Kampong Glam is a hotbed for interesting Halal cafes in Singapore. While the Danes call it Hygge, here in Kampong Glam, they call it Rilek Kueh. This Malay catchphrase means the action or rather inaction of attaining a state of coziness while savouring some nibbles. You will be pleasantly surprised by the interesting culinary gems you will find on this list. 

1. Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro

In Swedish culture, Fika loosely translates as “taking a break from work with good coffee, pastries and pies”. Tucked in the corner of Beach Road and Arab Street, Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro exemplifies the perfect place for this and more. Fika serves halal traditional Swedish food on top of beverages, cakes and bakes that they import directly from Sweden.

Started up by a husband and wife team, Tasneem Noor and Joakim Smidhagen, this cafe is furnished in earthly fixtures and fittings in a calming backdrop of white. The mood is relaxed and homely, suitable for chortles and gossips with besties.

Fika’s specialties are their Swedish Meatballs, Smoked Salmon Sandwich and Crayfish Pasta. Adding on to their excellent array of desserts and good coffee, the calm ambience leaves you lost in conversations.

Getting There: 257 Beach Rd Singapore 199539

Nearest MRT: 15 minutes walk from Bugis MRT Station Exit B

Opening Hours: Everyday 11am – 10pm

Bookings: 6396 9096

Website: www.fikacafe.com

2. And All Things Delicious

Wholesome, unpretentious and elegant good food. The ethos set by this cafe are obviously so due to their love for food. It’s heartening to read their list of cafe commitments. They promise to serve wholesome and good food. They promise to use organic unrefined sugar which also means nothing artificial, nothing with high-fructose corn syrup and nothing with trans fat. Their last promise is that their food will be halal.

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One of their popular specials would have to be the 12-hour-marinated Chicken Tikka Rice Bowl, a dish paired with piquant tomato sauce and delightful cucumber raita. Or take a dip into their Shakshouka, a Middle-Eastern peppers and tomatoes spiced stew accompanied by two poached eggs dashed with some crème fraîche.

Of course there should still be time for dessert here. All Things Delicious’ Sticky Toffee Pudding is that drizzle dessert you should ask for if you appreciate simplicity and elegance on a plate. Finely chopped dates in this toffee-soaked sponge cake leaves a sweet impression; yet it’s comforting how you can still taste the freshness of the ingredients in every bite. And it is what All Things Delicious do very well in.

Address: 34 Arab Street Singapore 199733

Nearest MRT: 10mins walk from Bugis MRT Station Exit B

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm; Saturday: 9am – 10pm; Sunday: 10am – 7pm (Closed on Mondays)

Bookings: 6291 4252

Website: http://allthingsdelicious.sg/

3. The LAB SG

The LAB SG is a cafe that feels like an experiment that has gone deliciously right. Inspired by the seminal hit tv series Breaking Bad, the cafe’s random laboratory paraphernalia test-tubed to Florence flasks throws up the idea of food science. This makes you eager to be a part of some clinical food trial. This cafe at the corner of Jalan Pisang has been a hit with curio types for their leftfield approach to food.

The LAB SG signature HeisenBurger of juicy-grilled beef with bacon, blue cheese and garlic mayo with sweet potato fries is a must-try. This combo hits sweet spots. But you haven’t hit sweetness yet till you fudge through their S’mores Squares and their nutty Nutella Brownie Shake. If that is not sweet enough, feel some love with their Cosmic Love Potion, a fresh concoction of lavender lemonade with intergalactic swirls. And if that sounds too far out for you, then come back down-to-earth with their Ondeh-Ondeh Shake. Who cares about electrolytes when coconuts can be this good!

Besides putting on a gastro-visual treat as a front in this shophouse hideout, The Lab SG is also known for their amazing pop-ups at random music festivals, art openings and even intimate rooftop soirees.

Getting There: 1 Jalan Pisang #01-01 Singapore 199069

Nearest MRT: 10mins walk from Bugis MRT Station Exit B

Opening Hours: Everyday 12pm – 10pm except Sunday 1pm – 9:30pm

Bookings: 9875 7232

Website: http://www.we-experiment.com/

4. Kumoya

Kumoya is a minimalist Japanese-French chic dessert cafe that serves eye-pleasing fare of petite éclairs, macarons, parfaits and savoury specialties. Kumoya means fluffy cloud house in Japanese and this Jalan Klapa cafe’s all white interior lulls you in, you’ll think you are in heaven; dessert heaven. 

Their bite-sized petite éclairs comes with pretty faces, visually enticing you for a bite. In flavours such as Hazelnut Chocolate, Yuzu, Pistachio, Passionfruit, Matcha and Café Au Lait, the plethora of taste in each eclair, ranging from tangy to milky, might be enough to send you to cloud nine.

Though Kumoya is better known for their desserts, their savoury menu offers some interesting creations. Their pancakes are amazing; Tempura Soft Shell Crab and Breakfast Set of turkey bacon, baked beans and sauteed mushrooms. Try their Karaage Chicken mini pancake, which is served buttered with chicken karaage chunks sitting on tiny potato bits. Topped off with torched brûlée orange seasoned konbu and the accompanying tomato shoyu sauce, this fresh explosion of flavours ensures you leave this dessert heaven well-satiated.

Address: 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320

Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays & Sundays 12pm – 10pm; Saturdays 12pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Mondays)

Bookings: +65 6297 3727

5. Working Title

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Known as the burger bar with great burgers, Working Title is tucked nicely beside a carpet shop and the ground floor of a backpacker hostel, Shophouse, almost anonymous along Arab Street. This cafe’s quirky clash of repurposed furniture adds lovely pastel dashes beyond the wood. Their backyard patio has probably some of the best seats in this cafe; close enough to soak up the heady smells coming out from their busy kitchen! It gets interesting on random nights – Working Title host local troubadours for open mic sessions here too.

If you want to start light, their bite-sized truffle taters served in little dim sum steamers is a staple here. Or order one of their smoothies with great names; Avocado Bravado, or the citrus concoction Clockwork Orange to slurp up. Ask their friendly staff for access to their rooftop, if you don’t mind the climb! Enjoy the view before coming back down for one of their thick, juicy well-made burgers.

If you are someone who acquires tastes, then dive into their Darkwing Duck. A smoked duck burger on light buttery emmental cheese that melts with onions, mesclun, watercress and sunny side up eggs all sauced in mango chutney. Working Title’s lineup of burgers should satisfy burgerheads with a good appetite.

Address: 48 Arab Street Singapore 199745

Opening Hours: Mondays to Thursdays 11am – 10pm; Fridays 11am – 11pm; Saturdays & Sundays 10am – 11pm

Bookings: +65 8248 2841

Website: www.workingtitle.sg

6. Konditori Artisan Bakes

In classic black and white, this elegant bakery serves a dazzling selection of European-inspired artisanal pastries and bread loaves. Konditori is that bakery that does simple things, well.

You should go for their fluffy tangy torched Lemon Meringue Tart. And while you’re at it, bite into their Blackforest Croissant to get that taste of raspberry jam swimming in chocolate! The croissant is bready without being buttery, leaving the chocolate shavings mixed into the berry spread.

As a bakery that caters more to takeaway orders, Konditori has minimal seating space. You can get a seat here if it is truly your lucky day; two outdoor tables and two counter seats give all-day license to pastry-gaze.

Address: 33 Bussorah Street Singapore 199451

Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 11am – 10pm

Bookings: +65 6209 8580

Website: www.facebook.com/konditorisg

7. Hyde & Co

Hyde & Co is a English-themed cafe with a homely cottage ambience serving an all-day brunch menu till 5pm. Somewhat close to what might be a British tea room, Hyde & Co is popular for their high tea, with a wide selection of over 45 types of tea, scones and crumpets. Their contemporary interior of white, pairs nicely with their collection of dainty English teapots and plates. Their insta-bait quote on the wall “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea. And that’s kind of the same thing” convinces you further to sample their artisanal tea menu.

Some of their signature dishes include chili crab pasta, truffle scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on sourdough and har cheong kai chicken waffle. But the speciality of this cafe must be their pulled pork, making its appearance in a few dishes such as the Pulled Pork Man Tou. Marinated shreds of juicy pulled pork, slow cooked in barbecue sauce, all parked in a coleslaw-laden fried mantou bun! 

When it’s time for dessert, the flavourful Lychee Rose Cake can be irresistibly good. Chunks of lychee fruit and rose-tinted buttercream mingle with sponge cake to leave an unforgettable sweetness in your palate. Try out their Ondeh-Ondeh Cake too, a pandan leaf flavoured sponge cake, matched with sweet gula melaka, a palm sugar infused desiccated coconut. Topped with coconut buttercream, this dessert has easy tones of sweetness while light enough for the taste to linger.

Address: 785 North Bridge Road Singapore 198753

Opening Hours: Mondays 12pm – 6pm; Wednesdays to Fridays 12pm – 10pm; Saturdays 11am to 10pm; Sundays 11am – 6pm, closed on Tuesdays

Bookings: +65 66355785

Website: www.hydeandco.com.sg

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