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Catching up with your friends over a hearty brunch sounds like a perfect thing to do on the weekends. However, we all know how dreadful travelling can get, especially with the recent haze saga going on! If you are still cracking your head on where to get your weekend brunch fix, why not consider dropping by these cafes that can be found in the heartlands of your HDB estates? Time to say goodbye to long and dreadful bus rides, and hello to hearty meals without stepping out of your comfort zone!
1. Lola’s Café
Lola’s café is one of the few cafes that you will leave wishing that you had more tummy space to contain all those yummy dishes. Highly raved for their honey paprika wings, they also serve up an extensive range of hearty brunch fare and baked goods at pocket friendly prices. Most of the food items are priced below $15, and the best part is there’s no GST and service charge.
5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
Opening hours: Tue: 3pm – 11.30pm
Wed & Thu: 10am – 11.30pm
Fri to Sun: 10am – 12 Midnight, Closed on Mondays
2. Ciel Patisserie
If you’re craving for something sweet and light, why not give this French pastry shop a try! Located in the heartlands of Hougang, it offers a variety of value-for-money sweet treats. Be sure to not miss their signature shortcake! Lightly sweetened whipped cream and juicy fresh strawberries sandwiched between layers of light and fluffy sponge cake, the epitome for a sweet ending!
124 Hougang Avenue 1 #01-1444 Singapore 530124
Opening hours: Tues – Thurs 11am to 8pm
Fri – Sat 11am to 9pm
Sun 3pm to 9pm. Closed on Mondays
3. Sin Lee Foods
Situated in the quaint little estates of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, this coffee shop turned hipster café with a touch of nostalgia is a hidden gem! What makes Sin Lee Foods stand out from the rest of the cafes is that instead of serving up the usual English breakfast brunch fare, they serve up a range of Asian fusion dishes with an exotic twist. Sweet potato fries topped off with homemade salted egg sauce, succulent chicken thigh deep fried to perfection coupled along with light and fluffy waffles and smoky broccoli alburi, these are some of the brain food of Sin Lee Foods that you should not miss!
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164 Singapore 162004
Opening hours: 11:30am – 9pm Tuesday-Friday
9am – 9pm (Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun)
11:30am – 6pm (PH) Closed on Mondays
4. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
This is definitely NOT your usual boring waffles ice-cream café! Think fluffy charcoal waffles topped with huge scoops of ice-cream, drizzled in salted egg yolk sauce. A combination of sweet and savory, now who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?
Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, 460416
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm Mon, Wed, Thurs
12pm – 11pm Fri, Sat, Sun. Closed on Tuesdays
5. The Tastemaker Store
Simple furnishings of light wooden finishing and a minimalistic interior, the Tastemaker store gives off a spacious yet welcoming vibe. It’s like Muji in the heartlands! They serve up a selection of local delights with a modern twist and sweet treats at very heartland prices. Sink your teeth into their signature yam cake loaded with chunks of pumpkin and yam, paired along with homemade chili sauce. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, why not give their Lemon curd with clotted cream a try? Thick lemon curd spread between two fluffy English Breakfast Muffins, served alongside with two runny soft-boiled eggs, how interesting is that!
Blk 22 Havelock Road #01-705
Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 9pm
6. Flavor Flings
Time for the brunch enthusiast of Hougang to rejoice! Flavor Flings is the newest kid on the block that has jumped onto the café bandwagon! Sandwiched between rows of HDB estates and coffee shops, this café is a hidden gem that serves up decent brunch fare, which will leave you coming back for more! While they are not halal-certified yet, this café is operated by Muslim owners and the ingredients used in the kitchen are from halal suppliers. We recommend trying their signature dishes like the Marie’s Baked Eggs, Jupiter Eggs and Truffle & Mushroom Pasta.
Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1 #01-1348 Singapore 530121
Opening hours: Mon, Wed to Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 9pm
7. Tiong Hoe Coffee
This is for the coffee fanatics! If you are looking for a place with quality and handcrafted coffee to hang with your friends, it’s time to strike Starbucks off the list! One step into this café, and it will feel like you are being transported into a mini coffee wonderland! Be awed by the displays of vintage coffee equipment, coffee bean sacks and the blend of modern cupping equipment. The wow factor about Tiong Hoe is that the coffee price is based on tipping! Besides specializing in their coffee beans, they also hold coffee barista workshops!
170 Stirling Rd, Singapore 140170
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.
8. The Daily Press
Located just opposite the famous Creamier ice-cream café, The Daily Press specializes in artisan sandwiches and coffee. Although there are limited food choices on the menu, they offer a range of impressive filling combinations such as the Korean Fried Chicken and Babi Pongteh.
126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-561 Singapore 310126
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am - 9:30pm