Northerners, there’s no need to travel far for a fab brunch. Head to these best cafes in Ang Mo Kio for coffee, ice cream, pastas and more
Gone are the days when Singapore’s best cafes were only located close to the city in districts like Bugis, Dempsey and even Keong Saik. Take the Northern neighbourhood of Ang Mo Kio for example – the buzzy suburb has some of the best brunch and coffee spots to be found on the island. Here’s a complete guide to the cafes, ice cream shops and more to be found here.
The Workbench Bistro
The Workbench Bistro describes its food as “practical and honest” – a winning combination as proven by its many fans on social media. Its menu is packed with hearty dishes of pastas, burgers and deep fried sides (think salted egg wings and spam fries) as well as its super sweet original creation of Smoreffles: waffles stacked with marshmallows, jam, Oreo biscuits, whipped cream and ice cream.
The Workbench Bistro, Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 #01-1881, Singapore 560332
A quintessential, post-dinner dessert stopover that cafe-hunters would normally find in Bugis, Twenty Grammes is also available in Ang Mo Kio. Crisp waffles in a variety of flavours (think yuan yang and charcoal) are their speciality here; have it topped with housemade ice cream or soft serve, fruits or lashings of syrup.
Twenty Grammes, 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560529
Canopy Garden Dining
Canopy Garden Dining proves that lush brunches don’t have to be restricted to the city. Located in Bishan Park, it offers delish weekend staples of egg dishes, waffles and salads in a gorgeous glasshouse surrounded by thick foliage. Alternatively, swing by for a dinner date, as we guarantee the outdoor premises and twinkling lights will spark romance.
Canopy Garden Dining, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, 569931
Next time you’re hankering for a mean cuppa, just head to this famed cafe in the sleepy suburb of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, which delivers full-bodied coffee from as far as Guatemala and Kenya. Alongside its coffee, you’ll also find hearty meals of pastas, barramundi and beef bowls.
Prodigal Roasters, 625 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 Street 61 #01-112 Singapore 560625
For some undeniably good nosh, stop by Bishan Park for GRUB, lauded for its comfort food sans the guilt (all of its food are created with responsible ingredients). The entire restaurant is surrounded by glass, leaving the interior bright and cheery. But the alfresco dining are is where all the action’s at – order up a coffee and a breakfast plate, and unwind within the soothing surrounds of the park.
GRUB, 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569983
On a hot, sunny day (which is every day in Singapore), nothing soothes us more than ice cream. Pop into Double Scoops when you’re done with your neighbourhood errands – the quaint cafe offers respite from the heat with handmade gelato served alone, with waffles or affogato.
Double Scoops, Block 226A Ang Mo Kio, Avenue 1 #01-627 Singapore 561226
Not to be confused with Corner House at Botanic Gardens, Cornerstone at Bishan Park serves up modern American cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. On the menu, you’ll find homey comforts like country-style smoked meats (think beef brisket and BBQ chicken) as well as spicy buffalo wings and burgers.
Cornerstone, 1380 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569930