Last Updated: June 30, 2017
Singaporeans certainly have a penchant for cafe hopping and rightly so, because it seems like there is an abundance of pre-existing cafes to visit and new ones constantly popping up every month. While it might be hard to cross every cafe islandwide off your bucket list, one thing’s for sure — you definitely won’t be running out of places to patronise.
If you’re not yet a seasoned cafe hopper and can’t keep up with the latest cafe fads, then fret not because here is a nifty guide that will help get you started. Whether you’re looking for authentically delicious artisanal coffee or a hearty and satisfying brunch set, there’s always something for everyone when cafes are concerned.
Here are eight trendy cafe staples in Singapore to try out on your next cafe hopping adventure:
As the pioneers of cold brew, it’s no surprise that the coffee at Old Hen Coffee Bar is highly sought after by every hipster out there. If you’re looking for specialty coffee with an unbeatable taste, this should definitely be one of your go-to stops.
Just a stone’s throw away from Farrer Park MRT, the cafe itself is highly accessible and features a comfortable space where one can just enjoy a cuppa peacefully.
If you’re the kind that enjoys milk in your coffee, then opt for the Cold Brew Coffee Creamy White ($6.50). Not only does this guarantee you a satisfactory caffeine fix, it is also surprisingly smoother than most bottled coffees out there. I can’t think of anything more perfect than iced coffee on a sweltering day out!
Old Hen Coffee Bar: 88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed to Fri), 10am – 6.30pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun) | Tel: +65 6341 5458 | Website
Here’s a cafe where you can get breakfast all day, no matter what time you choose to stroll in. If there’s anything I love more than brunch items, it’s the sheer tranquility and respite from the heat that places like this offer.
Conveniently located beside the river, customers are treated to a great view while dining in the alfresco setting on the veranda. Talk about a relaxing ambience.
Nothing truly screams brunch like a good ol’ serving of Eggs Benedict. For that, I’d recommend the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($13) from Whisk & Paddle. To shake things up a bit, they’ve chosen to use waffles instead of toast as the base, adding a delectably crisp and fluffy texture that complements the smoked salmon and runny egg yolk perfectly.
Whisk & Paddle: 10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836 | Opening Hours: 3.30pm – 10.30pm (Tues to Fri), 9.30am – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Tel: +65 6242 4617 | Website
Located at Forum along Orchard Road, The Benjamin Browns is a quaint cafe that specialises in OTT (Over The Top) milkshakes and tasty main courses ranging from sandwiches and burgers, to pastas and rice bowls.
Having recently launched new menu items that include a Molten Cheese Lava Burger and massive Don bowls, they have certainly reinvented themselves and have proven that they are more than just a milkshake cafe.
Get the Moo Don ($29) if you’re either of these two things: hungry or simply just a lover of all things beef. This rice bowl is definitely a testament to the fact that they can be OTT out of the milkshake department too.
Nestled underneath 350g of beef is extremely fragrant garlic fried rice that will guarantee maximum satisfaction. Did I mention that all the slices of beef are from different cuts?
If having a massive bowl of fatty beef proves to be too much for you, why not pair this with a refreshing can of ice-cold Coke Light? That’ll definitely wash down the thick flavours and leave you going – Ahh!
The Benjamin Browns: Forum Shopping Centre, #01-20/21, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 9pm (Sun to Thurs), 10.30am – 9.30am (Fri & Sat) | Tel: +65 6887 4117 | Facebook
Fleeting as they may be, themed cafes have always been a popular trend in Singapore’s cafe scene. We’ve had cafes designed after characters like Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Pokemon and now Gudetama — undoubtedly everyone’s favourite lazy egg from Sanrio.
Created in joint partnership between local brands Joe & Dough and The Soup Soon, Gudetama himself is brought to life in the form of stylised cafe fare.
Just one of many main courses on the menu, the Rib “I” Don’t Care ($28.50) comes with a char-grilled prime Angus ribeye steak (200g) with a side of creamy mushroom sauce and garden vegetables. In true Gudetama fashion, the mashed potato is shaped like the character with an inserted speech bubble of the slang “Nua”.
Cute as this may be, don’t be expecting to get the same standards from a steakhouse with this dish.
Gudetama Cafe Singapore: #01-61 Suntec City Mall, 3, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983 | Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon to Thurs), 8am – 10pm (Fri to Sun) | Tel: +65 6677 6195 | Facebook
While The Affogato Bar evidently specialises in coffee-based desserts, you’ll be surprised to find that they do have a substantial menu of freshly hand-rolled bagels, as well. Located within Cluny Court, this cosy cafe is truly the perfect place to get both lunch and dessert simultaneously.
Who can pass up the killer bagel + coffee + ice cream combination?
Other than the customisable cream cheese bagels that we’re all used to, they have some decent bagel sandwiches including the Breakfast Club ($12.50). Right off the bat, I could tell that the sea salt bagel was fresh and not just taken out of a freezer and heated, so that’s a plus.
Sandwiched in between the bagel halves are Mesclun salad leaves, a hard boiled egg and slices of ham. While wolfing this down, I couldn’t resist sips of ice-cold Coke Zero Sugar for a blend of flavours that were absolutely complementary.
The Affogato Bar: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760 | Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Daily) | Facebook
The cafe culture is known to be saturated with overpriced slices of the same old cakes but here’s one that might pique your interest for innovative dessert creations.
A mere walk away from Tiong Bahru MRT, Cream & Custard is the purveyor of a more alternative dessert selection, with cakes that aren’t just your average cookie-cutter types.
If you have a sweet tooth, try the Unicorn Poop ($9.80). Crafted using a milky raspberry mousse and a moist vanilla cake before being topped with a rainbow glaze, poop has never looked so fine.
The lemon cookie base that sits at the bottom also makes for a nice touch that is truly reminiscent of a cheesecake crust. Let’s not forget the popping candy sprinkled over!
Cream & Custard: Blk #01-894, 46 Jln Bukit Ho Swee, Singapore 160046 | Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sundays | Tel: +65 9111 8696 | Website
Staying true to its roots, Wimbly Lu has always been known for its exceptional standard of chocolate-y desserts and ice cream on waffle combinations. Having expanded to a full-fledged cafe at Tyrwhitt Road, this cafe/chocolatier offers no-holds barred desserts that certainly need no introduction if you’ve sampled them before.
Treat yourself to the Waffles with double scoop ice cream ($10.50) when you’re in need of a pick-me-up. Boasting a light texture from the trademark batter, the waffles here have a crisp exterior, coupled with a soft and fluffy interior that make it simply delectable.
Topped with a sprinkle of sugar and homemade ice cream of your choice, this might not look like much but once you douse it in maple syrup and start digging in, that’s when the magic happens.
Wimbly Lu: 166 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207570 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Mon, Wed & Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 10.30pm (Sun), Closed on Tuesdays | Tel: +65 6291 8138 | Website
Brought to you by the team behind Pacamara and Alchemist, Botanist is a garden-themed cafe that offers amazing brunch and main courses on the menu.
Tucked away along Neil Road, the entrance to the cafe might not be easy to spot at first, but once you see the sign, just enter from a quiet alley and there you’ll find it. Grab a spot in the alfresco dining area if you want to surround yourself with all the greenery and bask in the outdoorsy ambience.
Pastas are a common staple that most cafes offer but hey, when you can’t decide on what to have for lunch, this Italian dish is really something you can’t go wrong with. There may be an abundance of aglio olios out there but Botanist’s rendition of the Seafood Aglio Olio ($23) is definitely worth trying.
Tossed in a good amount of garlic, chilli and basil, the spaghetti is full on flavour and packed with prawns, clams, squid and tobiko. Complete with either a fizzy can of coke or iced coffee, there is truly no better way to go about having a filling and satisfying lunch.
Botanist: 74 Neil Road, Singapore 088839 | Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mondays | Website
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