10 Hip Cafés You Shouldn't Miss in Singapore
With Singapore's rich coffee culture, coffeeheads are in for a treat.
(SPOT.ph) If you’ve already been to Singapore, you’ve probably gotten your fair share of yummy eats and IG-worthy sights. And while you'll always want to go to your favorite shops and restaurants whenever you fly to the Lion City, keep in mind that Singapore is one of the best places in the world to find specialty coffee. So here’s a list of 10 amazing cafés you should visit next time you’re in the city.
Grounded by Common Man Coffee Roasters
Inside this beautiful space along Martin Road is a haven for anyone who associates must-visit cafés with great all-day breakfast. Grounded by Common Man Coffee Roasters (or just CMCR) is a new crowd favorite in Singapore, known for their excellent morning-to-night breakfast menu. But if that soul-warming cup of joe is the highlight of your day, you’ll be pleased to know that Grounded concocts some amazing caffeine creations, too, like the Nitro Cold Brew. With their wide selection of beans, which they roast on-site via their sister shop CMCR, it’ll be hard not to find a blend to perfectly match your mood.
Grounded by Common Man Coffee Roasters is at 22 Martin Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore.
This unassuming hole-in-the-wall along Singapore’s Hong Kong street is so obscure that you’d probably only find it if you were really looking. But while this Japanese-themed coffee shop is a challenge to find, their cool minimalist interiors and comfy space will have you feeling like you’re part of an exclusive club. In fact, just a morsel of their scrambled eggs and French toast will convince you that this place is worth the mini-scavenger hunt. Caffeine fans will appreciate their Genovese Super Brazil coffee for its bold aroma and smooth flavor.
RONIN is at 17 Hong Kong Street, Singapore.
Forty Hands is one of the first coffee shops to introduce the world of third-wave coffee to Singapore; it's a a well-loved café in the hip neighborhood of Tiong Bahru. It wins the hearts of caffeine addicts and breakfast-food fans alike for their well-curated food and beverage menu. Next time you find yourself in the area, be sure to grab a cup of their specialty coffee. Paired with the joint’s bright and lively murals, as well as mouthwatering dishes to make anyone looking at your feed jealous, we wouldn’t blame you if you never want to leave.
Forty Hands is at 78 Yong Saik Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore.
Nylon Coffee Roasters
Nylon Coffee Roasters is all about bringing the best flavor out of every coffee bean, which should get any coffee aficionado's heart racing with excitement. You’ll also love the café’s industrial-modern aesthetic, setting a cool and laid-back scene for you to enjoy while savoring that cup of heaven. And if you’re scared you won’t get to try all their best-selling blends, have no fear. You can order some of Nylon’s unique coffee beans by the gram and take them home with you!
Nylon Coffee Roasters is at 4 Everton Park, Singapore.
The Glasshouse Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
If your café experience isn’t complete unless your photos are as great as your coffee, then you’re in luck. The Glasshouse is one of Singapore’s best-kept secrets in the world of specialty coffee. The place features big, beautiful glass windows that let natural light in, with a view of lush green plants inside to exude a calming aura around the joint—perfect for getting your coffee shop photography game on point. The roasts and blends you can get at The Glasshouse also keep changing up, so no matter how many times you come back, there’s always something new to love.
The Glasshouse Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar is at 30 Victoria Street, Chijmes #01-03, Singapore.
From the name itself (did you know sarnies is slang for sandwiches?), Sarnies promises to be a great place where you can just sit back and chow down on some no-fail coffee shop favorite dishes. Indulge in their neighborhood-famous menu of all-day breakfast food, amazing sandwiches, and lip-smacking pastries. The café also roasts their coffee beans daily, so you’re sure your cup of joe can’t get any fresher than this.
Sarnies is at 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore.
In case you’re looking for a café that injects a Singaporean twist into some of their menu items, look no further than Drury Lane. The place is incredibly spacious and comfy, so you’ll have every reason to stay while munching on their goodies! While their classic, go-to selection of pastries and brunch items will have any café lover swooning, you absolutely can’t leave without sampling their most raved-about dish: A creamy, salted-egg benedict that’s served with buttery grilled prawns.
Drury Lane is at 94 Tg Pagar Road, Singapore.
If you’re looking for a place that just keeps on giving, head on over to Maison Ikkoku. They whip up some fantastic café must-haves (their version of the beloved carrot cake deserves some praise), but they also have one unique dish for the wandering food lover: The Maison Ikkoku Pork Bun, which highlights delicious melt-in-your-mouth pork belly bits. Wondering where to go for some night-cap drinks and snacks once you’ve finished your afternoon coffee? Just head on upstairs because Maison Ikkoku is both a coffee shop and cocktail bar rolled into one!
Maison Ikkoku is at 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore.
Are you exploring Singapore with friends that just can’t seem to decide where to eat and drink? Necessary Provisions can help. Whether single-origin coffee, fine Asian tea, or imported craft beer is your group’s preferred drink of the day, you’ll all find what you’re looking for here. The joint’s food menu is also one to look forward to, as every dish has been painstakingly handcrafted to stick to the basics—all without compromising on those rich Asian flavors.
Necessary Provisions is at 21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore.
PS. Café is yet another Singaporean coffee shop that will have any coffee enthusiast’s heart swelling. The space is huge and homey, and almost everything about it is IG-worthy: From the elegant décor and the mood-setting indoor lighting, all the way to their food presentation. But don’t worry; your eyes won’t be the only thing having a feast, because after you order any of their indulgent sweets and savory eats (we hear the shoestring truffle fries is their most famous dish!), you’re already going to want to book a flight for your next visit.
See a list of PS. Café branches in Singapore.