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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.