Best Cafes In Singapore

Best Cafes In Singapore
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The world-famous city-state of Singapore is chock full of fascinating sights - such as the Gardens of the Bay and the stunning ship-like towers of the Marina Bay Sands resort - but there is more to this global metropolis than just its famous landmarks. Its status as a travel hub means it has become a true melting pot of cultures, with all manner of people from around the world calling it home and, crucially, bringing their dining tastes with them. So, whatever your food choices, there’ll be something to suit during your visit. And, in the case of these top cafes, there’s plenty of places that will prove just as appealing to on-the-go diners as to those who fancy a sit-down brunch with good company. Which option will you choose from the best cafes in SIngapore?

1. Common Man Coffee Roasters

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Enjoy brunch at any time of the day with a visit to the award-winning Common Man Coffee Roasters. Popular among its clientele, the cafe has twice been named Readers Choice Best Cafe by SG Magazine in recent years. Its brunch-style menu includes a tasty variety of food choices - from crab salad to a slow-cooked pork sandwich, and from an organic Eggs Benedict to Marmite mushrooms. Vegetarians are well catered for, with numerous options, including some which can be made vegan-friendly or gluten free too - so ethical or healthy eaters will feel right at home. And, as the name suggests, the cafe is big on its coffees - so fans of the bean will likely be delighted.

Common Man Coffee Roasters

Address: 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058

Website: Common Man Coffee Roasters

Opening hours: 7.30 am to 5.00 pm (6.00 pm at weekends)

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2. Birds of a Feather

One of the highest rated cafes in Singapore, Birds of a Feather has a strong reputation among its customers not just for the quality of its Asian and fusion dishes, but also the atmosphere of its stylishly decorated interior - all earthen tones and charming ambient lighting. Indeed, a number of diners remarked on its suitability as a venue for a date - so if you and your significant other are looking for a romantic eatery you’ll likely be happy. It is also well-placed on Amoy Street - with the quay, marina and numerous city landmarks within just a few hundred metres.

Birds of a Feather

Address: 115 Amoy Street #01-01, Singapore 069935

Website: Birds of a Feather

Opening hours: Weekdays - 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm/midnight. Weekends - 10.30 am to midnight (10.00 pm Sundays).

Average price for two people: 33 USD

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a) LaminatedBrioche Lobster Roll

b) Octopus and Sea Urchin Brioche Feuilletee

c) Red Berries and Rose Kombucha

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It is located at 56th floor with a 360 degree view of Orchard Road and all the way to the farthest - State of Johor, Malaysia.

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3. Mary's Kafé

Those craving a little Eurasian food at affordable prices may wish to make a beeline for Mary’s Kafe, which is located at the Bendemeer Centre. Indeed, its location is one of the perks which impressed previous diners, who loved its proximity to the nearby MRT station for a bite to eat on the go. Operating for more than 13 years, Mary’s Kafe wears its global influences on its sleeve, with its menu boasting dishes that blend the flavours of numerous different cuisines - from English to Dutch and Indian to Chinese. Signature dishes include the likes of Curry Debal and Pang Suzie, while its Sugee Cake is said to be a particular favourite among some of its customers.

Mary's Kafé

Address: 20 Bendemeer Rd, Singapore 339914

Website: Mary's Kafé

Opening hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (weekdays only)

Average price for two people: 11 USD

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4. Tea Bone Zen Mind

For those who take their tea drinking seriously. Tea Bone Zen Mind, which is based within two early 20th century shophouses, has been serving up unique tea blends for two decades. Regarded as something of a hidden gem by its clientele - a number of whom have remarked on its lack of external signage - it may be easy to pass by without realising, but those who do enter have been full of praise for its mix of Japanese, Chinese and English teas.

Tea Bone Zen Mind

Address: 98 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore

Website: Tea Bone Zen Mind

Opening hours: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Saturday

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5. The Populus Coffee & Food Co

Populus Coffee, Singapore
Source: Photo by Flickr user Bex Walton used under CC BY 2.0

Populus by name, populous by nature. This highly rated, self-styled ‘gastro-cafe’ enjoys strong word of mouth among its loyal customers, who have turned this eatery into one of the more popular brunch spots in the city. Indeed, the popularity of its wide array of coffees and its menu of contemporary meals means it’s a bustling place to grab a bite with friends. That popularity has also translated into extensions, with a new concept lounge opening on the second level of the cafe - 2°NORTH - which caters to parties and private functions, but which also opens to the general public at the weekends.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co

Address: 146 Neil Road, Singapore 088877

Website: The Populus Coffee & Food Co

Opening hours: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (Monday); 9.00 am to 4.00 pm (Tuesday); 9.00 am to 10.30pm (Wednesday to Friday); 9.30am to 10.30pm (Sautrday); 9.30am to 7.00 pm (Sunday).

Average price for two people: 12 to 22 USD

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6. Forty Hands

Fans of their speciality coffees will likely salivate at the prospect of a trip to Forty Hands, which derives its name from the belief that it takes that many hands to produce a single cup. Since setting up in 2010 with a mission to serve more sustainable coffee, it has won over plenty of fans - so much so that the original Yong Siak Street venue was joined by a second in East Coast Road and another in Malaysia’s Bangsar South City. The original, which boasts trendy barista-stylings, is among the most popular places in Singapore for a quick bite - with customers praising its “sensational” and “amazing” breakfasts, and hailing its vegetarian-friendly options.

Forty Hands

Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078

Website: Forty Hands

Opening hours: 7.00 am to 7.00 pm (Monday to Wednesday); 7.00 am to 10.00 pm (Thursday and Friday); 7.30 am to 7.00 pm (Saturday and Sunday).

Average price for two people: 12 to 22 USD

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7. Plain Vanilla

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Located on the same street as the previous entry on the list, Plain Vanilla is another of the hip eateries to have popped up in the area. But whereas Forty Hands was all about the coffee, Plain Vanilla will likely win the hearts of cake lovers everywhere. This eatery and bakery specialising in traditional handmade confections “like our mums and grandmothers used to”. And it has certainly chimed with the public. Today there are four different outlets, including this flagship eatery, which boasts an indoor room and outdoor play area - should the mood take you to indulge in a little al fresco dining. It also plays host to regular special events and has even branched out into homeware sales.

Plain Vanilla

Address: 1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, 168641 Singapore

Website: Plain Vanilla

Opening hours: 8.00 am to 7.00 pm (Monday to Saturday); 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (Sunday).

Average price: 11 USD

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8. Don Ho

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Those craving a social setting of an evening may wish to head to Don Ho, which styles itself as a “social kitchen and bar”. Typically open in the evenings only (with brunch also available at weekends), it serves a mix of vegetarian and meat dishes - including everything from smoked French duck breast to seafood options. And, as befits its social aspirations there are also a number of sharing platters to choose from. One of the more recent additions to Singapore’s food scene - having only had its grand opening in spring 2017 - Don Ho has nevertheless quickly won plenty of fans, who praised its food, prices and especially its levels of service.

Don Ho

Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol Building, Singapore 089109

Website: Don Ho

Opening hours: 6.00 pm to late (last orders 10pm) (Monday to Saturday); also 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (last orders at 2,30pm) on Saturday and Sunday

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Nice cosy pub and restaurant at Keong Saik Road. The service is good. Love the piping hot truffle mushroom soup.

If you drive, it may be a bit difficult to find parking slots.

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9. Carrotsticks and Cravings

Welcome to healthy food heaven. Carrotsticks and Cravings, as its name would suggest, caters to diners who enjoy their healthy eating but don’t want to miss out on indulging their cravings either. Set up by a Melbourne expat living in the city-state, the cafe on Loewen Road offers a range of breakfast and lunches## options - from quinoa and pomegranate salad to green falafel to berry parfait. There are also sweet treats to tempt those taste buds, such as banana blueberry cupcakes. Naturally, there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly and organic options too. And, if you like what you’ve tasted, the cafe is just one aspect of the company, which also offers classes and cookbooks for you to try at home.

Carrotsticks and Cravings

Address: 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845

Website: Carrotsticks and Cravings

Opening hours: 8.00 am to 3.00 pm (Monday to Saturday). Closed Sunday.

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10. Jones The Grocer

This popular cafe in Dempsey will appeal to those who not only wish to tuck into some tasty meals but also fancy picking up a few food ingredients of their own to take home and try elsewhere. The cafe itself, which is light and airy, offers a range of menus to suit your particular needs or cravings - from the full option to business lunches, dinners and even home deliveries. Be it soups or sandwiches, an Australian steak, Atlantic cod or vegetarian-friendly options like truffle and mushroom risotto, there’s food available for you. And, away from the main cafe’s offerings, it also provides classes, gift hampers and catering facilities to continue the fun when you leave.

Jones The Grocer

Address: 9 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247697

Website: Jones The Grocer

Opening Hours: 8.00 am to 11.00 pm daily.

Average price: 23 to 33 USD

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TWG 1837 TEA is also another nice cafe to hangout. Yuzu Mango cake with Vanilla Black Tea.

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Haji Lane, Arab Street Area, Singapore
Source: Photo by Flickr user Fabio Achilli used under CC BY 2.0

A vibrant city means a rich food scene, and Singapore is no different - so if you’re looking for a cafe to visit for a bite or two during your travels then you’re sure to find plenty of top choices. Where will you visit?

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