The A-Zs that rocked 2021: Boom time for cafes and bakeries

Hipster cafe Coexist Coffee Co opened their second outlet in the trendy Keong Saik Road food enclave last month. PHOTO: COEXIST COFFEE

SINGAPORE - The cafe and bakery scene has never been more vibrant, with many expanding into big spaces in idyllic locations or offering novel themes.

Those in residential areas satisfy the caffeine fix of people who work from home, while others in far-flung locations become sweet escapes for travel-hungry diners.

Popular patisserie Pantler is among the cafes which now have bigger homes.

It moved out of the Central Business District to a 3,200 sq ft space in River Valley in February.

Others expanded with more outlets.

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, which has five outlets, added three Prairie by Craftsmen cafes in Bukit Timah, River Valley and Joo Chiat this year.

Last month (Nov), the trendy Keong Saik Road food enclave welcomed two new tenants - the second outlets of hipster cafe Coexist Coffee Co and pastry shop Copenhagen, which offers open-faced Scandinavian-style sourdough sandwiches.

Home-grown bakery-cafe chain Tiong Bahru Bakery will open its ninth outlet in Serangoon Garden on Monday (Dec 20). It is its third opening this year and two more are in the pipeline for next year.

In July, the brand's sister chain Common Man Coffee Roasters, added a third outlet in Joo Chiat.

For novel experiences in quieter corners of the island, make the trek to Suzuki Gourmet Coffee, housed in a Japanese-style teahouse in Boon Lay; Bali-themed Bali On The Cove in Sentosa Cove; or Le Jardin at Fort Canning Arts Centre.

Those who are into cute character cafes can check out a number of pop-ups.

They include the Minion Cafe, which runs till Jan 2 at Clarke Quay; and CoComelon at Clove, which will be at Swissotel The Stamford till April.

Kumoya in Kampong Glam, known for its pop-up themes, started its SpongeBob SquarePants cafe on Thursday (Dec 16) with a menu offering plant-based meat from Impossible Foods.

SpongeBob SquarePants pop-up cafe by Kumoya. PHOTO: KUMOYA

Meanwhile, more new-to-market cafes and bakeries have also sprouted up.

They include La Levain bakery-cafe in Hamilton Road, French-style cafe Chez Suzette in Teck Lim Road, coffee specialist Guerilla Coffee at Suntec City and pet-friendly gelato cafe Mylo's at Gardens by the Bay.

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