Four Hip Cafes at Upper Thomson / Sin Ming Road

These are the four hip cafes near the Upper Thomson / Sin Ming Road junction. These eateries come to mind when we are thinking of where to go for brunch, a simple meal or just a fresh cup of coffee in that area. They are within walking distance of each other among the rows of shops that line both sides of Upper Thomson Road. There are also many other restaurants nearby and these four cafes provide a place to chit chat over dessert and coffee after dinner.

Hip Cafes at Upper Thomson
Pacamara Cafe

Pacamara Cafe

Hip Cafes at Upper Thomson
Sample portion of new Pacamara menu (June 2019)

Each of the four cafes at Upper Thomson has its strengths and weaknesses. The cafe that has the best all-round appeal in our opinion is Pacamara. It has the best interior and a wide food selection. One drawback is that the seats are mostly in the form of stools which might be uncomfortable for some. Read about our visit to Pacamara here.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road 
Singapore 574333

Chope Reservations

Opening Hours: 9 am – 10 pm


Columbus Coffee Co.

Columbus Coffee Co.

Columbus Coffee Co is the only cafe in this list that is on the south-bound side of Upper Thomson Road (leading to the City). Columbus also stands out as the most spacious cafe in this area. If we are looking for a nice cafe at Upper Thomson to do serious work or simply to spend time alone, this is our choice. Read more.

Columbus Coffee Co.
220 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574352

Chope Reservations

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 9am-10pm
Sun: 9am-7pm
Closed Monday


Habitat Coffee

Hip Cafes at Upper Thomson
Stuffed Berries Hotcake at Habitat Coffee

Habitat Coffee is situated about 50 metres down the street from Pacamara. The food selection is more limited, with breakfast items, rice bowls, pasta and sandwiches being the main items. The limited food choice is offset by the very good coffee and the wonderful Stuffed Berries Hotcake. Read about our visit here.

Chope Reservations

Habitat Coffee
223 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574355

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-10pm
Closed Monday


One Man Coffee

One Man Coffee is the smallest of our list of hip cafes at Upper Thomson. It is located in between Pacamara and Habitat. Their selection of food is the narrowest among the cafes listed here. Their secret weapon is their coffee which we thought was one of the best of this list. Read about of visit here.

One Man Coffee
Address: 215R Upper Thomson Road (7.07 km)
574349 Singapore

Tel: +65 9658 1685

Opening Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Closed on Tuesday

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