Joe. Go juice. Rocket fuel. Brew. Caffeine fix. Mum's best friend. Whatever you call it, there's no denying that we have a special (if somewhat co-dependent) relationship with coffee...
Coffee. It’s a simple, yet necessary ritual. We’re putting it right up there with meditation and blissful facials, and it definitely makes for a daily mum-time moment. So there’s always something thrilling about finding a new coffee spot! One of our biggest joys of living in Singapore? Brilliant new coffee shops and cafes popping up all the time. Yay! However, not all coffee was created equal, so we’ve put a list together of what we deem the best coffee in Singapore, so you can get your hit of caffeine all over town…
Baker & Cook
Like a big pair of knickers, coffee at Baker & Cook can best be described as comfortable. It’s nice knowing that when you visit any of its outlets, you’re going to get a reliably decent cup of coffee that isn’t too strong. It uses Allpress beans and every cup of coffee is served with a tasty little square of brownie (hot tip: never let the kids get wind of this, otherwise you will forevermore be handing over your brownie to the mini dictators).
Locations: Dempsey (at Core Collective), Hillcrest Road, Namly Estate, Clarke Quay (Holiday Inn Express), Chip Bee Gardens, Clementi Arcade, Opera Estate, Bugis, Serangoon Garden and Eng Kong Park.
Opening hours: Some outlets from 7am (check website for full list of opening hours)
These guys take coffee very seriously and you can taste it. Atlas Coffeehouse is a big believer in speciality coffee and is constantly honing its craft. Visit Atlas Coffeehouse on a weekend and you’ll usually find a queue of eager coffee drinkers snaking out the door. Mid-week though, the vibe is relaxed and tables are more easily scored. Must-tries from the brunch menu include the pancakes and mushrooms on toast.
Location: 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886
Opening hours: 8am–7pm (closed Mondays)
A group of people living in the same area and forming a culture with a common language, customs, economy, etc. This is how the dictionary defines Kith. We’ll add to some of the best coffee in Singapore. When you see a Kith Cafe, you know you’re going to get a deliciously sweet and rich brew. And now they’ve got 11 outlets across the island, you’re covered wherever you go. It also does a mean bacon, egg and cheddar toastie (diet starts tomorrow).
Locations: Robertson Quay, Millenia Walk, Marina Square (currently closed for renovations), Spottiswoode, Ascott Orchard, Winsland House, Isetan, Bukit Timah, Bras Basah, West Coast and Kinex.
Opening hours: Some outlets from 6.30am (check website for full list of opening hours)
Ain’t nothing plain about this place. Primarily a bakery, expect a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. It’s just so pretty! The philosophy behind Plain Vanilla is to take baking back t0 basics, but in the best way, using the best ingredients. Its approach to coffee is the same. It’s a rich, creamy unpretentious brew and we definitely approve.
Locations: Tiong Bahru, Cluny Court, ION Orchard and Telok Ayer.
Opening hours: Some outlets from 7.30am (check website for full list of opening hours)
Forty Hands uses delish Common Man Coffee Roasters coffee. It really hits the spot if you’re after a beautifully strong caffeine hit. This is considered the original home of coffee in Tiong Bahru and is well worth a visit. The food menu will make you salivate, with healthy but delicious fare like broccolini quinoa salad and smashed avo on toast. Treat yourself to a slice of cake, too. You deserve it.
Locations: Tiong Bahru and East Coast Road.
Opening hours: Tiong Bahru outlet from 7am (check website for full list of opening hours)
Tiong Bahru Bakery
A visit to Tiong Bahru Bakery is like a little slice of happiness. Add in a cup of its yummo coffee and it’s a perfect way to start the day. The whole team takes pride in making an outstanding cup of coffee and for the uninitiated they’ve got a nifty diagram of the various coffee types stuck on the wall (we’ve recently been introduced to the joy of the ‘Magic’ – give it a try next time you’re there). It goes without saying that this place does ah-mazing baked goods. Pick of the bunch is the hard-to-say but oh-so-easy-to-eat Kouign Amann.
Locations: Funan, Chip Bee Gardens, Tangs Orchard, Tiong Bahru, Raffles City Shopping Centre and Safari.
Opening hours: From 8am (check website for full list of opening hours)
Little Farms Cafe
Sweet, smooth and creamy is how we’d describe a coffee at the Little Farms Cafe. This cute series of neighbourhood stores has a focus on fresh, quality ingredients and its coffee is no exception – it uses Allpress beans and also offers dairy-free milk options.
Locations: Valley Point Shopping Centre, United Square Shopping Mall, Tanjong Pagar Centre and Holland Piazza.
Opening hours: Some outlets from 7am (check website for full list of opening hours)
Free the Robot
Free the Robot is nestled in prime hipster territory. If you’re after a side of atmosphere with your coffee, head to Free the Robot in Telok Ayer and hang out with Bailey the dog and his humans. The coffee is totally drinkable (not too strong, not too hot; just right) and the location is perfect for a wander after your caffeine hit.
Location: 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587
Opening hours: 8.30am–4.30pm (9.30am–5.30pm on Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays)
Make no bones about these beans – they’re sourced from all over the world and new blends are constantly added to its impressive selection. Jewel Coffee makes our list because this is drinkable – nay, delicious – coffee that’s available in 15 outlets across our fair island. You can even get a decent cup of joe at the airport now!
Locations: Changi Airport T1, Claymore Connect, Collyer Quay, Havelock 2, Marina One The Heart, Millenia Walk, NUS, One Raffles Place, Shenton Way, Orchard Xchange, Picnic at Wisma Atria, SBF Centre, Science Park, Sengkang General & Community Hospitals and Tanjong Pagar Centre.
Opening hours: Changi Airport outlet open 24 hours (check website for full list of opening hours)
Elixir Boutique Roasters
If you’re hankering for a strong caffeine boost that transports you to the laneways of Melbourne, then add this new cafe to your must-visit list. We’re talking full-bodied and bold flavours, plus a want-it-all food menu to enjoy alongside your coffee. If a great-tasting cup of rocket fuel isn’t enough of an incentive to visit Elixir Boutique Roasters, then perhaps the coffee-centric cocktails are! We could drink a gallon of the Killer Queen – fact.
Location: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A/4, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: 8.30am–4pm daily, except Wednesdays
Open Farm Community
Ahhh… open space. Fresh air. A garden. A playground. Hell, there’s even a couple of bunnies and a posse of chickens! Coffee at Open Farm Community is from the very reliable Common Man Coffee Roasters, so you know it’s going to be good. The baristas here take care to make a creamy cup of joe and you can even opt for their house-made almond milk! The coffee is good, the setting is delightful and that sandpit gives you at least 15 minutes to sup your lovely latte in peace.
Location: 130E Minden Road, Dempsey, Singapore 248819
Opening hours: 8am–9pm
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
We love a local gem, and this is one of them. This is a serious coffee place – you can choose from Pacamara’s selection of boutique blends when you order. It’s even got a menu item called the Barista Breakfast, consisting of an espresso, a flat white and a brew of the day. Tiredness officially banished!
Location:185 Upper Thomson Road 574333
Opening hours: 9am–11pm
The delightful Jimmy Monkey was borne out of a desire to re-create the feel of a Melbourne cafe right here in Singapore. Job done! Jimmy Monkey serves up some of the best coffee in Singapore and it tells us that’s in part thanks to Singapore’s first Slayer Espresso machine (not sure what that is, but we’re impressed nonetheless). After you’ve downed one or two flat whites, we would highly recommend the soft boiled eggs with Vegemite and cheese soldiers or The Hulk (it’s up there as the best avocado on toast in Singapore).
Location: 9 One-North Gateway, #01-51 One-North Residences
Opening hours: 8am–6pm
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
How good is it when you can have a delicious coffee in a beautiful setting? Double win! Chye Seng Huat Hardware serves up delicious coffee, which it rotates seasonally based on what’s available in growing regions along the coffee belt. The shop is situated inside several old metal and hardware companies, giving it a welcome, but industrial, vibe. To top it off, the menu is delish, with lots of innovative dishes. Our current fave is the charred cauliflower salad. Healthy food heaven in a bowl.
Location: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Jalan Besar, Singapore 207563
Opening hours: From 9am (closed Mondays)
Top image: Blake Richard Verdoorn via Unsplash
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