Coffee, Tea or Me?

We explore the café scene in Singapore and these are our top three picks…

There are a few hidden gems in the city where we can just sit back, relax and have a cuppa whether it is for work or for catch up sessions, not to mention that these places offer Instagram worthy pictures. Here are our favourite cafes when we visited the Merlion City recently.

AEIOU Café

A cluttered art café. That’s what I would call it and at one glance, it looked like an old school toy-slash-hardware store. Not that these traits are a bad thing. They’re what makes this café such a unique place. There’s even a section for souvenirs where you can purchase handmade and maybe some antique items. At one section of the wall, you could also feel a little nature with a ‘plant-wall’. Food isn’t that bad either with selections aplenty. Mind you, it is always full so be sure to go early!

A must try signature: Avocado coffee.

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A must try: Avocado coffee.
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Souvenirs that you can purchase for loved ones or even yourself.
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More souvenirs!
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Chargrilled beef burger. Sumptious.
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If you’re into mushrooms and cheese…this is for you – Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms.
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Loud and quirky decor.
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Dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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I’m liking this ‘gardening clock’.

AEIOU Café
111, King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208559
11am – 10pm
+65 6291 2698

The Bao Makers

As the name states, this café is all about ‘baos’ (pronounced ‘pows’) which means buns in Chinese. They have all kinds of ingredients to pair with. Our picks: Pulled Pork and Salted-egg Chicken. Traditionally, we also ordered with ice cream (chocolate)! If it’s not enough, there is a selection of mains as well for the big-eaters. Last but not least, of course, there is your usual beverages to choose from.

Interesting: we are given plastic gloves should you not want your hands to get all messy. But where’s the fun in that?

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As the name states…
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As you enter, a gist of what you may get.
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A cozy interior with friendly and accommodating hosts.
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You can even gain a little knowledge too.
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The ‘gloves’. We tried but took them off halfway as we were not very used to it.
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A latte and chocolate ice cream bao.
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Salted egg chicken and pulled pork baos – a must try!
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Take your pick!

The Bao Makers
78, Horne Road, Singapore 209078
12pm – 10pm
+65 6291 2330

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Café

Don’t be fooled. Chye Seng Huat isn’t someone’s name. It just means ‘to flourish again’ chosen by the landlord and Papa Palheta (does it ring a bell? Same team who runs Pulp Cafe in KL!) as an honour to the hardware heritage of the site and vicinity. At this flagship store, get the ultimate experience of coffee – from roasting coffee beans right up to your cup. You can even learn how to brew in the best way at this coffee bar (C-Program). To accompany that perfect cuppa, there are intriguing bites.

If you’d like, you can email wholesale@papapalheta.com or visit www.papapalheta.com if you’re interested in C-Program.

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Front facade but keep in mind this isn’t the main door.
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Huat! Breakfast. Worth every penny.
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Smoked Salmon Rosti. Fresh and filling. Also worth your dollars.
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Roaring with customers. Come early!
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Cozy interior that doubles up as a bar when night falls.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150, Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
9am – 12am
+65 6396 0609

 

 

 

Esther Chin

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