From trendy cafes serving brunch and coffee, to dessert places with waffles and ice cream, the Serangoon neighbourhood has countless of eateries that are worth exploring.
Here are 23 cafes in the Serangoon area you should definitely check out.
Tucked away at Upper Serangoon Road next to the old Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre is Amber Ember.
Here, they sell a variety of brunch-style fare such as jaffles (a type of toastie that bears no similarity to a waffle), scrambled eggs on toast and coffee, but with an added twist that differs slightly to your average cafe food.
730 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 6929 3312
APOLLO COFFEE BAR
One of our favourite cafes in Serangoon, Apollo Coffee Bar in Serangoon Gardens is opened by the same guys behind the popular Atlas Coffeehouse and Columbus Coffee Co. It has already made quite a name for itself with its Mediterranean-inspired brunch creations.
P.S. Apollo Coffee Bar is a dog-friendly cafe; you can also bring your dogs and dine at the outdoor area.
65 Serangoon Garden Way
Tel: +65 6246 3875
With several outlets across the whole of Singapore, Baker & Cook has become a familiar mainstay in our local bakery cafe scene. Besides their dignified selection of viennoiserie and pastries, they also offer savoury mains.
87 Serangoon Garden Way
Tel: +65 6241 5548
Photo credit: Chu and Co
CHU AND CO
Nestled at 15 Lichfield Rd near Serangoon Gardens, Chu and Co is a pet-friendly bakery cafe with freshly-baked bread, pastries, coffee and gelato. The backyard is a great place to hang out with your friends and furkids.
15 Lichfield Rd, Singapore 556835
Tel: +65 8874 7615
Photo credit: Cottontail Creamery
More than just an ice cream cafe with artisanal ice cream, this charming Taiwanese-owned cafe in Serangoon also has brunch, waffles, crepes and coffee on their menu. Food options include Beef Tacos, Breakfast Burger with Scrambled Eggs, and Italian Meatball Spaghetti.
Block 326, Serangoon Ave 3, #01-378
Tel: +65 8118 7552
DUTCH COLONY COFFEE CO
A coffee shop that started with a humble beginning at PasarBella, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. now has its own coffee roastery and academy at Defu Lane as well as five outlets across the island including the one at New Tech Park near Lorong Chuan MRT Station.
151 Lorong Chuan
#01-08 New Tech Park
Photo credit: Eleven Strands
It’s not every day that you find a French-inspired cafe, and one that’s nailing their dishes, at that. Eleven Strands is founded by the same guys behind South Union Park, with both of their menus sharing slight similarities.
66 Yio Chu Kang Rd
Tel: +65 9487 1398
Photo credit: Joji’s Diner
Located at 534 Upper Serangoon Road which is just 5 minutes away from NEX, Joji’s Diner stands out with its neon signboard and cute decor which has all-day breakfast, burger, rosti, waffle, ice cream and milkshake from 10am to 10pm.
534 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534549
Tel: +65 8292 9478
Lava cookies with ice cream may not be the trendiest dessert anymore but who cares about trends if it’s good. And, few places do this hot-and-cold treat as well as Kooks Creamery does.
Founded by two sisters, this minimalistic cafe is a hotspot for sugar junkies. There’s just something about warm gooey matcha chocolate and cold velvety ice cream that really hits the spot for us.
211 Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-02
Tel: +65 9006 8748
Monzen Gardens is a modern Japanese-inspired cafe is run by a young chef who was trained in the Tokyo Sushi Academy.
82 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555978
Ditch the plain old waffles and jazz things up with some red velvet waffles at Oblong, a dessert cafe in Serangoon Gardens that offers pretty decent ice cream. Their waffles come dressed in a variety of flavours such as tiramisu, charcoal and pandan gula melaka.
10 Maju Avenue
Tel: +65 6858 2320
PINTS & CONES
Located along Serangoon Avenue which is just 5 minutes away from Nex, Pints & Cones is an ice cream cafe which serves ice cream, thyme waffles as well as craft beers.
304 Serangoon Ave 2, #01-02
Photo credit: Plonk
Established in 2013, Plonk is a neighbourhood Australian-style restaurant & bar at Serangoon Gardens opened by an Australian from Melbourne. It dishes out hearty breakfasts, sharing platters and a range of organic and natural wines.
7 Maju Ave
Tel: +65 6286 4688
Rachelrax Cakes started out as a home-based business and it made a name with their signature Galaxy-Glazed Dome Cakes. It has started a small takeaway shop at Lim Tua Tow Road selling an assortment of tarts (think Orh Nee, Lychee Rose, Kaya Toast, and Chendol), Tiramisu, Chamomile Cheesecake and Galaxy-Glazed Dome Cakes.
Do note that there is no dine-in area and it is for takeaway only.
12 Lim Tua Tow Rd
SUN RAY CAFE
This secluded pet-friendly cafe is situated on the fringe of Serangoon Gardens and it caters to both animals and humans, with an extensive selection of dishes at really affordable prices including S$10 for Eggs Benedict, S$8 for French Toast and S$2.5 for a cup of 5 oz white coffee.
79 Brighton Crescent
Tel: +65 6283 8700
Photo credit: The Better Scoop
Formerly known as Just Because Creamery, The Better Scoop has opened a new outlet at 264 Serangoon Central which is just next to Nex.
As compared to their original outlet at 8 Jalan Legundi in Sembawang, The Better Scoop’s new shop in Serangoon Central will have a bigger selection of ice cream.
264 Serangoon Central, #01-203, S550264
8 Jalan Legundi, #01-08, S759274
We had the Butter Croissant and Almond Croissant. The crisp layers flaked away nicely as you bit into the super buttery and airy croissants.
The Bread Rack certainly has one of the best croissants you can get in Singapore.
9 Yio Chu Kang Rd
#01-55, Space@Kovan 545523
Tel: +65 8875 5407
Hearty brunches and wholesome beverages are exactly what The Larder Cafe is good at. This cafe started out at Toa Payoh and has opened a second outlet at Serangoon Gardens.
Boasting a plethora of mains, brunch, big bites and desserts, you can expect to be torn between their delectable options. There’s even alcoholic drinks and a kids’ menu!
66A Serangoon Garden Way
Tel: +65 6253 8382
If The Plain Jane was an actual lady, we’d fall head over heels for her straight away. This pretty little cafe in Serangoon does impeccable swiss rolls — airy sponge layers laced with fresh luscious cream.
We adore their Earl Grey Swiss Roll (S$5.90), which emanates a robust tea fragrance. Accompany it with their Matcha Latte (S$5.50/hot, S$6.50/cold) for a loaded caffeine fix.
Blk 211, Serangoon Ave 4, #01-10
Tel: +65 6281 2477
A Korean-inspired minimalist bakery cafe, Urban Table is where you can enjoy pastries and cakes—that are baked on premise—with a cup of speciality coffee. This sleek cafe and coffee bar has certainly raised the standards of neighbourhood cafes in Singapore.
10A-E, Yio Chu Kang Rd
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Wimbly Lu is a dessert place 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.
As strange as “root beer cake” sounds, it works and Wimbly Lu has absolutely nailed it. For the unadventurous, have a go at their Blackout Cake which tastes as rich as it looks.
15-2 Jalan Riang
Tel: +65 6289 1489
Read our guide on cafes in Kovan and Lorong Ah Soo neighbourhoods to dine at.