Is there anything not to love about waffles? A well-made waffle is a glorious thing. Its pockets hold a mix of ice cream and maple sauce that fills your mouth at every bite. It also sits well on both ends of the spectrum— sweet and savoury. So very scrumptious!
I’ve rounded up some of my favourite renditions across Singapore. Here are 13 waffles you should know about:
Gelato aficionados will be familiar with Apiary, a well-loved ice cream parlour that’s known for its blissfully creamy creations. It has three outlets in Singapore, the latest of which is its provision shop-like space at Joo Chiat, which is filled with specially curated coffee, tea and treats.
A visit to Apiary isn’t complete without its Plain Waffle (S$6), a simple freshly made-to-order waffle flavoured with brown butter. Top it off with your choice of Ice Cream (S$4.20 for single scoop, S$8 for double scoop) and pick from a wide range of house-made delights, such as Blue Milk, Sicilian Pistachio and Okinawa Brown Sugar & Butter Cookies.
Its ice cream flavours change constantly, so do check out the website for a live list of which flavours are on rotation.
2. Chapter 55
Chapter 55 has two waffle options on their menu and the Salted Caramel Gelato Waffle (S$13.50 for one scoop, S$17.80 for two scoops) is one of them. The waffle here is delightfully crispy on the outside and light on the inside. The good folks here will set you up with a large scoop of gelato that is outmatched by the even more oversized fluffy waffle.
The waffle is topped with a flurry of icing sugar and a good amount of salted caramel sauce. Gelato lovers will appreciate the array of gelato options, such as Lychee Martini, Black Forest and their signature Mao Shan Wang gelato made from the king of fruit itself, no less.
If you find yourself awake at 1am and craving a plate of freshly-made waffles, Lickers is the place to go. Both of its outlets open till 2am, making this a great supper place.
A waffle paired with two scoops of ice cream costs S$10, while a single scoop costs S$3.50. Its waffle is as classic as it gets— crisp yet light in texture while staying soft and fluffy on the inside. Pair your waffle with its intriguing ice cream flavours, such as Yakult Oreo, Maple Butter Hazelnut and Cookie Monster.
4. Belo Cafe
If you were won over by Les Patisseries in 2017 by their French bakes and Instagram-worthy waffles, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re known as Belo Cafe. The folks decided to team up with PizzaFace to create a cafe by day and pizza bar by night, while selling all-day desserts as well.
Their best-selling waffles are still available, so be sure to order its Horffles (S$14), a vanilla waffle topped with Horlicks ice cream, Horlicks powder and sauce, fresh berries and a macaron. If you have a sweet tooth, go for its Thai Milk Tea & Earl Grey (S$15), which comes drizzled with thick condensed milk, fresh berries and a macaron.
5. Revelry Cafe
Revelry Cafe’s recommended Chicken & Waffles (S$19) is of a tasty doughy crispiness, covered by a perfectly fried chicken. This is accompanied by a shot of maple syrup to drizzle over the whole creation. Slice the waffle in half and you will find almond nuts for the added texture.
This is a waffle I will travel for miles (yes, even from East to West) to try. Chicken waffle mission is a real thing and Revelry Cafe is definitely something to experience. On the sweet side, try On Cloud Nine (S$16). Hint: Cotton candy. Fluffy, fluffy cotton candy.
6. Atlas Coffeehouse
The folks behind Atlas Coffeehouse have got brunch down to a tee, and its brands include well-known cafes such as Columbus Coffee Co, Apollo Coffee Bar, Neptune and Lunar Coffee Brewers.
It’s no surprise then that its Buttermilk Waffles (S$11.20) find a spot on this list. The original waffles come with just maple syrup and butter, but if you’re looking to jazz it up with a delicious mix of sweet and savoury flavours, go for its Candied Bacon + Vanilla Ice Cream top-up, which costs an additional S$4.30.
7. Twenty Grammes
Twenty Grammes has three signature waffles, the most interesting of which is the S’mores Waffle (S$15). The waffle comes with a buttermilk base and is topped with toasted marshmallows, chocolate hazelnut sauce and a graham cracker. For your choice of gelato, pick between Sea Salt Caramel, Vanilla, Tokyo Banana, Earl Grey, Coconut or Stracciatella, a milk-based ice cream with chocolate shavings.
Craving something savoury? Try its Smoked Duck Takoyaki (S$18), a buttermilk waffle served with smoked duck slices, mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce and bonito flakes.
8. KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar
Remember Sogurt, Singapore’s first fully self-serve froyo store? Its founders went on to open KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar, a humble cafe located along Bukit Timah Road.
The reason why KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar lands a spot on this list is because of its Matcha Berry Mochi Waffles (S$12.50), featuring soft and chewy mochi waffles with its signature dark chocolate froyo. It’s certainly a pretty sight— cookie crumble lining the side of the plate, fresh fruits drizzled in matcha sauce, and little marshmallows.
If you already know that Creamier is a go-to for great and affordable ice cream, it should come as no surprise that it is also a go-to for waffle indulgences.
Many agree that the waffle here ranks high on the waffle billboard. Crisp and golden on the outside, warm and soft within, its waffles are all made fresh upon order using a handmade batter that includes fresh market eggs, full cream milk and pure butter. Prices here are from S$6.00 onwards.
10. Wimbly Lu
Wimbly Lu prides itself as the purveyors of desserts and their waffles are no exception. On its menu, you’ll find no-frill Simple is Best (S$6), a plain waffle topped with maple syrup. Nothing fancy. Get one scoop of ice cream for S$4.50 and two scoops for S$8.50.
Don’t be disappointed with the lacklustre-looking waffle because the waffle itself tastes really good. Plus, you will probably order something else from their extensive dessert options before heading home. That full-on sugar high can’t be avoided after all.
This cafe (or Ice Cream Bar as they have named themselves) may have made it onto the must-visit list with their artisan plated desserts but it’s their Signature Charcoal Waffles (S$6.50 without Ice Cream) that is undoubtedly keeping them there. While it comes with salted caramel sauce and sprinkled dried lavender, top-up S$1 for the Salted Egg Yolk Sauce, because we just love salted egg anything, don’t we?
The salty-sweetness of Fatcat Ice Cream Bar’s salted egg sauce and ice cream meet their match with a soft and fluffy waffle. But, it’s the unique ice-cream flavours (read: Beer Butter and Honey Hay) that make their waffle unforgettable.
Blk 416 Bedok North Ave 2, #01-25, Singapore 460416
+65 6241 0830
Sun to Mon: 1pm – 10pm
Closed on Tue
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13. Sunday Folks
When the folks at Sunday Folks first opened in 2014, I can still remember the hype that took over my social media feed. Every single time I opened Instagram, I’d see drool-worthy photos of Sunday Folks’ signature waffles and soft serve. Needless to say, I’ve personally visited this trendy cafe more times than I can count.
Its Earl Grey Lavender Waffle (S$12) is its best-seller, thanks to the fragrant lightness of the earl grey ice cream, which pairs fantastically with the warm waffle, which is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. If you’re not a fan of earl grey lavender ice cream, go for Sunday Folks’ other ice cream flavours, which include Hojicha, Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Gula Melaka and more.
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13. Shrove Tuesday
Interestingly, Shrove Tuesday got its name from the actual Shrove Tuesday— a traditional feasting day where Christians would indulge in rich and tasty food, such as pancakes before Lent began the following day. It’s no wonder then that this quaint cafe, hidden in the Toa Payoh heartlands, serves up a mean plate of waffles!
Waffle purists will enjoy its Original Waffle (S$5), which can be paired with unique ice cream flavours such as Milo (S$3.80) and Salted Blue Pea (S$4.50). However, be sure to try its Nyonya Chendol Waffle (S$13.90), a unique dessert featuring three scoops of coconut, vanilla and gula melaka ice cream topped with red bean, chendol jelly and desiccated coconut.
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