Cafe Kitsune (stylised as Café Kitsuné) needs no introduction.
The world-famous French-Japanese lifestyle cafe is plastered all over social media — it is practically a rite of passage for influencers and (budding) fashionistas to pose with the brand’s signature iced coffees and fox-shaped shortbread cookies.
The best part? You can finally do the same at Capitol Singapore in City Hall.
Although Cafe Kitsune, which falls under the iconic record label and fashion brand Maison Kitsuné, has 21 locations in global cities like Tokyo, London, Paris, Shanghai, and New York City, this is its first foray into Singapore.
The Singapore outlet, in particular, is designed with the same distinctive Parisian-inspired branding in mind. There is both indoor and alfresco seating (with a botanical vibe and natural lighting for the ‘gram) to choose from, but queues are to be expected, given the limited number of seats available.
You can also find a small retail section selling merchandise like shirts, canvas tote bags, and coffee mugs, alongside boxes of shortbread ideal for gifting.
The food menu encompasses a selection of French pastries, desserts, and even Japanese-inspired sandos — just don’t expect any hot bistro-style mains.
Prices are on the higher side, but you are paying for the brand, after all.
Take your pick from an enticing display of pastries, which include the likes of Croissant (S$7), Matcha White Chocolate Cookie (S$7), Genmaicha Financier (S$5), and Coconut Lime Cake (S$7).
Those who prefer desserts of the more exquisite variety can go for the signature Paris-Brest (S$12), Matcha Éclair (S$11), Chilli Chocolate Tart (S$12), or take it up a savoury notch with the Smoked Salmon & Spinach Quiche (S$16).
The coffee served at Cafe Kitsune is described as “full-bodied and flavoursome”, with notes of chocolate and grilled hazelnuts, and a smooth, syrupy texture.
You can enjoy the signature house blend in the form of a Cortado (S$6.50) or Flat White (S$7), but we opted for the Iced Matcha Latte (S$6.50) — rich and bittersweet, but a little too sandy for my liking.
And of course, how could one leave the cafe without ordering the fox-shaped Sablé (S$4 per piece) in flavours like Butter, Matcha, Chocolate, and Sesame?
The Egg Sando (S$13) features creamy egg mayo, a gooey yolk egg, and fresh lettuce sandwiched in between Japanese white bread — it’s a classic, but there’s nothing to shout about.
Out of all the pastries available during our visit, I had my eye on the Matcha Croissant (S$13), flaky pastry stuffed with an oozy, not-too-sweet matcha custard. It had a texture reminiscent of kaya, which I definitely didn’t mind.
Can’t decide? We highly recommend the dainty Strawberry Shortcake (S$13), comprising layers of fluffy sponge cream, light cream, and strawberry slices encasing a tart strawberry jam filling. Easy on the eye, and delightful on the palate.
All things considered, Cafe Kitsune is a trendy spot that adds a whole lot of value to Singapore’s cafe scene — the brand only opens franchises at locations that are “modern, cosmopolitan and welcoming”, after all.
Just wait until the crowds die down if you want to take your time and unwind over a cuppa.
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