The culture of cafe-hopping may have died down a little in Singapore, but when your friend asks you out for a weekend brunch date, you just can’t say no.
Serangoon residents, we could not be more envious of you guys. Playing host to a trove of cafes, Serangoon and Kovan could easily join the ranks of Tiong Bahru as Singapore’s most happening cafe districts.
These estates are thriving with lush cafes and hip joints, ready to overwhelm us with abundant brunch selections and decadent desserts. We’ve rounded up 29 cafes in Serangoon and Kovan you should definitely check out. Burger bars and hidden patisseries are just a fraction of what’s in store for you!
Nestled amongst private housing estates in the Lorong Ah Soo neighbourhood, Purist Patisserie is a beautiful boutique patisserie tucked away on the end of shop houses of The Promenade @ Kilat. Primarily opened for custom cake orders and collections, this boutique patisserie is on a journey to make exquisite pastries fun and delightful for everyone.
With an assortment of exquisite cakes and French bakes, you can expect to indulge in creative desserts that are put together with quality ingredients and a whole lot of heart.
Decked in pastel pink and featuring rose gold and marble elements, Purist Patisserie exudes a serene ambience which makes an ideal spot to unwind over a good book or an afternoon tea with friends in Kovan. Only open for walk-ins from Friday to Sunday, Purist Patisserie is the next place you should pop by this weekend. READ ON
When it comes to proper comfort food, especially on cold rainy days, there is none quite as hearty as a bowl of hot ramen. Yet, for something so simple—just hot soup, simple ingredients and noodles—restaurants in Singapore often overcharge for it.
Nestled in the heartland of Kovan along the same row as popular Thai eatery, Nakhon Kitchen is Gonpachi Ramen. At this humble ramen joint, you can expect gorgeous bowls of restaurant-standard ramen that will not cost you more than S$8.
Using freshly imported ingredients from Japan, Gonpachi Ramen serves traditional Japanese ramen, delectable rice bowls and small dishes with a blend of local flavours. This is a joint you should definitely visit for top-notch comfort food at pocket-friendly prices.
Kovan is hardly anyone’s first thought when it comes to an enclave for good food. But this charming little neighbourhood is one that is brimming with hidden gems.
From a German bistro with outstanding pork knuckles and cheap beer to a Japanese eatery that boasts a wide selection of authentic Japanese street eats, and sake, Kovan has got it all.
Kovan is a food heaven that more people need to know about. Here is our guide to 12 restaurants, cafes and eateries in Kovan to dine at.
Founded by local celebrities Chew Chor Meng and Zhou Chongqing in partnership with cousins Esmond and Ronnie, 888 Mookata—at the coffee shop in Blk 212 Hougang Street 21—is a new 2-week old Mookata restaurant and the latest addition to the Mookata scene in Singapore.
To top it off, service at this restaurant is exemplary which contributes to an enhanced dining experience.
Located in the heart of Kovan—just a stone’s throw away from Kovan MRT Station—is Ice Edge Cafe.
The cafe-cum-restaurant has been around for a decade and has gained a huge following over the past years with its hearty savouries and stellar sweets. Dishes served here are very affordable and generously portioned; there is even a perpetual one-for-one lunch promotion* on weekdays!
You might have heard of their legendary Mao Shan Wang Lava Cake, Waffles and Homemade Brownies, but Ice Edge Cafe is more than that. It offers a menu of wallet-friendly dishes (most mains are priced under S$20). If you haven’t been, you are missing out, dude.
From now until 15 December 2016, quote “ladyironchef” to get a FREE Waffle with a scoop of gelato when you spend S$20 per table. This offer is valid during dinner daily.
Serangoon and Kovan are both prime districts in the North-Eastern part of Singapore with a slew of famed establishments around the estates, mainly at Serangoon Gardens – fondly remembered as Ang Sar Lee with red brick rooftops and tiles adorning the estate in the early days.
Food, in particular, is not hard to find in these areas, and it is no wonder why so many Singaporeans love flocking to these two districts when they need to fill their tummies with a plethora of interesting gastronomical finds. The cafes found in these areas are usually well-packed with people on weekends, and reservations are a must to avoid any disappointments.
We have brought you countless of Area Guides, but we are not close to stopping. Here is a Guide to Charming Cafes in Serangoon and Kovan to prep you for your next food trail.
Dining out is getting increasingly expensive, and it is difficult to find an affordable restaurant in Singapore which offers decent main courses for under S$20. Which is why Lola’s Cafe at Simon Road deserves a mention. Almost all the dishes on the brunch menu (10am – 3pm) and dinner menu (6pm – 10pm) are priced below S$15 nett. For a wallet-friendly meal, note down Lola’s Cafe.