In the heart of Singapore’s serene Botanic Gardens lies a delightful secret — a collection of charming cafes within the gardens itself, and surrounding it, catering to the needs of weary explorers and coffee lovers. The Botanic Gardens cafes feature famous names like Bakery Brera and Bee’s Knees, as well as the more “indie” ones like FBG.

But regardless of how popular they are, these hidden gems offer not only respite, but also a chance to indulge in the finest brews and culinary delights. Here are the six best cafes near Botanic Gardens.

1. Bee’s Knees

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Photo: Bee’s Knees at Garage

Bee’s Knees, a vibrant cafe & bistro within Botanic Gardens, takes cues from bees’ social nature.

The cafe buzzes with a laid-back, community-friendly atmosphere. Step into the cosy and industrial interior perfect for a midday stop. Offering delectable treats and a hive of social interactions, it’s where nature and culinary delights come together in perfect harmony. The cafe’s best-selling option for breakfast is Bee’s Knees Big Breakfast ($28). For a lighter bite, perhaps the Almond Croissant ($8.5) and Pinche Chicken Sandwich ($19) might fare better. Last but not least, order a Spicy Duck Loaded Fries ($18.5) to share — a twist to your regular light bites that pairs well with spice and savoury ingredients. 

Bee’s Knees is a pet-friendly cafe.

Bee’s Knees

Location: Cluny Park Rd, Level 1 The Garage, 50, Singapore 257488
Tel: +65 9815 3213
Opening hours: 8am-10pm

2. Bakery Brera

Photo: Bakery Brera

Indulging in the aroma of fresh baked croissants, Bakery Brera offers a tranquil setting and ambience for pastries lovers.

The place is perfect for a short sweet stop after strolling around the Botanic Gardens. From classic croissants to their signature cruffins — each bursts with diverse flavours. Among the highlights is the classic Triple Cheese & Ham Croissant ($6). Alternatively, if you prefer your viennoiserie sweet, you’ll love their best-selling Ferrero Rocher Cruffin ($5.5).

For the full experience, explore the Brera Signature Set ($38), comprising a selection of seven expertly crafted pastries that promises a delightful journey through taste and texture.

Bakery Brera

Location: 8 Empress Rd, Singapore 260008
Tel: +65 8413 6569
Opening hours: 
Monday: 7:30am-4pm
Tue-Sat: 7:30am-5pm
Sunday: 7:30am-4pm

3. Relish

Photo: Relish by Wild Rocket

Tucked away in the comfortable grounds of Cluny Court — located right beside Botanic Gardens — Relish has evolved from its burger-focused origins to provide a wide menu with a selection of mouthwatering main courses and interesting side dishes.

The signature dish on their menu is the Wild Rocket Beef Burger ($22.4) — the burger that became the root of this cafe. What sets this apart from other burgers in Singapore, is the inclusion of their special sun-dried tomato relish. If you love spicy food, the Roketto Oyster Omelette Spaghettini ($26) promises a delightful east-meets-west culinary journey with very spicy dried shrimp chili.

Location: 501 Bukit Timah Rd, #02-01, Singapore 259760
Tel: +65 6763 1547
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-10pm

4. Micro Bakery

Photo: Micro Bakery / Instagram

Within a mere 2-minute stroll from the Botanic Gardens MRT station, Micro Bakery offers a menu that centres around their bakes, specifically — sourdough.

Sourdough serves as the perfect vehicle for the following dishes: Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Tartine ($16), the Big Breakfast ($23) and the indulgent Smoked Salmon Tartine ($20. The cafe’s proximity to the serene Botanic Gardens, along with its scrumptious offerings, makes it the perfect post-park stop, promising a delightful fusion of nature and culinary delight for visitors and commuters alike.

Micro Bakery is also found at Katong and Tiong Bahru.

Micro Bakery

Location: 10 Jalan Serene #01-05 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748 
Opening hours: 8:30am-2:30pm

5. Atlas Coffeehouse

Photo: Atlas Coffeehouse / Instagram

Looking for a specialised coffee place in the Botanic Garden area?

Look no further, Atlas Coffeehouse serves specialty-grade coffees sourced from renowned global farms. Not only that, the place provides brunch, sides, and a till late menu catered for visitors’ needs. Atlas adds unique twists to classics , try out one of their coffee called Magic ($5.3), a double ristretto coffee or for something different, the filtered coffee of Ethiopia – Haru Suke ($8.1), is a delightful choice. The brunch menu offers The Gentleman Relish ($16.8), while their till late menu includes the enticing Cereal Prawn Pasta ($21)

Atlas Coffeehouse

Location: 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 8am-7pm

6. FBG

Photo: FBG

Formerly known as Fat Belly, FBG establishment excels as a steakhouse, perfect for a romantic date night.

For a luxurious dining experience, don’t miss the 2GR Full Blood Wagyu MS 8/9 – Denver ($68) or the the Beef Ragu Spaghetti ($20). If you prefer a lighter option, you can also start your meal with their appetising Chopped Kale Caesar.

Meanwhile, for a fuss-free meal, simply opt for A Set of Two, starting from $198++. This perfect date night set comprises two starters, two mains, two sides, and a dessert to share.

FBG

Location: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-04 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: 
Mon-Thu: 11am-4pm, 5pm-10pm
Friday: 11am-4pm, 5pm-11pm
Saturday: 10am-11pm
Sunday: 10am-10pm

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