Last Updated: March 7, 2019
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 a few noteworthy 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 ($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 adds that special instagram touch to the dish too!
The Populus Scramble is highly recommended if you prefer something more savoury. The crossiant is flaky and houses 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 | Opening Hours: Mon 9am – 7pm, Tues 9am – 4pm; Wed – Fri, 9am – 10.30pm; Sat 9.30am – 10.30pm; Sun 9.30am – 7pm | Tel: +65 6635 8420 | 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 ($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.
You can read our full review of Common Man Coffee Roasters here.
Common Man Coffee Roasters: 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058 | Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 7.30am – 5pm; Sat & Sun, 7.30am – 6pm | Tel: +65 6836 4695 | Website
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; 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.
Read our full review of Nassim Hill here.
Nassim Hill: 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964 | Opening Hours: Tues – Thurs & Sun, 8am – 7pm (last orders at 9.30pm); Fri – Sat, 8am – 11pm (last orders at 10.30pm)| Tel: +65 6835 1128 | Website
Using artisanal, premium produce straight from their very own, newly opened humble establishment, “The Grocery”, Providore‘s fresh ingredients almost guarantee a whole great experience, complete with a great scenery and even better food at this well-known cafe in Singapore.
Their Croque Madamme ($18.50) and Ricotta Pancakes ($17.50) were our favourites, and one would definitely agree that Providore serves a stellar brunch menu. Their pancakes were light and fluffy, integrated with the denser, soft ricotta cheese, made for a perfect combo.
You can find our full review of The Providore @ Pasarbella here. Now, The Providore @ Pasarbella only hosts cooking lessons alongside its bakery and deli that serves sandwiches. The brunch takes place in their new store at Raffles Place.
The Providore Raffles Place: 7 Raffles Place Singapore 048625 | Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 8am – 10.30pm (last orders at 10pm); Sun & Public Holidays, 9am – 6pm | Tel: +65 6533 1352 | Website
Sarnies‘ Fry Up ($25.90) and Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs ($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.
You can read our full review of Sarnies here.
Sarnies: 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601 | Opening Hours: Mon & Tues, 7.30am – 10.30pm; Wed – Fri, 7.30am – 12am; Sat & Sun, 8.30am – 4pm | Tel: +65 6224 6091 | Website
Drury Lane exudes such a homely vibe when paired conjointly with their comfort food, it draws you into this cosy enclave of theirs. You would want to sit there all day over a cup of their special brew, especially so if its on a dreary, rainy afternoon.
Courtesy of their young, talented and affable boss Marilyn, we tried their Salted Egg Yolk Eggs Benedict with Grilled Prawns ($17). A special innovation of Drury Lane itself, it left me drooling over the creamy texture of the salted egg yolk, paired ingeniously with the crunchiness of kale and freshly grilled prawns.
One might be afraid that this dish may come across too savoury, but fret not. Together with the sweetness of the soft mantou bread base, this local fusion-style dish will not disappoint.
Next, their Baked Eggs with Smoked Trout and Capers ($14) will certainly be my go-to comfort food from this time on. With their baked beans stewed in-house daily, it offers something more than the usual canned stuff, and very pleasantly brought my appreciation for comfort food to a whole new level.
Drury Lane certainly qualifies as an excellent cafe in Singapore for brunch, and is one of my favourites here amongst these amazing brunch cafés. With their cosy interior and ever-changing, innovative weekend brunch menu (did I mention affordable too?), this humble establishment will definitely see more visits from me.
Drury Lane Cafe: 94 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088515 | Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 9am – 6pm | Tel: +65 6222 6698
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 ($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.
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… very well if I might add. 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 ($11) are 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.
Read our full Tolido’s Espresso Nook review here.
Tolido’s Espresso Nook: 462 Crawford Lane #01-63, Singapore 190462 | Opening hours: Tues – Fri, 8am – 6.30pm; Sat & Sun, 9am – 6.30pm; Closed on Mondays | Facebook
Hipsters beware. Symmetry 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 ($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 ($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: 9 Jalan Kubor, Singapore 199206 | Opening Hours: Mon, 10.30am – 9pm; Tues – Thurs, 10.30am – 11pm; Fri, 10.30am – 12am; Sat, 9am – 12am, Sun, 9am – 7pm | Tel: +65 6291 9901 | Website
One of the most photogenic cafes around, Pacamara 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 ($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 ($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 | Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 11pm | Tel: +65 9727 6262 | 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 ($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 ($18), assembled with all homemade ingredients is also another unique dish to try.
The Lokal: 136 Neil Rd, Singapore 088865 | Opening Hours: Mon, 8am – 5pm; Tues – Fri, 8am – 10pm; Sat, 9am – 10pm; Sun, 9am – 4pm | Tel: +65 6423 9918 | Website
Smoked Salmon Benedict (served on waffles) ($13.00)
French Toast with Bacon and Scrambled Eggs accompanied by Butter and Maple Syrup ($15.80)
Instead of the usual toast, Whisk & Paddle ingeniously uses quarters of crispy, fluffy waffles as their base of the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, 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 accompanied by Butter and Maple Syrup. Perfected and improved from their last menu, we left the Whisk and Paddle wow-ed by the soft and silky scrambled eggs and smooth maple syrup that complimented the crispy bacon.
Whisk & Paddle: 10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, Singapore 828836 | Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tues – Fri, 3.30pm – 10.30pm; Sat & Sun, 9.30am – 10.30pm | Tel: +65 6242 4617 | Website
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.
Forty Hands: 78 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 163078 | Opening Hours: Sun – Weds, 7.30am – 7pm; Thurs – Sat, Til Late | Tel: +65 6225 8545 | Website
Habitat Coffee‘s Tomato Egg Relish ($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.
Habitat Coffee: 233 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355 | Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tues – Sun, 10am – 10pm | Tel: +65 6456 2567 | Website
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 ($9.80) are 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.
You can read our full review of Two Bakers here.
Two Bakers: 88 Horne Rd, Singapore 209083 | Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sun, 9am – 6pm; Fri & Sat, 10am – 10pm, Closed on Tuesdays | Tel: +65 6293 0329 | Website
One of the rare finds in our search for the best cafes in Singapore serving brunch expedition, Club Meatballs serves one of the best, heartwarming, authentically Spanish brunch menu that will warm your insides and leave you feeling super satisfied with glee (and ironically, no meatballs during brunch).
Offering a unique twist from your usual brunch fare of eggs Benedict and whatnot, Club Meatballs presents the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten in my life. Their Revuelto de Gambas ($13), tossed with prawns, roasted garlic & spring onions on toast was a savoury delight – the prawns not only compliment the taste of the perfectly cooked scrambled eggs but enhances it, bringing out the robust flavours of the dish.
Read our full review of club meatballs here.
Club Meatballs: 01-35, 20 Cross St, Full Steam China Square Central, Singapore 048423 | Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 8am – 12am; Sat, 10am – 12am; Sun, 10am – 10pm | Tel: +65 6222 8660 | Website
All the way from Sydney, this franchise prides itself in its coffee which is roasted in-store daily. The 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 ($19) which can be done in 3 different styles like on Salmon Gravalax or Prosciutto ham, is served with a slight twist here – Toby’s Eggs Benny sauce which is lighter and more tangy 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 a delicious smokey ketchup and garlic aioli that is so addictive. Truffle Fries are so 2013 anyway.
Read our full review of Toby’s Estate here.
Toby’s Estate: 01-03/04 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216 | Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs, 7.30am – 6pm; Fri – Sat, 7.30am – 7pm | Tel: +65 6636 7629 | Website
Situated in Orchard, 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 ($23) is 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 ($19). Piping hot, fluffy and thick, it is bound to impress your palette!
The Coffee Academics: Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209 | Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 9pm | Tel: +65 6538 1940 | Website
As its name suggests, Chillax Cafe is an unpretentious and down-to-earth cafe. It seems like a spiced up version of a kopitiam (traditional coffee shop), making it feel really close to heart and familiar.
Chillax Cafe’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s ($16) features parma ham, yuzu hollandaise and eggs that are to die for. If you enjoy watching the yolk flow out of the egg and slowly trickle down the sides, you’ll be exceedingly pleased with what you’ll see right after poking your cutlery into the perfectly poached eggs. Mmm.
Read our full review of Chillax Cafe here.
Chillax Cafe: 50 Stamford Road, #01-01 Singapore Management University, Singapore 178899 | Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 3pm – 1am; Fri, 4pm – 2am; Sat, 11am – 2am; Sun, 11am – 12am | Tel: +65 6255 7497 | 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 their eggs. Exotic and different, their Turkish Eggs ($8.50) are available every day. The Turkish Eggs is simple yet sophisticated. With two perfectly poached eggs surrounded by a blanket of lightly whipped yogurt, there is a smoothness like no other. Topped with homemade Moroccan Harissa sauce and oregano leaves on a sourdough toast, the Turkish Eggs exceeds all expectations.
During the weekends, there is the special Baked Moroccan Eggs ($16). The spicy beef chorizo is deliciously salty. The saltiness is 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.
Penny University: 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997 | Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 8.30am – 6pm; Fri – Sat, 8.30am – 10.30pm; Sun, 8.30am – 7pm | Tel: +65 6345 9055 | Website
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 ($22.80) is really good, especially if you’re on the paleo diet. The salmon is tender yet crispy at the edges and the poached eggs ooze yoke-like goodness. The mushrooms are really smooth and strong in taste as well. The strong taste is balanced by the garden of rocket leaves. There’s something about this dish that screams 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 | Opening Hours: Mon – Wed, 11am – 11.30pm; Thurs – Fri, 11am – 01.30am; Sat 10.30am – 1.30am; Sun, 10.30am – 11.30pm | Tel: +65 6220 9019 | Website
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 ($8). Although the bread doesn’t look anything like a croissant, it certainly tastes like it just without the flaky texture. Unique in its own way, the mashed eggs melt in your mouth and keeps you wanting more.
If you’re really getting your brunch on, the Big Brekky ($15) is probably a more appropriate brunch meal to go for. The eggs are once again absolutely marvellous and the bacon (did somebody say bacon?!) is crispy beyond your wildest imagination!
Free the Robot: 118 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068587 | Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays and Sundays; Tues – Sat, 8.30am – 4.30pm| Tel: +65 6438 1836 | Website
Run by a young couple who aim to provide quality comfort food that will not hurt your wallet, Common Chefs Cafe serves dishes that will keep you coming back for more.
The Rich Man ($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.
You can read the full review on Common Chefs Cafe here.
The Fresh Fruits Lab is a restaurant and bar that serves
weekend brunch. Scratch that, a restaurant and bar that serves outstanding 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 benedicts to frittatas, the menu is predictable. However, simplicity is the key here. Why would you fix something that ain’t broke right?
The Messy Breakfast ($17) is a must try. The scrambled eggs are slightly runny and are infused with truffle oil making them different. The English muffin is toasty and warm and goes perfectly with the mushy scrambled eggs. The softness of the scrambled eggs and the sweet potatoes is then contrasted with the strong taste of the bacon-wrapped pineapples and oxford sausages.
The Fresh Fruits Lab: 351 Changi Road, Singapore 419818 | Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tues – Fri, 11am – 10pm; Sat – Sun, 10am – 10pm | Tel:+65 6677 6741 | Website
Atlas Coffeehouse serves brunch in generous portions for a reasonable price. Most of their brunch options are less than $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 ($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 ($14 without the scrambled eggs and $17 with the scrambled eggs) is a must order. The mushrooms are amazingly fragrant and complement the texture of the mushy scrambled eggs. Sitting atop of a sourdough toast, the mushrooms also add flavour to the bread.
Atlas Coffeehouse: 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886 | Opening Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tues – Sun, 8am – 7pm | Tel: +65 6314 2674 | Website
Located in Bukit Timah, Rise and Grind Coffee Co. prides itself on excellent coffee and heartfelt service and its brunch experience is evidence of all its goals it hopes to achieve. Served until 3pm, the brunch menu is pretty extensive. You will be spoiled for choices.
The Italian Job ($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 ($16) or Pulled Pork Benedict ($15). The latter in particular is awesomely drenched in apple cider hollandaise!
Rise & Grind Coffee Co.: Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit #L1-CA1, Bukit Timah, Singapore 588996 | Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs, 10am – 9pm; Fri 10am – 9.30pm; Sat 8.30am – 9.30pm, Sun & PH 8.30am – 9pm | Tel: +65 9154 8550 | Website
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 ($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.
Read our full review on Fuel Plus+ here.