Aside from being one of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Singapore, the Katong and Joo Chiat area is also home to these best cafes in the East
Ah, Katong and Joo Chiat – where the old meets the new. Besides being one of the most bustling neighbourhoods in Eastern Singapore, these two gems are also populated with colourful, picturesque shophouses, historical landmarks, rich heritage, and of course, a foodie’s haven with its plethora of cafes serving delicious dishes. Take a break from exploring the ‘hood at these seven quaint Katong and Joo Chiat cafès. You might even snap one for the ‘gram.
Birds Of Paradise
Know what’s even better than ice cream? Super-smooth gelato (made fresh daily) at this new gelato house on East Coast Road. But what makes them truly special is their array of signature flavours – the gelato here is made using natural and botanical ingredients like basil and blue ginger, and is heavily influenced by Southeast Asian palates, creating a refreshing gelato experience with aromas close to home. Get the true taste of Singapore with its pandan-flavoured gelato!
Birds Of Paradise, #01-05, 63 East Coast Road, Singapore 428776, p. 9678 6092. Open Tue-Thu & Sun 12pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-10.30pm. Closed on Mon.
A perennial favourite amongst Easties, this charming coffeehouse in Katong is perpetually crowded during the weekend – and for good reason. We can’t get enough of its amazing selection of desserts, like the to-die-for chocolate caramel pie. Grab a slice, a cappuccino, and settle down for a lazy afternoon of total indulgence.
Penny University, 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997, p. 6345 9055. Open Tue-Thu 8.30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-10.30pm, Sun 8.30am-7pm.
The Laneway Market
Another great spot for a laid-back weekend, The Laneway Market is an all-day cafe that serves a varied menu of breakfast and dinner plates, as well as coffee and sweet treats. If you’re not already tempted by the food such as the mushroom risotto, beef chilli fries and its signature scrambled eggs with toast to accompany your brunch, the interiors are highly Instagrammable too!
The Laneway Market, 266 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437053, p. 6719 8832. Open Wed-Fri 11am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Closed on Mon and Tue.
With a Pinch of Salt
Popular with families, With a Pinch of Salt is a casual resto with bright interiors that keeps its menu focused on simple Western fare that even the young’uns will enjoy digging into. Besides mains such as pasta and steak, café-hoppers can expect desserts, juices, milkshakes and floats alongside gourmet coffee and tea. Prefer your coffee flavoured? Pair your lattes with caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, Irish cream, and even roasted almond.
With a Pinch of Salt, 297 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437080, p. 6348 2297. Open Tue-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm.
Carvers & Co.
Specialty coffee, hearty sarnies, and meat fresh off the grill – what’s not to love? Dig into mouth-watering roasts, like the herb-encrusted lamb shoulder and high-grade wagyu striploin, alongside brunch options like farmhouse frittata, peanut butter and banana French toast, and homemade gammon sandwiches.
Carvers & Co, 43 East Coast Road, Singapore 428764, p. 6348 0448. Open Mon-Fri 11am-5.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, 6.30pm-10pm. Closed on Tue.
Little Ice Cream Kafè
After a day of exploring this photogenic ‘hood, settle for a soft serve at Little Ice Cream Kafe (aka LICK) to cool down. Its range of (at least) 25-flavoured ice creams are made in-house with the freshest ingredients, from fruity to nutty ones. Signature flavours include D24 Durian, Milo Dinosaur, kaya toast, Teh Tarik and even black sesame!
Little Ice Cream Kafè, 258 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437046, p. 6440 8526. Open Mon-Thu 1pm-11pm, Fri 1pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11pm.
Besides the flavoursome menu of specialty coffees that will keep you up all day, Baker’s Well is also home to decadent in-house sweet treats like healthy muffins, strawberry yoghurt cake, organic pandan cake, puff pastries, and even a party platter of mini sandwiches if you feel like high tea! Plus, this cosy café houses chilled-out vibes that are superb for a long, lazy catch-up.
Baker’s Well, 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754, p. 6348 6864. Open 8am-9pm daily.
A Katong and Joo Chiat newbie? Here’s a guide for your adventures, and the cool spots to take your Instagram feed up a notch. Still in the East? Then, check out these cafès for cool cats at Bedok and Siglap.