The cafe formerly known as Benjamin Browns at the Forum The Shopping Mall is now known simply as The Benjamins. Our last visit was in 2014 (read our post here). It was a demure country style cafe at that time. It is now sports a more edgy and industrial look. More importantly, they have come up with some creative dessert options. There are many sweet temptations. With the recent emphasis on reducing sugar (see ST article MOH wants public consultation on whether Singapore should ban or tax high-sugar drinks), we felt slightly guilt-ridden after trying their sweet creations. Sweet dreams are made of these or are they a diabetic nightmare?
Still searching for Chulove? It is located at level one of VivoCity. Chulove Cafe takes up part of the space formerly occupied by Spanish restaurant Serenity which has closed. From a distance, Chulove Cafe beckoned us to check it out with a fresh, bright look. Its main attraction is the Spanish snack, churros which, according to their website, are “… made fresh to order with an authentic Spanish recipe”.
At Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee in Joo Chiat you can combine your hunt for vinyl records with the enjoyment of specialty coffee. The cosy cafe bar serves all day breakfast items and cakes. Music plays in the shop to help you enjoy your food and it has beer to help you enjoy the music.
Strangers at Work is an offshoot of Strangers’ Reunion, a lovely cafe in Kampong Bahru. Strangers’ Reunion also has a beautiful cafe in Prinsep Street known as Curious Palette. Strangers at Work is like a poor stepsister. It is really a hole in the wall with a view of the escalator in The Arcade. Nevertheless, its good specialty coffee attracts a fair share of the princes and princesses of Raffles Place.
Once decidedly a heartland neighbourhood, Tiong Bahru has become a hip suburb with trendy cafes, restaurants and bars for early morning breakfast, late night supper & everything in between. The early birds will be glad to know that Plain Vanilla Bakery @ Tiong Bahru is now serving breakfast. The popular bakery opens its doors at 8 am on weekdays and 9 am on weekends. Plain Vanilla Bakery is a cosy bakery cafe for residents who want breakfast before heading to the office or for visitors who want a top up before they embark on the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trial.