This underrated little enclave off Neil Road offers more than amazing coffee and great food. Here’s where else to go for fabulous pastries, local lifestyle labels, a hot shave and more
Everton Park was once hailed as the next Tiong Bahru, and it’s hardly a surprise. Nestled opposite the hip Duxton area, the quaint neighbourhood exudes an authentic suburban-hipster charm, thanks to the plethora of indie cafes, restaurants and stores amidst the old-school HDB setting. Below, we show you where to get your hands on top-notch coffee, gourmet sandwiches, wonderful baked goods, irresistible ice cream, comforting Korean grub, healthy poke, and even a spot of grooming for the lads.
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Nylon Coffee Roasters
One of Everton Park’s first hipster entrants, this “specialty coffee nano-roastery” is where you’d head to for a cuppa-to-go. Tiny in shop size but big on flavours, it specialises in six types of blends – all lovingly sourced from local producers from as far as Brazil and El Salvador. Seats are limited here, so make this your first stop of the day so you can cradle a cuppa as you explore the area’s grounds.
Nylon Coffee Roasters, #01-40, Blk 4 Everton Park, Singapore 080004, p. 6220 2330.
Just Want Coffee
Like its name suggests, this joint is the perfect no-frills hideaway for a caffeine fix. Look beyond the simple interior or menu – these guys are serious about the art of coffee-making. Coffee connoisseurs will be pleased with the vast selection of premium coffee beans from all over the world and different brewing methods, including syphoning and using a woodneck drip pot.
Just Want Coffee, #01-27, Blk 1 Everton Park, Singapore 081001, p. 6225 8115. Open Mon-Fri 830am-6pm; Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
On meeting founder Lily Kew, you’d be awed by her amazing skin. The secret lies in her organic skincare products (packaged in beautiful monochrome bottles) and cutting-edge technology she uses at her salon. On the treatment menu is a range of facials to treat skin concerns like acne and wrinkles; we particularly love the pore-unclogging Clear Skin Hydra Deluxe Treatment and exfoliating Black Chicken Remedies Aquadermabrasion Treatment. Major bonus points for the salon’s interiors – decked in black and white with brick walls lined with portraits of Coco Chanel, the salon is a serene, chic haven to wile your day away.
Kew Organics Facial Bar, Block 2, Everton Park #01-47, Singapore 081002.
First things first: Know that Alakai isn’t your standard poke place. For starters, founder Lon was actually raised in Hawaii and dishes out an authentic menu – like the original, poke here is served on a plate instead of the usual bowl. We love the convenience of the self-order kiosk, where diners can pick from signatures like the Yobo Poke Plate, which features a spicy Korean-style sauce, or build their own poke plate from selections of fish, sauce and rice or salad.
Alakai, 3 Everton Park #01-79, Singapore 080003
Tired of cookie-cutter flavours like salted caramel or dark chocolate? Everton Creamery serves up original flavour combinations like Earl Grey and Cream Cheese and avocado. Good news for health-conscious folks: gelato here uses natural ingredients and steers clear of artificial enhancers and chemical preservatives. Mark our words, we’ll be back for more.
Everton Creamery, 7 Everton Park #01-11, Singapore 080007.
Mister Moustache Barber Shop
These days, a gentrified residential enclave simply isn’t complete without a vintage-styled barber in its midst. Here, grooming-savvy lads can get their fix of fresh fades and dapper undercuts. Feel like you deserve a spot of pampering? Pop in for a clean, relaxing shave and stock up on new grooming must-haves, including beard oil and pomade.
If you consider yourself a spiffy dresser, you need to add onlyBrown to your rotation of shopping haunts. Within its charming space, you’ll find unique leather goods boasting classic designs and immaculate craftmanship, imported from as far as UK, Italy and Poland. But don’t expect to find your quintessential black leather goods here; as its name suggests, the store houses quality leather accessories in a spectrum of brown colour tones.
onlyBrown, Block 5, Everton Park, #01-22A, Singapore 080005.
Though the menu is limited, the affordable prices and wholesome Korean flavours at this unassuming restaurant will have you saying daebak! Order their traditional rice cakes or kimchi fried rice, and you’ll feel as though you’re eating right off the streets of Seoul.
Walnut Tree, #01-55, Blk 2 Everton Park, p. 6222 0502. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm.
Ji Xiang Confectionery
Take a break from the cool indie cafes for a second and see what Everton Park truly is – a HDB neighbourhood with old-school jewels. Ji Xiang Confectionery sells the crème de la crème of ang ku kuehs. Smooth with a range of generous fillings, this local dessert is the one thing you have to buy if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Ji Xiang Confectionery, #01-33, Blk 1 Everton Park, Singapore 081001, p. 6223 1631. Open Mon- Sun 9am-5pm.
If you’re a fan of white interiors and marble, you’ll love Marble Bistro: a clean-looking resto which serves up modern cuisine from an open kitchen. On the menu are dishes like Prawn Pot Noodles (somen with butter-poached glass prawn and soft-boiled egg) and Honeystars and Milk: a savoury dish of pumpkin meringue with milky chicken soup which impressively resembles its breakfast cereal-inspired name.
Marble Bistro, 6 Everton Park #01-18, Singapore 080006.
My Wines Asia
Modest in appearance but exceptional in its wine selection, My Wines Asia stocks quality vino labels including the Fuller 88 series range, which is known to suit the Asian palate.
My Wines Asia, #01-44, Blk 4 Everton Park, Singapore 080004, p. 6221 6887.