Artistry is perhaps one of the most underrated cafes around. I’m a huge fan of their blueberries, ricotta and bacon pancakes, peanut butter and jelly french toast, and truffle fries. That sea salt chocolate fudge cake is deliciously rich and moist too. Do note that the pancakes are only available on weekdays before 12pm and after 2pm.

17 Jalan Pinang S(199149)
Open Tue-Sun: 10am-7pm


Nam Nam Noodle Bar | Windowsill in the Woods | Swee Choon Tim Sum

As the first half of 2013 stealthily crept past, I pondered over my parched well called savings, and came to accept that I can’t always have everything I want. For example, bacon. But I can learn to be grateful for what I do have, like half a bottle of anti-aging serum, and thankful to every auntie/uncle who mistook me for a student. Either I looked young, or terribly dumb. Hope it’s not the latter.

Nam Nam Noodle Bar
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-46/47, Raffles City Shopping Centre, S(179103)
Open daily 8am-930pm

Windowsill in the Woods
78 Horne Road, S(209078)
Open Tue-Thu: 11am-930pm, Fri: 11am-1030pm, Sat: 10am-1030pm, Sun: 10am-930pm

Swee Choon Tim Sum
183-191 Jalan Besar Road, S(208882)
Open daily 6pm-6am

The Coffee Shot

These days, my cravings tend to center around economical hawker fare like Laksa, Char Kuey Teow and Chwee Kuey. Perhaps that’s the mark of a Singaporean: I never get sick of local food. And salmon… and coffee… Well, you get the drift.

So my heart skipped a beat with every morsel of the Otah Pizza, reminiscing childhood visits to a hawker stall which specialised in Otah – spicy, non-spicy, fish, prawn, squid. Maybe setting up a hawker stall isn’t as hip as opening a cafe, but who’s stopping local fare from elevating to the air-conditioned arena?

The Coffee Shot
103 Lavender Street S(338725)
Open Mon, Wed-Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 9am-7pm

12-inch Pizzas & Records

Getting older is no fun, but it helps when you have lovely friends and a luxurious salted caramel popcorn cake. Come next year, I shall ban numerically suggestive candles of any shape and size, unless of course if they read “21”.

12-inch Pizzas & Records
70 Jellicoe Road, V Hotel, Level 4, S(208767)
Open Mon-Sun: 12pm – 1030pm