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This Underrated Gem In Yishun Has Serene Cafes Facing The Pond, Taiwan-like Book Cafe & Vegan Food

Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre – Hidden gem in Yishun

If you’re living in the North, you’d know that there are a number of things to do in Yishun – be it food-hopping or playing at adventure playgrounds. Although, there are still a few places like Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre that are lesser-known gems. 

For those who have never heard of it, we don’t blame you, some residents haven’t either. It’s actually a centre run by youths for other like-minded youths to connect with one another. Swing by the centre the next time you’re free –  it’s got 2 cafes, a dedicated work area for you to get productive, and a pilates studio. 

2 waterfront cafes for brunch

Jing Si Books & Cafe – Chinese teahouse-inspired

jing si merchThe store has glass panels for you to enjoy the view while inside the cafe.Image credit: Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre 

If you’re looking for a chill place to do work while sipping on some tea, Jing Si Books & Cafe makes a great spot. The cafe gives us Taiwan tea house vibes, complete with calming music and some traditional Chinese teas on the menu. We’d recommend the Jing Si Oolong Tea ($4.50) or Honey Rose Tea ($4.50)

view from jing si cafeEnjoy your study or reading sesh with views of the Yishun Pond.Image credit: @nycshanghai via Instagram 

For those hoping to study here, you won’t have to worry about your laptop running out of battery – there are charging ports available in the cafe itself, but do take note that they’re limited. Oh, and did we mention, there’s even a row of tables with waterfront views – chope a seat here if you want relaxing views while you hustle. 

 jing si cafeImage credit: @singaporeinsiders & @alvinlimsingapore via Instagram

The books on sale here focus on mindfulness, personal development, and spirituality. Besides non-fiction titles, the retail space also sells other items like their own specialty tea leaves and minimalistic stationery like pens and notebooks. 

Slow Bakes – Vegan toast options

But if you’re more of a brunch type of person, bring your study materials over to Slow Bakes. They sell toasts from just $2.80/slice, with a variety of vegan bread and spreads to choose from – think pumpkin and matcha loaves, paired with avocado or orange marmalade spread. Add $4.50 to upgrade to their breakfast set which includes boiled eggs and a drink.

 slow bakes foodImage credit: @starmyhappyfoods via Instagram

The cafe itself nicely integrates and opens up to the outside, so you are also surrounded by Yishun Pond Park’s greenery. Park yourself here to enjoy some yummy bakes and a serene view of the pond as you hustle and get work done. 

outdoor seatsEnjoy the breeze and a waterfront view at Slow Bakes. Image credit: @nycshanghai via Instagram 

Fully-equipped study area

If you prefer a proper space, just head over to the free-of-charge study area that’s right beside the 2 cafes. This study space is just as good as the library – it has free WiFi, a clean toilet, and even water coolers for when you get thirsty. The best part of all: you’ll find a charging port at each table, so there’s no need to compete for charging compartments. 

 study areaThe study area is a quiet and comfortable space, making a conducive study environment.Image credit: Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre

Although the space has no air-conditioning, it’s still a spacious area with large fans so you won’t have to worry about the heat. The place opens from 10am-10pm too, which makes it a great studying or working spot after classes end. 

Pilates & yoga classes at Bhumi Lifestyle

bhumi lifestyle studioImage credit: @bhumi_lifestyle via Instagram

The zen vibes continue at Bhumi Lifestyle where pilates princesses and princes can clock in a workout. They mainly offer pilates and yoga, plus a few others like therapeutic tissue release and spine corrector classes. Select from varying levels of difficulty, so don’t worry if you’re a new member joining. 

If you want to give the classes here a shot, sign up for their first trial promotion (from $60), or book a slot on the ClassPass app starting from 6 credits.

Drop by Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre in Yishun

Now that you’re in the know about this lesser-known spot in Yishun, it’s time to make a visit. Whether you’re here to finish some last-minute assignments, go for a yoga class, or just enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch, it’s a refreshing change from your usual go-to spots in Singapore. If you’re working or studying, just remember not to hog the space so others can also benefit from it too. 

Find out more about Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre

Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth CentreADMISSION FEEFree entry ADDRESS30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796 Opening Hours:Thursday 10:00-22:00 Show Time Hide

Monday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM-10:00 PM


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Cover image adapted from: Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre, @starmyhappyfoods via Instagram


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