Windowsill In The Woods @ Jalan Besar (Now At Upper Thomson)

[Update 24 September 2015: Windowsill has moved to Upper Thomson.] 

When it comes to keeping up with the explosion of cafes all over Singapore, along with its rapidly evolving food trends,  I find myself craving for something classic, something that’s stayed true to its brand through the test of time. After trying their delectable offerings at Artistry, I was eager to discover more culinary creations at Windowsill’s main branch over at Jalan Besar.

Set amidst a sleepy stretch of old-school coffeeshops and hardware stores, Windowsill in the Woods sticks out with its decidedly whimsical exterior which is reminiscent of the patterns you see on Christmas cards. The place was bustling yet with a tinge of tranquility when I visited; plus points for well-spaced tables and even a cozy alcove area with floor to length windows to make you feel like you’re literally dining by a windowsill. 😉

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PARK @ Holland Village (Sugar)

Every now and then, I like to hop off the train on the way home just to see what new places there are that I haven’t tried yet. Hey, what’s a little de-tour to let off some steam from a hectic day at the office, aye? 😉

PARK at Holland Village is one of those cafe cum bistros that I’ve been putting off visiting, till a sudden change of plans left me free (and aimless) at dinnertime. Its prime location just a stone’s throw away from Holland Village MRT station, coupled with its relative seclusion from the busier parts of the neighbourhood, meant precious me-time to unwind and eat. Plus, there’re all those rave reviews about their truffle fries and mac & cheese so why not!

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FATCAT Ice Cream Bar @ Bedok North

Just when our eyes glazed over and we thought to ourselves, “Not another generic waffles and coffee place,” FATCAT surpassed the local cafe game, taste and concept wise. Think gourmet ice cream and plated desserts in the least likely places – Bedok.

At the start of 2015, my Instagram feed exploded with pretty desserts and fluffy charcoal waffles flowing with liu sha, igniting my curiosity in this not-so-hidden-gem in the east. Well, it’s been three months since its official opening, and the crowds (and pre-opening queues) have NOT died down.

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Sarnies @ Telok Ayer Street (Sugar)

Telok Ayer, with its smattering of heritage sites and converted shophouses, presents itself as a neighbourhood of hidden gems – quiet and unassuming, yet filled with pleasant surprises for those who venture there.

Last weekend, as part of my review for Sugar, I embarked on my own journey into this quaint part of town – right into the fabled grounds of Sarnies. A brother and sister venture from Down Under, the cafe prides itself on its healthy, wholesome offerings alongside a blend of classic coffees and off-the-menu concoctions, so my expectations were high. 😉

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Kith Cafe @ Park Mall

Tucked away in a relatively quiet part of Dhoby Ghaut at Park Mall, Kith Cafe is one of those places I’ve been hearing rave reviews about, but have always put off paying it a visit. Well last weekend brought a sudden downpour, which made Kith an ideal place to brunch at since it was too troublesome to explore other options in view of the weather.

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Chock Full Of Beans @ Changi Village

If you’ve found your Instagram feed flooded with pictures of eye-catching 2D and 3D latte art, you’ve Chock Full of Beans partly to thank for it. Opened a couple of years back, the cafe has recently gained a following for its adorable, edible artistry.

Tucked away in a corner of Changi Village, CFOB presents itself as a rustic haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city on the east side of Singapore. It is a relatively small cafe, with most diners seated in a shady alfresco area littered with wooden furniture and a long high table for larger groups – or if you, like me, like to perch somewhere high up while doing a little reading and writing over a cuppa. 😉

With much of the hype centred around its latte art, I’ll skip that and tell you about Chock Full of Beans’ other beverage selections – which are equally enticing and picture-worthy! 😛

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