The charming Lavender and Jalan Besar neighbourhoods are filled with plenty of cafes, coffee shops and dessert places.
From the OG coffee shop, Chye Seng Huat Hardware to newly-opened spots including La Levain and Habitat Coffee, here are 15 cafes in Lavender and Jalan Besar to check out next.
Apartment Coffee is a minimalist’s dream, with a beautiful, clean interior that is decorated with Scandinavian-style furniture.
This little cafe specialises in home-brewed coffees that are made on the spot right in front of you, and it is a great place if you just want to retreat from the rest of the world and have a bit of alone time with a cuppa.
161 Lavender Street #01-12
BLACK FAIRY COFFEE
Black Fairy Coffee is a cafe at Jalan Besar serving coffee, all-day brunches, Asian fusion dishes, and small bites. Some of their signatures include Popcorn Latte, Soy Chicken, Rustic Beef Stew and a selection of bentos.
131 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207553
Tel: +65 6909 3518
One of the OG coffee shops in Singapore, Chye Seng Huat Hardware needs no introduction.
Keeping the name of the hardware store that they took over, Chye Seng Huat Hardware possesses a modern-industrial style interior, specialising in unique blends of coffee and an exciting all-day breakfast menu.
Known for serving a mean cup of coffee, this is essentially a haven for coffee lovers and those who enjoy Western brunch.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Elijah Pies is a popular pie/tart shop which is known for their famous nutella pie.It has opened a new baking studio at 803 King George’s Ave in the Lavender neighbourhood. There will not be any dine-in area and it is only for takeaways only.
Fans of Elijah Pies will also be happy to know that they will be selling their pies by the slice at the studio. The prices of the pies by the slice range between S$7 to S$7.50 and the flavours for the day are subject to availability.
803 King George’s Ave, #02-216
Tel: +65 9855 9480
Located just a few steps from Apartment Coffee, Glacier is a new minimalist botanical-themed cafe in Lavender.
Opened by the team behind Onalu—a bagel specialist at SMU—Glacier is an all-white cafe which offers the standard cafe fare, coffee and desserts. Glacier’s menu is small and concise, with prices ranging from S$16 to S$24 for a main course.
161 Lavender Street #01-09
Habitat Coffee has moved from Upper Thomson Road to a new location at King’s George Avenue in the Lavender neighbourhood.
The cafe has been around at the previous location at Upper Thomson Road for the past 10 years, and despite the tough competition in the cafe scene, it shines and remains a favourite for many. Habitat Coffee is worth visiting because it serves good coffee and well-cooked dishes at reasonable prices.
803 King’s George Ave
Located at 23 Hamilton Road near Jalan Besar and Lavender, La Levain is a new bakery cafe by pastry chef, Wythe Ng who used to work at Keong Saik Bakery & Bakery Brera.
Pasty chef Wythe Ng had co-founded Keong Saik Bakery with another partner before leaving in 2019. He last worked at Bakery Brera as the head chef and he had also worked at Japanese bakery chain Boulangerie Asanoya and Baker & Cook.
23 Hamilton Road
If you’re on the hunt for a quiet place to work or a place for good conversations, Lucid will fit the bill perfectly. The quiet ambience and clean aesthetic completely won us over. Kickstart your day at this cafe which offers a quick caffeine fix for coffee junkies or sweet treats for dessert addicts. Good vibes guaranteed.
This minimalistic cafe with mainly grey cement tones had a modern industrial design that was aesthetically pleasing with beautiful natural lighting that entered the space.
38 Hamilton Road
A popular haunt among cafe enthusiasts and nearby office workers, this humble cafe is the perfect go-to if you ever find yourself craving a hearty all-day breakfast.
Their menu is extensive, to say the least, and they also serve up coffee that pairs beautifully with your food.
809 French Road,
ONCE UPON A TIME BY JEANETTE AW
Once Upon A Time is a minimalistic bakery opened by Singaporean actress, Jeanette Aw. The patisserie offers a revolving menu of cakes and pastries; with three to five items available at any one time.
There is no fixed menu and the bakes are offered for a limited period of time until they retire.
Once Upon A Time
35 Hamilton Rd, #01-04
Photo credit: Pacto by Parchmen
Pacto by Parchmen is a relatively new cafe at Jalan Besar Community Centre and it is opened by the team behind pet-friendly Sun Ray Cafe and Parched. Sun Ray Cafe is known for serving excellent coffee at wallet-friendly prices and you can expect the same of Pacto by Parchmen.
Pacto by Parchmen uses an exclusive Pacto espresso blend of Ethiopia, Guatemala and Colombia beans roasted fresh from their roastery, Parchmen.
An espresso is priced at S$2, while you can get Latte and Cappuccino at S$4.
Pacto by Parchmen
69 Jellicoe Road #01-05 Singapore 208737
Jalan Besar Community Centre
Photo credit: The Refinery
Serving delicious grain bowls, ice cold beers and fresh coffee, The Refinery aims to redefine casual dining and social drinking. Most dishes are affordably priced under S$20 and our top picks include their Aburi Salmon Donburi, Salted Egg Onion Rings as well as their signature Gyudon.
115 King George’s Avenue
Tel: +65 6293 0461
The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie is a new French bakery which specialises in viennoiserie—the ‘bridge’ between pâtisserie and French bread.
The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie’s executive baker & owner, Elaine graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo and she worked in a French-Japanese bakery in Singapore before starting out The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie on her own.
The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie is a takeaway-only bakery without any dine-in area and they will be offering up to 13 types of Viennoiserie every day.
The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie
16 Hamilton Road, #01-02
Tue to Sun: 8.30am to 5pm
Aptly named so, The Tiramisu Hero is an adorable and heartwarming cafe tucked along the stretch of Tyrwhitt Road which is known for their signature tiramisu.
121 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel: +65 6292 5271
Helmed by Le Cordon Bleu Paris trained chef, Two Bakers is a cosy cafe that sits along Horne Road and they do both mains and desserts really well.
With the mission to serve wholesome food for the soul and the motto of “eat well live well”, it is a place where you can go for yummy brunch or to have a cuppa with your favourite desserts.
88 Horne Road
Tel: +65 6293 0329
Located just a few doors away from Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee, Wimbly Lu’s outlet at Tyrwhitt Road is definitely more accessible as compared to the original outlet at Jalan Riang
Staying true to what they know best, Wimbly Lu @ Tyrwhitt is essentially a cosy and artsy place filled with many #OOTD opportunities. During your visit, make sure that you try their fluffy yet firm waffles and Root Beer Float Cake.
Wimbly Lu @ Tyrwhitt
166 Tyrwhitt Road,
Tel: +65 6291 8138