If you thought Singapore’s cafe culture was limited to Tanjong Pagar and the Joo Chiat, think again. The north of Singapore beckons with its own ensemble of captivating cafes, tucked away in charming neighbourhoods. And these aren’t your basic minimalistic cafes either. The north beckons with its array of unique cafes, ranging from industrial-chic bicycle-theme to a garden oasis.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy cafe tucked in the far-ends of Seletar, or a vibrant spot in the heart of Yishun, here are the six best cafes in the north of Singapore to visit.

1. Wheeler’s Yard

Instagrammable cafe Wheeler's Yard with two bikes in front of their door

Housed in a massive warehouse along the Whampoa park connector, Wheeler’s Yard is a beautiful bicycle-themed cafe that serves up excellent coffee and mains. Exuding an industrial-chic aesthetic, with spacious outdoor and indoor seating areas, this place is perfect for midday brunches.

With an extensive menu of both Western and Japanese dishes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Ultimate Beef Yard Burger ($28) is a classic favourite – with a juicy wagyu beef patty, pork bacon, and a side of fries, it’ll make for a hearty and delicious meal. If you need your daily dose of rice (like a true Asian), give their Miso Pork Belly Bowl ($20) or Hamburg Rice Bowl ($22) a try. 

If you’re stopping by for a light bite, they’ve got you covered with their many sides and drinks. Pair their Matcha Mont Blanc Pudding ($12) with a refreshing Ginger Lemonade ($7) or their popular Iced Espresso Ball ($10)! Be sure to take lots of pictures at the many photo spots all over the cafe before you leave. They’ll definitely make for some Instagram-worthy shots. 

Wheeler’s Yard

Location: 28 Lor Ampas, Singapore 328781
Tel: +65 6254 9128
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 8:30am-5pm

2. Refuel Cafe

Photo: Refuel Cafe / Facebook

With three outlets scattered islandwide, Refuel Cafe has become a household name in the cafe scene. Conveniently located in Junction 9 Shopping Mall, this cafe has garnered a loyal following among locals in the neighbourhood and is definitely worth a visit. 

What sets Refuel Cafe apart from the rest is its delicious yet relatively affordable menu, with no GST and service charge. Their Mentaiko Salmon Mac & Cheese ($16.9) is a personal favourite of mine – generous salmon bits and broccoli baked with three different cheeses, topped with mentaiko sauce – the combination is heavenly, and it’s not too heavy. If you fancy something off their all-day brunch menu, the Full Tank ($18.5) and Fuel Me Up ($15.5) are popular choices, and they’re both served with toast. 

Finish off your meal with one of their many desserts. From fluffy Charcoal Waffles ($13.9) to their homemade Apple Crumble ($9.5), these are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Refuel Cafe

Location: 18 Yishun Ave 9, 01-04 Junction 9 Shopping Mall, Singapore 768897
Tel: +65 6264 1351 / 8762 7426
Opening hours:
Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed-Fri: 10am-8:30pm
Sat-Sun: 9:30am-8:30pm

3. Wildseed Café at The Summerhouse

Photo: Wildseed Café at The Summerhouse / Facebook

Tucked away in the tranquil Seletar Aerospace Park, Wildseed Café at The Summerhouse is a charming garden-themed cafe that offers a truly unique dining experience. Surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, this pet-friendly cafe exudes a whimsical charm that is hard to resist. 

Wildseed Café offers a range of delightful brunch options that are perfect for a leisurely weekend morning. Their Big Pan Breakfast ($29), with eggs of your choice, bacon and sausage, cherry tomatoes, portobello mushroom and avocado served on sourdough bread is a classic choice. 

The cafe’s wood-fired pizzas are another highlight of the menu. Made with thin, crispy crusts and a variety of mouthwatering toppings, these pizzas are sure to satisfy any pizza lover’s cravings. With adventurous flavour options such as Smoked Pork ($27) and Truffled Brie ($28), each bite is a burst of goodness.

To end your meal on a sweet note, you can indulge in a selection of artisanal desserts. From Oreo Croffles ($16) to an Enchanted Pistachio and Pear Garden Cake ($13), you’ll certainly find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Wildseed Cafe at The Summerhouse

Location: 3 Park Ln, Level 1A Seletar Aerospace Drive, Singapore 798387
Tel: +65 8126 7524
Opening hours: 8am-4:30pm

4. Columbus Coffee Co

Photo: Columbus Coffee Co / Instagram

Located in the heart of Upper Thomson, Columbus Coffee Co is a hipster cafe for coffee aficionados and food enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re catching up with friends over coffee, seeking a quiet corner to read a book, or simply savoring the moment alone, Columbus Coffee Co provides the perfect setting for your ideal café experience.

With a menu offering a unique mix of Western and Asian mains, there’s certainly something to satisfy every palate. Their Beef Steak Donburi ($24.2) is a recommended choice – tender melt-in-your-mouth beef served atop pearly white Japanese rice, accompanied by sautéed king oyster mushrooms, teriyaki onions and fresh egg yolk. Their Halibut & Scallop “Pao Fan” ($25.1) is an interesting item we’ve never seen on a cafe menu before – with crispy rice in a rich tomato broth, accompanied by green bullet sauce and lemongrass chilli, this certainly sounds like a feast for your taste buds. 

Looking for something more fit for brunch? They’ve got you covered too! Their Bacon & Potato Omelette ($21.1) is definitely a savoury yet tasty choice. If you ‘re looking for something healthier, you can’t go wrong with their Chia Pudding & Yoghurt ($14.6)

Columbus Coffee Co

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

5. Canopy Garden Dining

Photo: Canopy Garden Dining / Facebook

Surrounded by majestic trees and vibrant flora in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Canopy Garden Dining is a refreshing escape from all the hustle and bustle in our lives. Whether you’re looking for a serene brunch spot, a romantic dinner under the stars, or a place to unwind with friends over delectable food, this hidden gem has it all. It’s pet-friendly, so you can even bring your furry friends along!

At this garden-like hideout, one standout item on the menu is the Canopy Angus Cheeseburger ($19) – with a perfectly grilled angus patty atop melted cheese and bacon jam on a warm sesame bun, each bite presents a harmonious blend of flavours that meld together in a delightful way. Fresh iceberg lettuce and ripe tomato slices add a refreshing crunch, while thinly sliced pickles contribute a subtle zing.

Another star on the menu is their Espanola Bomba Rice ($22). At first sight, this dish presents itself as a vibrant and colourful masterpiece. With deep-hued squid ink rice topped with a glorious sunny side up egg and dollops of mentaiko mayo sauce, complete with a crispy fried chicken thigh, this dish is definitely a feast for both your eyes and taste buds.

With each dish carefully crafted to showcase the best of the season’s bounty, this charming eatery provides a culinary experience that is as enchanting as the surrounding greenery, promising a journey of gastronomic delight amidst the serenity of nature.

Canopy Garden Dining

Location: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 Bishan Park 2, 569931
Tel: +65 6556 1533
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-10pm

6. Slow Bakes

Photo: Slow Bakes / Instagram

If you’re an early bird, then Slow Bakes is the place for you — only open from 7am to 2pm daily.

This quaint little cafe in Yishun serves up fresh handmade bakes that are made with vegan and organic produce. From scrumptious pastries and cakes to savoury delights, each item is crafted with attention to detail and a commitment to using the finest ingredients. You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm. 

Slow Bakes Cafe is celebrated for its signature artisanal bread. From crusty sourdough loaves to soft brioche rolls, each bread is baked to perfection with time-honoured techniques and premium ingredients. With flavours like Walnut Lavender, Chocolate Hazelnut, Mushroom Cheese and Matcha Mochi Red Bean, every loaf is a flavourful work of art. With prices ranging from $2.2 to $8.5 for buns and loaves, dropping by for a meal here is definitely wallet-friendly. 

To complement their delectable baked goods, Slow Bakes offers expertly-crafted espresso-based drinks that awaken the senses. Here, you can also find your traditional Kopi-O or Teh. If you fancy a kopitiam-like breakfast set, it’s also on the menu. Get toast of your choice with two soft-boiled eggs and a drink. Whether you want a cafe-like meal or an old-school breakfast, Slow Bakes has got all bases covered.

Slow Bakes

Location: 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796
Opening hours: 7am-2pm

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