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Lin Heung Tea House in Sheung Wan is one of the oldest teahouses in Hong Kong and it is one of the few Chinese restaurants that serves dim sum the traditional way.

An unassuming Chinese restaurant which offers both locals and tourists the most authentic Cantonese dining experience you can get, this restaurant is definitely a place that is worth visiting—if you are willing to brave the crowd.

Lin Heung Tea House has been in business since 1889. For first-timers, get ready to fight for your food when you get to Lin Heung Tea House. You’ll find diners swarming to a pushcart whenever it gets out of the kitchen, and some dishes can get sold out within minutes so you have to be quick on your feet!

This teahouse is almost perpetually crowded, but it truly is a must-visit destination when you are in Hong Kong. What else can we say? Lin Heung Tea House may not be the best option for the faint-hearted, but it sure is one hell of an experience.

Lin Heung Tea House
162 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 25444556
Daily: 6am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan MTR Exit E2

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Besides being the dim sum and roast goose capital of the world, Hong Kong is a city that boasts a dynamic and thriving coffee scene. Coffee shops have been sprouting all over the country at an alarming rate but they go well beyond just places that sell coffee.

From quirky aesthetics, hip spaces to some playful, never-before-seen creations, the coffee culture in Hong Kong has dramatically reshaped itself since the early days of Starbucks.

If you are a coffee fanatic like us who travel around the world in search of the best brews, or simply someone hankering for a morning cuppa before you begin your day proper here is our list of 18 coffee shops in Hong Kong’s Central & Sheung Wan district.


% ARABICA COFFEE

Located on the first level of the bustling IFC mall, % Arabica Coffee—famous coffee shop from Kyoto—stands as a beacon of comforting brews and the perfect pick-me-up for those who work around the area. We absolutely love their coffee coupled with their incredibly picturesque store layout.

Shop 1050, 1 Harbour View Street,
IFC Mall
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2809 2913
Daily: 9am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Central

Photo Credit: Amber Coffee Brewery

AMBER COFFEE BREWERY

A recent addition to the massive coffee shop-laden district of Sheung Wan, Amber brings to the table an array of eccentric coffee creations from pineapple-infused cold brews to the humble latte.

Their cups are hand-painted which make takeaways orders a must to put on the ‘gram’. For those in search of a nightcap or two, Amber also turns into a wine bar in the evening.

Des Voeux Road Central, 140-142
G/F No.142 Full View Building
Tel: +65 +852 3106 0872
Mon to Fri: 8am – 9.30pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Central

BARISTA JAM

If you frequent Sheung Wan, chances are, you would have stumbled upon Barista Jam at least once. The fact that it has a centralised location, good coffee, knowledgeable staff, affordable prices and a cosy setting is why we find ourselves making several returns to this stylish coffee shop.

Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2854 2211
Mon: 10am – 6pm
Tue to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat: 10pm – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

BREW BROS COFFEE

For a feel and a taste of Melbourne-style coffee, this humble coffee shop in Sheung Wan offers just that. Made from coffee beans delivered directly from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee, you can order anything from a flat white to their signature 21-hour cold brew. Be prepared to wait though, because Brew Bros Coffee is pretty small.

33 Hillier Street,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2572 0238
Daily: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

CAFÉ DEADEND

Hidden at the dead end of Po Hing Fong Street in Sheung Wan, Café Deadend is the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. They share the premise with their sister bakery Po’s Atelier, which means you get to enjoy an array of lovely baked goods along with a cup of coffee.

72 Po Hing Fong
Sheng Wan
Tel: +852 6716 7005
(Closed on Mondays)
Tue to Sun: 9.30am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

COCO ESPRESSO

Since its early beginnings in Sheung Wan, Coco Espresso now has 5 outlets scattered across the island. Here is where you can savour the robust flavours of a solid latte made only using freshly roasted beans or a refreshing cold brew on a hot day.

13-15 Jervois Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

COMMON GROUND

A hidden gem in Soho, it is not easy to get to Common Ground—you have to climb a million flights of stairs to reach Shing Wong Street—but once you stumbled upon the cafe, it will become your favourite hangout in Soho.

G/F, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central
Tel: +852 2818 8318
Mon to Fri: 11am – 7pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Central

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CORNER KITCHEN CAFE

Located right across the street from the greenery of Hollywood Road Park, the bright and airy Corner Kitchen is all about great coffee and delectable home-baked treats. It may not be the most niche coffee roaster in town nor the hippest, but you can expect Corner Kitchen to deliver solid, consistent coffee every time.

226 Hollywood Road,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2547 8008
Mon to Sat: 8am – 8pm
Sun: 8am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

CUPPING ROOM

Recognised as one of the most established independent coffee shops in Hong Kong, Cupping Room is opened by the champion of the Hong Kong Barista Championship 2013.

Step inside Cupping Room and let the aroma of coffee beans delight you—this Melbourne-inspired coffee shop is one place to head to for coffee purists.

299 Queen’s Road Central
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2799 3398
Mon to Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

ELEPHANT GROUNDS

A quaint and small cafe that can be easily missed due to its location, Elephant Grounds sits within the WOAW! concept store.

If you’re a fan of all things mysterious, then perhaps you may find charm in its somewhat secretive location. It has both casual seats around the coffee bar and outdoor benches as well.

11 Gough Street
Tel: +852 2253 1313
Mon to Sat: 11am – 8.30pm
Sun: 12pm – 7pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan/Hong Kong

HALFWAY COFFEE

Famous for serving coffee in vintage oriental porcelain cups, Halfway Coffee is a dinky joint tucked away along a row of antique shops. They serve all the classic coffee options from lattes to flat whites and a wide selection of teas as well.

12 Tung Street,
Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
Tel: +65 +852 9511 7197
Daily: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

HAZEL & HERSHEY COFFEE ROASTERS

Coffee lovers will enjoy visiting this cute little retail boutique coffee shop in Central. Whether it is caffe latte, cappuccino or piccolo, helpful and passionate baristas prepare every cup of coffee with precision and care.

Other than getting your caffeine fix, you can also purchase coffee beans and coffee-making equipment.

Shop 3, 69 Peel
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3106 0760
Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Central

KAFFEINE

Nestled along Jervois Street, where a number of indie cafés sit, Kaffeine specialises in quality coffee made from freshly roasted beans. But perhaps what helps this little coffee shop stand out from its competitors is its excellent fresh food.

108 Jervois Street,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +65 +852 2639 5100
Mon to Sat: 8am – 6pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

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LOF 10

A minimalist coffee shop nestled on the slope of U Lam Terrace, Lof 10 is a pretty laid back venue that boasts a range of flavoured coffee beverages including their rose latte. You will definitely not miss the attention grabbing logo that is shaped like an old Hong Kong neon light.

While they may not be the most affordable coffee shop option in town, their drinks sure match up to the cost.

1 U Lam Terrace,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2540 2210
Daily: 10am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

NOC COFFEE CO.

Boasting industrial minimalism as their store concept, NOC Coffee Co. is one place where you can sip on a coffee in style. Spacious, cool and perfect for photos, we can see why NOC Coffee Co. is a hit among the younger crowd.

34 Graham Street,
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2606 6188
Daily: 8am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Central

SIMPLY LIFE (THE LANDMARK)

Perhaps one of our favourite spots in Hong Kong for an afternoon chill, simplylife is a good cafe to unwind, relax and enjoy a myriad of tantalising nosh while you’re at it.

With a bakery that produces an amazing range of bread, pastries and cakes, everything is of premium quality, and no additives are added. For lunch and dinner, the kitchen also dishes out fresh salads, pasta, burgers and other savoury main courses.

Shop 30, L2, Festival Walk
80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Tel: +852 2777 5168
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Kowloon Tong

URBAN BAKERY WORKS

Sexy. Artsy. Fuss-free. Comfort. Altogether, URBAN Bakery Works presents itself as a place for all-day casual dining. The concept shop at The Landmark is a stunner, and it promises nothing but a hip and fun experience.

The bakery focuses on croissants, that come in a variety of fancy flavours from almond, Belgian chocolate, cheddar cheese, to brulee—all of which are available every day.

Room 322, 3/F The Landmark
12-16 Des Voeux Road Central
Tel: +852 3565 4320
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 8pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 8.30am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Central

Photo Credit: Why 50

WHY 50 

Conveniently located in the heart of Sheung Wan, it is hard not to nip in for a quick cuppa or a hearty sandwich. Why 50’s coffee selection is unique and speaks volumes of their passion for experimentation.

Some dishes that come highly recommended include their Lavender Latte as well as the delicious Cubano—perfect for starting the day right.

27 Hillier Street,
Fu Fai Commercial Centre
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 6532 4161
Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan

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Little Creatures—famous brewing company based in Fremantle, Western Australia—is opening a brewpub in Singapore at Mohamed Ali Lane on 30 May 2018.

Beer lovers will be familiar with Little Creatures, which is one of the most popular brewing companies in Perth, Australia. Little Creatures Singapore will be serving beers freshly brewed on site, along with a curated food menu.

There will be six permanent beers on tap—Pale Ale, Bright Ale, Pilsner, IPA, and Rogers Beer. As for the food, there will be mostly sharing plates as well as a selection of pizzas and pastas that will complement the beers.

For those of you who have been to Little Creatures’ brewery tour of their flagship outlet in Fremantle, you will be pleased to know that you can also go on a tour of their brewery and beer tasting at the Singapore outpost.

You can even join Little Creatures’ beer school to learn more about beer from their staff.

Little Creatures Singapore
36 Club Street (entrance on Mohamed Ali Lane)
Singapore 069469
Tel: +65 6239 0350
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 11pm
Weekends & PHs: 8am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

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Punggol is an up-and-coming neighbourhood with increasing modern facilities and entertainment—making it a hip and trendy place to be at. As such, there are now more people venturing to Punggol to explore the latest happenings in the North East side of Singapore—and of course, to indulge in some seriously good bites as well.

Wander around The Punggol Settlement and catch amazing sunsets there—the scenic view of red and pink hues in the sky is a sight to behold for sure. Even shopping has turned up a notch after the opening of Waterway Point, a massive mall that has basically everything you would need.

Needless to say, Punggol is a neighbourhood we are excited to find our more. Here are 7 Things You Can Do in Punggol—Shopping Sprees, Food Eventures, Movies & More!

#1 WATERWAY POINT HAS EVERYTHING YOU WILL EVER NEED

Residents of Punggol and Sengkang have a town of their own.

With the addition of major brands to Waterway Point such as H&M, Cotton On, Uniqlo, Daiso and so much more, you do not need to head down to Orchard Road for shopping anymore!

#2 CYCLE AT CONEY ISLAND

A 10-minute walk from The Punggol Settlement, Coney Island is a picturesque island with majestic trees you do not normally see on the streets of Singapore. It is extremely accessible whether you are going by foot or cycling.

If you wish to choose the latter, there are bicycle rental shops nearby that rent out bicycles on hourly rates.

#3 EXPLORE PUNGGOL PARK CONNECTOR

Punggol is a massive place but do not be intimidated! We suggest taking the park connector to have a stroll or jog, as you admire the flora and fauna while taking in fresh air. We love how the estate is progressive, while some parts of the land are still relatively untouched by modernisation.

#4 FEAST LIKE KINGS

The meal possibilities at Punggol are endless, with choices such as @Punggol, The Punggol Settlement, Waterway Point and more. All these places are equipped with ample parking spaces and can be accessed by public transport.

Think traditional Chinese zi char to upmarket restaurants and familiar food chains—there is something for everyone in the family.

#5 PRAWNING

You can settle for some prawning at Hai Bin Prawning at @Punggol after a great meal at one of the restaurants there (we recommend Whisk & Paddle, our go-to restaurant for no-frills and delicious cafe fare).

The cost of prawning is relatively inexpensive and it is a communal activity that you can enjoy with your friends, partner or family.

#6 INDOOR WATER THEME PARK

The SAFRA Indoor Water Playground, Splash @ Kidz Amaze, is the first of its kind in Singapore. This kid-friendly attraction is where you can expect to have a ball of time here with the little ones.

#7 PLAY FUTSAL, SNOOKER & POOL

Besides prawning, you can also book Futsal courts or have some fun playing pool or snooker at @Punggol. Time to call your mates down for a friendly game of football!

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The source of inspiration for the famous cartoon character, Uzumaki Naruto, the Naruto Whirlpools are tidal pools that occur along the Shikoku coast of the Naruto Straits.

A true wonder of nature created from the clash of tides from the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the views Naruto Whirlpools offer are so magnificent that they alone would justify a trip to Tokushima. 

Although one can admire the whirlpools from the Uzu-no-Michi Walkway, what could compare with encountering the whirlpools right before your very eyes on a “Wonder Naruto” boat tour? Read on to find out what you can expect from this boat tour. 

Under the Naruto Kanko Kisen (Naruto Sightseeing Steamship Co.), there are two different vessels—the Wonder Naruto and Aqua Eddy—which will take you to see the Naruto Whirlpools, the difference lying in the fact that the latter is an underwater sightseeing boat with an underwater observatory room.

We headed out to the Naruto Whirlpools on the Wonder Naruto which has a ticket fee of ¥1,800 per adult and ¥900 per child. The Wonder Naruto makes about 12 trips per day to the tidal pools and your entire trip last approximately 30 minutes.

Within a short ten-minute boat ride, we arrived at the Naruto Whirlpools which left us stunned and captivated by its beauty. The entire experience of watching the tidal pools form and dissolve was so thrilling and it is one sight that we would never be tired of.

For the best views of the whirlpool, do check out the monthly tide table—which will indicate the times with the fastest speed of the current in the Naruto Straits—and arrange your visit within one and a half hours before or after the stated time.

Otherwise, the prime viewing season for the Naruto Whirlpools would be during spring and autumn. 

Naruto Whirlpools
Naruto,
Tokushima Prefecture 772-0000, Japan

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If there is one thing in the world which Singaporeans will always be loyal to, that would be the amazing creation that is food. Though we often struggle with balancing our wish to save some money and the desire to savour a sumptuous meal, we hate to admit it; the latter usually wins.

In Singapore, we are fortunate that there are tons of fantastic brunch spots around the country. And most of the time, we would settle on a cafe in the CBD for convenience sake.

To assist you in your brunch journey, we have sussed out 35 Brunch Spots In Singapore’s CBD to start your day right. They range from light brunch menus to slightly more indulgent ones so do read on to discover which brunch spot you have to try next!

Photo Credit: 6oz Espresso Bar

6OZ ESPRESSO BAR

Nothing gets our engine running better than a fine cup of coffee and freshly baked pastry. With various branches around the CBD, 6oz Espresso Bar is a sleek and contemporary cafe that serves up fragrant coffee alongside crispy and buttery croissants.

6oz Espresso Bar
20 McCallum Street, #01-K1,
Singapore 069046
Tel: +65 6509 6602
Mon to Fri: 7am – 5.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

Photo Credit: 63 Espresso

63 ESPRESSO

A cafe brought to you by the successful coffee program at 63Celsius, 63 Espresso brews rich coffees from beans roasted by Antipodean coffee roaster Allpress Espresso. Pick up some of their interesting creations such as the Chilli Mocha and Chilli Chocolate.

63 Espresso 
12 Marina View, #01-03,
Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 6100 6363
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Downtown

CAKE SPADE

For those working in the Tanjong Pagar area, how about starting your day right with a slice of fluffy and freshly baked cake? Bringing to you daily cakes, warm baked desserts coupled with gourmet coffee and tea, Cake Spade is a one-stop dessert store that will definitely light up your day.

Cake Spade
83 Tanjong Pagar Road,
Singapore 088504
Tel: +65 6444 3868
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 9.30pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

Photo Credit: Chong Wen Ge Cafe

CHONG WEN GE CAFE

Chong Wen Ge Cafe is a hidden gem that is located right next to the Thian Hock Keng Chinese temple. This Peranakan-style cafe seeks to ensure that culture and heritage are imbued in every aspect of their menu and cafe setting.

Albeit a different type of brunch setting most would be used to, this is a unique brunch experience that would be worth the time.

Chong Wen Ge Cafe
168 Telok Ayer Street,
Singapore 068619
Tel: +65 9129 1625
Daily: 11am – 5.30pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

CLUB MEATBALLS

A vibrant open restaurant with a cocktail and wine bar, Club Meatballs would be a great place to grab some brunch in the Chinatown area.

From Monday to Friday, pick up some Eggs Benedict (S$14.50) or get creative with their Club House DIY Breakfast. If not, we’d say that their Club Signature Breakfast (S$17.50) sounds pretty good too.

Club Meatballs
20 Cross Street, #01-34/35/36 China Square Central,
Singapore 048422
Tel: +65 6222 8660
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 12am
Sat: 10am – 12am
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

DAPPER COFFEE

Aside from bringing to you the popular Unicorn Tears, Dapper Coffee is a swanky coffeehouse along Amoy Street which is recognised for its outstanding coffees. They too, have an all-day grub menu that is suitable for those searching for brunch options in the CBD. This includes the Dapper Granola (S$8), Green & Lean (S$16) and #Gains ($16).

Dapper Coffee
73 Amoy Street, Level 2,
Singapore 069892
Tel: +65 8742 8908
Mon to Fri: 8am – 5pm 
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

DEAN & DELUCA

Dean & DeLuca—New York food institution—is more than just an upscale grocery shop; it is also one of our favourite cafes which offers gourmet food and a wide range of pastries and coffee.

Dean & Deluca
47 Pekin Street, #01-01
Singapore 048777
Tel: +65 6536 2460
Mon to Fri: 7am – 8pm
Sat: 7am – 5pm
Sun: 7am – 12pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer / Raffles Place

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DOUTOR COFFEE

With history tracing all the way back to 1980 in Harajuku, Japan, Doutor Coffee has more than 1200 outlets worldwide today.

After 11am, diners can enjoy Doutor Coffee’s Ham & Cheese Waffles (S$8.80), Shrimp & Avocado Waffles (S$8.80) and Smoked Salmon Waffles (S$8.80). Not filling enough? Opt for the Hayashi Baked Rice (S$9.90) and Japanese Curry Baked Rice (S$9.90) which is also available after11am instead. 

Doutor Coffee
12 Marina Boulevard
#01-05 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
Singapore 018982
Tel: +65 6604 6082
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Nearest Station: Downtown

DRURY LANE

A perennial favourite of ours, Drury Lane is a quaint and inviting cafe that is perfect for a quiet and intimate brunch over the weekends. Some brunch items that you can expect include Savoury French Toasts and Smoked Salmon Baked Eggs.

Drury Lane
94 Tanjong Pagar Road,
Singapore 088515
Tel: +65 6222 6698
Mon, Wed to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
Tue: Closed
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

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FREE THE ROBOT

How could we ever say no to brunch in a cute robot-themed cafe? Free The Robot is a cosy cafe which will remind diners of an old-school industrial setting and their all-day brunch menu is just as enticing.

Diners can anticipate the Free the Robot Burger (S$12) and Avocado Pesto Toastie (S$8).

Free The Robot
118 Telok Ayer Street,
Singapore 068587
Tel: +65 6438 1836
Tue to Fri: 8.30am – 4.30pm
Sat: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Mon & Sun: Closed
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

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GEMMILLS

Brought to you by the folks behind Mediterranean restaurant Maggie Joan’s, Gemmills is a hidden cafe located in an alleyway off Gemmill Lane that you need to drop by for brunch.

Comfort food and great coffee await and coffee enthusiasts may be keen on knowing that the cafe now offers Allpress Espresso.

Gemmills
110 Amoy Street, #01-02,
Singapore 068579
Tel: +65 9390 3825
Mon to Thu: 10am – 10pm
Fri: 10am – 11pm
Sat: 4pm – 11am
Sun: Closed
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

GRAIN TRADERS

Instead of going for a typical Aussie-style brunch, it will definitely be a refreshing and rewarding experience to eat clean and healthy once in a while. At Grain Traders, you can build your very own bowl of goodness for S$16 which includes 1 grain, 1 protein, 2 vegetables, 1 side and 1 topping.

Grain Traders
138 Market Street
#01-01 CapitaGreen
Singapore 048946
Mon to Fri: 8am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

GROUP THERAPY

Find yourself some fresh, hearty and appetising brunch at Group Therapy, a quaint cafe situated on the second storey of a restored shophouse along Duxton Road.

Group Therapy’s menu has all-day breakfast items that range from pasta, stew, soups and pies. This includes the Sesame Bagel & Scrambled Eggs (S$16), Poached Eggs (S$16) and Skinny Eggs Ben (S$17).

Group Therapy
49 Duxton Road, #02-01,
Singapore 089513
Tel: +65 6222 2554
Tue to Thu: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

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JAPAN RAIL CAFE

A travel-themed cafe managed by the Singapore Office of East Japan Railway Company, the main mission of Japan Rail Cafe is to foster a space and community for people who love Japan.

For brunch, you can enjoy the Twin Flavoured Crispy Chicken Don, Kaisen Avocado Don and of course, The Ultimate A.B.C Hamburger.

Japan Rail Cafe
5 Wallich Street, #01-20 Tanjong Pagar Centre,
Singapore 078883
Daily: 11am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

JEWEL COFFEE

Jewel Coffee is widely known for being one of Singapore’s best coffee joints because of its quality brews but if you thought that coffee is all you can get there, then that is where you are wrong. The cafe also has a simple food menu where you can get salads, pastas and burgers.  

Jewel Coffee
1 Shenton Way, #01-07,
Singapore 068803
Tel: +65 6636 9452
Mon to Fri: 7am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Downtown

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KITCHEN BY FOOD REBEL

At Kitchen By Food Rebel, dig into their rendition of healthy, real food that is just as imaginative, delightful and tasty. This includes the Zoodle Bolognese (S$18), The Rebel Chicken Burger (S$21) and The Rebel Pie (S$18). Absolutely delish!

Kitchen By Food Rebel
28 Stanley Street,
Singapore 068737
Tel: +65 6224 7088
Mon to Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

LUNAR COFFEE BREWERS

Lunar Coffee Brewers—a cafe behind the team at Atlas Coffeehouse and Columbus Coffee— is a charming minimalist cafe at Downtown Gallery that would be a marvellous place for brunch.

During your visit, you can consider trying the Lu Rou Belly Don (S$14.50). Otherwise, the Hot Cappuccino (S$4.50) and Milky Wave Soft Serve (S$5.90) will hit the spot.

Lunar Coffee Brewers
6 Shenton Way, #01-49 Downtown Gallery,
Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 6224 4500
Mon to Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm
Sun: Closed
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

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MY AWESOME CAFE

A dining concept by a group of entrepreneurial friends from different backgrounds and countries of origin, My Awesome Cafe is a popular cosy cafe which aims to be a second home for all its diners.

Not only is their food nourishing, this cafe has taken steps to ensure that their food is also fun. They serve up a brilliant Bacon Platter (S$25), Perigourdine Salad (S$21) and Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Mesclun (S$14).

My Awesome Cafe
202 Telok Ayer,
Singapore 068639
Tel: +65 6222 2007
Daily: 9am – 12am
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

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NINJA BOWL

At Ninja Bowl—a dining concept owned and operated by The Astronauts Group—get your hands on their Japanese-inspired dishes that will have you crooning over how gorgeous they look.

Brunch is ongoing throughout the day and this includes dishes such as the Mentaiko Scrambled (S$19), Steak & Udon (S$22) and Ebisu (S$18). Alternatively, you can try their Ninja Bowls which includes the Noka (S$14), Kamo (S$18) and Torinosu (S$18).

Ninja Bowl
15 Duxton Road,
Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 6222 8055
Mon to Fri: 9.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Outram Park / Tanjong Pagar

PANTLER

Fancy a light brunch and sweet desserts?

Situated along Telok Ayer Street, Pantler is well-received for its top-notch pastries, cakes, coffees and service. Baked goods that you can look forward to include the Almond Croissant (S$4), Chaussons aux Pommes (S$4.50) and Fig Tart (S$6.80).

Pantler
198 Telok Ayer Street,
Singapore 068637
Tel: +65 6221 6223
Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 7.30pm
Sat: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer / Downtown

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PATISSERIEG

A bakery cafe which serves up a spectacular range of platters, galettes, burgers, sandwiches and more, PatisserieG’s brunch menu is available from Mondays through Fridays at their Downtown Gallery outlet.

Brunch items include Ham & Cheese Croissant (S$6), G Breakfast Platter (S$16.90) and Corned Beef (S$13).

PatisserieG
6A Shenton Way
#01-30 Downtown Gallery
Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 6222 0390
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 7pm
Sat: 11.30am – 3pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar / Downtown

PS CAFE

Arguably one of the cafes that Singaporeans usually flock to for a stellar brunch, PS. Cafe has been charming its diners with its tantalising food and warm cafe atmosphere since 1999.

A hidden gem in the midst of two traditional heritage shophouses, PS. Cafe’s Ann Siang Hill outlet has a wonderful brunch spread which includes the PS. Fluffy Pancakes, the PS. Classic Benedict and Crab Tart.

PS. Cafe 
45 Ann Siang Road, #02-02,
Singapore 069719
Tel: +65 9797 0648
Mon to Wed: 11.30am – 11pm
Thu: 11.30am – 12am
Fri: 11.30am – 1am
Sat: 9.30am – 1am
Sun: 9.30am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

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ROYZ ET VOUS

A halal-certified French restaurant, Royz et Vous exudes a cosy and warm ambience that goes in harmony with their speciality coffee and western delights.

For brunch, dig into the Eggs Benedict (S$18.90), Salmon Slide (S$24.90) or Beef Asparagus (S$21.90). Either way, be prepared to feast like a king!

Royz et Vous
137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-01,
Singapore 068602
Tel: +65 6293 0270
Mon to Thu: 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm
Fri: 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 11pm
Sat: 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

SARNIES

Dishing out freshly prepared gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade bakery goods, Sarnies is the cafe to visit for satisfying brunch.

Their weekday lunch menu runs from 11am to 3pm and comprises sandwiches such as the Chicken Schnitzel (S$14.80), Kurobuta Ham (S$15.80) and Grass Fed Steak (S$16.80). Over the weekend, Sarnies has an all-day breakfast menu which features dishes such as the Eggs Benedict (S$21) and Breakfast Burger (S$19).

Sarnies
136 Telok Ayer Street,
Singapore 068601
Mon & Tue: 7.30am – 10.30pm
Wed to Fri: 7.30am – 12am
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 4pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

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SEGAFREDO ZANETTI ESPRESSO

A cafe cum bar originating from Bologna, Italy, Segafredo Zanetti Espresso is where you should visit for quality Italian coffee accompanied by a good range of classic Italian fare.

During your visit, consider ordering the Aglio E Olio (S$15), Alla Marinara (S$19) and Campagnola (S$17).

Segafredo Zanetti Espresso
51 Telok Ayer, #01-06 China Square Food Market,
Singapore 048441
Tel: +65 6222 6629
Mon to Fri: 7am – 9.30pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer

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SOCKS & PANS

Throw all stereotypes out of the window because Socks & Pans is going to blow your mind with their pairing of traditional full-bodied local kopi with homemade pizza and pasta.

Unique creations that you can tuck into include the Asian Pulled Pork pizza (S$29 for a large 13″ pizza) and the Hebi Hiam pizza (S$29 for a large 13″ pizza). Otherwise, the Mac & Cheese (S$9.90) is a must-try.

Socks & Pans
&7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-108,
Singapore 081007
Tel: +65 6536 3310
Mon to Thu: 11am – 9pm
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

SPRMRKT

Started with a goal to inspire daily life, SPRMRKT at McCallum Street is where you can embrace retail, art and good food in a single space.

Albeit their ever-changing menu, some brunch staples on SPRMRKT’s All Day Breakfast menu include the SPRMRKT Breakfast (S$30), Classic Eggs Benedict (S$16) and Avocado On Toast (S$13). Do note that this menu is available daily from 8am to 7.30pm.

SPRMKRT
2 McCallum Street,
Singapore 069043
Tel: +65 6221 2105
Mon to Fri: 8am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Downtown

THE AUTOBUS

Themed-cafes just have this certain charm and if you and your dining partner are fans of the outdoors, head on down to The Autobus, a bicycle-themed cafe where you can find healthy salad bowls, good coffee and tea.

If you are intending to visit during the weekdays for brunch, treat yourself to nutritious rice bowls ranging from S$12 to S$16. Otherwise, the weekend brunch menu has options such as the Full Breakfast (S$18), Eggs Ben (S$11) and Wagyu Burger..

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Fiji is concrete evidence that Paradise on Earth does exist. The skies are blue, the waters are superbly clear and the sceneries all around are breathtakingly picturesque—but the best of all, the people there are genuine, hospitable and jovial.

Fiji is definitely worthy to be on everyone’s bucket list. While everyone knows it as the ideal destination for that luxurious beach getaway, we had the privilege to travel beyond just the beaches and explore the lesser-known aspects of Fiji.

There are many beautiful destinations out there and Fiji is most certainly one of them. Here are 12 reasons to love Fiji and why you should start saving up to tick this off your bucket list.

#1 BREATHTAKING & MAGNIFICENT VIEWS UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Fiji is home to over 300 islands, each with its own unique charm. One of the main reasons people flock to this heaven-on-earth, is because of its gorgeous natural views–from spectacular cliff tops to white sand beaches. Much of Fiji is left untouched, making it a perfect getaway to paradise.

If you are looking to escape from the fast-paced city life of skyscrapers, Fiji is the complete opposite of that. Enjoy “Fiji Time” and just kick-back while you take in the beauty of the islands. There’s truly nothing like relaxing on a clean white sand beach with a cocktail and watching the world go by.

#2 LOTS & LOTS OF ACTIVITIES WITHIN EVERY RESORT

When it comes to finding an ideal resort with great amenities, substantial water activities and beautiful views, the resorts in Fiji will not fall short of your expectations. Being an archipelago of 333 islands, the number of land and sea activities will keep you very busy.

Most resorts, if not all, have plenty of in-house activities for guests. Think parasailing, snorkelling, beach volleyball, waterfall hiking and horse riding; the list goes on and on! The resorts in Fiji range from budget to luxury so there is something for everyone.

In fact, some of the resorts in Fiji are so huge that they own the entire island, making it a one-stop place for accommodation, land and water activities, and cultural experiences. For day-trippers looking for such a place, Malamala Beach Club is a fantastic option.

Malamala Beach Club is located on its very own island, just 25 minutes from Port Denarau. With a day pass, guests not only get to enjoy complimentary water sports but also have a chance to indulge in the local delicacies made by Fiji’s celebrity chef, Lance Seeto at the restaurant

Malamala Beach Club

Website: https://malamalabeachclub.com/

#3 BULA! EXPERIENCE THE FIJIAN HOSPITALITY.

In Fiji, people greet each other by saying ‘Bula’, which is short for Ni sa bula vinaka’. This national greeting means way more than just a simple ‘hello‘—it directly translates to ”wishing you happiness and good health”. 

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that locals greet fellow Fijians and tourists with a ‘Bula’. Native Fijians are renowned for being happy, benevolent and hospitable and you will find yourself at ease and comfort in their company.

We found ourselves sorely missing the warmth of the local’s hospitality upon returning home. That positive vibe is surely infectious.

#4 INDULGE IN LOCAL FLAVOURS

Seafood lovers will love the fact that Fiji is literally located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Traditional dishes in Fiji are thus very heavily influenced by the surrounding sea, so expect only the freshest and finest seafood in Fiji.

It is not uncommon to see ‘Catch of the Day’ as part of the menu in any restaurant or eatery as their fresh catch changes in accordance with the season. Besides, locals in Fiji love to feast on food such as taro and sea grapes, alongside the vast options of fresh seafood all year round.

Fun fact: Coconuts are a centrepiece of Fijian cuisine so do not be surprised to taste the flavours of coconut in many dishes!

#5 WEALTH OF FRESH PRODUCE

Just like many other tropical countries, Fiji is blessed with an abundance of fresh produce. Their tropical fruits are to die for and the locals are not kidding when they say that their seasonal fruits are always the freshest.

The Suva Municipal Market is a great place to visit if you happen to be in Suva, the capital of Fiji. They sell anything from fruits and vegetables to coconut oil to fresh flowers. We heard that the best days to visit are from Thursdays to Saturdays, when there are the most vendors.

Suva Municipal Market
Address: Harris Rd, Suva, Fiji
Mon to Thu: 7am – 6pm
Fri and Sat: 6am – 6pm
(Closed on Sundays)

#6 ALCOHOL THAT IS WORTH THE HANGOVER

For all those alcoholics  alcohol connoisseurs out there, you’d be glad to know that Fiji offers a wide range of exotic alcohol—such as Coffee Rum, Coconut Vodka and Banana Liquor, just to name a few.

Rum Co. of Fiji has been distilling award-winning rums since 1980, with flavours including coffee, chocolate, banana, and spiced rum. These flavours may be peculiar, but all we can say is that Fiji distils liquor like no other!

You’d have to try it to believe it. The exotic flavours are very predictable of a tropical paradise, yet unbelievably surprising and refreshing upon your first sips.

#7 THE WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY ECO TRAX

Fiji is home to the world’s first electric rail-riders, and it is safe to say that it is currently the only one in the world today. In the past, Fiji used to have rail transport but they have since stopped its service. A German couple then used the now-defunct railway tracks for their electric bicycle carriages, and that was the birth of the world’s first Eco Trax.

Be prepared to be blown away by the beauty of the sceneries that awaits you as you ride through villages and fields, and expect to see animals such as cows and horses which will look undeniably majestic against the stunning landscape.

Remember to greet ‘Bula’ to the locals when you pass by the 2 local villages on the way as well!

On this tour, you will stop by a beach so you may wish to prepare a set of swimwear too. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that is worth every single dollar paid, so if you happen to be in Fiji or are planning for a trip there, we recommend that you save a spot in your itinerary for this!

And no, you do not need to be very fit nor know how to ride a bike to use their electric bicycles, so children can easily participate as can Grandpa and Grandma.

Ecotrax Fiji
Website: http://www.ecotrax.com.fj/

#8 LEARN ABOUT THEIR RICH HISTORY

Most people will remember that the Fiji islands used to be called The Cannibal Islands. According to the Fiji Museum of Suva, evidence suggests that the practice of cannibalism began over 2,500 years ago, with the last man known to be eaten being Methodist missionary Reverend Thomas Baker in 1867.

Worry not, for cannibalism no longer exists in Fiji so your trips there will be safe. In fact, if you find their dark past intriguing like we did, a trip to the Cannibal Cave and the Fiji Museum of Suva would be worth it! Dive deep into the rich tribal history of Fiji and learn more about their progression to the thriving country they are today.

Fiji Museum
Website: http://fijimuseum.org.fj/

Off-Road Cave Safari
Website: http://offroadfiji.com/safaris/the-story-of-the-naihehe-cave

#9 FIJI’S NATIONAL DRINK – KAVA

While we all know that the range of liquor in Fiji is worth going crazy over, the locals there would choose Kava over alcohol any time. Also known by its Fijian name yaqona, Kava is Fiji’s national drink enjoyed by the indigenous people.

So, what exactly is Kava?

Kava is primarily made by grinding the root of a pepper plant and mixing it with spring water to give it a slightly bitter taste, followed by a numbing sensation (if it is highly concentrated or if consumed in large volume).

We admit that this drink doesn’t sound like the most appealing one out there, but no experience in Fiji is truly complete without having Kava.

#10 THE CLOCKS TICK IN FIJI TIME

“Don’t worry, you are on Fiji Time!” This phrase is regularly heard in Fiji as Fijians believe that nothing good ever happens in a hurry. As compared to other countries, Fiji has comparatively fewer rules and lower stress levels—it is no surprise that Fiji is constantly dubbed as the happiest place on Earth.

As if Fiji isn’t already a beautiful destination to travel to, living in Fiji time just makes it an even better place to relax, distress and unwind!

#11 THE ART OF SIMPLE LIVING

You will never get bored in Fiji given the multitudinous variety of beach activities available, but remember to immerse yourself in an experience unique to Fiji while you are there. Go beyond the surface and delve deeper into their culture and see how their locals live in the villages, and we promise you that you will not regret!

Hop on the Jewel of Fiji Village Tour and enjoy a calming boat ride along the Nuvua River, before arriving at a local village where you get to witness how Fijians who live away from the city live their lives. In fact, in several areas of Fiji, some children still swim across rivers in order to get to school every day. Kudos to them for that!

Jewel of Fiji
Website: http://www.discoverfijitours.com/jewel-of-fiji/

#12 FUSS-FREE DIRECT FLIGHTS TO FIJI FROM SINGAPORE

If you’re worried about connecting flights with long layovers to Fiji, you will be pleased to know that Fiji Airways offers direct flights to and fro Singapore twice a week! This removes the hassle of having to rush to a connecting flight so you can truly have a smooth experience all throughout your journey there. Get comfy in a A330 Fiji Airways airplane and prep yourselves on the 9.5-hour flight to paradise.

This post is brought to you by Tourism Fiji.

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Our beloved national dish—the glorious chilli crab—has always been a must-try local delicacy.

The younger Singaporean entrepreneurs have taken this traditional classic to a whole new level by integrating its key flavours into other cuisines. We are now seeing chilli crab infused into buns, burgers, pastas and even in a donburi!

From Fresh Fruits Lab’s Chilli Soft Shell Crab Pasta to Yan’s Chilli Crab Meat Buns, here are 9 Best Chilli Crab Dishes in Singapore.

Photo Credit: Bao Makers

#1 BAO MAKERS – CHILLI CRAB BAO

THE PLACE: Bao Makers is a cafe that is known for their whacky bao creations and their menu encompasses everything you can ever think of.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: With Bao Maker’s Chilli Crab Bao which comprises real crab meat in succulent chilli crab sauce sandwiched between two deep-fried mantou, you will never look at Chinese baos the same way again.

4 Jiak Chuan Road
Singapore 089261
Tel: +65 6291 2330
Tue to Thu: 12pm – 3.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat: 12pm – 5pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 5pm
Nearest Station: Outram Park

#2 DIN TAI FUNG – STEAMED CHILLI CRAB AND PORK BUNS

THE PLACE: A popular Chinese restaurant that has multiple outlets across the island, Din Tai Fung is most well known for their steamed pork dumplings.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: Piping hot Steamed Chilli Crab and Pork Buns from Din Tai Fung features generous chunks of chilli crab mixed with minced pork in a soft bun.

290 Orchard Road
#B1-03, Paragon
Singapore 238859
Tel: +65 6836 8336
Mon to Fri: 11am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

#3 DON MEIJIN – SPICY CHILLI CRAB TENDON

THE PLACE: Don Meijin is a donburi eatery at Ramen Champion Bugis+ offering quite a range of donburi bowls.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: The Spicy Chilli Crab Tendon is served with deep-fried prawns, asparagus, pumpkin, salmon, kakiage and eggplant—and the addition of chilli crab sauce over crispy tempura.

201 Victoria Street
#04-10, Bugis+
Ramen Champion Bugis+
Singapore 188067
Tel: +65 6238 1011
Mon to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bugis

#4 FRESH FRUITS LAB – CHILLI SOFT SHELL CRAB PASTA

THE PLACE: A colourful space that has been deliberately decorated to resemble a minimalistic laboratory.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: Chilli Soft Shell Crab Pasta is served in a homemade spicy sauce—prepared with chilli crab, tomatoes and eggs—before it is topped with fresh herbs and a crispy succulent soft shell crab.

351 Changi Road
Singapore 419818
Tel: +65 6677 6741
Tue to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm
Closed on Mondays
Nearest Station: Eunos

#5 THE HALIA – HALIA’S SINGAPORE-STYLE CHILLI CRAB SPAGHETTINI

THE PLACE: Nestled within lush greenery at The Botanic Gardens, The Halia is an award-winning restaurant renowned for their Singapore-style dishes.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: We love chilli crab but we will admit we hate declawing it. The Halia’s chilli crab pasta allows one to sink his/her teeth into large amounts of chilli crabmeat with spaghetti.

1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259659
Tel: +65 8444 1148
Mon to Fri: 9am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens

Photo Credit: Loof

#6 LOOF – CHILLI CRAB WAFFLE FRIES

THE PLACE: Rooftop bar Loof is a popular after-work watering hole and is frequented by nearby corporate workers throughout the week.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: Loof’s Waffle Fries comprises their signature chilli sauce and blue crab dip. Yes, the tangy blue crab dip is something you have to try!

331 North Bridge Road
#03-07 Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
Closed on Sundays
Mon to Thu: 5pm – 1am
Fri and Sat: 5pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Bras Basah

#7 O’ COFFEE CLUB XPRESS – CHILLI CRAB PASTA

THE PLACE: A casual cafe that is equipped with free WIFI, power sockets, a curated range of gourmet food and coffee selections.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: The cafe’s Chilli Crab Pasta captures the essence of our favourite Singaporean local delight pretty well with the pasta being topped with a generous amount of chilli crab sauce and crab meat.

10 Airport Boulevard
Departure Public Area
Singapore 819665
Tel: +65 6513 2650
Daily: 24 Hours
Nearest Station: Changi Airport

#8 THE FABULOUS BAKER BOY – CHILLI CRAB MAC & CHEESE

THE PLACE: The Fabulous Baker Boy is a cosy space ideal for gatherings with friends and/or a quiet meal with your partner. Prices here are very reasonable too.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: We are digging The Fabulous Baker Boy’s interpretation of the Mac & Cheese. Think chunks of chilli crab meat and herbed panko served atop the classic Mac & Cheese.

70 River Valley Road
Singapore 179037
Tel: +65 6694 8336
Closed on Mondays
Tue to Thu: 8.30am – 6pm
Fri & Sat: 8.30am – 10pm
Sun: 8.30am – 5pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

#9 YAN – PAN-FRIED SINGAPORE CHILLI CRAB MEAT BUN

THE PLACE: 154-seater Yàn is a beautiful Chinese restaurant that sits on the fifth floor of the stunning National Gallery Singapore. We are in love with the restaurant’s chinoiserie-chic vibes and elegant Cantonese cuisine.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: Yan has pushed all boundaries and surprised us with their pan-fried Chilli Crab Meat buns. Tasty wok-fried buns are stuffed with savoury chilli crab and complete with sesame seeds.

1 St. Andrew’s Road, #05-02
National Gallery Singapore
Singapore 178957
Tel: +65 63845585
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

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Situated just a stone’s throw away from the ever-so-popular Blk 85 Fengshan Food Centre at Bedok North is a newly-opened carnival-themed café, Sir Stamford Waffles, which serves waffles, ice cream, coffee and more.

Do not be confused by the name of this café—Sir Stamford Raffles did not open this café—but rather, the people behind Hatter Street Bakehouse and Café did.

Essentially a carnival-themed café, Sir Stamford Waffles was well-furnished and boasted a bright and colourful interior with huge posters with whimsical illustrations on their walls. The space in the café was small and can fit just 4-5 groups of people, but they have seats outside too.

Sir Stamford Waffles bear great similarity to their sister café in terms of their range of desserts and coffee, but with a twist of local flavours, as their name suggests. Specialising in waffles, they offered several noteworthy signature waffle sets such as The Miraculous Merlion (S$15.90) and the Kopi Kusu (S$15.90).

They serve coffee and tea too, perfect for those just looking for something to sip on in Sir Stamford Waffles whilst escaping the glaring heat!

We opted for the Pulau Unikorn Signature Waffle Set (S$14 nett), which came with 2 signature waffles, 1 scoop of Lavender Blackberry Ice Cream, 1 scoop of Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream and of course, unicorn accessories.

However, they didn’t have the Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream when we were there, so we chose to get the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour ice cream to replace that. Both the lavender blackberry and strawberry cheesecake flavours were delightful to have with the waffles, as they were neither overwhelmingly sweet nor sour.

The waffles were extremely crispy and light, but we would have preferred if the waffles had a more fluffy texture to it. Taste-wise, the waffles were not too sweet but it is easy for naysayers to say that it is bland.

With plenty of cafés serving waffles with ice cream coming forth in Singapore, Sir Stamford Waffles does not stand out in any particular way.

We wouldn’t go all the way to Bedok for Sir Stamford Waffles, but should you be around the east of Singapore and looking for somewhere to curb your waffle and ice cream cravings, you can consider dropping by.

Sir Stamford Waffles
Blk 89 Bedok North Street 4 #01-91
Singapore 460089
Mon to Thu: 1pm – 10pm
Fri to Sun: 1pm – 12am
Tel: 97428895
Nearest Station: Bedok/ Bedok Reservoir

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Whether it is a mid-afternoon high tea or weekend brunch ritual, dim sum is a Chinese staple we cannot get enough of. Essentially comprising a variety of both steamed and deep-fried snacks, these morsels are commonly paired with freshly brewed Chinese tea.

In Singapore, many Chinese families hold this age-old tradition in high esteem and even those of other races have learnt to appreciate dim sum, creating varieties to suit their own preferences and taste buds.

From the timeless favourites that still pull off dumplings the old fashioned way since our parent’s time—food carts and screaming old ladies included—to the modern restaurants that experiment with new flavours, here are 30 dim sum restaurants in Singapore for your weekly yum cha.

126 WEN DAO SHI

Nestled in supper haven, Geylang, 126 Wen Dao Shi is a hot spot for those in search of cheap and good dim sum. They may not be the most polished of eateries around, but make no mistake that for what they lack in outer appearance, they compensate greatly in food.

Some of our all-time favourite items to get are their Soft-Shell Crab, Liu Sha Bao and their Man Tou with Chilli Crab Sauce.

126 Sims Avenue,
Singapore 387449
Tel: +65 6746 4757
Daily: 24 Hours
Nearest Station: Aljunied

ASIA GRAND

Asia Grand is one Chinese restaurant that has stood the test of time. Situated on the ground floor of Odeon Towers, this long-standing restaurant is famous not just for their stellar dim sum but also the Peking Duck and Suckling Pig.

Start your day with some delectable dim sum such as Steamed Shrimp Dumplings and Steamed Cheong-Fun with Dough Fritter.

331 North Bridge Road
#01-02 Odeon Towers, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
Tel: +65 6887 0010
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

BAN HENG

At Ban Heng, you will never run out of options when it comes to their dim sum. Boasting over 30 dim sum items to choose from—which includes 15 deep-fried morsels of sheer goodness—deciding what to fill our bellies with is always a tough call.

If you need recommendations, their egg tarts and Barbecued Char Siew Pastry with Sesame are stellar dishes.

1 Maritime Square
#04-01, HarbourFront Centre
Singapore 099253
Tel: +65 6278 0288 / +65 6278 1354
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront

CHERRY GARDEN

Cherry Garden offers an eclectic menu of Cantonese cuisine, presented with artistic modern flair. Housed in Mandarin Oriental Singapore Hotel, this Cantonese restaurant is one upscale dim sum restaurant that is perfect for business meetings or simply a weekend yum cha with your family.

Their seasonal menu changes regularly, but rest assured that the quality of the dishes remains consistent throughout.

5 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039801
Tel: +65 6885 3500
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Esplanade / Promenade / Raffles Place

CRYSTAL JADE PALACE RESTAURANT

Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant serves up contemporary Cantonese cuisine and is a hot favourite among dim sum lovers. On their menu, there are over 30 dim sum items to try so visiting in a big group is recommended.

We personally love their Char Siew Sou that boasts a savoury-sweet char siew filling encased in a buttery and flaky pastry.

391 Orchard Road, #04-19,
Takashimaya Shopping Centre,
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6735 2388
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat: 11am – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Somerset

DIM SUM PLACE

Sitting along the old-fashioned shophouses that line North Bridge Road is The Dim Sum Place. This place doles out good Cantonese dim sum with a creative local twist that will allow you to sample a unique mix of flavours in a single meal setting.

The best part? It is halal-certified so our Muslim friends can enjoy the dim sum, too!

791 North Bridge Road,
Singapore 198759
Tel: +65 6655 8787
Sun to Thu: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 5am
Nearest Station: Lavender / Bugis

EAST OCEAN TEOCHEW RESTAURANT

Established in 1992, East Ocean Teochew Restaurant is known for serving traditional Teochew favourites such as steamed pomfret and its Hong Kong-style Teochew cuisine. It is one of the few Chinese restaurants in Singapore that still serve dim sum the traditional way by using dim sum trays.

You can get the usual range of dim sum such as Baked BBQ Pork Bun, Pan Fried Carrot Cake and Steamed Siew Mai, but the standout item is definitely the Steamed Custard Bun.

391 Orchard Road, #05-08/09 Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6235 9088
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

HUA TING

A celebrated stalwart in the Chinese fine dining scene for over two decades, Hua Ting Restaurant offers a revitalised menu that includes a repertoire of Cantonese classics and some modern interpretations.

Their signature Baked Mango Chicken Tartlet is encased in a crispy, buttery bo lo bun with bits of sweet, minced chicken and diced up ripe mangoes—it was so good we finished ours within seconds. Another item to look forward to is the Wok-fried Turnip Cake with House-made X.O. Sauce in Hot Stone Bowl.

442 Orchard Road,
Orchard Hotel Singapore, Level 2,
Singapore 238879
Tel: +65 6739 6666
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

IMPERIAL TREASURE CANTONESE CUISINE

Amongst all the Chinese cuisines out there, the Cantonese style is probably the most popular and diverse and Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine is one such place where diners are never disappointed.

The restaurant offers an assortment of authentic Dim Sum daily as well. These refined small bites are exquisitely crafted by their chefs from Hong Kong that deliver consistent and great quality.

1 Kim Seng Promenade,
Singapore  237994
Tel: +65 6732 2232
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sun: 10.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Somerset

MAN FU YUAN

Situated on the second level of InterContinental Singapore, Man Fu Yuan boasts a sumptuous dim sum menu that bursts with classics like rice rolls, pan-fried radish cakes, and a variety of congees.

What we particularly fancy about their food is the way their brilliant chefs adopt modern culinary methods and apply them to traditional dim sum.

80 Middle Road,
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 6825 1008
Mon to Sat: 11.45am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 11am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis

MIN JIANG

Located in the elegant Goodwood Park Hotel, the award-winning Min Jiang features a repertoire of popular Sichuan and Cantonese dishes, as well as a delectable dim sum selection, served on trolleys for lunch daily.

What you can look forward to include Steamed Wasabi Jellyfish Dumplings, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns and Crystal Shrimp Dumpling ‘Har Kau’.

22 Scotts Road
Goodwood Park Hotel
Singapore 228221
Tel: 6730 1704
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 11am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

MITZO RESTAURANT & BAR

In the sea of Chinese restaurants in Singapore, Mitzo is by far the sleekest and sexiest around, and sitting along Orchard Road makes it a convenient spot to satisfy those dim sum cravings after all your shopping is done.

Everything is exquisitely handcrafted with premium ingredients and you get a wide selection from the Mitzo Premium Steamed Dim Sum Platter the Garden Deep-Fried Dim Sum Platter.

Level 4 Grand Park Orchard
270 Orchard Road
Singapore 238857
Tel: +65 6603 8855
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2.30am, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard/Somerset

MOUTH RESTAURANT

Since 1988, Mouth Restaurant is the go-to restaurant in Singapore’s Chinatown for yum cha.

For dim sum, they offer a wide selection of 100 mouth-watering handmade dim sum including crowd favourites such as the Rainbow Har Gao, Squid Ink Char Siew Bun and the ever popular Liu Sha Bao.

22 Cross Street #01-61
China Square Central South Bridge Court ShopHouse,
Singapore 048421
Tel: +65 6438 5798
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown / Telok Ayer

PARADISE TEOCHEW

Embracing the roots of Teochew cuisine with an emphasis on natural flavours, light seasonings and fresh ingredients in its preparation of dishes, Paradise Teochew features a menu of over a hundred dishes of Teochew-style signatures coupled with an array of dim sum offerings.

6 Scotts Road, #03-04 Scotts Square,
Singapore 228209
Tel: +65 6538 0644
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 3.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

PEACH GARDEN

Peach Garden focuses on bringing to diners impeccable Chinese cuisine with the freshest premium ingredients under the hands of skilled chefs.

The view from its outlet at level 33 of OCBC Building is as impressive as their dim sum menu—especially their tasty Baked Egg Tarts and Steamed Shanghai Xiao Long Bao.

65 Chulia Street
#33-01 OCBC Centre
Tel: +65 6535 7833
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

RED STAR RESTAURANT

Perhaps one of the few remaining authentic, old-school dim sum restaurants in Singapore—with middle-aged ladies pushing dim sum carts around—is Red Star Restaurant.

Red Star is nowhere near any of the finer dining dim sum concepts around, in fact, the restaurant is far from it. But what you can expect is a decent variety that encompasses the usual suspects such as chee cheong fun, har gau and more.

54 Chin Swee Road, #07-23,
Singapore 160054
Tel: +65 6532 5266
Mon to Sat: 8am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 7am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay

SHIN YEH

Shin Yeh Restaurant serves up a myriad of authentic, well-cooked and delicious Taiwanese-inspired dim sum.

Other than the classic dim sum such as classic Steamed Chive Dumpling (S$4.20++ for 3) and Steamed Shrimp Dumpling ($4.80++ for 4), Shin Yeh also has an “Eight Immortals” Dim Sum platter (S$12++) which is insanely affordable and good for sharing.

177 River Valley Road
Liang Court Shopping Centre, #02-19
Tel: +65 6338 7337
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay

SI CHUAN DOU HUA

A premier fine dining Chinese restaurant, Si Chuan Dou Hua is a pioneer of Sichuan cuisine in Singapore and is renowned for its superb Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines.

Here is where you can indulge in a wide array of mouth-watering delicacies such as roast suckling pig, nutritious double boiled soups, and exquisite handcrafted dim sum—all expertly prepared by the restaurant’s team of master chefs.

181 Kitchener Road, Level 3,
Singapore 208533
Tel: +65 6428 3170
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park

SONG GARDEN

Located on the second level of Mercure Singapore Bugis, this Cantonese restaurant astounds with its array of elaborate and mouth-watering contemporary dim sum offerings, from its Pan-seared ‘Otak’ Seafood Dumpling on Skewer to its Deep-Fried Charcoal Chili Crab Meat Ball.

The Mini Egg Tarts (S$4.20++ for 3 pieces) are far better than your traditional flaky egg tarts. Buttery, crumbly and filled with a luscious egg filling, this is undeniably one of the best renditions in Singapore. Otherwise, their Deep-Fried Charcoal Chili Crab Meat Ball and Lobster with Pumpkin Congee are showstoppers in their own rights too.

122 Middle Road
Mercure Singapore Bugis
Singapore 188973
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bugis

SUMMER PALACE RESTAURANT

Awarded the Michelin one-star back in 2017, Summer Palace is where one can savour classic Cantonese dishes and an extensive selection of dim sum delicacies. Helmed by two experienced Hong Kong chefs with more than 20 years of experience, what you can hope to find will never be anything short of pure indulgence.

We are huge fans of their Stir-Fried Turnip Cake with XO Sauce as well as their Lobster dumplings.

1 Cuscaden Road,
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
Singapore 249715
Tel: +65 6725 3288
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

SWATOW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Nestled in the heartland area of Toa Payoh, Swatow Seafood Restaurant is an old-school restaurant that gives us all that sense of familiarity the second we step foot inside.

Besides their array of seafood dishes—that we love too— they also offer handmade Hong Kong-style dim sum in the day with the likes of with the likes of Golden Custard Bun, Fresh Scallop Dumpling and Paper Wrapped Chicken.

181 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #02-602
Singapore 310181
Tel: +65 6363 1717
Daily: 8am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Toa Payoh

SWEE CHOON TIM SUM RESTAURANT

Located in the heart of Jalan Besar, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant is a hit among supper-goers who often flock there as late as midnight. This humble dim sum eatery offers some of the best Chinese cuisines in Singapore and at a fairly affordable price point too.

From delectable soups to steamed Dim Sum and kitchen special cooked dishes, its extensive menu is reflective of the restaurant’s efforts to cater to every palate.

191 Jalan Besar,
Singapore 208882
Tel: +65 6225 7788
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Mon to Sat: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 6am
Sun: 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 6am
Nearest Station: Farrer Park

TASTE PARADISE

Hailed as one of Singapore’s best Chinese restaurants, Taste Paradise is a favourite establishment amongst discerning diners. Long queues often form outside this opulent restaurant at Ion Orchard and prices remain reasonable despite the soaring demands.

Treat yourselves to Taste Paradise’s sumptuous dim sum and do make it a point to allocate stomach space for their best-selling Classic Shark’s Fin in Supreme Broth accompanied with a Crispy Spring Roll served in Japanese Stone Pot.

2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 Ion Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 9660
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Sat to Sun: 11am – 4.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

TIM HO WAN

Hailing from Hong Kong and perhaps one of the biggest openings here in Singapore is dim sum chain, Tim Ho Wan. With certain outlets open for 24-hours, this is another supper spot to consider should the likes of steamed, baked or fried dim sum peak your fancy.

We are huge fans of their Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, Spicy and Sour Dumplings and the hugely underrated Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp.

68 Orchard Rd, 01-29A/52,
Plaza Singapura,
Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6251 2000
Mon to Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut

TUNGLOK TEAHOUSE

One of the places we frequent is TungLok Teahouse for their delectable, handcrafted dim sum. This casual dining restaurant has extremely competitive prices.

If you’re the sort that goes absolutely mental at the sight of cutesy dim sum then the Mini Piglet BBQ Buns at TungLok Teahouse is sure to leave an impression. Do try their signature Steamed Siew Mai with Quail Egg and Truffle as well—it is mind-blowing to say the least.

10 Sinaran Drive, #01-73 Square 2
Singapore 307506
Tel: +65 6893 1123
Mon to Fri: 11am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 3pm, 3pm – 5pm (high tea), 5.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Novena

VICTOR’S KITCHEN

Presumably having one of the best custard buns around, Victor’s Kitchen is a name that needs no introduction. Tucked away inside Sunshine Plaza, this dim sum eatery is a popular haunt among students and office workers.

Despite being a fairly affordable option in town, we must admit that their dim sum is good but not exactly our idea of mind-blowing. Still, if you happen to find yourself in the area, then Victor’s Kitchen is no doubt a good spot for you to get your hunger sorted.

91 Bencoolen Street, #01-49
Sunshine Plaza,
Singapore 189652
Tel: +65 9838 2851
Daily: 10.30am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Bencoolen

WAH LOK

Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant in Carlton Hotel is one of the most well-known Chinese restaurants in Singapore—and for good reason. With a long list of awards to its name, Wah Lok is a popular destination for dim sum enthusiasts.

On their menu, you will find familiar classics—Baked Barbecue Pork Buns and Steamed Crab Meat & Egg White Dumplings are just some to name.

76 Bras Basah Road
Carlton Hotel Singapore
Tel: +65 6311 8188
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 11am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

XIN CUISINE

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium Hotel’s Chinese restaurant Xin Cuisine remains relatively under the radar and is a great place to have dim sum in peace without breaking the bank.

Enjoy the ultimate dining experience with its elegant interiors that exude a warm and vibrant ambience, coupled with their range of innovative dim sum creations—courtesy of award-winning Dim Sum Chef Cheung Kim Nam.

Holiday Inn Atrium
317 Outram Road
Tel: +65 6731 7173
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 10.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Outram Park

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