20F Specialty Coffeehouse @ Foch Road – Lavender’s “New” Clinic Turned Cafe

It’s a known fact that Singapore’s landscape is ever changing – with our thirst for change and progress in a limited land space, it’s not hard to imagine many of our forefathers’ domains disappearing into the tides of time.

So when word got out that a former family-run clinic was being converted into 20F Specialty Coffeehouse, a hipster cafe – with its interior embellishments intact – it no doubt caught the attention of cafe hoppers with a love for the old school. Check out the metal window grills and patterned tiles – typical of the traditional medical centres of old!

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Enbu 炎舞 @ Eat@7, Suntec City – Singapore’s First Warayaki and Charcoal Grill Izakaya (Sugar)

The hardest thing about leaving Japan at the end of my holidays there is saying goodbye to her rich food culture – there’s something about its freshness and keen attention to detail that can only be replicated by authentic Japanese chefs or the most well trained in Singapore.

Thanks to ANA – yes, that same Japanese airline that brought us the iconic Stars Wars themed aeroplane late this year – shoppers at Suntec City get to sample 7 popular Japanese concepts at the aptly named Eat@7, located on Suntec City’s top level. One of them being Enbu, Singapore’s first warayaki and charcoal grill izakaya.

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Food here is cooked using the traditional method of warayaki – straw roasted cooking, which explains the smokiness and oh-so flavourful morsels!

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Brawn and Brains @ Guillemard Road – Simple Savouries and Bakes Next to a Rockclimbing Gym

We’ve seen a number of bustling cafes and bakeries expand to better accommodate their customers; Brawn and Brains is one of them.

Tucked away in the Old Singapore Badminton Hall on Guillemard Road, the cafe has seen a healthy number of crowds especially on the weekends, when regulars of the rockclimbing gym next door drop by for a well deserved treat. And of course, those who come to enjoy fresh brews and an afternoon in this well-lit space – yay for light hungry Instagrammers like myself!

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Symmetry @ Jalan Kubor – A Taste of the Good Life with Instagram Worthy Dishes (Invite)

Situated between Bugis and Lavender MRT, Symmetry is one of those long-running players in Singapore’s cafe scene, having been around for close to five years. The cafe is open seven days a week, with different operating hours on certain days to cater to the brunch crowd at different times of the week.

With a relocation in the works for a friend of mine, a farewell get-together for foodies and Instagrammers was in order, and what better place to celebrate Singapore’s cafe culture than a late brunch-cum-dinner preview on Symmetry’s alfresco area?

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Joie by DOZO @ Orchard Central – Vegetarian Fine Dining in the Heart of Town (Invite)

When you think vegetarian, you think healthy salads and (at times) bland smoothies; the world of fine dining hardly ever comes to mind. Well, here to prove us wrong is Joie by DOZO, a fine dining concept that aims to re-define vegetarianism to experimental, yet refined heights.

Situated on the top level of Orchard Central, Joie is somewhat like a modern day oasis, offering a panoramic view of Orchard Road from its undisturbed premises. Its name takes inspiration from the French phrase, joie de vire, which translates to “exuberant enjoyment of life”. Judging by the evening’s offerings, it’s not hard to see why.

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