Underrated Cafes In Singapore

Singapore has no shortage of cool cafes and hyped haunts, but what about the places that get precious little love on social media? In the name of culinary justice, we rounded up a list of underrated cafes that deserve a bit more recognition. Go on, show them some love this weekend.

1. The BetterField

Address: 01-23, 261 Waterloo St, 180261 | Tel: 6694 2361 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm daily

The BetterField is a hidden gem in a somewhat unexpected location. Tucked away in a quiet corner near the hawker centre at Waterloo Centre, The BetterField serves up some pretty good eats – and at very reasonable prices too.

The BetterField 2The Ultimate Italian Black Truffle Fries (Source: The BetterField Facebook)

The cafe has the usual suspects like Truffle Fries and Eggs Benedictine, but they also have some interesting dishes like Popcorn Mentaiko Chicken and a Pulled Duck Burger. If you’re craving something sweet, The BetterField also stocks a delectable selection of ice cream sandwiches from The Ice Cream & Cookie Co.

If you’re looking for a good and affordable lunch in the Bugis area, The BetterField is definitely worth a try. The place is a bit difficult to find if you’re not familiar with the area, but head towards to hawker centre at Waterloo Centre and you won’t miss it.

The BetterField 1Black Angus Ribeye (Source: The BetterField Facebook)

2. Gaest

Address: 21 McCallum Street, #01-01 The Clift, Singapore 069047  | Tel: 6634 0922 | Opening Hours: 7am – 9.30pm (Mon to Fri), 8.30am – 3.30pm (Sat & Sun)

Gaest is a small sandwich store in the CBD that serves Nordic-inspired food. I know, I know – you’re probably thinking, Nordic food? Give me my Korean fried chicken instead. You’d be surprised though, at how tasty Nordic food can be.

Gaest 3Chicken Sandwich (Source: Gaest Facebook)

“Gaest” translates to “Guest” in English, and that’s how the owners want customers to feel – like a welcome guest in their home. From homemade bread and sodas to carefully curated sandwiches, Gaest is a great place to grab a quick lunch or coffee.

We recommend the impressive Pork Sandwich, which has roasted pulled pork, orange marinated red cabbage and red apple slices. If you’re more of a breakfast food person, the cafe also has homemade muesli and Danish-style omelettes which are just as satisfying as their sandwiches.

Gaest 2Pork Sandwich (Source: Gaest Facebook)

3. Old Hen Coffee Bar

Adress: 88 Rangoon Road #01-03 Singapore 218374 | Tel : 63415458 | Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Fri, closed on Tue), 10am – 10pm (Sat & Sun)

Probably one of the more hipster places on this list, Old Hen Coffee Bar has hatched a name for itself serving no-frills, honest-to-goodness comfort food. And good coffee, of course.

Old Hen Coffee Bar 1(Source: Old Hen Coffee Bar)

From comforting homemade waffles to a Chicken Cheese Burrito (which is as good as it sounds), Old Hen Coffee Bar has managed to execute a commendable food menu – especially considering most coffee joints tend to fall short in that aspect. Also, hipster as the place is, the prices still remain affordable and the service sincere.

Don’t forget to try a bottle of their Cold Brew Coffee, which is the star of the menu. Besides, you know you want to Instagram it.

Old Hen Coffee Bar 2Baby Spinach Salad (Source: Old Hen Coffee Bar)

4. OMB

Address: 7 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209337 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10 pm (Tue to Fri), 10am- 10pm (Sat & Sun)

I don’t know about you but to me, bacon is awesome. And I would drop everything to eat at a cafe whose whole menu (yup, everything) is centred around the crispy treat.

OMB 4The Cure Breakfast Set (Source: OMB Facebook)

If you haven’t heard of it already, OMB Cafe (which stands for Oh My Bacon) is the place to go to if you’re craving all things bacon. The menu has bacon starters, bacon mains and yes, even bacon desserts. In fact, it’s probably only a matter of time before they introduce some sort of bacon-infused beverage on the menu (interesting prospect, isn’t it).

At OMB, you can expect to taste bacon in ways you’ve never tasted before, such as in a Bacon Brownie topped off with…yep, you guessed it – bacon ice cream. Oh my bacon indeed.

OMB Cafe 3Bacon Brownie with Bacon Ice Cream (Source: OMB Facebook)

5. Blackbird Bistro + Bar

Address: 6 Handy Road, Singapore 229234 | Tel: 63373448 | Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Tue to Fri), 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun)

Blackbird Bistro + Bar is one of those places that tends to fly under the social media radar, but still has a loyal following of regulars. The casual bistro serves New Zealand-inspired food with a twist, such as Grilled Chicken in a Charcoal Bun.

Blackbird Bistro + Bar 3Grilled Chicken in a Charcoal Bun (Source: Blackbird Bistro + Bar)

If you’re a red meat-only kind of person (you carnivore, you), go for the Crispy Pork Belly with with tempura onion rings and spicy miso sauce. If you want more of a classic, try the Kiwi Burger – there’s actually no kiwi in it (only New Zealand pride), but it does have a chock-full of beef, cheddar, lettuce and tomatoes that will leave you feeling extra satisfied with your meal.

Blackbird Bistro + Bar 2Crispy Pork Belly (Source: Blackbird Bistro + Bar Facebook)

Still want more? Check out these other articles:

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Best Gourmet Bakeries In Singapore

Alternative Places In Singapore For Non-Coffee Drinkers

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