We won’t deny that hawkerprenuer-to-restaurant/cafe stories warm our heart. This time it’s the kopi stall at Amoy Street food centre run by three siblings, Anna, Faye and Jack Sai, that sells the traditional margarine-and-sugar roasted robusta coffee filtered with a kopi sock, but ‘modernised’ with ingredients like mint and caramel. Their latest third venture is an air-conditioned cafe at GSH Plaza, just a hop and skip away from Raffles Place MRT station. Here, you’ll find a similar menu at the stall at Amoy Street, with sea salt caramel, and black sesame concoctions (drinks start from $2), as well as their thin wholemeal toasts filled with a variety of sweet spreads like Rum & Raisin, Earl Grey Crème, and Key Lime Crème ($3.50). Exclusive to this outlet are savoury sandwiches with Ham & Cheese, Tuna Mayo or Egg Paprika.
20 Cecil Street, #02-09 GSH Plaza, Singapore 049705. Tel: +65 6532 2833
Chocoholics rejoice! Luxury Belgian chocolate brand Godiva has opened its first cafe concept in Singapore at ION Orchard. Unlike their takeaway counters that just offer ice cream, the 40-seater cafe offers a respite from shopping where you can indulge in a selection of exclusive to Singapore treats like Belgian waffle with Godiva soft serve ($14). Satisfy your sweet tooth with cakes made from quality GODIVA chocolate and choose from range of hot chocolates ($9) that are perfect for winding down with. For something a little more decadent, the Chocolate Fondue Set ($45) that comes with the choice of fruits, macarons or/and marshmallows. The sleekly-furnished shop also has a specially-curated gift section, featuring pralines and seasonal items.
2 Orchard Turn, #B1-05 ION Orchard , Singapore 238801. No reservations
Everyone you know living in the UK has probably mentioned their love for “Pret” at one point or another, and now you can do the same too. The popular sandwich and coffee chain, known for their organic coffee and fresh, natural food has opened at the transit area of Terminal 3 at Changi Airport. The menu will feature a best-ofs from the UK-based chain, selected from their extensive 30-year history. Expect bites like their chicken Caeser and bacon baguette, wild crayfish and rocket sandwich, as well as their well-loved French butter croissants, perfect for a grab-and-go meal while waiting for a flight. Drinks here are prepared using organic beans, with both brewed and espresso-based options.
Changi Airport Terminal 3, Level 2 Departure Lounge Transit Area, Singapore. Tel: +65 6385 5245
Combine dessert and your pick-me-up at what’s claimed to be “Asia’s first affogato bar’. Meaning ‘drowned’ in Italian, the summertime favourite is usually espresso poured over the vanilla gelato or ice cream, although these guys are taking it a step further with elaborate desserts drowned in a double shot. Attention to detail is evident here, as each dessert is matched to a complementary coffee; their signature affogato, Death By Chocolate ($13.90) features chocolate sorbet, brownie pieces and a solid piece of chocolate all drenched in a cocoa-reminiscent blend from Dimattina Coffee. For those preferring savouries, they also offer hand-rolled bagels (from $2.90, sandwiches start from $10.50) with different fillings from cheese cheese to corned beef.
501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B Cluny Court, Singapore 259760. Tel: +65 9238 9005
Helmed by barista-owner Eiichi Kunitomo, the first Tokyo outlet of Omotesando Koffee reached cult status almost overnight, with fans flocking for their espresso-based coffee, canele-like baked custard squares and tea ceremony-inspired space. Unfortunately, the space had to close due to the aging building that they were housed in. After a stint in Kyoto, they opened in Hong Kong, and will soon be open inside The Work Project, a co-working space at the new Downtown Gallery. Expect great coffee, their signature baked custard squares, as well as some Singapore-exclusive items. Omotesando Koffee will be opening some time in July 2017, watch this space for updates.
6A Shenton Way, #04-01, Singapore 068815