West is best, some might say! Here are our favourite cafes in Western neighbourhoods of Singapore like Bukit Timah, Buona Vista, Holland Village, Jurong, Clementi and more
Who says there’s nothing to do in the West? Whether you live in the neighbourhoods of Clementi, Buona Vista or Bukit Timah, there’s a Instagram-worthy cafe hangout just for you serving the toastiest coffee and sumptuous brunch fare like sandwiches and waffles. Heck, these cafes are so sought-after, that you’ll be craving a visit even if you live in the East or in the city.
Scrambled, poached, fried, boiled, baked, or overeasy? The folks at Hatched will give a comprehensive egg-ducation with their egg-centric menu featuring brunch classics like eggs Benedict, dippy eggs & soldiers, and a customisable full breakfast menu. If you’re in the mood for something completely out of the ordinary, sink your forks into the sleepover hatched special – grilled bananas and streaky bacon sandwiched between a thick French brioche toast, drizzled with maple syrup.
Hatched, 267 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278989. p. 6463 0012. Open Tue-Sun 9am-11pm. Closed on Mon.
Plenty of Instagram opportunities at this Korean-inspired café. Have a seat on its pastel-coloured stools and sip a cuppa with a sweet selection of cakes such as red velvet and ondeh ondeh, as well as Italian gelato and Korean bingsu.
Gecory, Blk 328, Clementi Ave 2, Singapore 120328, p. 6255 2868. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm. Sat 10.30am-10.30pm. Sun 10.30am-10pm.
Aussie-inspired café by day and tapas bar by night, Paddy Hills finds itself hidden away from the crowd to let diners relax and enjoy its menu comfortably. Order its best-selling berry ricotta hotcakes served with maple syrup, and coffee which is hand-brewed with Tiong Hoe specialty coffee beans. Plus, catch the barista in action as he creates a concoction of drinks at the bar, planted in the middle of the café.
Paddy Hills, 38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164, p. 6479 0800. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9.30pm.
This relaxing café-slash-restaurant concept will take you away from the urban hustle and bustle, while treating you to a traditional British Sunday roast – think succulent beef slices with roasted vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. It’s a popular haunt for bookworms too, so pack a book and grab a cuppa when your tums are warm and filled.
Cafe Melba, #03-01, 1 Stars Avenue, Singapore 138507. Open 8am-10pm daily.
Less than a 5-minute walk from Botanic Gardens MRT, along Bukit Timah Road, is Atlas Coffeehouse. Its industrial interior goes hand-in-hand with its name – acronym for At Land Air Sea (don’t Singaporeans just love acronyms). Find both sweet and savoury dishes on its menu, including scrumptious signatures like the Atlas Super-Bowl and the Atlas butterscotch banana pancake. Coffees are served with Two Degrees North Coffee Co., a blend of Brazilian and Guatemalan beans, to give a mixture of fruity and nutty flavours.
Atlas Coffeehouse, 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886, p. 6314 2674. Open Tues-Sun 8am-7pm.
The Missing Pan
One of Bukit Timah’s hottest spots for brunch, The Missing Pan is a two-level brasserie that sits within a shop house. Catering to the health-conscious, this eatery uses ingredients that are fresh and organic, with no added preservatives or flavourings, whatsoever. Find a range of vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free specialty sourdoughs on its menu.
The Missing Pan, 619D Bukit Timah Road, #01/02-01, Singapore 269724, p. 6466 4377. Open Tue-Sat: 8.30am-10pm; Sun 8.30am-7pm.
This café has it all: beautiful décor, visually stunning cakes (that look as good as they taste), and a selection of soft serve ice-cream desserts. The dessert-centric café offers a regularly changing menu that features creations like the artfully plated Spring Medley, the Adzuki and Madagascan Vanilla ice cream parfait, and the Japanese winter-inspired KYOTO that features matcha white chocolate, Madagascan vanilla ice cream and a selection of handmade sweets. In addition to doing marvellous cakes, Sunday Folks does up some seriously good coffee that’ll pair perfectly with your treat of choice.
Sunday Folks,#01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116. p. 6479 9116. Open Tue-Fri 1pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm. Closed on Mon.
Craving Asian dry or soup noodles for weekday work lunches in Singapore? You can create DIY noodles bowls at Chiak with soba, vermicelli and kway teow. Chiak is definitely a noodle heaven where the possibilities are endless; customisation is a cinch, ingredients are bountiful, and flavour profiles are either light and healthy, or robust and sinful, depending on what you’ve added into your bowl. Check out our full review feature of Chiak.
Chiak, #02-37 Mapletree Business City, 40 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 117383, p. 6358 2313. Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, closed weekends.
Time Table Cafe
For cafe addicts, time moves at a much slower pace in these brunch spots – don’t rush them while they slowly sip their coffee and perfect that flatlay. This cafe in the West serves Western classics like smoked salmon baked rice and seafood pizzas, and even whips up affogatos and mango frappuccinos for those long catch-ups.
Time Table Cafe, #01-726, Blk 456 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 640456, p. 6566 5088.
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