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November 2020

Japan

 

Omotesando Koffee

 

Take yourself to the streets of Shibuya in Tokyo with Omotesando Koffee, which made its way to Singapore after a roaring success as a quaint popup concept in Omotesando Hills. Boasting a traditional Japanese interior with a modern chic twist, their selection of artisanal beverages are made with beans specially roasted in Kyoto. Greet the day with a smooth yet robust Cafe Latte Doppio (S$5.50) or cool off from the heat with their signature Iced Matcha Cappuccino (S$7.50). 

Omotesando Koffee is located at 6A Shenton Way #04-01, The Work Project, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815.
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm. 

 

Japan Rail Cafe

 

All aboard the Japan Rail Cafe! This warmly-lit travel-themed cafe was established by East Japan Railway (JR East) to promote everything from Japanese products and food to travel journeys in the country. Expect authentic Japanese cuisine such as the Una Tama Don, seasonal dishes from different prefectures like Hokkaido’s Obihiro Buta Don and traditional Warabi Mochi for dessert. They also have counters for purchasing JR passes so you know where to go once the international borders open. 

Japan Rail Cafe is located at Guoco Tower, 5 Wallich Street, #01-20 Singapore 078883.
Open Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9.30pm, Sun 11am-8pm.

 

Africa

 

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari

 

Instead of the wild savannahs of Africa, why not settle for an exotic glamping experience at Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari instead? Tucked away from the busy city, munch on buttery pastries in the shelter of a rustic tent with earthy colour tones and a safari-like setup. Alongside the typical offerings of pain au chocolat, raisin danishes, and caffeinated beverages, their menu features Tumeric Ginger Latte and Beetroot Roselle Latte (S$6.50 each) - colourful safari-exclusive drinks that’ll look great on the ‘gram. 

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari is located at 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819.
Open daily from 8am-6pm. 

 

Kafe UTU

 

This dual-storied café-lounge in the Keong Saik neighbourhood bursts at the seams with African decor; think boldly printed plush pillows, art-lined walls, and beautifully ornate hand-carved doors, panels and mirrors bearing ancient Lamu and Zanzibar motifs. Try their Bidi Bado “Abracadabra”, a mocha-style coffee with a rim of peanut butter, almonds and pink peppercorns. Brunch plates bring you across East and West Africa, with dishes like Carribean Goat Curry (S$28) and Curried Avocado with Raw Garlic Toast (S$16) to die for.

Kafe UTU is located at 12 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089265.
Open Wed-Sun 4pm/4.30pm-10.30pm.

 

 

Australia

 

Five Oars Coffee Roaster

Image Credit: @trending.sg

 

Australia doesn’t seem to be opening their doors to us anytime soon, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get Melbourne-style brunch in Singapore. Get your fix with their Sea Salt Ricotta Avocado Toast (S$16) or - for those with a sweet tooth - Creme Brulee French Toast (S$18). And of course, don’t forget to grab a cuppa, ‘cause they serve real mean coffee here with beautiful latte art.

 

Five Oars Coffee Roaster is located at 39 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088462.
Open daily from 8am-8pm.

 

Bali

 

Don Ho

Image Credit: @therantingpanda

 

Find your tropical getaway in the hidden back alley entrance of Don Ho and enter a Bali-inspired cafe decked out in nature motifs. The open concept kitchen and communal dining space creates a relaxed and casual atmosphere that exudes chill vibes all around. The health-conscious will delight in the special Detox menu section offering the likes of an Aubergine & Ricotta set (S$15) to Don Ho’s Smoothie Bowl (S$12). Stick around till evening for a cocktail to really put you in that beach vacation mood. Don-Groni (S$24) anyone?

Don Ho is located at The Working Capitol Building, #01-05, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109.
Open Mon-Fri 6pm-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm.

 

Wildseed

 

Swap out city life for an afternoon surrounded by tons of natural sunlight and lush flora. Boasting a variegated menu with a farm-to-table concept, keep your tummy happy with unique brunch items before enjoying desserts as pretty as the view. Tuck into exclusive weekend items such as Bagel Eggs Benny (S$16) or Smoked Pork Pizza (S$21), and round things off with their gorgeous Coconut Pea Flower Shortcake (S$9.50). Can’t bear to part from your fur baby? Wildseed Cafe welcomes pets on premises too.

Wildseed Cafe is located at The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387.
Open Mon-Thurs, Sun 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-12pm.

 

 

France

 

Merci Marcel

 

Merci Marcel embodies everything Parisian - from the bright artwork adorning walls of different colour palettes to afternoons sipping on Rosé. With five outlets in Singapore under their belt, each one showcases a different facet of the ultimate French lifestyle. Head to the Bauhaus-style Orchard branch for French Cheese and cold cuts, Club Street for a bistro ambiance and Duck Parmentier façon Marcel (S$27), or Tiong Bahru for tropical vibes and sweet indulgences like Chocolate Cake (S$10).

Merci Marcel has various locations across Singapore. For more information and opening hours, visit their website here.

 

Angelina

 

Just like Paris, the pinnacle of sophistication and elegance, Angelina’s ambiance and gourmet cakes and pastries skews the luxury end of aesthetically-pleasing. With a history dating back to 1903 and having served the greats like Proust and Coco Chanel, you know you’re in good hands. Must-trys are the insanely rich Old-fashioned hot chocolate “L’Africain” ($12) and the classic Le Mont-Blanc (S$13.50). The vibrantly-red Flore (S$13) is also a rosy sight to behold. 

Angelina is located at Capitol Galleria #01-82, 15 Stamford Road Singapore 178906.
Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm.

 

 

Korea

 

Kreams Krafthouse

 

Walk into a scene right out of a Korean drama with this dreamy cafe and its brilliant foliage of autumn leaves in shades of crimson, yellow and green. Specialising in artisanal coffees and baked delicacies, patrons come flocking for the signature Dalgona Iced Latte (S$8), which took Circuit Breaker by storm. The Dry Cappuccino (S$7) is denser than most and boldly distinct in flavour. The Sweet Potato and Matcha Scones (S$7.50 each) are crumbly and mellow, perfect for afternoon tea.

Kreams Krafthouse is located at 32 Maxwell Road, #01-07 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115.
Open Mon-Sat 8.30am-10.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm.

 

Mod Cafe

 

We might not have the famous Stylenanda cafe in Singapore but we do have a cafe-cum-hair-salon in the East with soft pink walls for inspired Instagram photoshoots. Their Asian-inspired menu leans more towards the healthier side for their savoury options. Their special ‘ChouYouBing’ Waffles with melted cheese (S$9.90/S$15.90) especially makes you long for Korea. The highlights, however, remain the Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake (S$7.90) and Godiva Double Chocolate Cheesecake (S$10.90).

Mod Cafe is located at 1A Kuo Chuan Avenue Singapore 426888.
Open Mon, Weds-Thurs, Sun 10.30am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-10pm.

 

England

 

Cafe de Nicole's Flowers

 

Get whisked away to the English countryside at Cafe de Nicole’s Flowers. The warm inviting ambience is punctuated with gorgeous blooms and wafts of floral fragrances. Every single offering on their menu is equally pleasing to the eye and decorated with edible flowers. The fluffy Souffle Pancakes (S$15.90) harmonises well with the buttermilk sauce and maple syrup. Their beverages are even more pleasant to look at, whether you choose the violet butterfly-pea Mermaid Tears (S$7.90) or beautiful matcha-based Romeo & Juliet (S$9.80). 

Cafe de Nicole’s Flowers is located at 224 Telok Kurau Rd, #01-01, Singapore 423836.
Open Tues-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm.


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