Last Updated: July 12, 2020
Cafes in Singapore are a dime a dozen. And as we all know, brunch is becoming a staple in most of our daily Singapore lifestyles nowadays, allowing for a late morning sleep-in especially during weekends. So we said ‘Hey, let’s find the best cafes in Singapore that serve brunch!’, which led to this article.
A huge aficionado of the breakfast-lunch combo myself, with its plethora of egg dishes, I often find myself spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing brunch places to dine from. There are just too many! But here at SethLui.com, we managed to narrow it down to at least 30 note-worthy Singapore cafes serving brunch that are definitely worth the trip for a fully satiated stomach this weekend.
Constantly plagued by snaking queues, Populus is known for being one heck of a brunch place. They are especially famous for Buckwheat Pancake (S$18.50), the Populus Scramble ($18) and their grain bowls and donburis.
Their Buckwheat Pancakes are soft and fluffy. The berry fruit compote and slightly sour passionfruit curd combination also make the pancakes diverse in flavour. Surrounded by cornflake crumbs, the pancakes also goes really well with their thyme-infused maple syrup. The edible flowers add that special Instagram touch to the dish too!
The Populus Scramble is highly recommended if you prefer something more savoury. The croissant was flaky and housed a generous portion of scrambled eggs and cheese with strips of bacon snaking in and out of the beautiful mess.
The Populus Coffee & Food Co.: 146 Neil Road, Singapore 088875 | Tel: +65 6635 8420 | Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon & Tues), 9am – 9.30pm (Wed to Fri), 9.30am – 6pm (Sat & Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Common Man Coffee Roasters has been around for quite some time now but it’s definitely one of those cafes that you’ve got to visit if you’re an avid cafe hopper.
Located along 22 Martin Road, the coffee-centric joint serves an all-day brunch menu alongside an extensive selection of fresh in-house brews.
They serve a delightful Organic Eggs Benedict (S$24) that comes with tender, braised ox cheeks, two poached organic eggs and chive hollandaise. All these condiments are set atop a lightly toasted artisanal sourdough toast and a bed of rocket salad.
As this was something different from the usual, we really did enjoy the refreshing tweak on CMCR’s rendition of the eggs benedict. By making it their own, they have truly redefined one of the most popular breakfast items to date.
Nestled inside the Tanglin Post Office is Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, which is not just a cafe in Singapore, but actually pretty hard to classify because it’s essentially everything rolled into one. It’s a bakery, bistro, cafe, takeaway joint, and bar all gathered in one cosy space.
Their brunch/breakfast menu is pretty impressive as well, serving items from eggs benedict to hearty sandwiches. And definitely not forgetting their bread. Their bread is awesome. Try their almond brioché or cheddar cheese soft bread for a homely, comforting touch.
Using artisanal, premium produce straight from their very own, newly-opened humble establishment, ‘The Grocery’, The Providore‘s fresh ingredients almost guarantee a whole great experience, complete with great scenery and even better food at this well-known cafe in Singapore.
Their Croque Madamme (S$18.50) and Ricotta Pancakes (S$17.50) were our favourites, and one would definitely agree that The Providore serves a stellar brunch menu. Their pancakes were light and fluffy, integrated with the denser, soft ricotta cheese, made for a perfect combo.
Now, The [email protected] only hosts cooking lessons alongside its bakery and deli that serves sandwiches. The brunch takes place in their new store at Raffles Place.
Elixir Boutique Roasters is one of the new kids on the block at Bukit Timah. Located in Serene Centre, this Melbourne-inspired brunch joint not only serves up good food but has a deep appreciation for good coffee.
At Elixir Boutique Roasters you’ll find items that are a little different from your usual brunch fare. Here is a twist on a local dish with Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang (S$22).
Made with the chef’s special rempah recipe and served with blue butterfly pea rice, this was an elevated and refined iteration of our beloved beef rendang. With free-flow butterfly pea coconut grains, you can eat to your heart’s content.
There was almost no resistance as I cut into the beef; coupled with those rich spices and marbling of the cheek, each mouthful was tasty and exemplified the expertise of the chef.
For those out there with a sweet tooth, the Brûlée French Toast (S$18) is something you can’t miss. A cornucopia of stone fruits, berries and edible flowers sit atop a chunky brioche slice accompanied by a dollop of homemade chantilly cream. A real sight for sore eyes.
This rich, eggy brioche is dipped in a custard-like mixture and fried on a griddle. At Elixir Boutique Roasters, they take it a step further and torch their toast thrice so you get a crisp and slightly burnt caramelly edge.
The chantilly cream was light and sweet while the tart berries provided good contrast. A seemingly simple dish of fruit on toast, but with each part was well-executed.
Elixir Boutique Roasters carefully selects coffee beans to highlight the specific flavour notes of a growing region.
This cuppa of joe (S$4, Black) was brewed from coffee beans from Antigua Santo Domingo, Guatemala. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so having coffee black was a little intimidating. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
I detected warm hazelnut notes, followed by hints of brown sugar, and even sweet chocolate. I might be a convert after this cup, and maybe even you’ll never look at coffee the same way again.
Elixir Boutique Roasters is probably one of the only cafes that specialises crafted coffee-centric cocktails. These tipples are sure to make brunch even more fun than they already are.
A novel rendition on an Amaretto Sour, Killer Queen (S$15) is a light and refreshing way to round out your meal. This feminine drink ingeniously incorporates a house-made cascara (coffee cherries) syrup with a splash of Disaronno hazelnut amaretto. With almonds being the prominent flavour, this delightful drink had to be one of my top choices.
Elixir Boutique Roasters: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A, Singapore 258748 | Tel: +65 6314 2247 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 3.30pm (Thurs to Tues), Closed on Wed | Facebook
Sarnies‘ Fry Up (S$25.90) and Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs (S$23) proved to be quality brunch cuisine, satisfying for a hearty and homely weekend brunch for you and your family.
Fry Up‘s in-house cured bacon was crisped to perfection, and together with perfectly cooked sunny-side ups, it was definitely a crowd pleaser. However, I found the taste of their baked beans to be a little off-putting, bordering towards the sour side.
Their smoked salmon and scrambled eggs atop some sourdough bread, drizzled with lemon and dill, was a perfect combo. Eggs slightly runny with a milky base, together with not too salty smoked salmon, this dish has managed to secure its place of one of the best I have tried so far.
Cafe Melba‘s Australian-inspired spacious and relaxed atmosphere (not to mention comfy sofas) exudes a definitive laid-back charm. Coupled with inflatable bouncy castles and huge open spaces for your kids to have a whale of a time, Cafe Melba’s family-friendly environment is perfect for a casual weekend brunch.
Cafe Melba’s signature Eggs Benedict (S$20) will definitely be well-liked by almost everyone, with perfectly poached free-range eggs, atop in-house smoked bacon and English muffins. A big fan of Smoked Salmon And Scrambled Eggs, theirs sure did not disappoint.
Even though bordering on the salty side, their salmon is distinctive of a smoky, robust flavour that we all love. Together with the Mushroom Bruschetta, the whole experience at Cafe Melba is one we really liked, and definitely one that you should try out for yourself.
Cafe Melba: 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053 | Tel: +65 6440 6068 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 8.30am – 9pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Tolido’s Espresso Nook breaks the norm of sub-par, overdone brunch offerings and forgettable coffee. Run by 24-year-old Douglas Tan and his two partners, this quaint little spot for brunch isn’t revolutionising cafe or brunch culture, but, are simply doing it well. Keeping up with local trends their menu features dishes with local twists on your classic brunch offerings.
If you’re in need of a sweet kick, the Pandan Pancakes (S$11) is hard to beat. No green food colouring here; just freshly ground and squeezed pandan that’s added to the pancake mix. The fluffy pancakes already humming with the sweet fragrance of pandan, the gula melaka syrup and vanilla ice cream turn the dish into a harmonious symphony.
Hipsters beware—Symmetry Cafe sports a true hippie-indie Singapore cafe vibe, with brick walls and pop art lining their interior.
Although bordering on the expensive side, the Truffle Eggs Mushroom (S$21) was one I could see myself returning, with soft and wet scrambled eggs, coupled with a subtle truffle flavoured overcoat.
The classic Symmetry Eggs Benedict (S$20) did not disappoint as well, but was still considered pretty standard fare by most. The English muffins were toasted well, retaining its chewy texture while remaining crisp on the sides.
Symmetry Cafe: 9 Jalan Kubor, #01-01, Singapore 199206 | Tel: +65 6291 9901 | Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon), 11am – 11pm (Tues to Fri), 9am – 11am (Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun) | Facebeook | Instagram | Website
One of the most photogenic cafes around, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is slowly and surely gaining fame as a unique brunch spot for foodies around Singapore. Their food definitely tastes as good as it looks, and I would say its certainly worth a visit. Especially for that Instagram shot.
The Truffe Benedict (S$18) at Pacamara is probably one of the most raved about eggs benedict in Singapore now. The velvety truffle hollandaise is drizzled over two almost perfect poached eggs, slices of smoked ham and a thick crispy brioche. The creamy sauce reeks of truffle oil but is light enough not to overpower every component of this dish.
The Caramel Banana French Toast (S$16) pictured above is another winner for me, although a bit on the sweet side.
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Singapore: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333 | Tel: +65 9727 6262 | Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 8pm (Sat & Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
One of the key highlights of The LoKal is that they make most of their food in-house, from scratch. With such dedication and close attention they pay to their food, it is inevitable that they make our list of one of the best cafes in Singapore.
‘Pimp My Breakfast’ allows you to choose from an extensive list of breakfast sides to make up your very own customised breakfast platter, which I really appreciated as it allowed us to have our own breakfast preference, constituting to an even more satisfying meal.
I’ve heard raving reviews about their French Toast (S$15) as well, complete with sautéed apples, raisins, house-cured bacon and maple cream. A perfect blend of savoury and sweet. The Smashed Avocado With Ricotti Sourdough (S$18), assembled with all homemade ingredients is also another unique dish to try.
Instead of the usual toast, Whisk & Paddle ingeniously uses quarters of crispy, fluffy waffles as their base of the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (S$13), offering a whole new texture to the classic dish and revamping it to bring us something more.
Alternatively, one could also order their French Toast With Bacon And Scrambled Eggs (S$15.80) accompanied by butter and maple syrup. Perfected and improved from their previous menu, we left Whisk & Paddle wowed by the soft and silky scrambled eggs and smooth maple syrup that complemented the crispy bacon.
Forty Hands cafe serves pretty extraordinary brunch, and its definitely worth a visit if you’re around the Tiong Bahru estate. Above is the Big Boy Breakfast ($18), which is a choice of either organic smoked beef or pork sausage, grilled tomatoes, mushroom ragout, organic bacon, and a choice of your eggs done any style.
Habitat Coffee‘s Tomato Egg Relish (S$15) is a distinctive favourite among the regulars here at Habitat, a simple hearty meal that has won over the hearts of many. Consisting of eggs, bacon and baby spinach cooked in tomato sauce, it is Habitat’s most famous dish, heralding the Instagram feeds of many cafe shots here in Singapore.
Two Bakers is an artisanal cafe and patisserie located on Horne Road, close to Jalan Besar. Its interior is pretty standard like most cafes in Singapore, but the food served is definitely above average.
The Pandan Hotcakes (S$9.80) is as good a treat for the eyes as they are for the stomach. Three Japanese-style hotcakes are stacked upon one another with a generous heap of desiccated coconut on top. Slices of strawberries and bananas also adorn the stack, sitting in gula melaka.
The pancakes are dense and moist, while the desiccated coconut is moist and slightly crunchy, providing an interesting texture when eaten with the hotcakes.
All the way from Sydney, this franchise prides itself in its coffee which is roasted in-store daily. Toby’s Estate brand of roasted coffee is really popular and can be found in other cafes and are available to buy off the shelf.
The classic Eggs Benedict (S$19) which can be done in three different styles like on Salmon Gravlax or Prosciutto Ham, is served with a slight twist here—Toby’s Eggs Benedict sauce which is lighter and tangier than the usual hollandaise sauce, which can be a little too heavy.
Another item on the menu to look out for would be their spin on the Spanish dish, patatas bravas. Fries topped with delicious smokey ketchup and garlic aioli that is so addictive. Truffle fries are so 2013 anyway.
Situated in the Orchard Road district, The Coffee Academics hails all the way from Hong Kong and have been making quite a scene in the lion city with its delectable brunch menu. Apart from their artisan coffee, the Scrambled Eggs With Crayfish On Sourdough (S$23) was pretty amazing.
Albeit a tad pricy for the portions they serve, where else could you get scrambled eggs with crayfish? The Coffee Academics knows what’s up and changes things up instead of your usual smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
For something amazingly Instagram-worthy, order the Academics Pancake Tower (S$19). Piping hot, fluffy and thick, it is bound to impress your palate!
The Coffee Academics: 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square, #02-01/02, Singapore 228209 | Tel: +65 6538 1940 | Opening Hours: 9am – 8.30pm (Mon to Thurs), 9am – 9pm (Fri & Sat), 9am – 8pm (Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
It’s always brunch time at Penny University. You could pick anything on their brunch menu and be amazed at how good of a place Penny University is for brunch. The menu is varied and suitable for everyone whether you like a big eater or a light muncher.
Penny University is most well known for its eggs. Exotic and different, their Turkish Eggs (S$8.50) are available every day. The Turkish Eggs are simple yet sophisticated. With two perfectly poached eggs surrounded by a blanket of lightly whipped yoghurt, there is a smoothness like no other. Topped with homemade Moroccan Harissa sauce and oregano leaves on a sourdough toast, the Turkish Eggs exceeded all expectations.
During the weekends, there are the special Baked Moroccan Eggs (S$16). The spicy beef chorizo is deliciously salty. The saltiness was balanced by the freshness and sweetness of the tomatoes which is then covered with a layer of baked egg. The Baked Moroccan Eggs is a definite must-try.
The Reading Room is a nice and cosy place to have brunch at. With a variety of brunch options to choose from, you can have your brunch however you like. Sweet or savoury, big or small. Most importantly, they serve brunch until really late. Where else can you find a brunch place that serves brunch up until 9pm?
The Paleo Breakfast (S$22.80) is really good, especially if you’re on the paleo diet. The salmon was tender yet crispy at the edges and the poached eggs oozed yolky goodness. The mushrooms were really smooth and strong in taste as well. The strong taste was balanced by the garden of rocket leaves. There’s something about this dish that screamed healthy.
There are also pancakes and the much-famed Norwegian royale on offer if you’re not on a paleo diet. What better way to enjoy a quiet afternoon of reading than with the company of an amazing brunch, right?
The Reading Room: 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089833 | Tel: +65 6220 9019 | Opening Hours: 11am – 11.30pm (Mon to Thurs), 11am – 1am (Fri), 10.30am – 1.30am (Sat), 10.30am – 11.30pm (Sun) | Facebook | Instagram
New in town, Free The Robot is a brunch place that is set to change the CBD’s F&B scene. With its quirky decor and concept, one would be surprised that Free The Robot serves more than just coffee. Usually, a place for studying or quiet afternoons, Free The Robot is bustling with customers eager to get their brunch during weekday lunch hours.
The one thing you have to try at Free The Robot is the Mashed Eggs And Smoked Salmon Croissant (S$8). Although the bread doesn’t look anything like a croissant, it certainly tasted like it just without the flaky texture. Unique in its own way, the mashed eggs melted in my mouth and kept me wanting more.
If you’re really getting your brunch on, the Big Brekky (S$15) is probably a more appropriate brunch meal to go for. The eggs were once again absolutely marvellous and the bacon (did somebody say bacon?!) is crispy beyond your wildest imagination!
Run by a young couple who aim to provide quality comfort food that will not hurt your wallet, Common Chefs Bistro serves dishes that will keep you coming back for more.
The Rich Man (S$16) comes with two buttery brioche buns sandwiching a homemade chorizo patty, sauteed mushrooms, smoked cheddar, caramelised onions and truffle scrambled eggs. A pitcher of nacho cheese sauce is also served with it (talk about hearty!).
The crispy tater tots were a delight—perfectly crispy little pockets of joy. The truffle taste really came through in the eggs as well, so you know they’re not using any of that cheap, fake stuff. The portion of nacho cheese sauce was huge and it was almost too much for the entire dish. Almost.
Fresh Fruits Lab is a restaurant and bar that serves outstanding weekend brunch. Located along Changi Road, it may be harder to get to since it’s not near the MRT but it is definitely worth the hassle.
The brunch menu is pretty simple. Indeed, there is nothing sexy about it. From eggs benedict to frittata‘s, the menu is predictable. However, simplicity is the key here. Why would you fix something that ain’t broke right?
The Messy Breakfast (S$17) is a must-try. The scrambled eggs were slightly runny and are infused with truffle oil making them different. The English muffin was toasty and warm and goes perfectly with the mushy scrambled eggs. The softness of the scrambled eggs and the sweet potatoes contrasted with the strong taste of the bacon-wrapped pineapples and Oxford sausages.
Atlas Coffeehouse serves brunch in generous portions for a reasonable price. Most of their brunch options are less than S$20! Atlas Coffeehouse also plays around with brunch flavours from the East and the West so depending on your preference, there is something for anyone and everyone.
For those who have a preference for Asian food. The Salmon Soba Noodles (S$18) may be seen strange to have so early in the morning but at Atlas, it’s never too early to have soba! Topped with a crispy fried egg, this dish is lovely to start your morning with. With a huge slab of flaky salmon too, you’re bound to have a huge smile on your face for the rest of the day.
As for those who prefer a more Western brunch, the Creamy Mushroom On Sourdough Toast (S$14 without the scrambled eggs and S$17 with the scrambled eggs)is a must-order. The mushrooms were amazingly fragrant and complement the texture of the mushy scrambled eggs. Sitting atop of a sourdough toast, the mushrooms also added flavour to the bread.
First sprouted in Bukit Timah and now, Punggol, Rise and Grind Coffee Co. prides itself on excellent coffee and heartfelt service, and its brunch experience is evidence of all its hard work. Their brunch menu is pretty extensive. You will be spoiled for choices.
The Italian Job (S$18) is something you should try at least once during your visit or visits to Rise and Grind Coffee Co. Found only at Rise and Grind Coffee Co., The Italian Job is to die for. With fatty Prosciutto di Parma sheltered by shredded mozzarella, poached eggs and a tomato salad, The Italian Job is an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
If you aren’t feeling very adventurous and are not into raw food then go for the Rancheros (S$16) or Pulled Pork Benedict (S$15). The latter in particular is awesomely drenched in apple cider hollandaise!
Yet another spot to satisfy brunch cravings, Fuel Plus+ is found in a quiet neighbourhood of Telok Blangah at the foot of Mount Faber. While many brunch places have menus that lack variety and imagination, Fuel Plus+ is a delightful exception that is worth a visit.
The Fuel Me Up (S$18) is a baked egg dish that clearly draws inspiration from the Middle-Eastern Shashuska.
With the addition of swiss and feta cheese and house-made chorizo style meatballs, it’s a dish that’s big on flavour. Baked up in a warm bed of tomato puree, capsicum, onion and mushrooms, which makes for a hearty meal.
Apart from beaches, Bali abounds with bakeries and health cafés. One of them, Starter Lab, has set roots here in Singapore—its only other outpost apart from its residence in Bali. Joining the bevvy of cafés in Tiong Bahru, it sets itself apart by selling crusty sourdough made with the mother starter that originated in Bali.
For the adventurous, there’s the Avocado Bawang (S$12), with smashed avocado, sriracha, and fried shallots. It may sound like an odd combination, but trust me on this—it’s worth your curiosity. The creaminess and fattiness of the avocado rounded out the tang of sriracha, while the fried shallots gave every bite a satisfying crispness (on top of the already-crunchy bread).
After watching the movie, ‘Chef’, a grilled cheese sandwich is something I constantly am on the hunt for. The Starter Lab 3 Cheese (S$19) may be a tad pricey to some but all will be forgotten the moment you take your first bite.
With a combination of Emmental, cantal, and Mimolette, the stringiness and satiety were undeniable. I could hear the crunch of crust against teeth ringing in my head, and the chewiness of all three kinds of cheese combine made for a gratifying chew.
The Coastal Settlement evokes a sense of nostalgia, with its decked-out walls and meticulous decorating. It’s easy to see why people from all around the island flock to the far East just to dine here—and I’m shamelessly one of them.
From sharing plates like Mala Fish Skin (S$15) to Pot Of Mussels And Clams (S$25), and even the ambience and location are prime for families with kids and the food is varied enough for even the most finicky palate. Indulge in a Ribeye Mac & Cheese (S$41) if you feel like spoiling yourself, or go Asian with their XO Prawn Aglio Olio (S$26).Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed a scrumptious meal, surrounded by vintage memorabilia and lush greenery that the area is famous for.
If you prefer enjoying brunch in a quieter place, Refuel Cafe will provide you with all the serenity you seek. Located in Bedok, the cafe is a relatively new addition to Singapore’s cafe scene. Its food is uncomplicated, satisfying and certainly worthy of the trip to the East.
They recently revamped their menu for 2020, and you can’t tell me that you’re not tempted to start your weekend with their Pancakes & Fruits (S$12.50), a mini tower of fluffy pancakes topped with a healthy dose of fruits and powdered sugar.
I personally haven’t heard much about this cafe, but that only means all the more reason to traipse over and pencil in a visit to this quaint cafe soon!
Refuel Cafe: Blk 744 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3029, Singapore 470744 | Tel: +65 6448 0015 | Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Mon, Wed to Fri), 10am – 9.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Tues | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Despite being located at an obscure place behind Clementi Stadium, W39 seems to have a steady stream of customers that love their restaurant. And what’s not to like about W39? The interior is gorgeous, you can find 1,001 photos of it online because every nook and cranny seems pretty much photo-worthy.
From Avocado Salsa On Toast (S$16) to Eggs Ben (S$15), this cafe serves essential brunch staples that won’t disappoint you. In fact, many have chosen this adorable cafe space to host intimate gatherings.
Speaking of gatherings, you can also order whole cakes from them! Select from their delectable range, including the ever-so-popular Burnt Cheesecake (S$45) and Raspberry Lemon Cake (S$45).
Stepping into Dempsey Hill makes you forget but for a split second that you’re in Singapore. There are no skyscrapers in sight, and the foliage surrounding you is dense. Baker & Cook Dempsey is one of the many new branches of this well-loved neighbourhood cafè that won our hearts with its earnest bakes and wholesome savouries.
The name of the game at Baker & Cook’s latest outpost is unconventional dishes that can satiate you from morning till night. The first was Peter Gordon’s Turkish Eggs (S$20), a Middle Eastern-inspired rendition of our fond soft-boiled eggs with soya sauce combo.
The spices for this dish were rather intense; the pungency is something you may want to take note of before considering ordering this. It was a dish that left the table divided. As for me, I wasn’t too keen on it, but for the adventurous palate, it could be a win.
The Blackened Corn Barley Risotto (S$25) arrived too pretty to consume, but alas, it was also too delicious to turn down. The use of goat cheese thickened the risotto until it was close to paste-like, resulting in a challenging finish.
I’m actually for dessert pizzas, and their Banoffee Plank Pizza (S$14.50) is a creation I’m sure you’ll be able to vouch for. Soft bananas, crunchy walnuts, warm custard, ample drizzle of salted caramel sauce—all atop crisp sourdough base—make for a sweet ending that’s hard to resist.