It is finally August and dining-in at restaurants is likely to be permitted soon. Here are some of the best cafes in Singapore to celebrate the return to dining out again in 2021. Cafes in Singapore are casual restaurants to enjoy a leisurely meal in – combining nice atmosphere with good food and coffee. These are some of The Ordinary Patrons’ current favourites – some new cafes and some familiar classic places.
Best Cafes in Singapore For Dining In : New Cafes
Common Man Coffee Roasters : New Joo Chiat cafe
Five Senses Coffee Australia and Spa Esprit Group of Singapore came together to set up Common Man Coffee Roasters (CMCR) in 2013 to promote specialty coffee in the region. CMCR now has an academy, a roastery and a successful wholesale business that covers Singapore, Malaysia and China. In June 2021, they opened their latest cafe at Joo Chiat. Occupying two ground floor units of old shophouses, Common Man Coffee Roasters Joo Chiat has understated and charming interior decorations. Read more.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
185 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427456
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Prairie By Craftsmen @ Cluny Court
Prairie By Craftsmen cafe is an exterior-facing eatery in Cluny Court with two dining areas – an outdoor “greenhouse” area and an indoor air-conditioned space. Known for its good coffee, its food menu includes typical brunch dishes, salads, pasta and some meat dishes. Read more.
Prairie By Craftsmen
501 Bukit Timah Road
Cluny Court #01-05C
Opening Hours 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Nearest MRT Station: Botanic Gardens
Tigerlily Patisserie : New Cafe & Bakery at Joo Chiat
Pastry Chef Maxine Ngooi’s popular online bakery now has a brick & mortar presence as Tigerlily Patisserie cafe in the space that was previously home to Gobi Desserts in Joo Chiat Road. Read more.
350 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 8887 0988
Tue – Sun: 9 am – 6 pm
Closed on Monday
Simplicité Café : New French Cafe at Changi
The new Simplicité Café brings French chic to a part of Changi Road dotted by building material suppliers and hardware stores. It even has tables along the pavement so that, with some imagination, you can feel like you are sipping coffee in a Parisian sidewalk cafe. Read more.
351 Changi Road, Singapore 419818
Tel: +65 6677 6741
Tue – Fri: 11 am – 10 pm
Sat & Sun: 9 am – 10 pm
Closed on Mondays
Grain Alley @ Orchard Road
Grain Alley is a contemporary urban coffee shop done right and is one of best new cafes in Singapore’s Orchard Road. Read more.
#01-10, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 10 am – 11 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Somerset
The Neptune @ East Coast Road
The Neptune is a charming cafe along East Coast Road. It offers classic cafe fare as well as Japanese inspired dishes such as scones with yuzu jam. Read more.
237 East Coast Road, Singapore 428930
Tel: +65 69707305
Tue – Sat: 9am – 10pm
Sun: 9am – 7pm
Closed on Monday
PS. Cafe @ East Coast Park
PS.Cafe has many outlets in Singapore. The PS Cafe By the Sea is regarded by some as the best PS Cafe in Singapore because of its unique location in a park facing the sea and its beachfront cafe vibe. The menu showcases seafood and it has dishes exclusive to the outlet. Read more.
PS.Cafe East Coast Park
1110 East Coast Parkway
Cyclist Park, 01-05/06/07
Tel: +65 6708 9288
The Brewing Ground @ Telok Kurau
The grounds of the famous Telok Kurau Primary School (which could boast of Lee Kuan Yew and Hussien Onn as its students) have been revamped into a campus-style commercial space named The Yards. The Brewing Ground is the new kid in Block 406 of The Yards. It is a rather unique and charming cafe serving fine coffee and comfort food typically found in contemporary cafes. Read more.
The Brewing Ground
406 Joo Chiat Place
#01-24 The Yards
Tel: +65 8313 6092
Opening Hours: 8.30 am – 5 pm
Best Cafes in Singapore For Dining In : Familiar Cafes
The Lokal at Neil Road
The popular Lokal cafe is located in a nicely restored shophouse at the junction of Neil Road and Bukit Pasoh Road. It opened in 2014 to long queues and can still be regarded as one of the best cafes in Singapore. The casual Australian cafe serves “honest house-made comfort food from day to night”. Read more.
136 Neil Road
Tel: +65 6423 9918
Bread Yard – Nice cafe in Fusionopolis
Fusionopolis is a collective term for a cluster of buildings at One North in Buona Vista. Bread Yard is located on the ground floor of a building known as Galaxis. Breads are a main attraction at Bread Yard but they also serve wonderful coffee and other brunch style dishes. Read more.
1 Fusionopolis Place
Mon – Fri: 0800 – 1830
Nearest MRT Station – One North
Curious Palette @ Prinsep
Home of the World Siphon Coffee Champion & 3-time Singapore National Barista & Latte Art Champion, Curious Palette has good food and nice ambience. This hip cafe in the Strangers’ Reunion group, caught our attention when first opened. It has maintained its high standards to remain one of the best cafes in Singapore. Read more.
64 Prinsep Street
Tel : +65 62381068
Opening Hours: 9 am – 10 pm
Closed on Tuesday
Nearby MRT Stations: Dhoby Ghaut; Bras Basah
Wakey Wakey @ Beach Road
Wakey Wakey Cafe
302 Beach Road
#01-04/05 Concourse Skyline
Mon – Fri: 8 am – 5 pm
Sat & Sun: 9 am – 6 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Nicoll Highway
Common Man Stan @ Stanley Street
Common Man Stan is one of the best weekend brunch spots in Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD). You can expect good coffee and delicious food in a casual sleek cafe with a convivial atmosphere. Read more.
Common Man Stan
11/12 Stanley Street
Tel: +65 6877 4855
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am -10 pm
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Nearby MRT Stations: Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer
Wildseed Cafe @ Telok Blangah
Wildseed Café Alkaff Mansion, located in a stately colonial bungalow on a hill at Telok Blangah Green, is an ideal place for a leisurely weekend brunch. Its all day menu is interesting and also offers beautiful pastries and cakes created by Executive Pastry Chef Jasmin Chew. Read our post Wildseed Café Alkaff Mansion – picturesque cafe on a hill.
Wildseed Cafe Alkaff Mansion
Level 1, 10 Telok Blangah Green
Opening Hours: 8 am – 4 pm
W39 Bistro & Bakery @ West Coast
W39 Bistro & Bakery is a neighbourhood eatery in a residential area in West Coast. It serves the usual cafe fare as well as a few interesting local items in its brunch menu. Read more.
W39 Bistro & Bakery
39 Jalan Mas Puteh
Tel: +65 9646 5372
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar @ Lavender
Chye Seng Huat Hardware (or CSHH) is coffee roaster Papa Palheta’s flagship store. It is one of the oldest and most popular cafes in Lavender. While many cafes try hard to be cool, CSHH is cool without even trying. Some may even consider this as possibly the coolest cafe in Singapore. It has rotating brunch, lunch and coffee menus to give regulars a refreshing treat. Read more.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel +65 6396 0609
Nearby MRT Stations: Lavender, Bendemeer
Atlas Coffeehouse @ Bukit Timah
Atlas Coffeehouse is a bustling cafe along Bukit Timah Road. Located at the junction with Duke’s Road, this hip cafe seems to be always full of people. It appears to be one of the most popular cafes in Singapore. The menu offers hearty fare – all day breakfasts, waffles, pasta and sweet treats like Butterscotch Banana Pancakes. Read more.
6 Duke’s Road
Tue- Sun: 8 am – 7 pm
Closed on Monday
Nearest MRT Station: Botanic Gardens
Stamping Ground Coffee House @ Siglap
Serving quality coffee and a fair range of light bites, Stamping Ground Coffee House in Siglap is a very nice neighbourhood cafe. It is one of the most popular cafes in Singapore’s East. Read more.
Stamping Ground Coffee House
87 Upper East Coast Road
Tel: +65 9070 7610
Tue – Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat – Sun: 9 am – 6 pm
Closed on Monday
Canopy Garden Dining @ Bishan Park
Canopy Garden Dining is a beautifully designed restaurant with a canopy roof. It has an alfresco dining area that integrates into the park space, providing patrons with an authentic dine in the garden experience. It is one of the best cafes in Singapore that is located in a park. Read more.
Canopy Garden Dining Bishan Park
1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2
Tel: +65 6556 1533
Columbus Coffee Co. @ Upper Thomson
Columbus Coffee Co. is classy spacious cafe in the Upper Thomson cafe strip. It offers specialty coffee and hearty brunch. Read more.
Columbus Coffee Co.
220 Upper Thomson Road
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