Brunch lovers, caffeine fiends and sweet tooths, here are seven reasons why you should head to Serangoon for an afternoon of cafe-hopping!
Serangoon has it all, doesn’t it? In addition to the famous Chomp Chomp hawker centre, the area is packed with some of Singapore’s best cafés too! Whether you’re looking for an ice cream café or weekend brunch, we’ve sussed out seven of our favourites in this lively neighbourhood.
Try something a little adventurous with these affordable brunch offerings at Sunday Market. Its brunch menu features unconventional, localised takes on brunch classics like the French toast BBQ char siew chicken, and the duck pancakes served with orange Hoisin. Diners with a sweet tooth have other specials to choose from like The Phoenix, a thick cinnamon brioche toast with matcha custard, berries and Thai milk tea ice cream.
Sunday Market, 22 Lim Tua Tow Road, Singapore 547772. p. 6287 8880. Open weekdays 11am-11pm, weekends 9am-9pm.
Wimbly Lu Chocolates
This one hardly needs any introduction, especially if you’re a dessert addict. This cosy café on Jalan Riang does up some fantastic desserts that’ll be a hit with sweet tooths. Chocolate lovers can sink your forks into the root beer cake with vanilla ice cream – an absolute favourite of mine because of the intense sarsaparilla notes. Other must-tries include the waffles and the rich sticky date pudding.
Wimbly Lu Chocolates, 15-2 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987. p. 6289 1489.
The Plain Jane
It’s hard to distinguish between the sea of cafes offering the usual brunch bites like eggs Benedict and English brekkies, but The Plain Jane’s forte lies in something a little less conventional – Swiss rolls. The café, decked out in vintage kitsch, serves up specialty Swiss rolls in seasonal flavours. Popular classics include the matcha cream Swiss roll – light, fluffy and filled with subtly sweet matcha cream with a tinge of bitterness.
The Plain Jane, #01-10, 211 Serangoon Avenue 4, Block 211, Singapore 550211. p. 6281 2477.
Get out of the heat and cool off at this ice creamery specialising in offbeat flavours. The ice creams here as much a treat for the eyes as the taste buds, so you’ll want to grab snaps of their vividly coloured flavours. Choose from flavours like Thai milk tea, mint choc chip and seasonal varieties like Champagne chocolate. If you’re in the mood to really treat yourself, order your favourite scoop along with a molten chocolate cookie.
KOOKS Creamery, 211 Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-02, Singapore 550211. Open Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm. Closed on Mon.
Sun Ray Café
Great coffee and a room full of gleeful dogs? This must be some kind of heaven. In addition to the playful ambience afforded by the diner’s pups, you’ll get to tuck into hearty bites like the pulled chicken sandwich as well as the classic grilled chicken. Celebrate your pooch’s birthday with their fellow fur friends here, and treat them to a mean meatloaf as well!
Sun Ray Café, 79 Brighton Crescent, Singapore 559218, p. 6283 8700. Open Mon-Tue 6pm-11pm, Wed-Thu 11am -11pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-11pm.
The Coffee Daily
The area around Serangoon Gardens Circus can get a little hectic at times, so when we’re after a more laid-back spot to chill, The Coffee Daily is at the top of our list. The cafe, decked out in a hodgepodge of old-school furniture, serves up unique brunch dishes like the Speculoos waffles and the laksa pasta, along with classic brunch dishes like eggs Benedict. And, if you’re craving a little boozy indulgence, The Coffee Daily also has an impressive selection of craft beers.
The Coffee Daily, 75 Brighton Crescent, Singapore 559216. p. 6284 8894.
Okay, brunch can sometimes feel a little chi-chi, but Arbite dials down the pretentiousness with its well-executed, straight-to-the-point fare. For dessert, a must-try is its Gula Melaka Tiramisu, a local twist on the rum-soaked dessert. Or get the smoked salmon pancakes which is a stack of fluffy pancakes with basil cream cheese, watermelon, almond flakes and toasted sesame, topped with a poached egg.
Arbite, 66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962, p. 9456 3807. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-1030pm, Sat 9am-1030pm, Sun 9am-10pm.