Frankel Estate is one of the few remaining areas in Singapore where no high rise apartments or flats can be seen. The low density residential area boasts a high concentration of cafes. There may be more bakeries and cafes in Frankel Avenue and Siglap Drive than many average shopping malls.
The old favourite Cedele has been joined by new hip cafes in Frankel Avenue like Dutch Colony Coffee Co. and Spatula. Coast and Company in Siglap Drive is another trendy new addition. There is no lack of options whether you want some sweet desserts or savoury light bites or when you just want a cup of coffee or tea or something stronger. There are places open as early as 7.30 am and more than a few stay open till 10 pm.
Here is a list of cafes in Frankel Estate we like.
Coast and Company
54 Siglap Drive,
Tel: +65 6448 7608
Tue – Fri : 10am – 7pm
Sat -Sun : 9am – 10pm
Facebook : www.facebook.com/coastandcompany
Coast and Company is one of the most interesting new cafes. A bicycle boutique which offers a variety of good coffee from espresso to brewed coffee as well as craft beers. Besides cakes, a limited menu offers simple but innovative items like roasted chicken thigh with toasted Focaccia, Smoked Salmon Brioche and Mushroom & Pasta Salad (a cold dish with mixed mushrooms, tossed with Garlic Balsamic Dressing and topped with Mesclun Salad). The Babi Hitam ($10), black pepper pork on Melba toast poppers, topped with fresh shredded cabbage and spring onions, we tried had a nice mix of texture and was quite enjoyable. A flat white was $5.
52 Siglap Drive
Tel: +65 6246 4151
Mon : Closed
Tues: 2pm – 8pm
Wed-Sat : 11am – 8pm
Sun : 2pm – 7pm
Website : www.charlesclassiccakes.com
A bakery that makes Chinese Radish Cakes, Pumpkin & Yam Cakes; traditional Black Forest Cake, Chocolate Cake, Cheesecake; contemporary Sea Salt Caramel Brownies and Lemon Caramel Cake; and Mille Crepes in different flavours. Cakes are mainly sold whole for take-way. The more popular cakes are also sold in slices. A table for two if you cannot wait till you get home to enjoy the cakes.
Classic Cakes’ Mille Crepes and Cheesecake with a light chocolate sponge cake base are said to be among the best available in Singapore.
42 Siglap Drive
Tel: +65 6243 0813
Mon – Thu : 10.30 am – 8.30pm
Fri – Sun (PH) : 11am – 9.30pm
Website : www.cakeflor.com.sg
Japanese-styled patisserie serving Japanese inspired French pastry, where you can choose to dine in or to take out. Flor Patisserie has the Japanese clean look with a nice white and blue theme.
Popular items include Waguri Millefeuile and Tofu Chiffon, with different flavours for various seasons. Their ice cheese tarts look very interesting. The Berry Berries (the signature strawberry shortcake) at $6.40 was light and delectable. Tea is priced at $8 per pot. A cup of Japanese green tea is $4.50 and Cappuccino is $6.
87 Frankel Avenue
Tel: +65 62433208
Weekdays : 12 noon – 10 pm
Weekends & PH : 10am – 10 pm
Spatula’s wide range of cakes and cupcakes are very popular. Many patrons go there just for their waffle with ice cream ($12). Latte and cappuccino are priced at $5. Milkshakes and mocktails are available. Butterscotch and Nutella milkshakes are among the favourites. The food and drinks look good and taste good too.
95 Frankel Avenue
Tel: +65 6445 5661
Mon – Sat : 12 noon – 10.30pm
Sun : 11am – 10.30pm
Closed on certain holidays (call to enquire)
Website : peperoni.com.sg
It is hard not to like a place with the tagline “all we knead is love”. Besides pizzas, Peperoni has Italian desserts like tiramisu ($13), panna cotta ($9) and creme brulee ($9). Latte and cappuccino are priced at only $4. Specialty beers, cocktails, spirits, aperitifs and mocktails are served.
The Swiss Backer
97A Frankel Avenue
Tel: +65 6441 8766
Tues – Fri : 8am – 7:30pm
Sat : 7:30am – 7:30pm
Sun – 7:30am – 6pm
Artisan bakery on the premises means their breads and pastries are always fresh. Latte and cappuccino are reasonably priced at $4.50. The Swiss Backer opens early for breakfast. Eggs, sandwiches, quiche, salad and soups are on the menu. There is an afternoon set for $7.50.
They have a special children’s table to cater for family with young kids.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
113 Frankel Avenue
Tel: +65 6448 5852
Sun – Thu : 8am – 8pm
Fri – Sat : 8am – 10pm
Great atmosphere and great coffee. Eggs, cakes, pastries and open-faced sandwiches are available Dutch Colony Coffee Co. In spite of its name, they offer a good range of tea as well. We really like this place.
see our post on Dutch Colony Coffee Co. @ Frankel Avenue.
115 Frankel Avenue
Tel: +65 6243 2056
8am – 7pm
Website : www.cedelegroup.com
This bakery cafe in Frankel Avenue started as Bakery Depot, before Cedele was conceived. It was essentially a bakery. Now known as Cedele by Bakery Depot, loyal customers still to go there just to buy bread. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cedele offers a wide range of freshly made breads, sandwiches, soups, salads and cakes.
Latte and cappuccino are priced at $4.50 for the small size. Special sets of sandwiches & soup or sandwiches & salad are available from $11.50 to $14.50.
see our post Unboxing my lunch from Cedele @ Star Vista
Gourmet Plus Gastrobar
117 Frankel Avenue
Tel: +65 6441 1120
Mon – Fri : 11:30am – 2:30pm (Lunch); 5:30pm -10:30pm (Dinner)
Sat, Sun & PH : 10:30am -2:30pm (Brunch); 5:30pm -10:30pm (Dinner)
Website : www.gourmetplus.com.sg
Gourmet Plus Gastrobar is a full service restaurant with a comprehensive menu for lunch and dinner. We include it in our list because the menu offers tapas (cold and hot selections) from $12 as well as tempting desserts – lava cake ($15), creme brulee ($10) and tiramisu ($12). Latte and cappuccino are priced at $5. Wines, beers, cocktails, whiskey, brandy and port are all available.
The good news about car parking along Frankel Avenue and Siglap Drive is that free street parking is available. The bad news is that slots are extremely limited. The nearest MRT station to the Frankel Estate is the Kembangan Station but it is quite a long walk from the station to the cafes. The most sensible transport options will be bus number 32 to Frankel Avenue or bus number 42 (loop service from Kembagan Station) to Siglap drive.