I don’t know about you, but Singapore’s strict social distancing and early alcohol curfew has put a pretty significant damper on a number of my usual weekend plans. However, instead of feeling lost and unsure where to go once the bar closes, perhaps these new late-night hotspots can help put the thrill back into a not-so-rebellious series of midnight escapades.
1. Emi’s Waffle and Gelato
If there’s nothing else you take away from this article, know that Emi’s Waffle and Gelato operates till 12am, daily. Regarded as one of the newest additions to a long line of dessert cafes in Tampines, Emi’s Waffle and Gelato is distinctly recognizable by a combination of bright neon lights and a dark interior.
With only eight in-door seats available, Emi’s Waffle and Gelato prides itself in being a predominantly take-away kiosk, and showcases over 18 gelato flavours including, the $5 Double Espresso, $5 Black Sesame, $5 Black Forest Cherry, $5 Mont Blanc, and $5 After Eight, amongst a multitude of others. Other offerings include a $6 Rainbow cake, $6 Red Velvet cake, $6 Pistachio Chocolate cake, and $5 homemade waffles, drizzled in thick chocolate sauce.
Emi’s Waffle and Gelato
Address: Blk 825, Tampines Street 81, #01-46, Singapore 520825
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
2. Desert Dessert
Situated a short distance away from Ang Mo Kio’s revered Mayflower Market and Food Centre, Desert Dessert is characterised by both a barren and dry landscape, and an array of toothsome treats. Showcasing a layout reminiscent of the cult-like Japanese retail company Muji, Desert Dessert incorporates wooden benches, white table tops, and vibrantly coloured seating arrangements within its 32-seater space.
Complete with an extensive menu of Gelato (Single $3.60/ Double $6.60), Waffles ($5.50), Bingsu ($9.50 – $11.50), Specialty Shakes ($5.50 – $6), Global Flavour Local Twist drinks ($5.50 – $6.50), Boba Milk ($3.50 – $4), Coffee ($3 – $6) and other Ice Blended beverages ($7.50), the café includes distinctive flavours in the form of Matcha, Coconut, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry, Earl Grey, Butterscotch Caramel, Raspberry, Chocolate, Sea Salt and, Mango Passion.
Address: Blk 163, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-424, Singapore 560163
Opening Hours: (Mon – Thur): 11am – 11pm, (Fri-Sun): 11am – 12am
3. Foursome Ice Cream & Waffle
Inconspicuously housed at an unsuspecting void deck along Upper Thomson, Foursome Ice Cream & Waffle has joined a slew of ice cream bars in the vicinity opening past midnight. Conceptualised by four friends, the café encompasses a 20-seater space, decked out in wooden elements, which cover everything from the walls, tables and flooring in warm colour tones.
Featuring a variety of 14 ice cream flavours, Foursome Ice Cream and Waffle is known for their eye-catching plates, filled with torched marshmallows, chocolate sauce, rainbow sprinklers and icing sugar. Costing $4.60 for a single scoop, and $8.20 for a double, this café showcases unique flavours such as Hazelnut Chocolate Rocher, Taro Yam Coconut and Speculoos Biscoff, alongside $4.20 waffles, $6 lava cakes, $1 cones, and $0.80 bread alternatives. Other offerings include a $5.50 set of Blooming Flower Tea, and $3.80 soda mixers.
Foursome Ice Cream & Waffle
Address: 22 Sin Ming Road #01-218, Singapore 570022
Opening Hours: (Mon – Wed): 11:30am – 1am, (Thurs): 11:30am – 12am, (Fri-Sat): 11:30am – 2am
4. Lick D Cream
Not entirely sure what’s up with new cafés and their suggestive names, but Lick D Cream is the latest gelato shop on the block, located in the heart of Bedok’s residential area. Named after its Filipino owner, Dave, this café incorporates inspiration from his homeland, and aims to facilitate a street style contemporary design, within a 32-seater space.
Showcasing bold yet artistic and vibrant colours, this café is centered by a unique graffiti-art wall and further enhanced by Tiffany-green seating. Priced at an estimated $4.10 for a single scoop and $7.10 for double scoops, Lick D Cream offers popular flavours from The Philippines and Singapore, such as, Milo Peng, Horlicks & Tim Tam, Roasted Pistachio, Earl Grey Lavender, Strawberry Summer, Oreo Cheesecake and Naughty Nutella. Other offerings include the $5.90 Pandan Waffles, and $3.50 Pandesal from The Philippines.
Lick D Cream
Address: 218 Bedok North Street 1, #01-09, Singapore 460218
Opening Hours: (Mon-Wed): 12:30pm – 10pm, (Thurs): 12:30pm – 11pm, (Fri-Sun): 12:30pm – 2am
5. Sweet Hut
With an eclectic style decoration inspired by popular cafes and Korean dramas, this brand new dessert shop located in Geylang caters to both the young and old. Specialising in traditional desserts with a modern appeal, Sweet Hut utilizes unique tried and tested recipes that are guaranteed to please an array of different taste buds.
Governed by a goal to become the next up and coming hangout spot where people can enjoy familiar favourites in a comfortable setting, Sweet Hut prides itself in being an insta-friendly cafe with a vibrant and fun vibe.
Open till 4am daily, this 50-seater space comprises of varied themes in different corners, ranging from a blue floral backdrop to a golden cage, or tatami area, with seats shaped like a rolling dice and Rubik’s cube. Lined by an array of neon lights, this establishment strays away from typical café menu options, and instead presents a multitude of nostalgic and locally-inspired dishes, including the $6.90 Durian Sago, $6.90 D24 Durian Mousses, $15-$28 Bird’s Nest, $2.30 Herbal Gui Ling Gao, $4.30 Honeydew Sago, and $5.80 Yam Paste with Pumpkin and Ginkgo.
Sweet Hut 甜秘密
Address: 654 Geylang Rd, Geylang Lor 40, Singapore 389584
Opening Hours: 3pm – 4am, daily
6. The Rainforest by Mosanco Enchanted Café
Offering a quiet 24-hour escape in central Singapore, Mosanco Enchanted Café invites you to soak in the charm of this rainforest-themed cafe as you enjoy a variety of mouthwatering dishes. Characterised by its cosy ambiance, The Rainforest serves a multitude of toothsome desserts, all day brunch classics, afternoon tea, and freshly brewed beverages, alongside a fine selection of cocktails and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Set within a romantic atmosphere, this restaurant’s interior showcases an array of wooden furnishing, high table tops, fairy lights, and floral embellishments. Worth an estimated $3.30 for light snacks in the form of Butter Croissants and a Chocolate Danish, $8.90 for various desserts which include the Vanilla Crepe Cake, Belgium Chocolate Crepe Cake, Oreo Crepe Cake, Salted Caramel Cheesecake, New York Cheesecake, and Chocolate Praline Cake – this restaurant is best known for its scrumptious $16.90 Truffle Linguine with Bacon and Mushroom, $19.90 Crabmeat Linguine, and $13.90 Berry Bliss Smoothie Bowl.
The Rainforest by Mosanco Enchanted Café (24 Hours)
Address: 39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295