We popped into Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar when we were staying in Little India as it’s just a short walk from where we were staying. And boy are happy we did.
The concept of the coffee shop is to have a coffee experience where you can watch the baristas make your coffee because they’re working at a bar which is completely surrounded by customers. In other words, a 360º bar. It’s really cool.Of course, the fit out of this cafe is incredible — world class. It has a bit of an industrial look which has been all the rage for almost a decade now, but it’s more modern and classy than that. Lighting is fantastic and seating is very cool. We loved our seat against the wall.
We had coffee and cake here and both were fab. The coffee is as good as any we’ve had in Singapore and the cake was an interesting sticky fig pudding. We’re guessing it’s a take on sticky date pudding.Prices for food here are reasonable for the quality you get and slightly cheaper than some other high end Singapore cafes. Coffee is the same as most other upmarket coffee shops in Singapore — overpriced! $5.50 for a cappuccino or latte.
We really love Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar and we highly recommend coming here if you love coffee, cafe food or even if you are just in the area and feel like some cake. Awesome.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar
150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Lavender, Singapore
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Friday/Saturday until 24:00)
Closest MRT: Lavender (green EW11) or Farrer (purple NE8)
Main meals: $18-20
A.R.C is a one of those upmarket coffee shops that Singapore is becoming more and more famous for. Serving both coffee and food, it’s a popular place for brunch and coffee with many Singaporeans and foreign guests alike.
We’ve had coffee here, but not the food so we can’t comment whether the meals here are good or not. What we can say is that the coffee is excellent. World class.Perfect temperature, smooth coffee taste and perfectly textured milk. Susan had the vanilla latte and really enjoyed it mainly because it’s much sweeter than a normal coffee.The interior design of the cafe is that typical minimalist bare concrete look with wooden benches and won’t win any design awards for originality, but it’s pleasant nonetheless.
Outside there is a massive mural on the wall which is a tourist attraction in itself. You’ll often see people here with tongsis in hand taking selfies. And we highly recommend it because it’s simply one of the best murals we’ve seen in Singapore.Prices here are expensive when compared to a Singaporean kopitiam, but they are normal for Singapore. Definitely a place to come if you’re a coffee lover.
A.R.C (Academy Roastery Cafe)
29 Sultan Gate, Bugis, Singapore
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 (Saturday/Sunday from 09:30)
Closest MRT: Bugis (green EW12 / blue DT14)
Cafe latte: $5.00
Vanilla latte: $5.50
Located on the bustling Serangoon Road where you might end up if you’re shopping, Usman Restaurant is a Pakistani/Northern Indian restaurant with great prices and amazing food.
It’s a food stall kind of place rather than a formal restaurant meaning you’ll be eating from plastic tables and in an open air environment.
We’ve tried a range of food and drinks here and we really love the daal (lentil curry), butter chicken and briyani dishes. We especially love the icy cold and refreshing life juices and sodas. Aside from these dishes, there plenty of naan options, vegetables and assorted curries. It’s awesome!But we just can’t go past that butter chicken. It’s so tender!
It’s definitely worth coming here if you’re in the area and if you really want to eat cheaply, just order some daal and white rice. It’s possibly one of the cheapest meals in Singapore! A great place also if you need a late night meal.
238 Serangoon Rd, Little India, Singapore
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00
MRT terdekat: Farrer Park (purple NE8)
Plain naan: $1.20
Chicken briyani: $5.50
Butter chicken: $5.00
Lime juice: $2.00
White rice: $1.00
Everyone knows that Little India is a haven of culinary tourism, but sometimes it’s difficult to know which restaurants are the best. Well, after trying a lot of places in Little India, we can safely say that Komala Vilas is one of the best and what’s more, it’s halal.
Started in 1947, the restaurant has been around so long that it must be good. Dishes range from dosai to mixed rice dishes which come with lots of different side dishes and mixing sauces.Some of the food here is spicy, but on the whole the food is more flavoursome rather than spicy. The mixed rice dishes are wide and varied, but we can safely say that the standard “rice meal” is awesome. Cauliflower, potato, beans, okra and dhal all in their own Indian sauces. The chutneys and sauces on the side are really interesting and full of flavour as well.
For a cheaper meal, try the dosai (Indian bread) which comes in about 60 configurations. We most recently tried the masala dosai and it was also so delicious. A 40cm long dosai filled with spiced potatoes and served with 3 different dipping sauces. It is so cheap for what you get and it’s almost enough for 2 people, depending on how hungry you are.
Also highly recommended are the mango lassis. A mango yoghurt drink that is sweet, milky and slightly sour. Perfect to wash down your dosai with.The ordering process is quite simple. Go to the counter where they have menus. Select the dishes you want and pay straight away. Take your receipt and give it to one of the waiters and your meal will arrive about 5 minutes later.
Most people here eat with their hands, but utensils are also provided if you don’t like getting your hands dirty.
If you want to try authentic Indian food while you’re in Singapore, Komala Vilas is definitely a good choice.
Komala Vilas Restaurant
76 Serangoon Road, Little India, Singapore
Jam Buka: 07:00 – 22:30
Closest MRT: Little India (blue DT12 / purple NE7)
Rice Meal: $8.50
Masala Dosai: $3.90
Mango Lassi: $4.10
Built in the late 1800s, the iconic and historical Lau Pa Sat is a modern food court located just a short 10 minute walk away from the Merlion, Marina Bay and Chinatown. Some may also refer to this food court as Telok Ayer Market which is the historical Malay name for this market.
The stunning octagonal heritage building is made from iron and sports massive fans to push the air around the structure. Packed within the building area clusters of food stalls selling a wide range of foods including Indian, Singaporean, Korean and even Western.
We’ve tried a few dishes from a few stalls here including roasted pork noodles, Mango Milk Ice and roasted chicken rice.
While we loved each one of these dishes, we could have spent day after day here trying out all the different stalls. And honestly, this food court caters to all tastes!
Those looking for halal food will find it here no problem as there are a number of Indonesian, Malay and Indian stalls. If you’re not too worried about official halal certification, but just want to avoid pork, there are also lots of stalls like this too.What’s really handy about this hawker centre is that it’s central but also open really late. This means you can stay out late near Merlion and Marina Bay and still get something to eat here. Just know that some stalls start to close at around 9 or 10 and the number of stalls still open as the night winds on does dwindle.
We really love Lau Pa Sat. Some food critics might say that this place is not authentic because it’s an odd shape, the stalls are more modern than other food centres and that there are a lot of tourists here. But we can safely say that this is a proper hawker centre. It’s just more modern than many others, but the variety of food and the prices are similar.So if you want a bite to eat late at night or are lazy to make a long trek to a hawker centre in one of the suburbs, then we highly recommend Lau Pa Sat. It really is good.
Lau Pa Sat
18 Raffles Quay, Singapore
Opening hours: 24 hours (most stalls close during the night)
Roasted Pork Noodles: $4
Mango Milk Ice: $2.90
Roasted Chicken Rice: $4
Sisterfields is possibly the most popular cafe in all of Seminyak and after you’ve eaten there, you’ll know why.
We’ve been to Sisterfields numerous times over the years and there is a lot to like about it, but not everything is perfect in this hipster haven near Seminyak Square.We recently ordered coffees juices and 4 big dishes. 3 of the dishes were top notch, one of the dishes was poor. So what’s going on?
The egg and bacon baguette was filled to the brim with bacon and fried onion bits and was tasty and generous.The roast beef roll was a revelation coming with a pot of luscious gravy and a slathering of mild wasabi. Such a fantastic combination executed beautifully at Sisterfields.French toast is often disappointing, but at Sisterfields you get one single slice of toast with an awesome quinelle of ice cream and lots of matcha custard. We love this dish!The single dish we hated was the pancake. The pancake actually looks the best, but it was dry and stodgy with no moisture at all. Your mouth instantly becomes clammy and dry. Such an unpleasant experience. What’s more, there seemed to be a lack of sweetness throughout the dish despite a generous amount of berries. It’s almost as if a sauce or syrup was accidentally left off. What’s going on there?Coffee at Sisterfields is top notch and one of our favourites in Bali. We especially love the texture of the cups the coffee served is in.We love Sisterfields and it seems that everyone else does too. At peaks time you’ll wait 20 minutes for a seat in the cafe next door. A highly recommended cafe in Bali despite a few missteps.
Jalan Kayu Cendana 7, Seminyak
Opening Hours: setiap hari 07:00-17:00
Mixed Juice: Rp46.000++
Brioche French Toast: Rp95.000++
Warm Roast Beef Charcoal Roll: Rp150.000++
Nook is one of the trendiest cafes in the Seminyak area despite it having already been on the scene for years. A combination of good food and ricefield views insures happy customers.
The building is a light and breezy thing perched right on the edge of one of the last large rice fields in the area. And the ricefield is slowly being eaten away by the rampant development which characterised the rest of the south of Bali.With that in mind, come here before even more of the ricefield disappears.
The menu at Nook is a cross between European and Indonesian and there is generally something here for everyone. We’ve had a range of dishes over the years and everything has been good, but not so spectacular that you’d come here just for the food.We are super disappointed with their cold-pressed juices as they are bought from outside and not juiced in house. Why on earth would we come to a cafe and pay Rp50.000++ when they simply buy their juices from some other place? So so disappointing. For us, it’s enough for us to never come back.And it’s this sort of disappointment that we fear may seep into other parts of the business. But we just can’t know unless we try everything.
Nook is a great place to come and hang out on a hot afternoon, but don’t come here expecting culinary heaven. The food we’ve tried is quite good and the view is still ok. And let’s face it, most people do love Nook!Recommended for photos and the relaxing atmosphere.
Jalan Umalas 1, Gang Nook 1, Kerobokan
(0361) 847 5625
Opening Hours: setiap hari 08:00 – 23:00
Rueben sandwich: Rp79.000++
Nasi Goreng: Rp48.000++
Cold pressed juice: Rp50.000++
Located on Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa in an up and coming area of south Bali, Peloton Super Shop is a bicycle themed cafe serving vegan food.
And if vegan food puts you off, please don’t let that stop you from coming here as the food here is delicious.The design of the of the cafe is modern and comes with a bunch of funky bikes hanging on the wall.We ordered a few dishes and really like the smoothie bowl. Smoothie bowls can take some getting used to if you’re into super sweet breakfasts as often smoothie bowls lack sweetness.And the smoothie bowl at Peloton is just fruit and grains with no added sugar. Ours was mainly filled with sweet fruits and the lack of added sugar was not a problem at all. It was a seriously tasty smoothie bowl.Coffees here don’t come with milk. There is no milk in this cafe. Your only options are things like almond or soy in order to get your drink how you like it. But if you’re dairy intolerant, you will love the dairy free nature of this place.
My coffee was really strong and bitter and I didn’t like it. I even added sugar to it for the first time in months.Prices here are slightly lower than similar standard cafes in Bali and we love that.
So what do we think about this place? Well, we’re not vegan, so we prefer our food to be full of animal fat and sugar. And this cafe doesn’t offer that. But if you love vegan food, this is one of the best out there. We are sure you’ll love it.If you’re not vegan, there are better cafes in the area.
Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa no. 46, Canggu
Opening Hours: setiap hari (Juice Bar 07:30 – 16:30, Kitchen 08:00-16:00)
Biker bowl: Rp55.000++
Sea Circus was one of the first modern cafes in Seminyak at the start of the decade when Seminyak was more upmarket than it is today.
As a modern cafe, it’s done incredibly well to keep up with all the modern cafe trends. They’ve always served great coffee, but these days they also sell things like acai bowls kombucha.In our view, the food and drinks at Sea Circus are as good as they always have been and remain one of our top picks in Seminyak.
Coffee comes smooth and dark and is really good.Juices are fresh and sweet without the need for extra sugar.
The fitout of Sea Circus is what really sets it apart from many other cafes in Bali. There’s a real beach feel about it with a bunch of circus lights thrown into the mix. It’s bright and fresh and a perfect tonic if you’re feeling down.
Sea Circus remains one of our Bali favourites and we think it will be one of yours too. Top marks.
Jalan Kayu Aya 22, Seminyak
Opening Hours: setiap hari 08:00 – 01:00
Blended juice: Rp40.000++
Acai bowl: Rp90.000++
Eggs benedict: Rp85.000++
On the number of times we’ve been to Pison, we’ve had completely different experiences. Some have been extremely busy, some really quiet. And it’s the busyness that really changes the nature of this place.
When we visited on a quiet occasion, the service was pleasant and attentive and the vibe of the cafe so chilled and relaxed. But when we visited and the cafe was full, service was very poor and waiters simply didn’t serve us unless we waved them over.Additionally, the vibe was a lot more chaotic and not really that nice. If you love a chaotic vibe, maybe you’d love Pison when it’s busy.The burger on a red velvet bun we had here was really really good. Generous meat patty, brioche-like bun and tasty cheese. It all sat together nicely so that you could pick it up and smash it.The coffee here is also very good and up there with some of the best in Bali.So while we think this is a very good cafe, we don’t really like it when it gets too busy.So will we come again? Absolutely. It’s just one of those places that is nice to come with a coffee and your laptop.
Jalan Petitenget 8A, Seminyak
(0812) 383 4986
Jam bu: Minggu – Jumat 08:00-23.00, Sabtu 08:00 – 00:00
Iced Taro: Rp35.000++
Red Velvet Burger: Rp65.000++