More than dumplings and mala hotpot, who knew Chinatown had so many nice cafes for coffee and brunch?

Delve into the vibrant heart of Chinatown. It’s one of Singapore’s most iconic tourist attraction, where traditional culture meets modernity in a unique blend of flavours and experiences. From Instagram-worthy interiors to exceptional coffee and mouthwatering croissants, we’ve curated a list of must-visit cafes in Chinatown to explore.

Grab your friends and get ready to embark on a foodie adventure through the 13 best cafes in Chinatown, Singapore.

Where are the best cafes at Chinatown?

Chinatown cafes
1. Paaru — breakfast featuring their signature shokupan
2. The Community Coffee — one of the best filter coffee in Singapore
3. Nanyang Old Coffee — paying homage to Singapore’s traditional coffee house culture
4. The Social Space — a multi-concept space
5. Acoustics Coffee Bar — pet-friendly cafe in Chinatown
6. Kohaku Sabo — viral jiggly cat pudding
7. Tong Heng Confectionary — bakery for traditional Chinese pastries
8. Nakey — Bombolone-style doughnuts and bagels
9. Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries — authentic Hong Kong egg tarts
10. Bearded Bella — Melbourne-brunch cafe
11. fieldnotes by Zee & Elle — rustic cakes
12. Rough Guys Coffee — coffee in an industrial-themed cafe
13. Dearborn — granola speciality cafe at Everton Park

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Here are the best cafes near Chinatown.

Best cafes in Chinatown

1. Paaru

On her way to grab breakfast in Cinatown at Paaru cafe, serving house-baked shokupans and cakes
Japanese furnishing at this Chinatown cafe. Photos: Paaru / Instagram

Nestled in the Pearl’s Hill Terrace neighbourhood, a 5-minutes walk from Chinatown MRT station Exit C, Paaru is the perfect cafe for an afternoon tea when you’re in Chinatown.

This bakery is popular for its signature house-baked shokupans, cakes, tarts, and diverse coffee selections, making it the perfect cafe to drop by. You can’t miss their French Toast Shokupan ($12), which is a tempting, caramelised version of their signature bread.

While you’re there, treat yourself to a cup of their coffee, complemented with a Rare Cheese Tart ($10).

So is this one of the best cafes in Chinatown? Try it for yourself.

Paaru

Location: 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-61, Singapore 168976
Opening hours:
Monday: 12-5pm
Tuesday: 12-4pm
Wed-Thu: Closed
Fri-Sat: 12-5pm, 6-10pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

2. The Community Coffee

more than just the best coffee house in Chinatown, The Community Coffee serves one of the best filter coffee in Singapore
Serving some of the best single origin coffee from around the world

For those who enjoy speciality coffee, The Community Coffee is likely a familiar name.

Not only is it one of the best coffee houses in Singapore, but as a local coffee roaster, they also supply high-quality coffee beans to many other cafes. You’ll find coffee sourced from Rwanda, Columbia, El Salvador, and more

The Community Coffee is so big on coffee that you can literally head down to Chinatown, where their flagship outlet is located, once a week and still be able to try a different variety as they rotate their selection monthly. They also house a small selection of bakes to go with your cuppa joe. While there are other speciality coffee houses in Chinatown, their frequent menu refreshes is what makes it the best option in my opinion.

The Community Coffee

Location: 14 Upper Cross St, Singapore 058330
Opening hours: 8:30am-5:30pm

3. Nanyang Old Coffee

Kick off your cafe-hopping journey at Nanyang Old Coffee. Its location in Chinatown is perfect as this coffeeshop pays homage to Singapore’s traditional coffee culture.

Savour the rich, aromatic flavours of their signature Nanyang Kopi ($2), and pair it with a delicious Kaya Toast ($2.2) for an authentic local experience. This cafe in Chinatown also offers an array of local dishes, including the fragrant Traditional Curry Chicken Thigh with Rice ($7.8) and Black Herbal Bak Kut Teh with Rice ($5).

For something a little more modern and quirky, try out their KopiCat Durian ($6.8) — Nanyang kopi mixed with Mao Shan Wang durian puree.

Nanyang Old Coffee has two outlets in Chinatown, one along South Bridge Road and the other along Eu Tong Seng Street.

Nanyang Old Coffee

Location: 268 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058817
Opening hours: 7am-6:30pm

4. The Social Space

Breakfast and brunch at The Social Space, a multi-concept space at Chinatown
Photo: @foodhunterph / Instagram

Located a ten-minute walk from Chinatown MRT station, The Social Space is a multi-faceted hub designed to inspire social-impact champions and foster a sustainable economy. It houses a cafe, a fair trade retail section, and a nail salon, all aimed at promoting sustainability, a deeper appreciation for providence, and accessible conscious living.

Indulge in their scrumptious smoothie bowls, like the Pink Flamingo ($13), and handcrafted beverages such as the Iced Matcha Latte ($7), all while supporting sustainable and ethical practices.

For a heavier meal, opt for their open-face toast. There are the classics such as Avo + Egg ($12) and Smoked Salmon + Cream Cheese ($13), and more unique toppings such as Roasted Eggplant + Miso Dressing ($10) and Burnt Brussels Sprouts + Tahini Butter ($10).

The cafe also hosts workshops and events, promoting a socially responsible lifestyle.

Aside from its Chinatown outlet, The Social Space has a second outlet at Bugis‘ Duo Galleria.

The Social Space

Location: 333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-14, Singapore 080333
Opening hours: 9am-5pm

5. Acoustics Coffee Bar

Brunch spread at Acoustics Coffee Bar

Situated along Neil Road, Acoustics Coffee Bar is a popular spot for brunch at Chinatown.

Maybe it’s the wide selection of Asian-inspired brunch or the fact that it’s one of the few pet-friendly cafes in Singapore, but this place is always packed. Even on the weekdays, as diners would take advantage of their affordable lunch sets starting from $12. You can choose between the Breaded Pollock Fish and Laksa Roasted Chicken Rice Bowl; each set comes with a drink.

Acoustics Coffee Bar is also one of the few cafes that excels in both food and drinks. They roast their own coffee, offering a rotation of single origin from various parts of brazil. To fully appreciate this variety, try it as an iced Long Black ($5) and savour the contrasting flavors of vibrant citrus and smooth, chocolaty undertones.

Despite its crowd, you can be rest assured that you’ll still be able to catch up with your friends at this cafe in Chinatown.

Acoustics Coffee Bar

Location: 61 Neil Rd, Singapore 088895
Opening hours:
8:30am-5:30pm

6. Kohaku Sabo

The viral jiggly cat pudding is finally available in Singapore

If you’ve seen viral videos of jiggly cat pudding, you’ll be delighted to hear that it’s finally available in Singapore.

Kohaku Sabo is a Japanese cafe located in Chinatown Point.

The Bouncing Kitty Milk Pudding ($8.8) are available in taro and coconut flavours. Each set comes with an edible brush to decorate your pudding before eating. You can make it look happy, angry and even derpy.

This cafe also just launched their DIY Ice Cream Mochi Set ($15.8) recently, where you can wrap your own mochi bite with ice cream, fruits, and warabimochi.

Kohaku Sabo

Location: 133 New Bridge Rd, L2 Chinatown Point, #02-34, Singapore 059413
Opening hours: 11:30am-3pm, 5-10pm

7. Tong Heng Confectionery

Traditional Chinese pastries bakery at Chinatown
The iconic diamond-shaped Egg Tarts. Photo: Tong Heng Confectionary

A sweet stop to your Chinatown cafe-hopping journey, Tong Heng Confectionery has been serving traditional Chinese pastries in Chinatown since the early 20th century.

Relish their iconic diamond-shaped Egg Tarts ($2), which are the perfect blend of flaky crust and creamy custard. Other delightful offerings include the Char Siew Puff ($2.2) and the fragrant Pandan Cake ($1.8).

Tong Heng Confectionary 

Location: 285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833
Opening hours: 9am-7pm

8. Nakey 

Doughnuts and brunch at Nakey
Photo: Nakey

Popular for its Bombolone-style doughnuts and bagels, Nakey is a new cafe in Chinatown with a minimalistic, cosy, and modern setting.

The Italian-inspired doughnuts, including enticing flavours like Nutty Praline Donuts ($6) and Thai Ice Tea Donuts ($6), take center stage in this aesthetically pleasing setting. Beyond the sweets options, Nakey extends its appeal with hearty food options such as the Mentaiko Salmon ($16).

Keep in mind, they do not take reservations, and weekends tend to be a busy time for them.

Nakey

Location: 10 Trengganu St, Singapore 058464
Opening hours: 10am-8pm

9. Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries

Authentic Hong Kong egg tarts at Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries
Authentic Hong Kong egg tarts in Chinatown

While Tong Heng Confectionary might be the more popular bakery in Chinatown, we recommend Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries if you’re going for authentic Hong Kong flavours.

Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries a delightful bakery that brings authentic Cantonese treats to Singapore.

Savour their popular Egg Tarts ($2.2), featuring a flaky, buttery crust filled with silky-smooth custard. For a savoury option, try their flavourful Char Siu Bao ($2.2), a fluffy steamed bun filled with juicy barbecued pork. Don’t forget to sample their other pastry offerings, such as the Pineapple Bun ($2.2) and the Wife Cake ($2.2).

Leung Sang Hong Kong Pastries

Location: 48 Smith St, Singapore 058957
Opening hours: 8am-7:30pm

10. Bearded Bella

Harissa Duck Burger at Bearded Bella, one of the best brunch cafes in Singapore
Green Harissa Duck Burger

Bearded Bella combines Melbourne-inspired vibes with a touch of whimsy in its charming, light-filled space.

Indulge in their delicious brunch offerings, such as the Grilled Cheese and Prosciutto Sandwich ($24) and Green Harissa Duck Burger ($29).

Don’t forget to try their speciality coffee, carefully sourced around the world, and rousted in-house (yes, get ready to smell like freshly roasted coffee after a visit to this cafe). 

Bearded Bella is also one of the few pet-friendly cafes in Chinatown. In addition to providing a space to dine with your pups, they also serve dog treats by The Barkery Singapore from $10.2 per portion.

Bearded Bella

Location: 8 Craig Rd, Singapore 089668
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed: 7:30am-5pm
Thu-Sat: 7:30am-9pm
Sunday: 7:30am-6pm

11. fieldnotes by Zee & Elle

Fieldnotes by Zee & Elle is a cafe concept brought to life by two long-time baking partners.

Step into their first dine-in cafe at Neil Road, a ten minute walk from Chinatown MRT station, where you can finally savour their exquisite cakes in a sit-down area, surrounded by a calming, aesthetically-pleasing ambiance.

Their best-selling Guava Lychee Cream Cake ($8.9) features a fluffy guava-infused sponge with guava cream and lychee bits. Other popular choices include the Matcha Azuki, Honey Yuzu, and Mango Yuzu ($8.5-$8.90), as well as tarts and seasonal specials.

In addition to their delightful cakes, try the Senga Strawberry Waffles ($14), topped with vanilla ice cream, house-made milk crumble, and strawberry compote. To complement your dessert, choose from classic Black ($5) and White ($6) coffee options, or go for the unique Sweet Potato Latte ($7), Matcha Latte ($7) or Sparkling Strawberry Bliss ($7).

Zee & Elle

Location: 41 Neil Road, Singapore 088824
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-8:45pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-10:45pm
Sunday: 11:30am-8:45pm

12. Rough Guys Coffee

Holding a cup of takeaway coffee cup from Rough Guys Coffee
Photo: Rough Guys Coffee / Instagram

Nestled close to Maxwell MRT Station, Rough Guys Coffee believes that you should “have a rough day, not a rough life”.

The monochromatic cafe’s appeal lies in its simplicity and metallic furnishing. But more important, their high quality speciality coffee such as White ($6) and Filtered Coffee ($8). They also offer delectable pastries from Yeastside Bakery, with the signature offering being the simple Butter Croissant ($5).

Rough Guys Coffee

Location: 214A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058763
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm

13. Dearborn

Strawberries & Cream at Dearborn. Granola, creme fresh ice cream, cranberry granita and lemon oil
One of the more unique cafes in Chinatown, Everton Park

The first granola speciality cafe in Chinatown, Dearborn offers a unique cafe-hopping experience.

Before you roll your eyes, these aren’t just your regular baked oats. Dearborn granola was created by Chef Christopher Kong, who had trained at Michelin Star restaurants and even helmed his own private dining establishment before his venture in to the cafe scene. You’ll be surprised by how different his granola tastes.

If you’re just here for plain old yogurt and granola, you can visit on any day. But if want something more exquisite, visit on the weekends. Strawberries & Cream ($14) elevates Dearborn’s basic granola with macerated strawberries, crème fresh ice cream, cranberry granita and lemon oil.

Dearborn

Location: 1 Everton Park, #01-29, Singapore 081001
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-3pm

Best cafes near Chinatown

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