Telok Ayer cafes for chill brunch hangouts
Cafe-hopping gets a bad rep as a basic “white girl” activity. But honestly, what’s wrong with that? It’s hard not to love lazing in a beautiful cafe, sampling delicious food at each turn. Telok Ayer is well-known for its blend of street and cafe food in the CBD, with hawker behemoths like Amoy Street Food Centre just a stone’s throw from hipster hotspots such as Park Bench Deli. With such an abundance of cafe options in the area, it may be difficult to decipher what each has to offer. To help, we’ve compiled a list of 10 noteworthy Telok Ayer cafes to reward yourself after a gruelling spin class.
1. My Awesome Cafe
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Since raising its shutters in 2014, Frenchman Franck Hardy’s My Awesome Cafe has become a stalwart amidst the Telok Ayer cafes, renowned for its tasty food and old-world charm. The cafe complements its throwback Chung Hwa Free Clinic facade with retro, industrial fittings inside. The bare bulbs and school desks imbue the space with vintage Singaporean charisma, even as you chow down on European cafe fare.
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Their signature My Awesome Salad ($17++) is a fan favourite here, flaunting smoked salmon, herby chicken breast, duck rillettes, tomatoes and avocados with a cluster of salad leaves. I’m a certifiable carnivore who usually avoids ordering salad, but the allure of velvety duck rillettes and sumptuous strips of smoked salmon is wickedly tempting.
An expansive menu is available here, particularly for drinks. They have homemade sodas, along with coffee, tea, and a wide range of boozy options too.
Address: 202 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068639
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:45am to 12am, Sat-Sun 8am to 12am
Tel: 6222 2007
2. Merci Marcel
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While our previous French cafe integrated