The Coffee Daily @ Brighton Crescent, Singapore // Nostalgic neighbourhood fix

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Just over a decade ago, I lived in a house just a stone’s throw away from Brighton Crescent. The Coffee Daily wasn’t around then (they launched in 2012, I believe). Today, the row of shophouses there have evolved somewhat. While the area is still a quiet and sleepy one, despite its close proximity to Serangoon Gardens, there’s definitely a reason to make a trip down, if only to see what the cafes here have to offer.

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Don’t let the rustic visage of The Coffee Daily’s entrance turn you off. The interior embraces a minimalist, semi-contemporary layout. If you can, grab the high table near the window for some natural light (your Instagram photos will look best) as the seats at the back of the cafe are quite dimly lit. They have a simple brunch menu and a few sweet treats to pick from, as well as a beverage section that will please most coffee and tea drinkers.

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Smoked Salmon & Guac (S$15)
A pretty impressive amount of smoked salmon and silky scrambled eggs on some very lovely crusty bread.

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The Mountain (S$16)
Sliced pork bockwurst, caramelised onions, potato hash and a mountain of truffle-infused scrambled eggs sitting on toasted sourdough.

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Flat White (S$5) + White Cold Brew Coffee (S$6.50)

Overall, we had a satisfying breakfast. We love the vibe here. It is quiet and peaceful, and makes for a perfect pit stop before venturing back out into the heat and humidity. Many online reviews of The Coffee Daily decry the service quality here, but we didn’t encounter any issues with the staff. In fact, they were quite pleasant and efficient. Perhaps we just went on a good day, but we definitely have no qualms about returning. Be sure to look out for the resident cat that frequents the small stretch of shophouses on Brighton Crescent. Not sure who it belongs to, but it was chilling out the front of the cafe all morning.

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75 Brighton Crescent
Singapore 559216
Opening hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (weekdays)
9:30am – 10:30pm (weekends)
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Atlas Coffeehouse @ Duke’s Road, Singapore // It’s not just the coffee that’s good

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ATLAS COFFEEHOUSE draws large crowds on weekends, and because it is located very close to the sprawling Botanic Gardens, expect plenty of people decked out in activewear on their post-morning run high. There is often a slew of bicycles parked out the front belonging to expats who live in the Bukit Timah area. As a breakfast spot that opens at 8am, Atlas caters to the early birds. Most other cafes of similar calibre throw open their doors at around 10. By noon on a Saturday or Sunday, you might have to wait in line for a table – this is one foodie spot with a strong following.

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We’ve been here a couple of times with friends, and both times we were suitably impressed by the chill ambience and the quality of the food. Their menu is filled with unique choices, from their quinoa-packed ATLAS Super-bowl to their umami-tastic Salmon Soba Noodles. They do some incredible pancakes and waffles as well, for those who prefer sweet treats over savoury favourites.

Atlas Coffeehouse, Singapore Salted Caramel Buttermilk Waffles ($12)
Salted caramel sauce + vanilla ice cream.

Atlas Coffeehouse, Singapore Breakfast Strawberry Maple Pancake ($16.50)
Signature fluffy pancake served with strawberry compote, butter and maple drizzle.

Atlas Coffeehouse, Singapore The ATLAS Super-Bowl ($18)
Toasted quinoa, baby spinach, sundried tomatoes, oven-roasted squash and parmesan zucchini, shimeji mushrooms, peanut sesame pulled chicken.

Overall, the vibes at this cafe scream “hipster with a touch of comfortable charm”. While the exterior of the cafe is plain and fairly nondescript, once you step into this fully air-conditioned cafe, you will be transported to a softly-lit, artfully-minimalistic universe filled with subdued colours and a buzzing atmosphere. Perfect for a weekend brunch.

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6 Duke’s Road
Singapore 268886
Opening hours: 8am – 7pm (closed Mondays)
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Atlas Coffeehouse is located just a convenient 5-minute walk from Botanic Gardens MRT Station!

Brawn & Brains @ Guillemard Road, Singapore // Surprisingly busy brunch spot

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Brawn & Brains – an interesting name for a cafe. Located along Guillemard Road (a few blocks from my workplace), I’d always wanted to have brunch here, and for the longest time it remained on my ever-growing list of foodie haunts to visit. It’s a bit of a walk from Mountbatten MRT, maybe 10 minutes or so. By the time we got there, it was brimming with brunch-goers. Seems like plenty of expats frequent this place, not sure if that’s because of its location or if this cafe is just really, really popular with the expat community.

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It’s quite a big space, with communal seating areas and a counter spanning the length of the cafe on one side, and full-length windows on the other. Dark wood interior, plenty of natural light – pretty much heaven for photographers and Instagrammers. The communal seating arrangement can cause problems when there are big groups taking up all the space, which was the case on the day we decided to visit – we had to wait in line for quite some time.

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The food’s okay, nothing to write home about. Their baked eggs could have been better laid out – there isn’t anything to soak up the runny egg whites and yolk, so you have to attempt to scoop up everything with your fork and knife. Like poached eggs, you kind of need to have something like toast or an English muffin to catch all that eggy goodness instead of allow the mess to just end up all over the plate. I hope they weren’t expecting patrons to use the spinach leaves to soak up the eggs…?

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Oven-baked molten eggs with melted cheese + avocado, baby spinach, tomatoes, smoked salmon [SGD16.40]

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Smoked salmon on toast + slow-cooked egg + pea, pear and rocket salad [SGD14.90]

On the flipside, their coffee is robust and aromatic, just the way I like it. We also enjoyed their crisp and flaky earl grey croissant [SGD4.20], so I’d probably be back for more of their pastries. Overall, Brawn & Brains is a decent cafe to get your brekkie/brunch fix, but get down there early if you don’t want to battle the morning crowd for a good seat.

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100 Guillemard Road, #01-02
Singapore 399718
Opening hours: 9am – 7pm (weekdays),
9:30am – 7pm (weekends/public holidays)
Closed on Mondays

Curious Palette @ Prinsep Street, Singapore // A dream cafe with Instagram-worthy food

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Curious Palette is one of those tucked-away-in-plain-sight sort of cafes, with a unique layout and a spacious interior that throws subtle Balinese vibes and contemporary Melbourne-esque hipster influences at you. That’s not to say it offers you the norm when it comes to its food options – on the contrary, the menu it presents is contemporary and unique, with dishes that arrive in a state that is wholly Instagram-worthy. Order the Berry Ricotta Hotcakes and you’ll have a panicky moment where you think to yourself “do I really want to destroy such a pretty work of art with my fork of doom?”. There’s really no need for such dramatic thoughts – take one bite of the sweet, fluffy creation and you’ll find yourself being okay with decimating the whole thing and shovelling it all in your mouth.

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Pulled Pork on Sourdough, SGD18.90

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Corned Beef Scotch Egg, SGD17.50

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Pan-seared Sous Vide Salmon, SGD18.90

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Bacon Ricotta Hotcake, SGD15.90

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Berry Ricotta Hotcake, SGD14.90

Other than the seriously smexy food presentation, you’ll find that the vibe is pretty laid-back and the staff are all pretty chill as well. You’ll want to spend a weekend morning here, sipping on a latte and bonding with mates. The cafe is easy enough to find – just right across the street from PoMo, walking distance from both Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut stations. The interior decoration of this place is enough to keep me coming back.

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64 Prinsep Street
Singapore 188667
Wednesday to Monday: 9am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am – 12am
(Closed on Tuesdays)
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Stunning Views from the Skypoint Observation Deck @ Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

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Here are some great shots from the Skypoint Observation Deck on top of the Q1, taken when my good friends Jeanette and Chen came over for a visit back in November ’15. I loved having visitors to look after! James and I had a blast taking them to our favourite spots, though this was my very first (and probably last) time to the top of the Q1. The view was spectacular that day, made all the better thanks to the passing rain clouds in the distance giving the whole landscape a very surreal, magical appearance. Continue reading

Kinfolk Café @ Bourke Street
, Melbourne // A Not-For-Profit Café with Heart and Soul

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The concept at Kinfolk is an unusual one. The cafe calls itself a “social enterprise”, and while it does the usual things a typical city cafe would do (i.e. serve coffee and breakfast to the working class and the out-of-towners in the middle of a crowded CBD), Kinfolk also does things a little differently. It is a well-oiled business driven by a dedicated team of volunteers from all ages, races and genders. And here’s the thing: they give away 100% of their profits to their charity partners. In fact, they have raised more than $150,000 for various projects since opening in 2010! Continue reading

Thin-Crust Pancetta Pizza with Puréed Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Garlic & Basil

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It’s trivia that everybody already knows, but the history of pizza goes something like this: The Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians were eating bread topped with olive oil and native spices long before the Italians (we now call this focaccia). Eventually, Italy went one step further and evolved this dish into the one we are familiar with – with tomato, cheese, herbs, and other toppings. Continue reading

Wimbly Lu Chocolates @ Jalan Riang // The Cosiest Little Neighbourhood Cafe

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Here’s yet another café within walking distance from our place, located on the same street as Rokeby Bistro. And like Rokeby, they do decent coffee. Wimbly Lu Chocolates is probably one of the best places to get dessert, but their weekend breakfasts aren’t half bad either. Prices are reasonable, service is lovely. Table sizes are compact, making Wimbly Lu incredibly ideal for lovey-dovey couples on romantic dates or small gatherings up to four. It’s a pretty cosy space with a red brick wall running one length of the narrow café, dark wood flooring, wrought iron ornaments, and a glass roof halfway down the back to allow natural light to flood the otherwise minimally lit interior. That’s +500 hipster points, I say. Continue reading

Mount Faber & the Henderson Waves Bridge – Southern Ridges, Singapore

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It seems we have subconsciously decided that our mission in life is to visit all the greenest parks and nature reserves in Singapore, if our past trips to Fort Canning Hill, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, the Botanic Gardens and the ridiculously-hard-to-get-to Sungei Buloh Wetlands have been any indication. Whoever said Singapore is just one huge concrete jungle has got it absolutely wrong. And our spontaneous evening visit to Mount Faber last week only reinforced the fact that if you’re willing to stray just a liiittle off the beaten path, you’ll come to realise that there is actually WAY too much green in this country. Continue reading