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...
iIt’s 8am and you’ve been up for two hours. You’ve already completed three jigsaw puzzles, 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. Well, we’ve found exactly that at 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’ll want to hotfoot over to the Singapore cafes that serve the best babyccinos and yummiest coffee (extra shot, please!) – all before 9am!
Cafes that open early in Singapore
1. Craftsmen Speciality Coffee
Head to a Craftsmen 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. Opening times vary, but the Holland Village and Clarke Quay outlets open at 8.30am. At Mohamed Sultan Road it’s 7.30am!
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee, multiple locations around Singapore. Opening times vary per location.
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, or Millenia Walk for a 7.30am open. 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, multiple locations around Singapore.
3. Group Therapy
Nestled among a plethora of international and local schools, Group Therapy Coffee 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 pancakes. It’s popular, so pitch up early to bag your spot.
Group Therapy, Cross Street Exchange, 181 South Bridge Road #01-05 & #K1-04, Singapore 058743 and 30 East Coast Road #01-11 Katong Village, Singapore 428751. Open Mon-Sun 8am-6pm (Katong branch). Cross Street Exchange opens at 8am, closing times vary.
4. Common Man Coffee Roasters
Common Man is a little bit more of an upmarket offering in terms of food quality, but never fear – you’ll fit right in with standard mummy attire of flip flops and food-stained tees. This place is one of our fave ever places to eat breakfast in Singapore. The Marmite mushrooms on toast is serious noms! All that top 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! Also: if you love coffee, we recommend ordering the Espresso Blend for your at-home machines.
Common Man Coffee Roasters, several locations around Singapore.
5. 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. Open from 8.30am.
6. 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 smashed avo on sourdough toast is served up. This place also serves up a cracker of a Sunday roast and 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. Open daily from 8.30am (opens at 11am on a Mon).
7. Riders Café
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. We’ve previously visited on a Sunday where, after 10am, we’ve scored a pony ride for $10!
Riders Café, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819. Open daily from 8am (closed on Mondays).
8. 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 from 8am (closed on Mondays)
9. 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 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. Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed on Mondays).
10. 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. You can’t go wrong with a perfectly crisp croissant, we say. There are now various locations across the island, and the majority (Funan is the exception) open at 8am. Winning!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, 01, 56 Eng Hoon St, 70, Singapore 160056. Open daily from 8am.
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.
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601, p. 6224 6091. Open Mon-Fri from 7.30am and 8.30am on weekends
12. Baker & Cook
If you love soft, pillowy sourdough toast for breakfast then one of the Baker & Cook outlets should be your new go-to for an early morning cafe spot. Opening times vary between locations, but some open at 7am so props for that!
Baker & Cook, various locations in Singapore. Open daily from 7am depending on location.
We love HortPark, but always struggle to find a cafe that is open early nearby. That’s until we spotted Canopy, located right in the park. Not only does it open at 8am daily, but it is picture-postcard perfect when it comes to setting and serves the best breakfasts. Psst. There’s also a Canopy at Bishan Park too!
Canopy, #01-01, 33 Hyderabad Road, HortPark, Singapore 119578 Open daily from 8am.
14. Jimmy Monkey
As the first Singapore cafe to use the renowned Slayer espresso machine (the top dog in the coffee stakes), you know the coffee is going to be good at Jimmy Monkey. Add some super-cute latte art, early opening, and locations in both East and West, and you’ve got your morning coffee fix sorted!
Jimmy Monkey, #01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-north Gateway, Singapore 138643 and 2 Paya Lebar Rd, #01-10 Park Place Residences at PLQ, Singapore 409053. Open daily from 8am.
15. Carrotsticks & Cravings
In need of a health kick early doors? Carrotsticks & Cravings is our go-to for a much needed revive. The breakfast menu is packed with goodies, from Smashed Avo on Sourdough to Pancakes the Right Way. Little ones in tow? Check out the fab kids’ menu!
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845. Open daily 8am–4pm (6pm at the weekend). 7 Rodyk Street, #01-34, Singapore 238215. Open daily 7.30am–4pm (6pm at the weekend).
16. Da Paola Gastronomia
For a little slice of Italy first thing, head on down to one of the Da Paola Gastronomia outlets dotted across Singapore. As well as great coffee, there’s also the naughtiest of baked goods if only a sugar fix will do post 5am wake up. We can recommend the Cinnamon Sugar Crodo to do the trick!
Da Paola Gastronomia, Various locations. Open times vary with some locations opening from 7.30am.
This hidden gem is the perfect early morning cafe spot post-school run in the week. Or, come the weekend, bring the whole fam and have Wildseed as your end goal after an early stroll along the Southern Ridges. Be sure to check out the equally lovely sister cafe over at Seletar too!
Wildseed Cafe, Alkaff Mansion, 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178 and Wildseed Cafe & Bar at the Summerhouse, Level 1, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Dr, Park, 798387. Open from 8am daily (Alkaff Mansion) and 8.30am daily (Seletar).
18. Toby’s Estate
Robertson Quay you spoil us – not only do you have the best kid-friendly eateries, but loads of them are early openers too! Toby’s Estate is another one to have on your list in this neck of the woods. Enjoy your coffee with those favourite riverside views and let the kids scoot away.
Toby’s Estate, 8 Rodyk St, Singapore 238216. Open 7.30am – 5.30am daily.
19. PS. Cafe
Looking for a pitstop after hitting East Coast Park? You’re in luck at PS. Cafe which opens its beautiful doors at 8am every day. We’re in love with the Rustic Mushrooms On Toast, complete with a soft poached egg. Find yourself in Dempsey? Hit the green oasis at PS. Cafe Harding Road which opens at 8am too.
PS. Cafe, various locations. Opening times vary. East Coast Park, Harding Road and Great World City open at 8am daily.
20. Forty Hands
One of the originals on the coffee shop scene, Forty Hands is always high on our list as an early morning spot in Singapore. With locations in two of our favourite neighbourhoods, Tiong Bahru and Joo Chiat, it’s got us covered whether you’re looking for a cafe that is open early in East or West.
Forty Hands, 78 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 163078 and 226 East Coast Road, Singapore 428923. Open daily from 7am (7.30am weekends). East Coast branch: 7am Wednesday and Thursday, all other days 7.30am.
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