Indulge in an icy treat at this kakigori cafe in Bugis serving Japanese shaved ice in flavours like black sesame, yuzu sake, matcha azuki & more

by Jermina

As someone who is lactose-intolerant with a massive sweet tooth, I’m always craving for a sweet, icy treat in this blistering heat. 

But, whenever I do decide to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or Korean bingsu, I always end up paying the consequences later on (if you know, you know)

If you find yourself in a similar situation, you might wanna consider this new dessert spot

The Artisan Cafe

Located within D’Nova Hotel in Purvis Street, The Artisan Cafe offers kakigori AKA Japanese shaved ice, just seven minutes away from Bugis MRT

You might be wondering: “what’s the difference between kakigori and bingsu”? 

Well, unlike bingsu which uses milk as a base, kakigori is flavoured with syrup instead. Safe to say, kakigori sounds like a go-to icy treat, especially for those with dairy restrictions (score!).

The Artisan Cafe
Photo: The Artisan Cafe/google images 

This cafe offers a series of interesting and popular fruity and floral flavours from just S$6.90 (small) and S$12.90 (large)

Think Blueberry Yoghurt, Raspberry Rose, and Mango Pomelo Pudding, and Charred Pineapple — all of which come loaded with a ton of fresh fruits and shaved ice.

Photo: Empress Kitty/google images

FYI, the desserts are a little massive which makes it great to share with a friend or two.

The Artisan Cafe
Photo: The Artisan Cafe/google images

For something more unique and local tasting, the Tea Muah Chee boasts an extra stretchy and mouth watering mochi with floral aftertaste.


What I’m most interested in trying is the Black Sesame Mochi which comprises a bittersweet, nutty sesame-flavoured ice topped with homemade soft, melt-in-your-mouth mochi. 

This would certainly help to curb your sugar cravings without being too jelak as a dessert. 

The Artisan Cafe
Photo: The Artisan Cafe/google images 

Alcohol lovers are in for a boozy treat because they have Guava Sake and Yuzu Sake that leaves a pleasantly clean, citrusy, and fresh taste. 

But, you can never go wrong with the rich and fragrant Matcha Azuki served with a generous amount of red beans and earthy matcha.


Besides desserts, they also serve affordable eats and small bites, including the likes of sandos, pasta, and donburi bowls. 

You can turn this into a full meal affair with the 5-course Kakigori Set (S$59 for standard, S$39 for vegetarian) which includes a house salad, appetiser, soup, main course, and kakigori — there’s your lunch or dinner plans sorted. 

Are you in the mood for a sweet and icy treat?

The Artisan Cafe 
📍 14 Purvis St, Singapore 188593
🕐 10am–2.30pm, 5pm–10pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun 

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