Jurong cafes for the Westies
“Jurong East? Wah need to bring passport ah?” Westies, I’m sure you’ve heard this joke way too many times. As a West-sider myself, my area of residence has been the butt of many jokes, and nothing beats that connection you get with someone when you realise both of you are fellow Westies. Even though the East gets loads of credit for housing hipster cafes, Jurong isn’t that far off either. We’ve got our fair share of cafes, and here are some worth checking out.
1. Time Table Cafe
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With power points, free Wi-Fi, free-flow water, and nett prices, Time Table Cafe makes a great afternoon hideout. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of pasta, pizza, baked dishes, waffles, and more. Tuck into comforting mains such as an affordably priced Smoked Salmon Baked Rice ($5.90) that’s blanketed with cream sauce and a layer of melted mozzarella, or Marinated Boneless Chicken Thigh ($6.90), served with salad and shoestring fries.
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Address: Blk 456 Jurong West St 41, #01-726, Singapore 640456
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6566 5088
2. El-Jar Cafe
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Opened in March this year, El-Jar Cafe is a cosy Muslim-owned cafe offering Western plates. The menu has Middle-Eastern influences, and lining it are sandwiches, cakes, desserts, coffee, and other beverages. For an interesting take on meat pies, give their American Beef Pie ($6.90) that’s served with falafel balls a try. On weekdays, they have a lunch promotion from 11am to 3pm, which lets you enjoy your choice of sandwich, drink, and a mushroom soup at $13.90 nett!
Address: 399 Yung Sheng Road, #01-05, Taman Jurong Shopping Centre, Singapore 610399
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 10am to 9pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 10pm
Tel: 9614 0487
3. Next Stop Cafe
Located in a shophouse opposite Jurong East Swimming Complex, Next Stop Cafe is an unpretentious neighborhood cafe serving up the usual cafe selections at wallet-friendly prices. For a midday treat, tuck into a Waffle O ($5.50). It’s served hot off the waffle maker with lashings of syrup and chocolate sauce. Other mains here include Fish & Chips ($7.90) and Soft Shell Crab Burger ($8.90).
Address: Blk 352 Jurong East Street 31, #01-131, Singapore 600352
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 9737 8191
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Creamology is a great place to hit up for post-meal treats. This ice-cream cafe doles out fluffy buttermilk waffles, ice-cream, coffee, and a range of light bites such as Chocolate Filled Crepes ($6.50), Scones ($4.50), Tiramisu ($4.80), and more. Pick from a selection of 16 ice-cream flavours, including interesting seasonal flavours.
Address: 498 Jurong West Street 41, #01-450, Singapore 640498
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 8498 4193
5. The Playground Coffee
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The Playground Coffee is a simple and unpretentious cafe located on the ground floor of Nanyang Community Club, and it dishes out cafe classics and all-day breakfast plates. On weekends, they’ve got Sous-Vide Eggs Benedict ($15) on the menu. This is a plate with a pair of wobbly eggs sitting on a piece of multigrain toast, served with a side of smoked salmon and mushrooms. Those hankering for something sweet can dig into Sticky Date Pudding ($7), which comes doused in a thick, salty-sweet caramel sauce.
Address: 60 Jurong West Street 91, #01-04, Nanyang Community Club, Singapore 649040
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:30am to 10:30pm, Sat 10am to 10:30pm, Sun 10am to 8pm
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Opened by the same folks behind Brownice, Smoocht is a vegan cafe serving up pizza and ice-cream. Made with evaporated cane juice and organic brown rice milk, the ice-cream here has only 100 to 150 calories per scoop! Flavours include The Perfect Matcha ($3.50 per scoop), It’s Getting Dark ($3.50 per scoop), and a nutty Hi Hazelnut ($4.50 per scoop).
Address: 319 Jurong East Street 31, #01-58, West Singapore, Singapore 600319
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 12pm to 9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6266 5691
7. D’Life Bistro and Cafe
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D’Life Bistro and Cafe is a lacto-ova vegetarian cafe that includes a couple of vegan options on their menu. The menu has a mix of Asian and Western fare, so you’ll find a range of pasta dishes as well as Signature Assam Laksa ($6) and Ginger Mee Sua Soup ($6). There are plenty of dishes that are priced at $10 or less, so don’t worry about burning a hole in your pocket while dining here.
Address: 428 Jurong West Avenue 1, #01-256, Singapore 640428
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6635 7282
Journey to the West for cafes
Not only are these cafes in Jurong light on the wallet, they are also relatively hidden, making them good spots to chill an afternoon away. If zi char is more of your thing, check out these Jurong zi char places instead. For those on a budget, this list of cheap Jurong food might make your life easier!