What’s Up Telok Ayer 2018
Chong Wen Ge Cafe
For the cultural enthusiast
It isn’t just a cafe, it’s a place for cultural and culinary immersion. It sits in the building of Singapore’s first Chinese school and next door to the Thian Hock Keng Temple. This quaint Peranakan cafe serves a colourful array of kuehs and traditional favourites on pretty, tiled tables.
Try the signatures, Teh-C Special and Nyonya Laksa or if you are feeling adventurous, go for the Nyonya Acar Loti. With bellies full, take a walk around the Peranakan tile museum or the Music Box Museum upstairs. It is a part of the Chong Wen Ge experience.
For the love of baked-goods
“It is almost too pretty to eat”
This elegant Japanese inspired cafe serves some of the best pastries in Singapore. Its creations are perfect in texture and flavour. The Choux Crème is airy but crisp and filled with a light vanilla custard cream, a winner. The strawberry tart is surprisingly light and leaves you wanting more.
If the bustle of Singapore’s CBD becomes unbearable, step into Pantler. With its woody, dark green interior and quiet surrounding, it’s akin to being transported to a cottage in the woods.
Oxwell & Co.
For afterwork drinks
Perched on Ann Siang Hill, this pub is unlike any other. It’s housed in a four-storey building in the middle of Chinatown. Each floor tells its own story: from draft beer to cosy dining to Gin cocktails on a rooftop.
To get the full experience, go in a group with lots of time to spare. We suggest starting from the top-floor slowly making your way down to the bottom – rickety, steep staircases are not easy to manoeuvre after a few cocktails.
For the gourmet cravings
Although known for popularising truffle fries in Singapore, PS. Cafe has other dishes up its sleeve. Located next to Ann Siang Hill Park, the cafe feels like a chic colonial era bistro serving hearty meals and tantalising desserts.
If in doubt, go for the truffle fries, PS. Club (sandwich) and the sticky-date pudding washed down with a Dill & Tonic.
Maxwell Food Centre
For the local fix
“Shiok” is uttered when expressing a feeling of pleasure or happiness in Singapore and Malaysia. When in Maxwell, it is not uncommon to hear this word, said in reaction to their famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice or Special Shanghai dim sum.
Telok Ayer may have many high-end restaurants, but it cannot be a popular food street without a local hawker centre. Maxwell is busy even on a blistering Sunday afternoon, with people queuing for Marina South’s fried oyster or for sugar cane juice, a testament to the quality of food.