“You can’t judge a cup of coffee by it’s latte art,” says no one.

With a steady stream of cafes popping up, it is getting increasingly harder to find the perfect cup of coffee. Hence, we have curate the ultimate guide on the best places for coffee in Singapore.

1. Glyph Supply Co

Glyph Supply Co, a minimalistic white cafe cum co-roasting space at 111 Somerset, serves one of the best coffees in Singapore. Their repertoire extends from robust and punchy espresso-based drinks to delicately extracted filter coffee. For instance, their Andres Guaca single origin emanates fragrances of rum and dark chocolate.

For a complex yet palatable profile, we recommend their White Cold Brew ($6.5), extracting the smokey and spicy nuances from the Musfaha single origin, and sweetened with honey to layer on an ambrosial fragrance.

Glyph Supply

Location: 111 Somerset Rd, #01 – 06, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: 8:30am- 8:15pm

2. Percolate

A quiet cafe situated in Bedok, Percolate earns a spot on this list with its consistent extractions. Furthermore, their single origin rotates seasonally, providing a new experience every visit. For example, their Peru is packed with chocolate undertones while their Rwanda underscores fruity notes.

Percolate’s coffee starts from $3.5 for an Espresso and $4 for a cup of flat white.

For small bites to go with it, choose between pastries, cakes and mains. Their Smoked Salmon Croissant ($7.9) is buttery, flaky and nicely complemented with a spicy wasabi mayonnaise. Meanwhile, their Sticky Date Pudding ($8.9) is moist and packed with a mellow, floral sweetness from the dates.

Percolate

Location: 136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-152, Singapore 460136
Tel: +65 8259 0316
Opening hours: 9am-9pm

3. Old Hen Coffee Bar

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Located in Farrer Park, this coffee house specialises in cold brews.

In general, Old Hen Coffee Bar uses a lighter roast for their coffee. With a distinct floral note, it renders their Black Cold Brew ($6.5) more palatable for those who dislike the bitterness of americanos. On the other hand, their White Cold Brew ($6.9) had a milkier flavour and a mellower taste, resembling milk coffee.

Old Hen Coffee Bar

Location: 88 Rangoon Rd, #01-03, Singapore 218374
Tel: +65 6341 5458
Opening hours: 9:30am-6:30pm

4. Apartment Coffee

Apartment is unalike any coffee houses. High-quality brews are one thing. For example. their Ethiopia ($8) promises passion fruit, stewed peach and mango sensory notes. However, it was the ambience it exudeds that 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
Opening hours: 10am- 6pm

5. Maxi Coffee Bar

Oat Milk Cold Brew Coffee at Maxi Coffee Bar, cafe at Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer

Located at Telok Ayer, Maxi Coffee Bar bears a preppy aesthetic with its soothing blue walls and vintage ornaments.

Espresso-based drinks and coffee are on the menu, but you have to try their Oat Milk Cold Brew ($6.8). It is pleasantly nutty and malty and the sweetness from the oats are more mellow than your usual oat milk lattes.

Maxi Coffee Bar

Location: 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
Tel: +65 9776 7400
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Fri: 8am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-4:30pm

6. Fahrenheit Coffee

Iced Mocha at Fahrenheit Coffee, coffee bar Bugis

To enter a state of zen, step foot into Fahrenheit Coffee. A coffee bar integrated into a spa along Beach Road, the place is furnished in wood, marble and faux fur.

Espresso-based coffee starts from $4 for a shot of espresso. Meanwhile, among the wide selection of single-origin for their filter coffee, the award-winning Ethiopian costs $12, promising a harmony of elderflower, grape candy and peach.

Farenheit Coffee

Location: 75 Beach Rd, #01-00A, Singapore 189689
Tel: +65 9049 5324
Opening hours: 9am-6pm

7. %Arabica

Imported from Kyoto, Japan, %Arabica is easily recognisable by its minimalistic interior and giant percentage logo.

Lattes are priced from $7. Rather pricey, but it is worth every penny. They have an extensive list of blends and single origin to choose from and we recommend the Jose Julian Corea 158 blend from Nicaragua for its fruity and piquant tasting notes.

%Arabica

Location: 56 Arab St, Singapore 199753
Tel:
+65 6291 3887
Opening hours:
8am- 8pm

8. Brawn & Brains

Located along East Coast Road and Guillemard Road, Brawn & Brains offers two selections for their coffee.. Their Single Origin has a more balanced body, with a sweet after taste, while their House Blend has a nuttier note with a lingering aftertaste.

Lunch and breakfast are also available. Their crowd’s favourite, Oven-baked Molten Eggs ($16.8), features a cheesy, gooey baked eggs with cheese. Alternatively, get a croissant or two for a light mid-day snack.

Brawn & Brains

Location: 218 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428916
Tel:
 +65 6348 0501
Opening hours:

Mon-Tue: 7:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thu-Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun: 7:30am-5:30pm

9. Venture Drive

Pouring Iced Latte at Venture Drive

Venture Drive is not your average basic cafe. This third wave coffee bar in the west stands out with its Columbia Andres Guaca Natural Rum Aged Pink Bourbon. Specialists use a unique processing method where coffee fruits are aged in rum barrels. The whiff of rum hit me before even before my lips touched the warm surface and the sweetness is accentuated by an earthy note in the backdrop.

Venture Drive

Location: 50 Nanyang Avenue, North Spine Plaza #NS3-01-13 Singapore 639798
Opening hours: 7:30am- 8:30pm

10. Columbus Coffee Co.

Lunar Coffee Brewer The Milky Way white cold brew

Columbus’ prized Milky Way ($7) is imparted with an intense hazelnut flavour, almost as if flavoured-syrup was added. But, it is actually just the innate tasting notes from the coffee that is gently extracted by steeping coffee grounds in cold water.

This cold brew can also be found at Columbus Coffee Co’s sister cafes- Atlas Coffeehouse , Lunar Coffee Brewers and Apollo Coffee Bar.

Columbus Coffee Co.

Location: 220 Upper Thomson Rd, Thomson Garden Estate, Singapore 574352
Tel: +65 6253 6024
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sat: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm

11. The Coffee Academics (Special Mention)

Ranked first in speciality coffee in the Frost and Sullivan Report, The Coffee Academics stands out with their avant-garde coffee formulas.

The Pepper Agave ($7.9) is elevated with honey, nectar and even pepper. The honey and nectar adds a touch of sweetness and a myriad of floral notes. Meanwhile, pepper, the unexpected guest, imparts a woody fragrance to the coffee.

The Coffee Academics

Location: 252 North Bridge Rd, #B1-12 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6266 0560
Opening hours: 9am-10pm


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