Fact: You're not going to get a lie-in until the kids leave home. The good news is that there are plenty of cafes that open early for your essential hit of lunch, brunch and caffeine...
It’s 8am and you’ve been up for two hours. You’ve already completed three jigsaw puzzles, adjudicated a dance competition, played mediator for a game of Snap turned ugly, built a cubbyhouse out of cardboard boxes and applied band-aids on tiny humans after a failed attempt to surf down the staircase. It’s time for coffee, space and sanity, and we’ve found it in spades with these cafes that open early in Singapore! So if you have early risers, or need a place to recharge after the early school run, you’re going to need to pop on over to the cafes that serve the best babyccinos in Singapore and yummiest coffee (extra shot, please!).
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee
Head to a Craftsmen Speciality Coffee near you for an outstanding brunch menu, fabulous coffee (and some really rather good teas) and one of the best babyccinos (pictured up top) around. Plus, they come with a side order of marshmallows… happy kids = happy parents! The pulled pork burrito is especially yummy – it’s big enough to share with the kids, so ask for extra plates.
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee, six locations around Singapore, Open Sun–Thurs 8am-9pm, Fri–Sat 8.30am–10.30pm; www.craftsmencoffee.com
In the early-opening stakes, Kith and its various locations is always a winner. Head to the Robertson Quay or Spottiswoode branch with your tribe from 7am, Millenia Walk or Bras Basah for a 7.30am open, and Kinex at 8am. Oh, by the way, the Ascott Orchard branch flings its doors open at 6.30am! The early bird might not catch any worms, but it’s sure to catch a decent coffee and great breakfast!
Kith, 11 locations around Singapore; www.kith.com.sg
Nestled among a plethora of international and local schools, this is the perfect pit stop for a post-school-run cuppa or two. The breakfast menu is spot-on with classic dishes including smoked salmon eggs Benedict, a full English and wonderfully fluffy waffles. It’s popular, so pitch up early to bag your spot.
Group Therapy, 30 East Coast Road #01-11 Katong Village, Singapore 428751, p. 6222 2554 and 49 Duxton Road
#02-01 Singapore 089513; Open Mon-Sun 8am-6pm; www.gtcoffee.com
Oh Deli Cafe
We’ve long had Oh Deli on our radar as one of the best butchers in Singapore (complete with one of the nicest delivery uncles), but the cafe does a great all-day menu with plenty of wonderful coffee options. It also has one of the foamiest babyccinos around, complete with chocolate dusting.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore, 429008, p. 6440 4409. Open daily 8am-9pm (closed on Monday); www.ohdeli.com.sg
French cafe Antoinette has recently opened in Millenia Walk and is open at 8am on weekdays! The menu includes the Sierra crepe, with Serrano ham, cheese and a sunny-side up, sandwiches on different types of bread (we love the Italian focaccia with pesto chicken!) and of course delicious coffees and teas. Got a sweet tooth? The ondeh ondeh kaya toast is a must-order. Once you’re all filled up, head over to Marina Square, one of our favourite shopping malls, and let the kids loose at one of the play centres.
Antoinette, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-28, Singapore 039596, www.antoinette.com.sg
Common Man Coffee Roasters
This is a little bit more of an upmarket offering in terms of food quality, but never fear – you can still fit right in with standard mummy attire of flip flops and food-stained tees. Bistro-quality nosh is matched with delish coffee, and extra points for everything being organic. We sincerely believe it does some of the best pancakes in Singapore!
Common Man Coffee Roasters, #01-00 22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058, p. 6836 4695. Open daily 7.30am-5pm; www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
Black and Ink
After all the colour and dazzle of your early morning start, sometimes it’s nice to kick back and relax with a more monochrome kinda ambience. Black and Ink dishes up not just a delicious brekkie menu (try the otawich for a local flavour), but also a soothing decor and a magnificent cup of coffee!
Black and Ink, 29 Swan Lake Avenue, Singapore. Open weekends 9am-10pm and during the week 11am-9pm; www.facebook.com/blackandink
The Book Cafe
Persuade the kiddos to keep busy with some comic books for a while, and you might even get the chance to hang out with a good story yourself at The Book Cafe. There’s a huge range of reads to browse while your early morning feast is being served. Our fave menu picks are the hearty omelettes or French toast with maple syrup – try not to drop them on your book!
The Book Cafe, 20 Martin Road #01-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070, p. 6887 5430. Open Sun-Thurs 8.30am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-12.30am; www.thebookcafe.com.sg
Rabbit Carrot Gun
Rabbit Carrot Gun is another great cafe choice on the East Coast, and perfect for bunnies of all ages. We love the indoorsy-yet-outdoorsy feel and lovely staff here. The battles of the morning are soon forgotten once that avocado smash with feta cheese, pumpkin seeds and poached egg plonked on sourdough toast is served up. And can we take a moment to salivate over the red velvet pancakes? This is also a top spot for a date night if you get the chance to ditch the kids for an evening.
Rabbit Carrot Gun, 49 East Coast Road, Singapore 428768, p. 6348 8568. Open daily 9am-10.30pm (opens at 11am on a Mon); www.rabbit-carrot-gun.com
We really feel like we’ve gotten away from it all when we come here. No through traffic, lush foliage and the chance to watch the clever horse-folk as they go about riding and grooming horses. Riders Café sits in the compound of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club and serves a delicious breakfast while doubling up as a great outdoor play area for kids. If you hang around until 10am on a Sunday your little ones can even score a pony ride for $10 (and expect immediate demands for pony riding lessons straight after!).
Riders Café, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819. Open Sun-Thurs 8am-9pm & Fri-Sat 8am-10pm; www.riderscafe.sg
Nassim Hill Bakery
A stone’s throw from Tanglin Mall and Singapore Botanic Gardens, this cool early morning spot is a bakery and bistro all rolled into one. Expect scrumptious offerings including spicy eggs Benedict, cheddar cheese bacon waffles and a detox salad for those of us who ate too many waffles on our previous visit…
Nassim Hill Bakery, 56 Tanglin Road #01-03 Tanglin Post Office, Singapore 247964, p. 6835 1128. Open daily 8am-11pm (closed on Mon); www.nassimhill.com.sg
Food for Tots @ Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Head out for an early morning spot of scooting at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and then cool off at the gorgeously bright and breezy Food for Tots. It’s next to the beautifully-revamped Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, so expect a great breakfast with a side order of adventure playground!
Food for Tots, 1H, Cluny Road #01-K1 Singapore 259604, p. 6338 4848. Open daily 9am-7pm; www.foodforthought.com.sg
Tiong Bahru Bakery
A cool ‘hood deserves a cool cafe, and we’ve long been fans of the fresh bakes and wonderful coffees at the Eng Hoon branch of Tiong Bahru Bakery. The PB&B Pancake Burger is not only a sight to behold, but also a great challenge for the kids to finish (and it will keep them quiet while they try!).
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 01, 56 Eng Hoon St, 70, Singapore 160056, p. 6220 3430. Open daily 8am-8pm; www.tiongbahrubakery.com
This great coffee and breakfast joint was right across the road from our old office digs, so we’re well versed in its healthy, but tasty breakfast menu! If you’re feeling especially weary, sup a bulletproof coffee and then fill up on a hearty bacon and egg sarnie or acai breakfast bowl. Kids will love the babyccinos and salted caramel pancakes.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601, p. 6224 6091. Open Mon-Tues 7.30am-10.30pm, Weds-Fri 7.30am-12am, Sat-Sun 8.30am-4pm; www.sarniescafe.com
Baker & Cook
If you love the soft, pillowy sourdough toast for breakfast then one of the 10 Baker & Cook outlets should be your new go-to for an early morning cafe spot. We’re big fans of the Siglap branch where you’ll find a playground just across the road, perfect for a post-brunch run around. And if you’re desperate for a really early morning slice of toast, Baker & Cook have just started delivering its daily sliced goods to Cold Storage!
Baker & Cook, various locations. Open daily from between 7am-10am depending on location; www.bakerandcook.biz
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