Who wouldn’t be down for sumptuous grub in town? Get your coffee, chocolate and pancake fix around Orchard, Raffles Place and Downtown.
With a never-ending list of amazing restaurants, bars and cafes in the city, deciding where to eat and drink in Singapore is a legitimate first-world ordeal. And if you’re exploring the central part of the city – such as the CBD, City Hall, and Orchard Road – that problem can be a real nut to crack. Thankfully for you, we’ve narrowed down the best cafes in town for both hearty and healthy meals.
PS. Cafe One Fullerton
Adding to PS. Cafe’s lineup of outlets is its new location in One Fullerton, which opened in mid-August. It features panoramic views of the Marina, as well as multiple spaces like an open-air terrace and bar. Expect the design to be kept in PS. Cafe’s signature style – think sleek interiors and plenty of fresh florals or greenery. We’re certain it’ll be our new brunch hangout, but we’re just as excited to pop in for a luxe lunch or post-work cocktails.
Cafe One Fullerton will open in mid August at Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213.
The Dark Gallery
Get past the foreboding name, and you’ll find that The Dark Gallery is a chocolate-lover’s paradise. This new cafe at Millenia Walk specialises in artisanal dark chocolate desserts and beverages, with a special focus on high-quality single origin dark chocolate. Whether it’s chocolate macarons, ice cream, or cake that your heart desires, you’ll find exceptionally good chocolate treats here.
The Dark Gallery, #01-K5, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596. p. 6255 0368. Open daily 11am-9.30pm.
The popular Korean chain, Coffeesmith, will be opening up shop in Orchard Gateway soon. Made famous by being the shoot location for a couple of Korean drama series, Coffeesmith exudes chill vibes with its signature industrial and woody interior. Set to open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the perfect spot if all you want on the weekends are warm cuppas and late-night conversations with your significant other.
Coffeesmith Singapore, 277 Orchard Road #01-09A, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858, p. 8399 7900
PABLO Cheese Tart Café
The iconic Japanese brands finally makes its way to Singapore with the opening of PABLO Cheese Tart Café at Wisma Atria. The 78-seater cafe naturally features the Signature PABLO Freshly Baked Cheese Tart, along with other cheesy favourites like the mini cheese tarts, smoothies, and the PABLO soft-serve ice-cream. Truly a cheese-lover’s dream.
PABLO Cheese Tart Café, #01-02/03, 435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877. p. 6835 9269.
You can’t think of organic cafes in Singapore without thinking of Real Food – this health food institution is one of the island’s pioneers of the clean eats movement. These guys take their food seriously – dishes do not contain pre-cooked, processed food, or pre-cut ingredients, and are made with produce painstakingly sourced from farmers and raw food producers. Our favourite location’s the one at Orchard Central – the sprawling space contains 250 seats, a grocery section, and plush seating if you need a little respite.
Real Food, Various locations including Orchard Central and Far East Square.
Health junkies, skip your usual juice cleanses and smoothie bowls and give Amazake, a Japanese fermented rice drink, a shot. Brought to Singapore for the first time by Amamoto Café, Amazake is touted to have a myriad of health benefits such as promoting digestion and warding off fatigue. Sip on the naturally sweet Original ($4.80), or opt for the spruced-up versions like Matcha ($5) and Cold-Pressed Fruit Drinks with Amazake and unsweetened soy milk ($5.80). If you’re feeling peckish, try the savoury Salad & Quinoa with Chicken marinated with Amazake ($9.80).
Amamoto Café, #B1-39, One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, p. 9633 6536.
Up in the wee hours of the morning and desperately need a cuppa after cycling your way to work? This “bespoke cycling cafe” is exactly what you’re looking for. Open from 7am in the morning, the cafe serves up stellar coffee and whole, natural menu items – just what you need for a morning perk-me-up. On the menu, you’ll find wholesome dishes like the rice bowl with pan-seared sea bass, chick peas, broccoli, and guacamole as well as more indulgent treats like the pancake topped with fresh berries, and the AutoBus wagyu beef burger.
The AutoBus, #01-01, 6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815. Open weekdays 7am-10pm, weekends 7am-3pm.
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Food Rebel advocates knowing what goes into your body and the origins of food – they preach the 80/20 rule, where the outweighing percentage involves only eating real, unprocessed food. Pop by the 40-seater space in the afternoon for a healthier lunch – order up the nutrient-rich Buddha bowls, or hot mains of sustainable barramundi and chilli padi chicken sandwiches made with gluten-free bread.
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737. p. 6224 7088. Open weekdays 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm. Closed on Sun.