A mega guide to the best cafes in Singapore

Our epic guide to the best cafes in Singapore: Have you brunched your way through all these neighbourhoods?
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In the mood for brunch? Here’s our edit of the best cafes in Singapore…

To say we’re obsessed with food would be an understatement. We’ve got top-notch restaurants and bars, amazing breakfast spots and a blossoming cafe culture in the city. With the rise of great cafes setting up shop at residential estates, you’re just a five-minute stroll from home to a good grub and coffee (or tea). Say hello to your barista neighbours, or better yet, venture to a new neighbourhood with our nifty guide to the best cafes in Singapore.

Best cafes in Singapore: Orchard

1. Hvala

Boasting teas such as matcha, hojicha and genmaicha from different prefectures in Japan, this minimalist cafe lets you find your inner calm away from the bustling streets of Orchard. Sip on the lattes, ice blends and cold brews for a quick pick-me-up. Looking to stay longer? Pair your drinks with a wide array of cakes in flavours like matcha azuki, hojicha and chocolate.
Hvala, 111 Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164

2. Wild Honey

Best cafes in Singapore: Wild Honey
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There’s nothing quite like a hearty brunch plate to kickstart the weekend, and Wild Honey is one of our top picks! Favourites include the Spanish, a dish of diced chorizo, corned beef and potatoes with poached eggs on brioche, and the Brittany (only available at Scotts Square), a marvellous creation of panettone French toast with baby bananas, salted caramel mascarpone, toffee hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce.
Wild Honey, multiple locations including #03-K1/01/02, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209

3. PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance

PS.Cafe is never a bad idea. You know to expect great food, chic aesthetics and a fab dining experience. Looking for something classy? The Palais Renaissance outlet is ideal for brunch, with its iconic high ceilings, classic decor, an outdoor eating area and plenty of natural light for that perfect Instagram shot. Of course, the food doesn’t disappoint either – heap on pasta plates, sandwiches, truffle fries and chocolate cakes to your order.
PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance, #02-09A, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 23887

4. Bacha Coffee

Best cafes in Singapore: Bacha coffee
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Experience a dash of Moroccan culture at Bacha Coffee‘s posh space, which is drenched in accents of blue, brass and chrome. With more than 200 single-origin coffees, flavoured coffees, fine blended coffees and naturally decaffeinated coffees displayed on saffron-lined wooden shelves, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Oh, and did we mention all brews are served in a golden gooseneck coffee pot? Truly, it’s coffee fit for a king.
Bacha Coffee, #01-15/16, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

5. Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

Tucked away in the Tanglin Post Office building, this bistro located at the edge of Orchard Road may be an extra bus ride from the MRT station, but it’s sure worth the extra legwork for the food. A casual atmosphere good for group gatherings, the place offers an extensive menu comprising all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options alongside desserts and drinks. Psst: there’s also a pop-up at Somerset!
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, #01-03, Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964

6. Little Farms Cafe at Valley Point

Best cafes in Singapore: Little Farms
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With a mindful approach to eating well, Little Farms prides itself on bringing ethically sourced food to your table. This cafe at River Valley is a go-to for healthy meals in the ‘hood. For a light bite, try the arugula pumpkin salad with semi-dried tomato, pine nuts, baby carrots and feta. Want a sandwich to grab and go? Try the vegan burrito or opt for chicken and avocado sourdough, ham and cheese croissant or smoked salmon bagel if you’re looking for a meaty choice. We’re also digging in-house baked treats like sea salt chocolate cookies and banana bread for a sweet end to the meal. Drop by at Valley Point for happy hour from 4pm to 7.30pm daily to unwind with a glass of cold Little Creatures Bright Ale or mimosa cocktails!
Little Farms Cafe at Valley Point, #01-21/22/23, Valley Point Shopping Centre, 491 River Valley Road, Singapore 248371

7. Oriole Coffee + Bar

Cold brew lovers, Oriole Coffee is the one for you! The signature in-house cold brew coffees are delicious, and you can have them either in black, with milk or with cold-pressed nut milk made of macadamia, almonds and dates (aptly called M.A.D. milk). Do also check out the all-day breakfast dishes and a wide selection of mains including the juicy Oriole truffle burger, St. Louis pork ribs, and sweet treats such as the decadent chocolate fudge cake topped with peanut butter ice cream.
Oriole Coffee + Bar, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard (next to [email protected]), 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163

8. The Coffee Academics

This coffee chain from Hong Kong sure knows its stuff; it’s no wonder we keep going back for more. Take your pick from classics like latte and cappuccino, and browse through the menu for popular Okinawa and Manuka drinks – it’s coffee with Okinawan brown cane sugar and honey respectively. In the mood for a splash of booze? Try the coffee-infused cocktails to go with your all-day brekkie plate.
The Coffee Academics, multiple locations including #02-01/02, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209

9. The Assembly Ground

It’s founded by the folks behind Benjamin Barker, but they certainly know their stuff when it comes to food and drinks. Here, you’ll find particularly intriguing brunch items including a fusion rendang mac and cheese, rosti Benedict and a hearty Assembly brunch. The pastas are scrumptious too – we suggest you go for the truffle carbonara or hae bee hiam (dried shrimp sambal) aglio olio.
The Assembly Ground, #01-21, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233

10. Lady M

Looking for outstanding mille crepes? You can find them all at Lady M. Head to the Scotts Square outlet for delicious (and pretty) rose mille crepes, or get a window seat at the Orchard Central branch for some people-watching as you tuck into one of the seasonal delights. If you’re not a fan of these desserts, Lady M also whips up fantastic confections like vegan chocolate tarts and eclairs.
Lady M, multiple locations including #01-27 & #02-07, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

Best cafes in Singapore: Siglap & Joo Chiat

11. Penny University

This cosy little cafe on East Coast Road champions the “made in Singapore” concept. It sources coffee beans from local roasters, serves fresh, house-baked bread daily, and often collaborates with local bakers on new creations. All that said, you can’t go wrong with an order of French toast or cakes.
Penny University, 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997

12. Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

Wondering where to get a potent cuppa joe in Siglap? We point you in the direction of this quaint coffee connoisseur, huddled within a charming store filled with whimsical details like Danish pottery and nutcracker dolls. And once you’re done getting googly-eyed at the decor, order anything from hazelnut and butterscotch latte to espresso and cortado – it’s all on the menu. Oh, and did we mention the waffles are a must-try?
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, #01-01, Siglap Village, 2 First Street, Singapore 458278

13. Forty Hands

Best cafes in Singapore: Forty hands
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Long before the onslaught of neighbourhood cafes, there was Forty Hands. One of the pioneers of the coffee movement in Singapore, these guys are known for their quality brews and freshly roasted beans. Brunch is the main food of the day, with smashed avo on toast, homemade granola and toasties, as well as har cheong gai (prawn paste fried chicken) waffle and the popular big boy breakfast platter. If you’re a stickler for tradition, visit the original locale in Tiong Bahru for a chill afternoon.
Forty Hands, 226 East Coast Road, Singapore 428923

14. Baker’s Well

Besides the flavoursome line-up of specialty coffees that will keep you up all day, Baker’s Well is also home to sweet treats like muffins, strawberry yoghurt cakes, chocolate profiteroles and even a party platter of mini sandwiches if you feel like a spot of high tea! Plus, the cosy cafe exudes a relaxing ambience that’s perfect for a long, lazy catch-up.
Baker’s Well, 35 East Coast Road, Singapore 428754

15. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.

Best cafes in Singapore: Dutch colony coffee
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This coffee house serves a mean cup of coffee and divine brunch selections. Together with chill vibes and its sleek interior design (look, glass ceiling roofs!), this is our go-to spot for a date with our books.
Dutch Colony Coffee Co., 113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230

16. The Royals Cafe

All-day breakfast places aren’t only congregated in the heart of town; there’s one right here in Siglap! The cafe feeds you like royalty with delish pastas and juicy burgers alongside Asian options such as Nyonya mee siam and nasi lemak.
The Royals Cafe, Crescendo Building, 19 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455209

17. Stamping Ground Coffee

This cafe is all about ‘good vibes only’. Stamping Ground Coffee serves a variety of coffee blends, which you can try in the form of its signature cold brew, made in-house, for your caffeine fix. Nosh-wise, expect dishes such as smoked salmon sammie, Belgian waffles and umami egg croissant on its all-day menu.
Stamping Ground Coffee, 87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223

18. Little Farms Bistro at Katong Point

Best cafes in singapore: Little Farms
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A new beginning with the same concept, Little Farms Bistro offers only the freshest, healthiest and tastiest natural and organic foods. Its kitchen creates healthy and delicious meals, while baristas serve beverages and pastries at the coffee kiosk. Popping by to grab and go? Opt for a hot cappuccino and the highly recommended manuka honey cake. If you’re craving a drink or two, there’s a bar counter offering artisanal wine, craft beer on tap (like the locally-brewed Specific Gravity Wheat Beer) and bespoke cocktails such as the refreshing Garden Spritz. Don’t miss out on breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus with signature dishes and new creations like brussels sprouts with bacon and roasted garlic confit for starters. Plus, smashed avocado on toast and Little Joe’s striploin for mains alongside new salads, plant-based dishes and fresh pastas. The wait is worth the while with a new and larger menu at Katong Point!
Little Farms Bistro at Katong Point, #01-04, 451 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427664

Best cafes in Singapore: Balestier & Novena

19. The Marmalade Pantry

Hidden in the lobby of Oasia Hotel, The Marmalade Pantry offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of its flagship store in Ion. On the menu: wholesome pastas, delicious cupcakes and desserts. All that to say, it’s great for luxurious weekend brunches or afternoon teas to fuel your body and soul.
The Marmalade Pantry, multiple locations including #01-02/04, Oasia Hotel, 8 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307470

20. The Clueless Goat

Best cafes in Singapore: Clueless Goat
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The Clueless Goat is a no-frills coffee house serving up brews that will excite any coffee junkie – piccolo anyone? Perpetually crowded on weekends, it’s popular for typical brunch fare like poached eggs on toast and yogurt with granola.
The Clueless Goat, 189 Thomson Road, Singapore 307631

21. La Ristrettos

Tucked away in an unassuming location (on the eighth floor of a medical centre), this kitsch cafe is a hidden gem. With its cosy atmosphere and wooden interiors, it just makes you want to cuddle up in one of the nooks armed with a hot cuppa and a good novel. Be sure to try the French toast and crab cakes.
La Ristrettos, #08-37, Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506

Best cafes in Singapore: Bedok

22. Percolate

Best cafes in Singapore: Percolate
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Percolate is an unpretentious joint for coffee connoisseurs, stocking a decent range of coffee beans from all over the world including Colonna Coffee from the UK. Stop by for brunch and dig into the buttery croissants stuffed with egg mayo, curry chicken or smoked salmon.
Percolate, 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, Singapore 460136

23. FatCat Ice Cream Bar

Deconstructed strawberry cheesecake, martini cocktail spheres and chocolate jardin… these are just a few of FatCat’s fancy menu offerings. This chi-chi cafe even offers interesting ice cream flavours like butterbeer and watermelon soju!
FatCat Ice Cream Bar, #01-25, 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, Singapore 460416

24. Refuel

Best cafes in singapore: Refuel
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Hey, early birds. Pop by this charming coffee house into your weekend plans for a generous yet affordable brunch. The pancakes served with scrambled eggs will only set you back $9.90!
Refuel, #01-3029, 744 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470744

25. Milk and Honey

Furnished with plastic stools and foldable tables, the tiny ice-cream shop may not look like much, but in fact, it churns out lovely house-made gelatos and fluffy waffles. Order a tub to go – it’ll make for the perfect movie night companion.
Milk and Honey, #01-179, 86 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460086

Best cafes in Singapore: Buona Vista & Clementi

26. Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar

These guys were one of the first to set up shop in the area. An Australian-style hangout, it’s mostly known for brunch items such as avo toast, pancakes and eggs benedict, but many coffee aficionados make the journey to try blends made with its legendary Slayer espresso machine – a rather elusive piece of equipment in the industry.
Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar, #01-51, One-North Residences, 9 One-North Gateway, Singapore 138643

27. Paddy Hills

Best cafes in singapore: Paddy hills
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An Aussie-inspired cafe by day and tapas bar by night, Paddy Hills is well-loved for its lip-smacking, IG-worthy hotcake (aka Berry Berry) that comes topped with fresh berries, sunflower seeds and vanilla and strawberry ice cream. The location isn’t the easiest to find, but the food definitely makes up for the jaunt.
Paddy Hills, 38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164

28. Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar

This industrial-chic cafe knows what’s up when it comes to a cup of joe. Serving rich aromatic brews since 2014, it’s perfect for on-the-go coffee-junkies to get their fix with the house-made bottled cold brews. An invigorating pick-me-up, for sure.
Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar, #01-21, Nucleos, 21 Biopolis Road, Singapore 138567

29. Bodacious Bar & Bistro

Big, bold and bodacious best describes this under-the-radar cafe’s grub – think lobster roll, slow-cooked lamb shank with red wine sauce and crispy pork belly. Major plus points for the floor-to-ceiling windows and breezy atmosphere despite the industrial decor style. And if you’re there at the right time, you can catch live music acts.
Bodacious Bar & Bistro, 70 Biopolis Street, Singapore 138547

30. The Lawn Salad & Grill Cafe

Best cafes in singapore: The lawn
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Don’t want to miss out on the cafe-hopping fun, but watching your diet closely? Have your cake and eat it too at The Lawn. It’s a health-conscious salad stop where you can customise your green bowl with an array of toppings and grilled meats. We’re not talking plain steak cubes and grilled chicken, by the way – chow down on items like maple-infused chicken breast and chargrilled prawns.
The Lawn Salad & Grill Cafe, #01-07, Nanos, 31 Biopolis Way, Singapore 138669

31. Buttercake n Cream

Planning to pair your coffee with a proper meal and dessert? Buttercake n Cream’s extensive menu features stews, pastas and grilled meats. Oh, and when you order a burger on Tuesday or Wednesday, you’ll get an ice cold beer on the house – not too shabby for a humble heartland cafe. Plus, with its flora-surrounded rustic decor, you’ll feel like you’re dining in an indoor garden!
Buttercake n Cream, #01-52, Blk 106 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120106

Best cafes in Singapore: Holland Village

32. D’ Good Cafe

D’Good Cafe is known for being a gorgeous space to rent out for photoshoots and birthday bashes – because how can you resist the pretty indoor swings and alfresco balcony? But photo-worthy decor aside, the menu is notable for a range of delicious bites and meals. Expect good aromatic coffee, pretty pastries, addictive truffle fries and satiating pastas.
D’Good Cafe, #02-01/02, 273 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278992

33. Sunday Folks

Best cafes in Singapore: Sunday folks
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This famous cafe has it all: Sleek decor and Insta-worthy desserts. Indulge your sweet tooth with the iconic soft-serve ice cream that comes in seasonal flavours like strawberry balsamic, malted cereal milk, Milo and more. Do keep a lookout for new interesting flavours on its Instagram page, too! We highly recommend pairing your scoop of ice cream with the crispy waffles – that’s the quintessential Sunday Folks experience.
Sunday Folks, #01-52, Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116

Best cafes in Singapore: Hougang

34. Ice Edge Cafe

Ice Edge serves up typical Western fare like pastas and pizzas, but its gelato has to be the highlight. All made in-house, the flavours range from the usual to the unusual: Think pistachio, durian, cotton candy and salted egg. Pair your order with buttermilk waffles (also made in-house) or tuck into desserts like chocolate croissants and French toast.
Ice Edge Cafe, #01-10, Simon Plaza, 2 Kovan Road, Singapore 548008

35. Hatter Street

hatter street cafe: Best cafes in singapore
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Walking into this whimsical cafe is like falling down the rabbit hole, thanks to its Alice in Wonderland decor and treats. Chef-owner Yvette Chua, who was formerly at Bo Innovation, a three-Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong, brings life to her artisanal bakes such as unicorn cakes and rainbow-hued macarons. Don’t miss out on the fluffy waffles either – they’re best eaten with pandan ice cream and gula melaka sauce.
Hatter Street, #01-333, 212 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530212

36. Lola’s Cafe

A quick stroll from Kovan MRT, the laidback cafe offers brunch classics such as eggs benedict, croissants and sammies. For a neighbourhood haunt, the craft beer selection is pretty decent too – it’s got more than 10 beers categorised into different types such as hoppy and sweet.
Lola’s Cafe, 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893

37. Lickers

A gem of a find, Lickers is the perfect spot for a sweet midnight rendezvous, as it stays open till 2am. You won’t spot any synthetic flavourings or off-the-shelf mixes in the house-made ice-cream, which we love for its wacky flavours such as Yakult oreo and oolong lavender. Yup, we’ve tried the former and let’s just say, we’re sold. If you’re not up to travel all the way to Hougang, the store delivers too!
Lickers, #01-1446, Block 124 Hougang Avenue 1, Singapore 530124

Best cafes in Singapore: Seletar and Punggol

38. Wildseed Cafe & Bar

Best cafes in singapore: Wildseed
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Together with The Summerhouse, Wildseed is a cafe nestled within the dining enclave of Seletar Aerospace Park. Thanks to its original colonial architecture and tranquil gardens, the space oozes old-world charm – total Instagram fodder! Expect a menu of brunch bites, sandwiches, cakes, pastries and freshly roasted coffee. It gets better: Wildseed transforms into a bar at night, offering floral and herb-inspired tipples including the Floral Elixir, a concoction of thyme, elderflower, cranberry and gin.
Wildseed Cafe, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387

39. Wheeler’s Estate

We all know and love the industrial-looking Wheeler’s Yard (mostly for its Insta-famous blue door) in Balestier. Now, meet its sister establishment. Consisting of a restaurant, cafe, bar and events space, Wheeler’s Estate is every cafe-hopping, latte-sipping, brunch-loving foodie’s dream come true: It’s set on two acres of lush greenery in a cluster of beautifully restored colonial bungalows at Seletar Aerospace Park – need we say more? Menu-wise, the joint plates up brunch staples like eggs benedict, alongside heartier mains such as ribeye steak and oven-baked seabass.
Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386

40. Whisk and Paddle

This massive open-air bistro provides tranquil views of the river and its surroundings. On the menu, you’ll find a whole host of comfort grub, including macaroni and cheese, eggs benedict with smoked salmon served atop waffles and a wide selection of pizzas. It’s also a charming watering hole in the evening; come by to kick back over cocktails and bar bites.
Whisk and Paddle, #01-01, 10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836

Best cafes in Singapore: Mountbatten

41. Brawn & Brains

In a quiet part of Guillemard Road, Brawn & Brains is a refreshing respite from the crowds of Geylang. The minimalist cafe is every bit magazine-perfect and you can’t go wrong with the coffee here. Don’t forget to tuck into the daily selection of pastries for a quick treat!
Brawn & Brains, #01-02, 100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718

42. Cafe Melba

Best cafes in singapore: Cafe melba
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Located in the one and only Goodman Arts Centre, Cafe Melba delivers quality, unpretentious nosh made with the freshest ingredients possible. Come on, these guys even cure their own bacon! While the food is top-notch, what we really adore is the alfresco dining area – the space is so cleverly designed that it’s cosy and intimate, yet breezy and private all at once.
Cafe Melba, #01-56, Blk N Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

Best cafes in Singapore: Queenstown

43. Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee

Best cafes in singapore: Tiong hoe
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Surprise! This coffee house actually started way back in 1960. Yes, Tiong Hoe was probably the mother of all hipster neighbourhood cafes. Besides serving a mean cuppa, it also conducts coffee appreciation workshops for bean aficionados. These guys have so much respect for their craft that prices are on a tipping basis. Give it a go if you’re in pursuit of the perfect roast.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, multiple locations including #01-1133, Block 170 Stirling Road, Singapore 140170

44. The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee

Unpretentious is the word for this little neighbourhood ice cream parlour run by Campus Superstar alumnus, Renfred Ng. Serious about quality, the creamy gelatos are made in small batches to ensure freshness and taste. We appreciate that the buttery waffles are served in half portions, giving us more space for ice cream. Get a scoop of the Sicilian pistachio, strawberry cheesecake, stracciatella, or all three!
The Milky Way Homemade Ice Cream and Coffee, #01-333, Block 48 Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048

Best cafes in Singapore: Jalan Besar

45. Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a sought-after Jalan Besar hangout home to Singapore’s first 360-degree coffee bar. If the heat’s getting to you, sit down for a bottle of this cafe’s smooth, cold-brewed coffee for a perk-me-up. Also on the menu are brunch treats like pandan gula melaka pancake and the hangover-slaying Papa’s Breakfast of toasted wholemeal bread piled high with spicy Italian pork sausage, portobello mushrooms, grilled tomato and hash brown.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware, 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563

46. The Bravery

This Muslim-owned cafe has got to be one of our top favourites. Its no-signboard, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it location hides a precious secret: The Bullesye Steak, which is quite possibly the best halal steak we’ve ever had. It’s served with a sunny side-up, grilled spiced root vegetables and a mysterious, delicious sauce we can’t help smothering it with.
The Bravery, 66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073

47. Butter Studio

There’s nothing we love more than the buttery smell of baked goods, and that’s what pulls us into Butter Studio time and again. Cupcakes here are all-round winners – try the red velvet – and they get extra points for the nostalgic decor.
Butter Studio, 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865

48. The Refinery

Best cafes in singapore: The refinery
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You don’t just get one type of experience at The Refinery – you get a trio. The establishment is split into three levels; the first floor houses a yakitori restaurant, the second floor is home to a bespoke cocktail bar, and the third is where you’ll find a craft workshop. What’s not to love?
The Refinery, #01-02, 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561

Best cafes in Singapore: Tiong Bahru

49. Drips

If you’re all about the sweet life, you need to check out Drips Bakery. The patisserie has everything from cakes and scrummy tarts to cookies and scones served with homemade jam. Pair it all with a cup of signature cold drip coffee to ease the sweetness.
Drips Bakery, #01-05, 82 Tiong Poh Road, Singapore 160082

50. Plain Vanilla

Best cafes in singapore: Plain vanilla
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You may think the cupcake craze is over, but big players like Plain Vanilla ain’t going anywhere. One of the OGs on the scene, the secret to its success is an emphasis on quality – only the finest of ingredients like French butter, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and bittersweet Belgian chocolate are used. No shortcuts, no preservatives. Pick from bestsellers like peanut butter fudge, chocolate and red velvet. Psst: We not-so-secretly come here for the fantastic collection of home and kitchen wares too.
Plain Vanilla, multiple locations including 1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641

51. Tiong Bahru Bakery

Best cafes in singapore: Tiong bahru bakery
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The iconic Tiong Bahru Bakery is, unsurprisingly, one of our top spots for French pastries! Hot sellers such as the butter croissants and chocolate croissants look almost too good to eat – the layers are distinctly fanned out and provide a great crisp to the pastry. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you have to give the kouign amann a go; and don’t get us started on the rich, fudgy brownies!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, multiple locations including #01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056

Best cafes in Singapore: Toa Payoh

52. The Larder Cafe

The casual cafe sits quietly along Toa Payoh Central, serving up mostly Western fare with a fusion twist. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the menu – it includes baked escargots, tom yum seafood spaghetti and grilled buttermilk chicken, as well as desserts, wine and ciders.
The Larder Cafe, #01-124, Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 310177

53. Creamier

Remember when Creamier broke our hearts after it closed its first outlet in Toa Payoh? Well, it came back in a hot minute at a new spot but still in the same ‘hood. It’s one of our go-tos for two of our favourite things – ice cream and coffee. The simple cafe attracts everyone from all walks of life, and we love it for the popular Earl Grey lavender ice cream.
Creamier, #01-02, Blk 131 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310131

Best cafes in Singapore: Tampines

54. Three’s A Crowd

Can’t get enough of multi-coloured foods? This little cafe, sheltered under a housing estate, is a feast for the eyes with its modern and vibrant decor. Plus, it’s also enticing with its homemade ice creams and gourmet milkshakes. Talk about guilty pleasures!
Three’s A Crowd, #01-11, Block 802, Tampines Ave 4, Singapore 520802

55. 19Tea

Best cafes in singapore: 19tea
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Hidden inside Our Tampines Hub, the kitsch cafe whips up souffle pancakes and bubble tea – sugar rush, anyone? The former comes in three flavours: Original, matcha and tiramisu. For the latter, you can expect classic and peculiar flavours like taro, Milo and injeolmi (Korean rice cake).
19Tea, #01-82, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523

Best cafes in Singapore: The CBD

56. The Muffinry

We love how intimate and homely this Telok Ayer mainstay is. Head to the second and third floors of the quiet space and you’ll see what we mean. Plus, the smell of muffins is too good to resist. The flavours change from time to time and if you’re lucky, we recommend the spiced carrot and the Earl Grey.
The Muffinry, 112 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068581

57. Free The Robot

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Drop by in the mornings for coconut-infused coffee, or head over during lunch for affordable, hearty sandwiches and toasties. At night, the robot-themed cafe transforms into a buzzy alcove of specialty cocktails and bar snacks.
Free The Robot, 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587

58. My Awesome Cafe

With its Chinese medicinal store facade and charming interior made up of random bits and bobs, My Awesome Cafe is absolutely endearing. The great range of salads makes for a satiating, healthy lunch – we can’t go past My Awesome Salad, a generous portion of mesclun with smoked salmon, herbed chicken breast, duck rillette, avocado and tomatoes.
My Awesome Cafe, 202 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068639

59. Sarnies

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If you’re yearning for an Australian hipster cafe, this is your place. Sarnies was one of the first decent coffee shops to open in the CBD, making it a hotspot for breakfast and lunch crowds. Wondering what should you get? You can’t go wrong with egg and sausage muffins, salmon and cheese bagels, or the gloriously-stuffed breakfast wrap alongside a cup of joe.
Sarnies, 36 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601

60. Drury Lane

A quaint cafe along Tanjong Pagar Road, Drury Lane offers sizeable (all day) breakfast platters like The Big 94 – a feast of multigrain tortilla with Sriracha maple, beef sausage, two eggs done your way, BBQ beans, mushrooms and turkey bacon. Alternatively, go English with Marmite cheese soldiers and soft-boiled eggs. Can’t get enough of salted egg? Make a beeline for the creamy salted yolk eggs benny with grilled prawns.
Drury Lane, 94 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088515

61. The Providore

For fun times in the CBD, get your English breakfast fix at The Providore’s OUE Downtown Gallery outlet. Its menu also features other nourishing, spirit-lifting bites like Spanish baked eggs with chorizo sausages and the breakfast bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. The multi-concept venue houses a bakery and a host of indie grocers too, so feel free to shop for some fresh buns and gourmet products to help you get through that mid-afternoon slump.
The Providore, 7 Raffles Place, Singapore 048625

There you have it; the ultimate bucket list of Singapore’s best cafes!

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