This pastel pink-hued café in town is the perfect place to relax after a long shopping trip! Wanderlust is a multi-label café concept located within Takashimaya’s department store and houses several F&B and lifestyle concepts under one roof: you can get beautifully decorated tartines or enjoy aesthetic desserts by Cream & Custard alongside coffee and tea.
Wanderlust’s vibe is soothing with pastel pink walls, accented by wood and rattan furniture. Must trys from the dessert selection include the Passion Meringue Tart ($9.90) that’s shaped like a daisy flower, Raspberry Lychee Cake ($9.90) that resembles a red rose and the Galaxy Cake ($9.90), just to name a few. On the same floor as the café are other shops selling lifestyle accessories, handmade crafts, apparel and jewellery.
Address: 391A Orchard Road Takashimaya Department Store, Level 3 Ladies’ Department, 238873
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm daily
Image Credit: Cynthia Leung
Alcove is the newest French-inspired café on the block, nestled in the bustling Kovan area. Alcove’s menu features a fresh take on French classics with European twist, and each dish is carefully and meticulously prepared to be both pleasing to the eyes and the palate. 1-Michelin starred Chef Haikal Johari takes charge of the food at Alcove, serving mains like Fromage Cromesquis ($9.50), Wagyu Onglet Steak Frites ($29.90), Chicken Vin Blanc ($27.90), Potage Crecy with Blue Swimmer Crab ($9.90) and more.
The Scandinavian-inspired ambience is homey and welcoming, made to feel like you’re nestling into a cosy “alcove” or nook and a place to engage in warm conversations alongside good food. The café also has a bakery where you can get classic bakes like viennoiseries, bread, cookies and cakes; and they also serve a range of French desserts, coffees, teas, juices, wines and more.
Address: 2 Kovan Road, #01-10 Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 8am-6pm
3. The Glasshouse
If you frequent a lot of cafés in Singapore, you’re probably familiar with The Glasshouse at CHIJMES, a super popular spot for brunch and coffee, especially on the weekends. For fans of the café, you’ll be glad to know that they’ve officially opened their second outlet at Neil Road! Glasshouse is bringing everything you love about the old space to a brand new, and much bigger location!
While the CHIJMES outlet is much smaller and often has long waiting times, the new outlet is much more spacious and has plenty more communal-style dining tables to accommodate larger groups. Glasshouse is also known as a specialty toast bar, so you can definitely expect to see some of their popular toast dishes on the menu as well. Highlights include Caprese Ricotta Tartine ($22), Roast Beef Sanger ($28), Creamy Smoked Salmon Rillette ($20) and more.
Address: 136 Neil Rd, #01-01, Singapore 088865
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-6pm
4. Woodlands Sourdough
Bread lovers will absolutely dig Woodlands Sourdough, a popular specialty bakery best known for their sourdough bakes, bread and brownies. They have an outlet at Upper Thomson, and have since opened another outlet in Chinatown! The new outlet is a small takeaway joint tucked along Club Street, and they have several benches/stools parked outside the space for if you want to dig into your bakes ASAP.
They offer a selection of sweet and savoury breads, pastries and bakes that are made fresh daily. Must try items include the Big Ol’ Cinnamon Bun ($5.50), Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake ($5.50), Cheddar Jalapeno Pocket Bread ($4), Blueberry Pistachio Financier ($6) and many more. Their Grilled Cheese Toasties ($12) are also a mega hit among customers.
Address: 31 Club St, #01-02, Singapore 069468
Opening Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 8.30am-3pm
5. Coffee Donkee
This is a charming little Japanese coffee house along the bustling Haji Lane with a unique method of brewing coffee. If you’re a coffee aficionado, you’re probably familiar with the various ways of brewing coffee: filter, hand drip, and the like. But have you ever heard of Immersion Brew? Coffee Donkee specialises in a one-of-a-kind immersion brew method where the coffee is immersed and boiled in water for 2 minutes before serving.
The café oozes warm and cosy autumnal vibes, and you can sip your coffee from one of the gorgeous ceramic Japanese coffee cups on display. They also have a retail store selling some specialty coffee beans, and a functional outdoor swing that makes for great photo ops!
Address: 51 Haji Lane, Singapore 189244
6. Brotherbird Bakehouse
The popular Brotherbird might be closing down their iconic Bali Lane outlet, but it’s definitely not the end for the cult-favourite bakehouse and croissanterie! They have recently opened a new takeaway joint in the CBD at CIMB Plaza! If you’re working in the area, feel free to stop by for walk-in purchases and you can shop their classic croissant flavours and danishes as well.
The outlet also offers self-collection for pre-orders and currently they only open on weekdays, not on weekends. Pick from one of the 14 retail flavours available at the outlet such as Pistachio Twice-Baked, Mentaiko Prawn Twice-Baked, Earl Grey Milk Chocolate, Rocher, Passionfruit Meringue and more. Note that while Brotherbird isn’t halal-certified, they don’t have any pork, lard or alcohol in their items.
Address: CIMB Plaza #B1-23 (beside Chi Cha San Chen), 30 Raffles Pl, Singapore 048622
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4.30pm
7. La Forêt
If you know Nicole’s Flower, you’re probably familiar with the family of botanical-inspired cafés and restaurants under the group, now formally known as Fleurosophy Group. Fleurosophy is home to gorgeous floral concepts like @cafedenicolesflower, @lejardinsingapore, @underderlindensg and @cesoirsg; and La Forêt is the latest addition to the group, with a stunning nude-toned autumnal vibe.
Unlike their other café concepts, La Forêt is more of a dessert house, with only one menu offering at the moment: a 3-course afternoon tea set for 2 at $98. The botanical high tea set includes 2 savoury canapês, an Egg Mayo Sandwich and Tomato Tart; beautiful desserts for sharing, your choice of premium flower tea and mignardises served atop a chess board. They also offer sparkling teas, coffee, cocktails, mocktails and wine to go with your food. For more details, see our full article here.
Address: 5B Portsdown Rd, #01-04, Singapore 139311
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm
If you’re a frequent café hopper, you’ve probably already tried the insta-famous SYIP café, known for having snaking queues even as soon as they open for the day. If you don’t wish to queue at their Farrer Park outlet, you’ll be glad to know that they’ve finally expanded with a brand new outlet at the Luzerne Building! Thankfully, the new outlet is much bigger than the original, so you’re more likely to get seated faster than if you were to dine at their first outlet.
Like the original, the new SYIP maintains the brand’s minimalist concept, featuring mostly greys and silver decor. The new location is also very airy and spacious, with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light during the day. SYIP is also known for their hearty and comforting brunch items like the signature Breakfast Tart ($21), Grilled Truffle Cheese Toastie ($18), Octopus Mentaiko Rosti ($23) and more.
Address: 72 Bendemeer Rd, #01-05, Singapore 339941
Opening Hours: 9am-6pm daily
9. Anagram Coffee
This is possibly one of the most beautiful coffee joints we’ve seen in Singapore, with a simple and minimalist aesthetic and a rustic touch with nude tones, wood accents and mismatched carved wooden stools—the place oozes warm and cosy cabin vibes.
Located in Queenstown’s Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, Anagram is a specialty coffee joint where you can expect classic coffee brews like White (from $6), Black (from $5), Piccolo ($4.50), Filter Brew (from $8), Chai Tea (from $7) and more. Seats are extremely limited, with only a couple of indoor bar seats and bench seating as well as several outdoor small tables.
Address: 370 Alexandra Rd, #01-13A Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, Singapore 159953
Opening Hours: 8am-6pm daily
10. Parallel Coffee Roasters
Coffee lovers and connoisseurs alike will be no stranger to the name Parallel Coffee Roasters, an independent local coffee roastery in Singapore boasting globally sourced, locally roasted and freshly packed coffee beans. If you’re looking to pick up some freshly roasted and ground coffee for your brews, Parallel Coffee Roasters is the place to go. While Parallel Coffee’s roastery was previously closed to the public, they have just recently announced that the roastery and bar will be open to the public, so you can swing by to pick up your coffee supply and enjoy a fresh cuppa as well!
Parallel Coffee Roasters is located in Tagore Lane, a more secluded industrial area but with a super airy and spacious ambience that’s perfect for relaxing while enjoying a good cup of coffee. Here you can enjoy some simple pastries with your coffee like Croissants (from $4.50) and Pain au Chocolat ($6.50) along with your coffee. Parallel Coffee prides themselves on their affordable coffees (from $2.90) and they don’t charge extra for iced options!
Address: 118 Tagore Lane, #01-02, Singapore 787549
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-5pm
11. Piccolo by Hei Kim
Piccolo is a cosy little dessert café and coffee spot in Far East Plaza, a nice quiet spot for you to sit back and relax after shopping around or after one of your beauty appointments in the mall. Piccolo is opened by the folks behind the now-shuttered Hei Kim Café in Changi Road.
The newly opened Piccolo has a minimalist industrial-meets-rustic vintage aesthetic, with grey textured floors and walls accented with retro-looking wooden tables and marble countertops. Hei Kim specialises in coffee and desserts, and their desserts are made intentionally less sweet. Must try sweets include the Burnt Cheese Cake ($7), Honey Layered ($9), Black Sesame Matcha ($9) and more.
Address: 14 Scotts Rd, #03 22, Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm; Saturday, 8.30am-5.30pm; Sunday, 8.30am-5pm
12. Lazy Day Café & Bar
This quaint brunch café is perfect for those lazy days when you just want to take things slow. Lazy Days Café & Bar is a 2-storey loft-style café with a charming rustic and grunge-inspired vibe. Think raw, textured walls and exposed brick contrasted with the addition of lush greenery: the vibe is perfect for relaxing while having brunch or a cup of coffee.
Lazy Day’s menu is Eastern-Western fusion, serving you a range of hearty comfort food that you’ll want to have again and again. Think a Lazy Breakfast ($19.90), Mentaiko Salmon Toast ($16.90), Beef Cheek Pasta ($23.90), Grilled Unagi Don ($18.90), Croffles (from $11.90), assorted cakes, pastries, specialty coffee, tea, artisanal beers and more!
Address: 1G Yio Chu Kang Rd, Singapore 545513
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8.30am-8pm; Sunday, 8.30am-5.30pm
13. Anna’s Sourdough
This specialty café takes sourdough to the next level offering everything sourdough from bakes, brunch and baking goods, plus a grain miller and slow-proofing room where you can watch the sourdough magic happen through a glass window! Anna’s Sourdough is opened by SouperChef Anna, founder of The Soup Spoon and aims to be a place where health-conscious diners, curious eaters and aspiring bakers alike can come and have an educational dining experience.
Anna’s is Muslim-friendly, and is working to get halal-certified, though all ingredients used are already halal-certified. The stars of the show is undoubtedly Anna’s sourdough bread, which you can buy by the loaf; all loaves are freshly baked daily with freshly-milled flour in unique flavours like Chocolate Rye, Sunburst, Turkish Delight and more. They also offer cooked sourdough-forward brunch items like Anna’s Steak & Eggs ($28), Spring Avocado Toast ($14), Drips and Drops Diversity Board ($20) and many more.
Address: 681 Punggol Drive, #01-04, Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 8.30am-6pm
14. Fieldnotes by Zee & Elle
Insta-famous cake shop Zee & Elle has finally opened their very first dine-in café outlet, Fieldnotes, where you can sample their popular cakes by the slice alongside other sweet treats and drinks! Their opening at Macpherson Road comes just in time with the completion of the new Thomson-East Coast Line, as Fieldnotes is located just a short 1-minute walk away from Maxwell MRT station!
Zee & Elle is known for their nature-inspired cakes, and this sentiment is reflected in Fieldnotes’ decor as well, with a zen-inspired vibe complete with soft curving archways, bright cream tones and touches of nature dotted all around. The café has a small outdoor seating area and indoor bench seating. Fieldnotes serves Zee & Elle’s signature fresh cream cakes (from $8.50/slice) in flavours like Guava Lychee, Honey Yuzu, Passionfruit Jasmine and more.
Address: 41 Neil Road, Singapore 088824
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11.30am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm
15. Surrey Hills Grocer ION Orchard
Local Australian specialty grocer Surrey Hills Grocer has opened a brand new outlet at the Level 5 carpark of ION Orchard! This latest branch is one of the most beautiful ones to date, with a gorgeous glasshouse concept, where you can peek out at the bustling Orchard Road below! During the day, there will also be lots of natural light streaming in, perfect for a morning coffee or brunch date.
The café offers an outlet-exclusive menu item: the BBQ Pork Shoulder Benny, as well as other brunch items like Crab Benny ($28), Tassie Steak Sandwich ($29), Beetroot Hummus ($19), Wagyu Bolognese ($26) and more. Surrey Hills Grocer also houses a gourmet marketplace, florist bar, artisanal bakery and pop-up farmer’s market all in one place, so you can get all your errands and shopping done here!
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #05-02 (enter from the carpark), Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm daily