In the mood for brunch and coffee? Let this guide be your holy grail to the best new cafes in Singapore.
From hot new restaurants and bars to amazing events, May is looking lit. To top it off, we’ve sussed out new cafes in Singapore that have been putting out devilishly good coffee, tempting bakes and amazing brunch menus.
Best new cafes in Singapore: May 2021
Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills
Everyone’s favourite Tiong Bahru Bakery has opened its seventh outlet in the storied grounds of Fort Canning Park. Taking a cue from the site that once belonged to River Valley Swimming Complex, the new 75-seater cafe pays homage to its predecessor through its interiors. Think lifeguard stands, donut floats and faux “pool rules” signs at the entrance. With a new outpost comes a new menu, and additions include nutmeg teh halia and sourdough croissants. Alternatively, get the picnic bundle (with bakes, salads and drinks) and park yourself at one of the grassy spots in the area. Oh, and this goes without saying but don’t leave without bagging the famed croissants and kouign amann.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills, #01-05, Fort Canning Park, 70 River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
La Fez Cafe & Bakery
The east welcomes yet another cafe! Drenched in gorgeous rose gold hues, this halal spot is situated along the buzzy East Coast Road. It’s inspired from the breathtaking city of Marrakesh, so expect Moorish architecture and Moroccan-inspired eats to take centre stage. Eat your way through brunch items like shakshuka with feta cheese, Turkish poached eggs and avo toast with poached egg and hummus. Stopping by during tea time? Go for Moroccan coffee (aka nous nous) or Moroccan mint tea, alongside delish bakes like hot baklava cheesecake and fig tart.
La Fez Cafe & Bakery, #01-03A, 907 East Coast Road, Singapore 459107
Kamome Bakery has expanded beyond its Thomson Road space with a new branch in Joo Chiat. Loyal patrons can expect to grab the famed pillowy soft bread sliced to your preference of thickness. At the moment, it’s open only for takeaway but we’ve already spotted a snaking queue for its red bean butter bun, financier and milk cream bun. Psst: the store opens till 5pm or until everything’s sold out. But if the OG outlet is anything to go by, you’re better off heading over first thing in the morning as its bakes sell like hotcakes (no pun intended).
Kamome Bakery, 193 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427464
Madame Ooze Dessert Bar
Balinese chic meets ice cream at this Chinatown cafe. Once a bustling hostel, Adler has pivoted its business amidst the pandemic by transforming its lobby into a creamier. The space is scattered with fab furniture, lush foliage and interesting paintings — it almost feels like you’ve walked into someone’s swanky living room. Keep cool with a selection of Asian-inspired and classic ice cream flavours such as New York blueberry cheesecake, Kyoto matcha, Belgium dark chocolate and Jeju strawberry cheesecake. Feeling naughty? Pair your scoop with buttery croissants to make a dessert sandwich.
Madame Ooze Dessert Bar, 259 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058808
Think you know Swedish food? Well, think again. At At3, you’ll get acquainted with a slew of Nordic brunch plates like skagen toast (coldwater shrimp with Swedish dill sauce on sourdough toast), smoked salmon toast and viking frukost (pork chorizo sausage, pork patty, bacon and scrambled egg). Of course, you can expect meatballs on the menu, served with mashed potatoes and lingonberries. The Scandinavian theme extends to the interiors as well. Think clean lines, whitewashed walls and lots of solid wooden furniture.
At3, 63 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169369
Seng Coffee Bar
Nested along Changi Road, Seng Coffee Bar is run by a father-daughter team. Step in and you’ll be greeted by the coffee bar with standard options like espresso, piccolo and macchiato. Take a seat and choose from two dining menus: all-day breakfast and mains. The former offers dishes like the Breakfast Feast, which features focaccia, grilled bacon, cheese sausage and tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and spinach, roasted potatoes and eggs done your way. For the latter, you’ve got burgers (fried cod fish or salted egg chicken), pastas (linguine with fresh clams or prawn aglio olio) and hearty plates (pork belly risotto or steak). End your meal on a sweet note with desserts like chocolate lava cake, yuzu sorbet and cempedak creme brulee.
Seng Coffee Bar, 389 Changi Road, Singapore 419838
What are you waiting for? Get ready for brunch fun at these new cafes in Singapore.
Best new cafes in Singapore: April 2021
Prairie by Craftsmen
A cool cafe by the folks behind Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, Prairie resembles a beautiful greenhouse. From the lush greenery to the glass ceilings to the spacious courtyard, the decor stays true to its name. While taking it all in, graze on brekkie delights such as avo bruschetta, egg and bacon croissant, eggs and toast, and if you’re ravenous, the massive breakfast platter. While we all love a good cup of joe, our choice of poison changes on the weekend. Unwind and kick back with cocktails, spirits, champagnes, wines, beers or mocktails.
Prairie by Craftsmen, #01-05C, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Joining the long list of ‘gram-worthy cafes is ClickAFood. It’s brought to you by local singer Hong Junyang, who gave us concepts like The Original Thai Boat Noodle and Machi Machi. The pastel-hued cafe houses five distinct concepts that will take you around the world. Start off your gastronomic journey with a plate of nasi lemak from 68 Nasi Lemak, followed by Thai faves like phad Thai and chicken kra pow under the Thaitanium menu. Next, Korean Mama has you covered with classic K-food like Seoul army stew and andong jjimdak (braised chicken). Then, there’s Fig and Fiddle, where you can tuck into an array of pizzas, burgers and fish and chips. Last but not least, the drinks menu offers hot and cold brews (made with PPP Coffee beans), bubble teas and specialty drinks like mango coconut.
ClickAFood, 339 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534953
Pipes by Hattendo
Hailing from Hiroshima, Hattendo bakery opens its first overseas outlet with a dual concept. In the day, Pipes operates as a cafe with a roasting gallery. And the cool part? You can get your beans roasted by a super sleek robot barista. Leave it to the Japanese to come up with a fancy-schmancy machine. While waiting, bite into the famous cream buns Hattendo’s known for. Flavours include chocolate, azuki, matcha, whipped cream and custard. Other noteworthy treats include Hokkaido soft serve and cream pudding. Come dusk, the place transforms into an izakaya with a different menu. Expect fresh sashimi, crusty sando creations and an exquisite selection of sake.
Pipes by Hattendo, #01-02, Dorsett Residences, 331 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088764
Ang Mo Kio just got cool again with Apiary’s arrival. Tucked away on the first floor of Jubilee Square, the brand’s second outlet brings back the iconic brioche and ice cream combo. First launched at the Neil Road flagship outlet some three years ago, the sammie features a sweet butter bun from Oishi Pan Bakery. Pair it with your choice of ice cream and choose between classic flavours like Earl Grey or standout variations such as lavender and blue milk. Expect the usual flavour bombs in this heartland outlet.
Apiary, #01-02, Jubilee Square Outlet, 61 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Singapore 569814
The second opening of the French patisserie in Bedok is proof that the east side is really the best side. Spot the memorable backlit key logo on the facade and step into pasty wonderland. Loyal patrons can indulge in signature tarts and cakes like The Gentleman, a chocolate sponge cake soaked in whiskey. Or try the Orh Blanc Tart – a French Mont Blanc and yam creation. You can also bag new savoury viennoiseries like Truffle Ziggy and Lucky Clover for a grab-and-go breakfast option. The former has hints of bacon, garlic and spring onion, while the latter boasts truffle cream, wild mushrooms, arugula, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.
Pâtisserie Clé, 79 Lucky Heights, Singapore 467627
A hotspot for cafes, Upper Thomson welcomes a new addition to its buzzy street. Gentle Roast’s interior is all about minimalist chic. Think white-washed walls and elegant gold accents. On the menu are brunch plates (crabcake rosti and eggs benedict), pastas (truffle carbonara and seafood aglio olio), burgers (grilled chicken and double beef with truffle cream sauce) and hearty mains (ribeye steak and grilled salmon). It’s a great spot, whether you’re there for brunch or dinner. Oh, and this goes without saying but if it’s a cafe in Upper Thomson, chances are, the coffee is pretty good.
Gentle Roast, 227 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574359
Best new cafes in Singapore: March 2021
A mainstay at Lavender Street for the past seven years, The Bravery has made its move to the Amoy Street enclave. Housed in a two-storey shophouse, the 40-seater cafe boasts a coffee bar on the first floor and a bakery on the second, all wrapped up in warm earthy tones.
Swinging by for breakfast? Dive straight into morning delights like steak and eggs, mushroom toast and the ‘gram-friendly nova cheese toast (cream cheese and smoked salmon atop a slice of sourdough). Come weekends, the menu boasts heartier mains such as crab cakes, wagyu ribeye and poached tiger prawns. Coffee and tea drinkers, sip on creations like lavender latte, dirty matcha (with a shot of espresso) and hojicha milk. Pair them with sweet goodies like brownies and burnt cheesecakes from the bakery.
The Bravery, 50 Amoy Street, Singapore 069876
The minimalist cafe trend in Singapore doesn’t seem to stop. Enter Equate Coffee. Using arithmetics for its brand logo (simple yet distinct), this new Tanjong Pagar coffee spot is all about clean lines, neutral tones and bare textures. Head down for a midday break and sip on exceptional brews like lattes and black espresso. The folks here also take great pride in their desserts, including caneles. The French pastry is flavoured with rum and vanilla and has a custardy center and a caramelised crust – you won’t be able to resist just one.
Equate Coffee, #02-25, 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 082001
Located in Telok Ayer for the last six years, Pantler is now calling River Valley its home. Situated opposite Valley Point, the new space is decked out in wooden furnishing and whitewashed walls. For the uninitiated, this pastry house’s modus operandi is French desserts. Work your way through bakes like choux a la crème, croissants, strawberry shortcake, galette des rois, yatsura (hazelnut dacquoise, dark chocolate ganache and a crunchy hazelnut feuilletine), and more. This is what sweet dreams are made of, we tell you.
Pantler, 474 River Valley Road, Singapore 248359
Ballad of Anna May
Who is Anna May, you ask? She was last seen at Craig Road with a cup of coffee in hand. Follow her trail and you will find yourself at the namesake cafe. It features coffee beans from Proud Mary, a specialty coffee roaster in Melbourne and Portland that emphasises sustainable sourcing. So whether you’re sipping on hot or cold brews, it’s all about coffee with a conscience. Food-wise, munch on toasties such as The First Born, stuffed with beef pastrami, and Dangerous To Know You, an oozing cheese creation. And if you were wondering, yes they are named after Anna May Wong movies.
Ballad of Anna May, 42 Craig Road, Singapore 089680
Cool off from the merciless heat at this new ice cream parlour. Originating from Malaysia, Inside Scoop is known for its artisanal ice cream. The frosty treats are made fresh daily in the kitchen sans artificial preservatives, colouring and flavouring. Try local flavours like chendol, salted gula melaka and mao shan wang, along with popular classics like pistachio, chocolate and hazelnut. For a full-on treat, pair them with charcoal or buttermilk waffles.
Inside Scoop, 779 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198747
Best new cafes in Singapore: February 2021
Green Common has finally arrived on our sunny shores. The brainchild of social venture Green Monday Group, this vegan cafe breaks all preconceived notions about plant-based dining (read: boring, tasteless and the like). Located in VivoCity, the 3,000 sq ft lifestyle store is a haven for vegans, housing the leading brands of plant-based meat under one roof. That includes Beyond Meat, OmniMeat, Heura (vegan chicken), Daiya (vegan cheese), Unlimeat (Korean vegan beef) and Just Egg (plant-based eggs).
For those new to the vegan scene, you can try dishes made from said brands on the meat-free menu before bringing some home. Highlights include Meat Lovers Pizza, Beyond Black Burger and meatless meatballs. Gone are the days when you have to settle for a bowl of sad salad! For something local, order the rendang chicken roti, Hainanese Trick’en Rice (we tried it and we ain’t looking back) or laksa. Don’t leave without munching on the egg-free HK-style French toast, too. We’ve gotta say, the dishes are crafted with innovation and the plant-based movement is definitely on the rise. Who says sustainable dining is inaccessible?
Green Common, #01-169/170, VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585
The Fabulous Baker Boy
Remember when The Fabulous Baker Boy broke our hearts after it closed shop at Fort Canning Park? Now, it’s back at a fab new location in Aliwal Arts Centre. Awash in pastel hues and adorned with lush foliage, the new 70-seater cafe boasts the same baked goods we’re all fond of. But before you dive straight into the cakes, fill up on savoury plates including the popular fried chicken and waffles, chicken and pesto grilled cheese sammie (made with housemade sourdough) or the hearty Fab Fry Up, which offers sausages, confit mushrooms, roast potatoes, grilled tomato, toast and eggs to your liking.
Dessert fiends can look forward to more than 14 sugar creations, including the famed red velvet which has a rich layer of chocolate ganache, Nutty Monkey, a banana coconut cake, and the crowd-pleasing Lady Marmalade. Go all out and then burn off the calories by exploring the surrounding cultural enclave.
The Fabulous Baker Boy, #01-01, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918
Tarte by Cheryl Koh
A mainstay at Shaw Centre since 2015, Tarte by Cheryl Koh has finally opened its doors to the public with a brand new look. Settle into the refreshed (and bigger) dine-in space with curved lines, warm tones and a modern ambience. Fans can expect the usual line-up of stellar tarts such as dark chocolate, blood orange and strawberry. Swinging by for tea? Sip on melon and rose cold brew while you nibble on baked goodies like pain au chocolat and croissants.
Tarte by Cheryl Koh, #02-05, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
The Brewing Ground
Nestled in the heritage grounds of the former Telok Kurau Primary School, The Brewing Ground should be on everyone’s radar. With its quiet locale, glass-enclosed dining space and breezy pet-friendly alfresco area, the cafe serves as a spot to while the day away with comforting brunch fare and solid brews. We’re talking about eggs benedict with a twist (beurre blanc sauce, anyone?), burrata and tomato tartines, and hearty brekkie burgers stuffed with a pork sausage patty, scrambled eggs and caramelised onions.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for seasonal specials like tomahawk steak, seafood stew and grilled squid. Complete your cafe experience with a cup of joe, featuring beans from local roasters like 2 Degrees North Coffee Co. If you’re looking for a little booze injected in your brunch, cocktails such as the cold brew martini and mimosa won’t disappoint.
The Brewing Ground, #01-24, The Yards Singapore, 406 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 428084
The Whole Kitchen
The arrival of this health food cafe (initially an online store) at Katong is proof that the east is where it’s at. The Whole Kitchen is all about wholesome food that will nourish your body and mind. From fresh smoothies to baked treats to top-notch joe (from Allpress Coffee), the menu is free from gluten and refined sugar, and is packed with all-natural ingredients instead. If you happen to have special dietary requirements (read: vegan, paleo keto and so on), just let the friendly folks know and they’ll be more than happy to recommend you something.
Stay and soak in the good vibes by grazing on warm toasties including the crowd favourite Mumbai Sandwich, replete with tomato, cucumber, cheese, chaat masala, house-made green chutney and tomato kasundi relish. While you’re at it, stock up your pantry with delish spreads and condiments like hazelnut cacao spread (nature’s Nutella), berry chia jam and pink sauerkraut (your gut will thank you).
The Whole Kitchen, #01-16, Odeon Building, 11 East Coast Road, Singapore 428722
Degree Celsius Cafe
Degree Celsius Cafe is the latest coffee spot in Dhoby Ghaut. Outfitted in quintessential clean lines, pristine whitewashed interiors and a green wall, the cafe is every minimalist’s dream. The menu is topped with your standard coffee options alongside a selection of croissants. Did we mention, you can opt for plant-based milk options at no extra charge?
Degree Celsius Cafe, #01-11, UBS Building, 9 Penang Road, Singapore 238459
Best new cafes in Singapore: January 2021
Hundred Acre Creamery
Take the road less travelled and head down to Hundred Acre Wood. Nope, not the fictional land where Winnie the Pooh and his friends live. We’re talking about a cute little cafe in Clementi that references Disney’s Pooh Bear in the most subtle way possible. Think warm lighting, wooden tables, yellow walls and memorable quotes from the classic cartoon. What can you find here? Sweet treats in the form of fresh, icy gelato. Flavours like chocolate hazelnut, Thai tea lychee and black and white sesame are sure to be a hit. But for something more unique, there’s the Ocean Blue flavour, aka white chocolate with nori. Also, the Vietnamese drip coffee is a must-try.
Hundred Acre Creamery, #01-37, 109 Clementi Street 11, Singapore 120109
Drips Bakery Cafe
The famed Tiong Bahru cafe has opened its second outlet in the heart of Orchard. Located in the basement of Ngee Ann City, it sports a cosier space compared to its flagship store. But hey, you still can expect a line-up of iconic tarts on display. From yuzu and salted caramel chocolate to chocolate truffle and fresh fruits, the choices are endless!
Drips Bakery Cafe, #B2-31, Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Porcelain Cafe By Gratefood Co
From a collaboration between plant-based company Gratefood Co and Porcelain Origins Spa comes a wellness cafe that specialises in acai bowls. What sets it apart from other acai bowl spots? The folks here only use natural ingredients like organic acai pulp, pink pitaya and bananas. Plus, each bowl is a work of art. Take the Starry Galaxy (pictured above) as an example. The bowl is decorated with star-shaped nanas, vegan dark chocolate, edible silver spray and sprinkles to resemble a glorious night sky. Other noteworthy creations include the ‘gram-tastic Unicorn Dreams and Beach Paradise. For those who claim that healthy food can’t look and taste good, we say the proof is in the pudding.
Porcelain Cafe By Gratefood Co, #04-48, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Culture Spoon is not your usual cafe. Instead, it acts as a co-working kitchen that brings together up-and-coming F&B brands under one roof. For now, you can get coffee by Quarter Life Coffee, baked goodies like Basque cheesecake and tiramisu by Cultured Bakeyard and tea by The Tea Affair. For full meals, get a load of Thai plates by chef Wyman Wong, who sharpened his knife at the now-defunct Long Chim restaurant. Also on the menu: flavourful Filipino dishes by Luci’s Kitchen and spicy Indonesian fare by Mamilani Home Cook. Rest assured, no two visits are the same.
Culture Spoon, 409 River Valley Road, Singapore 248307
Start your morning routine by grabbing a cup of joe at The Ritual. Not to be confused with Ritual Gym, this place is anything but sweat-inducing. As it’s outfitted in minimalist decor and neutral tones, you’ll likely find your inner calm here – almost the same effect as practising yoga. Replenish your body with wholesome brunch plates like avo toast or steak and eggs. Or try the eponymous big breakfast, which offers eggs done to your preference, mixed greens, bacon, sausage and a choice between croissant and sourdough. Vegans can rejoice with dishes like tofu tempeh fries, mushroom fritters and acai bowls.
The Ritual, #01-09B, Alocassia Apartment, 383 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259727
Halfpipe Skate Bar
Situated a stone’s throw from Somerset Skate Park, Halfpipe Skate Bar is a new cafe retail concept by snowboarding company The Ride Side. There’s a decent selection of coffee (cold and hot brew) for java junkies, local and international craft beers (from lagers to pale ales to stouts) for hopheads, and skateboard paraphernalia (helmets, longboards and skate wheels) for skating enthusiasts and pros. All in all, it makes for a great chillout spot.
Halfpipe Skate Bar, #01-15, TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164