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Having been knocking back coffee across Singapore for years, caffeine pro Katie Roberts updates us on brilliant new cafés around the island, plus tells us about her favourite spots of all time. For even more cracking suggestions, head to our handy article about the best coffee houses near Singapore’s international schools here.


The ‘hood: Robertson Quay


New! Anthesis

Who’s behind it:  Former banker and trained barista Melanie Ng has paired up with her sister, Severine, to launch this bistro-boulangerie-café.

What they’re dishing: Baked goods aplenty. Breads – pumpkin seed, dark rye, ciabatta, croissants, you name it. Pastries and cakes, like melty lemon profiteroles, vanilla raspberry Charlottes and macaroons.

What they’re drinking: Hand-blended organic tea, a custom blend of coffee beans from Brazil, Guatemala and Sumatra.

86 Robertson Quay, #01-01 Robertson Blue

6737 9873


The ’hood: River Valley  

New! Common Man Coffee Roasters

Who’s behind it:  Australian specialist coffee roaster Harry Grover of 40 Hands Café and the Spa Esprit Group.

What they’re dishing:  All-day breakfasts – that start at 8am, hurray! – and bistro lunches. Favourites include thewonderfully uniqueTurkish Common Man breakfast ($25) and a good fry-up, the Common Man full breakfast ($26).

What they’re drinking: The latte art is pretty cool, but it’s all about the speciality coffee which they roast in-house. When you overhear baristas describing the coffee’s “notes of pear and apple”, you know these guys are serious about their beans.

22 Martin Road, #01-00


The ’hood: Kallang/Geylang


New! Brawn & Brains 

Who’s behind it: Partners Gwen and Xavier own this cute little café in the industrial-style Old Badminton Hall building, which also houses a rock-climbing centre.

What they’re dishing: Gwen bakes her best-selling Earl Grey cake every day, three types of sandwiches and these change every couple of weeks. They’re hoping to add paninis to the menu shortly.

What they’re drinking: Two selections of coffee beans, such as organic single-origin Brazilian or a blend of Colombian Supremo and Sumatra Lintong ($2.50 to $4). They recently installed a Toper coffee bean roaster, so you’ll soon find Xavier roasting the beans in-house.

100 Guillemard Road, #01-07

9771 1610


Old faves



The ‘hood: Serangoon


Rokeby  (15-9 Jalan Riang) is not new but serves up good Aussie style food (like the eggs above…mmm). The Coffee Daily (75 Brighton Crescent, Serangoon Gardens) or Relish in (02-07 My Village, Serangoon Gardens) serves up a mean coffee too.

Rokeby serves a range of comfort food and Aussie-style coffee
Rokeby serves a range of comfort food and Aussie-style coffee


The ‘hood: Buona Vista/Biopolis

Jimmy Monkey at One-North Gateway, #01-51 One-North Residences has been joined by new kids on the block Revolution Coffee (21 Media Circle, 01-03). Very handy for parents with kids at Tanglin Trust School.


The ‘hood: Yong Siak St, Tiong Bahru

This foodie street sporting 40 Hands (78 Yong Siak Street #01-12) has been joined by Plain Vanilla , a second outlet, who dish up those delicious cupcakes with a good coffee. Of course The Orange Thimble and Tiong Bahru Bakery (both 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68 – 70) are not far away either.


The ‘hood: Lavender/Kallang

Loysel’s Toy Café (66 Kampong Bugis) has a gorgeous location on the Kallang Rive, but further back up Lavender Road is CSHH Hardware (150 Tyrwhitt Rd) and The Bravery (66 Horne Rd), owned by the same people from The Plain) Both are roasters serving very very decent brews with a solid following.



The ‘hood: Kampong Bahru

This area was a little down at heel a few years back but Strangers Reunion (37 Kampong Bahru Rd) and

Highlander Coffee (49 Kampong Bahru Road) have helped give the area a new shine. For coffee addicts the tiny hole in the wall Nylon Coffee Roasters  (pictured above) (4 Everton Park #01-40, 6220 2330) is worth seeking out for their unique high altitude single origin blends.