Brunch at O’Coffee Club Paragon Orchard Road

We were spoilt for choice when we walked around The Paragon Mall looking for a place for brunch. In addition to the dozens of restaurants in the basement, there is a cluster of cafes at the old Promenade end of the Paragon mall. We ended up at O’Coffee Club Paragon which is sandwiched between Paul’s on the second level and 63 Celsius on the 4th. All three occupy the same spot on the planet, just vertically atop or below each other.

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Grand Jeté Cafe & Bar – A hidden cafe in Takashimaya S.C.

“Grand Jeté” is a high difficulty movement in ballet in which the dancer jumps up and does a split while airborne. It is also the name of a new cafe: Grand Jeté Cafe & Bar in Takashimaya Shopping Centre. It is a hidden place, not linked to the usual corridors that connect the shops within the complex. Tucked away at the back of level 2 near the taxi stand at the back of this Orchard Road mall, it is next to Ngee Ann  City Office Tower B (the side near Wisma Atria).

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Weekend brunch at new restaurant Summerlong at Quayside

We had brunch at new restaurant Summerlong at Quayside despite the warning from respected food critic Wong Ah Yoke about thumping music and sweltering heat in his review, “Summerlong – A buzzy Mediterranean restaurant with Middle Eastern influences” (ST 4 June 2017). We figured that we could be from a different demographic and therefore be more receptive towards thumping music.  If we went early, we could beat the crowds and the heat of the Singapore afternoon sun. It turned out that we were partially right.

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Essen at The Pinnacle, Duxton Singapore – Multiple food choices

Coolest Food Courts in Singapore

Essen at the Pinnacle is a collection of food stalls in an air-conditioned space, food court style. Here you can find French cuisine by Garçons, innovative burgers by Burger Buddies, fried chicken wings by Two Wings, Italian food by La Stalla, Thai and Vietnamese fare by Viethai and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, especially beers and ciders. Essen is located on the ground floor of the 50-storey Pinnacle at Duxton, the most impressive HDB project in Singapore so far. Do note that because it is a huge project, locating Essen at the Pinnacle can be a challenge. We suggest you head towards the part that is closest to Craig Road which runs in front of the restaurant.

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Avocado Generation or not, you will like Cosmo La Central Bookshop Cafe Barcelona

An article in the Sunday Times on 28 May 2017  asked: “Is it fair to label the millennials the avocado generation for spending on ‘luxuries'”?  Using an average cost of $20 per avocado toast, ST computed that they spent $1,040 per year as compared to $205.40 if they made it themselves at home ($3.95 each). Whichever side of the debate you are on, we think you will probably like Cosmo La Central Bookshop Cafe Barcelona, a lovely place that serves avocado toast at 4€ (S$6).

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What to eat at Botanic Gardens Restaurants

Even before the Singapore Botanic Gardens was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, we had considered it to be the nicest public space in Singapore. Since then, the Gardens have been improved and expanded.  More restaurants and places to eat have been added. To help our readers plan a day out at the park, here is our list of Botanic Gardens Restaurants.

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