As someone undeniably reliant on her daily caffeine fix, I’m always looking for good coffee near me. Top that off with delicious brunch food, and you’re set for a great day ahead! Here are some of the best cafes in Singapore for good coffee, all-day breakfast and brunch, and more.
Little Farms – best cafe and bistro bar in the East
New kid on the block Little Farms Katong sprawls across 6,000 square feet of space. Consisting of a supermarket, butcher counter, and a full-fledged bistro and bar, the gourmet grocer is located in the bustling, heritage-rich Joo Chiat locale.
After you’re done with the grocery shopping, kick back at one of the best cafes in Singapore, with delicious (and healthy!) bites from Little Farms Bistro. It’s all prepared using the same top-quality ingredients found along the supermarket aisles. Available all day and night, menu highlights include light salads, plant-based dishes and, the crowd favourite, smashed avocado on toast. Wash it all down with a refreshing smoothie or a comforting cup of freshly brewed Allpress coffee from Australia.
N.B… Little Farms Cafe is also located at Valley Point Shopping Centre (491 River Valley Road, #01-24).
#01-04 Katong Point
451 Joo Chiat Road
House of AnLi Bistro – best cafe in Singapore for a relaxed lunch
Started by the team behind furniture and homeware store House of AnLi, this super stylish cafe and bistro is located in Tanglin Mall. The space is bright with tall ceilings and lots of natural light peeking through, thanks to its massive bay windows. Vibes are laid-back here, whether you’re having an intimate dinner with family or hosting a private party for a special occasion.
Brunch food is served all day (from 9am to 3pm on weekdays and to 6pm on weekends). Featuring a spread of pastries, eggs, juice and hot drink, AnLi’s Breakfast ($44) is a brunch lover’s dream come true. Other yummy picks include Mimi’s Waffles ($14), and organic NZ eggs (from $12) cooked to your preference. There’s great coffee from Allpress, too; we’re most intrigued by the trio of piccolo lattes ($16), which includes three types of latte: regular, beetroot and turmeric.
The Whole Kitchen – best healthy cafe with gluten-free options
Gluten-free bakery The Whole Kitchen has a gorgeous sit-down cafe in the East! The cosy space offers freshly made, healthy food curated by their lovely founders – culinary director Susan Soulard and resident health coach Anne Swain.
The menu features The Whole Kitchen’s signature products, such as their granolas, sourdough loaves and low-carb bread. For those who love a sweet treat, try their gluten-free cakes, muffins and vegan brownies! The cafe is also serving Allpress coffee with organic milk, delicious fruit smoothies and fresh juices.
Cafe Melba – best family-friendly cafe
If you’re looking for a family-friendly cafe serving hearty brunch and great coffee, check out Cafe Melba’s three outlets: Mount Sophia (new!), Goodman Arts Centre and Mediapolis. Loved for its all-day breakfast plates and kid-friendly atmosphere, the cafe is popular for all sorts of occasions – catch-up brunches, family dinners and casual lunch dates. Tuck into fluffy buttermilk pancakes ($14), Melba French toast ($15) or the full Melba breakfast ($26) with the works: homemade pork sausage, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, hash brown and toast.
There’s a fab list of coffee and tea, plus wines and cocktails, too.
Blk N, #01-56 Goodman Arts Centre | 6440 6068
#03-01, 1 Stars Avenue | 6352 2721
#01-00, 31 Mount Sophia | 6250 3948
Baker & Cook – best for fresh loaves and brunch food
Popular local artisanal bakery and cafe Baker & Cook has multiple outlets islandwide. The plant-based menu is exclusively available at the Dempsey location (30C Loewen Road), a popular hangout spot for families with kids, especially on weekends. Highlights include the Pizza 10 (from $13) with “meatballs” made by hand using Impossible mince, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, Spanish onions and rocket, and the Impossible Mushroom Swiss burger (from $22), a hearty and filling dish featuring house-made eggless quinoa buns.
Other brunch options include Eggs Benedict ($17), Avo Smash ($22), and Dutch Baby Pancakes ($22). For drinks, opt for an Allpress espresso-based coffee, a cold press juice or a smoothie. And don’t forget to grab a bag of freshly baked breads on your way out!
Multiple locations islandwide
Tiong Bahru Bakery – best cafe for flaky croissants
Best known for its range of French pastries and artisanal breads, Tiong Bahru Bakery has come a long way since its first cafe opened in 2012. Everything is baked fresh with premium ingredients like French butter and flour. Newly launched is Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills (Fort Canning Park, 70 River Valley Road, #01-05) which is housed in the former River Valley Swimming Complex, one of the earliest public pools in Singapore (officially opened in 1959).
Exclusive menu items include the sourdough croissant ($4.80) served with a creamy and crunchy crémeux praline filling. There’s also the nutmeg teh halia ($7), a locally inspired drink of ginger tea perfumed with spices. Sip on good coffee from Common Man Coffee Roasters, while indulging in a croissant (or three!). We can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend!
Multiple locations islandwide
Baristart Coffee – best cafe for Japanese sweets
With two outlets in Singapore, Hokkaido-based cafe Baristart Coffee has gained popularity for serving indulgent Japanese-inspired desserts and good coffee. Sort your caffeine fix and sweet tooth craving with its cream puffs and barista-brewed coffees, which incorporate rich and luscious full cream Hokkaido BIEI Jersey milk.
Cool down with the Sentosa outlet-exclusive Coconut Shake ($8.50), or tuck into heartier mains like the Hokkaido Carbonara ($17.80) at the Tras location. Delivery and takeaway options are also available.
65 Tras Street
40 Siloso Beach Walk
The Summerhouse – best cafe and restaurant for nature lovers
Located in a beautiful colonial bungalow in the redeveloped Seletar Aerospace Park, The Summerhouse is a multi-faceted dining enclave that offers nature-inspired cuisine prepared with home-grown ingredients. On the ground level is Wildseed, a brunch cafe, patisserie and bistro-bar, while The Summerhouse French Dining Room is a farm-to-table concept on the upper storey. Don’t forget to check out the edible garden after your meal!
Wildseed Cafe offers freshly roasted coffee from Smitten, hearty brunches on weekdays (until 2.30pm) and weekends (3.30pm), and sweet treats like banana pecan loaf cake. The pet-friendly cafe is also has an all-day dining menu.
Yeast Side – best cafe for sourdough bakes and good coffee
As its name suggests, Yeast Side focuses on bakes and coffee in the day. From 4pm, the trendy nook transitions to a local watering hole with 12 rotating craft beers and hand-stretched pizzas – yum!
If you like moist and dense cakes that aren’t overly sweet, try the banana bread and carrot cake topped with cream cheese and walnuts (a personal favourite!). Other bestsellers are the cinnamon-spiked sourdough sticky buns, alongside brunch food like smoked salmon ricotta tartine. You can also choose to recreate the cafe experience at home by ordering one of their sourdough loaves. For online orders, delivery costs $15 with no minimum spend.
#01-09, 9 King Albert Park
Swee Lee Social Club – great cafe for music lovers
Love music and coffee? This cosy cafe in the west lets you have both! A cafe, lifestyle and music store-in-one, you can get your caffeine fix and fill up with light all-day brunch food such as hummus and tomato toast ($10), plus a neat selection of freshly made waffles in must-try flavours like caramelised banana, mixed berry and, our regular go-to, cookie crumble.
Wash it all down with a great coffee; the signature menu features handcrafted brews like the Bittersweet ($6) – a refreshing mix of espresso, yuzu, soda and ice – and Melbourne iced coffee ($8), a creamy concoction of iced macadamia nut latte with ice-cream.
1 Vista Exchange Green, 01-07/10
Plain Vanilla – best cupcakes and more
What started out as a humble bakery in Holland Village has since expanded to five islandwide outlets: Tiong Bahru, Cluny Court, Telok Ayer, ION Orchard, Neil Road. Plain Vanilla is best known for its fresh bakes, including cupcakes, loaf cakes, cookies, tarts and more. The coffee is delicious, too; the cafe uses Allpress Espresso Browns Mill Organic coffee beans.
Feeling peckish? Check out the brunch and lunch menus at Neil Road, Telok Ayer and Tiong Bahru. Delivery is also available; enjoy free islandwide delivery with a minimum spend of $48.
Multiple locations islandwide
Apartment Coffee – best cafe for coffee lovers
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, this local haunt will need little introduction. Opened since October 2018, the bright and spacious spot is helmed by owner Yeo Qing He, who won the Singapore Brewers Cup and placed sixth at the World Brewers Cup. No wonder it’s been touted as one of the best cafes in Singapore for a quality brew!
Apartment Coffee is more than just another cafe; the stylish studio and roastery focuses on telling the story behind each cup of coffee served. Coffee lovers can check out the monthly subscription, which lets you choose up to three bags of filter roast (200g) and up to three bags of espresso roast (300g) to be delivered to you each month.
We hope you enjoyed our lineup of the best cafes in Singapore for good coffee and brunch food. For more, visit our Dining section!