December 2018: Newly Visited Nearby Cafes & Bars in Singapore That You Would Want To Visit More Than Once

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 , 0 Comments

December 2018: Newly Visited Nearby Cafes & Bars in Singapore
No, I have not abandoned you, still here! Since my last post about cafes and other things, I have started to participate in what I call a very looooong trip.  Yes, I am still nursing a weeklong jetlag, and so my only therapeutic approach is to solve it with a bit of coffee-blogging.

We are back at it – December, is the official last month of the year. Did you know that the Latin word “Decem” means ten, since the original Roman calendar only had ten months in total (yes, started in March to December). I always find this month the fastest and the busiest, even with the winter solstice and its fewest daylight hours, with all the festivities and exchanging of gifts and merriments here and there, the month of December flies by so fast, I don’t know if you will still have the time to completely visit all these places.

Nevertheless, you’ll be happy to know that there are a lot of nicely inexpensive neighbouring cafes, restaurants, hangout places, and bars in Singapore to discover while doing your rounds of parties and meetups with different people this season. Whether it’s for some simple coffees and cafes, or a restaurant and bar hideout, it’s great to know that you can rely on these picks for you.  For the month of December, here are the places I recommend for you to try and enjoy!

MO Bar – Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M. Fri – Sat 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Official Website: https://www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/marina-bay/fine-dining/bars/mo-bar

The bar’s sophisticated décor incorporates travel artefacts, hand-carved wooden sculptures, etched metal panels and hand-woven tapestries. A distinctive bar counter takes centre stage and offers guests a front row seat to view the skilled mixology team in action. Read more at: https://weekender.com.sg/w/dining/thirstythursday/thirstythursdays-newly-opened-mo-bar-serves-up-top-tipples/

Ai Fruits Cafe
Address: #01-38, 809 French Rd, Singapore 200809
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/Ai-Fruits-1508063459520114/

The health benefits of plums include relief from indigestion, influenza infection, and anxiety-related problems. The antioxidant power of plums helps in treating ailments such as osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cancer, diabetes and obesity. It helps in maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol, cardiovascular health, cognitive health, immune system strength, cellular health, electrolyte balance, the nervous system and aids in skin care and blood clotting. Read more at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/Ai-Fruits-1508063459520114/

The Scoop Place
Address: Siglap Centre, 55 Siglap Road, #B1-22, 455871
Opening Hours: Daily 1:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Official Website: https://thescoopplace.sg/?fbclid=IwAR2oRtHzxIq_sFvHwjfCyO6NvATxq9ygIIg2ogm5NpHZJXkz166mYCabbOU
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheScoopPlace/

Wasn't expecting much tbh because the place looked so shabby. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ice cream - smooth, creamy, not icy, full of flavour. I tried several flavours (prices range from $3 - 3.90 per scoop) and was pretty impressed with the alcohol infused ones, especially the Guinness coffee - genius. Pecan ice cream that I picked had a nice toasted nutty taste with fresh tasting roughly chopped pecans. Waffles were good, fragrance of the batter was there but pockets weren't deep enough. Somehow a round waffle gives me more satisfaction than a rectangle one. Read more at: https://www.burpple.com/the-scoop-place

El Mero Mero
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-20 Chijmes, 187996
Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M., 5:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M., Fri – Sat 12:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., 5:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M., Sun 12:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://elmeromero.sg/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ElMeroMeroSg/

l Mero Mero, when translated into English, essentially means “top dog” – a Spanish term that is being used colloquially. Well, diners are surely nodding their heads in approval to that after a taste of its specially curated World Gourmet Summit Masterchef Dining Delights menu. If anything, El Mero Mero serves up a feisty fiesta of authentic Mexican flavours and here’s why. El Mero Mero strikes a balance between light and intense flavours. Read more at: https://alvinology.com/2018/04/21/el-mero-mero-offers-a-feisty-fiesta-of-authentic-mexican-flavours-for-world-gourmet-summit-2018/

Hokkaido Cheese Toast
Address: 3155 Commonwealth Ave W, Singapore 129588
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://saychiizu.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/saychiizu.sg/

Since when has cheese and toast become THAT instagrammable? Say Chiizu Toast has garnered some social media attention with its cutesy yellow packaging, toasts of varied flavours, and most important of all – that stretchy cheese. The viral Cheese Toast store is also set to open at VivoCity, The Clementi Mall and White Sands, all in January 2018. Read more at: http://danielfooddiary.com/2017/11/18/saychiizutoast/

Graffiti Sky Bar
Address: 1 Gopeng Street, 078862
Opening Hours: Daily 3:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.
Official Website: https://www.carltoncity.sg/dining/graffiti-sky-bar
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CarltonCityHotelSG/photos/?tab=album&album_id=357264411073168

A stunning view of the city skyline greets you as you step into the Graffiti Sky Bar while our selection of lovingly created cocktails ensures you are suspended in a state of bliss. Chill out, wind down, or warm up to a night out. Read more at: http://drinksomewhere.com/outlet/bar/1098/graffiti-sky-bar

LAURA Baguette Cafe – Heavenly Indulgence
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-01 Century Square, Singapore 529509
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.centurysquare.com.sg/store/laura-cafe/

Let’s run through a few quick facts before we get to the good stuff. Century Square houses more than 130 stores, with more than half of its directory filled with new tenants and new-to-market concepts. Each level of the six-story mall features a different category of brands, from food takeaway kiosks in the basement to fashion/athletic wear on the first floor to entertainment on the top level.  Read more at: https://coconuts.co/singapore/lifestyle/century-square-just-made-comeback-new-food-fashion-entertainment/

PUTIEN SingPost Centre
Address: 10 Eunos Rd 8, #03-106 Singapore Post Centre, Singapore 408600
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.; 5:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.putien.com/outlet/singpost-centre/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/singpostcentre/

SingPost Centre Mall has recently opened, with anchor tenants NTUC FairPrice, Golden Village, and Kopitiam. All right. Singaporeans are getting excited visiting Paya Lebar again? Especially for GV with laser-sharp images? Located next to Paya Lebar MRT interchange station, the SingPost Centre houses the new General Post Office, which combines counter service with technology-enabled innovations such as POPStations and SAM kiosks. I will focus on the food aspects. Read more at: http://danielfooddiary.com/2017/10/07/singpost/

Nasrin Restaurant - Authentic Cuisine
Address: 58 Arab St, Singapore 199755
Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.nasrinpersiancuisine.com.sg/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NasrinTurkishCuisine/?rf=194812447208617

Craving for a hot plate of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine? The gorgeous interiors of Nasrin Restaurant (pictured top) will have you grab a table and survey its menu of mouth-watering appetisers, signature dishes and chef specials, including Turkish faves like kebabs. Read more at: https://thehoneycombers.com/singapore/arab-street-singapore-guide/

Dong Po Colonial Cafe
Address: 56 Kandahar St, Singapore 198904
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.dongpocc.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DongPoColonialCafe/

We were exploring Kampong Glam one day and a friend of mine recommended having breakfast at Dong Po Colonial Cafe. Started by Kelvin who is a 4th generation baker, he quit his graphic design job to fulfil his father’s dream of keeping the old family recipes alive. He learnt how to bake from his father, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and worked as a pastry chef around the world. Read more at: https://www.misstamchiak.com/dong-po-colonial-cafe/


Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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