Humble Origins Cafe @ NUS


Happiness is a scoop of vanilla ice cream; all other things are secondary.

If you’ve been hanging around LT 11 and 12 at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (NUS), you’d probably have noticed a quiet and cozy cafe run by cap-donning baristas- that’s right,  I’m talking about Humble Origins Cafe which opened in August last year.

Drawn in by its relaxed atmosphere and soothing music, I’ve been frequenting Humble Origins for its drinks in between classes, but I never tried its array of baked goods that practically beg to be eaten whenever I head to the counter for a Root Beer Float or Coffee with Ice Cream. 

Well, this week I finally gave in to temptation and succumbed to not one, but three of the “new” items on the menu! Oh, the joys of indulgence

Humble Origins Summer Berries Pancakes

Better get to that ice cream before it melts!

Somerset Maugham once wrote that to eat well, you should have breakfast three times a day; and the Summer Berries Pancakes makes a good choice if you’re craving for something sweet with an added punch of flavour.

When I went up to collect my pancakes, I was greeted by a riot of colour, but my taste buds were not prepared for the clash of flavour from the ice cream and the raspberries. Maybe I’m not a raspberries person, but the sour tang of ‘em berries was a tad too much for me.

Still, the pancakes were just right, fluffy and light! C:

Humble Origins Chicken & Bacon Panini

The one thing that never fails to fascinate me is how Panini sandwiches are so flat, yet packed with loads of goodies, like the Chicken & Bacon Panini I had! Give me huge chunks of chicken with a slice a bacon and melted cheese, and I’m a happy girl. Oh, and warm, crispy bread is a definite plus

Humble Origins also has a Roasted Veggie alternative which I’ve not tried yet. 😉

Humble Origins Mushroom, Bacon & Cheese Pancake

Is this a naan or a pancake?

Of the three goodies I had at Humble Origins, it was the Mushroom, Bacon & Cheese Pancake that surprised me the most.

I was expecting crispy slices of bacon and mushrooms sitting atop a fluffy, savoury pancake, but Humble Origins put a twist to it by wrapping the pancake around the ingredients! I honestly thought I was eating a naan instead!

I wouldn’t count on it as a proper meal, but it makes for a yummy snack nonetheless

With its friendly staff and inviting ambiance, Humble Origins is a great place if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out in-between classes, or if you just want to escape the lunch crowd at the canteen. C:

Address: NUS Kent Ridge Drive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Block AS2 (next to LT 12)


Opening Hours: 

School Term:

Mon – Fri: 08:30-18:00

Sat: 09:00 – 14:00

Exam Period:

Mon – Fri: 08:30- 19:00

Sat: 09:00 – 14:00

Vacation Period: 

Mon – Sat: 10:00 – 15:00


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