In the mood for brunch? Here's our edit of the best cafes in Singapore...
To say we’re obsessed with food would be an understatement. We’ve got top-notch restaurants and bars, amazing breakfast spots and amazing cafe culture. With the rise of great cafes setting up shop at residential estates, you’re just a five-minute stroll from home to a good grub and coffee (or tea). Say hello to your barista neighbours, or better yet, venture to a new neighbourhood with our nifty guide to the best cafes in Singapore.
Best cafes in Singapore: Orchard
Boasting teas such as matcha, hojicha and genmaicha from different prefectures in Japan, this minimalist cafe lets you find your inner calm away from the bustling streets of Orchard. Sip on lattes, ice blends and cold brews for a quick pick-me-up. Looking to stay longer? Pair your drinks with a wide array of cakes in flavours like matcha, hojicha and chocolate.
Hvala, multiple locations including #01-10, 111 Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164
2. Bacha Coffee
Experience a dash of Moroccan culture at Bacha Coffee‘s posh space, which is drenched in accents of blue, brass and chrome. With more than 200 single-origin coffees, flavoured coffees, fine blended coffees and naturally decaffeinated coffees displayed on saffron-lined wooden shelves, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Oh, and did we mention all brews are served in a golden gooseneck coffee pot? Truly, it’s coffee fit for a king. Psst: don’t miss out on the croissants!
Bacha Coffee, multiple locations including #01-15/16, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
3. Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
Tucked away in the Tanglin Post Office building, this bistro located at the edge of Orchard Road may be an extra bus ride from the MRT station, but it’s sure worth the extra legwork for the food. A casual atmosphere good for group gatherings, the place offers an extensive menu comprising all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options alongside desserts and drinks. Psst: there’s also an outlet at Somerset.
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, #01-03, Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964
4. Wild Honey
There’s nothing quite like a hearty brunch plate to kickstart the weekend, and Wild Honey is one of our top picks! Favourites include the Spanish, a dish of diced chorizo, corned beef and potatoes with poached eggs on brioche, and the Brittany (only available at Scotts Square), a marvellous creation of panettone French toast with baby bananas, salted caramel mascarpone, toffee hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce.
Wild Honey, multiple locations including #03-K1/01/02, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
5. PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance
PS.Cafe is never a bad idea. You know to expect great food, chic aesthetics and a fab dining experience. Looking for something classy? The Palais Renaissance outlet is ideal for brunch, with its iconic high ceilings, classic decor, an outdoor eating area and plenty of natural light for that perfect Instagram shot. Of course, the food doesn’t disappoint either – heap on pasta plates, sandwiches, truffle fries and chocolate cakes to your order.
PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance, #02-09A, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 23887
6. Oriole Coffee + Bar
Cold brew lovers, Oriole Coffee is the one for you! The signature in-house cold brew coffees are delicious, and you can have them either in black, with milk or with cold-pressed nut milk made of macadamia, almonds and dates (aptly called M.A.D. milk). Do also check out the all-day breakfast dishes and a wide selection of mains including the juicy Oriole truffle burger, St. Louis pork ribs, and sweet treats such as the decadent caramelised banana split waffle.
Oriole Coffee + Bar, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard (next to [email protected]), 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163
7. Little Farms Cafe at Valley Point
With a mindful approach to eating well, Little Farms prides itself on bringing ethically sourced food to your table. This cafe at River Valley is a go-to for healthy meals in the ‘hood. For a light bite, try the arugula pumpkin salad with semi-dried tomato, pine nuts, baby carrots and feta. Want a sandwich to grab and go? Try the big breakfast or opt for chicken and avocado sourdough, bacon and egg roll or cajun roasted chicken if you’re looking for a meaty choice. We’re also digging in-house baked treats like sea salt chocolate cookies and apple pie for a sweet end to the meal. Drop by at Valley Point for happy hour from 4pm to 7.30pm daily to unwind with stunning cocktails and wine.
Little Farms Cafe at Valley Point, #01-21/22/23, Valley Point Shopping Centre, 491 River Valley Road, Singapore 248371
8. The Coffee Academics
This coffee chain from Hong Kong sure knows its stuff. No wonder we keep going back for more. Take your pick from classics like latte and cappuccino, and browse through the menu for popular Okinawa and Manuka drinks – it’s coffee with Okinawan brown cane sugar and honey respectively. In the mood for a splash of booze? Try the coffee-infused cocktails to go with your all-day brekkie plate.
The Coffee Academics, multiple locations including #02-01/02, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
9. Plain Vanilla
You may think the cupcake craze is over, but big players like Plain Vanilla ain’t going anywhere. One of the OGs on the scene, the secret to its success is an emphasis on quality – only the finest of ingredients like French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and bittersweet Belgian chocolate are used. No shortcuts, no preservatives. Psst: we not-so-secretly come here for the fantastic collection of home and kitchen wares too.
Plain Vanilla, multiple locations including #B1-06, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
10. The Assembly Ground
It’s founded by the folks behind Benjamin Barker, but they certainly know their stuff when it comes to food and drinks. Here, you’ll find particularly intriguing brunch items including a rosti Benedict and a hearty Assembly brunch. The pasta dishes are scrumptious too – we suggest you go for the truffle carbonara or crab pomodoro.
The Assembly Ground, #01-21, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
11. Lady M
Looking for outstanding mille crepes? You can find them all at Lady M. Head to the Scotts Square outlet for delicious (and pretty) rose mille crepes, or get a window seat at the Orchard Central branch for some people-watching as you tuck into one of the seasonal delights. If you’re not a fan of these desserts, Lady M also whips up fantastic confections like vegan chocolate tarts and eclairs.
Lady M, multiple locations including #01-27 & #02-07, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
12. Merci Marcel
Looking for rustic, authentic French cuisine? You’ll be saying “Merci” (that’s thanks in French) to Merci Marcel for its stunning ambience and vast selection of grub. From ravioli filled with succulent tete de moine cheese to the rosemary-infused chicken breast with blue-foot mushroom cream sauce, it’ll leave you saying “saybon”! Oh, and don’t forget to drop by its next-door shop for a little retail therapy after.
Merci Marcel, multiple locations including #01-03, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Best cafes in Singapore: Siglap & Joo Chiat
13. Penny University
This cosy little cafe on East Coast Road champions the “made in Singapore” concept. It sources coffee beans from local roasters, serves fresh, house-baked bread daily, and often collaborates with local bakers on new creations. All that said, you can’t go wrong with an order of French toast or waffles.
Penny University, 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997
14. Forty Hands
One of the pioneers of the coffee movement in Singapore, these guys are known for their quality brews and freshly roasted beans. Brunch is the main food of the day, with smashed avo on toast, homemade granola and toasties, as well as har cheong gai (prawn paste fried chicken) waffle and the popular big boy breakfast platter. If you’re a stickler for tradition, visit the original locale in Tiong Bahru for a chill afternoon.
Forty Hands, 226 East Coast Road, Singapore 428923
15. Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Wondering where to get a potent cuppa joe in Siglap? We point you in the direction of this quaint coffee connoisseur, 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 decor, order anything from hazelnut and butterscotch latte to espresso and cortado – it’s all on the menu. Oh, and did we mention the waffles are a must-try?
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, multiple locations including #01-01, Siglap Village, 2 First Street, Singapore 458278
16. Baker’s Well
Besides the flavoursome line-up of coffees that will keep you up all day, Baker’s Well is also home to sweet treats like muffins, mini buns and even whole cheesecakes if you feel like having a decadent feast! Plus, the cosy cafe exudes a relaxing ambience that’s perfect for a long, lazy catch-up. (Currently only open for takeaway and delivery.)
Baker’s Well, 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754
17. Little Farms Bistro at Katong Point
A new beginning with the same concept, Little Farms Bistro offers only the freshest, healthiest and tastiest natural and organic foods. Its kitchen creates healthy and delicious meals, while baristas serve beverages and pastries at the coffee kiosk. Popping by to grab and go? Opt for a hot cappuccino and the highly recommended manuka honey cake. If you’re craving a drink or two, there’s a bar counter offering artisanal wine, craft beer on tap (like the locally-brewed Specific Gravity Wheat Beer) and bespoke cocktails such as the refreshing spritz. Don’t miss out on breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus with signature dishes and new creations like brussels sprouts with bacon and roasted garlic confit for starters. Plus, smashed avocado on toast and Little Joe’s striploin for mains alongside new salads, plant-based dishes and fresh pastas. The wait is worth the while with a new and larger menu at Katong Point!
Little Farms Bistro at Katong Point, #01-04, 451 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427664
18. The Royals Cafe
All-day breakfast places aren’t only congregated in the heart of town; there’s one right here in Sigla!. The cafe feeds you like royalty with delish pasta and juicy burgers alongside Asian options such as Nyonya mee siam and nasi lemak.
The Royals Cafe, Crescendo Building, 19 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455209
19. Stamping Ground Coffee
This cafe is all about ‘good vibes only’. Stamping Ground Coffee serves a variety of coffee blends, which you can try in the form of its signature cold brew, made in-house, for your caffeine fix. Nosh-wise, expect dishes such as seafood aglio olio, Belgian waffles and umami egg toastie on its all-day menu.
Stamping Ground Coffee, 87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223
20. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
This coffee house serves a mean cup of coffee and divine brunch selections. Together with chill vibes and its sleek interior design (look, glass ceiling roofs!), this is our go-to spot for a date with our books.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co., 113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230
21. Chanterelle Cafe
Planning on going veg anytime soon? Stop by Chanterelle for delicious grub and tasty drinks. We’re talking savoury classics such as vegan egg-free “egg” toast, meat-free bolognese pasta and sweets like Nutella toast. Wash it all down with an array of unique concoctions like purple sweet potato latte and rooibos cream orange tea. Psst: pawrents and your four-legged kids are welcome, too!
Chanterelle Cafe, #01-02, Siglap Village, 2 First Street, Singapore 458278
Best cafes in Singapore: Balestier & Novena
22. The Marmalade Pantry
Hidden in the lobby of Oasia Hotel, The Marmalade Pantry offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of its flagship store in Ion. On the menu: wholesome pastas, delicious cupcakes and desserts. All that to say, it’s great for luxurious weekend brunches or afternoon teas to fuel your body and soul.
The Marmalade Pantry, multiple locations including #01-02/04, Oasia Hotel, 8 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307470
23. The Clueless Goat
The Clueless Goat is a no-frills coffee house serving up brews that will excite any coffee junkie – piccolo anyone? Perpetually crowded on weekends, it’s popular for typical brunch fare like poached eggs on toast and yogurt with granola.
The Clueless Goat, Goldhill Plaza Mall, 189 Thomson Road, Singapore 307631
24. La Ristrettos
Tucked away in an unassuming location (on the eighth floor of a medical centre), this kitsch cafe is a hidden gem. With its cosy atmosphere and wooden interiors, it just makes you want to cuddle up in one of the nooks armed with a hot cuppa and a good novel. Be sure to try the French toast and signature crab pasta.
La Ristrettos, #08-37, Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506
25. The Ritual
This underrated gem sits cosy on the outskirts of Novena. The Ritual provides a chill, intimate space for you to munch on grub and smash out your workload. Be sure to try the housemade Swiss rosti with smoked salmon or truffle mushroom pasta. Sip on cold-pressed juices or smoothies to escape the heat of the day.
The Ritual, #01-09B, Alocassia Apartments, 383 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259727
Best cafes in Singapore: Bedok
Percolate is an unpretentious joint for coffee connoisseurs, stocking a decent range of beans from all over the world including Colonna Coffee from the UK. Stop by for brunch and dig into the buttery croissants and sandwiches stuffed with curry egg mayo, garlic cheese or smoked salmon with wasabi cream cheese.
Percolate, #01-152, 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, Singapore 460136
27. FatCat Ice Cream Bar
Charcoal waffles with salted caramel sauce and iced butter coffee … these are just a few of FatCat’s fancy menu offerings. This chi-chi cafe even offers interesting ice cream flavours like butterbeer and strawberry cheesecake!
FatCat Ice Cream Bar, #01-25, 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, Singapore 460416
Hey, early birds. Pop by this charming coffee house into your weekend plans for a generous yet affordable brunch. The pancakes served with scrambled eggs will only set you back $9.90!
Refuel, Reservoir Village, #01-3029, 744 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470744
29. Milk and Honey
Furnished with plastic stools and foldable tables, the tiny ice cream shop may not look like much, but it churns out lovely house-made gelatos and fluffy waffles. Order a tub to go – it’ll make for the perfect movie night companion.
Milk and Honey, #01-179, 86 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460086
Looking for a quiet corner for an overdue catch-up session with your mates? Bedok has a hidden gem perfect for you. Packed with a menu to satisfy your brunch, dinner and tea time cravings, this place dishes out plates of tipsy otah fries and momma’s laksa pasta for spice lovers.
Black&Ink, 29 Swan Lake Avenue, Singapore 455718
Best cafes in Singapore: Buona Vista & Clementi
31. Rochester Cafe
Tucked away in the heart of Buona Vista, Rochester Cafe offers flavourful food and drinks for a little pick-me-up. Popular items like beef lasagna, crepe cake, croissants and the signature Thai iced coffee are must-tries. Sit and chill with a view overlooking the streets and lush greenery.
Rochester Cafe, #01-08, Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138639
32. Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar
These guys were one of the first to set up shop in the area. An Australian-style hangout, it’s mostly known for brunch items such as avo toast, pancakes and eggs benedict, but many coffee aficionados make the journey to try blends made with its legendary Slayer espresso machine.
Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar, #01-51, One-North Residences, 9 One-North Gateway, Singapore 138643
33. Olla Specialty Coffee
As Singapore’s first mobile coffee catering company, Olla finds its home in Clementi, providing good food, good drinks and good vibes for the community. Indulge in buttermilk waffles with gelato and pair your dessert with a vast selection of hot and cold brews for a lazy weekend afternoon.
Olla Specialty Coffee, #01-03, 109 Clementi Street 11, Singapore 120109
34. Bodacious Bar & Bistro
Big, bold and bodacious best describes this under-the-radar cafe’s grub – think lobster roll, slow-cooked lamb shank with red wine sauce and crispy pork belly. Major plus points for the floor-to-ceiling windows and breezy atmosphere despite the industrial decor style. And if you’re there at the right time, you can catch live music acts.
Bodacious Bar & Bistro, Biopolis Way, 70 Biopolis Street, Singapore 138547
35. The Lawn Salad & Grill Cafe
Don’t want to miss out on the cafe-hopping fun, but watching your diet closely? Have your cake and eat it too at The Lawn. It’s a health-conscious salad stop where you can customise your green bowl with an array of toppings and grilled meats. We’re not talking plain steak cubes and grilled chicken, by the way – chow down on items like teriyaki, pesto, cajun chicken breast and chargrilled prawns.
The Lawn Salad & Grill Cafe, #01-07, Nanos, 31 Biopolis Way, Singapore 138669
36. Buttercake n Cream
Planning to pair your coffee with a proper meal and dessert? Buttercake n Cream’s extensive menu features stews, pasta and grilled meats. With its flora-surrounded rustic decor, you’ll feel like you’re dining in an indoor garden!
Buttercake n Cream, #01-52, Bl0ck 106 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120106
Best cafes in Singapore: Holland Village
37. Sunday Folks
This famous cafe has it all: sleek decor and Insta-worthy desserts. Indulge your sweet tooth with the iconic soft-serve ice cream that comes in seasonal flavours like strawberry milk with meringue, raspberry rose and lychee, butterscotch almond and more. Keep a lookout for new interesting flavours on its Instagram page, too! We highly recommend pairing your scoop of ice cream with the crispy waffles – that’s the quintessential Sunday Folks experience.
Sunday Folks, #01-52, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116
38. Baker & Cook
We love Baker & Cook for its delish brunches, fab bakes and irresistible desserts. The cafe offers both savoury and sweet dishes worthy of all the calories. Don’t miss out on the chocolate truffle doughnut, savoury cheese twist and salted caramel macaron!
Baker & Cook, multiple locations including #01-56, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116
39. D’ Good Cafe
D’Good Cafe is known for being a gorgeous space to rent out for photoshoots and birthday bashes – because how can you resist the pretty indoor swings and alfresco balcony? But photo-worthy decor aside, the menu is notable for a range of delicious bites and meals. Expect good aromatic coffee, pretty pastries, addictive truffle fries and satiating pasta dishes.
D’Good Cafe, #02-01/02, 273 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278992
Best cafes in Singapore: Hougang
40. Ice Edge Cafe
Ice Edge serves up typical Western fare like pasta and pizza, but its gelato has to be the highlight. All made in-house, the flavours range from the usual to the unusual. Think gummy bear, pistachio, snickers and salted caramel. Pair your order with buttermilk waffles (also made in-house) or tuck into desserts like chocolate croissants and French toast.
Ice Edge Cafe, #01-10, Simon Plaza, 2 Kovan Road, Singapore 548008
41. Two Cranes
For an afternoon of coffee and chill, make this your go-to. It offers a full brunch menu, with signatures like the big breakfast – creamy scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, cherry tomatoes and all that jazz. Or hop in at lunchtime for spicy dakgalbi chicken scramble.
Two Cranes Cafe, #01-291, Block 211 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530211
42. Lola’s Cafe
A quick stroll from Kovan MRT, the laidback cafe offers brunch classics such as eggs benedict, croissants and sammies. For a neighbourhood haunt, the craft beer selection is pretty decent too – it’s got six beers categorised into different types.
Lola’s Cafe, 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
A gem of a find, Lickers is the perfect spot for a sweet midnight rendezvous, as it stays open till 2am. You won’t spot any synthetic flavourings or off-the-shelf mixes in the house-made ice cream, which we love for its wacky flavours such as Yakult oreo and oolong lavender. Yup, we’ve tried the former and let’s just say, we’re sold. If you’re not up to travel all the way to Hougang, the store delivers too!
Lickers, #01-1446, Block 124 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 530124
Best cafes in Singapore: Seletar and Punggol
44. Rise & Grind Coffee Co.
Punggol has its fair share of cosy cafes serving comfort food. Expect bites like truffle fries and spicy buffalo wings to gear you up for tasty mains such as the signature chicken chop and pasta selections. If you’re a dessert person, treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream with buttermilk waffles. These folks definitely rise to the occasion!
Rise & Grind Coffee Co., #01-06, Oasis Terraces, 681 Punggol Drive, Singapore 820681
45. Wheeler’s Estate
We all know and love the industrial-looking Wheeler’s Yard (mostly for its Insta-famous blue door) in Balestier. Now, meet its sister establishment. Consisting of a restaurant, cafe, bar and events space, Wheeler’s Estate is every cafe-hopping, latte-sipping, brunch-loving foodie’s dream come true: It’s 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, the joint plates up brunch staples like crab benedict, alongside heartier mains such as ribeye steak and barramundi.
Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
46. Whisk and Paddle
This massive open-air bistro provides tranquil views of the river and its surroundings. On the menu, you’ll find a whole host of comfort grub, including macaroni and cheese, eggs benedict with smoked salmon served atop waffles and a wide selection of pizzas. It’s also a charming watering hole in the evening; come by to kick back over cocktails and bar bites.
Whisk and Paddle, #01-01, 10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836
47. Wildseed Cafe & Bar
Together with The Summerhouse, Wildseed is a cafe nestled within the dining enclave of Seletar Aerospace Park. Thanks to its original colonial architecture and tranquil gardens, the space oozes old-world charm – total Instagram fodder! Expect a menu of brunch bites, sandwiches, cakes, pastries and freshly roasted coffee. It gets better: Wildseed transforms into a bar at night, offering floral and herb-inspired tipples including the Floral Elixir, a concoction of thyme, elderflower, cranberry and gin.
Wildseed Cafe, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Best cafes in Singapore: Mountbatten
48. Sweet Garden Dining Cafe
Just a stone’s throw from Mountbatten MRT station, this cosy spot serves a selection of savoury and sweet delights. Pull up a chair and order dishes like rosemary chicken chop, oven-baked salmon steak and the classic creme brulee. With chillax outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi, you’ll be back for more.
Sweet Garden Dining Cafe, #01-50, Block 32, Cassia Crescent, Singapore 390032
49. Cafe Melba
Located in the one and only Goodman Arts Centre, Cafe Melba delivers quality, unpretentious nosh made with the freshest ingredients possible. Come on, these guys even cure their own bacon! While the food is top-notch, what we really adore is the alfresco dining area – the space is so cleverly designed that it’s cosy and intimate, yet breezy and private all at once.
Cafe Melba, #01-56, Blk N Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
50. Brawn & Brains
In a quiet part of Guillemard Road, Brawn & Brains is a refreshing respite from the crowds of Geylang. The minimalist cafe is every bit magazine-perfect and you can’t go wrong with the coffee here. Don’t forget to tuck into the daily selection of pastries for a quick treat!
Brawn & Brains, #01-02, 100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718
Best cafes in Singapore: Queenstown
51. Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee
Surprise: this coffee house actually started way back in 1960. Yes, Tiong Hoe was probably the mother of all hipster neighbourhood cafes. Besides serving a mean cuppa, it also conducts coffee appreciation workshops for bean aficionados (currently suspended due to Covid). These guys have so much respect for their craft that prices are on a tipping basis. Give it a go if you’re in pursuit of the perfect roast.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, multiple locations including #01-1133, Block 170 Stirling Road, Singapore 140170
52. The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee
Unpretentious is the word for this little neighbourhood ice cream parlour run by Campus Superstar alumnus Renfred Ng. Serious about quality, the creamy gelatos are made in small batches to ensure freshness and taste. Get a scoop of the cookies and cream, lychee and lime sorbet, Madagascar vanilla or all three!
The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee, #01-333, Block 48 Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048
Best cafes in Singapore: Jalan Besar
53. Apartment Coffee
With a minimalist approach, you’ll feel right at home amidst the intimate corners and counter seats. Fun fact: the furniture is Scandinavian and the ceramic cups are locally designed. Its menu puts out faves like hot chocolate, oolong tea with a honey and lychee mix, and seasonal kombucha. Pair these tasty beverages with warm bakes such as brownies, croissants and cookies.
Apartment Coffee, #01-12, 161 Lavender Street, Singapore 338750
54. Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a sought-after Jalan Besar hangout home to Singapore’s first 360-degree coffee bar. If the heat’s getting to you, sit down for a bottle of this cafe’s smooth, cold-brewed coffee for a perk-me-up. Also on the menu are brunch treats like pandan gula melaka pancake and the hangover-slaying Papa’s Breakfast of toasted wholemeal bread piled high with spicy Italian pork sausage, portobello mushrooms, tomato jam and eggs.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware, 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
55. Butter Studio
There’s nothing we love more than the buttery smell of baked goods, and that’s what pulls us into Butter Studio time and again. Cupcakes here are all-round winners – try the red velvet – and they get extra points for the nostalgic decor.
Butter Studio, 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865
56. The Refinery
You don’t just get one type of experience at The Refinery – you get a trio. The establishment is split into three levels: the first floor houses a yakitori restaurant, the second floor is home to a bespoke cocktail bar, and the third is where you’ll find a craft workshop. What’s not to love?
The Refinery, #01-02, 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561
Best cafes in Singapore: Tiong Bahru
Looking for classy but cool neighbourhood cafe vibes? Prive offers just that. You can’t go wrong with the likes of English breakfast, Hainanese chicken rice, crab cakes and pizza. Wash it all down with some boozy beverages like the signature Singapore Sling and gummy bear margaritas.
Prive, #01-88, 57 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160057
58. Drips Bakery
If you’re all about that sweet life, you need to check out Drips Bakery. The patisserie has everything from cakes and scrummy tarts to cookies and scones served with homemade jam. Pair it all with a cup of signature cold drip coffee to ease the sweetness.
Drips Bakery, #01-05, 82 Tiong Poh Road, Singapore 160082
59. Tiong Bahru Bakery
The iconic Tiong Bahru Bakery is, unsurprisingly, still one of our top spots for French pastries! Hot sellers such as the 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. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you have to give the kouign amann a go; and don’t get us started on the rich, fudgy brownies!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, multiple locations including #01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056
Best cafes in Singapore: Toa Payoh
Kopifellas runs with one main objective: to keep the Singapore coffee shop heritage alive and well in today’s world. Striving to appeal to all ages, it offers dishes that suit diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect bites like kaya butter toast and egg mayo sandwich alongside fishball noodles and laksa. And of course, enjoy it all with a fresh cup of kopi!
Kopifellas, #01-532, 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310190
61. The Larder Cafe
The casual cafe sits quietly along Toa Payoh Central, serving up mostly Western fare with a fusion twist. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the menu – it includes baked escargots, tom yum seafood spaghetti and grilled buttermilk chicken, as well as desserts, wine and ciders.
The Larder Cafe, #01-124, Block 177 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 310177
Remember when Creamier broke our hearts after it closed its first outlet in Toa Payoh? Well, it came back in a hot minute at a new spot but still in the same ‘hood. It’s one of our go-tos for two of our favourite things – ice cream and coffee. The simple cafe attracts everyone from all walks of life, and we love it for the popular Earl Grey lavender ice cream.
Creamier, #01-02, Blk 131 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310131
Best cafes in Singapore: Tampines
63. Kraft Kitchen
This cafe offers a neat combination of comfort and food. Its small intimate setting is perfect for dates and catch-up seshes with your mates. What’s on the menu? Lobster bisque, mac and cheese with steak, and seafood pot. Finish it off with an order of affogato.
Kraft Kitchen, #01-526, 820 Tampines Street 81, Singapore 520820
64. Three’s A Crowd
Can’t get enough of multi-coloured foods? This little cafe, sheltered under a housing estate, is a feast for the eyes with its modern and vibrant decor. Plus, it’s also enticing with its homemade ice creams and gourmet milkshakes. Talk about guilty pleasures!
Three’s A Crowd, #01-11, Block 802, Tampines Avenue 4, Singapore 520802
Hidden inside Our Tampines Hub, the kitsch cafe whips up souffle pancakes and bubble tea – sugar rush, anyone? The former comes in three flavours: Original, matcha and tiramisu. For the latter, you can expect classic and peculiar flavours like taro, dalgona and joripong.
19Tea, #01-82, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Best cafes in Singapore: The CBD
66. Dapper Coffee
Have a breakfast of champs with an array of customisable brekkie options. It’s a great reason to rise and shine early! Up for a drink or two? Check out the signature selection for beverages such as dapper shakerato (spike it with tequila for a fun time), unicorn tears, and a gold brew.
Dapper Coffee, Second Floor, 73A Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
67. Free The Robot
Drop by in the mornings for coconut-infused coffee or head over during lunch for affordable, hearty sandwiches and toasties. At night, the robot-themed cafe transforms into a buzzy alcove of specialty cocktails and bar snacks.
Free The Robot, 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587
68. My Awesome Cafe
With its Chinese medicinal store facade and charming interior made up of random bits and bobs, My Awesome Cafe is absolutely endearing. The great range of salads makes for a satiating, healthy lunch – we can’t go past My Awesome Salad, a generous portion of mesclun with smoked salmon, herbed chicken breast, duck rillette, avocado and tomatoes.
My Awesome Cafe, 202 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068639
If you’re yearning for an Australian hipster cafe, this is your place. Sarnies was one of the first decent coffee shops to open in the CBD, making it a hotspot for breakfast and lunch crowds. Wondering what should you get? You can’t go wrong with egg and sausage muffins, smoked salmon and cheese bagels, or the gloriously-stuffed breakfast wrap alongside a cup of joe.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601
70. The Providore
For fun times in the CBD, get your English breakfast fix at The Providore’s OUE Downtown Gallery outlet. Its menu also features other nourishing, spirit-lifting bites like Spanish baked eggs with chorizo sausages and the breakfast bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. The multi-concept venue houses a bakery and a host of indie grocers too, so feel free to shop for some fresh buns and gourmet products to help you get through that mid-afternoon slump.
The Providore, 7 Raffles Place, Singapore 048625
There you have it; the ultimate bucket list of Singapore’s best cafes!