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.

Location: 168, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068619

Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer or Tanjong Pagar

Pantler Cafe

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.

Instagram: @pantler

Location: 198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637

Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer

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.

Instagram: @oxwellco

Location: 5, Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, Singapore 069688

Nearest MRT: Chinatown or Telok Ayer

PS. Cafe

For the gourmet cravings

Although known for popularising truffle fries in Singapore, P.S 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.

Instagram: @pscafe

Location: 45 Ann Siang Road, #02-02, Singapore 069719

Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer or Tanjong Pagar

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 after a bite into one of Special Shanghai’s 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.

Tip: Don’t forget to ask for extra chilli sauce for the fried oyster!

Location: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184

Nearest MRT: Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar or Telok Ayer