Best Cafes in Singapore

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Cafés have different interpretations in different countries. In the American context, a café or coffee house is a casual restaurant serving proper food and sandwiches. Whilst a café in other countries is simply a place that serves coffee with light snacks/desserts.

I have been cafe-hopping around to check out some of the cafes in Singapore. It is nice to see how new places like Artichoke, Forty hands, The Plains, The Pigeonhole have injected vibrancy into the Singapore food scene.

Who can resist the lovely smell of brewing coffee, the chic display of desserts on cake stands, and the cozy ambiance of a cafe? Not me, that’s for sure.

Here is my list of the best cafes in Singapore:

I have included the following: a) cafes that serve good coffee, b) new and upcoming cafes c) hidden indie cafes d) nice chill-out cafes e) restaurants-cafes that have affordable and good food and f) cafes for people-watching. I also have a separate list of cafes with free wifi in Singapore, and you can read it here.

Anthesis Cafe


Anthesis Cafe


#01-01, Robertson Blue, 86 Robertson Quay
Tel: +65 6737 9873
Tue to Sun: 8.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: CLarke Quay


Artichoke Cafe


Artichoke Cafe’s menu is mainly influenced by Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. The weekend brunch is highly popular, and it is recommended to make your reservation before heading down. Unpretentious food, a relaxed and casual setting, Artichoke ticked all the right boxes.

161 Middle Road
Sculpture Square
Tel: +65 6336 6949
Nearest Station: Bugis

Arbite


Arbite Cafe


The cafe’s interiors are rather non-descript – Arbite Cafe is just a simple space with white-washed walls, some tables and chairs. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the honest and delicious food. You can find main courses like Truffle Beef Burger, ($18.90), Squid Ink Spaghetti with Seafood ($23.90), Green Tea Tagliatelle with Smoked Duck ($23.90) on the menu. Also, they offer all day breakfast such as Croque Madame ($15.90), Eggs Benedict ($11.90), Gardener French Toast ($13.90).

66A Serangoon Garden Way
Tel: +65 6287 0430

Assembly Coffee Waffles


Assembly Coffee


Excellent coffee, a small and concise food menu serving inexpensive comfort food, and a small and charming space, Assembly Coffee is a gem and worth a visit.

26 Evans Lodge
Tel: +65 6735 5647
Tue to Sun: 8am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens


Backstage Cafe


158 Kallang Way
Tel: +65 6743 6893
Mon to Sat: 10am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Aljunied/ Potong Pasir

Baker and Cook


Bakers & Cook


This artisan bakery cafe is tucked in Hillcrest Road and it serves an impressive array of breads and pastries. For those of you who do not stay in the west, you would be glad to know that they have recently opened a new outlet at Martin Road.

77 Hillcrest Road
Tel: +65 6469 8834


Brawn and Brains


100 Guillemard Road #01-07
Singapore Badminton Hall
Tel: +65 9771 1610
Tue to Sun: 9am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Mountatten

Cafe Melba


Cafe Melba


Housed in a beautiful glass building, Cafe Melba is chic and stylish, without being overly pretentious. It reminds me of PS Cafe, and while food here is not fantastic, I can see myself coming back regularly to have a quiet dinner. Cafe Melba’s weekend brunch is very popular; they do not take reservations, so make sure you go early to get a table.

There is also ample parking available in the Goodman Arts Centre.

90 Goodman Road
#01-56 Goodman Arts Centre Block N
Tel: +65 6440 6068
Mon to Fri: 10am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 10pm

Carpenter and Cook


Carpenter and Cook


Carpenter and Cook is a vintage home store and artisan bakery café at Lorong Kilat. Since its opening in June 2012, I have been there many times and I am happy to tell you that it is now one of my favourite cafes in Singapore. A must-try is definitely the now famous Passionfruit Meringue Tart. Pair it with a hearty cuppa and your afternoon is complete.

19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
Tel: +65 6463 3648


Chillax Massage Cafe


Chillax at Serangoon Garden is a cafe and massage parlour. On the ground floor, the cafe serves simple and satisfying food such as pastas, truffle fries and breakfast food. The best idea is to head upstairs to the massage room for a good and relaxing massage before having your meal at the cafe.

28 Maju Avenue
1st Level Serangoon Garden Estate
Tel: +65 6244 5529

Chye Seng Huat Hardware


Chye Seng Huat Hardware


Chye Seng Huat Hardware, opened by the folks behind Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy, is one of the most popular cafes/coffee places in Singapore right now.

From the outside, Chye Seng Huat Hardware looks like a run-down hardware shop – but don’t be deceived by its name and exterior, because it is actually a very hip coffee bar. In addition to the coffee bar, it also features a roastery, a coffee school and a private coffee tasting room.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware is listed in our guide to Singapore’s best coffee shops.

150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Tue to Thu: 9am – 7pm
Fri to Sun: 9am – 10pm


Common Man Coffee Roasters


The latest venture by Barista Harry Grover of Forty Hands and the Spa Esprit Group, Common Man Coffee Roasters at Martin Road is a mature space dedicated to coffee lovers, and it has a 7kg roaster for roasting single origin coffee beans.

#01-00 22 Martin Road
Tel: +65 6836 4695
Daily: 7am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay


Coffeesmith


62 Collyer Quay #02-11
Tel: +65 9339 6878
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

Chock full of beans


Chock Full Of Beans


Chock Full of Beans is a cafe at Changi Village where folks staying in the East go for casual brunch on weekends. On the menu you can find brunch food such as Brulee French Toast ($9), Scrambled Eggs ($11), and Eggs Benedict ($12).

4 Changi Village Road #01-2090
Tel: +65 6214 8839

Club Street Social


Club Street Social


Tucked in a quiet corner of Gemmill Lane, Club Street Social has the vibe of a Manhattan bistro-bar. It is one of my favourite new places in town.

On the menu, they have several categories like salads, breakfast, panini, crostini, and tramezzini. Breakfast is served all day, so you can get your favourite breakfast food like scrambled eggs with toast after a long day at work. I’ve tried their panini, and it is one of the best I’ve had.

In the day, it is a cool bistro/restaurant which serves simple but delicious food. When night falls, it transforms into a uber-chic bar where you can go for a nice cocktail.

5 Gemmill Lane
(Off Club Street)
Tel: +65 6225 5043


Craft Bakery & Cafe


24A Lorong Mambong
Tel: +65 6467 7710
Sun to Thu: 12pm – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 12pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Holland Village

Department of Caffeine


Department of Caffeine


The Duxton Hill area has seen a revival in the recent years, and there are many new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in the neighbourhood. If you work in the area, or if you are looking for a new weekend brunch spot, one of the places that you should check out is Department of Caffeine.

Main courses on the weekday menu include Minute Steak (S$16), Chicken Fillet Burger (S$15), and a 8 Hour Pulled Pork Burger (S$14.50). You must not leave the cafe without trying its Buttermilk Waffles (S$12.50).

15 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 6223 3426
Mon to Fri: 10.30am – 7.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 7.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar


d’ Good Cafe


273 Holland Avenue
#02-01/02
Tel: +65 6219 9807
Sun to Thu: 10am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 10am – 10pm


Drips Bakery Cafe


Drips Bakery Cafe at Tiong Bahru serves gourmet coffee on the menu along with hot foods, cakes and buns.

82 Tiong Poh Road #01-05
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Mon, Wed & Thu: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Fri: 10.30am – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 9.30pm

Drury Lane Cafe


Drury Lane Cafe


94 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6222 6698
Mon to Fri (Except Tue): 9am – 9pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar


Espressolab


13 Bali Lane
Tel: +65 6298 8413


Fine Palate Cafe


51 Waterloo Street
#01-04/05 Singapore
Tel: +65 6336 5120

Five Dime


Five and Dime


Easily one of the prettiest new restaurants in town, Five and Dime (see first photo) is located at 297 River Valley Road. I love that the place has a cool NYC vibe; I love that they put in a lot of attention to details in the logo and design of the place; I love that it is housed in a nice shophouse. I also love that it is very versatile; bright and airy for a nice sunday brunch, and when night falls, it transforms into a classy and elegant place for a romantic dinner.

297 River Valley Road
Tel: +65 9236 5002

Flock Cafe


Flock Cafe


One of the newest cafes in Tiong Bahru, this coffee spot serves sandwiches such as Bacon & Egg ($10.90), Pork Cheek and Gruyere ($11.90), as well as breakfast food like Scrambled Eggs and Toast ($6.90) and French Toast Pancakes ($8.90).

78 Moh Guan Terrace #01-25
Daily (except Tue): 9am – 5pm

Food for Thought Botanic Gardens


Food For Thought Cafe


Food For Thought at Singapore Botanic Gardens is an ideal place for weekend brunch; you can take a nice stroll in the park after having scrambled eggs and sausages, with a cup of coffee. Moreover, most of the dishes are reasonably priced.

1 Cluny Road #B1-00
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Tel: +65 6338 4848
Mon to Sun: 8am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Forty Hands Tiong Bahru


Forty Hands


This coffee house focuses on sustainably produced speciality coffee, stocking Fair Trade and Direct Trade coffee beans. Besides coffee, they also have a range of cakes, pastries and sandwiches on the menu. For those who are looking for a place to have brunch, 40 Hands Coffee has a brunch menu available all day from Friday to Sunday.

Blk 78 Yong Siak Street
#01-12 Singapore
Tel: +65 6225 8545
Tue: 8:30am – 6:30pm
Wed & Thu: 8:30am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 8:30am – 11pm
Sun: 8:30am – 6:30pm

Habitat Cafe


Habitat Coffee


This little cafe along Upper Thomson Road is worth a trip. It is a cosy chill out spot which has comfort food such as sandwiches, salads, pastas and breakfast food. Most of the items on the menu are under S$20. Make sure you try the Eggs Tomato Relish, Truffle Fries, and churros when you are there.

223 Upper Thomson Road
Tel: +65 6456 2567
Tue to Fri: 11am – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Marymount

Hatched


Hatched


Hatched, an egg-inspired restaurant, is one of the places that first started the idea of serving all day breakfast in Singapore. Be it baked, boiled, fried, scrambled or poached, you can find all kinds of egg dishes there.

26 Evans Road
#01-06 Evans Lodge
Tel: +65 6735 0012
Thu to Mon: 8am – 4pm

267 Holland Avenue
Tel: +65 6463 0012
Tue to Sun: 9am – 11pm

House


House Dempsey


House is one of my favourite restaurants in Dempsey. They have a variety of food selections on the menu, and I love the desserts there! Do drop by for a visit if you have not been there before.

8D Dempsey Road
#01-01 to 06 Tanglin Village
Tel: +65 6475 7787
Hoshino Coffee


Hoshino Coffee


68 Orchard Road
#03-84 Plaza Singapura
Tel: +65 6338 3277

Group Therapy Singapore


Group Therapy Cafe


One of the latest cafes to open in the trendy Duxton road, Group Therapy Cafe is a space that is tucked away on the 2nd storey of a reconstructed shophouse above Etna Italian restaurant. I fell in love as I stepped inside the cafe. The best thing is, it is not as crowded as not many people know about them yet. Definitely one of my new favourite cafes in Singapore.

49 Duxton Road Singapore
Tel +65 6222 2554

Jewel Coffee


Jewel Coffee


Jewel Coffee at 1 Shenton Way has quickly become one of the more popular coffee boutiques in the Central Business District (CBD). If you love coffee, and work in the area, there’s no reason not to visit the cafe. It is quite the ideal location to meet your clients or stop by for a coffee break.

Jewel Coffee is listed in our guide to Singapore’s best coffee shops.

1 Shenton Way #01-07
Tel: +65 6636 9452
Mon to Fri: 7am – 9pm
Sat: 8am – 5pm

129 Rangoon Road
Tel: +65 6298 9216
Tue to Thu: 9am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 12midnight
Sun: 9am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park

Jimmy Monkey


Jimmy Monkey Cafe


It is not easy to find Jimmy Monkey cafe at One-North Residences, but once you get there, you’ll never want to leave. It is a very cosy cafe where you can chill-out and have a cup of good coffee.

9 one-north Gateway
#01-51 one-north residences
Tel: +65 6777 8470


Jones the Grocer


If you are looking for a nice place to hang out with friends, go to Jones the Grocer at Mandarin Gallery. It is a lovely space to have a cup of coffee and desserts for afternoon tea. Otherwise, their outlet at Dempsey road is very popular for their breakfast menu which is available from 8.30am – 12noon on weekdays, and 8.30am – 3pm on weekends.

333A Orchard Road #04-21/23
Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6836 6372


Just Want Coffee


#01-27 1 Everton Park
Tel: +65 6225 8115
Nearest Station: Outram

kith Cafe Singapore


Kith Cafe


Kith Cafe at Park Mall is a nice place to hang out when you are in Orchard, especially if your friends are on a budget, as most of their items are reasonably-priced under $20.

9 Penang Road
#01-01E Park Mall
Tel: +65 6338 8611
Daily: 8am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut

Letoile Cafe


L’etoile Cafe


L’etoile is a whimsical cafe where you can go and have a cup of coffee, read a book, and watch the world goes by.

If you ever find yourself in the Farrer Park area, you can go on a cafe-hopping trail. Start with L’etoile cafe, then walk along Rangoon Road to Liberty Cafe, and end your adventure at The Broers Cafe on Petain Road.

160 Owen Road
Tel: +65 6298 2872

Little Part 1 Cafe


Little Part 1 Cafe


Little Part 1 Cafe is an indie cafe located at Jasmine road near Thomson Plaza. It is one of the best hidden cafes in Singapore. For folks living in the Thomson/Bishan/Ang Mo Kio area, now you know where to go for dinner.

15 Jasmine Road
Adelphi Park Estate Singapore
Tel: +65 6451 7553

Lola's


Lola’s Cafe


Almost all the dishes on the brunch menu (10am – 3pm) and dinner menu (6pm – 10pm) at Lola’s Cafe are priced below S$15 nett. For a wallet-friendly meal, note down Lola’s Cafe.

5 Simon Road
Tel: +65 6343 1808
Tue: 3pm – 11.30pm
Wed & Thu: 10am – 11.30pm
Fri to Sun: 10am – 12 Midnight
Nearest Station: Kovan


Lowercase


1 Mcnally Street
Block D #01-01
Tel: +65 6337 5581
Mon to Sat: 8.30am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Bugis/Little India

Loysel's


Loysel’s Toy Cafe


Papa Palheta has been making waves in the Singapore Food Scene with its premium gourmet coffee. They have recently opened Loysel’s Toy Cafe at Kampong Bugis (Raw Kitchen Bar has shifted there as well), which is located ten minutes away from Lavender Mrt Station.

66 Kampong Bugis
Tel: +65 9451 0236
Tue to Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat & Sun 9am – 7.30pm


Maison Ikkoku


20 Kandahar Street
Heritage Centre
Tel: +65 6294 0078


Marmalade Toast


Marmalade Toast is a hidden gem in Orchard Road. It has been around for very long, but even up till now, I’m surprised that not many people know about them. Located at a corner of Ngee Ann City, the cafe is a simplified version of Marmalade Pantry restaurant. They have a pretty straightforward menu of salads, wraps, sandwiches and desserts – everything priced reasonably under $10.

#02-11 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6733 8489

Mu Parlour Holland Village


MU Parlour


It is easy to miss MU Parlour if you are not paying special attention to the shops on the second level. It’s the kind of place that is introduced through friends’ recommendations. And this is exactly how we came to know about it. Besides serving gourmet burgers, MU Parlour also has a range of desserts and cocktails.

16A Lorong Mambong
Holland Village
Tel: +65 6466 9336
Daily: 10am – 11pm


Nassim Hill Bakery


#01-03 Tanglin Post Office
56 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 6835 1128

Necessary Provisions Cafe


Necessary Provisions Cafe


Opened by the folks behind Smitten Cafe, Necessary Provision is a gem and a wonderful spot for people who stay in the West of Singapore.

When I first heard about Necessary Provisions, I was really excited for a few reasons. First, I know that they will have good coffee as it is by Smitten Cafe. Second, the cafe is very near to my place – I can get there in ten minutes. Third, I have always lamented the fact that we lack a good coffee joint in this part of the island. While we have seen many cafes sprouting up over the past few years, somehow, there is not any cafe that serves good coffee in the west.

Eng Kong Park
21 Eng Kong Terrace
Tel: +65 9231 7920
Tue – Thu: 10am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 10am – 12 Midnight
Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Clementi

Cat Cafe SIngaporePhoto credit: Furry-Photos


Neko no Niwa


Neko no Niwa, Singapore’s first cat cafe, is located at Boat Quay, the cafe is named Neko no Niwa, which means ‘cat garden’ in Japanese. Neko no Niwa has 13 resident cats, and it is charging S$12/pax for the first hour, and S$5/pax for the subsequent 1/2 hour block.

54A Boat Quay, Level 2
Tel: +65 6536 5319
Mon to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & PH: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 2pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay/Raffles Place

Nylon


Nylon Coffee Roasters


Located in a small shophouse at Everton Park Estate, Nylon Coffee Roasters is a paradise for coffee lovers. It is a small speciality coffee shop with a big goal: to change people’s perception of coffee. The folks at Nylon Coffee deserve your support. If you are in the area, please drop by and get a cup of coffee.

Nylon Coffee is listed in our guide to Singapore’s best coffee shops.

4 Everton Park #01-40
Tel: +65 6220 2330
Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm


Old School Delights


215M Upper Thompson Road
Tel: +65 6458 4518
Nearest Station: Marymount

One Man Coffee


One Man Coffee


215R Upper Thomson Road
Daily (except Tue): 9am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Marymount


Oriole Cafe & Bar


Oriole Cafe is one of the places that I frequent whenever I am in town. Besides having good coffee, it also serves pretty decent food – in particular, the fish and chips and beef cheek tagliatelle are my favourites.

Oriole Cafe is listed in our guide to Singapore’s best coffee shops.

96 Somerset road
#01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites
(Opposite Brotzeit 313 @ Somerset)
Tel: +65 6238 8348


Park Cafe Bar


281 Holland Avenue #01-01
Mon to Fri: 10am – 2am
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 2am

Penny University


Penny University


402 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 9008 9314
Tue to Thu: 8.30am – 8pm
Fri: 8.30am – 12 midnight
Sat: 8.30am – 12 midnight
Sun: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Eunos/Kembangan

Pique Nique Cafe


Pique Nique


Besides Marmalade Toast at Takashimaya, another place that I like to go whenever I am in town is Pique Nique American Cafe by Chef Pang Kok Keong.

It is located at the basement of Takashimaya where McDonald’s used to be. It serves favourite American comfort food like mac & cheese ($12-16), hot dogs ($8.5-11), burgers ($10-13), all day breakfast ($7.5-13.5), whoopie pies ($2) and desserts ($4-8).

#B1-01 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Ngee Ann City Tower A
391A Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6238 6705

PS Cafe Dempsey


PS Cafe


Known for its chic and elegant ambiance – PS Cafe is the place to be seen. Other than the two branches at Dempsey and Palais Renaissance, they have recently opened a new cafe at Ann Siang Hill. PS Cafe may not have the best food, but regulars go back again and again for the ambience.

28B Harding Road
Tanglin Village (Dempsey Road) Singapore
Tel: +65 6479 3343

45 Ann Siang Road
#02-02 Singapore
Tel: +65 6222 3143

Rabbit Carrot Gun


Rabbit Carrot Gun


With a tongue-in-cheek name like Rabbit Carrot Gun, it is hard not to do a double take when we passed this watering hole along East Coast Road. Like its name suggests, Rabbit Carrot Gun does not take things too seriously. The menu is full of quirky dishes that fortunately turned out fairly well.

49 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6348 8568
Tue to Sun: 8am – 12 Midnight
Nearest Station: Eunos

Restore Cafe


ReStore Cafe


Restore Living is a vintage furniture shop and cafe which is tucked in a shop house along Tanjong Pagar Road. Freshly baked bagels, homemade waffles in a nice and quint cafe surrounded by vintage furniture – it is the formula for a perfect afternoon. All the vintage furniture in the shop is available for sale. If you are looking for a new addition for your place, you can choose your favourite piece and bring it home.

124 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6222 3510
Tue & Sun: 11am – 7pm
Wed to Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat: 9am – 11pm
Sun: 9pm – 7pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar


Revolution Coffee


For people who work in the Buona Vista area, Revolution Coffee at Portsdown is worth checking out for lunch. Look forward to handcrafted speciality coffee, all day breakfast, freshly baked goods and casual cafe food like sandwiches and pastas.

21 Media Circle, #01-03A
Off Portsdown Road
Mon to Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm
Tel: +65 6777 2110
Nearest Station: Buona Vista

Riders Cafe


Riders Cafe


Riders Cafe at Bukit Timah Saddle Club needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular brunch spots in Singapore and everyone knows about them. If you have never been there before, you must go there for brunch this weekend. And if it has been a while since you last went, it is definitely time to go back again.

51 Fairways Drive
Bukit Timah Saddle Club
Tel: +65 6466 9819
Sun to Thu: 8am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 8am – 10pm


Rokeby Cafe


15-9 Jalan Riang
Tel: +65 9106 0437
Tue to Sun: 9am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Serangoon

Selfish Gene Cafe


Selfish Gene Cafe


While cafes are sprouting out everywhere these days – most with predictable and mediocre brunch, Selfish Gene Cafe at Craig Road stands out for their consistency in delivering good comfort food.

40 Craig Road
Tel: +65 6423 1324
Daily except Tuesday: 10am – 6pm


Sarnies Cafe


136 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6224 6091

Smitten Cafe Robertson


Smitten Cafe


Coffee lovers should absolutely check out Smitten Coffee & Tea Bar. It has quickly become one of my favourite hangout places whenever I am at Robertson Quay. Do drop by for a cup of coffee when you are in the area.

60 Robertson Quay
#01-11 The Quayside
Tel: +65 9876 2347

SPRMRKT


SPRMRKT


SPRMRKT prides itself on redefining your local supermarket experience. It is a space where food, retail and art mingle together. You can enjoy a cosy meal at the bistro while shopping for daily necessities and random gifts.

The food is simple and unpretentious. There are two menus at SPRMRKT. The all-day breakfast menu dishes out the usual favourites such as Eggs Benedict ($14) and Breakfast Croissant ($7) everyday.

2 McCallum Street
Tel: +65 6221 2105
Mon to Fri: 8am – 9pm
Sat: 9am – 4pm

Spruce


Spruce


One of the most popular brunch spots in Singapore is Spruce at Phoenix Park. If you are going there on weekends, make sure you call to get a table in advance.

320 Tanglin Road
Phoenix Park Singapore
Tel: +65 6836 5528


Strictly Pancakes


Strictly Pancakes is a cafe that specialises in pancakes, both sweet and savoury. Choices on the menu include tiramisu pancakes, apple and cinnamon pancakes, garlic butter pancakes, and beef skewer pancakes.

44A Prinsep Street Singapore
Tel: +65 6333 4202

Symmetry


Symmetry Cafe


Symmetry is beautiful in a rustic sort of way. The brick walls and dim lights lend a cosy feel to it, making it perfect for a simple and casual meal.

On weekdays, Symmetry does decent pastas for lunch; our favourite being the Penne ($22) which comes with a delicious truffle-tinged cream sauce and a heaping amount of mushrooms and rocket leaves. Dinner is a more sophisticated affair, with mains such as Beef Short Ribs and a whole Baby Barramundi.

9 Jalan Kubor #01-01
Tel: +65 62919 901
Tue to Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 12 midnight
Sun: 11am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Lavender/Bugis

Tiong Bahru Bakery


Tiong Bahru Bakery


Tiong Bahru Bakery, opened in collaboration with celebrity baker, Gontran Cherrier, needs no introduction. It is one of the hottest places in town, and you can find a huge variety of bread and pastries.

56 Eng Hoon Street
#01-70 Singapore 160056
Tel: +65 6220 3430
Daily: 8am – 8pm (closed on Tue)

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-11/12 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6333 4160
Daily: 9am – 10pm

The Bravery


The Bravery


Other than the slightly uncomfortable furniture, The Bravery has all the factors that we look out for in a cafe. There is free wifi for those who are working on the go. The baristas make exceptional coffee, in particular, the lavender latte (S$5.50) is something that we will order every time. Also, the food offering – which is somewhat similar to The Plain’s menu – is uncomplicated and affordable.

For those who want to do some reading, there is a small selection of good magazines. Parking is not expensive and relatively easy, with ample parking lots in the area.

66 Horne Road
Daily (except Tue): 8am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Lavender

The Book Cafe


The Book Cafe


The Book Cafe is not a place that is known for food. Neither does it serve exceptional coffee. What sets them apart, however, is their cosy and relaxing atmosphere. It is a great chill-out place where you can sit down, have a cup of coffee, read a book, and watch the world go by.

20 Martin Road
Tel: +65 6887 5430
Sun to Thu: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 8.30am – 12 midnight

The Coastal Settlement


The Coastal Settlement


Many of my friends are big fans of The Coastal Settlement (TCS). Some of them like it because of the lovely atmosphere, while others love it because it is a hidden gem in the east of Singapore.

This is a destination to dine in comfort and to simply forget about everything – Sentimental oldies loop softly in the background, crystal chandeliers hang from the low ceiling and cast warm light against the wooden furniture, scents of fresh roast and bakes fill the air…

200 Netheravon Road
(Near Changi Village)
Tel: +65 6475 0200
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.30am – 12pm

The Coffee Daily


The Coffee Daily


The Coffee Daily has quite a few good things going for it: the cafe serves a pretty good cup of coffee; the staff are always friendly, genuine and welcoming; it is a cosy place with free wifi to revise for your exams, or to catch up with friends.

75 Brighton Crescent
Tel: +65 6284 8894
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 10.30pm
Fri: 12pm – 11.30pm
Sat: 9.30am – 11.30pm
Sun: 9.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Serangoon

The Fabulous Baker Boy


The Fabulous Baker Boy


One of the newer cafes in town, The Fabulous Baker Boy is located directly opposite Liang Court. I like that it is not too crowded during weekday dinners as not many people know about them because of its semi-secluded location.

On its menu, you can find main courses like prawn fettuccine ($18), lamb shank ($24), pastrami sandwich ($10.50). And of course, this being a bakery cafe, there’s no way you can leave without trying the cakes. The Ab Fab Red Velvet Cake is one of the best I’ve had in Singapore.

The Foothills #01-15
70 River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
Tel: +65 6694 8336
Daily: 12 noon – 11pm

The Plains


The Plains


The Plains, located on Craig Road, is a Melbourne-style cafe where you can go with friends to have perfectly poached eggs and a cup of good coffee.

50 Craig Road
#01-01 Singapore
Tel: +65 6225 4387


The Providore


#02-05, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6732 1565
Daily: 09:00 – 23:00
Nearest Station: Somerset


The Orange Thimble


Located just beside Tiong Bahru Bakery, The Orange Thimble is a space where art meets cafe. It is a place where you can grab an espresso and meet like-minded people and talk about anything under the sun.

The food at The Orange Thimble, however, isn’t exceptional. In fact, I wouldn’t come here just for the food. But I like the place. It has a nice vibe, I can definitely see myself coming back to chill out with a group of friends over coffee.

56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68
Tel: +65 6223 8068
Tue to Sun: 11am – 9pm

Toby Estate


Toby’s Estate


The food at Toby’s Estate is nothing special. However, I can see myself returning for the good coffee – in fact I have been here a few times for my caffeine fix – and if you are working or living in the area, I am sure that it will become your new to-go coffee place.

8 Rodyk Street
#01-03/04 Singapore
Tel: +65 6636 7629
Daily: 7.30am – 6pm

Wild Honey Scotts Square


Wild Honey


Wild Honey needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular places to go for brunch, and both outlets at Mandarin Gallery and Scotts Square are perpetually packed with regulars who are there for their Eggs Benedict and pancakes.

333A Orchard Road #03-02
Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 3900

6 Scotts Road
Level 3 Scotts Square
Tel: +65 6636 1816
Mon to Fri: 9am – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 10.30pm

Wimbly Lu Cafe


Wimbly Lu


Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe is a dessert place located in the residential area at Jalan Riang. Part of Wimbly Lu’s charm is that from the moment you walk in, it strikes you as a quaint, whimsical kind of place. It is ideal for whiling away a few hours with friends.

15-2 Jalan Riang
Tel: +65 6289 1489
Tue to Fri: 12pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 11pm

Wheeler's Yard


Wheeler’s Yard


28 Lor Ampas
(Off Balestier Road)
Tel: +65 6254 9128
Mon: 11am – 8pm
Wed to Sat: 11am – 8pm
Sun: 9am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Toa Payoh/Novena


Windowsill in the woods


A cosy cafe at Jalan Besar that focuses on pies and only pies. No cakes, no cupcakes, only sweet pies. Strawberry lemon pie, S’mores pie. Windowsill in the woods also has a savoury food menu which features dishes like pasta, pork patty burger, kongba bao, griilled cheese sandwich.

Tue to Thu: 11am – 9.30pm
Fri: 11am – 10.30pm
Sat: 10am – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Lavender

W39 Bistro


W39 Bistro & Bakery


Folks staying in the west will be very happy to know about W39 Bistro & Bakery, located on Jalan Mas Puteh off West Coast Road. On weekends, they serve a hearty breakfast at very pocket-friendly prices. Egg lovers will go for the Hearty Breakfast (S$13.50) and Eggs Benedict (S$9). Other options on the menu include Braised Pork Cheek (S$13), Wagyu Burger (S$20) with fries), and Nyonya Mee Siam (S$9.50).

39 Jalan Mas Puteh
Off West Coast Road
Tel: +65 9646 5372
Tue to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 9am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Clementi


Yahava Koffee


4 Jalan Gelenggang
(Upper Thomson Road)
Tel: +65 6554 7080

100 COMMENTS

Hi, i was looking for a place for company outing.. budget is abt 30++ – 40++ per person…
around 20 ppl together..

any suggestion for cafe or restaurant or pub?

Just stumbled upon this now… i love this entry! i really do! :) kudos! you’ve just given me a brilliant idea of trying these places out one by one, super thanks !

Help. I’m coming to Singapore staying at he Fairmont, stuck indoors most of the time and would love to know a great place nearby for quality coffee!
Have tried looking up half a dozen of the ones in the above list and none are nearby :-( …. Help!

@steve You can take a train from City hall station to Somerset, which is just two stations away. There’s Oriole Cafe which serves great coffee : )

Hey!

There’s one Chocolate Cafe (quite near Serangoon MRT) – Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe. It’s quite a cosy place in the afternoons (maybe with a good book) and bustling with crowd for dinner in the evenings. You can actually hear the staff taking reservations by 5pm. The lasagna and smores are not bad! They have quite a range of desserts. Tempting!

Hi!

Got some days by myself in Singapore and would like to spot some cafes where i can spend the whole afternoon with coffee/art/book/nice barista to talk with!

ceci

I quite like the food at PS cafe, but normally cannot manage their ginormous portions by myself.

I’d love to go through and eat the entire list soon, probably only about 1/3 of them i’ve tried so far.

Marmalade Toast is very nice!
Breakfast set s very delicious with black coffee.
Pastries r very nice. (I try Lemon tart. awesom!)

If you look for place for your cozy time on weekend,I recommend this store.
(It locates the back side of Ngee Ann city building,
have to pass the plaza side)

Hi brad! Thanks for this post – so many cafes I’ll like to try! Anyway, there’s a new cafe at Taka called Paul’s. I walked past it and it was quite crowded and there was a pleasant aroma.. Couldn’t help but bought a chocolate croissant even though I had lunch. It was yummy!

having tasted quality food all over, i don’t think Hatched deserves to be on the list. No doubt they have a nice ambience, the food is far from expectation every single time i was here (5 times) Egg Benedict turned out almost hard boiled every single time and on the first few times, i have to get them to make a new plate but it still came out the same. Pancakes too dry (sometimes) and service could be better.

Have you checked out Long Black Cafe at Biopolis? I had my best latte there and their truffle mushroom sandwich is really good. Too bad they only open on weekdays!

Many thanks for including us on the list. We’re not a cafe per se, but an occasional coffee tasting bar that has irregular public hours. Opening days are announced ahead of time on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/libertycoffee , other times are usually by appointment only. Please pop in for a visit on one of our opening days.

There’s a new all day breakfast place at 64A Prinsep street known as Hungry Chimps. The eggs Benedict & pancakes are really lovely! The decor & ambience too. Love it! You should definitely include that in the list too.

hi, i would like to inform you that PAUSE has moved out of Jalan Kilang and it’s now running on mobile and set-ups.

Hey! Any places to recommend for affordable brunch or dinner? (Best if suits for couple dating)

I have been to both Wild Honey outlets and it is an utter disappointment. The ambience and decor is quaint and great. The service was fair too, however the food and the coffee are not at all great. Especially with the hype of the establishment.

Nassim Hill Bakery at Tanglin Post Office is a great place for unpretentious simple breakfast. Coffee there is not great either but the food is simple and satisfying and the Chocolate Layer Cake is Amazing!

I went to Hatched at Evans Lodge during Hari Raya Haji and the food wasn’t fantastic and in fact, was quite a disappointment. Not worth the money as well because I’m sure after tasting it, you would find that you can prepare them yourselves too. The cuppucino lacks the coffee aroma as well. If you are really looking for awesome Eggs Benedict, Prive at Keppel Bay serves the best so far.

Hi all,
I believe you have try most of the desserts in Singapore.
May I what kind of dessert you have yet to try & wish to try?
Thanks

Riders cafe is great. Good for avoiding the bustling city, one can relax and enjoy the greens and the horses while sipping some deluxe coffee and snacks

I just went to the (previous) momo & moomoo, and they’ve now been renamed as Cafe Pal serving almost the same menu (they still do the set meal of a thai dish with drinks). still worth a try!

I think the difference should be drawn when determining a Cafe from a Coffee shop should be in what is their product they are focusing on. In my opinion if your focus is Coffee then it should be a Coffee shop. Treats like cakes and pies are there to add to the coffee experience. A Cafe that does not focus on coffee should be considered a true cafe.

With that out of the way, I just enjoy going to check all these places out…Thanks

Have you tried real food cafe and grocer? It’s a vegetarian cafe which makes its food from scratch. You should go check that out!

“Best” implies some kind of selection … this is just a list of every coffee place in Singapore that isn’t Starbucks or Coffee Bean.

hi..im looking for the nice and popular coffee and grill at singapore..any suggestion

Reading this was exciting! As a Singaporean living overseas for the last 6 years, each time I come back for a visit, I am on the lookout for new dining experiences and am eager to catch up on the changes in the F&B landscape. This post made me realise that things are moving fast in Singapore. I have only been to Jones the Grocer and Wild Honey in the whole list.

Nice long list… Good effort! The rate new cafe is growing in spore is just awesome.. That also means some of which is just passing clouds. Only the best I will survive.. And btw, your photos are really well taken. Sometimes, when I see the pic vs when I visit the actual place ..they look so different..a little disappointing at times… You did a damn good job for them..ha. ,may I know which camera did you use to take those fabulous shot?

Hi all, I’m trying to find a cafe or a restaurant that has full or almost full white interiors. I’ve tried searching online but can’t seem to find pictures of the interiors for most of the cafes and restaurants. Does anyone here know of such places? Help.

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Last weekend visit Symmetry, love their wide range of drinks (hot/cold) coffee & tea. I had chai tea latte, nice! Egg benedict is delicious. Truffle Big Breakfast is great too. Personally dont like squid starter for brunch due too oily. A good place to chill out with friends. Service is good, friendly team. Recommmend to be there early to avoid long queues. =)

Hi,

Since the 18th of decembre 2013, Tiong Bahru has also a shop in Orchard Road, at Tangs Mall.

Other thing, take a look at La Marelle Café-boutique (25 Baghdad Street)and let me know what do you think of this place. The decoration was made by a French artist Pascale Nivet.

A new bistro and Bar recently opened at Upper East Coast Rd.
Name is Poppies bistro and bar, food are simple and nice…
Brunch is a real thing…Egg Benedict and Brits Bacon butty is a real comfort food during a lazy sunday brunch… tried croque monsieur and quiche. not bad for a singapore base bistro….

Interior decor are stunning with simplicity color of red and white, and of course paintings of poppy flowers all around the wall…

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