Six months ago I moved to a city with some of the best quality brunches, coffees, local food, hipster restaurants and speakeasy cocktail bars in Asia. It’s been an eventful half year of eating, drinking and socialising. I know there is so much I have yet to cover, but here is a list of my absolute favourite brunch and coffee shop spots in Singapore.
Stay tuned for a separate list of my favourite restaurants and bars coming soon.
1. Brunch: Common Man Coffee Roaster / Common Man Stan
Ask anyone for a brunch recommendation in Singapore, and they’ll probably at least name drop Common Man Coffee Roaster. As much as I’d love to stray away from typical recommendations, the amazing sourdough toast and satisfying “Common Man Big Breakfast” which features almost every ingredient you’d want for brunch, brings me back all the time. In terms of brunch food, it’s easily one of my favourite spots.
Common Man Coffee Roaster Address: 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058
Common Man Stan Address: 11 Stanley St, Singapore 068730
2. Brunch: Atlas Coffeehouse
If brunch is synonymous with pancakes to you, then Atlas Coffeehouse is your go-to. With a typical super casual cafe-like ambience, the environment may not be a huge seller, but their faultless caramelised banana ricotta hotcakes may just be one of the most memorable things I’ve eaten in Singapore. See the full review here.
Address: 6 Duke’s Rd, Singapore 268886 (near Botanic Gardens MRT)
3. Brunch: Jimmy Monkey
Jimmy Monkey is the brunch cafe I’ve visited the most in Singapore – although that’s biasedly because it’s conveniently located 5 mins from where I was staying (One North). But it’s also because they make a super satisfying “Norwegian Breakfast” – a pimped up eggs royale – coupled with really good coffee. Their sourdough toast is also pretty spot on.
Address: #01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-north Gateway, Singapore 138643 (near One North MRT)
4. Brunch: Artichoke
For a less cafe-like brunch experience, I always recommend Artichoke. Not only does their al fresco area boast the best laid-back sunny Sunday afternoon kind of vibe, their Middle Eastern brunchy options are both flavourfully tasty and unique. I was in love with their lamb shakshuka, but have been dying to return after seeing photos of their epic steak and eggs.
Address: 161 Middle Rd, Singapore 188978 (near Bugis MRT)
5. Brunch: P.S. Cafe on Harding Road
P.S. Cafe is almost an iconic “must visit” brunch spot in Singapore. In fact, it was already a thing when I first visited back in 2012. They have a number of branches, but make sure you visit the one on Harding Road (Dempsey Hill), as I think the number one appeal is the beautiful garden vibe. The food is pretty good in general, especially the truffle fries and brioche French toast. But I would save your caffeine quota for other specialty coffee shops elsewhere.
Address: 28B Harding Rd, Singapore 249549 (Dempsey Hill)
6. Brunch: Pacamara
If you want to feel like a total hipster, as I shamelessly admittedly do when I’m searching for new brunch spots, Pacamara is probably the place to be. The downside is that it’s pretty out of the way, but for a laid back brunch spot with good food and vibes, I’d say it’s worth the trek. See the full review here.
Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
7. Brunch: The Populus
The Populus probably serves the most diverse range of brunch dishes, from healthy protein-rich grain bowl options, to satisfying brunchy options like the Harissa Lamb with Slow Cooked Eggs (recommended), and even the extreme: devilishly tempting Fried Chicken on Pancakes.
Address: 146 Neil Road, Singapore 088875 (Tiong Bahru)
8. Coffee: Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Especially after finally visiting Melbourne, I can confidently attest to Singapore’s seriously excellent specialty coffee scene. There are a number of great cafes but not only is Tiong Hoe a pioneer of the coffee trend in this city, their consistent execution of a smooth and perfectly balanced flat white impresses me most. It’s my number one. The fact that it’s hidden and located deep in an HBD complex, also adds an extra mysterious factor which I can’t deny I love. It was also featured in the Local Eats and Tasty Treats tour in Singapore.
Address: 170 Stirling Rd, #01-1133, Singapore 140170 (near Alexandra Road)
9. Coffee: Nylon Coffee Roaster
Similarly hidden, you wouldn’t expect this tiny standing-only fuss-free coffee shop to be packed with people on a regular Monday afternoon at 2:30pm. Given that it was recommended by two of my most trusted coffee connoisseurs as their favourite spot, Nylon Coffee Roaster was at the top of my list since the start. It definitely didn’t disappoint.
Address: 4 Everton Park, #01-40, Singapore 080004 (near Tiong Bahru)
10. Coffee and Pastries: Tiong Bahru Bakery
Tiong Bahru Bakery also serves Common Man Roasters’ coffee, so you can rest assured that you’ll get a pretty good cuppa here. But I was first brought here to get, apparently, ‘the best bread’ in Singapore, according to our fellow French classmates. They have a literally mouthwatering range of bread and pastries, and also a pretty solid lemon tart, which lives up to the Best Lemon Tarts in Hong Kong I sampled a while back.
Address: 01, 56 Eng Hoon St, 70, Singapore 160056 (Tiong Bahru)
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