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Daizu Cafe
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The best cafés in Singapore for brunch and coffee

Hit up the best cafés in Singapore like Atlas Coffeehouse, Ronin and Kafe Utu for your daily caffeine fix, eggy brunch and mid-day perk up

By Fabian Loo, Kristie Teo, Huang Junyi and Eliza Juliet Tay
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Whether you're looking for the perfect Instagram shot, a new weekend brunch hangout, or a mean cup of joe, these cafés in Singapore deliver on all those fronts and more. Need more than one cup of coffee to rev your engines? Go café hopping in Tiong Bahru or pop into the various coffee shops along Amoy Street that keep the caffeine-hungry CBD folks going.

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C Cafe
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C Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Marine Parade

There’s a magician in the house. Through cards, he can predict the future, will things to appear, and make others disappear. He can also brew up a mean cup of coffee. Meet Ashley Cho, the owner of C Cafe. He decided to combine his love for magic and food two to open a magic-themed café. Try the smashed avocado on sourdough toast ($18), dressed with aromatic dukkah and sunflower seeds for crunch and sharing plates of truffle fries ($12) and chicken wings (from $10) drizzled with honey butter – all paired with a side of magic card trick. 

Lucid
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Lucid

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

Lucid's interiors of grey and white make for an Instagrammable spot. But it's more than just a treat for the eyes. The minimalist hide-out also serves cups of quality brews by co-owner Andrea Tan, the first National Brewers’ Cup champion in Singapore. You’ll find coffee and a small selection of bakes are available, like espresso-based drinks (from $4) pulled from beans of medium-dark roast, with hints of chocolate and citrus, and bakes of brownies crowned with hazelnuts and fluer de sel ($4.50).

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Daizu Cafe
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Daizu Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

Minimalist cafés, with white-clad walls and simple decor, are a dime of the dozen in Singapore. But if there is any place that’s making this pared-down aesthetic feel fresh and exciting, it’s Daizu Cafe. It's a loft-style, two-storey space that lets in plenty of morning sunlight. Look forward to novel brunch offerings that fuse Japanese flavours with Western cooking techniques. Some highlights: unique creations of lemon miso eggs Benedict ($24), mixed chirashi salad ($18), mentaiko chicken dumplings ($10), and more. Sauces, from wasabi mayonnaise to curry aioli, are also made from scratch. 

 

 

For The People
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For The People

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

This café along Hamilton Road is designed for one purpose: for people to unwind and connect with loved ones. It helps that the interiors are open and welcoming; the minimalist space is splashed with white hues and wooden accents, and comes anchored by an eye-catching barista counter. The food is also perfect for sharing. Make a reservation before dropping by, and split the addictive mozzarella sticks ($8) that come with a side of fresh sriracha salsa. Besides the usual brunch fare of guacamole on toast ($18) and eggs Benedict ($16), For The People also whips up some special creations that are worth a try. And the best part, almost everything is under $20. Scrambled eggs on toast comes brightened with a smear of basil pesto ($18), and the standard waffles come with a firmer, chewier bite with its cinnamon sugar-dusted crispy churro waffles ($14).

 

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Gather
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Gather

Restaurants City Hall

Gather is opened by the team behind local favourites Punch and now-defunct Ronin. Unlike the latter's dark and broody vibe, Gather's sun-drenched interior is outfitted with marble tables and rattan-backed chairs – a nod to the building’s colonial past. The menu is concise, comprising different types of crêpe, or thin pancakes that come well-stuffed with sweet or savoury ingredients. Heed the advice of the waitstaff can get the Off The Bone ($18), with a winning combination of ham, gruyère, cheddar, and a runny egg in the middle, then end off with soft crêpes that come showered with sugar and lemon ($14). 

Apollo Coffee Bar
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Apollo Coffee Bar

Restaurants Cafés Serangoon

Add Apollo Coffe Bar to your café-hopping list the next time you’re visiting the hipster food enclave of Serangoon Gardens. It is opened by the same people behind Atlas Coffeehouse, Columbus Coffee Co, and Lunar Coffee Brewers, so you can expect good grub and brews. Try the special tofu hummus ($12.50) served with honeyed fried beancurd skin, or share the honey butter-coasted tatter tots ($12.50). Switch out your usual order of avocado toast with Apollo Coffee Bar’s umami-packed version, which comes with seaweed jam and topped with crispy kale ($18.50), or try other unique items include the farro risotto ($22) with miso bacon and oyster mushroom, pork and pear tartine ($19.50).

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East Coast Commune
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East Coast Commune

Restaurants Cafés Marine Parade

East Coast Commune, is a charming café with an inviting interior that taps onto the surrounding landscape as design inspiration. Inside, the high-ceiling pitstop comes decked with rattan-backed chairs, wood-panelled counters, and potted foliage to echo the outdoors. The concise menu features sourdough sandwiches, pasta, and sides of fries and granola. Unique to East Coast Commune is a selection of sourdough waffles. Try the savoury four cheese ($15), which comes with a base of rosemary-scented and caramelised shallot waffle, served with mozzarella, parmesan, gorgonzola, cheddar, confit tomatoes, and pesto; or the fried chicken ($18) with roasted corn waffle.

 

Kreams Krafthouse interior
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Kreams Krafthouse

Restaurants Cafés Raffles Place

We may have a perpetual summer in Singapore, but this café at Maxwell Chambers offers an autumnal escape filled with sun-faded leaves. Settle down under the canopy of foliage and sip on aromatic brews best paired with some freshly baked scones. Beyond regular espresso-based drinks, highlights from this Korean-inspired café include the Summer Latte ($10), where coffee comes served with a scoop of ice cream, and the Dalgona Latte ($8), its version of the whipped coffee fad that has taken over social media. Here, the drink comes topped with crunchy dalgona, a traditional Korean honeycomb toffee candy. Grab a bite of the sweet – caramel-like, but with slight bitter undertones – before it melts into the drink.

 

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Hub and Spoke Cafe
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Hub and Spoke Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Changi?

Hub and Spoke Cafe, located just off Terminal 2, offers a tranquil escape to unwind and grab a bite. But first, you’ll need to uncover this elusive spot. But it’s this hard-to-access address that provides the place with a serene, exclusive allure; the glasshouse-looking space lets in oodles of natural sunlight, and the breezy alfresco veranda comes flanked by plenty of fauna. Tip: look out for a self-watering green wall – adorned with luscious blooms – that makes for a great photo backdrop.

Micro Bakery & Kitchen Red House
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Micro Bakery & Kitchen Red House

Restaurants Cafés Marine Parade

Occupying the iconic Red House in Katong, Micro Bakery is hard to miss. With the mission to serve delicious and hearty food and to provide a cosy space for people to take a break from the hustle, you'll feel comfortable right away at this café with its warm decor and the smell of freshly baked bread constantly in the air. Besides the breakfast options like the scrambled eggs tartine ($14) and Big Breakfast ($18), you can also get some buns, cakes, freshly baked sourdough loaves, and coffee. 

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Bacha Coffee
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Bacha Coffee

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

Marrakech heritage brand, Bacha Coffee opens its first international outlet right here in Singapore at ION Orchard. The Singapore café offers four categories of coffee: single origin, fine blended, fine flavoured and carbon dioxide decaffeinated coffee from Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and beyond. You can purchase loose beans (from $11 per 100g) to brew at home or enjoy a pot of coffee (from $9) onsite with a serving of whipped Chantilly cream, steamed milk (or soy milk), raw sugar and cracked vanilla beans with a couple of croissants ($8 for two).

Caffe Cicheti
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Caffe Cicheti

Restaurants Italian City Hall

What used to be an Australian restaurant, Fynn’s, has now been transformed into an Italian osteria, Caffe Cicheti – the latest addition to the Cicheti family’s line of Italian restaurants. But the brunch menu manages to combine both influences to give you plates of ricotta hotcakes ($19) and truffle-infused omelette ($25), alongside pesto spaghetti ($22) with pounded pine nuts and bavette served with crab meat and shellfish broth ($27). 

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Restaurant review: Kafe Utu
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Kafe Utu

Restaurants Cafés Chinatown

Keong Saik Road may be synonymous with alcohol, but it’s sure able to cook up a fine cup of coffee. At Kafe Utu, you’ll be transported to Africa the moment you step foot into the coffeehouse due to its wood and leather furnishing and African-inspired paintings. The specialty house blend is called “Ubuntu” – a combination of coffee beans from Uganda, Mexico, and Brazil – whereby you could have it black ($4.50) or with some Hokkaido milk ($6). The food fare here is also excellent, too. Order up a Curried Avocado with Raw Garlic and Toast ($18) or try the Ricotta Hotcakes ($24) from the brunch menu.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
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The Populus Coffee and Food Co

Restaurants Outram

This hot Neil Road joint appoints itself a 'gastro-café' to highlight its flavour-forward leanings. Rice and grain bowls ($19.50-$24) – topped with roast chicken, pulled pork, and thyme-seared wagyu – are Instagram favourites that taste as hearty as they photograph. Also enjoyable is the seafood linguine ($24), with al dente spools of bisque-coated pasta next to nubs of crabmeat and scallops. End off your meal here with a strawberry and elderflower sundae ($14), best paired with buttermilk waffles ($15) and a cup of coffee to kill the sugar.

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Park Bench Deli
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Park Bench Deli

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

This sandwich joint takes Singapore’s sandwich game to levels beyond your basic tuna mayo stack. Think crispy hot chicken ($16), which comes well-stuffed with a spicy fried chicken thigh, tex mex slaw, chilli mayo, and hot honey in between potato buns. Or get the sinful peanut butter jelly ($8) that comes in cornflake-crusted milk and chocolate bread. – available only on weekends and weekday mornings. A word of warning: these sandwiches are messy, over-the-top affairs, so have a pack of napkins at the ready.

Atlas Coffeehouse
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Atlas Coffeehouse

Restaurants Bukit Timah

Atlas Coffeehouse might be located in a quiet neighbourhood of Bukit Timah, but it still draws a healthy weekend crowd. Most are here for brunch, which serves hot-favourites that include smashed avo and watermelon ($19.50) and soft scrambled eggs over sourdough ($16.50). Make sure to put in an order of its pancake ($16.50/$18.50) earlier – each of these desserts takes up to 20 minutes to prepare. 

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PS.Cafe by the Sea
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PS.Cafe by the Sea at East Coast Park

Restaurants Bedok

This beachside outlet of PS.Cafe is a soothing, spacious, airy space with plenty of light to lend a touch of a tropical holiday vibe. And with its new waterfront location comes an exclusive seafood-focused menu – get the chargrilled octopus ($21), where pork is swapped for the tender octopus in a char siew-inspired dish; or slurp up some lemongrass mussel and clam spaghetti ($29.50). Of course, the ever-popular truffle shoestring fries ($16) and sticky date pudding ($15) are avaialble here as well.

Common Man Coffee Roasters
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Common Man Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Cafés River Valley

Coffee-lovers might come for its rotating range of single-origin brews, but others drop by for its uncommonly good brunch classics. Get the marmite mushrooms ($19) for an uncommon dish, or the Common Man Veggie Wonderland ($26) for a well-balanced plate of organic free-range eggs, spinach, pesto tomatoes, avo, and halloumi. Filter coffee starts from $6.50, while espresso-based drinks start from $5. 

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The Lokal
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The Lokal

Restaurants Australian Outram

No office towers throw shadows on The Lokal's shophouse unit in Bukit Pasoh, yet you'll struggle to find a seat among white-collared types deep into lunchtime on a weekday. If it's eggs you're after, get the Pimp Your Breakfast, which beats any morning-after brunch: you have the freedom to assemble your very own plate. 

Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner
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Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner

Restaurants City Hall

This boulangerie – which first opened its flagship store at its eponymous neighbourhood – set up by celebrity baker Gontran Cherrier together with the Spa Esprit Group, serves french artisanal breads, tarts and coffee. Savoury options like the Smoked Salmon Squid Ink Roll ($9.50) and Ham Focaccia ($10.50) are great for satisfying the peckish while sweet options like the ever-popular Almond Croissant ($4.80) and the sinful Kouign-Amann ($5) are not-to-be-missed especially when bought fresh off the oven. For heartier mains, visit its latest diner concept and indulge in plates of sourdough waffles ($21/$23) and rainbow rice bowls ($19). 

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Amber Ember
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Amber Ember

Restaurants Serangoon

What the heck is a jaffle? According to the Australians – after all, it was conceived Down Under – it's named after the jaffle iron invented in 1949 and is basically a toasted sandwich. At Amber Ember, you can find a slice of this Australian gastronomy. Splashed out in shades of dusty pink and warm neutrals, the Instagrammable café offers six playful jaffle options from Chessus Loves You ($14) to the Mala Del Ray ($15). 

Paddy Hills
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Paddy Hills

Restaurants Cafés Kent Ridge

Inspired by Australian café culture, offerings at Paddy Hills  include the egg frittata ($19) with pickled and roasted cherry tomatoes on sourdough. But it also has some playful dishes on its menu, like the ramen risotto ($24) with soy foam and tonkatsu 'snow' and the ma la pork ($15) with salted pickled mustard.

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Nylon Coffee Roasters
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Nylon Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Cafés Outram

Nylon Coffee Roasters opened its doors in 2012 and was one of the earliest boutique roasters in Singapore. They still remain a leading name when it comes to quality coffee here. Though the space is small, the joint has a loyal following of coffee drinkers who vouch that the coffee here is the best in town. Serving single-origin coffee, the brand is passionate about sustainability and transparency – don't be afraid to ask where your coffee is from. Nylon also offers a filter coffee 'subscription' from $20 a month which delivers straight to your home. 

Sunday Folks
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Sunday Folks

Restaurants Bukit Timah

If popular Toa Payoh ice cream café Creamier’s too inaccessible for your dessert fix, you’ll find an alternative in Sunday Folks, the brand’s breezier dessert bar at Chip Bee Garden. Bestsellers include earl grey lavender and sea salt gula Melaka ($8 each in cone/cup), but most will choose to have it served atop stacks of freshly made waffles. Popular options include the pistachio on waffles ($11.50) and dark chocolate Ferrero ($11.50). 

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware
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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

Follow the hipster past the huge covered metal gates and you’ll find Chye Seng Huat’s semi-secret (well, not so much anymore) compound in the Jalan Besar industrial zone. Headquarters of Third Wave coffee pioneers Papa Palheta, the two-storey coffee complex hides a coffee school and retail space on the second floor, while a full inventory of coffee gear dominates its ground floor café. Wait in line by the vinyl player piping Phoenix or The xx into the perpetually crowded space, and order an espresso ($3) or try its black cold brew ($7) with an Ethiopia Suke Quto blend with notes of citrus and earl grey. 

Dutch Colony Coffee Co
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Dutch Colony Coffee Co

Restaurants Bedok

It’s all about the beans at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. But you’ll want to balance out the caffeine with this quaint Siglap café’s breakfast and brunch menu. There are hearty platters with scrambled eggs, sausages and turkey bacon ($17), and house pancakes ($14) with seasonal berries. If the breakfast is enough to get you out of bed nice and early, the coffee will do an even better job. Dutch Colony expertly pours its brews (from $6.50) – you can choose either manual pour-over or by machine. Coffee aficionados can also look forward to its espresso flights (from $8).

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Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

Restaurants Italian Queenstown

In case it hasn’t ring a bell, Tan Tiong Hoe was who taught the founder of local roaster Papa Palheta, Leon Foo, how to roast his coffee. Now Jacob Tan rides on his father’s expertise – running Tiong Hoe & Co for half a century and as an apprentice at Dutch company Mirandolle Voute & Co – and portioned off about 600 sq ft of their flagship roaster in Queenstown to open the 10-seater café with business partner/fellow barista, Juliana, who learns the craft from senior Tan. There is no menu, so ask for any brew from the rotational range of single-origin coffee beans roasted, ground and brewed in-house.

Curious Palette
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Curious Palette

Restaurants Cafés Rochor

Three-time Singapore National Barista champion and ASEAN Barista champion Ryan Tan has a new coffee spot. But there are more than just coffee drinks ($3.50-$10). A comprehensive all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner plan is also in place. Specialties include berry ricotta hot cakes ($14.90), mentaiko prawn capellini ($18.90) and truffle potato fries ($14.90). For lubrication, a small selection of beer, cider and wine are available too. 

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Plain Vanilla Bakery, Tiong Bahru
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Plain Vanilla Bakery

Restaurants Cafés Tiong Bahru

Platters of pastries and cakes tempt your taste buds as you enter Plain Vanilla Bakery, but resist that because you’re here for one purpose: to capture those cupcakes, squash them between your teeth, reduce them to a sticky, gooey clump. Choose from a dozen flavours ($4.50 each): chocolate hazelnut’s a bold, Nutella-fuelled prize crowned with more nuts; red velvet’s made with Valrhona chocolate and capped with a thick cream cheese frosting; and cookies and cream’s a chocolatey affair with smashed Oreos weaved into its frosting. You’ll want to collect ’em all, we promise.

40 Hands
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40 Hands

Restaurants Cafés Tiong Bahru

If you manage to nab seats in this perpetually packed café, order the eggs Benedict ($19) for wobbly poached eggs with molten centres that ooze when broken into, charred bacon streaked only on the fatty edges, and soft brioche buns that bring together the whole affair. Too bad the accompanying spicy roasted potatoes are an unseasoned afterthought. For a meatier dish, get your hands dirty with the 40 Hands Cubanos ($20). Fall-apart mojo pork, honey-smoked ham, melted cheese and piquant jalapeños are tucked into baguette halves from Tiong Bahru Bakery – except, unlike its menu description, the baguette doesn’t crackle a peep when teeth meet crust. Still, it’s greasy goodness with fries – or, if you really must, a salad – on the side. Best to come mid-afternoon to stave off the lunch crowd.

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Five Oars Coffee Roasters
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Five Oars Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Cafés Tanjong Pagar

From its high ceilings and concrete floors to its wooden-toped chairs and tables, miniature cactuses at each table and outdoor greenhouse-like seating area, Five Oars Coffee Roasters takes industrial-chic to a whole new level. Not only does its interior capture your eyes, this Melbourne-inspired café also has a vast array of brunch options available that's sure to satisfy your stomach. Think mentaiko mac and cheese, avocado grain bowls and fab coffee including a constantly rotating selection of filter brews.

Stamping Ground Coffee
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Stamping Ground Coffee

Restaurants Cafés Bedok

At Stamping Ground Coffee, enjoy artisanal coffee from local brands to overseas brands where blends are on rotation and are constantly switched up once in a while. Stamping Ground Coffee also has an all-day menu where everything is below $15, with options like avocado and smoked salmon toast ($14) and bacon jam served on brioche ($13). Those with a sweet tooth can order the buttermilk waffle ($10/$11) or healthy yoghurt bowls ($10) topped with berries and granola. 

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Punch
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PUNCH

Restaurants Raffles Place

PUNCH appeals to your senses even before the food arrives. Its interiors of mostly white furniture with dashes of marble and wood are perfect to up your Instagram game, while the open courtyard at the back of house offers a boost of Vitamin D, wooden benches, greenery and a glimpse into the kitchen. That is, if you can even find the opaque glass door of this signboard-less café. Skip the café-standard breakfast offerings of poached eggs with avocado ($15) or mushrooms ($15) and pick from the lunch menu, which boasts a – dare we say it – punchier line-up.

Columbus Coffee Co
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Columbus Coffee Co

Restaurants Cafés Bishan

Sibling café to Lunar Coffee Brewers and Atlas Coffeehouse, Columbus Coffee doesn’t disappoint with its minimalistic interior with accents of greenery and gold touches in a fairly spacious space. Known for its coffee, coffee fanatics will be able to choose between the ATLAS Blend and Nautica Blend for their espresso selection. Some dishes to keep a lookout for would be the creamy mushrooms on toasted sourdough ($14), Colombus' fried chicken burger and fries ($8), as well as the cereal prawn pasta ($19). Frequent café-goers would recognize some familiar crowd-favourites that are also available on the menu such as the butterscotch banana pancake ($18.50) and salmon soba noodles ($18).  

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The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
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The Glasshouse

Restaurants Cafés City Hall

Tucked away in Chijmes, The Glasshouse is a quiet escape from the bustle of city life right in the beating heart of City Hall. The café is flushed with natural light, with pops of green adding colour to the otherwise white and bare space. Spend a lazy afternoon reclining in one of its Cogswell chairs sipping on specialty coffees from a variety of roasters on a rotational basis alongside artisanal sourdough breads topped with smoked salmon, avocado and the like.

Pantler
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Pantler

Restaurants Cafés Tanjong Pagar

Looking for pastries and sweets to complete your lunch? Check out Pantler, a quiet café along Telok Ayer. Helmed by Matthias Phua and chef Tomoharu Morita, both of whom came through the kitchens of Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joël Robuchon Singapore, Pantler serves up cakes, sandwiches and pies made with carefully sourced ingredients from Japan and France. Try a cheesecake ($6.80) or chou puff ($4.90) for a taste of Pantler’s brand of delicate and refined pastries.

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Bearded Bella
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Bearded Bella

Restaurants Cafés Raffles Place

Ciao, bella! There’s a new café hidden away along Craig Road. The comfortable space flooded in natural light serves brunch staples like avocado toast ($17) sprinkled with quinoa, feta and pomegranate as well as spiced scramble ($18), silky scrambled eggs topped with mushrooms and crispy kale. If it’s a cuppa you’re looking for, you’re at the right place. Co-owner Regina Tay is a National Barista Championship Winner and roasts the beans in-house in small batches.

Merci Marcel
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Merci Marcel

Restaurants French Tiong Bahru

We're all guilty of it. Mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, double-tapping perfectly-styled #foodporn pics and putting the restaurant on our list of places to try, just because it looks good. It’s a strategy that brings in the crowd – so it’s understandable why the team behind Merci Marcel, which also runs Ô Comptoir and Ô Batignolles, has made this new French eatery as photogenic as possible. Potted plants line the rattan bar and there’s garden space out back that’s drenched in sunlight. In the day, expect ’grammable brunch requisites such as eggs benedict ($21) and French toast ($17) alongside more uncommon imports like marinated crab tartine ($19) and ravioles de royans ($18) – a must-order. 

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Old Hen Kitchen
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Old Hen Kitchen

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

Just a stone throw away from Old Hen Coffee Bar lies Old Hen Kitchen, serving up a brunch menu alongside its usual coffee and cake options. The open kitchen concept alongside the wooden furniture and little pockets of greenery creates a cozy familiar environment whether it be for a satisfying lunch or for a chill afternoon with a book in hand and coffee in the other. Aside from the usual café offerings, you can look forward to unique options such as the Mochi Pancake Stack ($15), Ahi Tuna Salad ($14), and the Chilli Crab Fries ($12). Of course you can’t forget their famous selections of cold brews – Black ($6), White ($6.50), Cold Dark Cocoa ($6.50), Cold Matcha Milk ($7), and the Cold Mocha ($7.50).

Penny University
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Penny University

Restaurants Cafés Bedok

Taking its name from the 18th century term for coffeehouses in London – noisy, men-only affairs which cost a penny to enter and where coffee was served up along with the latest news and gossip. True to the origins of its name, Penny University aims to be as inviting and dynamic as possible. Order eggs your way ($13) and top it off with all your favourite trimmings or go healthy with its vegetarian tea-smoked beetroot ($24). For coffee, you can choose between the Penny's Blend and a range of single origin coffees.

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Brawn & Brains
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Brawn & Brains

Restaurants Cafés Geylang

From the custom DIY furniture to the charmingly inexperienced pair of owners as they fumble to put together your order, Brawn & Brains’ unpretentiousness – closeted away in a hard-to-spot nook at Geylang’s old badminton hall – oozes an infectious quality. Cramped yet cozy, there’s no fancy overthought, intricate brunch menu to be had – just good, lovingly-brewed coffee (an organic, single-origin from Brazil, $3.50-$4) and the popular oven-baked molten eggs ($16.80). 

The Coastal Settlement
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The Coastal Settlement

Restaurants Changi?

Located in the outskirts of Changi, this not-so-hidden-gem surrounded by lush greenery is a blast to the past with a great variety of collectors’ treasures and vintage items on display. And we mean brightly coloured Vespas, antique bicycles and vinyl players that sit on shelves, immersing diners in nostalgia. Despite its ulu location, it’s worth a trip down if you’re in a big group as the café seats a whooping 300 people both in-house and at the outdoor al-fresco dining area.

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Oriole Coffee + Bar
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Oriole Coffee + Bar

Restaurants Orchard

Oriole Coffee + Bar is a cafe by day, bar with music by night with the highest standard and quality coffee from tree to cup. With house pour, wine, and beer, this bar promises a hearty lunch and dinners served daily. Of course, being a coffee bar, the joes are not to be missed – signature in-house cold-brewed coffee comes in black ($7), white ($8) or with MAD milk ($9), a non-dairy nut concoction of macadamias, almonds and dates. 

Sarnies
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Sarnies

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

If you’re a fan of laid-back, Aussie-style café nosh, check out Sarnies. Opened by Australian Ben Lee, this sandwich shop lives up to its name with rustic ’wiches like chicken schnitzel ($14.80) and smoked salmon ($15). For heartier fare, check out its evening and weekend brunch menus, brimming with sinful options like breakfast burger ($19) with fried egg and potato rosti, cinnamon french toast stack ($22). Top it off with Sarnies’ cuppas that have made it to Lonely Planet’s list of best coffees – choose from an exhaustive list of brews including flat whites, macchiatos and mochas.

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Wakey Wakey
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Wakey Wakey

Restaurants Cafés Chinatown

From the creator of Strangers' Reunion and Curious Palette comes another concept cafe. With large window panes and a spacious seating area that fits up to 60 seats, the modern café draws plenty of curious onlookers. A must-try is the waffles (from $12) served with fresh fruits or your choice of ice cream.

Free The Robot
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Free The Robot

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

Café by day and cocktail bar by night, this outfit serves up brunch-style meals for the working crowd. Get the avocado toastie ($8) for a quick, healthy lunch, or load up on the chicken meatball pasta ($13) if you're feeling hungry. Pair your meals with a cuppa or a glass of cold-pressed juice.

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The Plain Jane
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The Plain Jane

Restaurants Cafés Serangoon

From the folks of Rich & Good Cake Shop, this Plain Jane Cafe is no plain Jane. The café has a quaint homely feel, with its neutral-coloured furniture and marble-tiled floor that won't look out of place in any local apartment. This shop has a reputation for its Not So Plain Jane swiss rolls, a Matcha flavoured confectionary that's soft on the outside and creamy on the inside. Going at $5.90 per piece, this swiss roll is definitely worth the trip and money.

brunches1
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Brunches Café

Restaurants Kallang

Another in the clutch of cafés on Rangoon Road in Farrer Park, Brunches Cafe is a vintage-themed spot serving all day breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and café standards. Its high tea set with slices of cake, mini tarts and sliders, is limited to ten sets a day, and is served in a bird cage. Apart from brunch staples like the eggs Benedict ($16.50) and mains like the baked smoked salmon pizza ($16.50), Brunches Cafe also serves vegetarian options such as the vegetarian pasta in tomato sauce ($15.90) and brioche french toast ($14.50).

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My Awesome Cafe
Photograph: My Awesome Cafe

My Awesome Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Tanjong Pagar

It’s hard to get particularly excited over yet another vintage café, but we make exceptions for My Awesome Café on Telok Ayer. Located on the ground floor of what used to be the Telok Ayer Chung Hwa Free Clinic, My Awesome Café takes the retrospective-looking trend aesthetic and knocks it out of the ballpark with equal parts knack for sourcing and creative ingenuity. The food is pretty awesome too with salads, sandwiches and coffee available during the day and wines and platters taking over at night. 

Homeground Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Homeground Coffee Roasters

Homeground Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Cafés Marine Parade

Hidden at the far east part of the island, this undiscovered artisanal coffee shop puts a unique twist to modern cafés. Blending both art and coffee, the art gallery part of the shop has paintings made from coffee – blending in with its otherwise crisp and clean interior. There aren't a lot of options on the menu, just a couple types of beans done in your preferred style as well seasonal cakes and bakes but that doesn't mean you shouldn't add this place to your café hopping list.

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