Haakon at Holland Village

This small eatery at the first floor of the new Raffles Medical centre about 100m from Holland Village mrt is aptly placed for healthy people ūüôā it doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the food was pretty good!

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Patissez at Holland Village

Patissez is the home of the one and only original FreakShake.

It was freaking disappointing, like the few honest (not invited tasting) reviews I’ve read.¬†If you scroll to the end of the post, you’ll see a photo of 1/4-drank Pretzella shakes which, according to reviews, seemed to be the best FreakShake at Patissez.

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Island Cafe reopens at Tangs Orchard


The new Island Cafe at Tangs Orchard is a beautiful green(-walled) oasis in the heart of town. A friend suggested meeting there as it just finished renovating and I was surprised while going up the escalator to the fourth floor that there was even The Providore in the building! (This is what happens when you head straight for the kitchenware section in the basement all the time.)

The revamped cafe serves mainly local and regional dishes and is beautifully lit, with the floor-to-ceiling windows letting in a lot of natural light. It is quiet and inviting, a nice spot for a break in between shopping or a lazy weekend brunch.

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Dean & DeLuca at HillV2

Dean & DeLuca is a New York¬†cafe and store¬†that opened in Singapore in 2012¬†and it has three¬†outlets here – in Orchard Central, Far East Square and HillV2¬†–¬†serving all-day breakfast¬†and stocking gourmet¬†treats¬†from overseas. It¬†was my first time visiting the smaller HillV2 outlet, which opened last year, and I was excited¬†to find granola from¬†Brooklyn’s¬†Early Bird Foods & Co!

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Free The Robot Cafe in Telok Ayer

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My friend with Baileys’ cute behind.

How much is the doggie in the window? Sorry, but he’s taken!

Baileys, who has his own little window at Free The Robot cafe, will make you do a double take while strolling along Telok Ayer Street. He has his own Instagram account, by the way.

The cafe by day transforms into a cocktail bar, Bitters & Love, at night.

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