‘Costa’ La Vista – Costa Coffee Is Closing Its Last 2 Outlets In S’pore By 16 Sep
If you haven’t already noticed, British coffee chain Costa Coffee has closed six outlets in Singapore over the last three and half months, with their two remaining branches at Holland Village and VivoCity Mall bowing out in the next two weeks.
Costa Coffee entered Singapore in 2012, riding on the wave of generic coffee brands that offered a quick cuppa to the masses who are looking for convenience.[caption id="attachment_37155" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Costa Coffee Facebook[/caption]
The Final Pour
Hit by hefty rents and labour costs, Costa Coffee’s failure to survive in Singapore is also partly due to the growing popularity of indie cafes and their focus on solid brews.
Over the past 6 years, we’ve seen a rise in popular indie cafes such as Dutch Colony Coffee Co. and Common Man Coffee Roasters who are known for serving up java that are roasted in-house or sourced from roasters around the world. This gives them a slight edge in serving quality coffee at the same prices or even cheaper than the offerings from bigger chains.[caption id="attachment_37156" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Dutch Colony Coffee Co. Facebook[/caption]
Indie coffee shops continue to spring up in Singapore while big-name coffee shop chains are opening up more and more stores to mark their turf.
They’ve done a great job by starting to educate the market on how to appreciate better quality coffee. But whether coffee shops can survive will depend on rental rates.[caption id="attachment_37157" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: Costa Coffee World Facebook[/caption]
Or perhaps Costa Coffee was good yet not good enough to make up for their lack of character. They weren’t distinctive enough to beat fellow big brands like Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I mean, honestly, when have we ever craved a drink from Costa?
Fret not, if you love Costa Coffee, no other stores in Southeast Asia are affected by the move, though the company did not say why the chain was puling out of Singapore. This also means, the next nearest Costa Coffee outlet for you would be JB.
Whatever the case, if you love Costa Coffee, you might want to head down to their two remaining outlets at Holland Village and VivoCity Mall soon for your coffee fix.
Costa Coffee Holland Village
Address: 269 Holland Ave, Singapore 278990
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs: 7am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 7am – 10pm
Costa Coffee VivoCity Mall
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-100 VivoCity, 098585
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm, Daily
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Have Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Free Croissants And Coffee From Tiong Bahru Bakery Available 27 Aug To 3 Sep
For those of you who loved the classic 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn, having ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is no longer a dream.
Tiffany & Co. is collaborating with Tiong Bahru Bakery as part of the launch of their Tiffany Paper Flowers collection in Singapore.
From 27 August to 3 September 2018, Tiong Bahru Bakery will be handing out free croissants and coffee from their striking turquoise kiosk outside ION Orchard.
There are, however, certain prerequisites before you proceed to claim your croissant and coffee.
First, you’ll have to take a photo of the kiosk.
Next, upload it onto Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #tiffanypaperflowers and #tiongbahrubakery.
That’s it. You have earned your breakfast. Or lunch. Note that the kiosk operates from 10am to 2pm daily.
But if a croissant and a coffee isn’t sufficient, then you might want to head to the actual OG Tiong Bahru Bakery instead, which has also been taken over by Tiffany & Co.’s signature colour.[caption id="attachment_36814" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36815" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36816" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Tiong Bahru Bakery[/caption]
This is a feast for eyes, as much as it is for the stomach.
For those of you who are more interested in the Tiffany Paper Flowers jewellery collection, check out their ad below.
The collection arrives in Singapore on 1 September 2018. In the meantime, can I interest you in some light refreshments? A croissant, perhaps?[caption id="attachment_36818" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @sothisdermnpwaslike[/caption]
Tiffany & Co. x Tiong Bahru Bakery Kiosk
Venue: ION Orchard, outside Tiffany & Co.
Date: 27 Aug – 3 Sep 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 2pm
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Because Flat Whites Are Boring, This Cafe Serves Up Latte In A Gorgeous Lavender Hue
If a pastel purple sweet potato latte is not something you find beautiful, we don’t know what is. This gorgeous concoction can be found on the menu at Abbie’s Coffeehouse at Havelock II.[caption id="attachment_30451" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: @msginginly[/caption]
Slaying The Coffee Game
Abbie’s Coffeehouse, previously known as Slayer Coffee, is a local mobile coffee catering service opened by Abbie Tok.
They offer specialty coffee catering for events, barista and latte-art courses, and coffee appreciation events. The cafe space at Havelock II can also be booked for events. Generally, a great one-stop space for all things coffee.[caption id="attachment_30421" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @abbiescoffeehouse[/caption]
The cafe offers 10 different types of coffees priced from $3.50 to $5.50, 5 different types of teas at $4.50 each, 2 unique latte flavours and also hot chocolate for those seeking a caffeine-free option.
Unique latte flavours and Chocolate go for $5 and iced versions of all drinks are an additional $1.
For those looking for a bite, they have a Matcha Infusion Cheesecake ($7), Espresso & Matcha Jinglepuffs (Jigglypuff?) and a 70% Dark Cacao Brownie.[caption id="attachment_30428" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: @blueskiescottonclouds[/caption]
We are obsessed with the stunning Roasted Sweet Potato Latte ($5), which easily stands out in a sea of brown and flat whites.[caption id="attachment_30424" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: @msginginly[/caption]
The unique colour is really pleasing to the eyes. The drink may sound carb-loaded and heavy, but it’s surprisingly creamy and light, with bits of sweet potato for a subtle texture contrast.
However, if the taste doesn’t appeal to you, at least your Instagram will enjoy this cup of pastel brilliance!
Havelock II is a relatively quiet mall as it is more of a commercial space than a shopping mall but if you’re in the Clarke Quay area, do drop by for a coffee!
Address: Havelock II, 2 Havelock Road #02-14, Singapore 059763 (Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay MRT Exit A/B)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 6pm; Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 8688 4256
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(Header Image Source: Abbie’s Coffeehouse)
Prodigal Roasters Has The Most Bizarre Cheese Tart Flavors To Complement Their Seasonal Coffee Menu
Prodigal Roasters pride themselves on their own roasted beans, which differ every single month as they are constantly getting in new beans from all over the world.
But we think its the ultimate pairing of their freshly brewed coffee and interesting bizarre cheese tart flavors that got to us.[caption id="attachment_29808" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Freshly roasted (Image Credit: Prodigal Roasters)[/caption]
Their bizarre cheese tarts somehow works
Get this, their bestseller is a Miso Cheese Tart, which tastes as delicious as it sounds bizarre. The miso caramel sauce is drizzled over a creamy cheese tart before its served. The sauce is kind of similar to salted caramel, but miso-style.[caption id="attachment_29782" align="alignnone" width="640"] Tart’s up! (Image Credit: Natalie Wong via Burpple)[/caption]
If you prefer your tarts to be on the chocolate-y side, go for their Rocky Road Tart. The thick and fudge-like chocolate is slightly bittersweet (it uses dark chocolate), and is full of crunchy nuts and chewy marshmallow.
Another interesting one to try is the Sweet Potato Tart, which is mixed with chocolate and tinged with the mellow sweetness from the sweet potato.
On a superfood diet? Get the Acai Cheese Tart.[caption id="attachment_29783" align="alignnone" width="730"] Superfoods in desserts so that you don’t abandon your diet. (Image Credit: Xing Wei Chua via Burpple)[/caption]
Classic flavors like lemon meringue and creme brûlée are also on the menu if you want to play it safe.
Something more substantial?
Prodigal Roasts started out selling tarts, but have since expanded to selling hearty mains in limited portions. Just like everything else, the menu is not fixed, so there’s no saying what you’ll get.
The chefs at Prodigal Roasters are very open to ideas from customers, which results in pretty unusual dishes. If you really want to be kept updated on their latest food creations, follow their Instagram!
Just a couple weeks ago, they had an interesting burnt cream pasta, which comes topped with pomegranate, one week old fermented onions, capers, celery and dusted with coffee grounds. Your tastebuds will be working overtime![caption id="attachment_29773" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Coffee in pasta? (Image Credit: Prodigal Roasters)[/caption]
The only drawback is that these creations are not permanent fixtures on the menu (even though we think they deserve to be), but don’t be afraid to ask the chefs to whip something up on the spot.
They’ll try their best to oblige, although this is not always possible as they might not have the ingredients on hand.
Journey all over the world with their seasonal roasts
The guys at Prodigal Roasts love experimenting with their coffees as much as they love experimenting with their foods.
You can expect new coffee flavors every month as they are constantly trying out new bean profiles from all over the world. Taste coffees from Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Ethiopia, Thailand, Rwanda and more.[caption id="attachment_29809" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Bring home some beans! (Image Credit: Prodigal Roasters)[/caption]
They also sell freshly roasted beans if you can’t get enough of your brew. Get some beans so that you can make your own cuppa whenever the cravings hit you.
Whether you’re a coffee lover or just want to try something new this cafe is definitely worth a trip to the heartlands for!
Address: Blk 625 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 #01-112, Singapore 560625
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 12pm – 10pm; Sat – Sun, 9am – 5pm; Closed on Wednesdays
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Get Your Brewtiful Selfie Printed On Coffee, Only To End Up Drinking Your Own Face
Do you love your face so much you want your coffee to come complete with a picture of yourself on it?
Note: not your picture on the cup, but a picture printed directly into the whipped cream foam. And it’s 100% edible!
Selfie coffees have taken coffee drinking to another level – way above 3D foam lattes.
Tucked away in an obscure corner on Haji Lane, The Selfie Coffee lets you customize your coffee for a unique drink. Originally from Malaysia, the Singapore branch also lets you print your photo onto the foam that your coffee comes with.[caption id="attachment_28888" align="aligncenter" width="282"] #SQUADSELFIE (Image Credit: @cartmenez77)[/caption]
You can print selfies, commemorative photos, your beloved pet – anything goes! You can also take a picture on the spot, and the cafe has even provided props like huge sunglasses for goofy photos. We heard that some people even printed their idol’s faces onto the coffee! Talk about dedication.[caption id="attachment_28880" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Is Pokemon still relevant? (Image Credit: @larvitar)[/caption]
After you’ve ordered, you will send your selfie or photo to a printing machine, which will ‘print’ your photo onto the whipped cream layer to create an exact color coffee.
If you intend to take 10,000 shots of your selfie coffee, go for an iced latte or frappe, as the picture can last up to an hour on cold drinks. Your face will dissolve in a hot drink in about 5 minutes – which is simply not long enough to admire your selfie![caption id="attachment_28883" align="aligncenter" width="293"] Are we seeing double? (Image Credit: @natasha.pye)[/caption]
Go for the novelty, stay for the coffee
Their coffee and frappes also come in a variety of flavors, like Salted Caramel, Matcha, Butterscotch, Caramel Macchiato, and White Chocolate just to name a few. The best yet: Horlicks fans will be thrilled to know that the selfie frappe also comes in Horlicks flavor.
Even though having a selfie coffee on a drink is a novelty, the cafe strives to provide delicious coffee that has people returning. The owner said that he didn’t want the selfie coffee to be one-time thing.
Besides coffee, there is also a selection of teas, non-caffeineated ice blended drinks, pies and cakes. Complete your insta-worthy flat lay with a slice of rainbow cake!
Address: 11 Haji Lane, Singapore 189204
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 8pm; Fri – Sun: 11am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6341 7213
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At The Affogato Bar, It’s Never Too Early To Get Drunk On Coffee And Ice Cream
Singapore has plenty of cafes offering quality cuppas to perk you up.
The same, however, cannot be said about affogato, which is not as commonly served in cafes. So, imagine our delight when The Affogato Bar opened in Singapore!
Tucked away in a little spot in Cluny Court, this coffee and affogato bar is the latest addition to Bukit Timah’s bustling food scene.
Asia’s first affogato bar in Singapore
In its most basic form, affogato is a scoop of ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over it. As such, the key to a delicious affogato is good, quality coffee. In this case, The Affogato Bar uses the award-winning Dimattina Coffee that hails from Melbourne.[caption id="attachment_28153" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Eater[/caption]
At the bar, choose from 5 different types of affogatos: Death by Chocolate ($13.90), Pot of Honey ($11.90), Carota Carota ($13.90), Banana Ramble ($12.90), and Classic White ($10.90). Each affogato comes with two shots of espresso for that hit of caffeine![caption id="attachment_28157" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Burpple Guides[/caption]
Our pick goes to Death by Chocolate ($13.90), a rich and decadent dessert that will delight chocoholics. Served in a martini glass, the chocolate sorbet is topped with brownie chunks, chocolate streusel and a thin round of dark chocolate.[caption id="attachment_28155" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Image Credit: @uwmr_28[/caption]
For those who prefer something less chocolate-y, try the Banana Ramble ($12.90)! It’s served with banana pecan ice cream, soft banana cake, banana slices, pecans, and is topped off with double shots of Mocharoma.[caption id="attachment_28158" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Burpple User Sarah Wong[/caption]
Affogato aside, you can choose from a selection of savoury items which include bagel sandwiches in flavours such as cream cheese, dill & onion and sun-dried tomato, just to name a few![caption id="attachment_28150" align="aligncenter" width="721"] Image Credit: Burpple User Muriel A[/caption]
As for drinks, the bar also serves up a full-bodied chai latte ($5.50 Hot/ $6.50 Cold) which is worth a try!
Ultimately, while we love the desserts, our only gripe is that the 15-seater is rather small. Be prepared to wait if you are patronising the bar on a weekend!
The Affogato Bar
Address: 01-04B Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am – 11pm
Contact no.: 9238 9005
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A New Café Gem Has Opened Up On Rangoon Road, And It’s Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale
Ever wish you could escape into a perfect fairy tale world?
Now, you can! Well, at least for lunch.[caption id="attachment_26841" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Image Credit: Enchanted Cafe Facebook[/caption]
The beautiful and charming Enchanted Cafe has just opened up along Rangoon Road, for you to dine and while away your weekends in a fantasy world.
First things first, the aesthetic of this place is on point!
Entering into this cafe is like stepping foot into the fairy tale garden of your dreams–the only things missing are actual fairies.
Picture a wooden shelf lined with large vintage books, twigs and potted plants hanging from the ceiling, fairy lights draped down branches and across the walls, and quirky, mismatched tables and chairs filling the space.[caption id="attachment_26680" align="aligncenter" width="1628"] Image Credit: Image Credit: The food and drinks at Enchanted Cafe are just as dreamy, both in terms of taste and presentation.
Something you can’t miss is the theatrical Sorcerer’s Elixir ($9.90)–also the most instagram-worthy of them all.
It starts as a blue drink, set in a stone dish, surrounded by wispy smoke. Add an orange “potion”, swirl it all together, and it transforms into a deep, glittery purple.[caption id="attachment_26678" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: Image Credit: Enchanted Cafe Facebook[/caption]
Also on the menu are brunch favourites like the Big Breakkie ($17.90), as well as the Croque Madame ($14.90).
The standout item on the menu, however, would have to be a traditional favourite with a twist: The Ngoh Hiang Burger ($18.90).
This unique burger adds a touch of familiar Singaporean flavour to the otherwise fantasy-like setting.
Expect a tender pork patty marinated in five-spice seasoning, complete with bits of water chestnut, and black garlic sauce that’s made from scratch.[caption id="attachment_26683" align="aligncenter" width="1188"] Image Credit: Ng Yi Yang[/caption]
And don’t leave without ordering dessert!
Your best bet here is the French Vanilla Crepe Cake.
The thin pancakes are fluffy, with generous layers of light, airy cream slathered in between. Perfect after a hearty meal.[caption id="attachment_26684" align="aligncenter" width="1192"] Image Credit: The_XW[/caption]
Next weekend, why not bring your friends and camera here, for the perfect meal and #ootd!
Address: Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374
Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tue: 10am – 10pm; Wed – Thu: 12pm – 10pm; Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat: 10am – 11pm; Sun: 9am – 8pm
Contact no.: 8813 1086
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Ambassador Highlights #10 – Bar Crawls, Yakitori, Fashion Shows And More!
It’s officially the end of May!
Here at DiscoverSG, that means we get to look back on and celebrate all the exciting activities our ambassadors dropped in on this month.
This month’s highlights include plenty of amazing events and yummy eats!
Tras Street never fails to surprise with its string of hip, tasty food spots.
Its newest addition is Birders, a snazzy, modern yakitori bar, for all the Japanese soul food you could ask for.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTymTRclgyE/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
It’s opened by our very own local celebrity, Adam Chen too!
Our ambassadors, Diana, Shivon and Dawn headed down to see what the hype was all about.[caption id="attachment_26783" align="aligncenter" width="1880"] Image Credit: The Ranting Panda[/caption]
They were treated to a wide selection of yummy yakitori, including the Thigh ($3.50), Breast ($3.50), Tail ($4), Sasami ($4.50), Oyster ($4.50), Tsukune ($4.50), and Skin (S$4).[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTv1khnhWWJ/?taken-by=shivonchua[/embed]
Dawn’s absolute favourite was their Bourbon infused liver mousse. It was paired with yuzu marmalade for a sweet kick of flavour, and fried mantou for that extra crunch!
Diana loved the spring rolls, as well as the sweet matcha lava cake dessert.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BTqzq6yhk1B/?taken-by=dtynx[/embed]
We were also impressed by their selection of imported Sake that even came with a reference index of the drinks’ sweetness and acidity levels.
Where: 55 Tras Street Singapore 078994
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 6pm – 12am; Fri – Sat: 6pm – 1am; Closed on Sunday
Contact no.: 8748 4585
2. Sister Act
If there’s one thing we can’t pass up, it’s a good laugh.
That’s why we were elated to hear that Broadway’s Sister Act had arrived on our shores![embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BT6UF0olB7d/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
This comedy-musical features a wannabe diva who witnessed a murder, and who then had to be hidden in a convent for protection.[caption id="attachment_26791" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Image Credit: Our lovely ambassadors Diana and Stephanie managed to snag tickets to the opening night of this hilarious show. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BT6SshfANN3/?taken-by=piinkmasquerade[/embed]
They spent half the time howling with laughter, and the other half in tears over the touching scenes of friendship.
If you love broadway musicals, we hope you didn’t miss this one, which featured music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken!
Where: MasterCard Theatres At Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
When: May 9 – May 20; 7.30pm – 10pm
Contact no.: 6688 8868
3. Moxie Fashion Show
Lovers of lace and all things pretty, a new boutique has opened up in town for you!
Moxie is the newest super sophisticated multi-label womenswear boutique at Mandarin Gallery.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUauqr4lFhU/?taken-by=dianabakar_[/embed]
Our ambassadors Diana, Jia Min, Shivon, and Vanessa headed down for a fancy private fashion show![caption id="attachment_26789" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image Credit: Moxie[/caption]
They lived out every girl’s dream of sitting at the front row of a runway, watching models strut their stuff in some gorgeous, immaculate pieces.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQjaIahTcf/?taken-by=siowjiamin[/embed]
What they loved most was that each of them could find an outfit that matched their personal style!
Diana’s favourites out of all the elegant pieces were the dainty, yet eye-catching lace tops, while Vanessa’s was the red off-shoulder lace dress.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUOsLCzBWTX/?taken-by=vaneszs.h[/embed]
Every label featured at Moxie is picked by hand, and every design is personally crafted.
We can’t wait to go back to do some proper shopping here!
Where: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #03-23 Singapore 238897
Open: 11am – 9pm daily
There’s a new Hawaiian eatery in town, and it’s serving up the ever delicious and trendy poke bowls.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BUg9Ga_hK57/?taken-by=rachaelwong[/embed]
Our ambassadors Nicholas and Rachael had such a healthy and yummy dinner at Alakai.
They quickly felt right at home amidst the “Aloha Spirit” of this comfy restaurant.[caption id="attachment_26784" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Image Credit: Image Credit: And we attest to this–these poke bowls are as good as they sound.
The mashed potato with macaroni was a pleasant surprise, while the the coconut and coffee pudding dessert was the perfect sweet ending.
Where: 3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 8:30pm; Sat: 11.30am – 8.30pm; Closed on Sundays
Contact no.: 6904 4957
5. Bar Crawl
If you’re wondering what to do this Friday night, we’ve got a suggestion.
Bonappetour has a not-so-secret Bar Crawl that will bring you to hidden top bars on our island!
Our ambassadors Clare, Jia Min, Kimberly, Shivon and Stephanie were brought to investigate the unknown nooks of Central Singapore.
They discovered amazing bars they’ve never been to, like Tiger’s Milk, Native Bar and Operation Dagger!
They got to savour all kinds of unique cocktails, like Tiger Milk’s fruity strawberry-passionfruit cocktail, and Operation Dagger’s toffee apple cocktail.
What excited them the most though, was ANTZ, an exotic cocktail at Native Bar, which comes garnished with actual ants.
Sign up for the bar crawl! Who knows, it might just lead you to discover your new favourite Friday night hideout.
Secret Bars of Singapore
Where: Sssshhh, it’s a secret!
When: 1 June – 28 July; 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact no.: 8288 5950
6. Baywatch Preview
We’ve been waiting on our toes for Baywatch to come out in Singapore, just so we can catch Zac Efron in action, in all his shirtless glory.
That’s why we were stoked to be invited to a preview of the movie!
Our ambassadors Chelsea, Cheryl, and Shivon got to catch the movie before anyone else!
They spent half the time laughing at all the sassy lines, and the other half bae-watching Zac Efron, we’re sure.
We think it’s safe to say this was one of the funniest movies they’ve seen this year.
Baywatch is now showing in theatres and we suggest you head out and catch it!
7. Sama Curry & Café
We’ve found a great new spot to get our curry fix, and it’s none other than Sama Curry & Café, a popular Hokkaido soup curry shop hailing from Japan!
[caption id="attachment_26787" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: We sent our ambassadors Joey, Nicholas and Vanessa down to try it out, and boy was it delicious.[caption id="attachment_26788" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Next, they picked a level of spiciness from the cute categories of “Baby Bear”, “Adult Bear” and “Crazy Bear”.
Choose between 0 to 30 to make sure you get the exact level of spiciness you desire.
[caption id="attachment_26790" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image Credit: OUE Downtown 2 Gallery, 6 Shenton Way #03-26 Singapore 068809
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Contact no.: 6224 0590
10 ‘Die Die Must Try’ Events And Eats To Rev Up Your First Half Of June [1-15 June]
10 ‘Die Die Must Try’ Events And Eats To Rev Up Your First Half Of June [1-15 June]
Aaand it’s finally June!
If you’re in school, that means the long awaited June holiday break. If not, there’s always the weekend to spend some quality time with your loved ones.
With a whole bunch of exciting events to go to and new eats to sample, this month’s line-up of events surely does not disappoint!
Think fun festivals of all kinds, shopping till you drop at The Great Singapore Sale, and new cafe openings. Whether you’re a beach bum, die-hard foodie or someone who appreciates great music, we’ve got some ideas on how you can spend your weekend!
Here are 10 activities you need to head down to ASAP!
Play & Discover
1. Faber-Castell Art Festival
It’s time to pick up your colouring pencils again!
Faber-Castell, the makers of brilliant pencils and creative goods, adds colour to the month with its first ever art festival.[caption id="attachment_26604" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: These include lessons on fashion illustration, brush calligraphy, hand-lettering, and watercolour painting. You can also bond with family over art competitions, badge making, and mind mapping.
There will also be an art exhibition, where proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to the Singapore Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Make sure you nose around the huge spread of Faber-Castell products on sale too!
Faber-Castell Art Festival
Where: Singapore ION Orchard #04-13 & Marina Square #02-190A, 6 Raffles Boulevard, S039594
When: 27 May – 4 June, 11am – 9pm daily
Contact no.: 6339 8787
If you remember watching Channel 8’s The Little Nyonya, you’ll jump at this chance to be part of that world.
The Peranakan Festival offers the most immersive chance to learn about the vibrant Straits Chinese culture in Singapore![caption id="attachment_26611" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: The Peranakan Festival[/caption]
Expect a slew of performances, including the traditional Dondang Sayang, a humourous love ballad.
Kids will love the arts and crafts workshops, where they’ll learn stamp carving, silk screen printing and book cover art. You’ll also get to have fun dressing up and taking pictures in Nyonya or Baba traditional kebayas!
Try your hand at making (or wolfing down) traditional desserts, Nasi Ulam, sireh and betel nut, at the cooking classes and food tastings here.
Finally, sit down for high tea with the less privileged elderly and children from Lengkong Bahru and beneficiaries from Prison Fellowship Singapore, and learn the heart of the Peranakan community.
Peranakan Festival This one’s for those who live for decadent food and extravagant parties. Lo & Behold’s month-long festival shows us Singaporeans how to party with class and style!
Where: Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Rd, S238879
When: May 27 – June 17, 11am – 6pm
Contact no.: 6262 4428
Lo And Behold Group Festival
This one’s for those who live for decadent food and extravagant parties.
Lo & Behold’s month-long festival shows us Singaporeans how to party with class and style![caption id="attachment_26610" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Image Credit: Party like Grace Kelly at Electroball: The Golden Age of Hollywood, at swanky 1930s bistro-bar The Black Swan. Or head to OverEasy Orchard, for a Riverdale-themed bash!
If you’d rather eat than party, catch an epic Pizza-Off happening at Extra Virgin Pizza. As part of the festivities, Tanjong Beach Club will also be serving up an All You Can Eat Bottomless Brunch.
If you want to learn a little something, The Rabbit Hole will be playing host to a snazzy Gin Workshop, so bottoms up!
Lo And Behold Group Festival
Where: Various locations
When: 29 May – 25 June
Contact no.: 6338 8035
4. DBS Marina Regatta
Been dreaming of the perfect beach getaway, but haven’t got the time to go?
Well, DBS brings the beach to you at this year’s DBS Marina Regatta, Singapore’s first and only urban pop-up beach![caption id="attachment_26607" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image Credit: DBS Marina Regatta[/caption]
Held at Marina Bay, there’ll be plenty to do, eat and drink–like a real beach, but better.
Laze around in hammocks with an ice cold cocktail in hand (we recommend one from Potato Head’s Coconut Bar), take yoga classes hosted by lululemon, or get your blood pumping by tackling Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course.
DBS Marina Regatta 2017
Where: The [email protected] Bay
When: 1 – 4 June | (1 June) 4pm – 9pm; (2, 3, 4 June) 10am – 10pm
Remember how much you loved listening to stories as a kid?
StoryFest brings that spark back, with a showcase of the best storytelling from Singapore and around the world.[caption id="attachment_26612" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] Image Credit: StoryFest SG[/caption]
There are workshops and performances for everyone–kids, adults, and aspiring storytellers themselves!
Families will be transported to faraway lands at Enchanted Tales, which features folk and fairy tales from Russia, Africa and France.
Adults too can choose from a selection of adult audience shows, including a monologue and a story slam in the Singapore Showcase.
There’s even a workshop where you can learn to use stories to build emotional literacy in children, and one where the audience themselves are used to form a story.
It’ll surely be a happy ending to the day, no matter which you choose!
International Storytelling Storyfest
Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, S179429
When: 2 – 4 June
Contact no.: 6332 6919
6. Beerkini Rocks
Beach, beer, bands and babes…
That, and a whole lot more, is what you’ll find at Bikini Bar’s quarterly beach party, Beerkini Rocks![caption id="attachment_26603" align="aligncenter" width="2270"] Image Credit: Music fans can look forward to rock classics and chart-toppers by talented local rock and alternative acts O.K Ready! and Rockweller.
Also not to be missed are their crazy drink offers, with Jaeger Shots at $8, Monster Bombs at $9, and Buckets of Bintang going at $40.
Bikini Babes will also be challenging rock and rollers to exciting beach games with prizes to be won!
Where: Bikini Bar 50 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore, S099000
When: 3 June, 3.00pm – 11.30pm
Contact no: 6631 8938
Bangkok’s famous April’s Bakery has finally opened in Singapore!
And it’s serving up Hong Kong-style Lao Po Bing (Wife Cake) with a twist.
Choose between sweet and savoury options depending on your mood–both are stuffed with flavourful, colourful fillings, wrapped in a thin, flaky crust.
For an afternoon snack, try the fragrant Pork with Gravy, or the subtly sweet Pork with Honey.
For dessert, get the Thai Milk Tea, Green Tea, or go for the popular Taro (with a hidden gingko nut within!) and Pumpkin flavours.
These Cantonese-style pies are handmade and baked fresh daily to ensure they taste great, and they’re all priced at only $2 each!
We suggest you head down early, because the yummier flavours get snapped up real quick.
Where: April’s Bakery Singapore, Tampines MRT Station, #01-31, S529538
Opening Hours: 8.00am – 10.00pm, or till sold out (Mon-Sun)
Contact no.: 8122 7604
This newest addition to the themed cafe scene may be the most magical one yet.
The quirky Enchanted Cafe charms at first sight with its beautiful decor, complete with a magical garden and collection of spell books.[caption id="attachment_26606" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Enchanted Cafe[/caption]
But what’s most striking is the presentation of its dishes.
Think: Bright red cherry compote, blackberries and blueberries in a vivid splash against a deep blue plate, sprinkled with seemingly handpicked bits of nuts and leaves. That’s what makes up the tangy, yet sweet Berries Compote French Toast ($14.90).
For something traditional with a twist, there’s the Ngoh Hiang Burger ($18.90), which is exactly what it sounds like, complete with bits of water chestnut and black garlic sauce made from scratch.
The most instagramable thing here is the Sorcerer’s Elixir ($9.90), a blue drink that turns glittery purple after an orange liquid is added.
This has to be the most enchanting cafe to open since the Harry Potter Cafe.
Where: Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374
Opening Hours: Closed on Mon; Tue: 10am – 10pm; Wed – Thur: 12pm – 10pm; Fri: 11am – 11pm; Sat: 10am – 11pm; Sun: 9am – 8pm
Contact no.: 8813 1086
9. PC Show
Maybe you’ve been thinking of swapping out your laggy PC for a new one.
Well, there’s no better time than the annual PC Show![caption id="attachment_26608" align="aligncenter" width="1170"] Image Credit: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, S018956
When: 1 – 4 June, 12pm – 9pm
Contact no.: 6299 8633
Shopping. Many of us do a whole lot of it–often, more than we should.
Well, a 10 week period starting from 9 June just gave us even more reason to do so![caption id="attachment_26609" align="aligncenter" width="1480"] Image Credit: Your Singapore[/caption]
For both tourists and locals alike, there’s no better time to hit the stores than during the Great Singapore Sale!
This is the time when retail stores in Singapore feature their greatest sales and markdowns.
Had your eye on a dress, but couldn’t bear to part with that kind of cash? We say it’s now or never.
Stretch your dollar and fill those shopping bags with bargains of all kinds–from fashion to jewellery, electronics to toys, to spa treatments, hotel stays, food, and visits to local attractions!
The Great Singapore Sale
Where: All over Singapore!
When: 9 June – 13 August
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Forget Sugar Glazed, This Cafe Serves Up Savoury Donuts Like ‘Cheeseburger’ And ‘Bacon’ At Only $2.90 A Pop
If the mention of donuts calls to mind sugary, sweet treats, this cafe’s savoury creations are about to turn your world upside down.
Six By Sera, a little place off Rangoon Road, serves up a collection of delicious savoury donuts! Now, we finally have an excuse to eat donuts as a full meal, and not just as dessert.[caption id="attachment_26405" align="aligncenter" width="952"] Image Credit: Six By Sera[/caption]
Oh So Savoury Donuts
The donuts here come in 3 scrummy flavours: Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Truffle Oil, Bacon and Mozzarella, and the Cheeseburger donut–a magical combination of minced beef, cherry tomatoes with a slice of melted cheddar, and jalapeño.[caption id="attachment_26406" align="aligncenter" width="1188"] Image Credit: Six By Sera[/caption]
The best part? They are all selling at just $2.90!
Having one (or more!) of these beautifully presented babies as an afternoon snack will have us powering through the day for sure.
Pastries, Deserts & Coffee
Besides its unique savoury donuts, Six By Sera sells other amazing pastries as well, such as their signature croissants!
They are fragrant, buttery, flaky and airy–everything you could possibly want in a croissant.[caption id="attachment_26407" align="aligncenter" width="1190"] Image Credit: Six By Sera[/caption]
Like the donuts here, the croissants comes in several unique, inventive flavours. These include the Smoky Pork Croissant ($12.90, served on weekends only), Scrambled Eggs & Bacon Croissant ($10.90), and Cheesecake Croissant ($6.60).
A local favourite with a modern twist would be the Chili Crab Croissant ($11.90).
Sweet tooths can also sink your teeth into their desserts, like the Mini Choux Pastries (in yuzu, raspberry and chocolate flavours), Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake ($5.90) and the lemon meringue tart.
Six By Sera is always coming up with new goodies too! Check out the Bandung Lychee Raspberry Macarons they created specially for Mother’s Day.[caption id="attachment_26404" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Bandung Lychee Raspberry Macarons (Image Credit: Six By Sera)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_26408" align="alignnone" width="960"] Image Credit: 89 Rangoon Road, #01-03 Urban Lofts, Singapore 218375
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 12pm – 9pm; Sat: 10am – 10pm; Sun: 10am – 9pm; Closed on Mondays
Contact no.: 9652 8141
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(Top Image Credit: Six By Sera)