Best Cafes in Singapore Perfect for Brunch and Coffee

20 October 2021 by Farihin Joehari

It’s close to the weekend and all we want to do is stay in bed a little longer, snooze that alarm that has been banging in our heads for the past five days. While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, during the weekends, it’s almost impossible to wake up that early anymore. There’s no better way to start the weekend right than by having brunch with your friends and family and putting work aside. Here are some of our picks of the best brunch spots in Singapore, that’s worth adding to your foodie checklist.

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1. Sinpopo Brand

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Source: Sinpopo Brand

A short 10 mins walk from the famous Peranakan Houses of Koon Seng Road, you’ll find Sinpopo Brand, a café that boasts traditional delights with a twist. Managed by the same team behind Awfully Chocolate, this homegrown brand bakes one of the best-handcrafted cakes in Singapore. Try the signature Gula Melaka ($7.90), Kueh Dar Dar Mille Crepe ($8.90) and Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake ($10.90). They also have delectable mains such as Baked Cod with Dao Jio Crust ($20) and Chargrilled Pork Chop ($22) that’ll whet any appetite.

Address: 458 Joo Chiat Road S427671
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am – 10pm

2. Habitat Coffee (Jalan Besar)

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Source: Habtitat Coffee

Source: Habtitat Coffee

Previously located at Thomson, Habitat Coffee is no stranger to the café scene in Singapore. Known for their hospitality coupled with yummy brunch offers, their new home at Jalan Besar is more inviting with a bigger space. Step in and you’ll see three long communal tables with a pastel blue countertop, black and white walls, bare cement floors juxtaposed with industrial furniture. Tickle your tastebuds with the spicy Chilli Crab Linguine ($18), Mama’s Pancake ($16) and Pasta with Mushroom Truffle ($17).

Address: 803 King George's Ave, #01-242/244, S200803
Opening hours: Tues to Fri 10am – 10pm, Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 9pm, closed on Mon

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3. Lola Faye Cafe

Just a short walk from Habitat Coffee, Lola Faye Café is a must-visit waffle joint – especially if you’re craving for one in the wee hours of the morning! Operating till 12am from Tuesdays to Sundays and 2am from Wednesdays to Saturdays, you can now satiate your sweet tooth easily. Customers can’t get enough of their Buttermilk Belgium Waffles ($6). Served with gelato (a Single scoop for $5 or a Double scoop for $9) this ultimate combination was spot on for her patrons, of all ages.

Currently, there are only 6 gelato flavours, but the café is already planning to create Vegan and sugar-free options to cater to more customers. Check out our full review here.

Address: 35 Hamilton Rd, S209204
Opening hours: Tues & Sun 12pm - 12am, Wed to Sat 12pm - 2am, closed on Mon

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4. Common Chefs

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A homey café that serves an array of comfort food from pastas, burgers to juicy steaks that don’t break the bank, Common Chefs is conveniently located opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre. A cosy décor with bare grey walls furnished with wooden tables, it’s a dreamy spot for café lovers.

Start with their all-time favourite Truffle Tater Tots ($8) – crispy and golden potato cubes mixed with premium aromatic white truffle oil, garnished with a generous portion of Parmesan cheese served with their signature truffle mayo dip. Or go big with their Lock N’ Loaded ($12) – fried potato with crispy bacon that sits beneath a sunny side up for that extra oomph. Check out our full review here.

Address: 8 Jln Legundi, #01-13, S759274
Opening hours: Weekdays 12pm - 10pm & Weekends 11.30am - 10pm

5. Greyhound Cafe

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A notable restaurant from Bangkok, Greyhound Café is an eclectic and artsy spot to visit. Bringing the Land of Smiles to you, but with a twist, quench your thirst with famous Thai refreshments such as Lemongrass Drink and Thai Iced Coffee. Satisfy your hunger pangs with their highly recommended Spaghetti Vongole or Fusilli with Seafood Tom Yum. Whet your appetite at Greyhound Café with our 1-for-1 dining offers here.

Address: 290 Orchard Rd, #01-25/25A, Singapore 238859
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am - 10pm

6. Apollo Coffee Bar

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Source: Apollo Coffee Bar

Source: Apollo Coffee Bar

In the heartlands of Serangoon, Apollo Coffee Bar has made itself into a household name by being one of the best cafes in North Singapore. Taking the reins of the champion breakfast dish to try, is their iconic Breakfast Burger ($17.70) – velvety cheddar scrambled eggs, spicy aioli, bacon, caramelised onions, mini hash and fluffy brioche buns. Helmed by the same team who manages Columbus Coffee Co at Upper Thomson, Atlas Coffeehouse at Bukit Timah and Lunar Coffee Brewers at Downtown Gallery, this humble café interior screams Instagram-worthy moments at every corner with its Scandinavian theme.

Address: 65 Serangoon Garden Way, S555961
Opening hours: Tues to Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 7pm, closed on Mon

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7. Five Oars Coffee Roasters

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Recently moved to East Coast from Tanjong Pagar, step into the new Five Oars Coffee Roasters and you’ll be reminded of a Melbourne café. Bright, airy, lux wooden furniture with plenty of sunlight permeating through. Sate your taste buds with the Chicken & Pancake ($16.50) – juicy fried buttermilk chicken with cornmeal pancakes, served with a sunny side up and maple syrup. For coffee, take your pick from their Cold Brew Series ($6 - $8) or bring home coffee blends from Brazil, Colombia to Ethiopia.

Address: 6 Upper East Coast Rd, S455200
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 8pm

8. Penny University

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Source: Penny University

One of the first Halal cafes in Singapore, Penny University serves more than your usual breakfast spread. They also have a variety of sinful cakes, pastries and tarts such as the Earl Grey Milk Tea Tart, Basque Burnt Cheesecake and Chocolate Truffle. Before jumping to desserts, taste the spicy Moroccan Baked Eggs ($14.50) or go big with their Steak Frites ($18). They do accept reservations at least a day in advance, call them at 6345 9055 to beat the queue.  

Address: 402 East Coast Rd, S428997
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 8.30pm

9. All Things Delicious

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Source: All Things Delicious

Source: All Things Delicious

Only delicious grubs are served here, like the name suggests at All Things Delicious. Offering a sublime and hearty spread of savoury goodness, their Shakshouka ($19.90) has customers coming back for more. This dish is a North African stew mixed with peppers, tomatoes, mild spices, served with two poached eggs and a dollop of crème fraiche. If you prefer desserts, we hear their sweet treats such as the Toffee Pudding and scones are spectacular.  

Address: 34 Arab St, #01-01, S199733
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 6pm, closed on Mon

10. Drips Bakery Café

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Located in the quaint neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru, Drips Bakery Café will have you drooling at their yummy tarts and cakes. A must-try is the Yuzu Tart – tangy cream custard with refreshing sweet meringue on a buttery crust. They also serve yummy mains such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Curry and Bacon Carbonara with Tobiko.

Address: 82 Tiong Poh Rd, #01-05, s160082
Opening hours: Daily 9am – 9pm, closed at 10pm on Fri & Sat

11. Merci Marcel

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Explore the artsy-fartsy Tiong Bahru and seek respite at Merci Marcel for a perfect brunch delight. In an enclave filled with numerous cafes, Merci Marcel stands out for its homey alfresco dining, which leads into an even more beautifully chic interior designed dining space. This is the spot to be for brunch with your girlfriends, get to indulge in authentic French bakes, such as their croissants and pain au chocolat. You’ll be delighted to know that their bakes are made with 100% French butter - for maximum satisfaction. Also try their organic specialties from Croque Marcel to Eggs Benedict, where the eggs are velvety and creamy, paired with freshly oven-baked rustic bread.

For an Instagram shot, dine at the seats further in the restaurant to enjoy the natural sunlight and bask in all its glory. You can thank us later! Or shall I say merci?

Address: 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, S160056
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 10.30pm

12. Good Bites

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Source: Good Bites

Located in Bishan, Good Bites serves up healthy dishes that your body will thank you for. Who said brunch is only meant for eggs and toast? We’re all guilty of putting junk food in our body, but it’s never too late to opt for greens once in a while.

Order their mains such as the sublime Baked Salmon or Chicken Sub, which features juicy chicken thigh with sautéed mushrooms and purple cabbage, packed in between toasted sourdough bread. If you’re up for a pasta, try their signature Laksa Pasta ($12.90) – spicy and tangy, this dish is a true testament to Singapore’s iconic local dish.

Address: 5 Bishan St 14, #03-01, S579783
Opening hours: Daily 11am – 9.30pm, closed on Mon

13. Knots Café and Living

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More than just a café, Knots Café and Living is a multi-concept store that also sells flowers and furniture. An eclectic hidden gem located in Paya Lebar, the café is a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. From Truffle Eggs Croissant to Charcoal Waffles, Knots Café and Living this is the spot to be for that perfect brunch with friends and family. Nothing beats having waffles with ice cream, that’s for sure! Do take a look at the fresh flowers available for purchase, it’ll wrap up your experience at Knots Café and Living beautifully.

Address: 160 Paya Lebar, #01-07, S409022
Opening hours: Mon 11am – 9pm, Tues to Thurs & Sun 9am – 9pm, Fri & Sat 9am -10pm

14. Wakey Wakey

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Source: Wakey Wakey

Conveniently located in Central Singapore, Wakey Wakey is serious about their coffee. Using only specialty coffee beans, the café serves as a regular spot for office workers in the Bugis precinct. While their coffee is brew-ly good, we’re equally impressed with their selection of curated food.

With its bare walls and wooden furniture that are juxtaposed with big plants, Wakey Wakey manages to pull off a chic industrial look. Fill up your belly and create your own grain bowl fix, with choices such as pan-seared seaweed salmon to sous vide beef tenderloin. Or if you’re in the mood for something sweet, you can never go wrong with their signature Buttermilk Waffles with Fresh Fruits served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

Address: 302 Beach Rd, The Concourse, #01-04, S199600
Opening hours: Weekdays 8am – 5pm, Weekends 9am – 6pm

15. Group Therapy Café (Duxton)

Nestled in a rustic shophouse in Tanjong Pagar, Group Therapy Duxton is a household name for brunch lovers. With its intimate, loft-like interior paired with impeccable coffee and food, it comes as no surprise that many pick this café as their favourite brunch spot. Order their no-frills Poached Eggs on Toast – a simple meal that packs a punch, where they are generous with the Hollandaise sauce that blankets the perfectly poached eggs, atop a crispy toast. Pair it with a cup of Flat White, and you’re ready to soak up the weekend fun!

Address: 181 South Bridge Road #01-05, S058743
Opening hours: Sun– Tues 8am – 5pm, Wed & Thur 8am – 9pm, Fri & Sat 8am – 10pm