Gamberoni- Tekka Market's prawns, herbed butter. Source: Cicheti

The ultimate Bugis cafe hopping guide, also including restaurants in nearby vicinities like Bugis Junction and Bugis+ CHIJMES, Arab Street, Haji Lane, and more.

Picking an place to eat at Bugis is a prime example of choice overload, a cognitive impairment that people face when presented with too much choice, impeding their ability to choose. I mean, we can’t blame you though. You have solid chain restaurants in Bugis Junction and Bugis+, as well as quirky cafes dotted along CHIJMES, Haji Lane and Arab Street.

If you’re spoiled for choice, here are the best things to eat around Bugis.

Where are the best cafes and restaurants at Bugis?

Bugis cafes
1. Belleville Pancakes — fluffy pancakes cafe at Bugis Junction
2. Tolido’s Espresso Nook — all-day brunch, famouis for rosti
3. Cafe 21 – halal cafe in Bugis
4. Meownistry of Meow — cat cafe and co-working space
5. Cafe Margaret — bakery from Seoul, Korea
6. Dough — glasshouse cafe with unique bakes
7. Earlybird Cafe — serving one of the best chicken and pancakes in Singapore
8. Fahrenheit Coffee — minimalistic coffee house in Bugis, located at a luxury spa
9. Mondays — halal brunch cafe
10. Singapore Coffee — cafe dishes inspired by local culture
11. Zerah Coffee Roasters — no-frill speciality coffee house
12. Penny University — halal cafe for speciality coffee and brunch
13. Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato — unorthodox gelato flavours with pepper-infused cones

Bugis restaurants
14. The Masses — French food with Asian influences
15. Cicheti — rustic chic trattoria
16. Hey! Yakiniku — affordable teppanyaki restaurant at Bugis Junction
17. Man Man Unagi — speciality unagi rice bowl restaurant at Duo Galleria
18. Overrice — Mediterranean rice bowls and pita pockets
19. Bulgogi Syo — hotplate Korean restaurant
20. Maison Ikkoku — award-winning modern French Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar
21. Honbo — famous burger chain from Hong Kong
22. Ela Jalan Sultan — Muslim-owned Greek restaurant

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Here are more cafes near Bugis.

Best cafes in Bugis

1. Belleville Pancakes

Mango Pancakes at Belleville Pancakes, bugis junction cafe
Mango Pancakes with fresh cream and mango chunks in every layer

Is this the best cafe in Bugis? Located on the first floor of Bugis Junction, this cafe is famous for its affordable and fluffy millefeuille pancakes.

Belleville Pancakes originated from Osaka, Japan. Some might aruge that these might be the best pancakes in Singapore, and they have a strong reason to believe so. Millefeuille translates to “a thousand layers” in French. While it’s more commonly known as a crispy puff pastry, Belleville takes inspiration from and incorporates the same principles into their pancakes. This results in the most divine texture — almost souffle like despite how thin they were. In the same vein, Belleville’s pancakes were not as cakey as American pancakes commonly found in brunch cafes.

Belleville’s Plain Millefeuille Pancakes starts from $7.9 for four pieces and $11.9 for eight pieces. Meanwhile other variations such as the Mango Pancakes and Matcha with Rice Ball and Red Bean Pancakes start from $11.9 for two pieces and $12.2 for four pieces respectively.

This cafe in Bugis Junction also offers savoury sandwiches, light brunch sets, coffee and tea, for those who are looking for a full meal there.

Belleville Pancakes

Location: 230 Victoria Street #01-01B, Singapore 188024
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-8pm

2. Tolido’s Espresso Nook

Flat lay of cafe brunch dishes and coffee at Tolido's Espresso Nook
Brunch spread at Tolido’s Espresso Nook, one of the best cafes in Bugis for brunch

Famed for their rosti and bacon french toast, Tolido’s Espresso Nook is a famous all-day breakfast cafe at Bugis.

The best rosti in Singapore, Tolido’s Espresso Nook’s rendition features a thin crisp on the outside, complemented with a fluffy and moist interior. The core factor for this textbook texture is by freshly grating every potato to order, instead of pre-forming the rosti patties in advance. To enjoy their rosti, you can either order the Rosti with Smoked Bratwurst ($22) or Rosti with Cheesy Sausage ($20).

Alternatively, opt for the sinful Stout-Glazed Bacon French Toast ($20), showcasing a playful tease between the sweet and savoury components.

Beyond brunch, Tolido’s Espresso Nook is famous for their coffee. Their secret house blend comprises a mix of beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Papa New Guinea. In addition to the typical espresso-based coffee, which starts from $4, you can also enjoy more experimental concoctions like the Dirty Sea Salt Spiced Chai Latte ($8) and Pumpkin Spice Latte ($6.5).

A fun fact about this cafe is the name Tolido is derived after the first syllabus of the founder and his parents’ names.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook

Location: 462 Crawford Ln, #01-63, Singapore 190462
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: 8am-3pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8am-3pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm

3. Cafe 21

halal cafe food at cafe 21, north bridge road bugis
Can’t find a seat at this halal cafe? Get your food to go and enjoy it on the bustling Arab Street and Haji Lane.
Photo: Cafe 21 / Instagram

Nestled at the corner of North Bridge Road, Bugis, Cafe 21 is a halal-certified cafe offering all-day breakfast and milk tea delights.

While this halal cafe in Bugis features a blend of colonial and modern design elements, which is super Instagrammable, it only has limited indoor and outdoor seating. Hence, it’s best to visit during non-peak hours such as the weekdays. Alternatively, you can get it to go, as their takeaway boxes render dining on the streets of Bali Lane and Haji Lane convenient.

Now for the food. Some of their best-sellers on their affordable breakfast menu are Mentaiko Fries ($7), Brunch Royale ($13.9), and Morning Delicacy ($6.9), which features Indomie. 

For a perfect pairing, try their Thai Red Milk Tea ($5) or the classic Brown Sugar Fresh Milk ($5.5) instead of a basic latte.

Cafe 21

Location: 747 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198713
Opening hours: 9am-9pm

4. Meownistry of Meows

If you’re looking for a conducive space with wifi and electrical sockets to focus on your work, consider this cat cafe at Bugis.

Meownistry of Meows is Singapore’s first co-working space and lounge… with cats! Interact with 13 different cats, such as Beanbag, Rice and Shadow. But do note that not all 13 cats will be roaming about the cat cafe at all times, as they might be resting in their private rooms during the day.

Hourly passes start from $5 per hour, with their 10-Hour Package. But, there’s no need to commit as you can also opt for a 1-Hour Pass at $10. If you’re in need of a long-term co-working space, you can also consider getting their 30-Day Pass at $195 for students and $250 for non-students.

In addition to their common area, you can also book a private room at this unique cafe, inclusive of bean bags, console games, movies and karaoke system from $25 per hour.

Meownistry of Meows

Location: 4A Jln Klapa, Singapore 199316
Opening hours: 11am-10pm

5. Cafe Margaret

cafe margaret from seoul, serving pastries, scones and pies
A glorious pastry spread, just like how Korea does it. Photo: Cafe Margaret / Instagram

Hailing all the way from Seoul, Cafe Margaret is a famous Korean bakery nestled in Bali Lane, a 10 minute walk from Bugis MRT station.

Upon entering, you’re instantly transported to a cosy, mansion-like atmosphere, greeted by an enticing display of pastry delights 

Popular for their unique artisanal pastries selections, the most popular ones are the signature Cube Pies (from $7.9), with distinct flavours like Injeolmi and Matcha Cream. Additionally, the Singapore branch exclusively offers Pound Cake ($7.5) in two tantalising flavours, Juicy Lemon and Raspberry.

Complement your experience with some drinks, such as their best-selling Matcha Latte ($7.5) or Choco Latte ($7.5).

Cafe Margaret

Location: 32 Bali Ln, Singapore 189868
Opening hours: 
Mon-Wed: 10am-7pm
Thursday: closed
Fri-Sun: 10am-7pm

6. Dough

Strawberry Brioche with meringue top, basil infused cream and strawberry jam
Strawberry Brioche. Photo: Dough / Instagram

Dough is a popular glasshouse bakery and cafe located in CHIJMES. While it’s a slight walk from Bugis, this cafe is worth the travel.

Beyond its sleek and Instagram-worthy ambience, it’s renowned for its artisanal ‘dough’ creations, including pastries, bread, and pasta — all crafted in-house.

At the heart of their menu are their inventive pastries, like the Adzuki Mochi Danish and the Pistachio Raspberry Danish in delightful croissant cubes shape. Personally, we loved the Strawberry Brioche ($5) for its refreshing and botanical flavours.

While Dough is famous for their bakes, they have been diligently improving their selection of main dishes since their opening in 2021. Choose from their Asian-fusion menu, featuring standout dishes such as Spicy Seafood Aglio Olio and Kimchi Croque Monsieur. Additionally, Dough offers seasonal monthly special dishes. For instance, for May 2024, they offer Sichuan Chicken Roulade. 

Dough

Location: Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street #01-30, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: 8.30am-9pm

7. Earlybird Cafe

chicken and pancakes at earlybird cafe with iced mocha at the back
The famous Chicken and Pancakes at Earlybird Cafe

We’re not exaggerating when we say that this is the best rendition of chicken and pancakes in Singapore.

Earlybird Cafe transcended the classic Chicken and Pancakes ($19) with their house-made chili maple syrup. Don’t worry. It’s not too spicy; just enough to counteract the sweetness. This should be acceptable to those with the lowest spice tolerance.

However, beyond the house-made sauce, the two elements of the dish were also perfectly cooked. The chicken had a light coating of fried batter. While I was expecting the tenders to be the highlight of this dish, the milkiness and soft texture of the pancakes snagged my attention. To make it even better, the pancakes are cooked at a slightly higher heat to crisp up the edges.

Earlybird Cafe

Location: 17 Jln Pinang, Singapore 199149
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-5pm

8. Fahrenheit Coffee

Filter Coffee with Ethiopian Single Origin
Filter Coffee with award-winning Ethiopian single origin from 2021

Serving coffee and tea at a luxury facial spa is nothing too special, but when you’re dedicating a team of professional baristas and procuring award-winning coffee beans, that’s next level.

Fahrenheit Coffee is the receptionist area for a spa in Bugis. Warm lighting and a big comfortable couch, it’s the perfect place to unwind even if you’re not actually going for a treatment.

Just because they’re a subsidiary of a spa, doesn’t mean they don’t take their coffee seriously. Their award-winning Ethiopia ($12) that promises notes of elderflower, grape candy with a long peachy finish, though it might have been replaced by another seasonal roast.

Meanwhile, their Latte ($5) was balanced, with a punchy chocolate aftertaste.

Since 2021, they have been increasing their selection of desserts and bakes on their food menu. Fahrenheit Coffee is most famous for their 145°F Signature Kaya Toast Set with Sous Vide Eggs, a fancier version of the quintessential Singaporean breakfast. But if you want something lighter to go with your coffee, we recommend the one-bite Caneles.

Fahrenheit Coffee

Location: 75 Beach Rd, #01-00A, Singapore 189689
Opening hours: 8am-6pm

9. Mondays

Offering more than your basic brunch dishes. Photo: Mondays / Instagram

Mondays is a new halal brunch cafe in Bugis, serving an extensive all-day breakfast menu and their speciality — caneles.

Caneles, a small French pastry that is hard to perfect, starts from $4, with interesting flavours like Cream Cheese Matcha and Dalgona. Meanwhile, for a heartier meal, opt for the Breakfast of a Snail Banger ($23), one of the more unique breakfast burgers out there.

For drinks, you can choose between coffee, tea, and zero-alcohol drinks for a faux bottomless brunch experience.

Mondays

Location: 8 Jln Klapa, Singapore 199320
Opening hours:
Monday: 11am-10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed-Fri: 11am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-8pm

10. Singapore Coffee

local inspired cafe at bugis
Photo: Singapore Coffee / Instagram

Nestled in Raffles Hotel, a nine-minute walk from Bugis MRT station, Singapore Coffee claims to serve some of Asia’s finest coffee, alongside comforting local food.

The interior of the cafe features a blend of colonial and local elements, creating a unique ambience. But, beyond the Instagrammable backdrop, even the food is impressive, albeit the slightly higher price tag.

Indulge in Singapore Coffee’s standout offerings, featuring their signature Singapore Coffee Kopi ($7) and irresistible Kopi Shake ($14) , an elevated kopi with pre-blended evaporated and condensed milk. Their experts meticulously, and sustainability, curate Arabica and Robusta beans from artisanal farmers, ensuring not just superior quality. 

Meanwhile, for a complete meal, pair these delights with a comforting bowl of Wonton Noodle ($23) or the tantalising Spiced Marinated Lamb Satay ($28). 

Save room for dessert and treat yourself to their artisanal creations, such as the Apple Cranberry Frangipane Tart ($18).

Singapore Coffee

Location: 328 North Bridge Road #01-13, Singapore 188719
Opening hours: 9am-6pm

11. Zerah Coffee Roasters

A consistent stream in the middle of the portafilter is proof of a perfect espresso pull. Photo Zerah Coffee Roasters

A good digital scale and something is a must to brew the perfect cup of coffee, but the baristas — or scientists ‚ at Zerah Coffee Roasters take it a step further by marrying coffee extraction techniques with thermodynamics, chemistry and data analysis.

This process, while seemingly over-the-top, fully extracts the notes of grape candy, cherry and dark chocolate from the Arufa from Papa New Guinea, and the peach, lemon and lavender nuances from the Shoondhisa from Ethiopia.

Zerah Coffee Roasters

Location: 465 North Bridge Rd, #02-5063, Singapore 191465

12. Penny University

Photo: Penny University / Instagram

Don’t let the name fool you, Penny University is not a school, but a halal coffee shop and roastery at Bugis.

Renowned for their speciality coffee, they proudly present their signature Muddy Espresso with Ice-Cold Milk ($6.5) and the Spiked Muddy ($7) infused with Gula Melaka. Non-coffee options include the rejuvenating Gold Digger Detox jamu ($9.5), an Indonesian recipe featuring cold-pressed pineapples, oranges, green apples, turmeric, and ginger. 

Don’t miss their brunch menu highlights, Mediterranean Breakfast ($24) and Harlem-style Buttermilk Chicken on Waffles ($25).

Penny University

Location: 17 Jln Klapa, Singapore 199329
Opening hours: 8am-5pm

13. Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato

Brown Butter Sage and Pistachio gelato from Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato Bugis
One of the best gelato parlours in Singapore, offering unorthodox flavours

If you think vanilla ice cream is… well, vanilla, you will be impressed by this gelato cafe at Bugis.

Opened by two cooks, Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato promises unorthodox flavours like Brown Butter Sage, Rhubarb Buttermilk and Ispaphan.

Other flavours include Pistachio, Coconut Pandan and Peanut Butter Chocolate.

Even if you wanted the classics, you’d be presented with more. Chocolate is elevated with hazelnut paste; this combination is also known as the Gianduja, a flavour invented in the 1700s. Meanwhile, their simplest flavour commits to using Tahitian vanilla for its intense aroma and complex flavours, which comprises an underlying layer of spices and cherry.

Their cones are embedded with pepper, which works surprisingly well with ice-cream.

Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato

Location: 802 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 198770
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 12-10pm

Best restaurants at Bugis

14. The Masses

contemporary french restaurant in bugis beach road
Their version of a Surf & Turf. Photo: The Masses

French food with Asian influences, every dish at The Masses is a careful curation of both cultures.

Their menu rotates every four months, depending on the peak ingredients in Europe during the season. As of now, on Menu 16.0.0, diners can find interesting dishes like the Man Tou & Bacon Jam ($11.9), “Hainanese” Canadian Pork Tomahawk ($32.9), and Cempedak Tarte Tatin ($15.9) — a dessert that incorporates chilli molasses and coriander tuille.

The Masses

Location: 85 Beach Rd, #01-02, Singapore 189694
Opening hours: 10:30am-11pm

15. Cicheti

Beef tartare at Cicheti, italian restaurant at bugis
Beef Tartare. Photo: Cicheti

Referring to the signature small plates native to Venetian wine bars, Cicheti is a rustic chic trattoria that offers a distinctive perspective on Italian cuisine.

You can be assured that all their dishes are embedded with the most authentic flavours and technique. For instance, a hearty Tagliatelle ($28), coated in a luscious beef short rib sauce, and topped with chives and parmigiano, and their Beef Tartare ($24), topped with smoked yolk, with a side of gnocco fritto.

Cicheti

Location: 52 Kandahar St, Singapore 198901
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 12-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm
Fri-Sat: 12-2:30pm, 6-10pm
Sunday: 12-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm

16. Hey! Yakiniku

hey yakiniku, affordable teppanyaki restaurant in bugis junction
Marumi pork, the latest addition to Hey Yakiniku’s menu

Hey! Yakiniku is an budget-friendly Japanese teppyanki restaurant at Bugis Junction.

The Karubi Set ($18.9 for 200g) is their most popular item, featuring marbled boneless short ribs. For more variety, opt for the Trinity Set ($17.9 for 150g) which includes beef short plate, pork belly and chicken thigh.

Despite the affordable prices, the beef is all well marbled and depending on your luck, you might actually get super high-quality cuts that just melts in your mouth. That is… if you’re able to cook it perfectly!

Hey! Yakiniku

Location: 80 Middle Rd, #01-92/96 Bugis Junction, 188966
Opening hours: 11am-10pm

17. Man Man Unagi

man man unagi bugis duo galleria
Photo: Man Man Unagi

Man Man Unagi is one of the first unagi speciality restaurants in Singapore that resulted in snaking hour-long queues at their flagship store in Chinatown.

Their second branch is located at Duo Galleria, a few minutes walk away from Bugis MRT station.

The crowd favourite is the Hitsumabushi Don ($34) which is served as a larger portion. Diners who want to try out the unagi without splurging can opt for the Unatama Don ($24), which is essentially a smaller portion of the Hitsumabushi.

Man Man Unagi

Location: 7 Fraser St, #01-48, Singapore 189356
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30 am–2:15 pm, 6–9 pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30 am–2:15 pm, 6–9:30 pm
Sunday: 12–2:30 pm, 6–8:30 pm

18. Overrice

overrice bugis, flat lay of pita pockets and mediterranean rice bowls
Hearty rice bowls, the perfect pick-me-up for lunch on the weekday. Photo: Overrice

Founded by four friends, Overrice specialises in Mediterranean rice bowls and pita pockets along Arab Street.

The bowls are generously filled with seasoned basmati rice, with freshly baked pita bread and mixed salad. Diners can choose among cooked pulled beef, grilled chicken or fried falafel balls.

Their signature bowls start from $11. Meanwhile, the pita pockets make for a convenient snack and they cost $7 for two pockets.

Overrice

Location: 41 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198489
Opening hours: 12–9 pm

19. Bulgogi Syo

A fiery sear at Bulgogi Syo, korean restaurant at bugis junction
Imparting a fiery sear on the meat at this popular Korean restaurant at Bugis Junction

Bringing the grilling culture of Korea to Singapore, Bulgogi Syo by Seorae offers a unique Korean three-step hotplate grill restaurant.

Experience the sizzle as your meal comes to life after seared on hot stone pans, torched with intense 1,400-degree Celsius heat, and flambeed with special sauces right before your eyes.

Indulge in their signature flambé performances with dishes like the Pork Baby Back Ribs ($27.9) and the LA Galbi ($39.9). For a shared feast, opt for the Chef’s Choice Combo ($59.9), featuring pork collar, chicken, your choice of jjigae, and a side of fried rice.  

Don’t miss their lunch specials from 11.30am-3.30pm which include favourites like Jjajangmyeon ($12.9) and Duroc Pork Belly ($19.9), all sets comes with a seaweed soup, soft drinks, and free flow ban-chan.

Bulgogi Syo

Location:  200 Victoria Street, Unit, #02-49 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: 11.30am-9pm

20. Maison Ikkoku

Founded by Ethan Leslie Leong or the “Gin Composer”, Maison Ikkoku is an award-winning modern French Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar. Renowned for their bespoke cocktail bar experience, the 3-storey multi rooftop bar was renovated and reopened after 12 years.

Indulge in their cocktail creations such as the Unicorn ($38) that features refreshing and fruity notes, and special Singapore Original Sling ($25).

For special occasions, try their 12-course Omakase (from $128) featuring up to ten cocktail pairings. Highlights from their menu are a lush Caviar Sushi ($25/pcs), flavourful Tacos Foie Gras ($14), and exotic Lobster Kyatapira ($35).

Maison Ikkoku

Location: 20 Kandahar St, Singapore 198885
Opening hours: 
Mon-Tues: 6pm-11pm
Wed-Thurs: 6pm-1am
Fri-Sat: 6pm-2am
Sunday: 6pm-11pm

21. Honbo

Hombo burger bun, fries and lemonade.
Honbo is named after the Cantonese pronunciation of “burger”. Photo: Honbo / Instagram

Honbo is a famous Hong Kong burger chain known for their smashed burger. Located in CHIJMES, the burger spot boasts a vibrant retro ambience with their signature cartoon mascots.

For a classic, try their signature Honbo Burger ($18). It consists of two crispy patties with their housemade sauce. For big eaters try Honbo 1.5 ($23) for three crispy beef patties or Honbo 2.0 ($28) to get four crispy beef patties. Wash it all down with Mike’s Lemonade ($7) a refreshing homemade peel lemon.

Honbo

Location: 30 Victoria St, #01-09 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: 12pm-3.30pm, 5pm-9.30pm

22. Ela Jalan Sultan

ela jalan sultan muslim owned greek restaurant in bugis
Photo: @zoiachowtime / Instagram

Ela Jalan Sultan is a Muslim-owned Greek and Mediterranean concept restaurant in Bugis. Inspired by a tavern in Greece, the restaurant boasts a sleek all-white decor and cosy ambience.

Favourites from their menu are the rich Moussaka ($22) that features lamb and bechamel sauce and the savoury Shakshuka ($18) with pita bread. End your meal with their house-made dessert like Baklava ($12) or Portokalopita ($12).

Ela Jalan Sultan

Location: 33 Jln Sultan, #01-09/10, Singapore 198965
Opening hours: 9am-10pm

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