More and more cafes are opening up in Singapore. And if you are a coffee lover, these places offer some of the best brews you can get your hands on. Here are 16 of our favourite cafes, from the most luxurious joints to the hipster places you might not know exist, to check out.
Hailing from Morocco, this is the coffee house’s first international luxury coffee space which marks its 110 years celebration. Other than the over 200 varieties of arabica coffee they carry, there’s also a full menu filled with indulgent bites and some of the best croissants you’ve ever tasted.
Bacha Coffee has multiple locations in Singapore.
You know the coffee here is going to be good because it’s from the Stranger’s Reunion team helmed by one of the owners, Ryan Kieran Tan, a champion barista. Their excellent Syphon Coffee or signature White Magic, a potent blend of espresso, milk and a touch of cream – bottled and chilled to perfection, are must-tries!
Curious Palette is at 64 Prinsep St, Singapore 188667.
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The sister cafe of the well-known Chye Seng Huat Hardware, PPP Coffee (previously known as Papa Palheta) has garnered quite a huge following of fans. Their new outlet in Funan is a multi-sensory cafe that sells the latest state-of-the-art coffee brewing kits and equipment, and you can even try your hand at brewing your own coffee there. Of course, don’t leave without enjoying a cuppa of one of their famous brews first.
PPP Coffee is at #02-19 Funan, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105
The Coffee Academics
The famous hip coffee house from Hong Kong serves up some of the best range of coffees, made from top-quality speciality coffee beans sourced from all over the world. It’s listed as one of “25 coffee shops around the world you have to see before you die” in Buzzfeed. Other than coffee, they have a menu of really delicious nosh, from brunch specials to various mains and desserts.
The Coffee Academics has multiple locations in Singapore.
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This chic cafe has been attracting crowds of dedicated fans ever since it opened in 2010. Inspired by the Australian cafe culture, it serves up artisanal brews using beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters. They also have a small menu of items dedicated to breakfast egg dishes, sandwiches and salads.
Forty Hands is at #01-12, 78 Yong Siak St, Singapore 163078 and 226 East Coast Road, Singapore 428923.
This little cafe serves up speciality coffee, with coffee beans from Two Degrees North Coffee Co. The cappuccino here is amazing, it is thick and foamy with a strong yet pleasant aroma. They’ve also got a menu filled with some really tempting eats, with must-tries including their Butterscotch Banana Pancake.
Atlas Coffeehouse is at 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886
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Nylon Coffee Roasters
Located in the hip Everton Park neighbourhood, this little cafe serves up simple coffee brews wth sustainable beans, made from artisanal blends sourced from around the world. Nylon’s roasts also made it on The New Black’s curation of top-notch coffees from around the world.
Nylon Coffee Roasters is at #01-40, 4 Everton Park, Singapore 080004
This small, minimalist cafe, a renowned cafe from Kyoto, has been getting lots of hype lately, with foodies posting their cups showing the iconic % logo on IG. It roasts its own coffee beans in-house to ensure fresh cuppas every time. Their milky smooth lattes are a hit with many, so be sure to try those. One caveat: Be prepared to queue up for it!
% Arabica has multiple locations in Singapore.
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Serving up cups of coffee topped with the cutest latte art, this cafe uses the popular Brown Jersey Milk from Biei, a small town in Hokkaido, Japan. They also have a range of irresistible food and sweets, from the iced dessert Shiro Kuma to the most delicious cream puffs.
Baristart Coffee is at 65 Tras St, Singapore 079004 and 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098996.
Glyph Supply Co
This minimalist cafe has been attracting lots of foodies, even though it’s relatively hidden and unknown (for now). Like the cafe’s interiors, the coffee selection here is pared down and fuss-free, but you do get brews which are rich and smooth. Be sure to enjoy your cuppa with their menu of savouries and sweets.
Glyph Supply Co is at #01-06 TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164
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You might walk past DAWN and not realise it. The roadside coffee is, after all, a hole-in-the-wall cafe located near Clarke Quay. Modelled after a Japanese home, the cosy coffee shop was founded by baristas who know and love coffee. Complement your cup of joe with a selection of rustic bakes ranging from friands to cakes.
DAWN is at 78 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058708.
With the aim of “making quality coffee approachable and accessible to all”, Alchemist serves up espresso-based or pour-over coffee. Fans of brewing a cup at home can subscribe to the coffee subscriptions, where they introduce you to beans from nations such as Burundi and Ethiopia.
Alchemist has multiple locations in Singapore.
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Bearded Bella’s coffee is helmed by co-founder Regina Tay, a barista who won the Singapore National Barista Championship in 2016. Here, you can taste a slew of coffees from Mexico to Kenya and pair them with a series of homemade cakes and savoury mains options.
Bearded Bella is at 8 Craig Rd, Singapore 089668 and 73 Hillcrest Rd, Singapore 288945.
Founded in 2016, Kurasu started its life as a Japanese homeware store in Australia before the Japanese owner, Yozo Otsuki, started combining his passion for coffee with his retail space. The beans are roasted in Kyoto, Japan before they are shipped here weekly. Their minimalistic space is a chill spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and shop for related paraphernalia.
Kurasu is at 261 Waterloo St, #01-24 Waterloo Centre, Singapore 180261.
One of the best places to enjoy coffee is the humble hawker centre. Helmed by three third-generation hawker millennial siblings, Coffee Break serves up traditional brews and modern spins ranging from Kopi-O and Yuan Yang to Sea Salt Mint Cafe Latte. Coffee Break also does tea lattes and a variety of toasts to complete your breakfast or tea.
Coffee Break is at 7 Maxwell Rd, #02-78 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111 and 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-41, Hong Lim Food Centre, Singapore 051531.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Tiong Hoe started life as a coffee wholesaler before upgrading to be Q-grade certified (i.e. the industry’s most recognised certification system) and opening its cafe doors. Tiong Hoe now sells over 20 different origins of specialty coffee from Africa, Asia and South and Central America. So if you can expect anyone to know their coffee, it will be Tiong Hoe.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee has multiple locations in Singapore.