Some of Singapore’s coolest cafes are hidden in the quiet enclave of Bukit Timah, and we’ve checked out the best for your caffeine, brunch and dessert fix
Need your morning (or afternoon) caffeine fix, but want to hang out somewhere chill? We love the lush, leafy neighbourhood of Bukit Timah for some peace and quiet and damn good coffee and great bites. Head this way for specialty coffee, guilt-free alternatives and an amazing cupcake or two…
Crown Bakery & Cafe
With over 40 years’ baking experience under his belt, Chef Katsuei Shiga is no stranger to the world bread making. Head over to Crown Bakery & Cafe and check out his fresh bakes made from the finest ingredients including French mill wheat flour, Hokkaido Kitanokaori flour, German sourdough, French butter and direct-from-farm honey. Enjoy them as a meal with its all-day breakfast menu, with its salads and soup, or with plates of mouthwatering desserts. Top it all of with its signature blend of Sumatra Mandheling and Ethiopian Arabica coffee for a refreshing perk-me-up.
Crown Bakery & Cafe, #01-03, Crown Centre, 557 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269694
The Living Caf
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, The Living Cafe knows what’s up. Its healthy menu of raw and unprocessed organic food at affordable prices. We live for its brunch menu which includes the big breakfast with raw eggplant bacon, signature burgers served with coleslaw and sweet potato wedges (they’ve got gluten-free buns!), and homemade wholemeal pizzas. Leave some space for desserts; the raw blueberry cheesecake and raw blackforest brownie (made with dates, nuts and cacao powder) are must-tries.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758. p. 6468 4482
The Tea Party Cafe
Despite its name and rainbow exterior, it’s not all striking party decor inside. In fact, most of its customers compliment its mellow ambience which is great for a relaxing brunch — or to study or do some work while sipping on a cup of Joe. Its menu isn’t just tea and cakes either; it also serves your usual Western favourites such as the roast duck pizza, carbonara, bacon arrabiata and more. The cafe also does tea workshops offsite, so keep your eyes peeled!
The Tea Party Cafe, #01-07, 805 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 279883
The Affogato Ba
Coffee connoisseurs are in for a treat — Asia’s first affogato bar at the quiet Cluny Court features five types of affogato, all made with double espresso shots from Australia’s Dimattina. Chocolate lovers will appreciate Death by Chocolate (not literally), a concoction of dark chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks and chocolate streusels topped with a bitter espresso shot. Its slices of banana cake, carrot cake, as well as its bagel sarnie for something savoury, complements well with its aromatic Dimattina coffee, West Coast Cocoa chocolate drinks and XO Teas. We’re already calling dibs on its signature dirty chai latte.
The Affogato Bar, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Singapore 259760
You don’t have to travel far to Paris for an authentic French brunch — say bonjour to Choupinette! Head down for its popular breakfast menu including eggs Benedict — one of the best in town — and the croque monsieur. If you’ve got any space left in you, be sure to squeeze in its freshly baked croissants and sweet treats like danishes and macarons.
Choupinette, 607 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269708, p. 6466 0613
Known for its scrumptious servings of eggs Florentine (pictured top), yoghurt berry trifle and truffle fries with parmesan and kelp amongst its sought-after all-day dining menu, SPRMRKT has moved from its flagship McCallum location in the bustling CBD to Bukit Timah’s peaceful Cluny Court. Besides dining here, you can also do your grocery shopping and get inspired with pop-up art exhibitions that showcase local and regional talents. If that’s not enough, SPRMRKT is about to launch cooking classes for young families — keep an eye out!
SPRMRKT, #02-13, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
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 — an 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
Shen & Co.
We reckon the vintage interior of Shen & Co. will capture your eyes before they even land on the menu. Right by the doorstep of Beauty World MRT, this cosy little café is furnished with antiques you probably recognise from the ‘60s or ‘70s — totally Insta-worthy. It’s got local fave Nasi Lemak, and some tasty salted egg yolk fries to pair with your coffee. Just don’t forget to withdraw some money beforehand as this café only accepts cash.
Shen & Co. #01-01/04, Beauty World Plaza, 140 Upper Bukit Timah Road
The sort of ingredients you’ll find in Plain Vanilla’s cakes and bakes consist of French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, Belgian chocolate, fresh fruit and eggs. Find cakes and pastries that are too pretty to eat, and cupcakes in a plethora of flavours like red velvet, salted caramel, earl grey lavender and vanilla bean. Plain Vanilla does good coffee too.
Plain Vanilla, #01-03A, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, p. 8363 7615
Vicky’s Cafe and The Coffee Shack
If you are a cake person, this is the place to be. Not only are we in love with the exterior or this cosy café, but also its list of hand-crafted cakes, including Vicky’s Cakes’ signature chocolate fudge, carrot, Tiramisu, strawberry forest, dark velvet and even banana gula Melaka butterscotch! Find cupcakes, cookies, and coffee to compliment your sweet treats at Vicky’s Cakes and The Coffee Shack.
Vicky’s Café and The Coffee Shack, 833 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279887, p. 6466 4000
Located at Bukit Timah Plaza is this Korean gem. The coffees served at Boyle’s Café are from in-house beans, with the Dutch Coffee (Cold Drip) its specialty coffee. This slow, cold brew riddles taste buds with hints of citrusy and fruity flavours, and is highly rated by the coffee drinkers in this ‘hood. If you don’t or can’t take caffeine, but would love to enjoy the world’s best coffee (as stated on its website), Boyle’s Coffee also does it decaf.
Boyle’s Coffee, L1-CS1, Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Singapore 588996
Hidden in the lush green of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club is the Riders Café, perfect for those who want a bit of peace, good coffee and great food. Go for the Pacific Benedict or brioche French toast for brunch, the rosemary flatbreads (comes with sundried tomato hummus) for lunch, or the pan-fried snapper with miso-creamed kale if you’re at the Riders Café for dinner.
Riders Cafe, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819
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