10 Cafes In Singapore You Need To Visit Before They Become Mainstream


Mikelle Leow •  Dec 06, 2016

With Singaporeans’ love for all things new and yummy, there’s little wonder why cafes are mushrooming all over the place! If you want to be known as the fun-guy of the group, take your friends to these cafes before everyone else gets there!

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P.S. Don’t forget to download the HHWT Travel Planner app, available on Google Play for Android and iTunes Store for iOS, to find the best attractions and ALL of these halal eateries in Singapore!


1. Blisshouse


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Blisshouse is a fairy tale themed cafe - and if that isn’t enough for you to keep on reading, it’s even got a story of its own! The cafe is based on two ill-fated lovers who upon eloping, found themselves in a Garden of Eden.


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The lovers set up home in the garden, inviting dwarves to bring in a grand piano and goblins to forage for the freshest ingredients. As if brought together by the peaceful ambience of the garden, the mystical creatures are now surprisingly amicable and get along. With the Blisshouse having been certified halal in September 2016, one can look forward to many dreamy lunch dates!

Black Pepper Chicken Chop ($16.80)

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A hot hit is the Black Pepper Chicken Chop, a Singaporean-style Western dish topped with a fruity raisin black pepper sauce and served with bright vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.

Seafood Pizza ($20.80)

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The Seafood Pizza has an addicting crisp crust and is adorned with a layer of mixed seafood and mozzarella. This is the kind of dish Sebastian the lobster warned everyone about!

Pyramid of Love ($15.80)

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If your childhood had been Disney-tinted like ours, you would believe that every fairy tale should come with a sweet ending! Keep your head in the clouds with the tall Pyramid of Love - a stack of cinnamon-sugar toast cubes drizzled with kaya sauce, and crowned with ice cream!

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-21 Clarke Quay Central, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817

Operating hours: Open daily; 12PM-10PM

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Nearest MRT station: Clarke Quay


2. The Malayan Council


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The Malayan Council (TMC) is the place to T.M.C - Talk, makan (eat) and chill! The food served here is a fusion of Western and Malay cuisines, but we don’t mean in the same way Western food is prepared at home!

Roti Kirai Beef Ribs ($39)

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Served in true talk-makan-chill style, the food portions here are generous and great for sharing. Case in point - the large Roti Kirai Beef Ribs - fork-tender beef ribs with a side of roti kirai to soak up the addictive secret sauce with! And if you don’t want to share these ribs, that’s totally fine. No one has a bone to pick with you.

Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine ($28)

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If you’re looking to strike gold in the form of golden salted egg yolk sauce, you’ve hit the jackpot with the Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine! Fresh shredded crab and softshell crab are sun-kissed with creamy linguine noodles that aren’t too cloying.

P.S. We ain’t yolking with ya when we say salted egg everything is pure gold. Check out 5 Halal Salted Egg Dishes You Have To Try In Singapore!

Chicken Parmigiana ($27)

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If you’ve got a hankering for an all-Western dish, chick out the Chicken Parmigiana. Brazilian chicken breast is pan seared and smothered with hearty tomato and mozzarella, and then served with some seriously good truffle fries!

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You’ve got to give the Classic Ondeh-Ondeh Cake a taste one-deh! Crumbly pandan cake is layered with syrupy gula melaka and grated coconut.

Address: 22 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209350

Operating hours: Mon-Fri; 11.30AM-11PM, Sat-Sun; 11AM-11PM

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Nearest MRT station: Bugis


3. All Things Delicious


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This bakery-cafe known for its wholesome baked goods and sandwiches now has a dinner menu that’s also made of all-natural ingredients! Less excuse to cook at home. ?

Ribeye Steak

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The steaks have been raised. The texture of melt-in-the-mouth ribeye gets an added contrast from crunchy crisps. You’ll be over the moo-n!

Soy-Glazed Salmon Ricebowl ($15.90)

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For lunch, have the soy yummy Soy-Glazed Salmon Ricebowl, complete with avocado, cherry tomatoes, shimeji mushrooms and a six-minute egg! Incidentally, this bowl satisfies all food groups of the food pyramid! But wait…

Don’t forget your sugars, of which, according to the food pyramid, are to be taken “sparingly”. And with All Things Delicious’ all-natural desserts, you can stretch that word a wee bit more!

Gula Melaka Scones and Orange Cranberry Scones ($3.50 each)

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Painstakingly-sourced gula melaka goes into the Gula Melaka Scones just so you can have no reservatives (yes, we’re aware it’s not a real word) about preservatives! Its predecessor, the zesty Orange Cranberry Scones made with USA cranberries, have been a sustaining crowd-winner. Buttery and tender to the bite, these aren’t your average crumbly scones.

Address: 34 Arab Street, Singapore 199733

Operating hours: Tue-Fri; 10AM-10PM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-10PM

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Nearest MRT station: Nicoll Highway


4. Commonground


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Established by the folks behind Pastamania, this cafe aims to be the Commonground for people from all walks of life. Here, you’ll find family-friendly meals that won’t burn a hole in your pocket!

Commonground Jumbo Appetisers Platter ($20)

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If you and your company tend to have trouble deciding on appetisers, order the Commonground Jumbo Appetisers Platter and set aside more time to ponder over the extensive mains menu! At $20, you’ll have a taste of the Breaded White Fish Fillet ($6), Fried Chicken Cutlet ($6), Ravioli Nachos ($6), and potato wedges.

Oriental Sesame Chicken Wings ($10)

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Ain’t no thang like a chicken wing! Say open sesame to these Oriental Sesame Chicken Wings that are decadently crispy, yet juicy.

Baked Cheesy Salmon Ravioli ($14)

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If like us, you think that there’s no such thing as too much cheese, the Baked Cheesy Salmon Ravioli will make you say, “This is grate!” Salmon-stuffed ravioli dumplings are soaked in bubbling, ooey-gooey, mozzarella and parmesan. And it was all yellow.

Commonground Merry Desserts Platter ($20)

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Is your dessert compartment attached to your stomach everywhere you go? Pro-tip: Never neglect it, because “dessert” spelled backwards is - well, you know the drill. With a Desserts in a Jar ($8), two scoops of ice cream, and a sweet serving of toast, you’ll have a few reasons to smile with the Commonground Merry Desserts Platter.

Address: #01-103, Our Tampines Hub, 51 Tampines Avenue 4, Singapore 529684

Operating hours: Sun-Thu; 10AM-10PM, Fri; 10AM-12AM, Sat; 8AM-12AM

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Nearest MRT Station: Tampines


5. Fleur Cafe


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Friends of Fleur Cafe will be delighted to know that the place has relocated to 76 Shenton Way, which is touted as the new Halal Street. We say “friends” because people keep coming back for its top-notch service quality! “We are not in the food business serving people - we are in the people business serving food.”

Red Mutton Stew in Bread Bowl

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An updated take on Sup Tulang, fans have waited tu-lang for this Red Mutton Stew in Bread Bowl. Its smokiness is perfect for rainy days and the dish is so moreish, you’ll even want to eat the bowl!

Honey Wings ($8.90)

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Fleur Cafe’s Honey Wings are air-fried, so what you’ll get is crackling skin without the oiliness of deep fried chicken wings!


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Remember to order a cup of Joe, as its perking effect isn’t its only perk. Fair trade Vietnamese and Aceh coffee beans are used in Fleur Cafe’s cuppas, so coffee farmers get paid the full price demanded by middleman traders.

Address: 76 Shenton Way, Singapore 079119

Operating hours: Mon-Fri; 9AM-9PM, Sat; 12PM-6PM


Nearest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar


6. Brothers in Fine Food


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Coined by the same guys from Penny University, Brothers in Fine Food (BFF) is a spanking new Asian fusion cafe, serving up refreshing interpretations of food. Its sister cafe is known for its reasonably priced brunches, and you can expect no less from Brothers in Fine Food!

Beef Steak ($13.50)

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Beetroot puree lends some earthiness and colour to this affordable Beef Steak with Beetroot Thyme Puree. The dish is cooked sous vide, resulting in a lusciously tender steak. Thyme to turn up the beet!

Salmon Fillet ($14)

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There are so many fish in the ocean, but we’re dreaming about this Salmon Fillet - cooked sous vide with brown butter miso sauce, topped with curried breadcrumbs and Chinata-spiced salmon skin, and served on a bed of giant Israeli couscous. Phew, that was a mouthful, though you’ll definitely want one!

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

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The hipster dessert that took the Singapore cafe scene by storm is back - and with literally more depth, we must say. With this comforting Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, you can have your cake and drink it too!

Address: 5 Tampines Avenue 3, #02-07, Tampines West Community Club, Singapore 529705

Operating hours: Tue-Fri; 12PM-10.30PM, Sat-Sun; 9AM-10.30PM

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Nearest MRT station: Tampines


7. Simply Sinless

Love desserts but don’t have a non-moving waistline to express that love? Located at Halal Street in Shenton Way is Simply Sinless, a guilt-free cafe baking up sweet treats that are actually sweeter for your health!

Thai Milk Tea Lava Cake

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This Thai Milk Tea Lava Cake is sure to tea-ckle your taste buds! As are all of Simply Sinless’ desserts, this one is low in sugar and fat. We’re fans of the ultra sugary drink, and it’s hard to believe that this delightfully rich morsel is a lighter version of it!

Gold-Dusted Salted Caramel Chocolate French Butter Tart

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Normally, healthier foods don’t look this pretty or taste good - which is why this indulgent Gold-Dusted Salted Caramel Chocolate French Butter Tart caught us unaware! We really wish no one had told us that these desserts were guilt-free, or we’d have stopped at one!


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For a one-of-a-kind cupcake, try the nostalgic Roti Bakar Kaya Cupcake - a twist on a local favourite of toast with coconut jam.

Note: The bakery has relocated as of December 2016. We will update accordingly once the new address has been announced.

Address: 76 Shenton Way, Singapore 079119

Operating hours: Mon-Fri; 11AM-8PM

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Nearest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar


8. Kaw Kaw SG


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At Kaw Kaw SG, everything is Instagram-worthy. From its rustic brick walls to eye-popping art pieces to its drool-inducing dishes, one would go mad refraining from taking pictures!

Classic Lamb Burger ($14.60)

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Even if you’re a stickler for beef patties, sink your teeth into Kaw Kaw’s lamb burgers! 175 grams of minced mutton is sandwiched between buttery buns. The mutton patties aren’t gamey at all, though they’re a game changer for many beef lovers out there! At an additional $2, you can have the Lamb Baconizer Burger, an upgraded Classic Lamb Burger with beef bacon slices.

The Portobello Burger ($13.90)

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Here’s one for the vegans! Kaw Kaw’s meaty The Portobello Burger is nacho average meatless burger. Topped with roasted capsicum and pesto, this will take you to umami heaven.

Waffle Set ($5.90 with additional ice cream at $4 per scoop)

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At just $5.90, you get a waffle with 2 sauces, such as banana and caramel, and a topping of your choice! Its crispy edges are perfect for holding ice cream, which, when melted down into its crevices, turns the waffle into sweet cloudy goodness without making it soggy.

Address: 28 Aliwal Street, #01-01, Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore 199918

Operating hours: Sun-Thu; 12PM-9.30PM, Fri; 3PM-10.30PM, Sat; 12PM-10.30PM

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Nearest MRT station: Nicoll Highway


9. Konditori


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If Fika Swedish Cafe has transformed you into a true Swedish food lover, you’ll be further taken down that path at Konditori, their new artisan bakery! This place is worth a mention, despite only having a single table and designed to have your pastries to-go.


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These treats don’t contain artificial flavours, colouring and preservatives - pretty Sweet-ish in our books!

Semla Buns

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For a traditionally Swedish experience, first have the Semla Bun, a Swedish delicacy that’s filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Supposedly served only on the first day of Lent, at Konditori, you can have one all year round!

Blackforest Croissant

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The Blackforest Croissant breathes new life to a seemingly forgotten cake flavour. The pastry here has a raspberry jam filling and is denser and less flaky than the usual croissant. Topped with chocolate flakes, this is our jam!

Address: 33 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199451

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Nearest MRT Station: Bugis


10. Hungry Bazterdz


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Serving up unadulterated grub, Hungry Bazterdz is the place to go if you don’t care about looking as glamourous as those models in stock photos who eat too eerily neat, and just want quality sandwiches.

Mighty Cheese Steak ($15)

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For a borderline vulgar portion of cheese, grab the Mighty Cheese Steak. Grilled beef and 4 types of sinful cheese go into a warm, buttery hoagie bun. Hungry Bazterdz’s serving sizes are generous, so share your sandwich with a partner! Or don't - if you resonate with the café's name.


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Too much of a good thing can give you heart burn, so wash your meal down with an icy Nomad Cold Brew ($7), or a Thai Iced Tea ($4). Your inner hipster won’t be able to bottle up any feelings about these undoubtedly cool bottles!

Address: The Arcade, #01-06, 11 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049319

Operating hours: Mon-Fri; 7AM-6PM, Sat; 8AM-3PM

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Nearest MRT station: Raffles Place


Here you are - 10 places that give us a reason to wake up to and have breakfast for dinner. Hop away, cafe-hoppers!

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Did we miss out on any of your favourite cafes? Let us know in the comments below! ?

P.S. Don’t forget to download the HHWT Travel Planner app, available on Google Play for Android and iTunes Store for iOS, to find the best attractions and ALL of these halal eateries in Singapore!