People say that the cafe culture is dying in Singapore. It is not true, patrons still go to cafes; it’s just that the economic downturn has affected the pockets of parents who fund their children to pursue their dreams of opening cafes.
How does the poor economy affect the cafe culture in Singapore? I prognosticated the trend earlier this year and it has become more pronounced:
-less capital means smaller shop space, which in turn means that cafes focus on takeaway items;
-that also means that cafes have to become more specialized, like ice cream shops or cake shops;
-new independent cafe owners have to open in residential and heartland areas to cut costs;
-since it’s risky for green birds who are interested to open a cafe at this time, and since shops still have to be rented out, many established cafes take the opportunity to expand and open their second or nth outlet. Investors with strong backing are also moving in.
Of course, like many generalizations, there are exceptions. But I present to you 16 cafes and takeaway kiosks as proof of my generalizations:
Baker’s Brew Studio
290 Orchard Road, #05-46 Paragon Shopping Centre, Singapore 238859
Tel: +65 6909 0669
Baker’s Brew Studio, which offers baking classes for corporates and amateurs, has opened their third outlet at Paragon. This outlet also serves as a cafe with cakes and coffee from Papa Palheta.
The Big Cheese
91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-59, Singapore 189652
Tel: +65 8147 0485
11am-2pm, 6pm-10pm, closed Mon
The Big Cheese sells DIY mac-and-cheese which you can customize and choose your toppings. There are few tables and it functions best as a takeaway outlet.
600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-08A, 600@Toa Payoh, Singapore 319515
Black Mamba serves Italian black charcoal yogurt. Limited seats. Best to takeaway.
Cone Island Singapore
17 Petir Road, Hillion Mall #B2-43, Singapore 678278
Tel: +65 9636 1170
They sell mini ice cream cones.
88 Rangoon Road #01-04 Singapore 218374
Tel: +65 8813 1086
T-F 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm
This cafe has a magical garden theme. Expect drinks to come bubbling like portions, and changing colors as you mix them.
Happy Ice Dessert Cafe
5001 Beach Road, #01-29/30/31 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
Tel: +65 9380 9028
They serve Korean bingsu, Shibuya toast, Hong Kong eggettes, and Taiwanese shaved ice.
10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines One #B1-32, Singapore 529536
Le Castella sells egg sponge cakes, that uses 58 eggs in a cake. It’s originally from Taiwan. Opening some time this month.
Leng Leng Ice Cream
116 Changi Road, #01-11 Singapore 419718
12pm-9pm, closed Wed
Another ice cream shop with retro theme.
2 Handy Road, The Cathay #01-08 Singapore 229233
Tel: +65 9837 3187
Sun-Th 1pm-10pm, F & Sat 1pm-11pm
After their first outlet at Icon Village at Tanjong Pagar, Matchya has opened their second outlet at The Cathay. They now have four soft-serve flavors and this outlet has a small dining area.
20, Cecil Street, #01-07, GSH Plaza, Singapore 049705
Tel: +65 8251 4776
.mo-ii is a minimalist cafe serving healthy food free of preservatives and refined sugar. It’s opening some time this month.
1187 Upper Serangoon Road #01-63 The Midtown, Singapore 533971
Tel: +65 6386 8198
Besides specializing in eclairs and macarons, they serve pastas at their cafe.
75 Duxton Road Singapore 089534
Monument Lifestyle is a cafe-cum-clothing shop.
O Mamma Mia Singapore
Causeway Point #01-K04 and Clementi Mall #01-11
Tel: +65 6733 2500
This is pretty insane. They opened two shops within days of each other: the kiosk at Causeway Point opened on 17 Mar and the shop at Clementi Mall opened on 24 Mar. They sell pizzas. The original pizzeria came from Spain with 40 years of history. Yup, Italian food from Spain. Go figure.
31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle #01-03, Singapore 098375
Tel: +65 6334 3832
M-F 8am-10pm, Weekends 8am-2.30pm
Schmear is a New York styled delicatessen serving homemade hand-rolled bagels and other New York favorites.
22 Cross Street #01-63 Singapore 058334
M-F 8.30am-10pm, Sat 10.30am-10pm
Tel: +65 6222 3695
By day a teahouse (which also serves coffee), by night a sake bar. But if you want sake in the day, I’m sure they will oblige. They also sell cakes, sandwiches, and croissants.
Sticks N’ Stones
212 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 Singapore 689475
Sun-Th 1.30am-11.30pm, F & Sat 1pm-1am
The halal-certified shop serves ice cream in homemade cones and on freshly made waffles.
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–Magic and Monsters: New Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, and Hawkers in Singapore – January 2017
Photo credit: All photos are taken from the respective establishments’ facebook pages.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: New Restaurants