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Guide to neighborhood cafés in eastern Singapore (Part Two)

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An afternoon spent chilling out at a café sounds chillax.

The chance to kick back and take your mind off things (work, school, relationships or whatever that’s eating you!), sip a cuppa artisanal joe and enjoy the present moment – away from the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced life. Ahh… That’s ideal. 


Perhaps that is why chill out cafés are popping up under HDB void decks, particularly in eastern Singapore, where cafés that are meant for chilling out already exist. Along with a booming expatriate crowd and an increase in people’s spending power, chill out cafés are fast gaining popularity. According to international research firm Euromonitor International, cafés are expected to remain popular as both Singaporeans and foreigners look for places to relax and escape the demands of a busy life.

Besides, HDB void deck cafés are meant to lure people out of their homes and, yes, spend money. Lol!

The following list is dedicated to dining in comfort in the heartlands, Easties – people living in eastern Singapore, travelers, and the street smart Singaporeans, because in the end, we are all humans. Here we go, with four void deck cafés in eastern Singapore to help you decide which café to visit for a sumptuous meal and coffee.   

#1. To-gather

At To-gather café, the objective is clear: to gather with friends and or family over a nice cuppa joe and delicious food in an environment that resembles a classic American home.

A small, intimate void deck café, To-gather sits 30 people, and serves a modest array of intercontinental flavors like the grilled pandan chicken chop, Mexican quesadilla and the seafood aglio olio. Drinks-wise, we recommend any one of the café’s selections of iced coffee and refreshing drinks. 

Blk 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-25/27.  

#2. Refuel

Refuel is a café designed to evoke the feel of a trendy, industrial chic downtown café-cum-Western restaurant. Exposed beams and bars, hanging lightbulbs and cement gray walls give Refuel café a rugged-chic look.    

Smack under an HDB void deck along Bedok Reservoir road, the café is an ideal chill out joint for Easties living in Bedok Reservoir. Here, must-tries are the iced black coffee, iced caramel latte and café’s signature meal, the Full Tank – a hearty brunch comprising bacons, sausages, scrambled egg, toast, sautéed mushrooms, roasted potatoes and salad. 

Blk 744 Bedok Reservoir Road. 

#3. I Wanna Get Stuffed 

It is easy to give this Western café a miss – its simple, no-frills décor gives it a casual look and feel, you would not do a double take. 

We recommend you try the baked mussels, steak and grilled fish & chips, along with a nice cup of iced latte. The café’s chef and barista pay a lot of attention to minute details like texture and timing, thus making sure you are treated to an unforgettable dining experience that is on par with most established restaurants.

Blk 801 Tampines Avenue 4.

#4. Grasso Coffee

This café marries Western and local flavors. With drinks like kopi, teh, yuan yang, espresso and flat white on the drinks menu, café addicts can forget about hopping from Grasso Coffee to a local coffee shop or to another café. Without a Starbucks coffee house at the neighboring East Point mall, Easties looking forward to a wonderful cuppa joe can head to Grasso Coffee for their daily dose of caffeine.

The flat white is the café’s best seller. Powerful in aroma and flavor, the flat white makes for an ideal cuppa for anyone looking forward to enjoying a great cup, anytime.  

Blk 248 Simei Street 3, #01-132.  

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