It is a popular hipster hangout in Singapore, just a few minutes’ walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT. Located side to side with the towering buildings of the CBD, the area always exudes a certain tranquility, giving visitors a quick escape from hectic city life. It is also home to various good foodie haunts, so here’s our very own CoffeeTea guide to Duxton Hill cafes and restaurants!
1. Department of Caffeine
Department of Caffeine is probably one of the more famous Duxton Hill cafes in this list. It is also our perennial favourite for coffee and waffles. They serve both savoury as well as sweet waffles, as well as other brunch favourites that are equally good. Just pick anything that you fancy from the menu and it will almost always be good 😉 As a bonus, the servers are all good-looking :p Department of Caffeine is perfect for both weekday lunches and weekend brunches. Reservations are recommended because it is always buzzing.
Department of Caffeine Address: 15 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089481 Phone: (65) 6223 3426 Opening Hours: Mon - Tue, Thurs - Fri, 10.30 am to 7 pm Sat - Sun, 9.30 am to 7 pm Closed on Wednesdays Website: http://www.deptofcaffeine.com/
2. Flor Patisserie
One of our favourite patisseries in Singapore, Flor Patisserie is a Japanese-inspired pastry shop selling all kinds of dainty cakes and an assortment of confectionary goods like madeleines and cheese tarts. The Napoleon is the number one favourite, with pastry cream and strawberries sandwiched in the middle of two slices of perfect pastry crust.
Aside from the shop in Duxton Hill, Flor Patisserie also has a counter at Takashimaya Basement.
P.S.: They accept orders for whole cakes too, so the next time you have an occasion to celebrate and have some budget to spare, give them a call 😉
Flor Patisserie Address: 2 Duxton Hill, #01-01, Singapore 089588 Phone: (65) 6223 8628 Opening Hours: Mon - Sun & PH, 11 am to 9 pm Website: http://cakeflor.com.sg/
3. Group Therapy Coffee
Group Therapy is located on the second floor of a shophouse along Duxton Hill, so watch out for the signs! The entrance is just a narrow door leading to a flight of stairs. However it opens up to a very nice, cosy space filled with natural lighting. Group Therapy is really one of those cafes that are ideal to work from, because it is always so cosy and the internet is wonderful. Once a week you can always find A at Group Therapy doing work. The fresh juices are lovely, the lavender earl grey tea is refreshing, and the waffles with peanut butter and bananas never fails to disappoint!
Group Therapy Coffee Address: 49 Duxton Rd, #02-01, Singapore 089513 Phone: (65) 6222 2554 Opening Hours: Tue - Thurs, 11 am to 6 pm Fri - Sat, 11 am to 11 pm Sun 10 am to 11 pm Closed on Mondays Website: http://gtcoffee.com/
4. Mavrx Apothecary
MavRx definitely serves one of the best coffee in Singapore. It is, in fact, O’s favourite coffee roaster in the city area. Here, they serve AllPress coffee, which has a tinge of delicious chocolate notes. Also, the one-man barista coffee roaster does not differentiate white coffee, so for those who are always confused whether you should get a latte, cappuccino or flat white, here, at Mavrx coffee, you just need to order white (SGD 5)
For a more complete review on Mavrx Apothecary, read our post Best Coffee in Singapore CBD here>>
MavRx Coffee Apothecary Address: 1A Duxton Hill (located next to MEATLiquor) Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm Sat, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
5. Pince & Pints
Pince and Pints – lobsters and drinks, ‘geddit? :p While the name does not say much, this is the right place to get your lobster cravings fixed! 🙂
Lobster rolls, steamed lobster with garlic butter sauce and fries… Just thinking about those fresh lobster chunks make me feel like visiting Pince & Pints for dinner tomorrow! One advice though, if you want to dine at Pince & Pints, you might need to come early (before 6 pm!) or be prepared to queue.
The restaurant only serves three items on the menu – Lobster Roll, Steamed or Grilled Lobster and Chilli Lobster with fried mantou. Each menu is priced at SGD 58++. Not exactly on the friendly side 😉 but you will get to try fresh lobster flown all the way from Maine, the U.S.A. The also serve an additional rotating seasonal dish so check before you drop in!
Our favourites are definitely their lobster roll and grilled lobster! 🙂
Pince & Pints Address: 32-33 Duxton Road, S089496 Phone: +65 6225 7558 Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 05.00PM - 11.00PM Website: http://pinceandpints.com/
A famous burger joint hailing from London serving American diner-style burgers, MEATliquor opened its first overseas branch in Singapore earlier in 2015. The London counterpart is famous for attracting long queues especially on weekends, and the Singapore edition does not disappoint. In the few times that I’ve been there I’ve never had to queue, thankfully, but I’m happy to report that the food is good.
The burgers are huge and all your food orders will come dumped together on one tray. No cutleries provided – so just tuck in, all grubby and messy. My favourite is the Dead Hippie Burger (SGD 22) coupled with their good-to-share Hippie Fries (SGD 10). After hours the place transforms to quite the hip bar blaring loud music, so if that’s not your thing, make sure to visit during normal dinner hours 😉
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MEATliquor Singapore Address: 99 Duxton Road, Singapore 089543 Phone: (65) 6221 5343 Opening Hours: Mon - Wed, 5 pm to midnight Thurs - Fri, 5 pm to 2 am Saturday 5 pm to 3 am Closed on Sundays