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Get into the work zone at City Sprouts, Singapore’s first plot-share urban farm built on the former Henderson Primary School Campus. At the heart of the multi-concept space is a large repurposed canteen where you can settle down for the afternoon within easy access of five food establishments. As Pyroast, you can choose from more than 15 types of single origins and three home blends at affordable prices – traditional kopi and teh start at only $1.50. For a filling meal, grab a hearty Japanese rice bowl from O-Kome (from $10), a juicy cheeseburger meal from Dirty Buns (from $11), or tuck into Meat & Greet’s hearty Pulled Lamb Kebab ($17). When you’re bored, simply step outside to explore the abundant greenhouses, which are the result of the love and labour of aspiring urban farmers and farming enthusiasts.
Twenty Eight Cafe
Botany makes for a fairly atas place to work from. Located at the idyllic Robertson Quay, this place will put you at ease with its high ceilings, white marble walls and – as the name suggests – lush greenery. You’ll get a decent meal here. Take your pick from its menu of local and Western cuisine. Breakfast offerings like chicken congee ($12) exist alongside muesli ($13) and french toast ($15), while appetisers like otah chips ($15) accompany mains like the homemade beef burger ($22). At the café, only Himalayan salt, organic pasta and air-flown Australian grass-fed beef are used, to maintain the quality of the ingredients.
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For example, the conventional latte is named Spro With Milk ($5) , where ‘spro’ is a slang for ‘espresso’. Meanwhile, the black is humorously named Spro With Water ($4.50) . These coffees use beans sourced from local cafe, Bearded Bella, with milk chocolate notes. Do note that their pastries are served on a rotational basis, so you’ll be surprised every time.
Address: 161 Lavender Street, #01-12, Singapore 338750
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 6pm
Nylon enthusiasts swear by the cafe’s White (from $4.50) with Oat Milk ($1) . Meanwhile, purists can opt for their filter coffees, with a range of blends to choose from. These include the Ethiopia Haru ($6.50) , which has lime, peach, and jasmine undertones. Do note that the coffees here are seasonal.
Address: 108 Faber Drive, Singapore 129418
Opening hours: Mon-Tue, Thur 9am to 10pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 10:30pm
Glass Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Old Hen Coffee Bar
Their menu also includes brunch fare, mains, and desserts, that make for good bites alongside your preferred beverage. If that’s not enough, they have a second outlet within Farrer Park at Owen Road, with a larger selection of food.