It’s been a year and two weeks since I moved back to Singapore. Seems so crazy to me that time has passed back so quickly, and in looking back on what I’ve done over the past year, one thing kept popping up in my camera roll: lattes!
With lattes, what’s important is not just the coffee, but also the latte art, isn’t it? It’s probably the most accessible form of art that everyone likes, yet it came to me that it’s also probably the only art that you’d want to destruct, after all the photos have been taken.
After visiting a couple of cafes in Singapore with various latte art designs, I had plenty of photos to share of latte art, which I thought would be nice to commemorate my one year back in Singapore. :)
I love drinking tea and coffee, but I have to say I’m more of a tea person. In Hong Kong, I was always drinking different teas (it’s Hong Kong after all), sometimes indulging in some good black coffee with milk. In Singapore, my go-to drink is Teh C Kosong (Singapore style tea with evaporated milk without sugar). Unfortunately, I haven’t found the right place to have a black coffee the way I like it in Singapore, so coffee-wise, I’m almost always going for a latte.
I was excited to check out Enchanted Cafe based on the name and because it’s opened by a former schoolmate of mine! I love all the details put into the fantastical decor, and I had a really yummy french toast served with ice cream and berries to go along with my “Enchanted Blend” coffee.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
I’d first tried Tiong Bahru Bakery at their Raffles City branch years ago and always meant to go to the original Tiong Bahru branch! I finally went to Tiong Bahru Bakery in Tiong Bahru last year and had their pastries again, and tried a latte from them the first time. Their pastries are consistently good, but the latte was disappointingly bitter.
“There’s always that special place in the areas we live.” Really like this quote!
Discovered this small and somewhat tucked away cafe on Beach Road, and it has seriously good coffee and desserts! I’ve tried their cakes and muffins as well as their waffles, which were all great. What’s really outstanding though is the latte art, and as you can tell, I went many times and it’s absolutely delightful to see different designs every time!
Candour Coffee recently announced that they will be moving. While their new location hasn’t been revealed yet, their Beach Road branch will be opened till 29th June.
Latte art, Christmas edition!
Decided to try a Flat White for once and it came in a smaller hunter green cup, compared to the pretty pastel blue cups that the lattes come in.
This popular cafe chain from China now has a few branches in Singapore, and pictured here is their Middle Road/Bugis branch. I stepped in on a whim at night, and it was peaceful and quiet with a great ambience, especially with all those fairy lights on their glass front! Had a latte (slightly bigger cup than others!) along with a pretty good cake.
I tried to go again on a weekend afternoon, but the entire two-storey space was packed with people!
OTC cafe (Over the Counter)
I really love going to OTC cafe, located on the third floor of Central Public Library, when I need to get work done, and I’ll like to get a simple lunch with a coffee. I especially love the periwinkle cup that they have…
Kohi-Koji Café & Bakery
Kohi-Koji is part of the Emporium Shokuhin located at Marina Square, and they serve Japanese-style pastries and cakes along with tea and coffee. I really like how the cakes are served on a chopping board of sorts (if you get more than one) and the latte art is simple and nicely done, except for the one time seen in the cover picture when the latte art became a joke, haha!
I always seem to go for their pretty good red velvet cake, and I also recommend the opera cake, pictured below. The tiramisu, in the last image, is average compared to the others.
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café
The last café on this list is Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café, the 24-hour Hello Kitty themed cafe located at Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 3! Foreigners might not know this, but Singaporeans actually like to hang out at the airport to bum (and many students go there to study, too!).
I myself also like to go to the airport every once in a while, as the ride there feels like a mini adventure in itself! I like to go to Terminal 3 and the new Terminal 4, which I feel have the best designs.
I had to share the latte art at Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café because of that cute Hello Kitty stencil, but sadly, the coffee isn’t good. I much preferred their tea, which comes in a cutely round Japanese-style teapot! It also comes with a Hello Kitty biscuit. I really liked their red velvet cake, too.
Since it is a Orchid Garden Café, there are many orchids as part of the cutesy decor of the cafe. And of course, you can take a picture with Hello Kitty among flowers!