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The best chill cafés in the west of Singapore

Don’t overlook these laidback spots when you’re café hopping in the west

Cheryl Sekkappan
Written by
Jayme Chong
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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The east undoubtedly comes to mind when you think of good food. But that doesn’t mean the other parts of Singapore don’t have dining options that impress. The west has a thriving café scene with everything from dessert shops offering ice cream, waffles and cakes to cafés serving all-day breakfasts. Stop by these chill spots when you’re on your next café crawl.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bukit Timah

This cosy corner café in the West is the place to go for hearty café fare that is also value for money. What's popular is the fully customisable breakfast meal – options are not out of this world (think buttery croissants, hefty sausages, baked beans and eggs done the way you like), but what matters is that they are done well. Mains include the recommended FlagWhite Burger ($16) and chicken parmigiana ($15). If it's something sweet you're after, pick from their selection of in-house bakes and treats from the likes of Keong Saik Bakery. Don't miss out on the excellent coffee and cold brews too.  

Cuppafield Café
  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Bukit Batok
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Can't decide on Asian or Western cuisine? Go for fusion at Cuppafield Café, a cosy joint in Bukit Batok. Here, classic marinara pasta ($9.8) is served alongside Asian-inspired dishes like curry cremoso ($11.80), a twist on the curry chicken dish we know and love. You can get more filling mains such as the chicken on the beach ($10.8), a fried buttermilk chicken with salad and fries or grilled chicken served with its special blend of Thai sweet chilli sauce ($10.80). With mains that are this affordable, there's little reason to hesitate trying out Cuppafield's toasty Belgian waffles with gelato (from $7.30).

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Buona Vista

You know what to expect: high ceilings, exposed beams, bulbs hung at the end of wires, wood-topped tables, and an open coffee bar with a beaming more colour (pastel blue, yellow lights), the machine’s the island’s first Slayer Espresso that drips from beans roasted on-site, and the floors have been worked to a warm marbled wood. Apart from single-origin espresso, pour-over, French press and siphon coffees, there is also a full menu of bread-led items and a more substantial night menu. 

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  • Cafés
  • Jurong East

This minimalist patisserie in Jurong belongs to Lee Yin Quan, who has a diploma in French pastry from Ferrandi Paris, one of Europe’s most prestigious culinary institutes. Having worked with famous pastry chefs from around the world, Lee serves stunningly plated and meticulous desserts that you wouldn’t be surprised to find at a fine-dining establishment. Enjoy your entremets with one of its locally sourced teas and coffee.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bukit Timah

Offering three different settings – lawn, attic and balcony – and spanning two levels in a shophouse along Holland Village, D’Good Café has plenty of comfy nooks where you can park yourself at for hours. The menu is extensive, serving all-day breakfast options like eggs Benedict and mains like poached fresh lobster and sautéed beef. Sip on espresso-based beverages, ice-blended frappes or cocktails infused with the café’s own tea and coffee to complement your meal.

  • Restaurants
  • Clementi

It’s always Sunday at W39 Bistro. Its casual and homey atmosphere make you want to leave your worries behind as you savour drinks like iced PEM tea ($7.90) – passionfruit, elderflower and mint – and cakes such as pistachio rose ($7.80), ondeh ondeh ($6.80) and chocolate ($6.80). If you’re up for a hearty meal, this bistro’s menu is filled with great options like chicken roulade ($22), pan-seared lamb rack ($28), salmon ceviche ($12) and the W39 baked Caesar salad ($14).

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Jurong West

Bok’s Kitchen has been cooking up honest-to-goodness and affordable food for almost two years. Aside from its main menu that offers rice bowls and pastas ($9) and mains like its creamy chicken bread bowl ($12), it also has a brunch menu available only during weekends and public holidays. There, you’ll find favourites like eggs Benedict ($12), a smoked salmon breakfast burger ($13) and a classic BLT sandwich ($10).

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  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Clementi

Another ice cream parlour to add to your list, The Daily Scoop has over 40 flavours of ice cream on offer. Interesting picks include the maple crisp, strawberry shortcake, lychee martini and a salty-sweet-chocolatey concoction named salted mr brown. Have it in a cup or cone or complete your sweet treat with either freshly baked waffles or brownies.

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Oh My Mango Dessert Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Jurong West

Apart from being a Thai-style dessert place, Oh My Mango is – as its name suggests – a mango-focused café. Get your Thai dessert fix with a plate of its mango sticky rice or get creative with the fresh mango bingsu, mango yogurt frappe, coconut frappe, Thai milk tea shibuya toast and tom yum goong toast.

  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Jurong East

Calling all health enthusiasts! Indulge in Smoocht’s ice creams, called r’ice creams. There are guilt-free and made using only the best ingredients – organic crystal brown rice and evaporated sugarcane juice, real fruit, and pure nut butters. Flavours include Thai tea, matcha, PB n’ choc, and coconut. It’s also got waffles, brownies, smoothies and savoury items like truffle porcini pizza and creamy chicken pasta.

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