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The best cafés in Singapore for brunch and coffee

Hit up the best cafés in Singapore like Atlas Coffeehouse, Ronin and Kafe Utu for your daily caffeine fix, eggy brunch and mid-day perk up

Caffe Cicheti
Photograph: Caffe Cicheti Ricotta hotcakes
By Fabian Loo, Kristie Teo, Huang Junyi and Eliza Juliet Tay |
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UPDATE: We've edited this list to reflect the cafés that are still open for either delivery and takeaway during the 'circuit breaker' period.  

Whether you're looking for the perfect Instagram shot, a new weekend brunch hangout, or a mean cup of joe, these cafés in Singapore deliver on all those fronts and more. Need more than one cup of coffee to rev your engines? Go café hopping in Tiong Bahru or pop into the various coffee shops along Amoy Street that keep the caffeine-hungry CBD folks going.

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Lucid
Photograph: Fabian Loo
Restaurants, Cafés

Lucid

Kallang

(Available for takeaways only. Peep the full menu here.)

Lucid's interiors of grey and white make for an Instagrammable spot. But it's more than just a treat for the eyes. The minimalist hide-out also serves cups of quality brews by co-owner Andrea Tan, the first National Brewers’ Cup champion in Singapore. You’ll find coffee and a small selection of bakes are available, like espresso-based drinks (from $4) pulled from beans of medium-dark roast, with hints of chocolate and citrus, and bakes of brownies crowned with hazelnuts and fluer de sel ($4.50) or the Cloud Beta v0.1 ($9), an adorable cloud-like cake made from white chocolate mousse with strawberry basil filling.

Micro Bakery & Kitchen Red House
Photograph: Instagram/@microbakerykitchen
Restaurants, Cafés

Micro Bakery & Kitchen Red House

Marine Parade

(Available for takeaways only)

Occupying the iconic Red House in Katong, Micro Bakery is hard to miss. With the mission to serve delicious and hearty food and to provide a cosy space for people to take a break from the hustle, you'll feel comfortable right away at this café with its warm decor and the smell of freshly baked bread constantly in the air. Besides the breakfast options like the scrambled eggs tartine ($14) and Big Breakfast ($18), you can also get some buns, cakes, freshly baked sourdough loaves, and coffee. 

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Gather
Photograph: Fabian Loo
Restaurants

Gather

City Hall

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Peep the full menu and ordering instructions on its Instagram.)

There’s more than just big-name restaurants and luxurious eateries at Raffles Hotel. Its latest addition, Gather, is by the team behind local favourites Punch and now-defunct Ronin. Unlike the latter's dark and broody vibe, Gather's sun-drenched interior is outfitted with marble tables and rattan-backed chairs – a nod to the building’s colonial past. The menu is concise, comprising different types of crêpe, or thin pancakes that come well-stuffed with sweet or savoury ingredients. Heed the advice of the waitstaff can get the Off The Bone ($18), with a winning combination of ham, gruyère, cheddar, and a runny egg in the middle, then end off with soft crêpes that come showered with sugar and lemon ($14), or rolled with dollops of fig jam, camembert, and honey ($18). 

Apollo Coffee Bar
Photo: Fabian Loo
Restaurants, Cafés

Apollo Coffee Bar

Serangoon

(Available for takeaways only. Browse the menu on Facebook, and drop the café a call to order.)

Add Apollo Coffe Bar to your café-hopping list the next time you’re visiting the hipster food enclave of Serangoon Gardens. It is opened by the same people behind Atlas Coffeehouse, Columbus Coffee Co, and Lunar Coffee Brewers, so you can expect good grub and brews. Try the special tofu hummus ($12.50) served with honeyed fried beancurd skin, or share the honey butter-coasted tatter tots ($12.50). Switch out your usual order of avocado toast with Apollo Coffee Bar’s umami-packed version, which comes with seaweed jam and topped with crispy kale ($18.50), or try other unique items include the farro risotto ($22) with miso bacon and oyster mushroom, pork and pear tartine ($19.50).

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Bacha Coffee
Photograph: Bacha Coffee
Restaurants, Cafés

Bacha Coffee

Orchard

(Temporarily closed, but its beans are available for delivery. Email info@bachacoffee.com for the price list.)

Marrakech heritage brand, Bacha Coffee opens its first international outlet right here in Singapore at ION Orchard. The Singapore café offers four categories of coffee: single origin, fine blended, fine flavoured and carbon dioxide decaffeinated coffee from Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Asia and beyond. You can purchase loose beans (from $11 per 100g) to brew at home or enjoy a pot of coffee (from $9) onsite with a serving of whipped Chantilly cream, steamed milk (or soy milk), raw sugar and cracked vanilla beans with a couple of croissants ($8 for two).

Caffe Cicheti
Photo: Caffe Cicheti
Restaurants, Italian

Caffe Cicheti

City Hall

(Available for delivery and takeaway. A curated menu of food and drinks can be found on its website.)

What used to be an Australian restaurant, Fynn’s, has now been transformed into an Italian osteria, Caffe Cicheti – the latest addition to the Cicheti family’s line of Italian restaurants. But the brunch menu manages to combine both influences to give you plates of ricotta hotcakes ($19) and truffle-infused omelette ($25), alongside pesto spaghetti ($22) with pounded pine nuts and bavette served with crab meat and shellfish broth ($27). 

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Restaurant review: Kafe Utu
Photograph: Kafe Utu
Restaurants, Cafés

Kafe Utu

Chinatown

(Temporarily closed)

Keong Saik Road may be synonymous with alcohol, but it’s sure able to cook up a fine cup of coffee. At Kafe Utu, you’ll be transported to Africa the moment you step foot into the coffeehouse due to its wood and leather furnishing and African-inspired paintings. The specialty house blend is called “Ubuntu” – a combination of coffee beans from Uganda, Mexico, and Brazil – whereby you could have it black ($4.50) or with some Hokkaido milk ($6). The food fare here is also excellent, too. Order up a Curried Avocado with Raw Garlic and Toast ($18) or try the Ricotta Hotcakes ($24) from the brunch menu.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
The Populus Coffee & Food Co/ Facebook
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The Populus Coffee and Food Co

Outram

(Available for delivery and takeaway. The pared-down menu changes weekly so it's best to check for the latest updates here.)

This hot Neil Road joint appoints itself a 'gastro-café' to highlight its flavour-forward leanings. Rice and grain bowls ($19.50-$24) – topped with roast chicken, pulled pork, and thyme-seared wagyu – are Instagram favourites that taste as hearty as they photograph. Also enjoyable is the seafood linguine ($24), with al dente spools of bisque-coated pasta next to nubs of crabmeat and scallops. End off your meal here with a strawberry and elderflower sundae ($14), best paired with buttermilk waffles ($15) and a cup of coffee to kill the sugar.

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Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters/ Facebook
Restaurants, Cafés

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

Bishan

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Menu and ordering instructions can be found here.)

Upper Thomson is no stranger to the hipster café – and Pacamara fits right in the ’hood. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow sunlight to drape over the minimal interiors of white walls paired with white tabletops. Highlights come in the form of the Breakfast Platter ($23) stuffed with the full works of thick-cut bacon, mushrooms, pork sausages, and more; or the mushroom on toast ($17). A selection of cakes will tempt you at the till, but order it beforehand to enjoy with an iced white ($5.50).

Park Bench Deli
Photograph: Park Bench Deli
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Park Bench Deli

Tanjong Pagar

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Place your orders via its website.)

This sandwich joint takes Singapore’s sandwich game to levels beyond your basic tuna mayo stack. Think crispy hot chicken ($16), which comes well-stuffed with a spicy fried chicken thigh, tex mex slaw, chilli mayo, and hot honey in between potato buns. Or get the sinful peanut butter jelly ($8) that comes in cornflake-crusted milk and chocolate bread. – available only on weekends and weekday mornings. A word of warning: these sandwiches are messy, over-the-top affairs, so have a pack of napkins at the ready.

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Atlas Coffeehouse
Photograph: Fabian Loo
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Atlas Coffeehouse

Bukit Timah

(Avaialble for delivery and takeaway. Full details here.)

Atlas Coffeehouse might be located in a quiet neighbourhood of Bukit Timah, but it still draws a healthy weekend crowd. Most are here for brunch, which serves hot-favourites that include smashed avo and watermelon ($19.50) and soft scrambled eggs over sourdough ($16.50). Make sure to put in an order of its pancake ($16.50/$18.50) earlier – each of these desserts takes up to 20 minutes to prepare. 

Restaurants, Cafés

Nylon Coffee Roasters

Outram

(Available for takeaways only. You are encouraged to bring your own clean cups.)

Nylon Coffee Roasters opened its doors in 2012 and was one of the earliest boutique roasters in Singapore. They still remain a leading name when it comes to quality coffee here. Though the space is small, the joint has a loyal following of coffee drinkers who vouch that the coffee here is the best in town. Serving single-origin coffee, the brand is passionate about sustainability and transparency – don't be afraid to ask where your coffee is from. Nylon also offers a filter coffee 'subscription' from $20 a month which delivers straight to your home. 

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The Lokal
Photograph: The Lokal/ Facebook
Restaurants, Australian

The Lokal

Outram

(Available for delivery and takeaway, with full menu and ordering instructions here.)

No office towers throw shadows on The Lokal's shophouse unit in Bukit Pasoh, yet you'll struggle to find a seat among white-collared types deep into lunchtime on a weekday. If it's eggs you're after, get the Pimp Your Breakfast, which beats any morning-after brunch: you have the freedom to assemble your very own plate. Cram your breakfast with eggs done three ways ($6), goopy cauliflower and cheese ($6), as well as your pick of protein – we recommend mackerel ($7), smoked in-house over cherry and applewood chips. 

Common Man Coffee Roasters
Johan Lim
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Common Man Coffee Roasters

River Valley

Coffee-lovers might come for its rotating range of single-origin brews, but others drop by for its uncommonly good brunch classics. Get the marmite mushrooms ($19) for an uncommon dish, or the Common Man Veggie Wonderland ($26) for a well-balanced plate of organic free-range eggs, spinach, pesto tomatoes, avo, and halloumi. Filter coffee starts from $6.50, while espresso-based drinks start from $5. 

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Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner
Photograph: Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner
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Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner

City Hall

(Available for delivery and takeaway at all outlets except Funan. Visit the website for more information.)

This boulangerie – which first opened its flagship store at its eponymous neighbourhood – set up by celebrity baker Gontran Cherrier together with the Spa Esprit Group, serves french artisanal breads, tarts and coffee. Savoury options like the Smoked Salmon Squid Ink Roll ($9.50) and Ham Focaccia ($10.50) are great for satisfying the peckish while sweet options like the ever-popular Almond Croissant ($4.80) and the sinful Kouign-Amann ($5) are not-to-be-missed especially when bought fresh off the oven. For heartier mains, visit its latest diner concept and indulge in plates of sourdough waffles ($21/$23) and rainbow rice bowls ($19). 

Paddy Hills
Photograph: Paddy Hills/ Facebook
Restaurants, Cafés

Paddy Hills

Kent Ridge

(Temporarily closed)

Inspired by Australian café culture, offerings at Paddy Hills  include the egg frittata ($19) with pickled and roasted cherry tomatoes on sourdough. But it also has some playful dishes on its menu, like the ramen risotto ($24) with soy foam and tonkatsu 'snow' and the ma la pork ($15) with salted pickled mustard.

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The Fabulous Baker Boy
Photograph: The Fabulous Baker Boy
Restaurants, Bakeries

The Fabulous Baker Boy

City Hall

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Check its Instagram page for the latest updates.)

With bakes named after divas like Beyonce ($9.50/slice) and Diana Ross ($9/slice), The Fabulous Baker Boy knows how to #werk. Turn up the indulgence with creations that include the Fabulously Fluffy French Toast ($11) made with sourdough brioche and the Fab Fry Up ($26) that comes with eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, and everything nice. 

Amber Ember
Photograph: Amber Ember/ Facebook
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Amber Ember

Serangoon

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Stay updated on its latest offerings here.)

What the heck is a jaffle? According to the Australians – after all, it was conceived Down Under – it's named after the jaffle iron invented in 1949 and is basically a toasted sandwich. At Amber Ember, you can find a slice of this Australian gastronomy. Splashed out in shades of dusty pink and warm neutrals, the Instagrammable café offers six playful jaffle options from Chessus Loves You ($14) to the Mala Del Ray ($15). 

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PS.Cafe by the Sea
Photograph: PS.Cafe
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PS.Cafe by the Sea at East Coast Park

Bedok

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Choose to pick-up your orders and enjoy a 20 percent discount.)

The latest beachside outlet of PS.Cafe is a soothing, spacious, airy space with plenty of light to lend a touch of a tropical holiday vibe. And with its new waterfront location comes an exclusive seafood-focused menu – get the chargrilled octopus ($21), where pork is swapped for the tender octopus in a char siew-inspired dish; or slurp up some lemongrass mussel and clam spaghetti ($29.50). Of course, the ever-popular truffle shoestring fries ($16) and sticky date pudding ($15) are avaialble here as well.

Sunday Folks
Photograph: Sunday Folks
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Sunday Folks

Bukit Timah

(Temporarily closed, but a selection of whole cakes are still available via its website.)

If popular Toa Payoh ice cream café Creamier’s too inaccessible for your dessert fix, you’ll find an alternative in Sunday Folks, the brand’s breezier dessert bar at Chip Bee Garden. Bestsellers include earl grey lavender and sea salt gula Melaka ($8 each in cone/cup), but most will choose to have it served atop stacks of freshly made waffles. Popular options include the pistachio on waffles ($11.50) and dark chocolate Ferrero ($11.50). 

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Restaurants, Italian

Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

Queenstown

(Available for takeaway, while whole beans are available for delivery. Find out more here.) 

In case it hasn’t ring a bell, Tan Tiong Hoe was who taught the founder of local roaster Papa Palheta, Leon Foo, how to roast his coffee. Now Jacob Tan rides on his father’s expertise – running Tiong Hoe & Co for half a century and as an apprentice at Dutch company Mirandolle Voute & Co – and portioned off about 600 sq ft of their flagship roaster in Queenstown to open the 10-seater café with business partner/fellow barista, Juliana, who learns the craft from senior Tan. There is no menu, so ask for any brew from the rotational range of single-origin coffee beans roasted, ground and brewed in-house.

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Kith Café

City Hall

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Check its Facebook page for amended operating hours.)

Kith Café's flagship at Millenia Walk boasts even more space than its Rodyk, Park Mall and Quayside Isle locations. Enjoy a cup of its coffee (from $4), blended in-house, with housemade pancakes drizzled with maple butter and topped with honey cream cheese ($15) or a truffle mushroom sandwich ($16). Kith Café also serves dinner on its menu, with a range of pastas from aglio olio to ricotta-filled ravioli ($16-$23) and black chicken curry atop baked banana leaf rice ($19).

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Dutch Colony Coffee Co

Bedok

(Available for takeaways only. Pre-order via WhatsApp to enjoy a ten percent discount. Peep the menu and ordering instructions on its Instagram.)

It’s all about the beans at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. But you’ll want to balance out the caffeine with this quaint Siglap café’s breakfast and brunch menu. There are hearty platters with scrambled eggs, sausages and turkey bacon ($17), and house pancakes ($14) with seasonal berries. If the breakfast is enough to get you out of bed nice and early, the coffee will do an even better job. Dutch Colony expertly pours its brews (from $6.50) – you can choose either manual pour-over or by machine. Coffee aficionados can also look forward to its espresso flights (from $8).

Restaurants, Cafés

Stamping Ground Coffee

Bedok

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Full deets can be found on its Instagram.)

At Stamping Ground Coffee, enjoy artisanal coffee from local brands to overseas brands where blends are on rotation and are constantly switched up once in a while. Stamping Ground Coffee also has an all-day menu where everything is below $15, with options like avocado and smoked salmon toast ($14) and bacon jam served on brioche ($13). Those with a sweet tooth can order the buttermilk waffle ($10/$11) or healthy yoghurt bowls ($10) topped with berries and granola. 

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Curious Palette
Photograph: Curious Palette/ Facebook
Restaurants, Cafés

Curious Palette

Rochor

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Order a curated menu via its website here.)

Three-time Singapore National Barista champion and ASEAN Barista champion Ryan Tan has a new coffee spot. But there are more than just coffee drinks ($3.50-$10). A comprehensive all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner plan is also in place. Specialties include berry ricotta hot cakes ($14.90), mentaiko prawn capellini ($18.90) and truffle potato fries ($14.90). For lubrication, a small selection of beer, cider and wine are available too. 

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Photograph: Chye Seng Huat Hardware
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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Kallang

(Available for delivery and takeaway. From now to April 12, enjoy 20 percent off all food and pastries. Peep the menu on Instagram.)

Follow the hipster past the huge covered metal gates and you’ll find Chye Seng Huat’s semi-secret (well, not so much anymore) compound in the Jalan Besar industrial zone. Headquarters of Third Wave coffee pioneers Papa Palheta, the two-storey coffee complex hides a coffee school and retail space on the second floor, while a full inventory of coffee gear dominates its ground floor café. Wait in line by the vinyl player piping Phoenix or The xx into the perpetually crowded space, and order an espresso ($3) or try its black cold brew ($7) with an Ethiopia Suke Quto blend with notes of citrus and earl grey. 

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Plain Vanilla Bakery

Tiong Bahru

(Avaialble for delivery and takeaway. Only the Tiong Bahru, Telok Ayer, and Cluny Court outlets remain open.)

Platters of pastries and cakes tempt your taste buds as you enter Plain Vanilla Bakery, but resist that because you’re here for one purpose: to capture those cupcakes, squash them between your teeth, reduce them to a sticky, gooey clump. Choose from a dozen flavours ($4.50 each): chocolate hazelnut’s a bold, Nutella-fuelled prize crowned with more nuts; red velvet’s made with Valrhona chocolate and capped with a thick cream cheese frosting; and cookies and cream’s a chocolatey affair with smashed Oreos weaved into its frosting. You’ll want to collect ’em all, we promise.

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40 Hands

Tiong Bahru

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Find out more here.)

If you manage to nab seats in this perpetually packed café, order the eggs Benedict ($19) for wobbly poached eggs with molten centres that ooze when broken into, charred bacon streaked only on the fatty edges, and soft brioche buns that bring together the whole affair. Too bad the accompanying spicy roasted potatoes are an unseasoned afterthought. For a meatier dish, get your hands dirty with the 40 Hands Cubanos ($20). Fall-apart mojo pork, honey-smoked ham, melted cheese and piquant jalapeños are tucked into baguette halves from Tiong Bahru Bakery – except, unlike its menu description, the baguette doesn’t crackle a peep when teeth meet crust. Still, it’s greasy goodness with fries – or, if you really must, a salad – on the side. Best to come mid-afternoon to stave off the lunch crowd.

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Restaurants, French

Antoinette

Kallang

(Available for delivery and takeaway only from its Penhas outlet. See the curated menu here.)

The location is offbeat – a no-man’s-land for restaurants. Pioneering local pastry chef Pang Kok Keong has stepped way out of his comfort zone to set up this pastel-themed French restaurant on the outskirts of Lavender and Jalan Besar. Antoinette’s menu offerings stick to more familiar territory: the ex-Canelé chef seems to have transplanted his previous formula to this Ladurée-meets-Ottolenghi space, so that aside from his usual array of pastries, all-day-breakfast plates, pastas, sandwiches and meats are also offered. He has, of course, added ‘Antoinette’ to the line-up – an Earl Grey-infused milk-chocolate mousse with chocolate biscuit, dark-chocolate tea crémeux, raspberry coulis and tea crumble, $9) and baguettes made using a process that takes 24 hours. 

Restaurants, Cafés

Five Oars Coffee Roasters

Tanjong Pagar

(Available for delivery and takeaway. There's also a special set menu you can order here.)

From its high ceilings and concrete floors to its wooden-toped chairs and tables, miniature cactuses at each table and outdoor greenhouse-like seating area, Five Oars Coffee Roasters takes industrial-chic to a whole new level. Not only does its interior capture your eyes, this Melbourne-inspired café also has a vast array of brunch options available that's sure to satisfy your stomach. Think mentaiko mac and cheese, avocado grain bowls and fab coffee including a constantly rotating selection of filter brews.

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Avenue Cafe

Marine Parade

(Temporarily closed)

Opened by a group of interior designers, Avenue Cafe is a quirky blend of a cafe and an architect’s office. Just like the name suggests, Avenue Café gives its patrons possible avenues of interior design planning with in-house consultants over a cup of coffee. Founded by Quadwork Pte Ltd, Avenue Café is a decorative store with furniture for sale and also displays a small collection of clothing and accessories for sale. This unique blend of project planning alongside food and beverages allows customers to plan and design their dream home whilst snacking on savoury or dessert waffles, drinking gourmet coffee, or munching on rainbow cake.

Punch
Photograph: Punch
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PUNCH

Raffles Place

(Available for takeaways only. Full menu can be found here.)

PUNCH appeals to your senses even before the food arrives. Its interiors of mostly white furniture with dashes of marble and wood are perfect to up your Instagram game, while the open courtyard at the back of house offers a boost of Vitamin D, wooden benches, greenery and a glimpse into the kitchen. That is, if you can even find the opaque glass door of this signboard-less café. Skip the café-standard breakfast offerings of poached eggs with avocado ($15) or mushrooms ($15) and pick from the lunch menu, which boasts a – dare we say it – punchier line-up.

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Columbus Coffee Co

Bishan

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Find the full menu here.)

Sibling café to Lunar Coffee Brewers and Atlas Coffeehouse, Columbus Coffee doesn’t disappoint with its minimalistic interior with accents of greenery and gold touches in a fairly spacious space. Known for its coffee, coffee fanatics will be able to choose between the ATLAS Blend and Nautica Blend for their espresso selection. Some dishes to keep a lookout for would be the creamy mushrooms on toasted sourdough ($14), Colombus' fried chicken burger and fries ($8), as well as the cereal prawn pasta ($19). Frequent café-goers would recognize some familiar crowd-favourites that are also available on the menu such as the butterscotch banana pancake ($18.50) and salmon soba noodles ($18).  

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The Glasshouse: Specialty Cafe and Toast Bar

City Hall

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Swing by its Instagram for more details.)

Tucked away in Chijmes, The Glasshouse is a quiet escape from the bustle of city life right in the beating heart of City Hall. The café is flushed with natural light, with pops of green adding colour to the otherwise white and bare space. Spend a lazy afternoon reclining in one of its Cogswell chairs sipping on specialty coffees from a variety of roasters on a rotational basis alongside artisanal sourdough breads topped with smoked salmon, avocado and the like.

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Kurasu Singapore

Chinatown

(Available for takeaways only)

Kurasu, which means 'to live' in Japanese, is a specialty coffee cafe from Japan. It opened its first outlet in Kyoto, and uses a Japanese roasting style that results in a smoother brew. It has also partnered with Good Coffee to provide coffee beans from Japanese roasters to subscribers on a monthly basis – making it your one-stop-shop for all things Japanese coffee. While the coffees are obviously a draw, don't miss its matcha latte either. Made with Morihan matcha powder from Kyoto, a traditional store that's been around for a long time, this cuppa puts the one from Starbucks to shame.

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Pantler

Tanjong Pagar

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Browse the full menu on its website.)

Looking for pastries and sweets to complete your lunch? Check out Pantler, a quiet café along Telok Ayer. Helmed by Matthias Phua and chef Tomoharu Morita, both of whom came through the kitchens of Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joël Robuchon Singapore, Pantler serves up cakes, sandwiches and pies made with carefully sourced ingredients from Japan and France. Try a cheesecake ($6.80) or chou puff ($4.90) for a taste of Pantler’s brand of delicate and refined pastries.

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Restaurants, French

Merci Marcel

Tiong Bahru

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Choose to pick up your orders to enjoy 20 percent discount off its menu.)

We're all guilty of it. Mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, double-tapping perfectly-styled #foodporn pics and putting the restaurant on our list of places to try, just because it looks good. It’s a strategy that brings in the crowd – so it’s understandable why the team behind Merci Marcel, which also runs Ô Comptoir and Ô Batignolles, has made this new French eatery as photogenic as possible. Potted plants line the rattan bar and there’s garden space out back that’s drenched in sunlight. In the day, expect ’grammable brunch requisites such as eggs benedict ($21) and French toast ($17) alongside more uncommon imports like marinated crab tartine ($19) and ravioles de royans ($18) – a must-order. 

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Bearded Bella

Raffles Place

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Check out its Instagram for the latest updates.)

Ciao, bella! There’s a new café hidden away along Craig Road. The comfortable space flooded in natural light serves brunch staples like avocado toast ($17) sprinkled with quinoa, feta and pomegranate as well as spiced scramble ($18), silky scrambled eggs topped with mushrooms and crispy kale. If it’s a cuppa you’re looking for, you’re at the right place. Co-owner Regina Tay is a National Barista Championship Winner and roasts the beans in-house in small batches.

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Free The Robot

Tanjong Pagar

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Check out its Facebook page for more details.)

Café by day and cocktail bar by night, this outfit serves up brunch-style meals for the working crowd. Get the avocado toastie ($8) for a quick, healthy lunch, or load up on the chicken meatball pasta ($13) if you're feeling hungry. Pair your meals with a cuppa or a glass of cold-pressed juice.

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Old Hen Kitchen

Kallang

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Browse the 'circuit breaker' menu here, with 10 to 15 percent discount applicable for pick-ups.)

Just a stone throw away from Old Hen Coffee Bar lies Old Hen Kitchen, serving up a brunch menu alongside its usual coffee and cake options. The open kitchen concept alongside the wooden furniture and little pockets of greenery creates a cozy familiar environment whether it be for a satisfying lunch or for a chill afternoon with a book in hand and coffee in the other. Aside from the usual café offerings, you can look forward to unique options such as the Mochi Pancake Stack ($15), Ahi Tuna Salad ($14), and the Chilli Crab Fries ($12). Of course you can’t forget their famous selections of cold brews – Black ($6), White ($6.50), Cold Dark Cocoa ($6.50), Cold Matcha Milk ($7), and the Cold Mocha ($7.50).

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Penny University

Bedok

(Available for delivery and takeaway. See the menu here.)

Taking its name from the 18th century term for coffeehouses in London – noisy, men-only affairs which cost a penny to enter and where coffee was served up along with the latest news and gossip. True to the origins of its name, Penny University aims to be as inviting and dynamic as possible. Order eggs your way ($13) and top it off with all your favourite trimmings or go healthy with its vegetarian tea-smoked beetroot ($24). For coffee, you can choose between the Penny's Blend and a range of single origin coffees.

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Brawn & Brains

Geylang

(Available for delivery and takeaway)

From the custom DIY furniture to the charmingly inexperienced pair of owners as they fumble to put together your order, Brawn & Brains’ unpretentiousness – closeted away in a hard-to-spot nook at Geylang’s old badminton hall – oozes an infectious quality. Cramped yet cozy, there’s no fancy overthought, intricate brunch menu to be had – just good, lovingly-brewed coffee (an organic, single-origin from Brazil, $3.50-$4) and the popular oven-baked molten eggs ($16.80). 

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The Coastal Settlement
Photo: Eileen Ong
Restaurants, Asian

The Coastal Settlement

Changi 

(Available for takeaway. For updates, follow its Instagram.)

Located in the outskirts of Changi, this not-so-hidden-gem surrounded by lush greenery is a blast to the past with a great variety of collectors’ treasures and vintage items on display. And we mean brightly coloured Vespas, antique bicycles and vinyl players that sit on shelves, immersing diners in nostalgia. Despite its ulu location, it’s worth a trip down if you’re in a big group as the café seats a whooping 300 people both in-house and at the outdoor al-fresco dining area.

Oriole Coffee + Bar
Photograph: Oriole Coffee + Bar
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Oriole Coffee + Bar

Orchard

(Temporarily closed)

Oriole Coffee + Bar is a cafe by day, bar with music by night with the highest standard and quality coffee from tree to cup. With house pour, wine, and beer, this bar promises a hearty lunch and dinners served daily. Of course, being a coffee bar, the joes are not to be missed – signature in-house cold-brewed coffee comes in black ($7), white ($8) or with MAD milk ($9), a non-dairy nut concoction of macadamias, almonds and dates. 

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Sarnies

Tanjong Pagar

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Browse the menu here.) 

If you’re a fan of laid-back, Aussie-style café nosh, check out Sarnies. Opened by Australian Ben Lee, this sandwich shop lives up to its name with rustic ’wiches like chicken schnitzel ($14.80) and smoked salmon ($15). For heartier fare, check out its evening and weekend brunch menus, brimming with sinful options like breakfast burger ($19) with fried egg and potato rosti, cinnamon french toast stack ($22). Top it off with Sarnies’ cuppas that have made it to Lonely Planet’s list of best coffees – choose from an exhaustive list of brews including flat whites, macchiatos and mochas.

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Wakey Wakey

Chinatown

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Full menu and ordering instructions here.)

From the creator of Strangers' Reunion and Curious Palette comes an all new open concept cafe. With large window panes and a spacious seating area that fits up to 60 seats, the modern café draws plenty of curious onlookers. A must-try is the waffles (from $12) served with fresh fruits or your choice of ice cream.

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The Plain Jane

Serangoon

(Available for delivery within a 3km radium and takeaway. Stay updated by following the café on Instagram.) 

From the folks of Rich & Good Cake Shop, this Plain Jane Cafe is no plain Jane. The café has a quaint homely feel, with its neutral-coloured furniture and marble-tiled floor that won't look out of place in any local apartment. This shop has a reputation for its Not So Plain Jane swiss rolls, a Matcha flavoured confectionary that's soft on the outside and creamy on the inside. Going at $5.90 per piece, this swiss roll is definitely worth the trip and money.

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Brunches Café

Kallang

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Full menu can be found on its website.)

Another in the clutch of cafés on Rangoon Road in Farrer Park, Brunches Cafe is a vintage-themed spot serving all day breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and café standards. Its high tea set with slices of cake, mini tarts and sliders, is limited to ten sets a day, and is served in a bird cage. Apart from brunch staples like the eggs Benedict ($16.50) and mains like the baked smoked salmon pizza ($16.50), Brunches Cafe also serves vegetarian options such as the vegetarian pasta in tomato sauce ($15.90) and brioche french toast ($14.50).

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My Awesome Cafe

Tanjong Pagar

(Temporarily closed)

It’s hard to get particularly excited over yet another vintage café, but we make exceptions for My Awesome Café on Telok Ayer. Located on the ground floor of what used to be the Telok Ayer Chung Hwa Free Clinic, My Awesome Café takes the retrospective-looking trend aesthetic and knocks it out of the ballpark with equal parts knack for sourcing and creative ingenuity. The food is pretty awesome too with salads, sandwiches and coffee available during the day and wines and platters taking over at night. 

Homeground Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Homeground Coffee Roasters
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Homeground Coffee Roasters

Marine Parade

(Available for delivery and takeaway. Find out more here.)

Hidden at the far east part of the island, this undiscovered artisanal coffee shop puts a unique twist to modern cafés. Blending both art and coffee, the art gallery part of the shop has paintings made from coffee – blending in with its otherwise crisp and clean interior. There aren't a lot of options on the menu, just a couple types of beans done in your preferred style as well seasonal cakes and bakes but that doesn't mean you shouldn't add this place to your café hopping list.

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