Chip Bee Gardens is located directly across Holland Village and is home to a stretch of gourmet cafes and restaurants. Although it is conveniently situated across Holland Village MRT Train Station, the vicinity is relatively under the radar when compared to the ever bustling Holland Village.
Long-standing gourmet restaurants Mai Thai and Original Sins have been established at Chip Bee Gardens since years ago, but the recent year saw newcomers Sunday Folks and Monocle attracting hoards of hipsters entering the once-quiet neighbourhood. Chip Bee Gardens is now an attractive dining destination for epicureans; from Madrinaa Italiano restaurant to ice cream parlour The Daily Scoop, there is definitely something that will catch your fancy.
Here is our guide to 9 cafes and restaurants in Chip Bee Gardens that you should check out.
Local cafe famed for their specialty desserts – Sunday Folks – opened its doors about a year ago at Chip Bee Gardens and took our nation by storm with its irresistibly delicious sweets.
Café hoppers and foodies alike flocked to the spacious café to sample Sunday Folks’ delectable offerings of freshly baked Belgian waffles and mouthwatering ice cream. The one-year-old café’s menu is fairly limited – there are only six ice cream flavours – yet sees no lack of customers till date.
Besides being a hotspot for people to drink and unwind after work with many 1-for-1 beer promotions, Holland Village houses some of the best eats around. Indulge in rich broths of ramen or treat yourself to authentic Middle Eastern food.
If you have a hankering for sweet and decadent desserts after your meal or for tea, you can find a specialized dessert house right along Lorong Mambong. If you’re in the mood for grilled Korean meats, walk a couple of metres down to a Korean BBQ Restaurant. Enough said, Holland Village has it all.
If you’re unfamiliar with one of Singapore’s top food spots, here is our Guide to Holland Village’s Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes.
Established since 2007, Bar Bar Black Sheep (BBBS) is our favourite bistro-with-a-coffee-shop-setting when we need an affordable yet hearty meal. For the uninitiated, it has a coffee shop setting because there are multiple kitchens whipping up cuisines of different sorts. But the convenience is having a combined menu and single payment.
The new branch at Holland Village – its 5th outlet – might just become our favourite one yet, because it is with a Japanese twist and is more like an izakaya; think a line-up of Japanese fare and a wide selection of sake and beers. That’s comfort level 100% – for both our tastebuds and wallet.
Staying true to Bar Bar Black Sheep’s philosophy of serving affordable comfort food in a casual and chill-out setting, every dish on the Japanese izakaya menu is well priced under S$15. It is fuss-free, and the prices are unbelievably affordable, you’d do a double take and wonder if you were really at a bistro or a coffee shop!
And, guess what? Set lunches are only S$10 nett! Every reason to make a trip down to Bar Bar Black Sheep at Holland Village. If you need some recommendations on what to order, we will share them with you in just a bit!
These days, we don’t need to travel out of our neighbourhood to get good food and desserts. Cafes are spouting out everywhere, and we are definitely not complaining. We have cafes at every district in Singapore, and no one gets left out.
The West of Singapore may not be a favourite part if you do not reside there, for it is pretty far out from the main areas and can indeed get a little out of the way. But because we are such fans of artisan places and cosy spaces, we would travel just for a slice of rainbow cake or a good cuppa, yes?
If you are a resident of the West, this post might not be of much surprise to you anymore (or is it?), but if you are from everywhere else, this should spark some venturing out and give you some ideas on where to eat out at next.
We will update our list from time to time, but for a start, here are the best cafes in the West of Singapore to check out: