May 2018: 13 Nearby Cafes and Bars in Singapore That You Would Want to Visit More Than Once

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May 2018: 13 Nearby Cafes and Bars in Singapore 
May is the month of spring (and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere), and it’s all about summer vacations and Labor Day weekends. Whatever the month-long observances, we may need to take some time off our busy schedules and enjoy some of the nearby best kept hangout spots where you can appreciate some of the finest cappuccinos and brunch grubs around Singapore. What I really like about Singapore is that there will always be cool cafes that you can capture. It seems to me that some of the weekend visits would not require you to open any VSCO or Snapseeds, because these coffee and bar places got you and your Instagram story feed covered. On your next trip, check out these places, at least once, for some virtuous food and truly good coffee!

Address: 30 Penhas Rd, 208188
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M Sat 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. Sun 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.antoinette.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Antoinettesg/
Nearest MRT: Lavender

The stand-out dishes to me were the Hakka Gnocchi ($24.00) and Chicken Rice ($26). The Spaghetti ($24) was probably a safe appetising choice, though I also hoped the dish had a more characteristic name. The former was a likeable update to the familiar “Suan Pan Zi”. The different colours represent the ingredients of beetroot, sweet potato, yam, purple sweet potato, each with its own character and subtle difference (oh, imagine the effort that went into making them). Cooked with dried shrimp, foie gras and cured pork, I also liked how it was “Asian” and presented in an elegant-European way. You may go ahead and read the full review here: http://danielfooddiary.com/2017/08/03/antoinette/

Tian Kee & Co
Address: 46 Siglap Dr, Singapore 456171 Siglap Dr, Singapore 456171
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Website: https://www.burpple.com/tian-kee-co
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tiankeesiglapandtiongbahru/
Nearest MRT: Kembangan

Previously located at the old Dakota estate, Tian Kee & Co has reopened a new takeaway outlet at 46 Siglap Drive, off Frankel Avenue. For those of you who are not familiar with Tian Kee & Co, it started as a local provision shop back in 1958 and it evolved into a bakery cafe at Dakota Crescent—one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood had to make way in late 2016 due to developments under Mountbatten’s estate renewal plans, and so did Tian Kee & Co. The wait is finally over, Tian Kee & Co is now back in the East of Singapore. You may go ahead and read the full review here: http://www.ladyironchef.com/2017/09/tian-kee-co-siglap-drive/

To-gather Cafe
Address: 84 Bedok North Street 4, # 01-27, Singapore 460084
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M., Sat – Sun 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Website: https://www.togathercafe.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/togathercafesg/
Nearest MRT: Bedok

To-gather Cafe is the most unknown yet famous cafe that we have come across. We had never heard of To-gather Cafe until just a couple of days ago, when their name popped up in our research for nice brunch cafes in the east. Yet their Facebook page has almost 24k likes as at the date of this review. We and our friends were shocked at the sheer number of fans on their page, given their presumed obscurity. Even the very famous cafes in Singapore struggle to break 5k fans, and few really get past 10k fans. We were eager to unravel the mystery of how To-gather Cafe did it in less than 2 years of operations. So why do they have so many fans? They have many incredibly unique and delicious signature dishes – Mexican Quesadilla, Grilled Pandan Chicken Chop, Pork Cordon Bleu – and they also have some really super delicious lava cakes – the Matcha Lava Cake (matcha is green tea powder) and their Chocolate Lava Cake! You may go ahead and read the full review here: http://thehungrygeek.com/2016/03/17/to-gather-cafe-green-tea-lava-cake/

Café 2000 @ M Hotel
Address: 81 Anson Rd, Singapore 079908
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 6:30 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/m-hotel-singapore/cafe-2000/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mhotelsingapore/
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar

The restaurant itself is quite small and seats are limited- there is a bit of a crowd you will have to tackle at the buffet corners. Due to the number of guests, some basic utensils might run out fast; I had trouble finding a sauce plate or chopsticks for my sashimi. Overall, Cafe 2000 provides a essential spread of buffet items, featuring the major favorites including fresh seafood and grilled meats. The crabs were also quite well cooked and is something to try. You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://sethlui.com/cafe-2000-m-hotel-singapore-buffet/

Awesome Coffee
Address: 200 Victoria St, B1-K25, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.awesomecoffee.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Awesomecoffeesg/
Nearest MRT: Bugis

Despite its small stall area, Awesome Coffee not only serves brewed coffee, but also roasts their own blends and serves cooked food such as pasta and retails sweets such as Milk Pudding and Hokkaido Cupcakes. To cater to the preferences of their patrons, Awesome Coffee serves mix-and-match pasta. Patrons can choose from different varieties of noodles, such as Macaroni, Linguine and Penne and choose between meat, seafood and vegetables. Add the finishing touch by choosing between different sauces, such as the usual cream sauce or premium ones such as the Tom Yam or Chili Crab (premium sauces are a dollar more). You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/awesome-coffee-bugis-junction/

20 Grams Specialty Coffee
Address: 14 Arumugam Road, #01-05, LTC Bldg C, 409959
Opening Hours: Tue, Sat 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Wed – Fri 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. Sun 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Website: https://www.instagram.com/20gramsspecialtycoffee/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/20grams/
Nearest MRT: MacPherson

Lion Industrial Building is a cluster of buildings near MacPherson MRT Station, and Block C is situated at the end of the compound. The shop itself is a shared space between 20grams Specialty Coffee and Roastery and Malcolm Bistro, which faces away from the road at the back of the building. Such a location keeps it hidden away from sight, perhaps only known to the office workers in the area or those who might have heard the slightest of its existence in the building. 20grams Specialty Coffee and Roastery is open throughout the operating hours of the bistro, serving up only a very limited menu of light bites and savoury food with coffee and tea, while Malcolm Bistro offers set lunches and set dinner menu that is only made available upon reservation. The bistro is dimly-lit, while the interior is furnished with mirrors and decked in mostly black and marble elements which add to the sense of mystery behind this hidden spot. You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://jiaksimipng.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/20grams-specialty-coffee-and-roastery-lion-industiral-building/

MØ Café / Medano Cafe
Address: 50 Tampines North Drive 2, Level 2, 528766
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.medanocoffee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MOcafesingapore/
Nearest MRT: Tampines

We just completed another successful event! This time at Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 (4-6 Aug)! We showcased our new bright and colourful packaging "MO", and we are proud that it was tremendously well received. This year, we came out with a curated menu at Singapore Coffee Festival, pairing our coffee with the best Asian flavours to craft artisan coffee drinks. We are really excited about the success of our menu, and will be looking at how we can offer more of these drinks in the future. You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://www.medanocoffee.com/blog/2017/8/12/mo-coffee-scf2017

5 Little Monkeys
Address: #11-00, 20 Kallang Ave, Singapore 339411
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 9:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Fri 9:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://5littlemonkeyscafe.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5LittleMonkeysCafe/
Nearest MRT: Bendemeer

Perched on the 11th floor of Pico Creative Centre, 5 Little Monkeys Café offers a panoramic view of the Kallang area and Singapore Sports Hub. The café occupies a huge area, half of an entire storey, including an al fresco section, great for corporate events. A private function room, where you can see fireworks on National Day, is available at $80 an hour. If you stand at the exact spot at the entrance of the café, you can see 5 little monkeys at different corners, drawn by artist Jana de Villiers. You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.com/2015/04/01/5-little-monkeys-singapore/

Hei Kim
Address: 285 Changi Rd, Singapore 419764
Opening Hours: Thu – Tue 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Website: https://www.burpple.com/heikim-cafe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hei-Kim-Cafe-172737973332627/
Nearest MRT: Eunos

Hei Kim Cafe is a lifestyle retail-cum-cafe concept on Changi Road. Selling knick knacks produced by many local designers, patrons can look out for unique pieces. Their compact menu sees wallet-friendly comfort grub. And don't leave wihtout trying one of their tarts, which have been receiving positive comments online.  You may go ahead and read the full review here: http://www.greatnewplaces.com/sg/c5687-HeiKimCafe

Umi + Vino Seafood Wine Bar
Address: 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://emporiumshokuhin.com.sg/pages/umi-vino-seafood-wine-bar
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UMI-Vino/1496228160700627
Nearest MRT: Esplanade

Part of the massive Emporium Shokuhin dining concept, that covers everything from wagyu to gyoza alongside its sizeable live seafood and aged beef market, Umi + Vino is a seafood and wine bar for people who enjoy both those things together. You’ll find the usual suspects on such a menu — seafood platters, fresh oysters, red and white wines from major growers — but it does also hold a number of real gems. Namely, Yamazaki 18 Years, Hibiki 21 Years “Mount Fuji” Limited Edition,  Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years and Yoichi 10 Years, to name a few. You may go ahead and read the full review here: http://thepeakmagazine.com.sg/gourmet-travel/bar-of-the-week-go-straight-for-rare-whisky-at-umi-vino/

Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A, Serene Centre, 258748
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, Sun 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. Fri – Sat  11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Website: http://www.nookmag.com/sugarhaus-where-sweet-meets-savory/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sugarhaus/551439638554077
Nearest MRT: Tampines

With all its ice cream prepared in-house and made from scratch, founder and owner Stanley Seow calls Sugarhaus a place “where happiness is homemade”. the 30-year-old banker-turned-food entrepreneur with a passion for all things savoury and sweet is on the go of experimenting with different flavour combinations. Fix your sweet tooth with a single scoop of ice cream that goes for $3.50++. Would rather indulge yourself in quirky flavours instead? Don’t fret and get Sugarhaus’ premium flavours at $4.30++ per scoop. We suggest going with The Dutch Chocolate if you are clueless on which flavour is good. It is made with a smooth blend of different types of chocolates and appears as one of the best-selling flavours on its menu. Else, you might look to try new flavours such as the Sour Cherry (made with amarena cherries imported from Italy) and the Hibiscus Yogurt. You may go ahead and read the full review here: http://wheretoeat.com.sg/review/sugarhaus-place-just-homemade-ice-creams-desserts

1-Altitude Gallery & Bar
Address: 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat – 6:00 P.M. – 4:00 A.M. Sun – Tue 6:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. Thu 6:00 P.M. – 3:00 A.M.
Official Website: https://www.1-altitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1Altitude/
Nearest MRT: Raffles

1-Altitude boasts a panoramic 360-degree view of Singapore, with seats around the edges of the top floor building. I’ve to say the hard straw seats are not entirely comfortable, while many patrons might choose to just stand around as well, since they have been sitting at their desks the whole day. The open space and glass barriers provide a full view of the cityscape while the sun ducks below the skyscrappers for that picturesque golden hour. Sadly I didn’t get to experience sunset but I got to see another equally mesmerizing view. You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://sethlui.com/1-altitude-singapore-nightlife-review/

Rabbit Carrot Gun
Address: 49 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428768
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. Mon 11:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.rabbit-carrot-gun.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rabbitcarrotgun/

The eggs and French Toast were served after a wait of about 10 minutes. They came simply presented and were of the expected standard. The French Toast was served without maple syrup even though we had asked for the syrup when we made the order. We got the syrup after a second reminder to the staff. We had almost finished the food served and there was still no sign of the Scotch Egg. We told a staff about it and he went to check. He came back to say that the Scotch Egg would be served in another 3 minutes or so. A few minutes passed and another staff came by to say the dish would take another 5 minutes. He was very pleasant and apologetic and we were quite happy to wait another 5 minutes. The Scotch Egg was eventually served some 20 minutes after the nice and rather good looking gentlemen came by to say “another 5 minutes”. By that time my face was as glum as that of the lady in the painting overlooking our table. Was the Scotch Egg worth the wait? You may go ahead and read the full review here: https://ordinarypatrons.com/2015/11/02/rabbit-carrot-gun/


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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