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Singapore’s Local Hidden Food Gems

Tourist guidebooks might show you the most famous sides of Singapore, but there’s nothing better than uncovering a gem untouched by the waves of commercialisation.

Our list of up-and-coming Singaporean food picks prove that you don’t have to be big to be great. We are difficult to please when it comes to food. So when our taste buds tingle and we reserve stomach space for culinary offerings, we know we’ve stumbled upon a Makansutra-esque treasure.


Hoopla Coffee and Kitchen

21 Media Circle, #01-05, Infinite Studios. Tel: 6778 0051

While you might be torn between their sweet and savoury bites, the cafe’s main draw lies in its secluded spot. Great for those seeking respite from city life.

We love… their wall of text with inspiring life mantras.



35 Mayo Street. Tel: 6396 6302.

Don’t judge a dish by its size – the overwhelming burst of flavours in Morsels’ offerings makes up for its modest serving portions. Try their signature Squid Ink Risotto drizzled with Salted Egg Yolk sauce to see what we mean.

We love… their elusive location. Gotta work up that appetite before digging in!


To-gather Café

84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-27. Tel: 6445 1011

Home is where the heart is. And for the owners of To-gather, their hearts are in creating a hang-out befitting of quality time with loved ones. Simplicity is a clear priority for them, with a woody-themed interior and clean, white chairs – a stark contrast to the claustrophobic clutter that too many cafes tend to adopt. This joint also serves a modest array of intercontinental flavours, such as the highly-recommended Pork Cordon Bleu and Grilled Pandan Chicken Chop. Yums!

We love… their reasonable price range. We’re tempted to indulge in one (or more) of their seductive Lava Cakes.


Second Helpings

Addicted to peanut butter yet guilt-tripped by the spread’s sinfulness, co-owners Ezra and Tannie concocted their signature Beenut Butter. Made with peanuts, sea salt and honey, the delicious spread contains zero preservatives and artificial flavouring. Let’s just say this is our version of finger licking good.

We love… the pretty bottles, which make lovely gifts.


The Edible Company

Fuelled by her frustration with overly processed box cereals, owner Genevieve started The Edible Company to sell wholesome handmade granola. The packed granola is freshly made every week and comes in novel flavours, like coconut gula melaka and cacao and roselle. FYI, they’re undergoing a rebranding this year, in order to better meet their customers’ needs.

We love… their dedication to healthy breakfast eats. Talk about starting the day on a good note!


By Grace Yeoh, Stephanie Chee and Cleo Chew, CLEO, August 2014

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