Between Tanjong Pagar and Outram Park MRT stations, lies an abundance of niche cafés and quirky stores waiting to be discovered. We’d heard the government had stopped renewing the licences of the KTV bars and seedy nightspots along Duxton Road; and the area is quickly improving as an eclectic collection of bars and restaurants pop up. This is a great little area to explore with an appetite!
The Spot: La Maison Fatien
The Buzz: A neighbourhood bistro that serves classic and simple French dishes such as confit de canard, foie gras and profiteroles. They offer “weekday cocottes”; a different dish is served from Monday to Friday including coq au vin on Mondays and a chef’s special on Thursdays. Don’t miss the French fries and the comfortable armchairs in the seating area on the second floor (it feels a bit like a comfortable, homely lounge room).
The Location: 76 Duxton Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm; Saturday: 6.30pm – 10.30pm; closed on Sunday
www.lamaisonfatien.com | 6220 3822
The Spot: L’Entrecôte
The Buzz: Don’t be surprise when you see there’s only one main dish on the menu. This steak and fries bistro is famed for their entrecôte steak topped with a secret sauce served with unlimited serving of crispy fries. On the flipside, they have a wide range of starters, desserts and an extensive wine list.
The Location: 36 Duxton Hill
The Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 10.30pm
www.lentrecote.sg | 6238 5700
The Spot: Sabio
The Buzz: Sabio serves tapas made from imported fresh seasonal produce alongside an extensive range of boutique wines, beers and spirits. The menu includes pescado cocido – seafood stew cooked with white beans and spicy chorizo tomato sauce – as well as the classic Spanish snack, churros with hot chocolate sauce. Bet you can’t drag yourself away from this gorgeous slice of Barcelona.
The Location: 5 Duxton Hill
The Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 12pm – 11pm; Friday: 12pm – 11.30pm; Saturday: 5pm – 11.30pm
www.sabio.sg | 6223 4645
The Spot: Group Therapy Coffee
The Stuff: Group Therapy serves all-day breakfasts with tasty items including poached eggs and smoked salmon on thick toast as well as a range of paninis, pies and stews. For non-coffee drinkers, they carry a selection of Jing teas, ciders and award-winning beers such as Coedo Beniaka and Delirium Tremens.
The Location: 49 Duxton Road
The Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 11am – 6pm; Friday to Saturday: 11am – 11pm; Sunday: 9am – 6pm; closed on Mondays
www.gtcoffee.com | 62222554
The Spot: Bonheur Patisserie
The Buzz: Bonheur means happiness in French. This little pastry café will put a smile on your face with their stunning array of desserts. Come early on weekdays for their set promotion or even better, dine in after 7pm with friends on any day and you’ll receive four sliced cakes for the price of three.
The Location: 70 Duxton Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am – 8pm. Closed on Sundays.
www.bonheurpatisserie.com.sg | 6221 1148
The Spot: The Pigeonhole Café (closed)
The Buzz: The Pigeonhole is a book café with an art space to promote local NGOs, film, music, performance and art. They carry a range of second hand and rare books from India, Thailand, Malaysia and more. Besides freshly ground Highlander Coffee, they have a selection of Scottish and Japanese whisky as well as Australian and Chilean wine, English cider and European lagers.
The Location: 52 Duxton Road
The Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 10am – 11pm; Friday: 10am – 1am; Saturday: 11.30pm – 1am; Sunday: 11.30am – 8pm. Closed on Mondays.
www.thepigeonhole.com.sg | 6226 2880
The Spot: Littered with Books
The Buzz: An independent bookseller that stocks a range of carefully selected literary, non-fiction, crime, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy books, travel narratives and award-winning children’s books.
The Location: 20 Duxton Road
The Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 12pm – 8pm; Friday: 12pm – 9pm; Saturday: 11am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm
www.litteredwithbooks.com | 6220 6824
Got friends visiting Singapore soon? Check out this boutique hotel.
The Spot: The Duxton
The Buzz: This luxury boutique hotel is housed in a renovated shophouse with façade reminiscent of the Straits Chinese trading houses that once dominated this area of Singapore.
The Location: 83 Duxton Road