8 new cafes & places in Singapore opened during Phase 2 HA that you might have missed

by Evan Mua
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The long-awaited end of Phase 2 HA is here and everyone can feel the itch to head out to meet friends and to indulge in some actual warm food straight from the kitchen. Have no idea where to go? No worries mate, we got you covered with these new cafes and places of interest that opened while Singapore was stuck at home in Phase 2 HA.

Swee Choon — Easties can finally pig out on dim sum dinners

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Photos: Swee Choon Dim Sum

The legendary dim sum spot at Jalan Besar has finally opened its first mall outlet at Tampines. Located in Century Square, the outlet is decked out in retro tiles that give a cosy cha chaan teng kinda vibe. Open till 12am, dim-sum-loving Easties can enjoy those comforting Swee Choon suppers close to home and stroll home to digest all the Xiao Long Bao and Liu Sha Bao in their tummies.

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???? 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-01 Century Square, Singapore 529509
????️ 9am–12am (Daily)

Kun Hai Flagship Store — Build your Taobao snack collection made easy

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Love going crazy on Taobao but a weak Chinese game makes the experience a chore? Me too, but how else can you build your collection of indulgent snacks for those peckish nights? Well, this new place at People’s Park Complex opened during Phase 2 makes it easy — while not some fancy new cafe, the simple but sinful snacks such as the popular Suan La Fen (S$1.50) still got our hearts beating fast.

???? People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road #01-83, Singapore 059108
????️ 9:30am–10:30pm (Daily)

Isshin Machin — A taste of Taiwan to curb your wanderlust craves

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Photos: Isshin Machi

Taiwan cafe Isshin Machi has opened its new outlet right before P2HA at Selegie Road’s strikingly modern GR.ID building. Those missing Taiwan food definitely can’t withstand the allure of authentic dishes such as the Hakka-style Braised Meat Rice (S$9) with deep rich braised flavours, or the addictively crispy Fried Rice with Crispy Chicken Cutlet (S$12.90).

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???? 1 Selegie Road, GR.ID #01-01, Singapore 188306
????️ 9am–9:30pm (Daily)

Overscoop — Vibrantly coloured ice cream parlour in… Yishun?!

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Photos: Overscoop

The first things that come to people’s minds when you utter the words “Yishun” are not rainbows and sunshine. But ironically, Singapore’s twilight zone is now home to a new IG-worthy ice cream cafe that’s full of popping neon lights. Complement the vibrancy with their fruity ice cream (S$4.20/single, S$8/double) such as their Strawberry Cheesecake made from real strawberries or get tipsy on their unique MouTai Liquor flavour.

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???? 18 Yishun Avenue 9 Junction Nine, #01-83, 768897
????️ 12pm–10pm (Sun-Thur), 1pm–11pm (Fri–Sat)

Home, Truly — HDB-inspired exhibition at National Museum for nostalgic souls

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Photos: @madhu_meanderingsoles/instagram, National Museum of Singapore

Ok, it’s not exactly new but it’s topical since it’s National Day and there’s free entry until 3 October. The HDB-inspired exhibition at the National Museum shows snips of Singapore’s past and present through photographs and artefacts. The open concept Open Doors‘ void deck area will also provide a familiar sight, while providing a seating area aesthetically placed within a geometric wall cut-out, acting as a nice frame for photo ops.

???? 93 Stamford Rd, National Museum Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, Singapore 178897
????️ 10am–7pm (Daily)

Common Man Coffee Roasters — another great new cafe in Joo Chiat

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Photos: Common Man Coffee Roasters

Another new cafe that opened its doors just right before Phase 2 Heightened Alert hit Singapore. The ever-popular Common Man Coffee brand finally opened their first outlet outside the CBD, in the lively Joo Chiat neighbourhood. The gorgeous splashes of blue and airy outside sitting make this a great spot to people-watch while nibbling on a stack of Sourdough Pancakes (S$24), exclusive to this outlet.

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???? 185 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427456
????️ 7:30 am–5:30pm (Daily)

Hakken at VivoCity — New anime merch haven that’s every weaboo’s wet dream

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Photos: Hakken

After garnering demand for official anime merchandise and instant sellouts at the first outlet at Plaza Singapura, Hakken has opened a second store at VivoCity with more titles than the first. Filled with over 700 officially sourced anime merchandise such as accessories, collectables, figurines, plush toys and stationery, weebs can expect cult favourites such as Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack On Titan, and even old-time favourites such as Re:Zero.

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???? VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-37, Singapore 098585
????️ 12pm–9pm (Sun–Fri), 11am–9pm (Sat)

Habitat Coffee — Classic cafe shifts to new home

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Photos: @saltyaaron/instagram, Habitat Coffee

After 10 years operating out of Upper Thomson, popular cafe Habitat Coffee has moved to a new home in the hipster neighbourhood of Jalan Besar. The larger space is fitted with familiar minimalistic whites and wood accents while offering the same comforting menu loved by many. A nice spot to laze over one of their speciality coffees while digging into eye-drooling brunch items such as their Stuffed Berries Pancake (S$16).

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???? 803 King George’s Ave, #01-242/244, Singapore 200803
????️ 10am–8:30pm (Tues – Fri), 9am–10pm (Sat), 9am–9pm (Sun)

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