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Thomson is a treasure trove of great eats.
By day, the hip crowd hit up the popular cafes for brunch; by night, dress down to find a light bite at one of the many eateries open till late. Or, hunt down one of these hidden foodie spots only the residents know about.
Even if you don't live around the area, you'll find these nine cafes and restaurants worth the travel.
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1. Windowsill Pies
Off the main road - where only the knowing venture - is this homely hideout serving artisanal pies.
Perennial favourites include the Strawberry Lemon Pie and Banana Almond Brittle Pie, but our favourite is the Grasshopper, a mint-chocolate and brownie flavoured pie, topped with chocolate cookie crumbs.
95 Soo Chow Walk, Singapore 575382 http://windowsillpies.sg
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2. Spice Sutra
If the mark of a good Indian restaurant is a good Naan, then Spice Sutra is second to naan.
Their six different types of naan, from butter to garlic and more, are fluffy and buttery, yet not oily. Use it to scoop up the well-marinated Butter Chicken, or pair it with the spicy Mutton Masala.
Pro tip: the menu is huge (and you'll want everything), so go with a big group and order several dishes for the table.
#01-03 Thomson Imperial Court, 200 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574424 http://spicesutra.com
3. Brownice Ice Cream
We wouldn't know that these sweet treats are dairy-free, vegan, and all-natural, made from a base of organic brown rice milk if we weren't told so - they taste as rich and indulgent as the real thing.
Must-tries include the Earl Grey and the French Chocolate, or flavours like Pumpkin Coconut for the more adventurous.
#01-03 Sin Ming Centre, 8 Sin Ming Rd, Singapore 575628 http://www.brownice.com
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This container cafe's ambience is as fun as its menu, with cheekily named dishes like Lett-uce Feed You for a salad dish, Blur like Sotong for fried calamari, and Cut The Crab for crabcakes.
Wash your food down with the WORD. Concoction, an interesting take on ice-cream soda with lemongrass, sour plum, lemon and mint.
906 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787110 https://www.facebook.com/wordbistro
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5. One Man Coffee
Many know about this laid-back cafe serving hand-pulled brews from Melbourne's Axil Coffee Roasters beans, but few know that they share the space with Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar which opens only in the evenings.
Best of both worlds!
215R Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349 http://www.onemancoffee.com.sg
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6. Sin Ming Prata
This stall in a humble HDB coffee shop serves one of the best prata (Malay/Indian fried pancake) in town.
Skip the fancy variations and go for the coin prata, mini nuggets of goodness that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Best eaten dunked in curry!
#01-51, Jin Fa Kopitiam, 24 Sin Ming Rd, Singapore 570024
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Japanese foodies flock to this tiny 14-seater sushi bar for one of the cheapest Bara Chirashi Don (marinated sashimi on a bed of rice) in Singapore.
Also try their aburi (blow-torched) sushi, or the Glazed Duck with Onsen Egg rice bowl if you're not a seafood fan.
#01-113F, Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574408 https://www.facebook.com/Sushiro-Singapore-970518079675008
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8. Little Part 1 Cafe
If there was a sequel to Little Part 1 Cafe, we'd be the first to jump on it.
This cafe-bar might be small, but their menu is big - European and contemporary picks include the Irish Stews, Buffalo Wings, crepes and more.
Plus, an extensive beer menu featuring a selection sourced from Belgium, England, Germany, and beyond.
15 Jasmine Rd, Singapore 576584 http://www.littlepart1cafe.com
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9. Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
Ok, so this is no secret, but this cafe deserves a spot on this list by way of its mouth-watering brunch fare.
Dishes like Crab Benedict and Duck Confit Hash stray from the norm, and delightfully so; those with a sweet tooth will love the indulgent French Toast or Sticky Date Pancakes.
185 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574333 http://pacamara.sg
This article was first published on The Finder.