The Forage Cafe @ Pari Burong, Simpang Bedok – Honey-Themed Cafe with Wholesome Waffles

Right before Phase 2 Heightened Alert kicked in in Singapore, I was able to squeeze in one last cafe visit at one of The Forage Cafe’s outlets in Pari Burong, near Simpang Bedok. 

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Taking over from now-defunct D’zerts Cafe, this bustling spot prides itself on its honey-themed menu, with cafe and brunch fare sweetened by a shot of honey. You can even shop from 13 Honey’s range from the cafe’s retail corner.  

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Porcelain Cafe by Gratefood Co. @ The Paragon, Orchard – Whimsical Açaí Bowl Cafe in Collaboration with Porcelain Origins and Spa

Healthy living and plant-based eating have never been more on trend, especially with health and wellness related concerns surging in the past year. But healthy doesn’t have to mean boring!

Take Porcelain Cafe for example. The plant-based venture founded in collaboration by superfood retailer Gratefood Co and cult-premium skincare brand Porcelain Origins has made its name in churning out whimsical smoothie bowls that are not only nutritious, but a feast for the eyes as well. 

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Kakurega The Lair @ Smith Street, Chinatown – Intimate Izakaya with Delectable Japanese Bar Bites and Premium Sake

In the  mood for some tipple after your visit to ChinatownKakurega The Lair is a new casual Japanese sake bar that opened its doors in December 2020. 

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The 50-seater bar spans three levels in the heart of Chinatown, along Smith Street. Tables are spaced relatively far apart from one another, guaranteeing you a cozy, intimate experience consisting of the twin pleasures of sake and yakitori. The dim lighting and wood-themed furniture adds to its inviting atmosphere. 

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When in Shiga: Yokarou 翼果楼 @ Nagahama, Shiga – Savour A Time-Honoured Local Delicacy with Parental Loving Roots

We visited this place in November 2019, prior to Covid-19. Do check for pandemic-related updates and precautions before making your visit.

Other than a bustling town square and vibrant port, Nagahama, Shiga is also home to a wholesome and delectable local delicacy – yaki-saba somen. But even if you have not heard of this delightful dish prior to visiting Nagahama, you would definitely pick up on its distinct aroma walking past Yokarou 翼果楼, one of two eateries that specialise in it this quaint castle town.

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