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Art & Culture, Spotlight Art & Culture - 05/10/19

An Insider’s Guide to Lavender, Singapore

Written by Carinda K

Amidst the creative juices comes the need to satiate hunger. This insider guide to Lavender is all you need to discover brand new lunch spots, hidden hunts, and more around the area.

Sitting on the top floor of Vanguard Campus, The Hive Lavender combines a large coworking space, private offices, photography studios and design workshop, and is home to a creative coworking community of designers, architects, creative freelancers and makers, all in one large communal space. Housed in a quieter spot than its sister location in the bustling Central Business District, you’re still spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast and lunch spots in the neighbourhood. Here’s our guide to Lavender, featuring our pick of the best.

Best Coffee Shops in Lavender

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar

Known by every single coffee lover in the area, Chye Seng Huat is the place to go for that much-needed dose of caffeine. Uniquely designed to look like an old hardware shop, this cafe’s exterior lures its visitors in by tugging on their curiosity. Purists love their classic Lattes and Long Blacks, whilst the adventurous opt for Hand-Pressed Coffees prepared with flair. Need an alternative to coffee? Dive straight into their desserts for a yummy pick-me-up – our favourite is their Sticky Date Pudding, a must-have!

Insider Tip: Head to the outdoor area for an Insta-worthy setting and a great spot for casual meetings.  

Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
Open From: Tue – Thu & Sun: 9 am – 10:30 pm, Fri – Sat: 9 am – 12 am

The Bravery Cafe

Take a two-minute stroll from the Hive to The Bravery Cafe for an array of impressive breakfasts. With brunch-centric fare including Guac & Eggs and Pancake Stacks, a chalkboard menu and a fairy-light-strewn decor, this place delivers a weekend brunch vibe every day of the week.

Insider Tip: Beat the Monday blues by indulging in a leisurely breakfast to start your week right.

Address: 66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073
Open From: Mon, Wed, Thu & Sun: 9 am – 6 pm, Fri – Sat: 9 am – 9:30 pm

Guide to Lavender

IG: @cshhcoffee
IG: @_thebravery_

Best Restaurants in Lavender

Red Eye Smokehouse

Meat lovers, listen up! For lip-smacking smoked meats perfected with thick marinades, Red Eye Smokehouse is the place to go. The dim yellow lights that hang from the ceiling of this American-style BBQ smokehouse give off a congenial, vibrant vibe, putting you in the perfect mood for a half slab of St. Louis Pork Ribs and a platter of Burnt End Beans from the moment you step through the door.

Insider Tip: Ask for more extra homemade sauces on the side – all the better for dunking your meat into.

Address: 1 Cavan Road, Singapore 209083
Open From: Tue – Fri: 5 pm – 10:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 12 pm – 3 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm

Wimbly Lu

Known for having some of the best waffles in town, Wimbly Lu has finally opened its second outlet in Tyrwhitt Rd, just a junction away from the Hive Lavender. Whether you’re in the search for a savoury Chicken & Waffles or back-to-the-basics super indulgent waffles and ice cream, this is a delectable spot. In desperate need of a break from the office? It also has great high-speed Wifi, giving you even more of an excuse to stop by for a sweet treat in the afternoon.

Insider Tip: Ask anyone and you’ll hear that their waffles are best paired with a scoop of their signature salted caramel ice cream.

Address: 166 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207570
Open From: Mon & Wed – Fri: 12 pm – 10:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 9 am – 10:30 pm

Guide to Lavender

IG: @redeyesmokehouse
IG: @wimblylu

Tiramisu Hero

Dressed up with walls full of quirky murals and cat doodles, this quaint little cafe offers a decadent alternative to your cappuccino with tiramisu cakes served in little mason jars. Their original flavour gives a light yet creamy treat, but try their Rum & Raisin-flavoured tiramisu cake for that little extra something to spice up your midday.

Insider Tip: The cute merchandise sold at this quaint little cafe makes for great (last minute) gifts!

Address: 121 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207548
Open From: 11 am – 10 pm daily

ABC King

Working late? Reward yourself with comfort food in its simplest form at ABC King, a 24-hour, relaxed outdoor eatery just a stone’s throw away from the Hive Lavender. With its hearty Indian specialities, this curbside spot dishes up much-loved, indulgent food designed to satisfy even the hungriest among us.

Insider Tip: Opt for their Kambing (mutton) soup, a peppery, filling broth that is a firm favourite amongst those around.

Address: 101 Lavender St, Singapore 338724
Open From: 24 hours

Guide to Lavender

IG: @tiramisuking
IG: @calvinery

Seven & Ate

If you’re looking for quality food in a casual dining environment, take a stroll down to Seven & Ate, a clever name for a gastropub dishing out simple yet impressive chow. Its white timber walls tie in fittingly with its honest, healthy food, brought up a notch by the top-ups like grilled steak, pulled duck and spam fries for sides.

Insider Tip: Happy hour starts at 6 pm on weekdays, so wind down with an ice-cold bottle of craft beer and some piping hot fries!

Address: 78 Horne Road, Singapore 209078
Open From: Tue – Fri: 4 pm – 12 am, Sat – Sun: 11 am – 10 pm

Double Durian

Durian may be famous around the world as an acquired taste, but for most Singaporean locals, it is the king of fruits. This rustic cafe serves up speciality Durian desserts alongside classic favourites such as their Durian Crepe Cake and is hard to miss with its eye-catching, colourful name plastered proudly across its backdrop.

Insider Tip: Not in the mood for durian? Try their Vegetarian Nasi Padang for an aromatic dish that will tantalise your senses.

Address: 8 Hamilton Road, Singapore, 209179
Open From: Mon: 5 pm – 10 pm, Tue – Fri: 11:30am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm, Sat – Sun: 11:30 am – 10 pm

Guide to Lavender

IG: @foodholic.sg
IG: @double_durian

New Fut Kai Vegetarian

Specialising in wholesome, hearty, and healthy food for the soul, this cosy vegetarian restaurant serves up Chinese fusion dishes such as a veggie take on braised ‘duck’ noodles and local classic Nasi Lemak (coconut rice topped with ‘anchovies’, fried ’chicken’ wing, and a scoop of chilli). Can’t decide what to go for? Then just opt for their Charcoal Hotpot so you don’t have to decide.

Insider Tip: Vegan dishes are labelled accordingly with most others able to be made vegan on request.

Address: 282 Jalan Besar Singapore 208945
Open From: 10 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm daily

 

What To Do in Lavender

Boulder+

Get active in an indoor climbing gym at Aperia Mall with full air conditioning and floor-to-ceiling windows so you don’t have to scrimp on that Vitamin D! Vibrant and colourful, Boulder+ makes climbing fun – and is a great spot for team-bonding activities.

Insider Tip: Get more climbs for your buck when you buy a 10-pass pack or a 1-month unlimited pass.

Address: The Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Ave, #03-17, Singapore 339511
Open From: Mon: 12pm – 10:30 pm, Tue – Thu: 7:30 am – 10:30 pm, Wed & Fri: 10 am – 10:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 9 am – 8 pm

Guide to Lavender

IG: @dexpek
IG: @boulder_plus

Actualize Crossfit

Work out in a rugged Crossfit gym with dedicated coaches who will support you every step of the way for the ultimate fitness experience. Don your gym clothes and hop right down for basic, bodyweight-only exercises that get you sweating.

Insider Tip: Not sure if you’re made for Crossfit? Try out their drop-in class before you commit!

Address: 315 Jalan Besar, Singapore 9208973
Open From: Mon – Fri: 6:30 pm – 10 pm, Sat – Sun: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Artify Studio

Bond through colours, art and fun at Artify Studio, a homely, secret little studio which functions as an art wonderland for children by day and an alluring, chill-out and art jamming spot by night. Unwind and unleash your creativity in their safe and comfortable environment, the perfect breath of fresh air after a long day in the office.

Insider Tip: They also offer art-jamming birthday parties, team-building events, corporate events, school holiday programmes, art lessons, workshops, and more!

Address: 200 Jalan Sultan, #08-05, Textile Centre, Singapore 199018
Open From: Tue – Fri: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 10 am – 4 pm

Guide to Lavender

IG: @actualizecrossfit
IG: @artifystudio

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