By Rakel Tang
Do you know the people you work with well enough? Even if you do, some in-person team bonding can bring your team closer together. One of the best ways to bond with people is over a hearty meal. With the relaxation of dining guidelines, between delicious food and scintillating conversations, you can start to know people a little better.
Wind down and open up with these café options.
1. P.S Café at Harding Road
Escape the office and let yourself relax in nature. Surrounded by lush greenery, P.S Café at Harding Road is one of P.S Cafe’s pioneer venues. The café is modern and expansive, the scenery gorgeous, and the food delectable. P.S Café at Harding Road serves up not only the classic P.S dishes but also some exclusive menu items that can only be found at this location.
However, if you don’t want to travel all the way to Harding Road, P.S Café can be found in 10 other locations in Singapore including Orchard Road, Raffles Place, and Paragon.
Address: 28b Harding Road, Singapore 249549
Telephone: 6708 9288
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Opened in 2021, Dewgather is a relatively new Melbourne-inspired café tucked away in Star Vista. Coffee lovers will be delighted by the sight of the eight-metre wave-shaped coffee bar upon stepping into Dewgather, which boasts a strong selection of coffee options crafted in collaboration with coffee roaster champion Kang Yi Yang. Dewgather’s current house blend, the Star, consists of sustainably sourced beans from Brazil, El Salvador, and Guatemala, and contains notes of caramel and chocolate with hints of fruitiness.
As for the food, Dewgather boasts an impressive menu packed with an assortment of delights ranging from toasties to pasta to burgers, as well as their trademark Dew Harvest Bowl.
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-46, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Telephone: 8043 8398
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm daily
The Swedish word fika is the social concept of having a coffee with one’s colleagues, friends, date, or family, but what it all implies simply is to “take a break from work”, which is what Fika allows you to do. IKEA doesn’t have to be your only go-to for Swedish food when Fika serves a variety of authentic Swedish food, drinks, and desserts from Swedish meatballs to gravlax salad to smörgåsbord.
Address: 257 Beach Rd, Singapore 199539
Telephone: 6396 9096
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
4. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Get bready to walk on the wild side at the Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari. Most Singaporeans would probably heard of Tiong Bahru Bakery (TBB), most famously known for their Instagram-worthy croissants and fresh bakes. Inspired by the African safari in Botswana, this TBB branch sets itself apart from its other branches with its safari theme.
Upon approaching the café, you can spot a massive canvas tent structure which houses the café and gives it its iconic look. Venture inside and be greeted by a space decorated by wooden floors and tables, rope-lined pillars, and insect taxidermies framed on the walls.
Address: 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
Telephone: 6877 4876
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm daily
5. PIPES by HATTENDO
Serving up their signature cream buns and puddings, PIPES by HATTENDO is a café by day and a bar by night. In the day, enjoy their fusion menu, and at night, savour their chef’s special dishes and alcohol. For the coffee lovers, they have a roasting gallery that showcases “NOVO MARK Ⅱ”, the first fully automated coffee roaster in Singapore, which allows customers to roast specialty coffee beans from around the world on the spot.
Address: 331 New Bridge Rd, #01-02, Singapore 088764
Telephone: 8113 6096
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (closed on Mondays)
6. Wheeler’s Estate
Situated on the sprawling green is a picturesque colonial-styled bungalow in the classic colours of black and white, topped with a red roof. That is Wheeler’s Estate, a café, grill, and restaurant all in one place that comes together to give its customers a unique experience. The café and grill, situated on the first floor, boast a nostalgic look with rotating ceiling fans and rattan chairs, whereas the restaurant on the second floor is elegant and clean with its white walls and ceilings and minimalist furniture.
Address: 2 Park Lane, Singapore 798386
Telephone: 6262 0001
Opening hours: 11:30am – 11pm on weekdays, 9am – 11pm on weekends (closed on Mondays)
7. Café de Nicole’s Flowers
Fresh flowers and tasty food—these are the two things that Café de Nicole’s Flowers has to offer. Café de Nicole’s Flowers is a floral-themed café that serves up food with an aesthetic. Flowers adorn the ceiling and spruce up every corner of the café.
They also accompany the drinks and food that are served, with dried or fresh flowers placed artfully on the plate or atop the item itself. Doubling as a flower shop, Café de Nicole’s Flowers also sells flowers and offers flower arrangement workshops that can serve as good team bonding activities.
Address: UNI Building, 224 Telok Kurau Road, #01-01, Singapore 423836
Telephone: 8338 8511
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm daily
8. Chin Sin Huan
From coffee shop to café, Chin Sin Huan sets out to preserve its heritage while taking it to a new level. Chin Sin Huan was a coffee shop first opened in the 1960s, which served coffee, toast, and pau. In 2018, the grandson of the first Chin Sin Huan opened a café. He gave it the same name as his grandfather’s coffee shop and inherited the pau recipe that was developed over years of love and labour by his grandfather.
Chin Sin Huan marries the concept of a café with the local treats that can be found at the coffee shop such as pau, dim sum, and toast.
Address: 285 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208948
Telephone: 6906 4957
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm on weekdays, 8am – 5pm on Saturday (closed on Sunday)
9. King and the Pawn
Eat and play at the same time at King and the Pawn, a board game café and bar. With over 300 board and card games, you are bound to be spoilt for choice. At King and the Pawn, customers can choose to eat or play or do both.
If board games are not your thing, simply indulge in the food instead. The café serves up decadent treats such as Camembert Brulee, Truffled Honey Croque Madame, and Creamy Duck Confit Pasta.
Address: 24 Purvis Street, Level 2, Singapore 188601
Telephone: 6259 1913
Opening hours: 5:30pm – 11:30pm on Tuesday to Thursday, 5:30pm – 1.30am on Friday, 11am – 1:30am on Saturday, 11am – 10pm on Sunday (closed on Monday)
10. Cat Café Neko no Niwa
The very first cat café in Singapore, Cat Café Neko no Niwa is the perfect place to unwind with food, drinks, and some furry companions. The cat café functions as an actual café, except that it has an additional 13 hardworking feline employees whose purposes are not to serve your food and drink, but to be fawned upon. If you’re new to cats, the hardworking non-feline employees are on site to teach you how to handle them.
Address: 54A Boat Quay, Level 2, Singapore 049843
Telephone: 6536 5319
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm daily (closed on Tuesdays)
11. We are The Furballs (WTF)
If cats aren’t your thing, what about a dog café? We are The Furballs (WTF) is a dog petting café located in Bugis+. Destress as you hang out with the variety of cute and cuddly dogs that are just as happy to see you as you are to see them. WTF does not serve food but customers are entitled to a free standard drink upon entry and can purchase more drinks from the café’s menu. Board games are also available for loan so you can engage in an intense match while your canine companions cheer you on.
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria St, #07-07, Singapore 188067
Telephone: 6509 1186
Opening hours: 1pm – 9:30pm on weekdays, 12pm – 10pm on weekends
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