Cafes in Somerset? We’ve got eight to recommend, alongside eight other affordable restaurants in Somerset

Somerset is truly a haven for foodies, with six different malls — 313@Somerset, Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway, The Centrepoint, 111 Somerset, and the newly-opened Taste Orchard — consisting of their own cosy restaurants and some of the best cafes in Singapore. But, its location in town can hike up prices. Hence, we’ve compiled a list of the best, yet most affordable, things to eat in Somerset.

Where are the best places to eat in Somerset?

Somerset cafes
1. Alchemist The Heeren — Japandi aesthetic coffee cafe in Somerset
2. Hvala — matcha speciality cafe in 111 Somerset
3. Overscooped — renowned for its free mini scoop
4. Fruit Paradise — Japanese fruit cakes and tarts
5. %Arabica — famous coffee chain from Japan
6. Equate Coffee — minimalist-industrial theme coffee house in 313 Somerset
7. Rise Bakehouse — pastel pink cafe for cakes and coffee
8. Baker X — a community kitchen that offers home bakers a platform to grow

Somerset restaurants
9. FYI Kitchen — multi-concept restaurant at Taste Orchard
10. BHC Chicken — Korean fried chicken chain
11. Burgs by Project Warung — halal burger restaurant in 313@Somerset
12. Kim Dae Mun — authentic Korean dining hall
13. HeNiu Teppanyaki — affordable Japanese Teppanyaki at Somerset Food Republic
14. A Poke Theory — no-frill poke bowls
15. Hokkaido Marche — Japanese dining hall in Orchard Central
16. Kanshoku Ramen Bar — the original dry truffle ramen
17. Honolulu Cafe — authentic Hong Kong cafe
18. Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar — gourmet burger restaurant in Somerset

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Here are more cafes near Somerset.

Best cafes at Somerset

1. Alchemist The Heeren

Alchemist cafe in Somerset The Heeren
Photo: Alchemist / Instagram

Alchemist, a local coffee roaster and cafe, is known for their awe-inspiring cafe interior.

Beyond the nostalgic charm of the Tai Seng’s Khong Guan Building outlet and the captivating dark academia ambience at The Mill, their latest cafe at Somerset’s The Heeren unveils a serene Japanese zen garden-inspired setting.

Espresso-based coffee starts from $4. Their menu also includes a rotation of pastries.

Here’s what we think about their branch in Tanjong Pagar: Alchemist review.

Alchemist

Location: 260 Orchard Rd, #01-ORA The Heeren, Singapore 238855

2. Hvala

Kaze Straight Matcha at Hvala cafe in 111 Somerset

Located at 111 Somerset, Hvala is famous for its matcha and hojicha.

To get the full experience of the robust vegetal notes of ceremonial matcha, a pure and high-grade matcha powder, get their Kaze Matcha ($8) or Hana Matcha ($10). Its astringency may not suit everyone’s palate. Instead, their Matcha Latte or Hojicha Latte ($6.8) ends on a sweeter note, while providing a robust, albeit relatively less refined, flavour.

Hvala’s menu extends to cakes and ice cream with flavours other than Japanese tea, such as Sweet Potato Cake ($8.8) and Goma Gelato ($5.8).

Hvala

Location: 111 Somerset Rd, #01-10, Singapore 238164

3. Overscoop

If you’ve always wanted to try multiple ice cream flavours, but you can only stomach a single scoop, this ice cream parlour at Orchard Central is for you.

Overscoop refers to the complementary mini scoop of ice cream served over your order, allowing you to sample one mouth of an additional flavour on top of your chosen one. A single scoop costs $5.2, and don’t forget to pair it with their signature Mochi Waffles ($8).

Other dessert options include Chocolate Walnut Brownie ($6.5), Lava Cake ($6.5) and acai bowls at $12.7.

Overscoop

Location: 181 Orchard Rd, #02-12 Orchard Central Singapore 238896

4. Fruit Paradise

Chocolate Banana Cake at Fruit Paradise, restaurant and cake bakery cafe in Somerset

Renown for their array of fruit tarts and cakes, Fruit Paradise strictly uses the freshest fruits that are hand-picked by their Japanese patissiers daily.

This cafe in Somerset offers a wide range of tarts such as the Strawberry Tiramisu to nuts such as Mont Blanc. We recommend their Chocolate Banana Cake, which features an assembly of banana, whipped cream and chocolate sponge. It was fragrant, airy and moist; just a divine bite.

Fruit Paradise

Location: 176 Orchard Rd, B1-17 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843

5. %Arabica

%Arabica, Japanese coffee house chain located in 313@Somerset

There is no way you can miss their giant percentage sign at 313@Somerset. %Arabica is a Japanese coffee chain that has made a name for itself internationally.

Their Single Origin Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Adado Grade 1 has a light and milky body that is especially palatable for those who do not enjoy ‘bitter’ coffee. On the other hand, their %Arabica blend comprises robust fruity notes. The prices are a little steeper here, with a Hot Cafe Latte starting at $7.

%Arabica

Location: 313 Orchard Rd, #01-14/15, Singapore 238895

6. Equate Coffee

Photo: @yumitayu / Instagram

Equate Coffee’s expansion to Somerset introduces a more expansive menu, featuring a diverse array of all-day brunch mains and delectable pastries on top of a selection of speciality coffee and tea.

Of which, their thick sandos like the Reuben ($19.8) is a crowd favourite.

Equate Coffee

Location: 181 Orchard Rd, #01-17A Orchard Central Singapore 238896

7. Rise Bakehouse

Photo: Rise Bakehouse

Nestled within the vibrant enclave of 111 Somerset, Rise Bakehouse beckons with its cosy pastel pink facade.

Rise Bakehouse’s menu boasts an expanded selection of delectable treats. For those with a sweet tooth, their recent summer bakes, like the Mango Coconut Cake ($8.5) and Daisy Lemon Meringue Tart ($7.9), are a must-try. 

But Rise Bakehouse is not just about sweet indulgences. Their all-day brunch menu offers a delightful range of options to satisfy savuory cravings. Whether you opt for the no-frills Eggs on Toast ($13.9) or their signature Rise Breakfast ($15.9), featuring a choice of sourdough or brown butter waffles, eggs, chicken bratwurst, and fruits, you’ll find yourself in brunch heaven.

Another standout item on their menu is their coffee mixology, offering interesting concoctions such as the Lychee Coffee Martini ($9), which mixes lychee, coconut milk and cold brew.

Rise Bakehouse

Location: 111 Somerset Rd, #01-05 TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164

8. Baker X

Home Baker is a cafe in Somerset that features home bakers in Singapore
Source: @brownedbutterbakehouse / Instagram

Baker X is a community space that allows different home bakers, such as White’s Bakery, Browned Butter Bakehouse and Mon Cerise Patisserie, to operate temporarily as a brick-and-mortar store

Not only is it a stepping stone for aspiring home bakers, this cafe in Somerset provides customers the opportunity to sample interesting bakes and desserts in smaller portions. Oftentimes, home bakers operates with a larger minimum order, such as half a dozen, or a bake box.

Location: 181 Orchard Rd, #04-29, Singapore 238896

Best restaurants in Somerset

9. FYI Kitchen

Short for Famous Yummy Irresistible, FYI Kitchen is the latest dining concept at the newly-opened Taste Orchard. The multi-storey mall, located beside The Centrepoint, offers live seafood, pastries from Le Matin, steak from The Feather Blade, pizzas from Casa Vostra, and more. These restaurants have also whipped up a Taste Orchard-exclusive menu.

FYI Kitchen

Location: 160 Orchard Rd, #01-01, Singapore 238842

10. BHC Chicken

BHC Chicken — Korean fried chicken restaurant in Somerset Taste Orchard

South Korea’s largest fried chicken chain has opened their third outlet in Taste Orchard.

BHC Chicken’s menu starts from $28.9 for 14 pieces, which is more than enough to be shared between two people, keeping the total bill of the meal under $20. In addition to the classic fried chicken, BHC Chicken standout items are the Chi-Pongdang ($31.8) and Hot Bburinkle ($31.9), both utilising their in-house shrimp and garlic, and vegetable and cheese seasoning respectively.

The Somerset restaurant’s exclusive item is the Cheese Twist, a soft and pillowy bread with a sweet cheese filling.

BHC Chicken

Location: 160 Orchard Rd, #01-07/08, Singapore 238842

11. Burgs by Project Warung

Photo: Burgs by Project Warung

Burg by Project Warung is a Muslim-owned homegrown burger brand that aims to introduce quality burgers to the masses.

With four outlets across the island, this halal burger restaurant in Somerset specialises in American smashed burger. Smashing a ball of ground beef on a hot griddle bestows allows the patty to cook quickly, bestowing a juicy interior and crispy edges upon it.

The Classic Cheese Burger ($7.8) comes with their signature sauce, homemade pickled green chili, crispy shallots, American cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Meanwhile, for a more affordable option, opt for the juicy Hot & Spicy Chicken Burger ($5.8).

Burgs by Project Warung

Location: 313@somerset, 313 Orchard Rd, #05-01/02/03, Stall 25, Singapore 238895

12. Kim Dae Mun

This cosy Korean restaurant might be a short walk from Somerset MRT station but it has to be included in this list.

Do not let its unpretentious appearance fool you. She may be dressed like a school canteen but she can cook up an array of traditional Korean dishes. In fact, Kim Dae Mun was founded by an ahjumma, translating to aunt in Korea, which explains the authentic and homely flavours.

The menu includes hotplates, stews and side dishes like dumplings, most under $10.

Kim Dae Mun

Location: 100 Orchard Rd, #01-03D Concorde Shopping Mall, Singapore 238840

13. HeNiu Teppanyaki

Japanese Teppanyaki does not get cheaper than this.

He Niu, located at 313@Somerset Food Republic, offers value sets from $12

Their set includes a choice of meat: beef, pork, chicken, teriyaki chicken, seafood and lamb, a steamy bowl of rice, and stir-fried lettuce. Every option is equally good (I’ve tried them all), and certainly worth the price, especially with substantial portions that will leave you satisfied after the meal.

HeNiu Teppanyaki

Location: 313 Orchard Rd, Level 5 Singapore, Singapore 238895

14. A Poke Theory

Located on the first floor of 111 Somerset, A Poke Theory uses fresh produce received daily and prepares them in small batches. Not only does this reduce wastage, it ensures that only the freshest food are served to their customers.

From as low as $12.5, Indulge in the BYO 1 Pax Bundle for a poke ball and a drink on the side. Health enthusiasts can also order coldpressed juices and acai bowls.

A Poke Theory

Location: #01-04, 111 Somerset, 111 Somerset Rd, 238164

15. Hokkaido Marche

Hokkaido Marche is a Japanese gourmet hall with a large variety of authentic Japanese food such as Ramen, Rice Bowls and Yakitori at an average price of $13.

We recommend the signature Buta-Don Oomori ($8.8) from Yakitori Tsuyoshi, which is a pork-slice rice bowl drizzled with a sweet sauce.

Hokkaido Marche

Location: 181 Orchard Road, #B2-11 to 29, 44 to 28 Orchard Central, 238896

16. Kanshoku Ramen Bar

Kanshoku Ramen Bar is the pioneer of truffle ramen in Singapore.

Both the wet and dry variations are embedded with emphatic notes of truffle. However, the Truffle Broth Ramen ($18.9) is slightly more intense in fragrance while the Truffle Ramen Dry ($17.9) torches their chashu (Japanese pork belly).

Ramen traditionalists can savour their dishes include their Shoyu Ramen ($14.9), which is a tonkotsu broth based ramen with a more nuanced combination of shoyu and pork broth.

Kanshoku Ramen Bar

Location: 277 Orchard Rd, #01-06, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238858

17. Honolulu Cafe

Honestly, authentic Hong Kong Cafe, also known as cha can ting (茶餐厅), is so difficult to find in Singapore. Fortunately, Honolulu Cafe, founded in Hong Kong, made the cut.

While the stars of the restaurant are its fragrant Milk Tea ($3) and flaky, buttery Egg Tarts ($2.4), their mains are not to be neglected. Hong Kong classics include Tomato Sauce Baked Rice, Curry Rice and Western fusion dishes, priced from $9.

Honolulu Cafe

Location: 176 Orchard Rd, #01-33 F/G, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843

18. Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar

For those who value gourmet burgers, Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar is the place to be.

Using only the finest ingredients, there is an array of quality burgers to choose from. Fluffy buns, juicy patties. Go back to the basics with Ollie’s Clasic ($15.9), with classics toppings like caramelised onions, cheddar cheese and lettuce.

Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar

Location: 176 Orchard Road, #01-33M The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843

Cafes near Somerset

If you can’t find any suitable cafes in this area, hop over to the nearby neighbourhoods. We have compiled various guides of the best cafes near Somerset:

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