Need a cool hangout for coffee and brunch? We help you keep tabs on the best new cafes in Singapore each month.
Imagine our shock when we learned about Sunday Folks and Le Matin Patisserie’s surprise closures. Where can we get our indulgent dessert and coffee fix now? Not to worry, folks – we’ve got your back with a kickin’ list of new cafes in Singapore for you to check out in March.
Best new cafes in Singapore: March 2024
This buzzy teh tarik joint is growing from strength to strength. If you’re weary of the long lines at its takeaway outlet across Sultan Mosque, skip the queue by popping over to its dine-in cafe – which bears the same name as its predecessor – at Bali Lane. You can find fan faves here, including the eponymous drink, teh karak, and saffron tea. There are also fancy options for you to try, like siphon teas and coffees, concoctions with cream cheese foam topping, and fizzy flavoured Americanos.
Another thing that sets this locale apart from the Arab Street flagship is the decor. Here, the look is industrial futuristic, with grey cement walls, neon lighting, and simple furniture. Be sure to check out the cool toilet!
Tarik, 16 Bali Lane, Singapore 189852
Betsubara Creamery & Cafe
When one door closes, another one opens. Though we’re crestfallen about Around’s closure, we’re pleased that Betsubara Creamery & Cafe has opened a new outlet in Tampines. Fun fact: “Betsubara” means separate stomach in Japanese, which suggests that we should always have room for desserts. How clever!
Those counting their calories will be glad to know the cafe’s offerings are low in fat and sugar. Pair your ice cream of choice with the signature Hokkaido butter waffles, which are crispy on the outside and chewy inside. While there are plenty of tables to enjoy your cold treats, we recommend you order them for takeaway and eat at the futuristic-looking area beside the counter.
Betsubara Creamery & Cafe, #01-01, Tampines GreenVerge, 625B Tampines Street 61, Singapore 522625
Cafe hopping experts should be familiar with this famous coffeehouse. After moving its operations to Bugis in late 2022, Penny U (as it’s lovingly known) expanded its presence with a new outlet in Geylang. Like its flagship cafe, this branch also sports a minimalist aesthetic further accentuated by natural lighting, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass walls lining the entrance.
What’s on the menu? Plenty of brunch staples, including the classic eggs Benedict, Harlem-style buttermilk chicken on waffles, and French toast. We recommend the steak frites if you’re hankering for something satisfying. Wash everything down with a selection of interesting coffee brews like espresso with milk, or jaffa mocha, which incorporates oranges.
Penny University, #01-06, Wisma Geylang Serai, 1 Engku Aman Turn, Singapore 408528
When did you last visit East Coast Park? If you can’t remember, set aside some time to drop by, ‘cos Jypsy has unveiled its second outlet within the expansive green space. Patrons can look forward to savouring contemporary Japanese cuisine against the oceanic backdrop.
Expect the classics such as the Jypsy salmon tacos, which pairs tortillas with crispy seafood, and the Nest of Fries, featuring crispy shredded potato drizzled with white truffle oil, wasabi mayo, and teriyaki sauce. Also check out the outlet-exclusive brunch menu featuring green tea soba salad, sous vide wagyu sando, and the Jypsy big breakfast. Psst: there’s even a kids’ menu for the little ones!
Jypsy, #01-25/26/27, Parkland Green, 920 East Coast Park, Singapore 449875
If you’re looking for a home away from home, you can find it at this new cafe in Clarke Quay. You’ll be greeted by a set-up reminiscent of a comfy bedroom at the entrance, so feel free to take loads of photos here. Climb the flight of (steep) stairs to the second floor, which looks like a beloved music studio, and let the warmth and familiar energy envelope you. Make yourself at home by grabbing a table near the window, which looks out on the Singapore River.
Pore over the extensive brunch menu for local faves and fascinating creations catering to every palate. The gochujang ayam nasi lemak presents the breakfast staple with a Korean twist, while voracious eaters will find comfort in Homie’s Breakfast, with its smorgasbord of sourdough toast, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, and tater tots. If you’re here on the weekend, a one-piece acoustic live band will accompany you with its soothing interpretation of popular hits.
Home Dawn, #02-03, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
Best new cafes in Singapore: February 2024
It always heartens us when we learn an online business has made the leap to set up a brick-and-mortar establishment. Ami Patisserie, which started as an online pastry shop in 2021, has just opened a standalone store in Scotts Road. Housed in a colonial bungalow, the new cafe’s interior is inspired by Kyoto‘s traditional wooden townhouses. Soft, natural light lends a gorgeous, inviting glow to the intimate 12-seater. Of course, everyone’s most looking forward to chef Makoto Arami’s creations, particularly his signature Mont Blanc tarts and choux puffs. Before you run to this new space, be sure to make reservations – the cafe doesn’t accept walk-ins.
Ami Patisserie, 27 Scotts Road, Singapore 228222
Speaking of Kyoto, if you’re not planning to visit the city this year, we know the next best option. The team behind Hvala has opened this new Japanese tea speciality spot in Ion Orchard. Inspired by Buddhist monk Ingen Ryuki (hence the name), here’s where you can enjoy a wide range of teas which are imported from Japan. Each tea can be brewed up to three times before losing its flavour profile. Take a seat and enjoy matcha blends, white teas, and cold brews. What pairs best with tea? Desserts, of course. The menu changes as and when, so you’ll get something different whenever you decide to visit.
Ingen Kyoto, #B3-15/16, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
You’re invited to step back to a time when analogue ruled the world. Occupying the second storey of a shophouse on Craig Road, Slow Boat is the first vinyl-listening cafe in Singapore. Browse through its collection (we spotted contemporary artists like Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and even K-pop bands such as Twice), pick what you want to listen to, and grab a seat on the plush chairs. Entry to this cool new cafe will set you back $30, which allows you to stay for an hour and includes a drink of your choice. We recommend a tall glass of iced yuzu tea – the perfect companion to music and whiling the day away.
Slow Boat, 2F, 45A Craig Road, Singapore 089683
For most people, birthdays are an intimate affair. That’s not the case for Patisserie Cle. This beloved pastry shop celebrates its fifth-year milestone by expanding its presence to River Valley. The expansion also signals brand new creations added to the menu, such as the apple nutmeg cake, a flagship exclusive that resembles the red fruit. If you like tropical flavours, sink your teeth into the Tropico Tart, which features mango and passion fruit compote as well as coconut mousse.
Those looking for something more filling will be happy to know there are breakfast treats, generous stacks, and other quick-meal options on the revamped menu. How does a honey paprika chicken croissant sandwich sound? The caramelised brioche toast, which comes with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream, sounds like a decadent dream for all sweet tooths. Keep your eyes peeled for its limited weekend specials too.
Patisserie Cle, 415 River Valley Road, Singapore 248314
Pardon our excitement – this is, without a doubt, the best of both worlds for us. Duxton‘s new kid on the block is a combination of an eclectic bookstore, which focuses on local literature, and a cosy coffee space. The menu is lean, boasting the standard coffee and tea orders alongside snacks and sandwiches. You can even make your own sando with ingredients such as baked beans, cheddar cheese, and eggs. Book Bar also serves as a gathering place where like-minded folks can meet and network through interesting events. If anything else, you can just grab a cuppa and have a chat about books with the founder, who’s there every day.
Book Bar, 57 Duxton Road, Singapore 089521
Best new cafes in Singapore: January 2024
The Tipo team has done it again; this time, it’s launched a vintage Italian concept in Jalan Besar. What’s different about this one? Unlike the OG’s DIY format, this iteration follows the Italian osteria style, with its menu divided into antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolce. Choose to order a la carte, though we highly recommend going for the set menu option – you’ll get more bang for your buck. Also, you can order the Tipo dishes you know and love at this eatery too.
Besides pasta, diners can look forward to homemade bread and pastries, including mushroom feta and bruschetta. Don’t get yourself too full though – you’ll want to save some space for desserts. While the tiramisu is a perennial favourite, try something new by ordering the olive oil cake or ricotta semifreddo. Sip and savour the housecraft beverages, mocktails, or non-alcoholic wine, and just watch the world go by at this cosy new cafe.
Tipo Osteria, #01-05, 16 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209186
Ugly Cones and Asylum: The Coffee Library
Are you into cold sweet treats? Make a mental note to visit this new hole-in-the-wall cafe on Orchard Road. The Japanese-inspired dessert store shines the spotlight on the oft-forgotten ice cream cone, making it the shop’s bonafide star. Be sure to get your hands on the signature Orijinaru Ugly Cone, which promises to elevate your ice cream experience.
Now, you may be wondering: what about the ice cream? Currently, the cafe is introducing three flavours that pair perfectly with the signature cone. Choose between chocolate, strawberry, and miruku-ame (a combination of Hokkaido milk, Madagascar vanilla, and mizuame). “Zhng” up your choice with mochi bites or flavoured jelly toppings.
Next door to the ice cream kiosk is a coffee library brought to you by the masterminds behind Asylum Coffeehouse. Step inside and let the librarians take you on a journey of all things coffee. You’ll learn about the where, when, what, how, and why of coffee beans, as well as marvel at myriad cold brews and coffee types. If you’re unsure of what to get, the cold brew comes highly recommended.
Ugly Cones, #B1-04, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
They say life is better with pets. Well, “they” have the right idea. If you’re inseparable from your furry friend(s), Plain Meredith is a haven where you two can spend time together outside of your home. Located within Singapore’s latest shopping mall One Holland Village, this cafe is regarded as an extension of the beloved Baker’s Brew.
A lot of thought has been put into the menus, which cater to humans and pets alike. Two-legged beings can feast on items such as steak and eggs, tagliatelle lamb ragu, and mouthwatering in-house creations like the Meredith salad and Plain Meredith burger. But before feeding yourselves, don’t forget to indulge your four-legged companions. The pet treat corner features tailor-made goodies pawparents can easily scoop out for their furkids.
This space also functions as an event space where you can host celebrations like your pet’s birthday. How cool is that? There’s always room for another pet-friendly institution in Singapore.
Plain Meredith, #02-23/24, One Holland Village, 7 Holland Village Way, Singapore 275748
Westies are probably still grieving over the closure of Lee’s Confectionery. Wipe those tears, folks, because the popular bakery has resurfaced at a new location and with a new name. Nickel derives from the French phrase “C’est nickel”, which means it’s perfect. We can’t think of a better name for this rebranded cafe. And why the move? It’s all thanks to customers’ requests. Middle Road is easier to reach compared to Jurong, yes?
The offerings may be slim at the mo (it’s in a soft launch phase), but that’s a good enough excuse to make return trips when Nickel has ironed everything out eventually. If you’re planning to drop by, enjoy viennoiseries and coffee. We have high hopes for this new cafe in Singapore.
Nickel, #01-01, 258 Middle Road, Singapore 188987
What’s the one thing you miss after returning from Taiwan? If you answered coffee, you’re in luck. The popular Louisa Coffee, which boasts over 180 outlets in Taipei, has opened its international store right here in Singapore. Residing within Guoco Midtown in Bugis, the specialty chain will serve fresh coffee and in-house bakes. Psst: we hear there’s a coffee roaster on site.
Those who are looking to do some work or power up their gadgets while sipping a cuppa will be glad to know there’s a power point at each table. No more having to share with other patrons!
Louisa Coffee, #01-13 & #01-14, Guoco Midtown, 130 Beach Road, Singapore 189774
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