One of Singaporeans’ favourite pastimes is cafe hopping. We are always on the hunt for new aesthetic cafes to satisfy our craving for artisanal bakes and tasty food, solid cuppas as well as a reason to update our Instagram accounts. But despite our love for cafes, we tend to stick to the ones that are located in more accessible areas, rarely venturing into unfamiliar territory.
However, little does anyone know that there are actually some pretty good cafes tucked away in far-flung corners of Singapore that deserve way more recognition than they are getting. Here, we have 10 ulu cafes in Singapore if you ever want time away from the world.
Bukit Timah Plaza is a pretty run-down mall that many people do not take a second glance at. However, the place is stuffed with hidden gems, and one of them is Boyle’s Coffee. Boyle’s Coffee is a small, artisanal coffee shop which sells great coffee and delicious light bites for when you’re feeling a bit peckish.
They sell some of the best cappuccinos that we have ever tried from a cafe. We also love their signature Espresso as well as their Yuzu Latte. For light bites, we recommend their Ham and Grilled cheese Sandwich which goes really well with the coffee. For the sweet tooth, you can try their Butter and Jam Toast and Sticky Buns.
L1-CS1 Bukit Timah Plaza
1 Jalan Anak Bukit
Mon to Thu: 9.30am – 9pm
Fri: 9.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Beauty World
CHOCK FULL OF BEANS
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Changi Village right next to the hawker centre is Chock Full Of Beans, and many people agree that this place is one of the best places to go if you’re looking for a good place for brunch.
Some must-try items here are their hearty Chock Full of Big Breakfast as well as their Eggs Benedict. For drinks, we recommend you order one of the 3D latte art drinks, they’re insanely adorable and great for the gram too!
Blk 4 Changi Village Road #01-2090
Tel: +65 62148839
Tue to Fri: 11.30am – 10.15pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 10.15pm
Nearest Station: Pasir Ris
When one asks for cafe recommendations, they would usually not expect to get one from Sembawang. Common Chefs Cafe and Bakery is one of those rare places, and it’s a good excuse for you to travel to the Northern part of Singapore.
They offer a wide range of western dishes, drinks and desserts at pretty affordable prices. We love their Single Cheese Burger, and we love the versatility of being able to choose what kind of meat we want for our patty. For dessert, do try out their customizable dessert waffles for a sweet treat.
8 Jalan Legundi, #01-13
Tel: +65 66591208
Tue to Fri: 12pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Sembawang and Yishun
CREAMIER GILLMAN BARRACKS
Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffees main goal is to make artisanal ice creams and coffees affordable luxuries for everyone. Tucked away in Gillman Barracks, Creamier is surrounded by lush greenery and makes for a picturesque place to escape for a day to have some alone time or to spend time with a loved one.
They rotate their selection of 18 mouthwatering ice cream flavours so there is always something interesting to try. Their ice cream is also produced onsite using premium ingredients from around the world, so you know you are always getting the best quality ice cream available.
Blk 5A Lock Road
Tel: +65 62621087
Tue to Thu: 1pm – 9pm
Fri to Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 10pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Labrador Park
JUBILEE COFFEE HOUSE
Changi Point is in the middle of nowhere for some of us, but its a place with a number of unique hidden gems, with one of them being Jubilee Coffee House. You rarely see eateries located inside an old-fashioned Bungalow, and that is one thing that makes Jubilee Coffee House so special.
This retro coffee house has an extensive menu with both western and fusion dishes. Some interesting things here to try are their Thin Crust Otah Pizza and their Ter Kar Bee Hoon. For dessert, we recommend their Tofu Cheese Cake and Jubilee Classic Cake.
580 Netheravon Road
Tel: +65 65430060
Mon – Thu: 10.30am – 1am
Sat/PH Eve: 9.30am – 1am
Sun/PH: 9.30am – 10.30am
Nearest Station: Changi Airport
Schmear at Quayside Isle was opened by a New Yorker who wanted to share his passion for bagels, and if you’re craving for some freshly baked New York-style bagels and some over-the-top meat platters, this is the place to be at.
Their best selling item on the menu has to be, of course, their hand-rolled NY bagels. You can choose to either personalise your own bagel with various toppings or go for their scrumptious options such as The New Yorker and The Central Park.
31 Ocean Way
#01-03 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 92362876
Wed to Mon: 8am – 10pm
(Closed on Tuesday)
Nearest Station: Harborfront
Tucked far away from the hustle and bustle of the city is Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe. The owner of this quaint place is a passionate vintage bicycle collector who proudly displays his beautiful vintage bicycles for all to see all around the cafe.
Their menu is a combination of local, western and Japanese mains that are mostly below $20. Some of our favourites here would have to be their Katsu Don as well as their Ayam Panggang.
#01-01 Maj Aviation Building
80 Seletar Aeropsace View
Tel: +65 66596124
Tue to Sun: 10am – 10pm
(Closed on Mondays)
The coastal settlement is a large, spacious cafe that can accommodate up to 300 people. This beautiful, rustic gem is a great place to head to if you want to go somewhere to get away from the hectic city life.
Their brunch menu is available on weekends and public holidays from 11am to 4pm, with some of their popular items being their Big Breakfast and Eggs Benedict. We also enjoyed their roasted chicken and truffle fries as well as their truffle mushroom fettuccine.
200 Netheravon Road
(Near Changi Village)
Tel: +65 64750200
Tue to Sun: 10.30am – 9.45pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Pasir Ris
WHISK AND PADDLE
Whisk and Paddle is definitely one of the more popular places to go to for food if you’re in Punggol, and even if you don’t live in Punggol, its worth a travel down.
If you love breakfast food, this is a great place to go to. They serve delicious breakfast dishes such as classic Eggs Benedict. If you want something to share around with friends, you can always opt for a main like their popular Ham & Pineapple Pizza. Do try their very famous Mac and Cheese as well if you love all things creamy and cheesy!
10 Tebing Lane, #01-01
Tue to Fri: 3.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 9.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Riviera (Punggol LRT)
Who knew that a place called Seletar Aerospace Park could be home to a cluster of great dining areas? One of our favourites here would definitely have to be Wildseed Cafe and Bar, which is a beautiful cafe with a farm-to-table concept that serves hearty lunch and brunch in the day and turns into a casual bar with an amazing grill selection in the evening.
Their mouth-watering Wagyu Beef Burger is definitely a hot favourite here, and we feel that it goes really well with their all-time popular Avocado Shake. For dessert, do try The Highland Pancakes for a satisfying sweet treat.
3 Park Lane
Sun to Thurs: 9am – 11pm
Fri, Sat and Eve of Ph: 9am – 1am
Nearest Station: Punggol