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Not sure what to eat when you’re at East Coast and Katong? We’ve compiled the best cafes and restaurants in the area.

‘What to eat at East Coast?’ might sound like an easy question considering the myriad of cafes and restaurants at East Coast Park, Joo Chiat and Katong. But, if you’re indecisive or if you’re not familiar with the neighbourhood, you might take awhile to make a decision.

From new cafes like Humble Origin Coffee Roasters to ‘primeval’ restaurants like 328 Katong Laksa, here are the 23 best cafes and restaurants to dine at East Coast.

What are the best things to eat at East Coast and Katong?

East Coast cafes
1. Micro Bakery & Kitchen (Red House) — sourdough bakery along East Coast Road
2. Humble Origins Coffee Roasters — Myanmar coffee house at Joo Chiat
3. The Brewing Ground — pet-friendly cafe at East Coast
4. Creamier — indoor pet-friendly ice cream parlour
5. Neptune — Japanese-inspired brunch at East Coast
6. 6 Letter Brunch — conducive work-friendly cafe in the east
7. Brawn & Brains — croissants and coffee at Katong
8. Chin Mee Chin Confectionary — old school bakery at Katong
9. Dutch Colony Coffee Co. — one of the best coffees in the east
10. Ambling Turtle — Peranakan-inspired cafe dishes
11. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe — weekend brunch buffet
12. Birds of Paradise — botanical-flavoured ice cream parlour
13. St. Marc Bakery & Bar — Japanese pet friendly cafe near East Coast Park
14. Baba Chews — Singapore-themed high tea set at Katong

East Coast restaurants
15. Picotin — European-inspired menu and cocktails
16. SANTAi — limited-time pop up with Lavi Taco, serving Indonesian tacos
17. East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodles — hearty prawn noodles restaurant in Joo Chiat
18. Masalaa Bar — modern Indian cuisine
19. Forma — pasta trattoria
20. Harvest — healthy salad and protein bowls
21. Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen — One of the best Peranakan food in the area
22. 328 Katong Laksa — the original laksa in Katong
23. ENG’s Char Siew Wantan Mee — the iconic wanton noodle store in Katong

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Here are more cafes near East Coast and Katong.

Best cafes at East Coast

1. Micro Bakery & Kitchen (Red House)

scrambled eggs on sourdough toast at micro bakery red house east coast
Scrambled Free Range Egg Tartine at Micro Bakery East Coast

When we’re discussing sourdough, we have to include Micro Bakery, located in the iconic Red House along East Coast Road.

Micro Bakery’s menu is straightforward; basic, some might say. But who needs fancy recipes when you have solid loaves of sourdough to carry cafe? The distinct tanginess seeps through the cracks of the bakery’s windows, luring you in.

For possibly the most Instagrammable scrambled eggs, get the Scrambled Free Range Egg Tartine ($16) which features glorious golden folds, with a side of charred mushrooms with basil walnut pesto to add depth of flavour to the dish.

For a lighter option, try their Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Tartine ($14). The lightness of their house-made ricotta and tang from the cherry tomatoes bring forth the acidity of the sourdough slice.

Overall, a very vibey cafe at East Coast that’s perfumed with bread aromas and gentle natural lights. Not forgetting their house-roasted coffee that comes in the most beautiful ceramic cups.

Micro Bakery & Kitchen

Location: 63 E Coast Rd, #01-06, Singapore 428776
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun: 8:30am-5pm

2. Humble Origins Coffee Roasters

Dashi Onsen Eggs with XO Kaya Yorkshire Pudding at Humble Origins, Myanmar coffee house at Joo Chiat
Dashi Onsen Eggs with XO Kaya Yorkshire Pudding

Nestled in the cosy neighbourhood of Joo Chiat, Humble Origins Coffee Roasters brings forth a unique coffee experience rooted in the Shan Hills of Myanmar.

Beyond its specialtiy coffee, the cafe offers a delectable menu inspired by Myanmar and international travels, featuring a delightful array of food, snacks, and sweets.

Humble Origins Coffee Roasters

Location: 475 Joo Chiat Rd, #01, Singapore 427682
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 8:30am-5:30pm

3. The Brewing Ground

Flat lay of brunch dishes at The Brewing Ground, one of the best cafes in East Coast
One of the best pet-friendly cafes in Singapore

The Brewing Ground serves one of the best brunches at Joo Chiat Place. Bonus points: they’re pet-friendly.

This cafe at East Coast serves brunch with a slight twist. Breakfast includes the Burrata Tartine ($20) — a thick, one-inch slice of toasted sourdough, smothered in a bed of quality, creamy burrata, and topped with marinated cherry tomatoes and caramelised onions.

Diners can also indulge in their variation of the classic eggs benedict. The Eggs Benjamin ($23) starts with a 63 degrees sous vide egg instead of poached. In replacement of hollandaise, beurre blanc is used. While both are French butter-based sauce, beurre blanc has a more complex flavour, as it is first prepared with a reduction of wine, vinegar and shallot before butter is added, while hollandaise is just an emulsification of egg yolks and butter.

The Brewing Ground

Location: 406 Joo Chiat Place, #01-24 The Yards
Opening hours: 7:30am-5pm

4. Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee (East Coast)

Burnt Toast, White Sesame Nori, and Sea Salt Gula Melaka. These are just some interesting flavours found at Creamier, a local ice cream parlour that crafts their gelato in small batches.

With outlets at Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh, Punggol and Queenstown, they have just opened their fifth cafe along East Coast Road. And if you haven’t heard, this ice cream cafe is pet-friendly!

The best part about this cafe is that they also have ice cream for your pups! The Pup Cups, priced at $5.9 per cup, is made with lactose-free cow’s milk, ensuring that it is safe for dogs to consume. You can get it in six flavours such as Mint and Peas, Peanut Butter and Bananas, and Apple Pie.

Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee (East Coast)

Location: 226 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428923
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 12-10pm

5. Neptune

neptune, sea-themed cafe at East Coast
One of the most aesthetic cafes along East Coast Road

Neptune is the latest concept by the team who founded Atlas Coffeehouse, and other familiar names like Apollo, Lunar and Columbus. Sharing the same title as the Roman God of the Seas, the East Coast cafe stands out with its Japanese-inspired menu.

A take on the traditional big breakfast, Neptune’s Big in Japan ($16.9) features four Grana Padano scones with a side of yuzu jam, honey mascarpone and cold shrimp and salmon in dill sauce. For a more flavourful option, opt for their Chili Crab & Chorizo ($22.5) that features a heated rivalry between the sweet harissa chilli crab sauce and grilled chorizo for the sole piece of toast on the plate.

Neptune

Location: 237 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428930
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sat: 8am-10pm
Sunday: 8am-7pm

6. 6 Letter Brunch

If you need a conducive cafe around the East Coast and Katong area to get some work done, there’s no better place than 6 Letter Brunch.

Wifi, electrical sockets and huge tables, this cafe is fully equipped as a conducive working space. It also has a pretty decent food and drinks menu. While the individual dishes themselves aren’t too fancy and gimmicky — expect grilled chicken aglio olio and ham and cheese croissants — they compensate by consistently dishing out well-cooked meals.

6 Letter Brunch

Location: 103 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458225
Opening hours: 8am-9pm

7. Brawn & Brains

Brawn & Brains Earl Grey Croissant - Guillemard Road and East Coast Road
Earl Grey Croissant, amped up with roasted hazelnuts on top

With their flagship at Guillemard Road, Brawn & Brains made its way down to East Coast with its reputation for a hearty brunch, satisfactory croissants and you guessed it — coffee.

This cafe’s single origin from Papua New Guinea had a more balanced body, with a sweet aftertaste. Meanwhile, their House Blend had a nuttier note with a lingering aftertaste. Pair it with a piece or two of their croissants such as Earl Grey, Dark Chocolate and Korvapuusti Pulla, a Finnish-style cinnamon bun.

For a more filling brunch, get the highly raved Oven Baked Molten Eggs ($22) — a cheesy, melty variation of the classic Eggs Benedict, with a side of avocado, smoked salmon and salad. 

Brawn & Brains

Location: 218 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428916
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: 7:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thu-Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun: 7:30am-5:30pm

8. Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

kaya toast and old school bake at this cafe at katong
Levelled-up kaya toast at this cafe in Katong

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery has been an iconic fixture in the Katong neighbourhood.

You won’t be able to miss this cafe, painted in a bright shade of blue, with a striking red font against it. This nostalgic confectionery offers old-school bakes. Think fluffy buns and thick spreads of its signature house-made kaya, cream rolls, nanyang kopi, and more.

The prices are more than reasonable as well at an average of $2 per bake, making it one of the more affordable cafe-hopping options at East Coast.

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

Location: 204 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428903
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 8am-4pm

9. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.

Cold Brew at Dutch Colony Coffee Co
Cold Brew at the East Coast branch

With multiple outlets across the island, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is no stranger to most.

This cafe along Frankle Avenue, East Coast is furnished in a sleek dark woody hue, with both al fresco and indoor seating.

Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is known for their stringent curation of single origins and it shows. This cafe has some of the most interesting coffee profiles I’ve seen. For instance, as of May 2024, their East Coast outlet holds two interesting single origins from Columbia. One boasts notes of cranberry jam, yuzu and date pudding, while the other features a mix of basil, lavender and bergamot.

Despite its focus on speciality coffee, this cafe also caters to customers who has a sweeter tooth. Hence, you’ll find interesting concoctions on their drinks menu like Coco Brew ($7.8), a mix of coconut water, cold brew and sour plum juice. Non-caffeinated options are also available, such as the R&R ($7.8) a tart and earthy mix of raspberry and rosemary with tonic water.

Dutch Colony Coffee Co.

Location: 113 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458230
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 8am-6pm
Fri-Sun: 8am-9pm

10. Ambling Turtle

pulut hitam tart - peranakan inspired dessert at ambling turtle, cafe along east coast road
Pulut Hitam Tart

Befitting for a cafe at Katong, known as a cultural and heritage-filled neighbourhood, Ambling Turtle serves Peranakan-inspired brunch dishes.

Nestled in The Flow, a shopping mall along East Coast Road, this cafe serves an array of Asian-influenced artisanal tarts such as Pulut Hitam ($7.5), Orh Nee ($8) and Ondeh Ondeh ($8.5).

Their mains are also not spared from this interesting twist. Indulge in a four-cheese grilled cheese with a side of rendang or a spicy and cheesy Laksa Mac and Cheese ($15).

Ambling Turtle

Location: 66 E Coast Rd, #01-01 The Flow, Singapore 428778
Opening hours:  

Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

11. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe

Awfully Chocolate East Coast Super Stacked Chocolate Cake and Hot Latte
Super Stacked Cake, one of Awfully Chocolate’s bestsellers

You might have seen videos of the viral chocolate taps on TikTok, but Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe offers so much than chocolate since it was founded in 1998 — especially its flagship cafe at East Coast.

Yes, the Super Stacked Cake ($12) is a must-get, along with any one of their chocolate drinks. The chocolate is now obtained fresh from their live-tempering taps. To enjoy their chocolate in its purest form, the Hot Chocolate ($8) comes in 45% dark milk, 60% dark chocolate, and 70% dark chocolate. For an extra shot to mellow out the sweetness, we recommend the Chocolate Espresso ($8).

As their first flagship restaurant with a hot kitchen, you can also expect a wide variety of mains on top of their regular pastries and bakes. If you are spoilt for choice, we recommend their newly-launched Weekend Brunch Buffet at $38++, which includes a choice of mains and unlimited offerings of classic brunch dishes and pastries.

Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe

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

12. Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise ice cream flavours at east coast
Featuring one of our favourite flavours — Basil

The name of this cafe should be familiar to most.

Birds of Paradise has spread its wings to various corners of Singapore, covering the far ends of the east in Jewel, and the upper north of Singapore in Mandai Wildlife West. Meanwhile, their cherished flagship store continues to bloom in the heart of Katong, a testament to their deep-rooted connection with the community.

What allows Birds of Paradise to soar above the rest is its commitment to natural ingredients. Each flavour is painstakingly infused with herbs and spices, ensuring that only the most natural flavours are presented. This best-sellers at this East Coast cafe include White Chrysanthemum, floral and delicate, and Strawberry Basil, fruity and herbaceous. Other unique flavours that are rarely found elsewhere comprises Pandan, Lemongrass Ginger, Spiced Pear, and more. A single scoop starts from $5.5.

As if the flavours aren’t fancy enough, you can also pair their ice cream it with their Thyme Cone Chips ($2.5).

Birds of Paradise

Location: 63 E Coast Rd, #01-05, Singapore 428776

13. St. Marc Bakery and Bar

St. Marc Bakery and Bar is a Japanese cafe at East Coast Park, offering a delightful selection of desserts and dishes against a tranquil seaside backdrop.

It provides an inviting ambience that is suitable for friends, family, and business meet-ups. And most important, it’s al fresco dining area is pet-friendly, perfect for pawrents who are looking for a place to recharge after spending some time with their pups at the beach or Dog Run.

St. Marc Bakery and Bar

Location: Parkland Green @ ECP 920, East Coast Parkway, #01-09/10, Singapore 449875

14. Baba Chews

Nestled in the heart of Katong, Baba Chews the all-day restaurant of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong.

You’ll find innovative Asian-fusion dishes here, such as Nikkei-inspired Grilled Assam Halibut and Singapore Chili Crab Risotto. But, as of May 2024, you get to enjoy their Heritage High Tea, which is an afternoon tea set inspired by local desserts and dishes.

Instead of basic cakes and canapes, you’ll find assorted kueh and kueh pie tee here. Savoury dishes also take on an Asian slant, as seen from their Crab with Ikura Sandwich and Shitake Compote Choux. Each set comes with a choice of Bacha Coffee or TWG.

It’s available at $58 for two pax everyday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Baba Chews

Location: 86 E Coast Rd, Katong Square, Singapore 428788
Opening hours: 6:30am-10:30pm

Best restaurants at East Coast

15. Picotin

Picotin, born in the old stables of Turf Club Road, has found a home in the vibrant Katong neighbourhood.

This European restaurant has evolved from a laid-back concept to an epitome of sophistication. Picotin now caters to diverse dining occasions as it comprises a varied menu, featuring delights from Braised Beef Short Rib ($42) to Prosciutto Croquetas ($16), each dish resonating with authentic European flavours.

What distinguishes Picotin from other European restaurants is its charming down-to-earth eatery with a serene terrace, providing a delightful ambience perfect for gathering.

Picotin

Location: 382 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427622
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 3pm-12am
Friday: 3pm-1am
Saturday: 10-1am
Sunday: 10-12am

16. SANTAi

ayam buah keluak indonesian tacos at Lavi Taco
Ayam Buah Keluak, part of Lavi Taco’s limited-time pop up at SANTAi

Bar hoppers in the east might be familiar with SANTAi, a hipster cocktail bar located along East Coast Road. In addition to their latest look refresh, they’ve also partnered up with Lavi Taco, serving contemporary tacos to go with their cocktails.

Lavi Taco has always been known for their innovation to tacos and their newest collaboration with SANTAi really takes their culinary craft to the next level — Indonesian-inspired tacos. Their new menu features Rendang Birria ($18), Ayam Buah Keluak ($24), and Tempeh & Jackfruit Curry ($17).

Lavi Taco | SANTAi

Location: 697D E Coast Rd, Singapore 459060
Opening hours:
Mon-Tue: 5pm-1am
Wednesday: 5pm-12am
Thursday: 12am-1pm, 5pm-1am
Fri-Sun: 5pm-1am

17. East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodle

East Coast has that one popular prawn noodle stall. But if you want to skip to queue, here’s one that’s just as good.

East Treasure Specialty Prawn Noodle is known for its rich and hearty broth. Offering two style of prawn noodles in both local and Penang styles, the restaurant caters to varied guests preferences. Be sure to try their signature dish, Supreme Prawn Noodles ($15.8), featuring succulent prawns and generous pork belly slices, offer a perfect blend of textures and flavours.

East Treasure Specialty Prawn Noodle

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

18. Masalaa Bar

Masalaa Bar - Monstrous MB Papad, Indian restaurant at East Coast
Monstrous MB Papad

Created by Celebrity Chef Milind Sovani, the founder behind Michelin restaurant Song of India, Masalaa Bar served as an avenue for the masses to enjoy authentic Indian food at an affordable price.

The theme for Masalaa Bar is casual, Indian street food. You’ll see interesting twists on traditional street food, whilst retaining to the cuisine’s authenticity. Masalaa Bar’s signature Monstrous MB Papad ($8) was created as a fun bar snack for friends and family to eat together.

The renowned pani puri was also reinvented into a shot. The Pani Puri Shots ($7.5), Chef Sovani’s prized creation, features a shot glass of refreshing mint water with a puri on top, with a side of sweet and spicy red sauce.

Masalaa Bar

Location: 723 E Coast Rd, Singapore 459071
Opening hours: 12-10:30pm

19. Forma

Photo: Forma

Forma is a distinctive trattoria brought to you by The Cicheti Group and Ben Fatto, presenting an elevated dining experience with a focus on fresh, handmade pasta.

A noteworthy dish would be the Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe ($28), a Roman delight featuring Pecorino Romano D.O.P. Crosta Nera and black pepper, offering an authentic taste of Italy. The restaurant’s dedication to premium ingredients and a genuine presentation of pasta adds an extra layer of allure.

Forma

Location: 128 Tembeling Road Singapore 423638
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Thu: 6-10:30pm
Fri-Sun: 12-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm

20. Harvest

Harvest — healthy rice bowls at Katong
Source: @add1zer0/Instagram

Besides the abundance of eateries, East Coast is also littered with gyms and fitness classes. Barre and Spins anyone?

For the same group of health conscious individuals, head down to Harvest for a healthy salad or protein bowl that are pumped with nutrition.

For $12, each bowl includes 1 sous-vide protein, 1 base, 3 sides, 1 topping and 1 dressing. Prepared with a French sous-vide technique to ensure consistency and most importantly, juicy proteins. It’s seared afterwards for extra flavours and colour.

Wash it down with their cold press juices that are made in-house daily, and sampled individual to ensure the quality is of high standards.

Harvest

Location: 81 E Coast Rd, #01-01, Singapore 428785
Opening hours: 11am-8:30pm

21. Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen

Photo: Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen

Enjoy authentic Peranakan cuisine at this halal restaurant at East Coast.

Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen has been serving affordable Nyonya dishes for 14 years, and has one of the best reviews compared to its competitors in the area.

You can find signature dishes like Ikan Assam Pedas ($30), Signature Beef Rendang ($18), and Nyonya Curry Chicken ($16).

Old Bibik’s Peranakan Kitchen

Location: 328 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-02, Singapore 427585
Opening hours: 11:30am-9:30pm

22. 328 Katong Laksa

Source: @yahonglin / Instagram

Original Katong laksa or not, it doesn’t change the fact that 328 Katong Laksa serves a mean bowl of Laksa.

A regular bowl starts from $5, but why wouldn’t you upgrade it to a large for $2? Creamy, spicy and fragrant from coconut milk, the balanced broth coats their thick vermicelli that is roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces.

First-timers will be confused as only a spoon is given. But when you’re graced with such a divine bowl of noodles, chopsticks will only get in the way of indulging.

328 Katong Laksa has also expanded to Upper Thomson and Queenstown.

328 Katong Laksa

Location: 216 East Coast Road, Singapore 428914
Opening hours: 9:30am-9:30pm

23. ENG’s Char Siew Wantan Mee

Photo: @eatsjustafoodblog / Instagram

While this is highly contentious, old is not always good.

Located in Katong, ENG’s Char Siew Wantan Mee is the ‘new’ ENGs. For those who are confused about the previous statement, there’s a rivalry going on between this franchise and the the original ENG’s Wantan Noodles. But as the maxim goes, never discuss politics at the dinner table. So you’ll have to read it up yourself. Instead, we’ll be talking about the quality of the food.

To be honest, both restaurants were pretty similar flavours-wise. However, if I do have to point out difference, the noodles at the new branch had a better texture but the chili sauce was milder.

The Signature Wanton Mee starts from $6.3 and you can get a side of Fried Wanton from $5.5.

Location: 248/250 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437036
Opening hours: 10:30am-8:30pm

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