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Singapore's best in-store cafes to escape the shopping crowds at your favourite malls

From Wanderlust Cafe in Takashimaya to Marmalade Pantry Petite in BHG, CNA Lifestyle has a list of the best cafes that provide delicious food, coffee and the perfect spot for waiting husbands. 

Singapore's best in-store cafes to escape the shopping crowds at your favourite malls

Wanderlust Cafe nestled right smack in Takashimaya Departmental Store Level 3 offers great tartines, pastries, cakes and drinks. (Photo: Wanderlust)

In a city where there’s no shortage of cosy cafes that welcome customers with frothy cappuccinos and perky pastries, one might be surprised to know that some of Singapore’s more exceptional cafes are actually found in the least expected place – right smack in a department store or boutique.

Avocado Tartine at Wanderlust Cafe in Takashimaya. (Photo: Wanderlust)

Whether you’re on the hunt for a new delicious brunch spot, worked up an appetite after a full day of retail therapy, or simply looking for a coffee respite after accompanying an over-enthusiastic shopper, these four in-store cafes are just the answer.  

After all, we all need a reprieve from maddening shopping crowds, and it's even better if you are not too far from your next flat white fix or a tasty tartine.


Wanderlust Cafe is located in Takashimaya Departmental Store Level 3. (Photo: Wanderlust Cafe)

Nestled in the “Ladies’ Fashion Contemporary Zone” on the third floor of Takashimaya in Ngee Ann City is pink-hued Wanderlust Cafe, offering a slice of serenity amid the hustle and bustle of a busy department store.

The brews are aromatic and top-notch – supplied by The Affogato Bar at Cluny Court – but Wanderlust Cafe's draw has to be its food. 

Truffle Egg Mayo tartine (Photo: Wanderlust)

The menu screams savoury goodness, ranging from a luscious house-made guacamole and tangy tomato salsa tartine (the sourdough bread is made from scratch, truffle egg mayo tartine (topped with decadent ikura boba and micro greens), and roasted mushroom and egg quiche to sesame bagels paired with garlic cream cheese to bacon and caramelised onions topped on a sourdough bun.

Wash it down with their Raspberry Lychee Soda or treat yourself to some decadent desserts and pastries from Cream & Custard including the Passion fruit meringue tart, Raspberry Lychee Cake, Galaxy Cake and Lychee Rose Cake and their signature Watermelon Strawberry Cake. 

Passion fruit meringue tart (Photo: Wanderlust Cafe)

Wanderlust Cafe is located at Takashimaya Departmental Store Level 3, 391A Orchard Road, Singapore 238873. Details here.


Swee Lee Social Club (Photo: Swee Lee)

Homegrown brand Swee Lee has long had a special place in Singapore’s history – from supplying brass and woodwind instruments to the British military back in 1948 to establishing themselves as the country’s largest music instrument store that is it today.

Snuggled in-between the Fender guitars and Tama drum kits lies a hybrid cafe in Swee Lee’s flagship outlet, which serves up brews made with beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters.

Also on hand are handcrafted drinks, hot cocoas, cold brew teas and an extensive waffle menu. Choose from an array of toppings such as caramelised banana, matcha almond, mixed berry, cookie crumble, caramel pretzel crunch or toasted marshmallows, then dig into that indulgent buttermilk waffles while listening to good music.

Swee Lee Social Club is located at The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, 01-07/10, Singapore 138617. Details here.


The Marmalade Pantry Petite in BHG department store in Bugis. (Photo: The Marmalade Pantry)

Since 1999, this chic homegrown brand has been serving up modern bistro cuisine infused with a local twist. Known for their pasta, cupcakes and weekend brunches, the Marmalade Pantry group also offers up quick service branch – Marmalade Pantry Petite – located inside department store BHG in Bugis Junction.

If you’re looking for simple yet stylish, you got it with this 35-seater which boasts a menu that has everything from freshly baked tarts, cupcakes scones made by in-house patissiers, to salads, milkshakes and cocktails.

Popular choices include afternoon tea sets (comprising teacakes, cupcakes, tarts, scones, croissants, brioches, sandwiches and truffle egg mayo burgers), as well innovative lattes and artisan teas by Monogram.

With prices ranging from S$3 to S$68, it’s a perfect spot for quick reprieve from shopping sprees or a break from bustling city life.

Marmalade Pantry Petite is located at BHG Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street #01-35, Singapore 188021. Details here.


Plain Vanilla Bakery is nestled inside local boutique In Good Company at Ion Orchard. (Photo: In Good Company)

Having Plain Vanilla Bakery right inside boutique In Good Company is the epitome of local collaboration heaven. For those who love supporting local brands, this is great fashion design, great coffee, great cupcakes all coming together under one roof.

Not only is it a hidden oasis for those seeking refuge from the shopping madness that is ION Orchard, it’s the perfect place for cake and coffee connoisseurs.

Expect the signature Plain Vanilla cupcakes, served up alongside aromatic organic brew. The quality is still uncompromised – French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and bittersweet Belgian chocolate are used in the bakes. There’s also a daily selection of fresh salads, deli-style sandwiches and savoury tarts. Word of advice? The early bird catches the freshest confections – cupcakes and bakes are available from noon onwards.

In Good Company x Plain Vanilla Bakery is located at #B1-06, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801. Details here.

Source: CNA/gl