In this month's edition of Hot New Cafes: DW Workshop, Ajoomma Korean Dessert Cafe, The Pound, and more
By now, you probably know that cafes in Singapore come in various sizes and styles, providing a vast myriad of options that show why we have one of the best cafe cultures in the world – from appetising grub and heavenly brewed beverages to impeccably designed interiors that are both inspiring and inviting. While keeping up with the number of cafes these days can prove to be an arduous task, it’s a challenge (and joy) that us Honeycombers embrace! Get ready to head over to Rochester Park, Holland Village and more to discover these five hot new cafes in Singapore.
Head down to this exquisite cafe – hidden within the walls of a black and white colonial heritage house – that’s tucked away within the lush greenery of Rochester Park. Aside from its well-curated interior that encapsulates the juxtaposition of old with new, DW Workshop (top image) also packs quite a punch with its contemporary food fare. If you’re working around the area, try their delicious healthy rice bowls that are only available during weekdays, and complete your meal by grabbing a cuppa Joe from its selection of best-in-class coffee. What’s more? DW Workshop offers curated workshop experiences, making it a fantastic venue to eat, drink, and even create!
DW Workshop, 41 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138582, p. 6659 0879. Open daily 9.30am-10.30pm.
Ajoomma Korean Dessert Cafe
In this sweltering heat, we cannot be more grateful for Ajooma Korean Dessert Cafe for bringing us yet another goodness of our favourite cooling dessert (Korean Bingsu!) to beat the heat. Located at the hip and happening neighbourhood of Holland Village, this laid-back dessert spot offers a smorgasbord of palate-pleasing bingsu flavours such as oreo bingsu, strawberry bingsu and mango bingsu. If you’re looking for more than just an ice-cold sweet treat, you can relish its alternative food offerings like Korean waffles and toast. And heads up all you incorrigible alehounds; you might wanna give its Korean beers a shot.
Ajoomma, 36 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277693, p. 6816 2996.
Established by a Korean family, this recently opened small bistro at Sultan Plaza specialises in Dutch iced coffee. Here. you can get Dutch iced coffee made in-house with beans and blends of various origins such as Ethiopia Limu Agaro Coffee and the smoky Disco Signature Blend. Looking for extra add-ons for your tummy? Get an assortment of delectable sweet treats – from homemade blueberry muffins to freshly-baked pound cakes. With its refined, minimalist and classy interior decked with black and wooden furniture, you’re also bound to stay here for a photo opp or two.
The Pound, #01-17B Sultan Plaza, 100 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199001. Open Mon-Sat 9am-6.30pm. Closed on Sun.
Tok Panjang Peranakan Café
Peckish for some Peranakan food? Then look this way. Helmed by Bob and his Peranakan family from Katong who have successfully run the House of Peranakan Cuisine at Frankel Avenue and House of Peranakan Petit at Tiong Bahru, this family-run cafe is known for dishing out classic Nyonya dishes and delicacies that are arduously prepared with premier ingredients. Must-tries here include items like the assam laksa and bibik’s fried bee hoon. For dessert, have a go with its Ngoh Hiang desserts.
Tok Panjang Peranakan Café, 392 East Coast Road, Singapore 428992, p. 9663 3392. Open Tue-Sun 9am-9pm.
Birds Of Paradise
Know what’s even better than ice cream? Super smooth gelato (made fresh daily) at this new gelato house on East Coast Road. But what makes them truly special is their array of signature flavours. The gelato here is made using natural and botanical ingredients like basil and blue ginger, and is heavily influenced by Southeast Asian palates – creating a refreshing gelato experience with aromas close to home.
Birds Of Paradise, #01-05, 63 East Coast Road, Singapore 428776, p. 9678 6092. Open Tue-Fri 4.30pm-10pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm. Closed on Mon.