Nothing beats a good brunch with your close friends and family at the end of a busy week. Fortunately for us, almost every neighbourhood in Singapore has a café that serves up an assortment of egg dishes, buttery pastries, English breakfast with all the fix-ins, and booze. While most cafés are known for great coffee blends, some offer other beverages to satisfy the non-caffeine drinkers. From bottomless mimosas and artisanal coffee to delectable morsels, here are our favourite cafes and restaurants for brunch on the weekend.
Happening every Sunday, the ‘Tropical Sunday’ Champagne Brunch at 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is not to be missed. Groove to lively tunes and indulge in a sumptuous feast featuring an exquisite selection of seafood on ice; freshly shucked oysters and sashimi (think: Tuna Akami, Hiramasa Kingfish, and Norwegian Salmon); charcuterie including Beef Bresaola, Mortadella Bologna Pistachio and Jamón Ibérico De Bellota as well as smoked salmon and haddock; mouth-watering grilled meats such as Wagyu Beef Hanging Tender and Angus Beef Ribeye alongside spit-roasted Red Snapper and Pasture Fed Lamb Leg.
Save some space for pasta with luscious aged cheddar cheese sauce, Asian aglio olio with a mild spicy kick, classic basil pesto, and more, before rounding off the brunch with decadent desserts like Yuzu Meringue, Matcha Financier, Assorted Macarons, and Peranakan Kueh. Did we mention that you can enjoy endless pours with free-flow cocktails, wines, beer and champagne?
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is located at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178906
The Tropical Sunday Brunch starts at $188++ with free-flowing cocktails, wines, beer, and Telmont Reservé Brut Champagne Brut; $218++ for Telmont Rosé Champagne; $248++ for a Billecart Rosé; or $268++ for Billecart Blanc de Blancs.
This Japanese-style cafe and tea specialist brands itself as a platform for “the modern-day Picasso and Hemingway to gather”. The space is designed to facilitate free-flowing conversations, with low chairs and tables that create a cosy, Zen-esque atmosphere. Art works ranging from calligraphy to paintings and pottery adorn the walls and shelves as well.
They’ve recently launched a brand new Okinawan-inspired sweet potato tart ($9.90, pictured) made of vegan sweet potato cream on top of a crispy tart base. Mildly sweet, it pairs perfectly with Hvala’s signature black tea.
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #B2-28, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
Launched by the same folks behind Greyhound Cafe Singapore and Black Society, this space is hard to miss with its lavender, violet and lilac flowers, pastel pink hues and a cornucopia of hanging plants. The menu offers a varied and eye-catching selection too, including Asian-Western fusion far, Korean kroffles (a.k.a. croissant-waffles), Dutch pancakes and an assortment of pastries.
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #03-15, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
This French cafe has humble roots, beginning as a bakery in Northern France in 1889. Today, it’s a franchise in 47 countries, with a flagship cafe-slash-restaurant in Takashimaya S.C., designed like a quintessential French tea room. On the menu are an array of handmade bread, pastries, cakes, croissants, desserts, sandwiches and other all-day breakfast items.
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #03 – 16/17, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
A haven for chocolate lovers, this dessert shop specialises in dark chocolate offerings like Madagascar dark chocolate premium ice cream, dark chocolate brownies and ice cream cookies. The finest grade single-origin chocolate is sourced from Bali, Tanzania, Dominican Republic and Venezuela, from premium brands like Valrhona and Cacao Barry.
Since opening its first Singapore outpost at Takashimaya S.C. in Oct 2020, the well-loved Japanese cafe has become a go-to brunch or dessert spot for those craving its light and fluffy souffle pancakes – so impossibly light and fluffy that the folks here dub them kiseki pancakes, Japanese for miracle. You’ll also be able to indulge in their new Ice Cream Mocha Latte that has a rich chocolatey flavour complementing the fragrance of freshly roasted coffee.
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #B1 – 56, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
The Coffee Academics has been extremely popular with coffee lovers since it opened in 2012. With six outlets across Singapore, the cafe boasts its own hand-brew coffee bar, a tea academics bar, and a roasting corner. We absolutely love the wide selection of coffees they have here. For the adventurous try out the Pepper Agave latte that comes with a kick from freshly ground black pepper, or if you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try the Okinawa Signature coffee.
Of course, if you’re here for dessert, The Coffee Academics also serves some amazing sweet treats like the apple crumble or their signature coffee churros, tossed in coffee cinnamon sugar.
The Coffee Academics is located at 6 Scotts Rd, #02 – 01 / 02, Singapore 228209
The Editor’s Market has opened their flagship outlet at Ngee Ann City! But aside from clothing and homeware items, the boutique also houses its very own gourmet cafe brand: Found. With a sleek, white and minimal touch, this 16-seater cafe blends seamlessly with the store with furniture pieces that come in various shades of black and white, to showcase the simple yet refined outlook.
Choose from an assortment of sweet and savoury pastries, and pair it with an espresso-based drink like The Sesame Dirty or go for other specialty options like the Espresso Con Panda.
Found is located at 391 Orchard Road, B1-16 to 24, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
First established in 2014 in San Francisco, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse – which is known for its cruffins – landed in Singapore last year. And while many would queue for their signature cruffins and other pastries, the cafe also serves a delectable selection of coffee for all you coffee lovers.
The cafe is hard to miss especially with its iconic “I got baked” and peace neon signages at the entrance of the cafe, which makes for a great photo opportunity if you’re looking to update your ‘Gram. The outlet located at Pacific Plaza is also large enough to hold a sizeable crowd, so you can spend as much time as you’d like during your coffee break.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is located at 9 Scotts Rd, #01-01/02/03 Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
While this cafe might not be the newest place in town, it’s definitely worth visiting, especially if you need a quick pick-me-up. This quiet cafe is located at 111 Somerset and it offers cakes and pastries that are supplied by Carpenter & Cook. But more importantly, this cafe serves some great specialty coffee, with coffee beans that are sourced from Ethiopia and roasted to perfection by their talented baristas that will be prepared for you right before your eyes.
Glyph Supply Co is located at 111 Somerset Rd, #01 – 06, Singapore 238164
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road is this hidden cafe over on the rooftop of Design Orchard. Boasting concrete interiors, a classy terrazzo tile coffee bar and stainless steel finishing, the Alchemist doubles as the perfect Instagram spot and a hideaway when you need to take a break from walking around town. As for their coffees, be sure to try the signature espresso beverages which include classics like the Black, White and Mocha.
Alchemist Design Orchard is located at 250 Orchard Rd, #03-01 Design Orchard, Singapore 238905
The Community Coffee first started out in 2017 as a little cafe that’s been quietly operating at Far East Plaza serving $4 cups of coffee. It’s quiet, fuss-free and totally worth checking out if you’re just looking for a place to get a quick caffeine fix. What’s more, the coffee beans here are also sourced from small, sustainable farms in Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia and Peru, and expertly roasted by their own dedicated team of coffee experts so you can definitely expect great cuppas of drip coffees and espresso-based brews.
The Community Coffee is located at 14 Scotts Road #02-94 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
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If you haven’t heard of this cafe, then it’s about time you should. After having opened its first outlet in Rochor, % Arabica has now expanded with over five outlets in Singapore. It’s well known for roasting its own blend of coffee which comprise beans from Latin America, Africa and Europe, so you can expect classic well-rounded cups of coffee that will hit the spot. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll also be glad to know that they also serve options like the Spanish latte that bold yet sweet and is complemented with notes of spice for that extra kick.
Don’t be fooled by the building’s aged exterior—the industrial metal gate and furnishing—it’s the correct address. Chye Seng Huat Hardware was once home to several hardware companies before being converted into a café and a coffee roastery.
Grab a cuppa by the coffee bar where the friendly baristas work their magic, and dig into the scrumptious brunch fare that stretches out to the late afternoon. Coffee fanatics can move next door to The Annex to learn how to brew amazing coffee at home from specialists as well. Enough said, time to impress your friends with this offbeat spot.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware is located at 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563.
Not more than a two-minute walk from the shore, East Coast Commune is the perfect stopover for cyclists, skaters and beachgoers. The menu consists of hearty breakfast items, healthy grain bowls, and sourdough waffles that pair harmoniously with their coffee and tea menu. If dining in the restaurant isn’t for you, order a picnic box to go and head down to the beach. Families with babies need not worry about finding a secluded spot at the park when it comes to nursing, the Commune has its own nursing room for all patrons to use.
East Coast Commune is located at 1000 ECP #01-03, Singapore 449876.
With a name like SYIP (pronounced as ‘sip’), this minimalist café sets high expectations when it comes to the drinks—and they do not disappoint. Crowd favourites include the White Coffee, which consists of espresso, a little milk and a hefty dollop of their signature whipped cream; and the Dirty Matcha that combines a shot of espresso with freshly brewed matcha and milk. The coffee beans are sourced from plantations in Brazil and roasted at Compound Coffee Co. in Singapore.
SYIP is located at 79 Owen Road, Singapore 218895.
This is not clickbait. Aside from the spread of fabulous French brunch options, the true star of the show is the two-hour bottomless mimosas for only $15. Don’t be afraid to slam down a few glasses of the bubbly orange concoction before the food is served because the alcohol content is well-balanced—even for the casual drinkers. Those looking for an added kick can order a separate bottle of champagne or sparkling wine to top off their glasses.
Ginett Singapore is located at Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980.
A good brunch is never complete without dessert. And there’s no better place than Tigerlily Patisserie to satiate sweet cravings. Helmed by chef Maxine Ngooi, this spot serves beautiful and delectable desserts such as their sinfully indulgent signature Beehive dish. If sugary treats do not appeal to your friends or family, fret not. The patisserie has a slew of equally delicious savoury pastries, too. Tip: Follow their Instagram so that you don’t miss out on their seasonal items.
Tigerlily Patisserie is located at 350 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427598.
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Inspired by his culinary experiences in the Caribbean and El Mero Mero, renowned chef Remy Lefebvre brought the woodfire concept to life in Singapore through Casa Restaurant. The $198 multi-course brunch is only available on Sundays and comes with free-flow champagne to round up the dining experience. Because the restaurant has impeccable reviews, reservations are open monthly only — the fastest fingers will be rewarded with a table.
Casa Restaurant is located at Chijmes, 30 Victoria St #01-20 Singapore 187996.
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There is something truly comforting about a traditional Singaporean breakfast: Soft-boiled eggs with buttery kaya toasts and kopi served in rounded ceramic cups atop matching saucers. However, every now and then we want to treat ourselves to something special. This east-side hotspot has an eclectic menu offering classic dishes and unique creations such as the flaky pastry horns filled with custard cream.
Chin Mee Chin is located at 204 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428903.
Want to take your furry pals out with you on the weekends? Wildseed Café is one of the few places in Singapore that welcomes pets with open doors. Both outlets at Seletar and Telok Blangah are surrounded by luscious floral and yards for your animals to run around while waiting for your food to arrive.
Wildseed Café is located at 10 Telok Blangah Green, Level 1, Singapore 109178 and 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387.
The food we eat has a significant impact on the environment, and this restaurant is doing something about it. The chefs of Open Farm Community are dedicated to using locally sourced produce within Singapore and the Southeast Asia region as well as the produce that they farm in their own gardens, adjacent to the restaurant. Nothing ever goes to waste here—flowers, the skins of vegetables, seeds, and more are used in their spread.
Open Farm Community is located at 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819.
Oh yes, you read that right. The vaccinated travel lane to South Africa may be on pause indefinitely but that isn’t stopping this popular franchise joint from bringing the safari to us. Open daily from 8am to 6pm, the quiet and tranquil bakery is housed in a huge khaki-coloured tent that can’t be missed. Although the menu is the same across all outlets, this space is the perfect spot to work remotely if the four walls of your house is making you claustrophobic.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari is located at 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819.
Looking for mouthwatering plant-based nosh? Afterglow’s extensive plant-based food and beverage menu is free of eggs, dairy and refined sugar, which makes it a great spot for vegans and those watching their diet for health reasons. The café is also very open to customising your order to accommodate food allergies such as nuts, garlic, and onions.
Afterglow is located at 24 Keong Saik Road #01-01, Singapore 089131.
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What’s better than dim sum for brunch? An all-you-can-eat dim sum buffet, that’s what. While $108 might seem steep for small dishes in bamboo baskets, Madame Fan elevates these Cantonese staples with contemporary shapes and ingredients such as black truffle, Kurobuta pork and Boston lobster that makes this meal worth the trip.
Madame Fan is located at The NCO Club, 32 Beach Road, S189764.
This little deli has grown tremendously since its inception back in 2015, and is highly regarded as one of the best sandwich joints in Singapore. The menu has an array of breakfast, mains, and salad options along with their usual lineup of crowd favourite sandwiches such as the pastrami reuben. The deli also introduces a new specialty sandwich every month—best to keep an eye out for that.
Park Bench Deli is located at 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627.
Upper Thomson Road is no stranger to its fair share of new cafés and restaurants popping up every few months but Oaks Coffe Co. is a breath of fresh air. The café prides itself on its housemade pasta, bread and sauces, which are done from scratch by the kitchen staff. While the coffee is undoubtedly fantastic, the specialty drinks are too gorgeous to pass up.
Oaks Coffee Co. is located at 223 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355.
Nestled on the third floor of Orchardgateway, this Korean-European fusion restaurant sports a jungle theme and a vast menu of pizzas, tapas and bar snacks that will be perfect for sharing with the entire table. The restaurant also has a separate section with pool tables for anyone keen to play a round (or two) while they wait for their food.
Tigress by 82Soho is located at Orchardgateway #03-17 & 18, 277 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238858.
Say hello to Singapore’s first caviar-centric restaurant. The $198-brunch is exclusive to the Sunday service, which includes a spread of snacks, eggs benedict, pasta, Sunday roast beef and two different desserts with caviar as the hero ingredient, of course. Unfortunately, champagne must be added on as a separate order but it doesn’t take away how special Caviar is.
Caviar is located at Palais Renaissance #B1-06-07, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871.
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Inspired by European cafés and restaurants, Under Der Linden is decked out in mid-century modern-inspired woven chairs, marbled tabletops and sleek dinnerware from the interior dining room to the exterior alfresco space. If you’re feeling lost, look out for the white arches laced with flowers that will lead you up to a quaint building where the restaurant is situated. Likewise, the desserts are also impeccably crafted to match the wonderful ambiance.
Under Der Linden is located at 5B Portsdown Rd, Singapore 139311.
Part of this article originally appeared in Her World.