Eastsiders will attest that their side of the island has the most number of eateries and the tastiest food. While we don’t want to take sides, we have to admit that these picturesque, Instagram-worthy hotspots are certainly worth checking out.
Online bakery Tigerlily Patisserie made the leap to set up a brick-and-mortar café last August. Helmed by Maxine Ngooi, the head pastry chef of the now-defunct Vianney Massot restaurant, the pastries here are exquisite: an infusion of herbs endows them with a unique touch. Must-tries are the lemon Thai basil tart, theBeehive (a ‘hive’ of lemon, thyme and lychee honey jelly, light lemon sponge and honey parfait in a yuzu mousse encasing), and pink guava & pear, encased in elderflower mousse.
Beyond pastries, the patisserie also offers breakfast and brunch items, such as Monsieur Kim, a grilled Croque Monsieur with kimchi, 5-spice duck confit (a split-top bun stuffed with pulled confit duck leg in hoisin mayo, and a refreshing crunch of mala pickled cucumber and carrots), and eggplant ‘unagi’ (charred eggplant steak with sticky soy glaze, basil pesto, ricotta and arugula on sourdough toast).
Address: 350 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427598
Telephone: 8887 0988
Opening hours: 9am–5pm (Tue–Sun); closed on Mon
CAFÉ DE NICOLE’S FLOWER
Step into Café de Nicole’s Flower and you will be transported into a lush garden filled with luscious blooms. Visitors can look forward to seasonal interiors, be it sakura-themed spring decorations or Christmas adornments during the holiday season.
In keeping with its name, every dish and beverage at this Instagrammable hotspot is accompanied by a floral decoration or infusion. Tuck into the all-day breakfast dishes — the souffle pancake is a crowd-pleaser — and indulge in a selection of robust coffee made from freshly roasted coffee beans. Furry friends are welcome, as long as they’re properly leashed and looked after while you eat.
Address: 224 Telok Kurau Road, #01-01 UNI Building, Singapore 423836
Telephone: 8338 8511
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon, Wed–Sun); closed on Tue
If you are missing the relaxed vibes of Melbourne’s café scene, you’ll want to pay Café Melba, located at Goodman Arts Centre, a visit.
Opened in 2012, the cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu, featuring the ever-popular eggs benedict and melba French toast. If you’re famished, the full melba breakfast — consisting of home-made pork sausage, any style of eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms and hash brown — is bound to satisfy. There’s also a kid-friendly menu, so you don’t have leave your little ones at home. Indeed, its colourful interior design and spaciousness makes Cafe Melba a pleasant spot to chill out with friends and family.
Address: 90 Goodman Road, Blk N #01-56 Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053
Telephone: 6440 6068
Opening hours: 10am–10pm (Weekdays); (8.30am–10pm) (Weekends & PH)
Website: https://www.cafeme lba.com.sg/
THE BREWING GROUND
The Brewing Ground is situated in The Yards, a space focusing on the arts, dance and drama. Previously a training shed, the facility has been transformed into a glasshouse filled with hanging plants. The light-filled cafe aims to be a catalyst for the community to come together — a place where ideas are brewed and stories created.
Popular brunch dishes here include the breakfast burger and crab and signature scrambled eggs. For breakfast, you can enjoy avocado & ricotta tartine and burrata & tomatoes tartine. For mains, heartier fare such as wagyu bacon cheeseburger, crabmeat tagliatelle and garlic butter aglio olio await.
Address: 406 Joo Chiat Place, #01-24 The Yards, Singapore 428084
Telephone: 8313 6092
Opening hours: 7.30am–5pm (Daily; last order for food and drinks is at 3.50pm and 4.20pm respectively)