From Bedok to Clementi, Tiong Bahru and Hougang, this is your complete A-Z of cool coffee houses and quaint eateries in Singapore's heartlands
With the rise of cafés setting up at residential estates (whoop whoop!), taking a five-minute stroll from home to a good serving of English breakfast is now very much possible – we no longer find ourselves in Central Singapore hunting down great brunch spots on the weekends. Go say hello to your barista neighbours, or, better yet, venture out to cafe-hop in the other suburbs with this nifty guide.
Siglap & Katong
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Where to get a potent cuppa Joe in Siglap? We point in the direction of these quaint coffee connoisseurs, huddled within a charming store filled with whimsical details like Danish pottery and nutcracker dolls. And once you’re done getting googly-eyed at the décor, order anything from hazelnut and butterscotch latte, to espresso and cortado – they’ll have it. Oh, and did we mention they’ve got white truffle buttermilk waffles? Sold.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, #01-01 Siglap V, 2 First Street, Singapore 458278, p. 9658 0769. Open Sun-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
This coffee house serves a mean cuppa (duh!) and divine brunch selections. Together with a great ambience and interior design (look, glass ceiling roofs!), this is our go to spot for a date with our books.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co., 113 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458230, p. 6448 5852.
The Royals Café
All-day breakfast places aren’t all in the heart of town; there’s one right here too in Siglap! The Royals feeds you like royalty with deluxe French toast sets and big breakfasts (all Halal) ’til 9pm, and also offers Asian options like Nyonya mee siam and beef rendang. We’re also fans of the mini pies (their Shepherd’s pie hits the spot every time) and cakes that line the counter.
The Royals Café, 19 Upper East Coast Road, Crescendo Building, Singapore 455209, p. 8481 0080. Open daily 10am-10pm.
This industrial-warehouse café with amazing interiors and ambience is a favourite among cyclists. We can spend the entire day here with a book in hand and a steaming hot cuppa latte. It’s pet-friendly too!
Wheeler’s Yard, 28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781, p. 6254 9128. Open Tues-Thurs: 1030am-10pm, Fri-Sat 1030am-11pm, Sun 1030am-10pm.
Percolate is an unpretentious joint for coffee connoisseurs. The café, which recently expanded, stocks a decent range of coffee beans from all over the world including Workshop Coffee Co. London. Go there for brunch and have their buttery croissant filled with either egg mayo, curry chicken or smoked salmon.
Percolate, 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, Singapore 460136, p. 8259 0316.
FatCat Ice Cream Bar
Deconstructed strawberry cheesecake, mojito cocktail spheres and chocolate jardin; these are a few of FatCat’s fancy menu offerings. This chi-chi café even hosts degustation sessions now. Upmarket bites in the ‘burbs – why not?
FatCat Ice Cream Bar, #01-25, Block 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, Singapore 460416, p. 6241 0830. Open Mon, Wed & Thu 1-10pm, Fri 1-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-1opm.
If you’re in the East (specifically, around the Bedok area) and need some house-brewed coffee, red velvet waffles and honey lavender ice-cream to perk you up, give RouteSixtySix a go. Named after the well-known US highway (yes, there’s a pattern going on in our Hot New Cafes this mont), this industrial-inspired café offers coffees ranging from $3.50 to $5.50, and waffles starting from $5.90 with flavours such as buttermilk, charcoal and red velvet.
RouteSixtySix, #01-122, 412 Bedok North Ave 2, Singapore 460412, p. 9752 0054. Opens Tues-Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri & Sun 12pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-12am.
Sweet tooths will love D’zerts Café. The spacious cafe serves a wide array of pastries as well as gelatos, and they also do a satisfying cuppa java. We recommend ordering their Deliciously Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake and Mango Passion.
D’zerts Café, 30 Jalan Pari Burong, Singapore 488696, p. 6448 6707.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Whether you’re looking for a classic latte or more delicate brews like V-60, Chemex, Siphon, or a cold brew, they’ve got it all. Budding baristas can get their shopping done here; the cafe stocks a decent range of coffee brewing equipment and accessories, along with beans from one of our favourite local roasters – Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, #01-06 Eastwood Centre, 20 Eastwood Road, Singapore 486442, p. 9658 0769.
It may be small, but this quaint, Muslim-owned shoebox café nestled behind Simpang Bedok serves generous portions of Mediterranean dishes like salmon spaghetti, Beef Bongo and pan-fried salmon with mashed potatoes. Their 5cm thick, succulent beef ribs slathered in creamy brown sauce is totally worth getting your hands dirty for.
Badoque, 298 Bedok Road, Singapore 469454, p. 6446 6928.
Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar
These guys were one of the first to set up shop in the area. The Australian-style hangout is mostly known for their brunch items such as French toast and eggs benedict, but many coffee aficionados make the journey to try blends made with their legendary Slayer espresso machine – a rather elusive piece of equipment in the industry.
Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar, #01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-North Gateway, Singapore 138643, p. 6777 8470.
Long Black Cafe
There’s a little bit of everything here at Long Black Cafe. Their lunch specials are ever changing, and with stuff like a pork tonkatsu sandwich, tandoori lamb chop and quesadillas, there’s a good mix of cuisine types to try. Drink-wise, their coffee blends hail from Brazil, India, Ethiopia and Guatemala, If you prefer your liquids spiked, there’s a small range of cocktails to throw back. You should know, though, they’re only open on weekdays.
Long Black Cafe, #01-02 Centros, 20 Biopolis Way, Singapore 138668, p. 6478 9945.
The Tiny Roaster
Built on an intense passion for coffee, The Tiny Roaster is a both a coffee roasting studio and handcrafted brew java bar. While they take real pride in their craft and only stock quality green coffees sourced from across the world, these guys are no java snobs. Come down for a cupping session and see for yourselves!
The Tiny Roaster, 106 Clementi Street 12, #01-62, Singapore 120106. Open daily 12-6pm.
Say hello to Everton Park’s newest tenant. Like its name suggests, Marble Bistro is a casual 28-seater eatery where you’ll find plenty of marble touches around the space. Don’t expect your average café here: helmed by a team of Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs (in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology), Marble Bistro’s menu is inventive: think devilled eggs served in a bell jar, a mushroom macchiato, and fish & chips featuring aburi eel.
Marble Bistro, 6 Everton Park, #01-18, Singapore 080006, p. 9795 7262.
Just Want Coffee
Like its name suggests, this joint is the perfect no frills hideaway for a caffeine fix. Look beyond the simple interior or menu – coffee connoisseurs will be pleased with the vast selection of premium coffee beans from all over the world and different brewing methods.
Just Want Coffee, #01-27, Blk 1 Everton Park, Singapore 081001, p. 6225 8115. Open Mon-Fri 830am-6pm; Sat & Sun 10am-6pm.
The Monocle Café
Niche lifestyle and magazine brand Monocle has set up a café, office and retail store in sunny Singapore. Yay! Housed in a two-storey shophouse apartment, the café screams hipster, but in a good way.
The Monocle Cafe, 74 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278267, p. 6475 1816.
Throw a stone anywhere in Singapore, and chances are it’ll crack the windows of a café serving all-day brunch. Holland Village is no exception, so if it’s a brunchy bite you’re craving, head down to Breko’s and tuck into a variety of waffles or their classic brekkie in a pan. Want something less brunchy? Not a problem; Breko also offers a broad selection of mains like burgers, steak and pan-fried salmon.
Breko Café, 38 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277694. p. 6468 4424. Open Sun-Thu 830am-12am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am.
Hatter Street Bakehouse & Café
Walking distance from Kovan MRT, this whimsical bakehouse and café doesn’t serve any savoury grub. Instead, you’ll find a wide array of fluffy waffles and delectable cakes. The real selling point for us is the fun and friendly staff who never fail to make everyone feel welcome.
Hatter Street Bakehouse & Café, #01-333, 212 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530212, p. 6988 4591. Open daily 1-10pm.
Along a quiet row of nondescript shophouses near Kovan MRT sits this cosy eatery that’s big on brunch and beer (music to our ears). For a neighbourhood spot, their selection of craft beers, categorised into light, hoppy, roasted and sweet, is pretty amazing – cult labels like Brewdog and Magic Hat are on the menu. Go for the Full Monty Breakfast, which includes scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, ham, and a huge sausage, if you’re there for brunch.
Lola’s Café, 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893, p. 6284 0349. Open Tue- Thu 10am-1130pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-1130pm.
Sick of the usual brunch fare? Then swing on by to Flavour Flings; the humble café whips up a delicious serving of eggs casserole – de Marie’s Baked Eggs – that’s served with warm slices of baguette.
Flavour Flings, #01-1348, 121 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 530121, p. 6286 0051.
Wildseed Café & Bar
Together with The Summerhouse, Wildseed is a café nestled within the hot, new dining enclave of Seletar Aerospace Park. Thanks to its original colonial architecture and tranquil gardens, the space oozes with old-world charm – total Instagram fodder! Expect a menu of hearty brunch bites, sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and freshly roasted coffee. It gets better: Wildseed transforms into a bar at night and even has an in-house florist, Poppy Flora Studio.
Wildseed Café, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387, p. 6262 1063. Open Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm.
We all know and love Wheeler’s Yard (mostly, its Insta-famous blue door). Now, meet its sister establishment. Consisting of a restaurant, café, bar, and events space, Wheeler’s Estate is every café-hopping, latté-sipping, brunch-loving foodie’s dream come true: it is set on two acres of lush greenery in a cluster of beautifully restored colonial bungalows at Seletar Aerospace Park – need we say more? Menu-wise, Wheeler’s Estate serves up brunch staples like avocado on sourdough toast, and heartier mains such as Tomahawk steak and a suckling pig feast
Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386, p. 6262 0001.
Brawn & Brains
Hidden behind Singapore Badminton Hall is cosy little coffee house, Brawn & Brains. Drop by for a dose of caffeine that’s easy on your pocket after a hot yoga sesh at Yoga Inc, located right next door!
Brawn & Brains, 100 Guillemard Road #01-02, Singapore 399718, p. 6348 0501. Open weekdays 9am-7pm, weekends 930am-7pm.
This quaint café is brimming with good vibes. Besides mouth-watering desserts, Cravings also opens their doors and kitchen space for parties and home-bakers alike.
Cravings, #01-05, 6 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828835, p.8685 8786.
Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee
You might be surprised to know that this specialty coffee house started back in 1960. Yes, Tiong Hoe was hipster before hipster was even a thing. Besides serving a mean cuppa, Tiong Hoe also conducts coffee appreciation workshops for coffeephiles. These guys have so much respect for their craft that prices are on a tipping basis. Give Tiong Hoe a go if you’re in pursuit for the perfect roast.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, #01-1133, Block 170 Stirling Road, Singapore 140170, p. 6473 1133. Open Mon-Fri 830am -530pm, Sat 9am-4pm.
The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee
Unpretentious is the word for this cosy neighborhood ice cream parlor run by Campus Superstar alumnus, Renfred Ng. Serious about quality, the creamy gelatos here are made in small batches to ensure freshness and taste. We appreciate that their buttery waffles are served in half portions, giving us more space for ice cream. Get a scoop of their Sicilian Pistachio, Strawberry Cheesecake, Straciatella, or all three!
The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee, #01-333, Block 48, Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048. Open Sun to Thurs 1pm-10pm, Fri to Sat 1pm – 11pm. Closed on Tuesday.
CAN (Christa & Naomi) Café
Formerly located at Beach Road, CAN Café has moved over to Upper Serangoon, bringing over all their quirky vintage décor and caffeine goodness to the neighbourhood. Owned by a pleasant Japanese lady, this lovely place serves a mean Japanese bento for hungrier folks.
CAN (Christa & Naomi) Café, #01-01, 730 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-01 Yeley Building, Singapore 534613.
Wimbly Lu Chocolates
For those with a sweet tooth, Wimbly Lu Chocolates is the place to be. Add some spark to your date night at this whimsical, chocolate-y café. We love their waffles (crispy on the outside, soft on the inside!) with homemade ice cream and could have it any time of the day.
Wimbly Lu Chocolates, 15-2 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987, p. 6289 1489. Open Tue-Fri 1230pm-1030pm, Fri 1230pm-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10.30pm.
AEIOUAt first glance, AEIOU appears to be an antique shop. But step in, and you’ll find a quirky café decked out in all manner of vintage hodgepodge-ry. AEIOU’s appeal goes beyond the décor – the café’s signature drink is the avocado coffee, served in repurposed Absolut Vodka bottles, making it perfect for that Instagram-worthy shot.
AEIOU, 111 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208559. p. 6291 2698.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Housed in an Art Deco shophouse, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a specialty coffee shop that’s home to Singapore’s first 360-degree coffee bar. If the heat’s getting to you, sit down to a bottle of this café’s smooth, cold-brewed coffee for a perk-me-up. Also on the menu are brunch treats like the pandan gula melaka pancake, and the hangover-slaying Papa’s Breakfast with spicy Italian pork sausage, portobello mushrooms, grilled tomato, and hash brown served on a slice of toasted wholemeal bread.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware, 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563, p. 6396 0609.
Specialising in tarts, this quaint café – owned by former Shangri-La pastry chef Alfred Tan – dishes out the best fruit tarts in town, including one that’s topped with figs. Decorated with beautiful teak furniture from the Bangkok-based Sim Design, the café interior is easy on the eyes… and your Instagram feed.
Drips, #01-05, 82 Tiong Poh Road, Singapore 160082, p. 6222 0400
Selling one of the best cupcakes in town is Plain Vanilla. Even healthy yogis from Yoga Movement can’t resist them (we’ve seen them going from the studio to the cafe)! Seating is only outdoors, but for their delicious desserts (they have cakes and tarts too), we will brave the heat.
Plain Vanilla, 1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641, p. 8363 7614. Open Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sunday 9am -6pm.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
This iconic bakery at Tiong Bahru is one of our top spots for French pastries! Hot sellers such as their butter croissants and chocolate croissants look almost too good to eat – the layers are distinctly fanned out and provide a great crisp to the pastry. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, you have to give the Kouign Amann a go; and don’t get us started on their rich, fudgy brownies!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-70, Singapore 160056, p. 6220 3430.
Owned by local patissier, Tricia Lim, expect mouth-watering desserts and pastries from Whisk Café – some would say their croissants are better than those from Paris! Good scones are also hard to come by in Singapore, but our taste buds were reeling in joy when we got to try Whisk’s Earl Grey and Candied Orange scones.
Whisk Café, #01-15, 58 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 160058, p. 6222 6543.
These guys were the pioneers in Tiong Bahru’s gentrification. Even though their speciality is coffee, the sandwiches here are pretty damn fine too; they’ve recently added a Pork Katsu Sandwich on their menu. Come early as this place gets full by mid-day.
Forty Hands, 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12 Singapore 163078, p. 6225 8545. Open daily 730am-530pm.
Hurrah for churros! Bringing these tasty, sugary treats to Tampines is Alt-Yard, a new dessert joint that’s tucked away in (of all places!) a community centre. A joint collaboration between the folks from Fluff Bakery and Penny University, Alt-Yard offers piping-hot, crispy churros with unusual flavours like ondeh ondeh with a gula melaka dip and a selection of cupcakes. In other words? Pure dessert heaven for those with an insatiable sweet tooth.
Alt-Yard, Tampines West Community Club, 5 Tampines Avenue 3, Singapore 529705. Open Mon 2-8pm, Tue-Sun 2-930pm.
French artisanal cuisine with a Japanese twist? Pure yum! Miam Miam sure knows the way into our hearts (and stomachs) with their lip-smacking East-meets-West fusion menu of pastas, curry rice, and of course, classic desserts like matcha soufflé and French toast (an absolute must-try).
Miam Miam, #B1-05 Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central, Singapore 529536, p. 6634 5518. Open daily 1130am-10pm
Creamier serves two of our favourite things – ice cream and coffee. Based in one of the oldest heartlands in Singapore, the simple café attracts everyone from all walks of life. We love their Earl Grey lavender ice cream, but then again, who can say no to Earl Grey and Lavender? Definitely not us.
Creamier,#01-835 Block 128, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310128, p. 6250 1476. Open Tue-Thu 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-10pm.
It’s a sin if you don’t order a cup of their coffee from Shrove Tuesday – the beans are flown in from Italy and are carefully sourced from the owner. Serving wholesome grub at a steal, this brightly-coloured café makes for a nice hang-out with the mates.
Shrove Tuesday, #01-32, 94 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, Singapore 310094, p. 6258 2254. Open Sun-Thu 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm.
The Daily Press
Pay a trip to The Daily Press and try their range of hearty, crazy-good sandwiches. Our favourite is their Korean Fried Chicken; coated with Panko & Korean Chilli flakes and topped with homemade kimchi, this best-seller packs a fiery punch.
The Daily Press, #01-561, 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Singapore 310126, p. 6258 0167. Open Tue-Sun 1030am-9pm. Closed on Mondays.