Most of us can’t do without our coffee fix every morning, and nothing beats being able to relax with a good cuppa on the weekends.
If you are a coffee connoisseur, or if the usual 3-in-1 coffee mix is not enough to fuel the rest of your day, it’s time to visit these 36 cafes and coffee shops in Singapore, where you are guaranteed some of the best cups of coffee you can get on our shores.
1. Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar
Coffee lovers will surely be familiar with this hipster coffee joint. The home and flagship store of PPP Coffee is located in a former hardware store, many people come here to take gorgeous photos for the ‘gram – both of the interior and the coffees, of course!
Their coffees are rotated on a seasonal basis to highlight some of the best coffee farms in growing regions along the coffee belt, but their best-sellers remain the cold brews (SGD7 to SGD8) – take your pick from a citrus & floral infusion, chocolate blend, as well as nitro brews (infused with nitrogen).
The cafe also boasts a Roastery where customers can get a peek into the transformation of green beans into their cup of coffee. You are also welcome to interact with the baristas as they meticulously prepare your beverage. Grab the chance to find out more your favourite beverage from the experts!
2. Apartment Coffee
This specialty coffee place at Lavender Street is called “Apartment” because the owner wanted to create the vibes of inviting people home – you are more than welcome to have chats with the baristas and other coffee lovers at the counter seats while you sip on your cup of coffee.
You may also spot Qing He, a Singapore Brewers Cup champion who was formerly from The Glasshouse at CHIJMES. He’s been seen to call his customers by name and strike conversations with them – a true embodiment of the cafe’s spirit!
As compared to other cafes with a variety of flavours, Apartment Coffee focuses on what they do best and limits the menu to just Single Origins (SGD4 – 7), a Blend of Colombia El Mirador (SGD4.50), and three non-coffee beverages of Green Tea, Oolong Tea, and Hot Chocolate. If you still can’t make up your mind, go for the Colombia El Mirador – a refreshing choice with notes of plum, redcurrant, and grapefruit.
3. The Coffee Academics
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This coffee chain hails from Hong Kong and is a heavyweight in the local coffee scene for offering some of the best coffee anyone can get. In fact, its roasted coffee has scored 92-94 from the World Coffee Review and achieved the distinct honour of being ranked highest in Asia and top 3 in the world!
Don’t miss out on their famous Nitro Coffee (SGD10), which is infused with TCA cold brew through a pressurised valve with tiny openings. The silky taste, smooth finish, and robust flavour will surely keep you coming back for more!
Addresses: 6 Scotts Rd, #02 – 01 / 02, Singapore 228209
252 North Bridge Rd, #B1-12 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening hours: See their website for a detailed list of opening hours.
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4. Monument Lifestyle
Although Monument Lifestyle sells American menswear labels in the store (it is a part-retail part-cafe concept), they take their coffees very seriously – their coffee beans are sourced from Four Barrel, a cafe and roaster touted to serve the best coffee in San Francisco.
Their no-frills menu offers just ten types of coffees (SGD4 – 7.50) but their coffees have received nothing but positive reviews online, so you can be sure that each one of them is brewed to perfection.
5. Maison Ikkoku The Gallery
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Everyone who has tried Maison Ikkoku’s coffees has nothing but praise for their dedication to roasting the best cup for each customer.
Their latte (SGD4.20) boasts a strong aroma, slightly spicy but well-balanced taste and a pleasant aftertaste – perfect for those with more conventional tastes, or are just starting to develop the caffeine habit.
Maison Ikkoku also features a specialty brew bar with different coffee brewing methods such as Aeropress, V60 pour-over, and even cold drip. Give this a go if you’re up for a stronger caffeine kick!
Address: 20 Kandahar St, Singapore 198885
Opening hours: 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 1am/2am (Mon to Fri), 11.30am – 1am/2am (Sat & Sun, Eve & Public Holiday)
More information: Website | Facebook | Instagram
6. Brawn & Brains Coffee
This micro-roastery and cafe tucked away in the Katong area is the ideal place to while away a Saturday afternoon with a book in hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Even if you don’t have the time to dine in and relax, you can simply use the Brawn & Brains Coffee App (downloadable from Apple Store and Google Play) to order in advance, then pick up your coffees from the store without having to queue!
You get to choose from Single Origin or House Blend Pen & Pencil for your coffee – the Cappuccino is popular and well-loved by patrons, so you know you won’t go wrong with that!
7. Candour Coffee
Candour Coffee brings a slice of Melbourne’s specialty coffee scene to Singapore, which you will absolutely love if you miss the delicious coffee in Melbourne. They source their beans from well-known roasters such as Dukes Coffee Roasters and Market Lane Coffee to craft high-quality cuppas.
Burundi Kibingo (SGD8) on their hand-brewed coffee menu is a light, balanced, and fruity brew for those who shun a strong coffee taste. If you like your coffees slightly sweet, the sea salt caramel latte (SGD6) will do just the trick. If you are interested to try new roasts, feel free to ask the staff for recommendations based on your taste preferences as well!
8. Old Hen Coffee Bar
Said to be the pioneer of the cold brew wave in Singapore, Old Hen Coffee Bar serves one of the best cold brew coffees you can get your hands on in Singapore. They come in signature glass bottles reminiscent of beer bottles, so you can easily dabao many bottles home if you become addicted to it.
The White Cold Brew (SGD6.50) is a must-try, especially if you are new to cold brew coffee. It tastes milkier than other similar cold brews, making this very refreshing and light on the palate. The Black Cold Brew (SGD6) has bitter and fruity notes, and are more suited for coffee aficionadoes who like a punch of flavour in their caffeine fix.
9. Bearded Bella
This adorable, unpretentious cafe was started by a pair of housemates, Regina Tay and Sarah Ling, who wanted to bring the vibrant and slow-paced cafe scene of Melbourne to Singapore. But don’t dismiss this as just another ambitious cafe: Regina is the winner of the Singapore National Barista Championship in 2016, which shows how seriously Bearded Bella takes their coffee.
While most people may steer clear of espressos unless they really need to stay awake, their Espresso (SGD3.50 for single, SGD4 for double) is actually a top-favourite for its creamy taste and gentle floral notes. You can also try their version of yuan yang, the Slushie (SGD6.90), which is a blend of espresso, syrup, and milk tea – guaranteed to cool you down on the hottest of days!
10. Group Therapy
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Tucked away on the 2nd storey of a reconstructed shophouse is Group Therapy. As the name implies, it is a collective space that wants to provide recluse from the hustle and bustle of city life with good food, good coffee, and good hospitality.
While most people come here for their amazing brunch, their coffee is also not to be missed. The Cappuccino (SGD5.50) is full-flavoured and makes for a perfect pick-me-up, but you can also opt for the Caramel Cappuccino (SGD6.50) if you have a sweet tooth to satisfy.
11. Dapper Coffee
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Dapper Coffee made waves internationally for their unconventional drinks, particularly the Gold Cold Brew (SGD10). The baristas will have you know that these are made with ‘unicorn tears’, and it certainly looks like it with the tiny gold particles!
The strong and intense cold brew espresso is said to taste just as great as it looks, so you certainly won’t want to miss the chance to get a shot of this amazing brew for the ‘gram!
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When Ronin first opened, there was close to no fanfare or marketing of this dimly-lit cafe hidden in Hong Kong Street. It didn’t need any of those though – the 30+ seater cafe eventually gained a reputation among Singaporeans for its superb coffee and delectable treats, making this one of the best places to go if you treat coffee as a serious affair.
You may see that every table has at least one Wicked Mocha (SGD6 hot, SGD8 iced) on it. This coffee is laced with mint for a burst of freshness, and we highly recommend that you try the iced version as it packs an extra punch with chocolate powder that you have to spoon out from the bottom of the glass.
13. Curious Palette
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Although Curious Palette is well-loved for its cafe fare and restaurant dishes, you cannot leave this cafe-restaurant without ordering at least one of their aromatic coffees.
The Flat White (SGD4.90) is a steady hit among customers for its creamy taste, as well as a balanced amount of acidity that won’t throw non-coffee drinkers off. Even if you don’t call yourself an expert in coffee, you’ll definitely appreciate the full flavour and smooth finish.
14. Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
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This trendy new cafe (it opened just this year!) along Thomson Road is every cafe lover’s dream. For starters, the clean and white interior looks effortlessly chic and Insta-worthy already! Pair the white aesthetic with the exuberating smell of roasted coffee beans, and you get a picture-perfect cafe.
Coffees start from SGD3.50 nett for an espresso, and you get to choose from two house blends, namely Roadster and Luminous. The former is best enjoyed in a Long Black (SGD4.50) and the latter as a White (SGD4.50). The Roadster features chocolately, nutty notes in a bold taste, while the Luminous has an intense toffee fragrance and sweet fruity finish.
15. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Tiong Hoe Gim Kee Trading Co is a pioneer in Singapore’s coffee industry – its founder, Mr Tan Tiong Hoe, has more than half a century worth of experience in roasting coffee beans!
They offer several roasted single-origin and an espresso blend, and prices range from SGD13 for a 250-gram package of Gachala Espresso Blend to SGD80 for a 200-gram package of Wallenford Blue Mountain Single-origin. Coffee blends are also typically on a rotational basis, which means you get to savour a different type of coffee every time you visit this popular cafe.
Besides indulging in a good cup of coffee, budding baristas will also delight in the splendid showcase of brewing equipment, espresso bar accessories, and coffee beans from all over the world!
16. Wakey Wakey
It’s time to wake up and embrace the new day with a cup of coffee at none other than Wakey Wakey. This is the sister cafe of Strangers’ Reunion and Curious Palette, so you can be sure that the coffee served here will be top-notch.
Be sure to take a sip – or many sips – of their espresso-based coffee. This uses Wakey Wakey’s own Chakra house blend with 60% Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (natural processed) and 40% El Salvador San Carlos (washed process) for a creamy and robust drink that will wake any sleepyhead up.
17. The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
Housed in a relatively narrow and tight space, The Populus Coffee & Food Co. draws insane crowds not just because of its cosy interior, but also its irresistible coffee offerings.
Populus uses a blend that suits the Singaporean tastebuds – meaning it’s nuttier and less acidic. If you prefer a more acidic taste, you are more than welcome to request for a different taste profile. The Iced Mocha (SGD7) will be like no other beverage you had had before, thanks to the addition of Valrhona chocolate that makes it super rich and silky.
18. Toby’s Estate
Need to get your caffeine fix at a nice place with chill vibes? Toby’s Estate is the exact place you are looking for.
Needless to say, the coffee served at Toby’s Estate is one of the best you can get on our shores. They only use unwashed or natural coffee, also known as dry processing, as it lifts the aromas without stripping off the flavours. The house blend at this cafe uses the Rodyk Blend, a citrusy mix of Costa Rica, Uganda, Panama, Brazil and Ethipio beans.
All lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos are made with a double ristretto shot for more intensity – this can come off as a little strong if you are not used to drinking coffee, but it will surely hit all the right notes with coffee addicts. If you need any recommendations, take note that the Gilbatrar Latte (SGD4.50) is Toby Estate’s best-selling drink – it is a well-balanced brew with bright and acidic notes to awake your senses.
19. d’Good Cafe
Regular cafe-hoppers will certainly be familiar with this local cafe chain, which has become a go-to if you are looking to get your regular dose of coffee and cafe fare.
Besides the usual coffee staples made with their award-winning house blend (
If you are a huge believer of coconut water’s health benefits, don’t miss out on the Coconut Infused Cold Brew (SGD9.50). You get an interesting and interactive experience that makes for a good Instagram story – think dry ice added to coconut water to create coconut-infused smoke, which is slowly poured into the coffee flask and then a glass filled with whiskey stones.
20. Common Man Coffee Roasters
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Despite its name, the coffee served at Common Man Coffee Roasters is anything but common. They are more than just a cafe – they pride themselves on being a specialty coffee roaster, wholesaler, AND academy that shares the best beans and roasting practices with other baristas and cafes. In fact, many cafes actually get their coffee beans and blends from Common Man!
The Iced White Coffee (SGD7.50) is a safe choice for anyone who likes a dash of milk and a freshly brewed full-bodied espresso. If you are feeling adventurous, ask the barista about the Uncommon Coffee (SGD8) – they change the selections every day, so you’ll never know what’s in store for you!
21. Mellower Coffee
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Mellower Coffee is an established Chinese coffee chain that made its way to our shores just two years ago, and it has gained a legion of local fans since then.
Apart from your regular cup of latte, Mellower Coffee Singapore also serves a range of alcoholic coffee such as Guinnespresso (Whiskey with Espresso) and Gordon GF’s Temptation (Gorden Gin with Ice Drip Yirgacheffe), priced at SGD9.80 per serving.
However, we know what you would really want to order is the signature creation, Sweet Little Rain (SGD9.80). A fluffy ball of cotton candy is suspended over a cup of Americano , and the heat slowly melts the cotton candy so that it drips into the drink – just like a slight drizzle! You can also order their Ondeh x Latte (SGD9.80), a Singapore special that boasts coconut fragrance with a sweet hint of gula melaka.
22. Columbus Coffee Co.
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Columbus Coffee Co. gets coffee beans from Two Degrees North Coffee Co., a renowned roaster that sources their single-origin beans from coffee capitals of the world, Ethiopia, Colombia, and Kenya.
The menu here is straightforward and pared down to just the basics, so no artisan flavours or fancy concoctions made for the ‘gram. You can choose your own espresso blend—Atlas or Nautica—and have it prepared in various ways such as a Long Black (SGD4.50++), Cappuccino (SGD5++), Latte (SGD5++).
23. Baristart Coffee
We know coffee beans are crucial in the making of a good cup of coffee, but what about the milk used?
Popular Hokkaido Cafe puts the spotlight on the high-quality Hokkaido milk used in all its coffees – it uses the popular Brown Jersey Milk from Biei, a small town in Hokkaido, Japan. Biei Jersey Milk is an ultra-premium milk prized for being rare, as there are only about 800 Brown Jersey cows left making up 1% of the total cow population in Japan.
And of course, in true Japanese fashion, we would expect nothing less when it comes to Baristart Coffee’s beautiful latte art and aesthetic cafe interior!
24. Five Oars Coffee Roasters
Love good coffee? Check. Instagrammable decor? Check. Delectable mains? Check Little wonder then that Five Oars Coffee Roasters has been voted as one of the top cafes in Singapore.
For the perfect coffee to pair with their famous Mushroom Risotto, we recommend the Iced Latte (SGD6) and 7oz Mocha (SGD6). Both are easy on the palate, so you don’t feel too overwhelmed or full.
25. Strangers’ Reunion
Long-time cafe-hoppers will definitely know the name ‘Strangers’ Reunion’ – after all, this was one of the pioneers of the hipster cafe scene in Singapore.
It is also home of the current World Siphon Coffee Champion, three-time Singapore Barista Champion, three-time Singapore Latte Art Champion, and ASEAN Barista Champion 2013 Ryan Tan – so you know you have to order one of his coffees. You can either sip on to espresso-based drinks like Magic (SGD5.50) which consists of steamed milk over a double shot of ristretto, or shake things up with one of four brewing methods — Aeropress, Syphon, Wave Dripper or Ice Brew (SGD6.90 per brew).
26. Jimmy Monkey
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If you ask a panel of coffee experts worth his or her salt about the best coffee he or she ever had, chances are that you’ll hear the name ‘Jimmy Monkey’ at least once.
This cafe is said to have remarkable coffee blends, thanks to its state-of-the-art Slayer and Mazzer machines. With this, the café is able to roast a five-bean combination from South America, as well as single-origin coffee beans. If you like your coffees full-bodied and aromatic with a lingering after-taste, you need to try the all-time favourite Flat White – many locals and tourists alike have called this the best flat white in Singapore!
27. Kurasu Singapore
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Kurasu is a true hidden gem – so well-hidden in the midst of shared working spaces and offices, in fact, that it takes some hunting off Orchard Road to locate this Kyoto coffee bar.
Although their menu is worth-trying, what most people really come for is the off-menu Matcha Latte (SGD6) with an extra shot of espresso (+SGD1). The three-tier colour scheme from the Morihan Japanese matcha powder, milk and espresso shot reminds us of Malaysia’s Teh C Special – we can understand why it is a huge hit among Instagrammers and cafe goers!
28. Kyu Coffee Bar
Folks working in CBD will be happy to know that they have good coffee options other than Fun Toast, Ya Kun, and Starbucks. Located right outside Prudential Tower along Cecil Street, Kyu Coffee Bar is a simple kiosk that will chase all your Monday blues away with its premium coffee.
The menu includes White Coffee roasted by Knockhouse (SGD5), Black Coffee (SGD4.50), Mocha (SGD5.50), Matcha (SGD5.50), and Chocolate (SGD5.50), with iced versions costing a dollar more. The light taste with a roasted and nutty flavour profile will surely keep you happy and energised for the rest of the day.
29. Lunar Coffee Brewers
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Lunar’s specialty coffee is sourced from Two Degrees North Coffee Co., a blend with nutty caramel fragrance that caters to more palates. Their specialty coffees include the V60, Nitro Cold Brew (SGD6.50) and Cosmos Black Cold Brew (SGD7).
In line with its galactical theme, Lunar’s must-try is called The Milky Way (SGD7). This is a bottled white cold brew coffee, a creamy concoction that carries a hint of coffee bitterness.
If you are planning to try a few drinks and need some sparkling water to cleanse your palate, you’ll also be happy to know that unlike other cafes, Lunar actually provides free-flow sparkling water at no additional cost – so go forth and try every single coffee on the menu!
30. MavRx Coffee Apothecary
Unlike other cafes that serve up an extensive menu to cater to everyone, MavRx Coffee Apothecary only focuses on getting one thing right – coffee.
They use the Carmelo Blend, which has been imported from Australia’s coffee roaster and espresso specialist All Press Espresso. Rich and satisfying with distinctive notes of caramel flavours, even those who shun coffee will be tempted to keep coming back for more of MavRx’s coffees.
The cold brew (served in five medical syringes) makes for a good photo op, but if you are not part of the Instagram crowd, the standard flat white (SGD5) and espresso (SGD3) are also well worth the try.
31. Nylon Coffee Roasters
Opened since 2012, Nylon Coffee Roasters has withstood the test of time and survived the intense competition in Singapore’s coffee scene to become one of the most well-known names.
Besides its elaborate roasting machines, Nylon also prides itself on its filter bar, believing that it showcases the ease at which coffee drinkers can brew similarly tasty cups at home using the same brewing methods. They have also made things easier for customers by using a ‘Black and White’ coffee menu – even if you are not familiar with terms such as ‘flat white’, you still know exactly what kind of espresso to milk ratio to expect in your order.
Nylon’s coffee choices are always changing based on seasonal availability, and they have offerings from numerous origins throughout the year, so you can surprise yourself with an unexpected blend every time you decide to have a cup of coffee at Nylon.
32. Omotesando Koffee
When it comes to artisanal coffee, we can always depend on the Japanese for some of the best flavours. Originated from Tokyo, Omotesando Koffee first started off as a pop-up concept in the quaint neighborhood of Omotesando Hills. It then closed down in 2015 and shifted operations to Hong Kong, before finally setting up shop in Singapore.
Fans of iced coffee can pick from 12-steeped Cold Brew (SGD7), Iced Matcha Latte (SGD7) and Iced Matcha Cappuccino (SGD7.50). Their signature Iced Cappuccino (Single SGD7.50, Double SGD8.50) is an Instagram-favourite – just look at the delicious layer of bubble foam and topped with cocoa powder!
Address: 6a Shenton Way, Level 4, Singapore 068809
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Mon to Fri), 11am to 6pm (Sat), closed on Sun
More information: Website
33. %Arabica Coffee
Of all the news about new F&B brands in Singapore, one brand that excited coffee enthusiasts the most was definitely %Arabica Coffee.
Founded by a Japanese in Hong Kong, %Arabica Coffee serves coffee so good that it is a hit even among coffee snobs. It takes pride in using beans from its own coffee farm in Hawaii, and also from around the world. Depending on the season and availability, you can find coffees from Japan, Guatemala, Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Panama.
The Iced Caffe Latte (SGD7 for short, SGD8 for tall) leaves a smooth and milky taste in your mouth, coupled with aromatic robustness that is made possible when the finest coffee beans are roasted. If you like something sweeter, the Spanish Latte (SGD7.80 for short, SGD9 for tall) that comes with condensed milk will be right up your alley.
34. Jamaica Blue
If you always head to Starbucks for your daily cup of coffee, you may want to consider switching to this Australian coffee chain instead.
Jamaica Blue uses the much sought after Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee for its coffee blends, which is one of the rarest coffee in the world. Hence, you will find that every coffee served here tastes smooth and mild, while exhibiting a bright and vibrant acidity. The clean taste with virtually no bitterness is a good way to introduce coffee to someone who is trying it for the first time as well.
35. Dutch Colony Coffee Co
Inspired by the Dutch’s contribution to the history of coffee, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. was established to bring the best bean-to-cup experience to every customer. They opened their first retail store at Pasarbella, an open farmer’s market, and has since gone on to open more stores to reach out to more coffee lovers.
At Dutch Colony, you can choose to order an espresso-based coffee or pick a single origin bean and specify the brewing method. You can also request for hand brew methods, including the V60, Chemex, French Press, Aeropress, and Woodneck. The flat white (SGD4.50) is a good choice if you are looking for a smooth and nicely balanced beverage that comes with a discernible nutty, chocolatey taste.
36. Atlas Coffeehouse
Atlas Coffeehouse is undoubtedly one of the most popular coffeehouses in Singapore – there are people who would travel by bus to Bukit Timah just to drink a generous cup of their creamy Cappuccino (SGD5.50)!
It was temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen on 7 October, so we can certainly look forward to their new look soon!