Pros: Really nice owner and FREE coffee!!! J/K it operates by a tipping system, so you can pay what you feel it’s worth. Also you can buy lots of different beans. If you’re into that kinda thing.
Cons: There is almost too many different coffees to choose from and their “serious coffees” are quite good. If you pick the right one. The “frou frou” coffees like their cappuccinos and the mocha latte that I tried was ohgodno.
Verdict: I can’t say I recommend it because I think maybe you have to be a real coffee aficionado to appreciate it. And there’s NO food.
What: A chain bakery that should be generic, but is anything but.
Pros: REALLY good quiches and REALLY good tarts and REALLY good service.
Cons: Unpredictable coffee (sometimes fantastic, sometimes just no) and very average sandwiches.
Verdict: I’m basically obsessed with ABC (the acronym – just go with it) and I didn’t want to do a post on it because I didn’t want everyone to know about it. But then I realized sharing is caring. So go ahead. Have the bacon and leek quiche and take home the caramel pecan tart thingy that they have for breakfast the next day. You won’t regret it.
Details: Many outlets but I go to the one below: artisan boulangerie co.
Great World City
+65 6887 4062
What: Neighborhood kopitiam masquerading as a hipster cafe.
Pros: Wonderful staff and nice ambience.
Cons: The food is, how to say it nicely… um… CMI (cannot make it). I have tried their toast set with lemon curd and to fair it was pretty good, but the bun was average and the coffee was insipid. On another day I went back to give the cafe another try and I had the chicken curry pie. All I can say is that an excess of curry powder does not cover up bad cooking.
Verdict: Don’t go because it’s not good. And if you like lemon curd then learn how to make it yourself here.
What: A derelict-chic cafe housed in what used to be an old school provision shop.
Pros: REALLY good cheesecakes (Toffee Caramel Salted Cheesecake, pictured above, is an awesome flan/cheesecake hybrid and their famous Yuen Yang Cheesecake – coffee and tea combo – is refreshing) and coffee (esp the Snag – bandung + coffee = WHOA). Convenient to get to since it’s super close to Mountbatten MRT.
Cons: Savory food doesn’t seem to be a strong point and I would not recommend the gelato.
Verdict: Go visit for dessert or tea time and then stop at the old-school playground at Dakota Crescent to take pictures/swing on tyres!