If you are the one who can't miss out on hipster cafes, Craftsmen would be the place of your choice to chill especially with its industrial theme. If the orange cups look similar, that's because they are affiliated to Dutch Colony Coffee from Pasarbella. Not really a fan of their rather light-bodied coffee but it definitely has the potential of being an uprising cafe.
A collab with the popular Sarnies, The Lokal features breakfast and lunch items like Triple Cheese & Mushroom toasties, Veal schnitzel burger, and excellent coffee. Great to have another quality cafe in the Duxton area!
This really hip-looking cafe shows no trace of its past; probably the only thing that is obvious was the signboard that is retained from the previous tenant. It takes over an old coffeeshop that had started here ever since the estate was around, which also used to house a rather famed Prawn Noodle stall in here. Other items such as the artwork in the cafe featuring old calendars and a weighing scale in its toilet also gives a nod to the past. Despite so, the menu is rather western, featuring salads, all-day brunch and desserts as well as coffee made using the Throwback blend by Papa Pahelta. Go for the waffles if you are here; the Buttermilk is fragrant at its best even though its not even stated in the menu, and for those interested in savoury waffles they also serve them with Fried Chicken, which is also one of their specialties.
You're going to want to head here before word gets out. As if Creamier's waffles and ice cream weren't picturesque enough, the folks behind Sunday Folks have outdone themselves. They're still serving their signature flavours such as earl grey lavender and roasted pistachio, but - wait for it - as a soft serve in handmade cones. Customize your cones with various toppings like matcha nama chocolate, gula melaka mochi and fresh fruit. Or have your soft serve atop their famous waffles if you like. This space is much roomier, but it won't take long before a queue forms.
I went there and tried almost all the mains there. (Partly because they don't have a lot of choice) but IM SO SATISFIED OHMYGOD. Especially the seared salmon! It's sweet FYI. Prolly the sauce and also the cheese melted on top of the salmon. Toooooooooo nice to resist it. It's a really huge serving for $23. Anyway their sauce for the koro koro steak was too salty for me, but I still kinda enjoy it because is cut into dices. The lamb was very well cooked, everything was very nicely done. Try their braised pork belly, there's only limited serving, but the pork belly literally melt in my mouth. And the meat part wasn't cooked until it's tough to bite. Five&dime is a nice place to have a date there too, despite the fact that I went with like 6 people HAHAHAH! Really had a good dinner there!
Since it's located in Bishan Park, you can't deny that this cafe has a really good ambience (apart from the mosquito and insect landing on your table sometimes) but it's definitely a great place to have gathering because they served food with the correct portion in the most reasonable prices. I ordered a chicken thigh burger while Eunice ordered a grilled steak & fries. We add on $2 for their mentaiko sauce wondering what is that, and churros for dessert! The chicken thigh burger had this really special taste, it comes with kaffir like mayo sauce which tasted a little like green curry (?) and the fried enoki in the burger goes pretty well with the fluffy bread. The steak that Eunice had was pretty well cooked, their mustard sauce doesn't taste like the normal mustard and the both of us liked it very much. The mentaiko sauce is a little salty for me though. The churros comes with dark chocolate sauce and creme anglaise. The churros were soft in the inside and the dark chocolate sauce was my favorite. It goes perfectly well with the sugar coated churros giving that butter sweet taste. Their home made draft beer was pretty good, it didn't leave that bitter taste after you drink it, which is my kind of beer actually. Great dinner.