Serangoon cafes exist outside of Gardens
Mention Serangoon food and my friends will chime in with “NEX”, but as much as we love malling, this area has more to offer. Serangoon is home to cafes that will have you camping at for brunch, tea and even supper! If you dislike following the crowd, or simply want to explore cafes outside of Serangoon Gardens, head down to one of these neighbourhood cafes instead.
1. Flavour Flings
Flavour Flings is the place to head to when you want food that’s in trend. They were the mastermind behind salted egg yolk croissants, and now they’re serving raclette cheese. Get their Salted Egg Croissant With Raclette Cheese ($9.90) for a double win, or Beef Steak With Raclette Cheese ($24.90) for gooey cheese atop tender meat. Time to jio your Muslim friends to this halal-certified cafe!
Address: Blk 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121
Opening hours: Mon & Wed-Fri 11am to 4pm, 5:30pm to 9pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 4pm, 5:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 6286 0051
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2. The Plain Jane
If you’re a fan of swiss rolls, The Plain Jane has got just the thing for you. You can start with their signature, The Plain Jane ($4.90), or not-so-plain flavours such as Thai Milk Tea ($5.90) and Matcha ($5.90). The swiss rolls go well with their Flat White ($5), and they also offer interesting teas such as Mango Sticky Rice ($6/$8 for a pot) for the more adventurous.
3. C.A.N Cafe
Stuffed full of antiques curated by the owners, C.A.N Cafe will transport you back to Singapore in the early 1990s. Even if your priority is to snap an overwhelming number of #OOTDs in this retro music cafe, you can’t miss out on their Luncheon Meat Fries ($8.80) that are fried to crispy perfection or their Fried Hokkien Mee ($8.80).
Address: 730 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-01, Yeley Building, Singapore 534613
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 3pm to 1am , Fri-Sat 3pm to 2am
Tel: 6396 5561
4. Kooks Creamery
Specialising in molten lava cookies, Kooks Creamery puts a creative spin to the traditional lava cake. With over 18 ice-cream flavours to pair your lava cookie with, you won’t be running out of choices and combinations anytime soon. We love how the Matcha Lava Cookie Set ($8.50) balances the slight bitterness of matcha and the sweetness of cookie butter ice-cream – truly a match made in heaven.
5. Kombi Rocks Diner
Kombi Rocks Diner serves food that sees the fusion of Teochew and Thai flavours with a local touch. A must-order is their Red Wine Fried Chicken Wings ($15) that are crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. For something different, munch on some Loaded Cheese Fries With Thai Basil Minced Pork ($12) as you sit on one of their vintage barber chairs and bob to oldies. They’ve got loads of vintage vehicles too, so bring your folks for a bonding sesh!
Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6288 1206
6. Ciel Patisserie
Ciel Patisserie specialises in French treats that are affordably priced. Popular choices include Opera Cake ($5.80), which has almond sponge layered with dark chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream, as well as the highly instagrammable Fuji ($4.90) – a green tea cake shaped like a pyramid.
Address: Blk 124 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1444, Singapore 530124
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 11am to 8pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 9pm, Sun 3pm to 9pm
Tel: 6383 0803
7. Shepherd Cafe
Shepherd Cafe is a cosy cafe opened by a couple who wants to bring joy to diners with their home-cooked dishes. Their signature Shepherd’s Pie comes in two meaty alternatives, Chicken ($10.80) and Beef ($12.80), and you should be prepared to wait about 15 minutes for your freshly baked pie. Get their Cheese Bacon Bomb ($7.80 for four pieces) to munch on while waiting!
Address: 9 Yio Chu Kang Road, Space @ Kovan, #01-04, Singapore 545523
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 7pm, Sat 8am to 8pm
Tel: 6280 9895
Lickers serves a wide selection of handcrafted ice-cream including less mainstream flavours such as Yakult Oreo ($3.50) and Cookie Monster ($3.50). Regular flavours that still pack a punch would include Honeycomb ($3.50) and Speculoos ($3.50), and you can have any of them on a Waffle ($7.50 with a single scoop, $2.30 for an additional scoop).
Address: Blk 124 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1446, Singapore 530124
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 1pm to 10pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 11pm
9. The Ding Ding Man
The new kid on the block, The Ding Ding Man, specialises in desserts and has surprise flavours every weekend. Crowd pleasers include their Matcha Raspberry Cake ($7.50) and Ondeh Ondeh Loaf Slice ($4.50) which you can request to be heated before serving for extra melty gula meleka.
Address: 1G Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545513
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10am to 10pm
10. Sunday Market
With a belief that “Everyday is Sunday”, you can bet Sunday Market will be super chill. Start things off with Crabby Penne ($17++), which is their take on a chilli crab with fried mantou. Their signature dessert, Bangkok Toast ($11++), is assembled with cinnamon brioche toast and Thai milk tea ice-cream.
Address: 22 Lim Tua Tow Road, Singapore 547772
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12pm to 9pm, Fri 12pm to 10pm, Sat 10am to 10pm, Sun 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6287 8880
Relax and unwind at cafes in Serangoon
You know now that cafes in Serangoon aren’t limited to the choices at Serangoon Gardens, so grab your fam and friends and check out these cafes! If we missed out on your go-to cafe in Serangoon, let us know in the comments below.