Cafe in Joo Chait

Best cafes in Singapore? Here is the only cafe-hopping guide you’ll need.

When you’re looking for the best cafes in Singapore, the usual neighbourhoods comes to mind; the list of cafes in Bugis, Tanjong Pagar, Joo Chiat, and Chinatown often take center stage.

While these areas have certainly earned their spots as a “cafe district”, there are actually many other amazing cafes scattered around the island, be it for speciality coffee, brunch, pastries or cakes, and even themed cafes, this guide unveils 25 of the best cafes in Singapore that cater to every palate.

Cafe in Joo Chait
Tigerlily Patisserie at Joo Chiat

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1. Frankie & Fern’s

Photo: Frankie & Fern’s

Frankie & Fern’s is a hidden gem in Holland Village, a terrace rooftop cafe offering a serene escape from the bustling city. Nestled atop Holland Road Shopping Centre, its Scandinavian-inspired interiors and abundant natural light create a welcoming ambiance. 

The menu boasts classic brunch offerings like Granola Breakfast Bowl ($15)  alongside unique offerings like Duck Croquettes ($13) and housemade Green Tea Mint Kombucha ($9). During weekday lunch hour (11.30am-4pm), you can opt for their $35 lunch bundle which includes a choice of one starter and one main. 

Frankie & Fern’s

Location: 211 Holland Ave, Holland Road Shopping Centre #04-03, Singapore 278967

2. Glasshouse Creamery

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Offering refreshments amidst the hot weather, Glasshouse Creamery is an ice cream spot on Alps Residences that boasts a glasshouse ambience with floor-to-ceiling windows and adorned with lush greenery. If you’re familiar with the place, it is because the store replaced the previous ice cream spot known as Around. 

Indulge in their ice cream offerings, priced at $4.9 for a single scoop and $8.9 for a double, with premium flavours at an additional $1 each. Crowd favourites are Pistachio, Sencha, or the extraordinary Oolong Osmanthus. Opt for their recommended duo set at $15.9, featuring two scoops atop their Signature Mochi Waffle ($7.9 a la carte).

Complement your visit with their pot of tea from their selection of eight flavours, including unique combinations like Morning Glow ($7.9), a black tea with calendula and sunflower.

Glasshouse Creamery

Location: 117 Tampines Street 86, The Alps Residences, Singapore 528538

3. Good Egg by Bearded Bella

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Seeking a new brunch or coffee place to unwind near Tanjong Pagar? Look no further than Good Egg. Located at SBF Center, it is an extension of the Melbourne-inspired cafe, The Bearded Bella. 

Presenting itself as a friendly neighbourhood ‘good egg’, the cafe offers delectable treats like Crispy Creole Chicken Salad ($20), crunchy Parisien Toast ($18), and Chia Pudding ($18). Ideal as a go-to spot when you’re seeking a cosy and friendly environment, they offer Bearded Bella house-made coffee blend as well as their signature Citrus Coffee Spritz ($6.5).

The Good Egg

Location: 160 Robinson Road, SBF Center #01-01,Singapore 068914

4. Bites and Brews

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Nestled within a charming conserved shophouse in Joo Chiat, Shanghai’s beloved culinary gem, Bites & Brew opens its first outlet in Singapore. Boasting an intricate Peranakan style that captures the essence of its heritage surroundings, the cafe offers an innovative East meet West fusion menu. 

From the tantalising Mapo Tofu Lasagna ($21) to the hearty Jianbing Breakfast Burrito ($16), they offer taste that transcends your regular cafe menu. To beat the heat, they also offer ice cream with unique flavours like Jasmin Matcha Sea Salt Cream Cheese and Blue Pea Hokkaido with a single scoop priced at $5.5.

Bites and Brews 

Location: 15 Crane Road, S429360

Best cafes for speciality coffee in Singapore

1. Venture Drive Coffee 

Pouring Iced Latte at Venture Drive

Specialising in a multi range of single origins, this monochromatic cafe aims to cater to diverse palates by curating beans sourced from around the globe. While you can order a regular Black Cold Brew ($6), explore their wide range of beans, comprising fruity notes, nutty undertones, floral aromas, and even a rum-infused option for the adventurous.

Venture Drive Coffee

Location: 50 Nanyang Avenue, North Spine Plaza NS3-01-13, Singapore 639798

2. The Community Coffee

As the name suggests, The Community Coffee serves as a space all lovers of coffee, bringing together hospitality and coffee quality in one place. Aside from from offering consistent filter coffees, they are also one of the most popular coffee roasters in Singapore, and you can often find a bag of their beans on other cafes’ menus.

The Community Coffee

Location: 14 Upper Cross St, Singapore 058330

3. Kurasu

Kurasu Singapore is a minimalist Japanese cafe, an extension of the renowned Kyoto branch. Bringing not only their freshly roasted beans directly shipped from Japan, but also lifestyle and full range quality Japanese brewing goods. They offer the classic Black ($5) alongside the popular Matcha Latte ($7), but they are actually most famous for their Dirty Matcha ($8). For a refreshing twist, consider trying their unique Matcha Calpis Soda ($7.5)

With their innovative takeaway coffee concept, their newly opened branch, The Stand, has garnered attention for the store for both locals and tourists.

Kurasu

Location: 261 Waterloo St, #01-24, Singapore 180261

4. Percolate

percolate review, hot latte with tulip latte art

Nestled in the HDB complex in Bedok, this coffee shop houses one of the best rotation of house blends for their espresso-based drinks. In addition, they offer a wide selection of single origins for their filter coffee. Complement your cup of joe with their selection of delectable croissants and cakes, like the Curry Egg Mayo Croissant ($7)

Percolate also offers coffee-related merchandise for home baristas, available for sale online and in-store.  

Percolate

Location: 136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-152, Singapore 460136

5. Apartment Coffee

High-quality brews are one thing, but Apartment’s ambience sets it apart from the rest.

As their philosophy is ‘Every Coffee Tells A Story’, they have installed a long bar table to encourage interaction between the baristas and customers. But, if you want some private time, there are separate tables available. In general, the place just gives off a homely vibe; Apartment is a befitting name for such a place.

Apartment

Location: 161 Lavender St, #01-12, Singapore 338750

6. September Coffee

September Coffee is a minimalist and cosy cafe located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Chinatown, it serves brunch and unique fusion dishes along with specialty coffee choices. The cafe’s signature dishes include Beef Ragu ($22), their South-Korea fusion of Rose Udon ($19), and delightful Truffle Tater Tots (from $8). Offering a variety of flavours like never before, the cafe took inspiration from South Korea and Thailand cafe scenes.

September Coffee

Location: 258 South Bridge Rd, #01-01, Singapore 058807

Best brunch spots in Singapore

1. French fold

French Fold by Merci Marcel brings the soul of France’s cafe scene to Singapore, offering a wide selection of crepes and galettes.

Inerestingly, their dishes are labelled by numbers. You can find options as simple as No. 01 ($9), featuring salted butter Maison Beillevaire, to options as quirky as No. 16 ($15), with ratatouille and tomato chutney as the toppings.

Do take note of your visiting time as the cafe provides five different menus for various times.

French Fold

Location: 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640

2. Lola’s Cafe

Starting out as a friendly-neighbourhood cafe, Lola’s Cafe has now developed a strong standing in the cafe scene, unbeknownst to most locals. Their second branch in Holland Village became a popular spot due to its aesthetic and cosy ambience.

If you’re spoiled for choice, their crowd favourites include Lola’s Breakfast ($23), Flourless Chocolate Cake ($7), and Charred Harissa Cauliflower ($12). If you’re visiting their Holland Village branch, we also recommend their outlet-exclusive dish — the Tsukune Sando ($20).

The cafe offers membership programs with a point earned for every $1 spent to be collected, for every 12 points collected you can rebate to $1.

Lola’s Cafe

Location: 48 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277699

3. The Bravery

Located along Amoy Street, this muslim-owned cafe is a brunch haven with its halal selection.

Indulge in the exquisite Cod En Papillote ($38) or savour the signature Steak and Eggs ($28) for a delightful breakfast experience. Elevate your special occasions or gatherings with the convenience of catering orders from the cafe.

The Bravery

Location: 50 Amoy St, Singapore 069876

4. Hello Arigato

With four outlets across Singapore, Hello Arigato is a Japanese-inspired cafe that rose to fame with its thick beef sandos.

Aside from famous Wagyu Sando ($48) and Gyu Sando ($26), indulge in a variety of brunch dishes, donburis and pastas, such as the Tom Yum Somen ($22). Be sure to also check the exclusive menu at each outlet before your visit to make the most of your experience.

Hello Arigato

Location: 227 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574359

5. Acoustics Coffee Bar

The outdoor sitting area is pet friendly! Photo: Acoustics Coffee Bar / Instagram

Located along Neil Road, Acoustics Coffee Bar prides on its acoustics panels that minimises echo, provides a conducive environment for diners.

Acoustics Coffee Bar offers a wide range of brunch options, including the all-day Acoustics Breakfast ($24), Chicken Pita ($15), and their signature Acoustics Laksa ($21). They have also started roasting their own coffee beans, featuring a rotation of single origins from Brazil on their hopper.

Acoustics Coffee Bar

Location: 61 Neil Road, Singapore 088896

Best pastries & cakes

1. Tiong Bahru Bakery

When it comes to the best pastries in Singapore, you can’t leave out the iconic Tiong Bahru Bakery, with over 20 outlets across the nation.

The plain Croissant ($4.5) is the best choice to savour the expertise and craft of their bakers, but it’s hard to decide among their vast options, including the popular Kouign Amann ($5.5), Green Tea Almond Croissant ($6.2), and Brie & Roasted Mushroom Croissant ($12).

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Location: Multiple locations

2. Champion Bolo Bun

Holding Champion Bolo Bun with Butter

Nestled in Tanjong Pagar Road, this famous cafe is popular amongst locals and tourists alike for their specialty Bolo Bun.

Bringing authentic Hong Kong pastries to Singapore in a cafe setting, the freshly baked Classic Bolo Bun ($5.4) is a crowd favourite, paired with the signature Iced Champion Coffee ($7.5). Take note to come early on the weekends as they sell out fast. 

Champion Bolo Bun

Location: 92 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088513

3. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Hailing from San Francisco, Mr Holmes Bakehouse stands out with its whimsical pink interior.

But beyond its crazy branding, it is also the bakery that invented the cruffin, which is a combination of a croissant and muffin. Highlighted among their top offerings are Pistachio Cruffin ($7.6), Salted Butterscotch Cookie ($4.3), and Rose Raspberry Lychee Croissant ($7). 

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Location: 181 Orchard Rd, #01-06, Singapore 238896

4. Le Matin Patisserie

Elevate your bakery journey with Le Matin Patisserie, a French-inspired bakery that presents premium viennoiseries, cakes, and confectionery.

Their distinctive artisanal creations include the Seafood Pot Pie ($24), Wagyu & Bone Marrow Sausage Roll ($15), and the indulgent Black Truffle Scrambled Egg Croissant ($34).

Le Matin

Location: 2 Orchard Turn, B2–49, Singapore 238801

5. Keong Saik Bakery

Setting shop along Keong Saik Road, this bakery seamlessly blends tradition and nostalgic flavours into their pastries.

Treat yourself to their signature Sor Hei ($5.4), which was crafted as a form of tribute to majies (妈姐) in Keong Saik. Moreover, discover unique treats available exclusively at the flagship store, such as the Lemon Pistachio Croissant Eclair ($7.5) and the Muah Chee Croissant Cube ($6.5). Despite the touch of nostalgia, Keong Saik Bakery infuses innovation in each pastry to perfection, ensuring an artisanal experience.

Keong Saik Bakery has moved to Luzerne Building, near Bendemeer MRT Station.

Keong Saik Bakery

Location: 70 Bendemeer Rd, Luzerne, #01-03, Singapore 339940

6. LUNA

LUNA Patisserie's Matcha Opera
Matcha Opera

LUNA stands out with their premium cakes graced with a touch of local flavours.

The cafe’s standout creation is The Orh Nee Cake ($8.6), a delightful fusion of yam and coconut. But, if you’re a matcha lover, you have to try the Matcha Opera , stacked with different layers of matcha elements.

Keep an eye out for the cafe’s ever-evolving seasonal menu, promising exciting culinary variations for you to try.

Luna

Location: 53 Amoy St, Singapore 069879

7. Rise Bakehouse

Nestled within the vibrant enclave of 111 Somerset, Rise Bakehouse beckons with its cosy pastel pink facade. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because of their first outlet in Potong Pasir, which garnered a dedicated following for its exceptional bakes and gelato. Now, at their flagship store, Rise Bakehouse takes things to a whole new level, offering a more spacious and enchanting space.

The menu at this new cafe boasts an expanded selection of delectable treats. For those with a sweet tooth, their recent summer bakes, like the Mango Coconut Cake ($8.5) and Daisy Lemon Meringue Tart ($7.9), are a must-try. 

Rise Bakehouse

Location: 111 Somerset Rd, #01-05 TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164

8. Tigerlily Patisserie

Tigerlily Patisserie signature dessert. Cafes in Joo Chiat
Beehive

Owned by an ex-head pastry chef of a Michelin starred restaurant, this yellow and green botanical themed cafe is famous for its eye-catching presentation of cakes and dessert.

One of the cafe’s outstanding creations is the Beehive ($11), a honeycomb looking cake with lemon flavour. Transforming taco into a sophisticated dessert, The Forest Berry Taco ($8) is filled with hazelnut and chocolate. If you’re looking for hearty dishes, check out their brunch menu.

Tigerlily Patisserie

Location: 350 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427598

Best gelatos and ice-cream parlours

1. Sunday Folks

Presenting handcrafted dessert and ice cream, Sunday Folks is popular for crafting unique artisanal sweets. While the cafe’s best seller is ice cream and waffles, it extends its offerings to include innovative ice cream cakes like the Ete Ice Cream Petit Gateau ($13). Situated in ION Orchard, the collaborative branch of the café with Bynd Artisan specialises in delivering a refined dining experience through artisanal desserts.

Sunday Folks

Location: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116

2. Apiary

Taking the name of a place where bees are kept, Apiary is a sweet spot for some of the best ice creams in Singapore. They emphasises their product quality with in-house pasteurised dairy and fresh natural ingredients, with best-selling flavours such as Blue Milk, Sicilian Pistachio, Black Sesame, and many more. Additionally, you pair the ice cream with their Brown Butter Waffle ($8) for a much filling option.

A single scoop costs $5, while premium flavours start from $5.5.

Apiary

Location: 84 Neil Rd, ​Singapore 088844

3. Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise ice cream flavours at east coast

Inspired by South East Asian herbs and aroma, Birds of Paradise crafts unique gelato flavours such as White Chrysanthemum, Strawberry Basil, Sea Salt Hojicha, and many more. A single scoop of gelato starts from $4.7, and you can add on $1 for their thyme-infused cone.

Birds of Paradise

Location: 63 East Coast Rd, #01-05, Singapore 428776

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