Hipster Dining In Bishan – 9 Unique Places To Eat
More than just a convenient MRT stop, Bishan is home to some casual dining establishments and cafe. We sussed out some of these hipster dining places located in the area so you don’t have to venture too far into town the next time you feel the cafe-hopping itch.
1. Crusty Oven
This hole-in-the-wall bakery churns out freshly baked sweet treats ranging from tarts to cakes and muffins. We had the Cinnamon Baby Pear Baked Tart ($4.90), which featured plump and juicy baby pears imported from Spain glazed with an alluring glossy sheen of speckled cinnamon, making for a comforting dessert filled with autumnal flavours.
Address: Block 505A, Bishan Street 11, #01 - 442, Singapore 571505
Phone: +65 8511 1005
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 9:30am – 9pm
2. Grin Affair
Our sweet tooth let us to Grin Affair, who is most noted for their adorable jar cakes. Moving from hipster to the heartlands, their second outlet here extends to more than just mousse cakes. We had their Gelato Slider which was going at a promotional price of $1.90, where a toasty warm bun and melted marshmallows was served alongside our choice of Roasted Green Tea gelato. But don’t expect getting a sugar rush from this petite treat – it’s more of a tea time treat than anything else. We also sampled one of their bestseller, the Lychee Passionfruit jar cake ($6.50). And it’s way to understand why people loved this – the tart passionfruit curd and fresh lychee notes served as a good contrast to the salted pistachio bits, creating a light dessert filled with layers of harmonious flavours.
Address: Blk 505D, Bishan #01-408, Singapore 574505
Phone: +65 8222 2678
Opening Hours: Mon: 5pm – 10pm; Tue – Sun: 1pm – 10pm
3. The Wholefood Kitchen
The Wholefood Kitchen is not so much a cafe but a humble stall located in a coffeeshop. But their menu is every bit as hipster – with quality and healthy ingredients that make for a wholesome meal. We had a whole wheat wrap stuffed with our choice of Cuban Mojo Chicken With Guacamole ($9). We didn’t care much for the side salad, but loved the wrap that came packed with crunchy greens and a generous filling of moist chicken bits slathered in a creamy guacamole mixture.
The Wholefood Kitchen
Address: Blk 514, Bishan Street 13, 2/F Bishan Cafeteria, Singapore 570514
Phone: +65 8666 9740
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 12pm – 8pm; Sat: 11am – 7pm
Nestled within Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park, Cornerstone allows you to dine in a tranquil setting of lush greenery. We had their Beer Battered Fish And Chips ($19) where a moist fillet came encrusted in a delectably crunchy beer batter.
Address: 1380 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569930
Phone: +65 6554 7230
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 12pm – 10:30pm; Fri: 12pm – 10:45pm; Sat: 10am – 10:45pm; Sun: 10am – 10:30pm
5. Canopy Garden Dining
Another eatery that’s located within Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park is Canopy Garden Dining which serves up fusion cuisine and quintessential Western fares. While we could certainly do with better and more attentive service, the Fresh Middlerock Sweet & Sour ($7) with its unique blend of zesty lime juice and housemade sugared syrup certainly helped quenched our impatience and mellowed out the heat from the Spicy Asian Inspired Minced Pork pasta ($19). The bak chor mee inspiration was apparent from the spiced pomodoro sauce. But however inspired, we can’t help but shake the feeling that we were eating a spicy version of a classic bolognese.
Canopy Garden Dining
Address: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931
Phone: +65 6556 1533
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9am – 10:30pm; Fri: 9am – 11pm; Sat: 8am – 11pm; Sun: 8am – 10:30pm
Also providing a dine-in-the-park experience is Grub, which hopes to share their love for food and responsible cooking through their thoughtful menu created without artificial preservatives and flavourings. We had their Crispy Fish Burger ($14) which comes with a huge chunk of breaded fish fillet (their fish are bought from a sustainable source) and remoulade to cut through the richness. Certainly a filling and substantial burger that’ll leave your belly satisfied.
Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Phone: +65 6556 1533
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun: 9am – 4pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
7. Soul Kitchen
Located away from the bustle of Bishan town is Soul Kitchen with their unique Southern offering and welcoming interior. But more welcoming is their Saturday brunch menu with nothing above $10. We had the unconventional Chicken And Sausage Gumbo ($9.80 with the option of adding $1 for a cup of ice lemon tea), which was a classic Southern dish that reminded us somewhat like an ang mor mui fun with their garlic infused rice sitting in a pool of hearty stew filled with chicken, sausages, beans and vegetables. It was tangy and robust, with the side of hot sauce helping to pack a bigger flavour punch.
Address: 1 Pemimpin Drive, #01-02, Singapore 576151
Phone: +65 9272 4561
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 8am – 4pm; Sat: 10am – 3pm
8. Crave Ice Cream
More than just your neighbourhood ice cream parlour, Crave Ice Cream is home to their unique waffle that’s almost like a crispy mochi – crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle and nothing like the usual fluffy waffles. We ordered Crave On-The-Go ($4.80) that came with waffle chunks and a scoop of ice cream, and we knew we had to get the paddlepop-esque Yummy Gummy flavour which was a kaleidoscopic hue studded with gummy bears within.
Crave Ice Cream
Address: 284 Bishan St 22, #01-203, Singapore 570284
Phone: +65 8260 4733
Opening Hours: Mon: 12pm – 5pm; Wed – Thu, Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 1pm – 11pm
9. The Living Room – Zion Bishan
Located at the Zion Bishan Bible-Presbyterian Church (which happens to be a PokéStop btw), The Living Room is a humble dining establishment that’s perfect for their comforting stews and light tea-time snacks. We had their tea-time special that runs from 3pm to 5pm daily, allowing patrons to choose from any cake and a choice of coffee or tea for just $4. We had their Earl Grey Chiffon With Lavender Lychee Glaze paired with a cup of Chamomile, Vanilla and Honey Twinnings tea. The light and fluffy cake was scented with notes of bergamot while the glaze was redolent of lychee and lavender. But those looking for something more sinful can opt for the Beer-Battered Mushrooms ($5.90) where the soft and juicy mushrooms were encased in a crunchy batter.
The Living Room
Address: 4 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 579792
Phone: +65 6715 7899
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11am – 9pm
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.