Brand NEW CAFÉ options
Independent cafes and ice cream parlours have sprung up in the north recently, much to the delight of cafe hoppers. Leading the charge is hip homemade ice cream specialist Holy Cow Creamery (see sidebar), which has inspired cheery new arrivals The Daily Scoop (#01-05 Sembawang Cottage, 369 Sembawang Rd., 6754-1233, www.thedailyscoop.com.sg) and Mootime (#01-05 Victory 8, 8 Jalan Legundi, 6556-4671, www.facebook.com/mootimesg) to also serve gourmet flavours, waffles and desserts to northsiders. Finally, RoyceMary Cafe (see sidebar) might just be the nor th’s first artisanal coffee-focused cafe.
CHILL OUT BARS GALORE
One of the best bars around Canberra is Quench (#01-10 Orto, 81 Lorong Chencharu, 6257-3657, www.quench.com.sg) which overlooks a tranquil fishing pond and serves a wide variety of craft beers. Locals also swear by Flamingg Mangos (50 Jalan Malu-Malu, 6257-4657, www.flaminggmangos.com), a cool grill and wine bar tucked inside a residential estate, and Sher (25 Sembawang Rd., 6455-3356, www.sher.com.sg) for beers and North Indian fare. If you’re up for a trek, biker bar Handlebar at the northernmost tip of the island offers a rewarding view of Malaysia from across the Singapore Strait.
Don’t leave Handlebar without trying their famous BBQ hot wings, dubbed Cocaine Wings due to their addictiveness.
They come in varying levels of spiciness — try the high heat one if you dare. Handlebar, 57 Jalan Mempurong, 6475-9571, www.handlebaroriginal.com
SALTED GULA MELAKA ICE CREAM WAFFLE
Holy Cow’s homemade salted gula melaka ice cream is one of their bestsellers, and for good reason. Try it on a freshly-baked waffle for a savoury-sweet hit. Holy Cow Creamery, #01-291 292 Yishun St. 22, www.facebook.com/HolyCowCreamery.SG
Those who have a sweet tooth should try these handcrafted heart-shaped macarons. RoyceMary’s green tea lava cake is both unusual and delicious as well. RoyceMary Cafe, #01-13 Victory 8, 8 Jalan Legundi, 6753-4224, www.roycemarycafe.com