Cafe in Joo Chait

Joo Chiat cafes? With so many great cafes in mind, here are the best ones for brunch, coffee and pastries.

Awfully Chocolate, Luna, Tiong Bahru Bakery, and more… There’s a reason why these popular cafes in Singapore has decided to plant an outlet along Joo Chiat Road.

Where are the best cafes in Joo Chiat?

Joo Chiat cafes
1. Humble Origins — speciality coffee house that pays homage to Myanmar
2. Wooly Bagels — halal cafe in Joo Chiat serving stuffed bagels
3. LUNA — solid cafe for cakes
4. Pat-A-Cat — cat cafe in Joo Chiat
5. Tigerlily Patisserie — helmed by a pastry chef who has trained under several Michelin-stared restaurants
6. Cafe Natsu — Japanese-inspired western brunch and desserts
7. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe — Chocolate pastries, cakes and the first chocolate tap in Singapore
8. Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar — hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in Joo Chiat
9. Tiong Bahru Bakery — famous croissants bakery
10. Kings Cart Coffee Factory — local coffee roaster with brunch menu
11. Apiary — home to the famous pistachio gelato
12. Tomo Cafe — viral cloud lattes

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

Best cafes in Joo Chiat

1. Humble Origins

Humble Origin's kaya toast with onsen egg, one of the best Joo Chiat cafes
Dashi Onsen Eggs with XO Kaya Yorkshire Pudding

One of the most unique cafes in Joo Chiat, Humble Origins Coffee Roasters showcases a unique coffee experience where the essence of Myanmar’s Shan Hills becomes the star of the show.

Choose from four single origins from Myanmar, or opt for their house blend.

To go with your cuppa coffee, indulge in delightful treats inspired by Myanmar flavours. A popular pick to try is Shan’s Origin Tofu Fries ($12), a gluten-free delight served with an addictive tamarind chilli dip. Meanwhile, for a brunchier option, we highly recommend the Dashi Onsen Eggs with XO Kaya Yorkshire Pudding ($9), a levelled up version of the quintessential Singaporean breakfast.

Humble Origins

Location: 475 Joo Chiat Rd, #01, Singapore 427682
Opening hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (closed on Tuesdays)

2. Wooly’s Bagels

Bagels at a halal cafe in Joo Chiat
One of the newest cafes in Joo Chiat that’s been going viral on TikTok. Photo: Wooly’s Bagels / Instagram

One of the rare halal cafes in Joo Chiat, this vibrant orange bagel spot will surely catch your attention.

Wooly’s Bagel’s present halal-certified stuffed bagel with interesting twists

Infusing Asian flavours, highlights on their bagel menu are the spicy Szechuan Sunrise ($17.4) featuring mala-infused chicken and flavourful Otah Kau ($15.2), which features mackerel otah slices.

Wooly’s Bagels

Location: 162 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-02, Singapore 427437
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:15am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-8:30pm

3. LUNA

LUNA Patisserie's Matcha Opera, one of the best cafes in Joo Chiat
Matcha Opera, one of the best matcha cakes in Singapore

Joo Chiat is home to the most famous kouign amann, entremets, and pistachio ice cream. Now, we recommend LUNA, one of the best cake stores in Singapore.

They’re famous for their Orh Nee Cake ($8), featuring an earthy gingko paste that’s sweetened with coconut Chantilly cream.

Meanwhile, for one of the most intensely-flavoured matcha desserts you’ll ever find, LUNA’s Matcha Opera ($8.5) is the cake for you. It starts off with an airy matcha chiffon. It’s light in terms of flavour and texture, a stark contrast to their creamy and bittersweet matcha ganache. If you think that’s where it ends, the cake is finished with a light dusting of matcha powder

LUNA

Location: 121 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427410
Opening hours: 

Mon-Thu: 11am-6:30pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-6:30pm

4. Pat-A-Cat

Cat cafe in Joo Chiat — Pat A Cat

One of the most underrated cat cafes in Singapore, you have to visit Pat-A-Cat when you’re in the area.

Operating as more of a cat adoption centre, this cat cafe in Joo Chiat really takes good care of their cats. They have more-than-sufficient space to roam about, and also plenty of toys to play with. They also house a large number of cats and kittens. From my last few visits, there was probably about 10-20, depending on your luck.

In terms of prices, this cat cafe is relatively more expensive, at $15 for the first hour, inclusive of one canned drink, and $5 for the subsequent hours.

Pat-A-Cat

Location: 438a Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427651
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Sat: 1-8pm
Sun: 1-6pm

5. Tigerlily Patisserie

Tigerlily Patisserie signature dessert. Cafes in Joo Chiat
The Beehive, a signature items on Tigerlily Patisserie’s menu

This cafe in Joo Chiat might just be the best place in Singapore for entremets.

Tigerlily Patisserie was founded by Maxine Ngooi, who trained under several Michelin-stared restaurants. It’s no surprise that her bakes are a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

Their signature entremet, The Beehive ($15), looks just like one. Made out of lemon jelly, thyme and lychee, lemon sponge, honey parfait and yuzu mousse, it has a sweet, tangy and earthy flavour profile.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something on the sweeter end, we recommend Pink Guava & Pear ($12). The best fruit duo, the two fruits are transformed into pink guava cream and jelly, cubed fresh pears, and elderflower liqueur pear mousse. It’s fruity, light, and one portion is simply not enough.

Don’t miss out on their selection of croissants as well. It’s truly amazing, but if you only have enough budget to get one item, it’s got to be one of their entremets.

Tigerlily Patisserie

Location: 350 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427598
Opening hours: 
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm

6. Cafe Natsu

The most aesthetic cafe in Joo Chiat, nestled in one of Crane’s outlets, Cafe Natsu is known for their Japanese-inspired brunch and desserts.

This Joo Chiat cafe rose to fame with its selection of desserts, such as Miso Cheesecake ($12). Instead of turning it salty, the cheesiness of this basque burnt cheesecake is amplified with the addition of miso. Truly a genius pairing. “Safer” choices on the menu are the Mochi Doughnuts ($12) and Matcha Chocolate Tart ($10).

Cafe Natsu’s new brunch menu is pretty good too. Of which, we recommend the Salmon Ikura Don ($22), Camembert Mentaiko Mochi ($16) and Hiyayakko ($6), a cold tofu with sesame dressing and crispy egg floss.

Cafe Natsu

Location: 283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427537
Opening hours: 
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Thu: 8:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-3pm, 6:30-10pm
Sunday: 8:30am-5:30pm

7. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe

Located at the end of Joo Chiat road, this cafe is known for its chocolate cakes and treats, with multiple outlets across Singapore.

But, the Joo Chiat branch offers more. Firstly, three chocolate taps for a comforting hot chocolate or to drizzle on top of your pastries. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe has also recently launched their Weekend Brunch Buffet at the start of 2024. For only $32 per person, you can enjoy a buffet spread of brunch essentials and pastries.

Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe

Location: 131 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428816
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-11pm
Saturday: 10am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-10pm

8. Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar

Kohi Coffee Bar Hot Latte

A literal hole-in-the-wall, Kohi Roasters & Coffee Bar hails from Indonesia. I know, it’s confusing since kohi is a Japanese translation for coffee.

On the hopper, their self-roasted Aka Blend underscores a juicy acidity, with a syrupy finish.

An espresso-based coffee starts from $4 for an espresso, and we recommend and Iced Black ($7) for this blend.

For a more unique drink, their kohito ($7.5) might be more satisfying instead — a refreshing iced black topped with milk and mint. 

Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar

Location: 283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427535
Opening hours: 8am-6pm 

9. Tiong Bahru Bakery

Facade of Tiong Bahru Bakery Crane Road outlet

You might be tempted to go straight for their signature Kouign Amann (I wouldn’t blame you), but you might want to try some dishes that are exclusive to Crane Road.

Indulge in a hearty Breakfast Croffle ($22). An airy and crispy croffle, one of the best I’ve had, is paired with candied bacon, portobello mushroom, a fried egg, and a robust herb ranch sauce.

For something less brunch-y, and more lunch-y, the croffle also comes as a Pull My Pork Croffle ($22) — topped with Mexican pulled pork, pickled jalapeño, avocado, sour cream, and coriander.

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Location: 7 Crane Road, Singapore 429356
Opening hours: 7:30am-8pm

10. Kings Cart Coffee Factory

Coconut Coffee Cold Brew at Kings Cart Coffee Factory, local coffee roaster and brunch cafe at Joo Chiat
For a less sweet version of the Coconut Latte, we recommend their Coconut Cold Brew ($10).
Photo: Kings Cart Coffee Factory

Here’s a local roaster in Singapore that isn’t all about the coffee.

Kings Cart Coffee Factory also serves a selection of hearty brunch dishes such as the classic Bacon Eggs Benedict ($21) and Asian-inspired pastas like the Mentaiko Carbonara ($23) and Tom Yum Goong ($24).

Their self-roasted house blend, which is low in acidity and chocolatey, can also be experienced in interesting forms of coffee. Deviating from the typical espresso-based coffee, this Joo Chiat cafe provides an array of interesting drinks, such as their signature Coconut Latte ($9), topped with coconut cream and gula melaka, and the Figs & Peach ($9), sweetened with peach-infused concentrate and fresh figs.

Kings Cart Coffee Factory

Location: 328 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-05, Singapore 427585
Opening hours:
9am-6pm

11. Apiary

Pistachio gelato at Apiary, ice cream parlor at Joo Chiat
Sicilian Pistachio, one of Apiary’s best-sellers

The ice cream cafe that everyone knows and loves, Apiary has opened an cafe in Joo Chiat.

The quaint ice cream shop, which features a selection of homemade ice cream and waffles, is most well known for their Sicilian Pistachio — intensely nutty, slightly astringent. But, their Blue Milk, which is a milk-flavoured ice cream dyed with blue pea flower, as well as Hojicha, are also highly-acclaimed.

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

Apiary

Location: 81 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore 427725
Opening hours: 12-9pm

12. Tomo Cafe

Viral cloud lattes at Tomo Cafe
Photo: @eating__lotus / Instagram

Tomo cafe is a Japanese-style cafe that specialises in Japanese dishes and their TikTok-viral cloud lattes. Its name is derived from the  appearance of the creamy milk foam, which resembles clouds.

Their Cloud Lattes boast classic and innovative flavours, like the popular Iced Tiramisu Latte ($9) and refreshing Iced Matcha Strawberry Cloud Latte ($8). The Joo Chiat cafe’s signature drink is the distinct Iced Honeycomb Coffee ($7) 

Meanwhile they offer a diverse array of culinary delights, ranging from the succulent Grilled Tiger Prawn ($23) pasta to Cereal French Toast Sando ($22), featuring Japanese shokupan.

The cafe is a modern contemporary dining space with earthy tones. 

Tomo Cafe

Location: 189 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427460
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Thu: 9am-6pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

Cafes near Joo Chiat

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 Joo Chiat:

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