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The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R

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The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R
Most of Singapore’s best shopping streets are littered with cafes and eateries offering customers a cosy sanctuary to kick their feet up and assess the damage – both to their wallets and their weary feet.
But what if you could find respite without leaving the boutiques and departments stores?
These are six cafes and eateries tucked conveniently within the confines of a retail store, meaning shopping-laden hubbies (or wives) don’t have far to go when they’re looking for a space to recharge and refuel with affordable brunch plates and cafe lattes after a day of retail therapy.
Tsui Wah, COURTS Nojima The Heeren
The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R - Tsui Wah
Credits: Tsui Wah, COURTS Nojima The Heeren
Take a break from all things electronic at the six-storey COURTS Nojima flagship in The Heeren shopping centre.
Check out the street scenes from a window spot at Tsui Wah Restaurant, on the second floor.
This local outpost of the popular Hong Kong cha chaan teng (teahouse) offers hearty breakfast and brunch classics, whether that be luscious scrambled eggs and char siew over fried rice ($14.80), crispy buns drizzled with condensed milk ($4.20) or a piping hot cup of Hong Kong-style milk tea ($3.80).

Tsui Wah The Heeren
Location: COURTS Nojima, The Heeren, 260 Orchard Road, #02-02, Singapore 238855
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
Tel: +65 6366-9270

Cafe & Meal MUJI, 100AM
The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R - Muji
Credits: Cafe & Meal MUJI, 100AM
MUJI Singapore recently opened its third Cafe & Meal concept in its 11th outlet at 100AM shopping mall, pairing minimalist home living and sustainable apparel with inexpensive Japan-accented eats.
Hot bites range from the deep-fried Hokkaido Potato Croquette and Chicken Nanban with Cauliflower Egg Mayo to Healthy Tofu Patty with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce (all $4.80), which can be paired with rice, soup and a runny onsen egg from $13.80 a set. A range of delicate tarts and cakes are sold from $7.90 for teatime.

Cafe & Meal MUJI, 100AM
Location: 100AM, 100 Tras Street, #04-04 to 08, Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30am – 8:30pm
Tel: +65 6443-0159

Plain Vanilla Bakery, In Good Company at Ion Orchard
The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R - Plain Vanilla Bakery
Credits: Plain Vanilla Bakery, In Good Company at Ion Orchard
Shop, then eat local at the minimalist Plain Vanilla Bakery outlet nestled within homegrown boutique In Good Company’s Ion Orchard concept store.
Deli-style sandwiches, savoury tarts and cuppas of organic java are available for customers looking to start their shopping strong, as are cupcakes, brownies and other sweet treats if a mid-shopping snack is what’s desired.
Note that the bakes are sold only from noon onwards, so leave some room if you’re there for an early lunch.

Plain Vanilla Bakery at In Good Company, ION Orchard
Location: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-06, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 8pm
Tel: +65 8299-9422

IKEA Tampines Restaurant
The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R - IKEA
Credits: IKEA Tampines Restaurant
Navigating Swedish furniture giant IKEA’s maze-like megastores can be tiring, even after accounting for ample sofas and beds lying around for one to take a load off.
That’s where its stalwart Swedish Restaurant comes in, typically at the halfway mark after all the furniture and before the kitchenware.
Crowd favourites include the Swedish meatballs (from $6.90 for eight pieces) and deep-fried chicken wings (from $3.90 for two pieces), as well as the $1 hotdog and $0.50 soy ice cream waiting at the bistro after the cashier – think of it as a reward for making it through the labyrinthine store.
The Tampines outlet is the biggest in Singapore so far, with free all-day parking.

IKEA Tampines Restaurant
Location: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 10am – 9pm; Fri & Sat, 10am – 10:30pm; last order half an hour earlier
Tel: +65 6786-6868

The Marmalade Pantry Petite, BHG Bugis Junction
The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R - Marmalade Pantry Petite
Credits: The Marmalade Pantry Petite, BHG Bugis Junction
Housed within the BHG Bugis Junction department store, The Marmalade Pantry Petite is a contemporarily decorated oasis from the bustle of the surrounding shopping district.
Casual grab-and-go bites from the longstanding bistro chain include sarnies, tarts, cakes and hearty waffles (from $8.50).
An indulgent afternoon tea set ($64 for two persons, includes sweet and savoury bites plus two pots of tea) is also available for shoppers who want to just sit back and watch the world go by.

The Marmalade Pantry Petite, BHG Bugis Junction
Location: BHG Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #01-35, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 11am – 8:30pm; Fri & Sat, 10:30am – 9:30pm, Sun, 10:30am – 9pm
Tel: +65 8661-9564

Swee Lee Social Club, The Star Vista
The 6 Cosiest In-Store Cafes For Some Mid-Shopping R&R - Swee Lee
Credits: Swee Lee Social Club, The Star Vista
Swee Lee’s history began in 1946 at the iconic Capitol Theatre, where it supplied brass and woodwind instruments to the British military.
The musical instrument and lifestyle retailer has come a long way in the 77 years that followed – it now operates a cafe, retail and social event space in Star Vista, pairing coffee, brunch plates and buttermilk waffles with sweet beats and an apparel boutique.

Swee Lee Social Club, The Star Vista
Location: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-07 to 10, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:30am – 7:30pm
Tel: +65 3163-5618

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