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12 Under-HDB Cafes In Singapore With Chill Vibes And Affordable Desserts

20th January 2024

Best HDB cafes all around Singapore


For hidden-gem, under-HDB dessert cafes and coffee spots around the island, look no further. We’ve gathered a list of the best HDB cafes in Singapore, including ice cream and waffle spots, as well as atas bakery cafes!


1. Rise


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Nestled in the sleepy Potong Pasir neighbourhood, under a HDB block, Rise has amassed a steady following thanks to its IG-worthy pink and concrete interiors. They also offer a huge plethora of bakes that taste as stunning as they look. Highlights include a Yuzu Mascarpone Cheesecake ($8.20) and Black Sesame Kinako Cake ($8.20): black sesame sponge with soy chantilly cream and black sesame ganache, topped with kinako powder. Don’t sleep on their Brown Butter Waffles ($7.90), too, which pair well with their ice cream lineup!

Check out our Rise cafe review!

Address: 148 Potong Pasir Avenue 1, #01-53, Singapore 350148
Opening hours: Sun-Mon, Wed-Thurs 11am to 7pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 9pm
Website
Rise is not a halal-certified eatery.


2. Eleven Strands


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The newly opened Eleven Strands has taken over the spot of the now-defunct Kombi Rocks. Boasting a chic, gorgeous minimalist interior, their speciality is fresh, handmade pasta. Try their Short Ribs Pasta ($25+) for a plate of al dente tagliatelle paired with pieces of caramelised ribs that melt in your mouth.

We suggest going for their Gourmet Set Lunch ($19+), which will give you a bowl of French Onion Soup along with your a choice of main and dessert. Note that this set lunch is only available on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm.

Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm to 10pm, Sun 12pm to 9:30pm
Website
Eleven Strands is not a halal-certified eatery.


3. Lickers


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Lickers is a popular spot frequented by students for a midday cool down. The vibe here is hip and chill, with cheeky neon lights that jazz up the interior. You can get a plate of warm, fluffy waffles topped with two scoops of ice cream at $11. The cafe serves unique, but not over-the-top, flavours such as Yakult Oreo ($3.80) and Oolong with Lavender ($4.60), which is refreshing and delectable.

Address: 124 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1446, Singapore 530124
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 1pm to 2am, Fri-Sun 12pm to 2am
Website
Lickers is not a halal-certified eatery.


4. Hundred Acre Creamery 


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If you live in the East, check out Hundred Acre Creamery, a hidden under-HDB cafe serving ice cream and waffles. Go for their freshly baked waffles, available in flavours such as Classic Belgian ($6) and Coconut Pandan ($7). The latter features coconut and pandan-infused waffles that come with a soft and chewy mochi middle, great for pairing with your choice of ice cream! There’s the Chrysanthemum Honey ($5.50), which nods to Pooh’s honey obsession, and the vegan-friendly Ispahan Sorbet ($4.50) for those who can’t take dairy.

Read our Hundred Acre Creamery review.

Address: Block 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-24, Singapore 520824
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Website
Hundred Acre Creamery is not a halal-certified eatery.

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5. Delato


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Image credit: @delato.sg

Delato is another East-side secret that offers freshly baked waffles with gelato. The cafe, which only opened in August 2023, serves Sicilian-style gelato, which swaps out egg yolks for cornstarch for a smooth and thick mouthfeel. Flavours rotate from time to time, with up to 12 available daily. Must-tries include Maple Walnut PieCereal Milk Chocolate SwirlsMango Basil, and Biscoff Speculoos. Each scoop is priced from $4.20. If you love mochi waffles, try the cafe’s Matcha Mochi Waffle ($7)!

Address: 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-154, Singapore 520477
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 2pm to 11pm, Fri 1pm to 1am, Sat 12pm to 1am, Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 8948 9504
Website
Delato is not a halal-certified eatery.


6. Abundance


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Abundance is a cosy and casual Taiwanese cafe tucked in the sleepy estate of Lengkok Bahru, Redhill. The under-HDB cafe is known for their Gua Bao ($7.90++): fluffy bao stuffed with thick pork belly, topped with pickles, coriander, and roasted, ground peanuts. They’ve also got other Taiwanese classics such as Beef Noodle Soup ($16.90++) and Red Hot Chilli Dumplings Noodles ($9.90++). Before you leave, make sure you try their famous Peanut Ice Cream Roll ($6.90++), a popular street snack comprising vanilla ice cream, crushed peanuts, and fresh coriander in a popiah-like skin.

Read our Abundance review!

Address: 63A Lengkok Bahru, #01-378, Singapore 151063
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 3pm, 4:30pm to 10pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 9632 1268
Website
Abundance is not a halal-certified eatery.

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7. Cafe Lilac by Whisking Bakes 


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If you’re big on orh nee, you have to visit Cafe Lilac by Whisking Bakes on Crawford Lane. Located under an old HDB block, this clean and minimalist cafe serves up unique yam-infused treats at wallet-friendly prices. Try their Taro Pork Floss Sando ($6.50), a sweet-savoury combination of house-made orh nee with pork floss, sandwiched between toast. While they have other mains too, we recommend filling up on their desserts, namely the Taro Choux ($8): choux pastry with a sweet craquelin topping, generously piped with orh nee-infused cream.

Check out our Cafe Lilac by Whisking Bakes review!

Address: 466 Crawford Lane, #01-08, Singapore 190465
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 12pm to 9pm, Fri 11:30am to 10:30pm, Sat 10am to 10:30pm, Sun 10am to 5pm
Tel: 8850 5918
Website
Whisking Bakes is not a halal-certified eatery.

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8. Percolate Coffee


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Percolate Coffee serves cuppas made from freshly roasted beans. Going beyond the usual flat white, the cafe offers drinks such as Thai Coco Black ($7.50), Espresso Milkshake ($7.50), and Hot Sesame Cocoa ($6), a roasty drink made from hot chocolate and black sesame. In terms of food, their Banana Loaf ($10) tastes as good as it looks, packed with fruits and nuts including strawberries, blueberries, and green grapes. Drizzled with honey, this dish is both hearty and pleasing to the eye.

Address: 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, #01-152. Singapore 460136
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 7pm
Tel: 8259 0316
Website
Percolate Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.


9. Geometry


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Geometry stays comfortably nestled amongst mamak shops at Jalan Bukit Merah. Perfect as a post-lunch treat is their ice cream, which comes in unique flavours such as Earl Grey Tie Guan Yin and Paddle Pop. Ice cream goes at $3.40 for a single scoop and $6.40 for a double scoop. Unlike other cafes that serve ice cream with just waffles, Geometry gives you the option to have your ice cream with a Brownie ($6), or on a freshly baked Handmade Tart ($7.80)

Address: 2 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150002
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6255 6366
Website
Geometry is not a halal-certified eatery.


10. Hey Sugar


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Hey Sugar is known for its saccharine pastel pink walls, warm lighting and homely interior. This cosy cafe serves a decent selection of ice cream, usually in classic flavours such as Earl Grey, Gula Melaka, and Pistachio Crunch, which you can pair with a waffle ($3.50). A single scoop of ice-cream goes at $3.80, while a double scoop goes at $6.80. Try their desserts with any of the iced brewed shaken teas for a refreshing kick. Their Strawberry Elderflower Iced Brewed Shaken Tea ($4.50) comes with a great balance of lightness from the elderflower tea and slight tartness from the strawberries.

Address: 818 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, #01-06, Singapore 680818
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11.30am to 10.30pm, Fri-Sat 12.30pm to 11.30pm
Website
Hey Sugar is not a halal-certified eatery.


11. Rookie’s Coffee Shop


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Blink and you might miss it: Rookie’s Coffee Shop is an under-the-radar cafe with chill vibes and great coffee, nestled under a HDB block in the old Bukit Merah estate. Try their Iced Bandung ‘Spro ($7), a pretty latte that’s served with distinct layers: rose syrup, fresh milk, and espresso. If you’re hankering for a sweet treat, the cafe offers a small range of bakes, including Brownie ($4), Chocolate Chip Cookie ($4) and Lemon Bar ($5.50). Do note that the indoor space is small and cosy, seating up to eight people.

Check out our Rookie’s Coffee Shop feature!

Address: 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-144, Singapore 150124
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm
Website
Rookie’s Coffee Shop is not a halal-certified eatery.

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12. New Deli Bakery


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Tampines residents are lucky, with the addition of New Deli Bakery to their hood. This Tampines bakery recently moved from MacPherson, offering freshly baked croissants and pastries from just $4, alongside a small drinks menu. It’s also run by a baker who used to work at Tiong Bahru Bakery! You won’t go wrong with their signature Plain Croissant ($4), said to be flaky and buttery. Else, their Vanilla Kouign-amann ($4.60) is equally delicious. This bake stars premium French butter and vanilla bean pods from Papua New Guinea. And if you need your caffeine fix, coffee is affordable here, starting at $4 for a cup of Americano!

Check out our New Deli Bakery coverage.

Address: 462 Tampines Street 44, #01-66, Singapore 520462
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 9:30am to 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 7pm
Tel: 8022 3696
Website
New Deli Bakery is not a halal-certified eatery.

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Guide to HDB cafes in Singapore


If you love cafe hopping but are too lazy to travel far, KIV this list of neighbourhood cafes for good food in your hood. For more cafes around town, check out this list of beautiful cafes in Singapore or our list of best coffee cafes!

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Featured image adapted from New Deli Bakery

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