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8 cool cafes in 8 cool neighbourhoods

Looking to escape your culinary rut and explore the island at the same time? We ventured out to eight iconic neighbourhoods in Singapore and discovered cafes of every variety – read on for the details. Plus, to help with settling the bill after that delicious brunch or lunch, we’ve listed handy HSBC branches and cashpoints nearby to make sure you don’t get caught short.

#1 Bukit Timah

Atlas Coffee House
Quality cafe time at Atlas Coffeehouse in Bukit Timah

About the neighbourhood:

This residential enclave stretches from just beyond Newton Circus to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and is close to Orchard Road, the Botanic Gardens, several international schools and clubs, lifestyle destination The Grandstand, and chic cafes and restaurants. The lush, leafy neighbourhoods are lined by cluster houses and attractive condominiums, and the Downtown MRT line has made the area more easily accessible.

Our F&B pick:

Hip Atlas Coffeehouse dishes up comfort food and rich, balanced coffee. Try the popular lemon meringue pie, or, if you’re there for lunch, the barramundi with sautéed kale and quinoa. Our “dish not to miss”, though, is the butterscotch banana pancake ($18.50), sprinkled with a crunchy corn-flake crumb and topped with creamy honeycomb ice cream.

6 Duke’s Road
6314 2674 | facebook.com/atlascoffeehouse                 

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 587 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04/05 Coronation Plaza, and ATMs at Coronation Plaza and Sixth Avenue, among other spots, where you can withdraw cash using your HSBC Debit Card. 

#2 Holland Village

Park Holland Village
Food with a view at Park

About the neighbourhood:

Popular with expats, Holland Village has a boho atmosphere and a great selection of hawker stalls, cafes, health and beauty outlets, bars, and local and Western restaurants. The Holland Village Shopping Centre is a treasure trove of knickknacks, jewellery and fashion. Nearby Jalan Merah Saga offers more restaurants, shops and little art galleries, and the Circle Line MRT gets you in and out of the area with ease.

Our F&B pick:

Cafe favourites abound at laidback alfresco eatery Park, including their take on a latest foodie craze: crumbed pork ribs in a rich, salted egg yolk sauce – served with crispy shoestring fries and a fresh side salad, it’s a winner ($29.50). We also recommend the gooey-and-great truffled mac-and-cheese ($13.50).

281 Holland Ave, #01-01
9721 3815 | facebook.com/PARKathv

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 263 Holland Avenue and three ATM locations in the shopping precinct for withdrawing cash. 

#3 Orchard

Montreux Jazz Café
Food and live music at the Montreux Jazz Café

About the neighbourhood:

Nothing beats Orchard for location when it comes to Singapore’s retail hustle and bustle. Despite all the activity, though, many of the surrounding neighbourhoods are quiet and leafy (and rents are higher). Aside from a shopping mecca, you’ll also find a huge variety of restaurants, hotels, cinemas, and health and beauty services, and transport to every corner of the island.

Our F&B pick:

Swiss restaurant franchise Montreux Jazz Café has opened in Singapore and it’s as cool and classy as you’d expect – cosy corners, custom-made cocktails (don’t miss the Mai Tai), and live jazz, blues, rock and more. The global menu ranges from pan-seared Hokkaido scallops ($38) to cheeseburgers ($28).

Pan Pacific Orchard, 10 Claymore Road
6733 0091 | montreuxjazzcafe.com

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 6 Claymore Hill and a large number of ATMs in and around the various malls of Orchard Road.

 #4 Jurong

Once Ice Cafe
Bite into a bingsu at One Ice Café

About the neighbourhood:

Jurong is on the up, with plenty of expats moving westward to take advantage of its international schools, cool new malls, and family-friendly spots like the Bird Park, Science Centre, and Japanese and Chinese Gardens – not to mention an indoor skiing centre, and new integrated sports centre, The Yard.

Our F&B pick:

For something a bit different, try a bowl of bingsu, the elaborate Korean shaved ice dessert featuring sauces, fruit, ice cream and crunchy bits at One Ice Café (JCube #02-67); meanwhile, its sister cafe The Bomb Bistro (2 Jurong East Central 1, #04-12) serves super-cheap Western fare (we love the “Double Power” chicken chop!).


Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 131 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-257/259, plus ATMs in JCube and IMM malls.

#5 East Coast

Carvers & Co
Carvers & Co, a cosy meat spot in the East

About the neighbourhood:

The East Coast area runs from Kallang Basin up to Changi, and is especially popular for its spacious and reasonably priced condominiums. Aside from proximity to the airport and the ECP and PIE motorways, a huge bonus is East Coast Park, with its kilometres of sandy, palm-fringed recreational facilities, myriad cafes and seafood restaurants, and refreshing sea breezes.

Our F&B pick:

Carvers & Co. is a cosy spot for weekend catch-ups over meats and drinks. Kick things off with the K-Town nacho fries ($10), which features a generous portion of minced kimchi and tons of nacho cheese sauce. For mains, go for The Carvers Plate ($30), which includes beef brisket, cola ribs and sausage, as well as a side salad, creamy mash and roasted garlic. Complete your meal with a sweet treat; we recommend the Crack Pie ($9.90), a sticky salted-caramel cake-pudding that’s irresistible.

43 East Coast Road
6348 0448 | carversand.co

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 80 Marine Parade Road #01-92, plus ATMs in the various MRT stations, and along Changi Road, East Coast Road and Marine Parade Road.

#6 Dhoby Ghaut

curious palette
Cosy interiors at Curious Palette

About the neighbourhood:

Located on Orchard Road’s very eastern edge, Dhoby Ghaut offers easy access to Singapore’s premier retail strip (Plaza Singapura and Park Mall are big names), but is also a short stroll to many of the city’s finest museums. Urban oasis Fort Canning Park is right here too, and the MRT station is the best connected on the island.

Our F&B pick:

Tucked along the quiet stretch of Prinsep Street, Curious Palette is a family-friendly brunch spot with a cosy, homely atmosphere. Tuck into popular picks like the soft-shell crab burger ($19.90) and buttermilk waffles (from $11.50), alongside classics like Croque Madame ($19.50). Fans of cold brew coffee will love the White Magic ($6.90), which is also offered at sister cafe Strangers’ Reunion. For something light and refreshing, there are four Chinese teas and five specialty teas to choose from.

Curious Palette
64 Prinsep Street
6238 1068 | facebook.com/curiouspalette

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood brand at 68 Orchard Road, #01-60 Plaza Singapura, and there are multiple ATMs in Plaza Singapura and the MRT station.

#7 Serangoon Garden

Arbite serangoon gardens
Tuck into some fab food creations at Arbite

About the neighbourhood:

This tranquil residential area offers spacious condominiums and family houses, great links to the public transport network and easy access via the CTE to other parts of the island, as well as renowned international and local eating establishments (note: popular hawker centre Chomp Chomp is currently closed for renovations).

Our F&B pick:

Arbite is a firm favourite among Serangoon’s cafes, and for good reason. It delivers consistently fresh, delicious food with an easy-going family vibe. We love the tom yum fries, spicy Australian mussels, and the indulgent tiramisu ($8.50), layers of sponge fingers, gula melaka mascarpone, rum, brandy and coffee.

66A Serangoon Garden Way
6287 0430 | arbite.com.sg

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 62 Serangoon Garden Way, and there are two ATMs in the shopping/dining precinct.

#8 Tampines

Miam Miam French Japanese restaurant
French and Japanese cuisines feature at Miam Miam

About the neighbourhood:

This popular East Coast neighbourhood has a village feel, and a huge choice of local and Western restaurants, cafes and bars. Housing options vary from apartments and townhouses to spacious, detached bungalows. A new stage of the Downtown MRT line will open this year to whisk residents into the city more quickly; or, if you’re planning a getaway, Changi is literally a few minutes away.

Our F&B pick:

A lovechild of French and Japanese cuisine, Miam Miam delivers on fusion flavours with brunch favourites like matcha pancakes ($10.80) alongside donburi, soufflés, Japanese curry, and the satisfying French roll with grilled pork ($15.90). The Hot Matcha White Chocolate is a warming, silky chocolate treat ($7.80).

10 Tampines Central 1
#B1-05 Tampines One

Money matters:

HSBC has a neighbourhood branch at 10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-18, and three ATMs in and around Tampines Mall.

Grab cash when you shop

With HSBC’s QuickCash, you can withdraw cash when you shop at over 360 outlets around Singapore including Cold Storage, Giant, Guardian Health and Beauty, Photo Finish and Market Place. Use your HSBC debit card to buy your items, and ask the cashier for the amount you need. Easy!

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