Guide to Duxton Hill

P11000306.RW2 (FILEminimizer)Last update: 25th July 2013

Duxton Hill has always been my favourite place to dine and chill. The enclave is literally teeming with cafes, bars and a whole lot of Korea BBQ restaurants! I’m no fan of Korea food but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try considering that it’s the hype amongst everyone.

I love the location of the hilly outpost being along the crossroads of Chinatown and Maxwell Hawker Center. Even though it’s situated in the central, the place is still relatively quiet in the late afternoons. A good news especially when you need somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

The enclave is pretty much accessible via train alighting at Tanjong Pagar MRT station and then taking the shortcut via Gopeng Street and crossing opposite of the main road of Tanjong Pagar before reaching the rows of shophouses.

So here’s my guide to the sights and tastes of Duxton Hill:
____________________________________________________________________________DSC_0575.NEF (FILEminimizer)Department Of Caffeine

15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 6223 3426

Etna Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

49-50 Duxton Road, Singapore 089513
Tel: +65 6220 5513
Mon to Sun: 12.00pm to 2.30pm & 6.30pm to 10.30pm

P1020586.RW2 (FILEminimizer)Flor Patisserie

If the French invented desserts then it’s the Japanese who perfected the art of eating desserts! This is clearly visible if you ever visit them. With Chef Yamashita behind the kitchen, it’s little wonder why such a statement even exist! Although, Flor has another outlet at the basement of Takashimaya, I still prefer coming down to their main shop where I can just sit down and relax with a cake or two.

2 Duxton Hill #01-01, Singapore 089588
Tel: +65 6223 8628
Mon to Sat: 10.30am to 7.30pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10.30am to 6.30pm
Cafe hours: 11am to 7:00pm (Mondays to Saturdays) & 11am to 6pm (Sundays & Public Holiday)

P1020577.RW2 (FILEminimizer)Group Therapy Cafe

When I came to know of Group Therapy, I really took it literally. Silly me, I guess it has to do with my social work background? Anyway, the cafe is a nice place for a lazy weekend brunch. Their carrot cakes are worth mentioning. If you wanna know, I almost always get a slice whenever I’m there conducting my own group therapy with my friends and family.

The place is rather easy to miss it so keep a look out for Etna Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria as the cafe is on the second floor.

49 Duxton Road #02-01, Singapore 089513
Tel: +65 6222 2554
Mondays: Closed
Tue to Thur: 11am to 6pm
Fri to Sat: 11am to 11pm
Sun & PH: 9am to 6pm

Latteria Mozzarella Bar

40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618
Tel: +65 6866 1988
Sun to Fri: 12pm to 2.30pm (Lunch)
Sat: Closed on lunch
Mon to Sun: 6pm to 11pm (Dinner)

Miz Japanese Restaurant

7 Craig Road, Singapore 089667
Tel: +65 8354 7477
Mon to Sat: 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Sun: Closed

Pasta Brava

The intrigue interior design is what I love about the two story restaurant. There’s no need for me to describe how the food fare for now until I have another chance to dine there again.

11 Craig Road, Singapore 089671
Tel: +65 6227 7550
Mon to Sat: 12pm to2:30pm and 6:30pm-10:30pm
Sun and PH: Closed
*Open for dinner service if Public Holiday falls on Friday or Saturday

P1030976.RW2 (FILEminimizer)Quarter To Three

Tucked amidst my favourite hilly outpost of Duxton Hill is a cosy little cafe named synonymous with that special timing for afternoon tea. I heard from the owners that this isn’t just another cafe for their cakes are crafted by a master chef who has years of experience baking and training pastry chef.

That’s something I don’t hear everyday right? Though I wished I could know who that chef is…

88 Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 088509
Tel: +65 6222 2214
Mon to Sat: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sun: Closed


Furniture and food all coming together to form this unique cafe. Bagels are a must try if you ever come down for a lazy weekend brunch. Don’t forget to finish off with a nice cuppa though I prefer earl grey but that’s just a personal preference right?

124 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088533
Tel: +65 6222 3510
Tue to Fri: 11am to 7pm
Sat & Sun: 11am to 6pm
Mon: Closed

P1060348.RW2 (FILEminimizer)Selfish Gene Cafe

Set aside those satisfactory sandwiches, their Cappuccino ($4.80) was pretty darn good too. Just a word of caution when you are thinking of going for the Matcha Latte ($5.00). It sort of resembles a cup of spinach soup and tasted more powder than liquid but the worst has got to be their iced drinks. Fancy paying six bucks for a glass of iced lemon tea? I assure you it ain’t worth.

Desserts came in three different forms of cakes; chocolate, banana or carrot. They looks simple and classic but for someone like me who eats desserts almost all the time, I would say they sounded a little too common. Then again, if we are talking about desserts on Duxton Hill, I know just a few more good places to go…

40 craig road, Singapore 089678
Tel: +65 6423 1324

Tea Chapter

If you’re someone who can appreciate a cup of Chinese tea, then look no further than the Tea Chapter. Instruments are provided to those whom really can brew their own set of tea but freak not if you’re still an amateur for the staffs would be more than happy to go through the basics of tea brewing and demonstrate the art to you. A traditionalist would go for their tea eggs to pair with their tea but to me their highlight would be the various tea jellies they offer to their guests.

9A Neil Road, Singapore 088808
Tel: +65 6226 1175
Sun to Thurs: 11.00 am to 10.30pm
Fri – Sat, Public Holiday & Eve: 11.00 am to 11.00 pm

The Plain

Coffee. Poached Eggs. Cupcakes. That’s how I love my typical weekend brunch to be….

50 Crag Road #01-01 , Singapore 089688
Tel: +65 6225 4387
Mon to Sun: 7.30am to 7.30pm

P1000292.RW2 (FILEminimizer)Yixing Xuan Teahouse

Looking for affordable Dim Sums? Then this teahouse would fit your criteria. Do not expect them to serve up Dim Sums that’s serve all nice and fancy like most restaurants do. It’s nothing pretentious and pricey just like I love my Dim Sums just plain and simple. Like the Tea Chapter just a street away, you can always be there to appreciate a cup of Chinese tea.

30 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088453
Tel: +65 6224 6961
Mon to Sat : 10am to 9pm
Sun & Public Holiday : 10am to 7pm

I can’t say I visited every single one of the place but slowly and surely I will put them in this space. For me, Duxton Hill is my kind of place. To chill and relax either with friends or just by myself. I can sure do with a nice cup of drink.

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