interior decor and warm lighting also helps to build a relaxing and cosy atmosphere that is perfect for winding down.

Address: Blk 645 Yishun Street 61, #01-322, Singapore 760645

Opening hours: 12pm-10pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 11am-10pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Tue

5. New Starbucks outlet at Katong Square

Global coffee chain, Starbucks, has just opened its newest outlet at Katong Square. Located inside a gorgeous heritage building, visitors will be greeted by the spacious walkways and the cheerful ambience.

Fun fact: This is the site of the former Joo Chiat police station during colonial times.

Its walls are donned with colourful artworks by local artist Danielle Tay, paying homage to the “rich peranakan heritage” of the Katong-Joo Chiat district. 

These candy-coloured paintings breathe life into the cosy atmosphere.

The opening of this new outlet would give easties a new option for their weekend tea-break or coffee hangouts. 

With their grey textured walls, vibrant coloured paintings and retrofitted windows that allow for ample natural light, this outlet might just be their most instagrammable one yet! 

Address: 86 East Coast Road #01-02, Katong Square Conservation Building

Opening hours: 8am-10pm, daily

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