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11 cafes, restaurants and bars to visit this weekend

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Looking for new date spots? Why not bring your date on a design trail?

We’ve marked down 50 of our favourite spots in Singapore. Some are great for brunch, others great for a whole day’s visit, and others are just simply beautiful to visit!

Part one brings you to some of our favourite places that not only look good, but serve up some good food too.

Check out the full map here:

1)    Artistry

Café, 17 Jalan Pinang, tel: 6298-2420. 
“I co-founded this place, and we hold small-scale indie art events such as Originals Sing (singer-songwriter nights), Bluemonks jazz jam and Speakeasy (poetry nights) here. I also love the gorgeous cafe furniture produced out of upcycled wood from the defunct Malay village!” – Marcel Heijnen, Artist (Images: Marcel Heijnen)

2)    The Reading Room

Tapas Bar, 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, tel: 6220-9019.
“It’s romantic, quiet and not packed with pretentious people.” – Leyna Poh, founder of Mondays Off (Image: Leyna Poh)

3)    The Library


A speakeasy-style bar next to The Study, 49 Keong Saik Road, tel: 6221-8338. (Get the weekly password from their Facebook page!)
A password-only chamber accessible through a secret door, the concept of this bar itself is enough to inspire and intrigue. Go for the experience, and linger for the concoctions – the Shrub-A-Dub-Dub, served in a mini tub with a rubber ducky is a must-try.” Angela Low, Home and Décor editorial intern. (Images: Netflights.com, hotspot.sg)

4)    Operation Dagger

Cocktail bar, 7 Ann Siang Hill, contact: info@operationdagger.com
“The atmosphere of this underground cocktail bar is very intriguing, with a lab set up for creating new beverages. These drinks are designed by Luke Whearty – a creative professional who’s also very inspiring in person!” – Angie Pasley, founder of Fred Lives Here. (Images: Operation Dagger)

5)    Bowland Café

The Synergy Business Park Building, 1 International Building Park
“The cafe blends outdoor and indoor spaces and offers a dining experience set in a park pavilion amid green pasture. It’s where I can bask in nature and sunshine within the comfort of the cafe.” – Kimming Yap, managing director of Creativeans. (Images: Kimming Yap)

6)    Bincho at Hua Bee

Restaurant, bar, coffee shop, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, tel: 6438-4567
This is a 70-year old traditional coffee shop which transforms into a trendy Japanese restaurant and bar at night! It combines an old-school mee pok stall with a cool open-concept yakitori grill and a copper- wrapped cocktail bar. Really inspiring and unique!” – Chloe Elkerton, co-founder of E&A Interiors. (Images: Chloe Elkerton)

7)    PS Café

Cafe, level 2, Palais Renaissance, tel: 9834-8232
“It’s one of the most romantic places to brunch, and I love the tall glass windows here.” - Mavis Ang, Home and Decor writer. (Images: PS Cafe)

8)    The Coastal Settlement

Restaurant, 200 Netheravon Rd, tel: 6475-0200
“The dim lights and intimate dining spaces make this restaurant perfect for private, cosy dates. Part of its charm comes from the vintage paraphernalia scattered throughout the space. Make sure you grab the complimentary bag of local biscuits before you leave!” – Amanda Jayne Lee, Home and Decor writer. (Image: http://www.garmin.com.sg/)

9)    Martini Bar at Mezza9

Bar at the Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, tel: 6416-7188
“It has a relaxing atmosphere, but with enough visual appeal to stimulate the senses.” – Christopher Guy, luxury furniture designer. (Images: Grand Hyatt)

10)     The White Rabbit

Restaurant in a refurbished chapel at Dempsey, 39C Harding Road, tel: 9721-0536
“Housed in a garrison chapel built for the British in the 1940s, this restaurant has beautiful architecture complete with arched windows, stained glass and elegant interiors. Its decor even has a whimsical touch, as seen in the al fresco terrace and garden.” – Louisa Clare Lim, Home and Decor writer. (Images: The White Rabbit)

11)    Ronin

Cafe, 17 Hong Kong Street
“I love its discreet cafe shopfront and, on the inside, it is dark and cosy, with a homey yet mysterious feel. Its dim ambience also evokes a movie set-like vibe.” – Nicco Lim, freelance graphic designer and interior stylist. (Image: Nicco Lim)

12)     Lucha Loco


Mexican restaurant, 15 Duxton Hill, tel: 6226-3938
“It’s casual,unpretentious and so full of great vibes that it always lifts my spirits. It’s definitely a go-to place for my husband and me, and we love to take out-of- town friends there.” – Angelique Nicolette Teo, host and spokesman for Roche Bobois Singapore (Images: Lucha Loco)

For the full design trail of 50 inspiring places, check out our March issue!