Why is everyone in Singapore obsessed with coconut shakes? Sip on one and you’ll soon be joining the queues...
On a scorching hot day – and we have plenty of those in Singapore – the only thing better than indoor fun and 24/7 air-conditioning is an ice cold coconut shake. This refreshing drink has stealthily crept up on the bubble tea trend over the years, touted by many as a healthier alternative to brown sugar milk and tapioca pearls (as long as you don’t stuff yours with sweet toppings). It’s the new(ish) drinks craze in town – just look at the long queues for evidence! Want a fresh coconut drink? The city’s full of coconut shake shops…
Where to find coconut shakes in Singapore
1. Coconut Queen
Long live the queen! Of coconut shakes, that is. This royal brand is relatively new to Singapore, but that’s not stopping us from enjoying icy sips. The signature original is crammed with fresh juice, coconut flesh and ice cream for an ultimate tropical quencher. For more variety, order up a storm with taro, jackfruit, banana, avocado and mango flavours.
Coconut Queen, order via GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo or at multiple locations including Marina Square and Toa Payoh
Another newbie to the drinks scene, this local brand lets you customise your drink with flavours, sugar level preferences and toppings. Go for the OG coconut or signature roasted coconut drinks, then add a twist with the likes of salted caramel, matcha, avocado and hazelnut. We’re all about 0% sugar, but you can get yours with brown sugar if you’d like. Finally, tell ‘em whether you want a smooth blend or a chunky shake with coconut bits to nibble on.
CocoBoss, multiple locations including Peninsula Shopping Centre and Kovan
Hidden in heartland ‘hoods like Yishun and Tampines, this shop is a nutter for coconuts. Its no-frills kiosks shake up pocket-friendly drinks like the ice-blended concoction of coconut ice cream and coconut juice. If you fancy a frosty scoop, load up on the signature coconut ice cream bowl with toppings such as chocolate chips, aloe vera and crushed almonds.
Coconutnut, multiple locations including Northpoint City and Chinatown Point
4. Mr. Coconut
The OG that started it all, this homegrown brand has been raving about the humble coconut since 2016. With plenty of outlets across the island, it’s available at almost every corner. So when the sweltering heat gets overwhelming, you know where to go. Its original coconut shake is a must-try for a delish cool-down drink, but you can also get coco shakes in flavours like Oreo, strawberry, soursop and avocado. Fresh coconut milk, juice and latte varieties also make an appearance on the menu, alongside toppings such as gula melaka sago – if you’d like to up the calorie count on your order.
Mr. Coconut, order online and at multiple locations including Wisma Atria and Raffles City
5. My Little Coconut
In a nod to the heartlands, My Little Coconut has stalls across neighbourhoods like Tampines, Jurong West and Serangoon. Reminiscing your last Bangkok trip and craving Thai-style coconut milkshakes? Make this your go-to. The milkshakes come in flavours like original, Oreo, chendol and Milo. But you can jazz it up with add-ons such as pandan sago, milk pudding and black pearls. Just remember to lower that sugar level unless you want an OTT drink!
My Little Coconut, multiple locations including Ang Mo Kio and Hougang
This one’s been around for a while – since 2013, to be exact – quenching the thirst of visitors at attractions like Sentosa, Esplanade, Downtown East and Universal Studios Singapore. Want a taste? The original coconut shake is always a great choice. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try it in flavours like smoky gula melaka, rose bandung, pandan, uji matcha, durian, pineapple or taro. Oh, and bring home a tub of coconut ice cream while you’re in the mood to indulge.
Co+Nut+Ink, order online or at multiple locations including Sentosa and Esplanade
Got a thing for sugarcane? You read the name right: CocoCane brings together coconut water and sugarcane juice in one absolutely hydrating drink. Everything’s freshly juiced and natural, with no added sugar or preservatives. Get the signature blend with lemon, sour plum or nata de coco, or opt for ice-blended coconut snowshakes in flavours like lychee and mango.
CocoCane, multiple locations including Waterway Point and City Square Mall
Done with a day of retail therapy? Refuel with a smoothie from this popular shop. The avocado coconut, made with blended avocado and filtered coconut, is a rich and creamy beverage that’ll fill you right up. Meanwhile, the taro coconut and coconut Fruce are signature drinks you should add to your list of must-tries. For a little extra chewy goodness, throw in toppings like coconut flesh, aloe vera or Earl Grey jelly.
Fruce, order via GrabFood and Foodpanda or at multiple locations including Wisma Atria and Nex
9. The Whale Tea
Yes, this one’s a bubble tea brand. But the Nanjing-based biz goes beyond its brown sugar beverages and brewed teas to offer up coconut shakes on its extensive menu in Singapore. Try the original to enjoy the fruit’s natural flavours or take it up a notch with Oreo, mango and avocado blends. Toppings include honey pearls and aloe vera.
The Whale Tea, order online or at multiple locations including Lot One Shoppers’ Mall and HDB Hub
The next time you’re craving a cold drink on a hot day in Singapore, shake things up with a refreshing dose of coconuts.