The quaint neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru has lots to offer the brunch bunch, cafe hoppers, and those looking for a little something sweet
Planning a weekend of cafe hopping? Dive right into the world of artisanal coffee and quirky brunch treats at Singapore’s hipster ‘hood, Tiong Bahru. We’ve put together a list of five of our favourite cafe haunts in the quaint neighbourhood for coffee, brunch, desserts, and more!
Sin Lee Foods
Retro-chic is all the rage these days, but seasoned café hoppers knows that substance is just as important as style – and Sin Lee foods hits all the right notes. The café, done up in vintage furniture, manages to capture that ’60s style without becoming pastiche, and offers innovative fusion dishes like The Real Salted Egg Burger, salted egg sweet potato fries and even Southern American-style dishes like fried chicken and waffles.
Sin Lee Foods, 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 162004. p. 6377 3170. Open Tue-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 9.30pm-6pm. Closed on Mon.
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.
FLOCK café’s practically an old-timer at Tiong Bahru, but it’s still winning hearts with its well-executed all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, and gourmet coffee and teas. If you’re looking for vegetarian options, they have just what you need too. Start your day right with their portobello mushroom salad, or tuck into their popular pork cheek gruyere sandwich.
Flock Cafe, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25, Singapore 162078, p. 6536 3938.
This popular cafe hardly needs to be introduced to the seasoned brunch bunch. While smaller than the other outlets, the menu offerings here are just as diverse, offering sweets and savouries ranging from pizzas and paninis to salad bowls. Must-tries include the hangover-crushing Breakfast Grand Slam Bunwich and the crisp truffle shoestring fries. If you’re in the mood for tipples, the café also offers a surprising number of craft brews like Rogue American, Tongerlo Blond, and Royal Jamaican ginger beer.
PS.Café Petit, Block 78 Guan Chuan Street, #01-41, Singapore 160078. Open weekdays 11am-11pm, weekends 9.30am-11pm.
Riding the crest of the third wave of coffee in Singapore is this collaboration between Harry Grover and the Spa Esprit Group. As one of the pioneers of the coffee movement in Singapore, we’re pretty confident that coffee connoisseurs will find plenty to love here. That’s not to say the food menu is an afterthought though – the café offers intriguing cakes and desserts like the ondeh ondeh cake, carrot & sweet potato cake, as well as hearty savouries like the avocado toast.
Forty Hands, 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078. p. 6225 8545. Open daily 7.30am-6pm.