6 Cafes You Have to Check Out in Kembangan
With the recent focus on the revitalisation of Singapore’s hawker culture, it might appear that our local cafe culture has slowly been diminishing in popularity. Don’t let this fool you though— Singapore still has a vibrant cafe scene that’s dying for you to check out, even if it takes you just a little bit further to travel down to.
But, don’t worry, you wouldn’t have to travel too far for this one.
Located just two MRT stops away from Paya Lebar, Kembangan is breeding their very own version of cafes and eateries that’s sure to catch your heart (and your stomach, no less!). While it might pale a bit in popularity, the east side’s youngest brother is here to prove its worth. Intrigued? Scroll down to get a taste of what Kembangan has to offer!
1. Fresh Fruits Lab
Eye-catching hues of pink-and-blues line the exterior at Fresh Fruits Lab, instantly grabbing the attention of all those going down Changi Road. But, the truth is that even without their bright and cheery exterior, you would be hard pressed to find an empty table if you head down during their Sunday brunch rush. After all, when you pair good food, decent price, and a great bustling ambience, what’s not to like?
Plus, the crowd is almost a sign that the food there is sure to be good. Crowd favourites are their Eggs Benedict and FFL Signature Fish and Chips. If you’re in an adventurous mood and seeking something a bit naughty, indulge in their Devil’s Toast that provides a sweet twist to french toast. Have a preference for cleaner eats after a morning run? Well, their Scallop Salad would certainly hit the spot!
Address: 351 Changi Rd, Singapore 419818
Make Fresh Fruits Lab your next go-to hangout spot!
2. Hei Kim
Beside the bright orange walls of a paint wholesaler lies a cafe sanctuary, still a quiet and hidden gem even amongst the locals. The perfect location for a quiet afternoon, relax in the cozy ambience, and marvel at how in-sync everything is: from the food, to the service, to the atmosphere.
With a name that literally translates to black-gold, which symbolises the taste of coffee, it’s no wonder that their beverages are such a hit. They focus the attention on letting the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves, elevating even simple drinks to the next level. As for their sweet treats, they are baked in-house so the roster might switch up depending on the day, but you can never go wrong with their banana bread.
Address: 285 Changi Rd, Singapore 419764
Head down to Hei Kim for brilliant goodies today.
3. South Union Park
Tired of the same old places, filled with the same dishes on repeat? We feel you, and that’s why we have decided to introduce you to South Union Park, which can feel like a breath of fresh air in the cafe scene. Here at South Union Park, they have opted for simple decorations that pairs incredibly well with food standards that can rival fine-dining establishments. This allows the food to speak for themselves and, trust us, it’s singing only praises.
Start the meal with their selection of scrumptious starters— if you are spoilt for choice, definitely try the poutine that combines thinly-cut shoestring fries with a spread of duck gravy and cheese sauce. As for the mains, you can’t go wrong with the herb-crusted barramundi or the duck confit tagliatelle with homemade pastas. Just be prepared to wear loose-fitting clothes, because you’d definitely want to order more than one serving when you’re there.
Address: 101 Jln Kembangan, Singapore 419139
Indulge in delicious goodness at South Union Park today!
4. The Garden Slug
If you’re on the lookout for a new dining location that’s both casual yet delightful, The Garden Slug is just the right place for you. Set in the residential district of Telok Kurau and located right next to a vet, furry little animals (and their accompanying owners, of course!) have found this cafe and made it their home. This makes it a perfect choice for dates (cue the sounds of aw’s), but also just as brilliant of a locale for dinner with your family and friends, or even your furry friends.
In the mood for tasting things in small, delectable bites? Why not check out their selection of sharing platters like their Nice-To-Meet-You Platter or the I-Eat-When-I-See-Food Platter? Prefer to stick with your own meal (and then steal a bite here-and-there from your companions)? Try out the Signature Cowboy Burger and add some dog-friendly dishes that would fill your pet’s tummy up!
Address: 55 Lor L Telok Kurau, #01-59/61, Singapore 425500
Hang out with man’s best friend, right here at The Garden Slug today.
5. Cafe De Nicole's Flower
Walking past Cafe De Nicole’s Flower (originally known as Nicole’s Flower), you would find it almost easy to mistake it for being just a florist— which makes sense, considering they do offer up their fair share of beautiful bouquets and flower arranging workshops. With a plethora of bright and pastel colours filling the front facade of the shop (that would look absolutely stunning on Instagram, no less), this cafe boasts a backdrop that you simply cannot resist.
The pale wood fixtures stands at almost a contrast with the pretty pinks and purples— but this eatery is much more than just their decor. Cafe De Nicole’s Flower’s menu includes dishes like Nicole’s Flavour, which is their version of the oh-so-classic Big Breakfast and fluffy soufflé pancakes that would get your heart singing. Best of all, don’t forget to order their Rose Latte, which is tastefully decorated with rose petals, to end off your meal nicely.
Address: 224 Telok Kurau Rd, #01-01, Singapore 423836
Head down to Cafe De Nicole’s Flower for your next Sunday brunch.
6. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
With a name as popular as Dutch Colony Coffee Co., it’d be a shame not to feature their Frankel outlet when it comes to wonderful cafes to check out. Having outlets around the island (Fusionopolis, UE Square Mall, and a Roastery and Academy at Defu Lane), it’s clear that they must have that something special to attribute to their success. And, if you’ve guessed that it’s their coffee, you’d be right.
As you step into Dutch Colony Coffee Co., you would be greeted with a catalogue of blends and brews that welcomes you with its delightful scent and beautiful flavour. But, they are much more than just a delicious cup of cold brew coffee. They have welcomed many looking for great eats for breakfast and lunch, and kept many coming back for more. Whether it’s a quick mid-day pastry break (hey, no judgement here!) or a full-on meal with their House Pancakes, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. would impress.
Address: 113 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458230
Grab your next hot cuppa right here at Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
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