An eternal question for foodies: What are the best cafes in Singapore?
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. We all could use a great cafe near us.
So we said, “Hey, let’s find the best cafes 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 21 best cafes serving brunch in Singapore that are definitely worth the trip for a fully satiated stomach this weekend.
1. Cultivate Cafe
This 1st is a first. In all these years, we have never had a vegan or vegetarian contender beat out all the ‘regular’ competition and garner top spot in a listicle. But then, Cultivate is no ordinary cafe.
There is no better place to shatter the popular myth that vegan and vegetarian food is inherently inferior than the opulence of Cultivate’s colonial setting. Some part of the amazing experience originates in the wonderfully creative presentation of each dish. While the visual artistry draws you in, the exquisite flavours coaxed skilfully out of the organic, vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, GMO-free ingredients orchestrate the real magic.
I am still stunned that I had brunch without eggs, meat and dairy and did not miss them at all! Perhaps sourcing every organic ingredient from small and family-owned farms has something to do with it.
My pick of the mains is the Smoked Onion and Asparagus Risotto with Grated Lemon Rind (S$40). In the absence of dairy, the risotto is so light that it feels like it may float away. Every mouthful rewards you with the richness of roasted Italian asparagus that magnifies the other ingredients.
The standout of the salads is Heirloom Tomato and Herb Salad with Roasted Plums & Pomegranate, Nori, Sesame Salt & Light Soy Mirin Dressing (S$30). Just like its name, this is a mouthful large enough for two. I find it very light and appreciate how the citrus flavours are enhanced by the Japanese sauce.
You would never believe their desserts are gluten- and dairy-free. My pick is the Prune and Dark Chocolate Brownie with Bitter Chocolate Ganache (S$16). Served with figs, blackberries and blueberries on a splash of yoghurt for balance, this dessert is a star. There is nary a hint of dryness; the rich chocolatey-ness makes it literally one of the best I have ever tasted.
In a rush? Cultivate Patisserie’s grab-and-go selection of handmade delicacies are the time-saving infusion of healthiness you need.
It is situated in the very trendy streets of Katong, where açaí, cold brew, and sourdough abound. The little LA of Singapore, if you will. To add to that, the cafe was decked out in a calming sage green that is very in vogue with soft glowing orbs to make your pan for Instagram all the better.
Inspired by Japanese cuisine, you’ll find eclectic brunch offerings here that will awaken your taste buds. Try its Shrimp Scampi (S$21.90), where ribbons of tagliatelle come dressed in garlic butter shrimp sauce with a crispy shallot panko sauce.
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 (S$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 go 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.
4. 6 Letter Brunch
Located along Siglap Road (just a few units away from the well-known Dutch Colony) is 6 Letter Brunch, the latest Instagrammable cafe to hit the east. It was started by the same team behind 6 Letter Coffee, which is located along Tanjong Katong Road.
This Instagrammable bicycle-themed cafe is decorated with potted plants and bicycle racks, and its menu is astoundingly expansive, with over 100 items to pick from. Our recommendation would be its 6 Letter Brunch Rosti (S$16), which has housemade rosti, Norwegian smoked salmon, a sunny-side-up, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, fresh fruits, sour cream and a mixed salad.
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.
6. The Providore Raffles Place
Using artisanal, premium produce straight from their very own 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, which made for a perfect combo.
The Providore has expanded to seven locations over Singapore, including PLQ, Outram and Downtown Gallery.
7. Two Bakers
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.
For those with a big appetite, go for its Two Bakers Breakfast (S$24). This full breakfast includes spiced chicken sausage, sauteed mushrooms, tomato salad, bacon avocado, scrambled eggs, sourdough toast and hash brown.
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.
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 caramelised edge.
10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A, Singapore 258748
+65 6314 2247
Thurs to Tues: 8.30am – 3.30pm
Closed on Wed
9. Waffle Place
The owners of ROYZ et VOUS launched a new halal cafe at Bussorah Street. Waffle Place isn’t your ordinary waffle house as they serve delicious halal premium waffles along with soft serves, handcrafted blends, teas, and speciality coffee.
Expect to find savoury options like the Har Cheong Gai Chicken (S$13.90) — crispy waffle topped with fried HCG boneless chicken leg, fried egg, coleslaw, and sriracha maple. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to try its Banana Split (S$14.90 for waffle, S$6.90 for glass cup, S$5.90 for cone), which is essentially a cereal-infused cream with caramelised banana, cornflakes, and funfetti topped with vanilla and dark chocolate swirl soft serve atop a base of your choice.
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 as one of the best I have tried so far.
Situated along Fullerton Bay, OverEasy is your quintessential American diner, dishing out classic American cuisine while sporting a stunning view of the Fullerton river.
Sip on a Vanilla Milkshake (S$12) while feasting on a hearty The Hangover Part IV Sandwich (S$29). Sandwiched between an English muffin are a sunny-side-up egg, streaky bacon, heritage ham, signature wagyu patty, breakfast rosti, caramelised onions and red cheddar. How very American.
12. Cafe Melba
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. The whole experience at Cafe Melba is one we really liked, and definitely one that you should try out for yourself.
13. Whisk & Paddle
Instead of the usual toast, Whisk & Paddle ingeniously uses quarters of crispy, fluffy waffles as their base of the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (S$14.80), 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$16.80) 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.
14. Simplicité by Fresh Fruits Lab
Previously known as Fresh Fruits Lab, Simplicité serves up modern European-style cuisine. While Fresh Fruits Lab used to serve its fare in a laboratory-inspired fashion (drinks in test tubes, beakers and more), Simplicité uses elegant tableware such as golden birdcages and golden trays to present its food.
The brunch menu is pretty simple. Indeed, there is nothing sexy about it. From eggs benedict to frittatas, the menu is predictable. However, simplicity is the key here. Why would you fix something that ain’t broke right?
The Fruity Berries Pancake (S$15) is a must-try. While this dish requires a 20 minute preparation time, it’s well worth the wait. Think pancakes infused with seasonal berries, topped with mixed fresh fruits, apple sauce and honey cream, and drizzled with maple syrup.
15. Forty Hands
Forty Hands cafe serves pretty extraordinary brunch, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re around the Tiong Bahru estate. Above is the Big Boy Breakfast ($27), which is a choice of either organic smoked beef or pork sausage, grilled tomatoes, crispy streaky bacon, beef bolognese, grilled portobello mushroom, sauteed spinach, flatbread, sour cream, and a choice of your eggs done any style.
16. Fuel Plus+
Yet another spot to satisfy brunch cravings, Fuel Plus+ is found 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 shakshuka.
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.
17. Habitat Coffee
Habitat Coffee‘s Pulled Pork Benedict (S$17) is a distinctive favourite among the regulars here at Habitat, a simple hearty meal that has won over the hearts of many.
Consisting of poached eggs, eight hours slow-cooked pork shoulder, toast, green apple shavings and a home-made citrus hollandaise sauce, it is Habitat’s most famous dish, heralding the Instagram feeds of many cafe shots here in Singapore.
18. Penny University
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$9.50) 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.
19. Free The Robot
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.
20. Starter Lab
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 cafes in Tiong Bahru, it sets itself apart by selling crusty sourdough made with the mother starter that originated in Bali.
For the adventurous, try 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).
Our nation of avid café hoppers will not be unfamiliar with Coexist Coffee Co.—the vibrant brick-red and ivory-white colour scheme called to us all when they first opened. Now, the popular cafe has made another colour of its own at its new outlet in Keong Saik Road.
Behold, the love of my life, the Hummus Toast (S$10)—a thick slice of crispy toast underneath a glorious layer of mashed chickpeas. This beauty is then topped with piquant sundried tomatoes, fragrant homemade pesto, and studded with dukkah. I worried at first that the flavours might all drown each other out, but the first bite (and then every one after that) proved me 100% wrong.
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