Elixir Boutique Roasters – New Bean-To-Bar Coffee Shop at Serene Centre

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A new addition to the trove of cafés and restaurants nearby the Botanic Gardens is Elixir Boutique Roasters. This bean-to-bar café doesn’t reveal its exact location in Serene Centre and encourages you to hunt them down instead. But lucky for you, we’ve hunted it down for you!

Located at the street level of Serene Centre, the café is so nondescript—dimly lit and no signboard—you’ll probably miss it if you’re weren’t looking for it. Elixir Boutique Roasters takes over the premise of Sugarhaus and shares the same space as Fat Belly which operates at night. Still in their opening phase, coffees here are currently pay as you wish. READ ON

Banchong Café – Mod Café Serving Old-School Kopi and Toast in Kallang

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Situated in Vanguard Campus, the newest addition to the café enclave in Kallang is Banchong Café. Contrary to its mod decor which screams hipster café food, Banchong Café serves up local fare and the classic Singaporean breakfast of kopi and toast.

Going for an al fresco concept, the café was incredibly aesthetically-pleasing—white cages for walls, with plants adorning them, high ceilings and minimalist decor—definitely instagrammable according to our books.

With such aesthetics, you wouldn’t expect it to have a name like Banchong Café. But the origins of the name can be found on the stone plague, bearing Banchong Industries on the wall right at the entrance. The previous occupants of the building, Banchong Industries was a corrugated cardboard box manufacturer. And as a tribute to them, the café has named themselves after them. READ ON

Sesame & Bagels – New Kid On The Block Serving All-Day Bagels in Clementi, Singapore

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Sesame & Bagels is the new kid on the block serving up all-day bagels baked fresh daily and other light bites in NEWest, a largely unoccupied shopping mall in a residential area in Clementi.

At Sesame & Bagels, you can opt to build your own bagel – choose from a range of bagels and schmears – or go for one of their bagel sandwiches. Do keep a lookout for their daily special offerings of bagel sandwiches as well.

The best thing is that there is no GST or service charge! READ ON

First Look At % Arabica Singapore’s New Outlet At Arab Street

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We first announced the news of % Arabica opening in Singapore back in August last year and we are happy to report that the wait is finally over.

The ever so popular Kyoto coffee chain % Arabica has finally opened their doors in Singapore at Arab Street! And at a pretty apt location we’d say. Striving to let people “see the world through coffee” as their philosophy, they have currently 36 stores in 10 countries.

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Indulge in Delectable Yatai Food At SingPost Centre’s Hanabi Food Festival From 6 to 18 June 2019

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Hanabi festivals (or fireworks festivals) are integral to Japanese summers. This long-standing tradition is held practically in Japan every weekend for a few months each year country-wide. In addition to the fireworks show, locals can enjoy a selection of Japanese snacks and drinks that many stalls known as Yatai offer.

It’s no wonder locals look forward to this breathtaking spectacle every year! Here in Singapore’s SingPost Centre, we have our own Hanabi Food Festival too; you’ll definitely be able to experience the summer vibes and Yatai food as if you were in Japan.

From 06 to 18 June 2019, experience the Hanabi Food Festival by Isetan at SingPost Centre Main Atrium Level 1 from 11 am to 9 pm daily. Here are some highlights to look out for. Itadakimasu!

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The Best Chai Lattes In Singapore To Try If You Have Exotic Taste Buds

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The best Chai Latte is one where sweet and spicy is not too overwhelming but at the same time milky enough to balance the strong flavours out. For the uninitiated, Chai Latte is black tea infused with the aromatic goodness of spices and herbs and finished with steamed milk. This might not be everyone’s cup of tea and may very well be an acquired taste.

A staple in most Australian coffee shops, Chai Latte is not common in Singapore and it is even tougher to find a good one. Fuelled by our love for Chai Latte, we have made it our mission to suss out the best Chai Lattes in Singapore. Without further ado, here are the best Chai Lattes in Singapore according to an enthusiast.

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The Humble Scoop – Locally Inspired Ice Cream Parlour In Katong

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Let’s be real. With the kind of weather we have in Singapore, we can have ice cream every day.

A hidden gem among the countless maid agencies, massage parlours and tuition centres in Katong Shopping Centre lies The Humble Scoop, an ice cream parlour serving up in-house churned ice cream.

Tucked away in a quiet part of the basement, they pride themselves on locally inspired ice cream flavours. What really intrigued us were the names of the flavours on display. With names such as Orh Haw (hawthorn berry), Orh-Bee-Good (pulut hitam) and In-Kueh-Dible (salted coconut & gula melaka) that only us Singaporeans will understand, it definitely made us want to find out more.

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