Longhouse, the iconic eating house on Upper Thomson Road, has given way to an upcoming mixed-used residential block (the stalls have relocated to Jalan Besar Stadium). Heading north, cafés have been sprouting regularly, the trees cut to make way for more infrastructure. From brewed coffee to waffles, pancakes and ice-cream – Upper Thomson is the latest stretch to chill at, and we tell you where's good.
Best for pancakes
This little eatery is the baby of husband-and-wife duo Daniel Wu and Kristy Wu. Their moist and fluffy pancakes are miniature in size but big in creativity. Each serving comes with ten mini pancakes with a variety of sides. There are around 14 sweet and savoury combos you can pick from. If you’re feeling hungry, go for the hearty All Day Breakfast ($10.90) – a generous combo of pancakes, scrambled eggs, glazed sausages, potato salad and greens. For a local twist, there’s Singaporeans Unite ($7.50) – pancakes with kaya, butter, and condensed milk dip. Our favourite is the decadent Going Nutella For You ($8.20) – pancakes, Nutella, wafer cubes, chocolate chips, and chocolate ice cream.
Little Pancakes | Address: 200 Upper Thomson Road, #01-04 Thomson Imperial Court | Tel: 62588515 | Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 1-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-9pm
Best for late-night waffles
We just can’t get enough of waffles. Whether you’re craving for these grid-cakes for breakfast, or sweet waffles for dessert, Wafflelicious is your answer to all-day waffles. They open till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, so it’s a late-night hangout place as well. You can create your own waffle creation with various toppings, or choose from the signature sweet or savoury combinations. The Wafflelicious W.I.C.H. ($9.90) is a massive meal of plain waffle, cheese, ham, sausage, baked beans and corn kernels. For the sweet-toothed, the Bananarama ($8) – banana waffle, ice cream, Oreo cookie crumbs, fresh banana – is a satisfying option.
Wafflelicious | Address: 215F Upper Thomson Road | Tel: 64565834 | Opening hours: Tue-Thu 2-11pm; Fri 2pm-1am; Sat 10.30am-1am; Sun 12.30-11pm
One Man Coffee
Best for early breakfast and brunch
Barely three months old, this rustic indie café has already snagged the attention of coffee connoisseurs. Sharing the premises of pizzeria Crust (which operates from 5pm), One Man Coffee focuses on a small selection of coffee and breakfast bites. They use coffee beans roasted by Strangers Reunion, occasionally, they also import beans from Melbourne-based Axil Coffee Roasters. A latte here is a pocket-friendly $4.50. Don’t miss the highly-raved Toad in the Hole with bacon jam ($10) and brioche French toast with homemade berry compote and candied walnuts ($10). For light bites, they have breads by Bakery Artisan Original and cakes from Edith Patisserie.
One Man Coffee | Address: 215R Upper Thomson Road | Tel: 64561555 | Opening hours: Wed-Mon 9am-5pm
Best for hearty meals
Opened about two years ago, Habitat Coffee isn’t exactly new, but it is one of the first café additions to this increasingly hip neighborhood. Regulars flock here for their trusty and reasonably-priced coffee and food. The coffee here is made with their own Carpenter blend, a mix of three single origin beans. Prices range from $4.90 for a regular cup of latte to $3.90 for a slice of cheesecake. The food menu – more extensive than most independent cafes – includes truffle fries, sandwiches, pastas, and brunch items. We dig The Shrooms ($12) – a satisfying plate of perfectly poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, thick toast, side salad, and, of course, shiitake mushrooms.
Habitat Coffee | Address: 223 Upper Thomson Road | Tel: 64562567 | Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-10.30pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am-10.30pm
Best for late-night ice cream dates
Another late-night hangout venue, home-grown ice cream parlour Salted Caramel is the place to go if you like your ice-cream rich and bold. Their signature flavour Salted Caramel is smooth and creamy with intense flavours of salt and caramel. For earl grey tea lovers, the Earl Grey is balanced in sweetness and taste, with a lovely lingering scent of this distinctive tea. Other popular flavours include avocado, Horlicks Tim Tam, espresso caramel, and ginger yuzu. Prices start from $3.30 per scoop. You can choose to have your ice cream with waffle bowl (add $1), Belgian waffle (add $3.50) or brownie ($3.50).
Salted Caramel | Address: 246F Upper Thomson Road | Tel: 67531718 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-11pm; Fri, Sat & eve of public holidays noon-2am