While we all enjoy a good eggs benedict from time to time, there is nothing quite like a kaya toast and kopi gao breakfast. After all, it is the quintessential Singaporean breakfast that kick starts most of our mornings, right?
But if the long lines at Ya Kun are putting you off (and setting you back on your morning commute, ugh), it may be time to start looking into other options.
Thankfully, Avenue One has done your work for you. Here are the 11 best places for traditional kaya toast and coffee that isn’t your usual Toastbox and Killiney fare. Get ready to chow down!
1. Ah Kong Den
This traditional café is inspired by the Ah Kong gang in the ’70s, so expect to see a menu filled with all favourite local dishes. Think Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles, Seafood Mee Goreng, and the classic kaya toast and coffee, of course!
You can get a kaya toast set at SGD4.60, which includes two soft boiled eggs and a hot drink. They’re pretty generous with their kaya spread, and the place is known to have great service, so make sure to spare some time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the (air-conditioned) atmosphere.
Address: 51 Joo Chiat Road, AQueen Heritage Hotel Joo Chiat, Singapore 427737
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7am-4pm
2. Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee
Located at Amoy Street Food Centre, Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee is, undoubtedly, one of the best places to get traditional kaya toast and coffee.
They toast their bread on a charcoal stove — which, trust us, adds a discernible flavour to it that will make you swoon upon first bite — that goes perfectly with their thick, rich, and oh-so-fragrant cups of coffee.
Check out our review of Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee breakfast fare here!
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #02-95, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 5.30am-4pm
3. Tong Ah Eating House
Crispy thin, crunchy pieces of toast sandwiched between rich, hand-made kaya spread — all the hallmarks of a good kaya toast, are we right? Well, that is precisely is what you’re going to get over at Tong Ah Eating House.
We recommend getting your set with eggs as well. They are cooked to absolute perfection, and yes, complements your kaya toast and coffee amazingly. Dip your toast in it for that extra kick!
Address: 35 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089142
Opening hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday, Sat, Sun: 6.30am-11pm, closed on Wednesdays.
4. Heap Seng Leong
Considered to be one of the top places to get traditional kaya toast and coffee in Singapore, Heap Seng Long serves an amazing set of kaya toast, soft boiled eggs, and kopi gu you: which, essentially, is a cup of coffee with butter in it, a beverage loved by Singaporeans in the ’50s.
Apparently, this combination works great when paired with kaya toast and eggs. And you know what they say — don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it, right?
Address: #01-5109, Blk 10 North Bridge Road, Singapore 190010
Opening hours: Mon- Sun: 4am-8pm
5. Kopi Alley
Sure, Kopi Alley is a shoo-in when it comes to being one of the best places to get traditional kaya toast and coffee, but, it also happens to serve non-traditional types that you can’t get anywhere else.
From Sweet Potato & Butter Toast (seriously!) to Salted Cream Cheese, trust us, you’re going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out your favourite.
Address: 900 South Woodlands Drive, #01-09, Woodlands Civic Centre, Singapore 730900
Opening hours: Mon- Sun: 7am-8.45pm
6. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
This is one of the best places for traditional kaya toast and coffee, for sure, but it is also well known for being a known hipster hangout (and the backdrop for many, many Instagram posts.)
With their mosaic tile floors and wooden round chairs, you’ll feel transported back to the 50s as you sit to enjoy your breakfast. Expect layers of kaya to be spread over thick, warm buns, with a small pat of butter rounding out the array of flavours. Yum.
Oh, a queue forms before the shop even opens, so remember to get there early!
Address: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 8am-4.30pm, closed on Mondays.
7. Toast Hut
If you’re a fan of kaya toasts that are slightly less sweet, opt for the ones by Toast Hut. They are still crunchy and fragrant, though, complementing the coffee and tea selection perfectly!
Psst: they even have an Iced Coffee option to cater to younger audiences, so make sure to grab one especially if you don’t feel like blowing your budget on Starbucks.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road #01-52, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 6.30am-1.30pm
8. Coffee Hut
With a perfectly crunch exterior and a smooth, sweet kaya spread, it is no wonder that Coffee Hut is considered to be one of the best places for traditional kaya toast and coffee in Singapore.
They also have slight variations from the traditional kaya toast — think peanut butter, and sandwiching kaya between toasted baguettes instead. Sounds delicious to us, all the same!
Address: 166 Jalan Besar, Berseh Food Centre #02-43, Singapore 208877
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 6.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 6.30am-2pm
9. Good Morning Nanyang Cafe
Their traditional kaya toasts are delectable, as is their reinvented ones featuring ciabatta bread. Nope, you’re not reading that wrong! If you’re looking for a little variety in your breakfast, try out their Orange Ciabatta Set, which comes with a caramelized orange peel for a hint of zest to your meal.
Address: 32 Maxwell Road, #01-05 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 7.30am-5pm, closed on Sundays.
10. YY Ka Fei Dian
Normally known for selling traditional Hainanese fare, YY Ka Fei Dian is also famous for their soft kaya buns. While slightly different from the traditional kaya toasts, they taste just as good. They are crisp, fluffy, and comes slathered with a generous coat of kaya. We’re salivating just thinking about it!
Address: #01-01, 37 Beach Road, Singapore 189678
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 8am-10.30pm
11. Hill Street Coffee Shop
You can pick from the traditional kaya toast with crunchy, crisped to perfection bread or the steamed bread variation. Both come with a generous kaya spread that tastes distinctly of coconut, topped with slabs of butter that melt in your mouth perfectly. Mmmm.
Address: Supertree Grove, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 8.30am-10.30pm