Jalan Besar cafe guide — including new cafes in the Jalan Besar and in nearby neighbourhoods like Lavender

What’s your favourite neighbourhoor for cafe-hopping? Some might answer Tanjong Pagar or East Coast, while others might lean towards the Instagrammable alleys of Arab Street and Haji Lane. But, did you know there are actually tons of cafes in Jalan Besar to check out?

Instead of listing out all the cafes, we’re going to be curating only the best ones in our Jalan Besar cafe guide (including the cafes in Lavender which are near Jalan Besar).

Where are the best cafes in Jalan Besar and Lavender?

Jalan Besar cafes and Lavender cafes
1. Moonchild — new cafe in Jalan Besar that is pet friendly
2. Asylum Coffeehouse — minimalistic coffee house in Jalan Besar with a twist at night
3. Lola Faye Cafe — halal cafe at Jalan Besar
4. La Levain — onigiri croissants
5. Ms Durian — durian speciality cafe in Jalan Besar
6. Antea Social — speciality tea house cafe in Lavender
7. Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee — retro coffee house in Lavender
8. Habitat Coffee — minimalistic cafe in Lavender
9. Sweet Cheeks — ice cream cafe with imaginative flavours
10. Frontyard — fat macarons

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

Best cafes at Jalan Besar

1. Moonchild

interior of moonchild cafe, new cafe at jalan besar
Photo: Moonchild / Instagram

Adding a contemporary touch to the Jalan Besar cafe scene, Moonchild stands out with its modern aesthetics.

Their menu is divided into Morning Situation, available from 9am to 3pm, and Midday to Close, for the rest of the day. Infusing creativity into each dish, this Jalan Besar cafe gives unique names to their offerings. For instance, the Really Nice Mushroom on Toast ($19) and the delectable Butterscotch Rum Banana French Toast ($22) for those with a sweet tooth.

Moonchild cafe is also pet-friendly.

Moonchild

Location: 351 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208988
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sat: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm

2. Asylum Coffeehouse

pouring filter coffee at asylum coffeehouse jalan besar
Filter coffee at Asylum, but there’s so much more behind this cafe in Jalan Besar

Asylum Coffeehouse is a minimalistic cafe in Jalan Besar with its speciality ‘Keluak’ espresso blend.

Paying homage to the founder’s Peranakan heritage, the espresso blend, which is heavy on earthy and nutty tones, is eponymous of Buah Keluak, his favourite dish as a child.

Espresso-based coffee starts from $3.5.

For something other than coffee, you can get their Matcha Latte ($6.5) or their famous Dirty Matcha ($7.5) instead.

But, a secret about this Jalan Besar cafe is that — once dusk falls, it turns into Absurdities Singapore, an immersive theatrical dining experience where you get to traverse the multiverse.

Asylum Coffeehouse

Location: 311 Jln Besar, Singapore 208970
Opening hours: 8am-4:30pm

3. Lola Faye Cafe

chunky cookies halal cafe jalan besar
The most indulgent chunky cookies. Photo: Lola Faye Cafe / Instagram

Looking for halal cafes in Jalan Besar?

Check out Lola Faye Cafe, one of the best halal cafe for chunky cookies, gelato and waffles. You can get their chunky cookies in different sinful flavours such as Daddy S’mores, Chocolate Milo and Matcha Marshmallow. Chunky cookies are priced at $6.5 for one.

In addition to its indulgent treats, you can also find sushi bakes at Lola Faye Cafe from $15. You can get them in Kani Mayo, Salmon Kani Mayo and Tuna Spicy Kani Mayo.

The most interesting thing about this cafe is probably the fact that it opens at 6pm and closes late at 2am!

Lola Faye Cafe

Location: 35 Hamilton Rd, Singapore 209204
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 6pm-2am

4. La Levain

onigiri croissants at Le Levain cafe at Jalan Besar
Croissant in the craziest onigiri form. Photo: La Levain

Discover the buzz surrounding La Levain, a viral artisanal bakery renowned for its imaginative pastries.

Co-founded by the former head chef of Keong Saik Bakery and Bakery Brera, this cafe in Jalan Besar offers a delectable array of sweet, savoury, and fusion selections, including scones, croissants, cakes, and more.

From the classic Pain Au Chocolate ($4.8) to innovative treats like the Mentaiko Cheese Onigiri Croissant ($7.5), La Levain promises a perfect blend of trendsetting creativity and exceptional taste. For the ultimate experience, opt for the Signature Box ($44), providing the opportunity to sample eight of their fusion creations.

La Levain

Location: 23 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209193
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-4:30pm
Thu-Sun: 8am-6pm

5. Ms. Durian

durian cafe jalan besar
A wide range of durian desserts. Photo: Ms. Durian

Catering exclusively to durian enthusiasts, Ms. Durian is a haven for lovers of the king of fruit.

Staying true to its name, this durian cafe in Jalan Besar specialises in fresh durian patisserie and premium durian confectioneries.

Among their highlights is the signature Classic Durian Cake (slice $12.5, whole from $52.5), featuring Mao Shan Wang durian as the main ingredient, defining its rich flavor. Additionally, they tempt taste buds with the crafted artisanal MSW Durian Ice Cream Puff ($17.5, a box of 5 pieces) and the intriguing Durian Coffee ($12.5). Ever wondered what a sip would taste like?

Ms. Durian

Location: 11 Kelantan Road, Singapore 208604
Opening hours:
Monday: 9am-10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed-Thu: 9am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-11pm
Sunday: 9am-10pm

6. Antea Social

Antea Social - speciality tea cafe at Lavender
Dusty pink tea house near Lavender MRT station

One of the few tea speciality cafes in Singapore, Antea Social is renowned for their fruit-infused tea. Their Kyoho Grape Oolong, and Peach Oolong are crowd favourites; both priced at $6 for hot, and $6.5 for iced.

One of the best aspects of Antea Social is the dining experience. Decked in a gentle dusty pink, the Jalan Besar cafe is warm and cosy. An hourglass is provided according to the tea you ordered, to ensure that you don’t under-steep or over-steep it.

Not to mention, every diner gets to choose their own ceramic cup to savour their tea. Each cup is handmade by the owners of Antea Social

Antea Social

Location: 9 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207528

7. Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee

chye seng huat hardware coffee at jalan besar
Signature cold brew at Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee

Don’t be confused when you’re looking for this Jalan Besar cafe.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSSH) Coffee was home to several hardware stores in the past. But, it’s converted into the famous roastery and cafe today.

This interesting hardware-style cafe in Jalan Besar is most famous for their Cold Brew White ($8.5), created in collaboration with Bootstrap Coffee. It’s full-bodied, with punchy chocolate and nutty notes.

A more underrated drink is the The Nitro Antimatter ($8.5). Almost tea-like, fruity, and zesty. A touch of sweetness is present due to the oat milk and infused nitrogen.

CSHH Coffee’s menu also includes mains and pastries.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee

Location: 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563

8. Habitat Coffee

Offering warm brunch options and coffee in Lavender, Habitat Coffee offers a minimalist and cosy ambience for you unwind your day.

From the light and healthy allure of dishes like Oats and Nuts (from $16) to heartier options like Chili Crab Linguine (from $21) that fuel your day, there are plenty choices for you to try. Specialising in a 100% local roast, don’t miss their Cold Matcha Coffee ($7.5), for a refreshing twist that adds a unique dimension to your coffee experience.

Habitat Coffee

Location: 803 King George’s Ave, #01-242/244, Singapore 200803
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Thu: 9am-6pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

9. Sweet Cheeks

entrance of sweet cheeks, ice cream cafe at jalan besar
Photo: Sweet Cheeks / Instagram

Situated in Tyrwhitt Road near the former Creamery Boutique, this gelato cafe at Jalan Besar haven boasts a modern and aesthetic look.

Offering an extensive selection of over 18 gelato flavours, the menu includes both regular and premium flavours, featuring imaginative taste such as Charcoal Honeycomb, Olive & Figs, and Macadamia Sea Salt Fior Di Latte. With single scoops starting from $4, you can explore the in-store flavours or conveniently order their gelato pints online to elevate your Saturday night treat. Complement your order with tempting add-ons such as Chocolate Brownie ($5) or Waffle ($7).

Sweet Cheeks

Location: 147 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207561
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 12-11pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am
Sunday: 12-11pm

10. Frontyard

Royal Earl Grey macaron ($4.5)

A hidden gem between Jalan Besar and Bendemeer, Frontyard, is a spacious cafe that specialises in macarons, cakes and brunch.

The macarons — almost like “fatcarons” — were the star of the show. The macaron shells had a nice chew, and were not too sweet. The respective flavours were also pronounced. Out of Frontyard’s repertoire of flavours, the ones that caught our eyes were Pistachio Berry ($4.5), Soya Mochi ($4.5) and Royal Earl Grey ($4.5).

Instead of one macaron, treat yourself to their Yard’s High Tea ($22), which includes a choice of coffee, one macaron, one mini slider, and a scone.

Frontyard

Location: 1 Sam Leong Road #02-08/09 Singapore, Singapore 207903
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm

Best cafes near Jalan Besar

If you can’t find any suitable cafes in this area, hop over to the nearby neighbourhoods. We have compiled various guides of the best cafes near Jalan Besar:

Not a fan of croissants? Here are other bakes to indulge in the best cafes in Singapore:

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