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The VendCafe, which is open 24 hours, is an unmanned cafeteria comprising a cluster of vending machines offering a wide variety of hot meals, snacks and beverages. (Photo by: JR Vending)

Singapore’s first vending machine cafe opens in Sengkang

If you’re a big fan of the vending machine culture in Japan, then you’re in for a treat as the first ever vending machine cafe has now opened at an HDB estate in Sengkang. 

Launched on Sunday (7 Aug), VendCafe is located at Block 320 Anchorvale Drive and offers 30 hot meal choices in bento-style containers, priced between S$3.50 and S$5.

“The first residential VendCafe is a complete dining experience where technology and food meet the demands of our consumers’ urban lifestyles, offering the ultimate convenience of wholesome quality food 24/7,” said JR Food Group CEO Jocelyn Chng. 

JR Group owns 100 “Chef-in-Box” hot vending machines that have been placed at hospitals, army camps and universities, among others, across Singapore. 

JR Group’s first 24-hour cafeteria also offers salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages, and is also unmanned. 

The “cashier-less” cafe requires customers to pay for their meals via other cash and cashless options, such as through NETS FlashPay. 

The cafeteria also does not require any staff as the food is prepared at a central kitchen. Here is a look at the new VendCafe.