Western Singapore. Largest in terms of land size and third most populous after the North-Eastern and Central regions. Home to many of Singapore's famous landmarks such as Bukit Timah Hill, Jurong Lake Gardens, Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve as well as being a second home of 6 - 9 months to many of Singapore's young men, this populous region is not just all residential and industrial. In this guide, we explore some of the prettiest cafes nestled at various locations across the West of Singapore.
And no, no passport required.
1. La Pizzeria at The Bridge & Beacon Bar - West Coast
Relatively unknown to many, La Pizzeria at The Bridge & Beacon Bar is located at level 2 of the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club(RSYC) at West Coast Ferry Road. RSYC is also the first and oldest yacht club in Asia, having been founded in 1826.
Despite being an island, we all know that pretty much most of the Western coastline is out of bounds to most due to the many heavy industries in this area. This gives us extra impetus to check out La Pizzeria with its unparalleled view of western waters. There is air-conditioned indoor seating, but we would highly recommend you check out the alfresco dining area by the sea. After all, the whole point of going to the seaside is to feel the sea breeze, isn't it?
Hidden gem in the west indeed.
Address: 52 W Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126887
Opening Hours: 12pm - 2.30pm, 6pm - 10pm. Closed on Mon.
2. Coexist Coffee Co. - Bukit Batok
Located on the rooftop of an industrial building in this quiet town that is Bukit Batok, Coexist Coffee Co. has been slowly gaining a following among westsiders for not just its beautiful and minimalistic interior, but also for serving up a cup of good coffee. Treat yourself to a view of the surroundings, with the Bukit Batok Nature Park located in the vicinity.
Besides coffee, they also have tea and kombucha.
Address: 48 Hillview Ter, #08-00, Singapore 669269
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am - 10.30pm
3. Suzuki Cafe and Roastery - Chin Bee Ave
Seeing that Western Singapore is also synonymous with industrial buildings, it should come as no surprise that we have another entry on this list that is located at an industrial building. Suzuki Cafe and Roastery certainly has spared no effort to create a space in this somewhat inaccessible area of the west for coffee lovers and people looking for an oasis to escape to. Step into Suzuki Cafe and Roastery and you'll be forgiven for thinking you have been transported to the tranquil confines of a Kyoto teahouse.
Space is definitely not in short supply at this cafe, with wooden tables large enough for groups, bar stools and long benches available for those dining in.
Address: 8 Chin Bee Ave, Singapore 619932
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm (Mon- Fri), 10am - 4pm (Sat), Closed on Sun.
4. Glass Roasters - Faber Drive
As someone described on Instagram, coming to Glass Roasters felt like taking a coffee break while on a road trip in the US. Not to be confused with Mount Faber, this nondescript cafe is located at Faber Drive, a residential area near Clementi.
The cafe also share a space with Gelato Labo, where you can get handmade gourmet ice cream and sorbet to go with your coffee. Seats are limited, so be sure to go early.
Address: 108 Faber Dr, Singapore 129418
Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on Tue.
5. Carpenter & Cook - Lorong Kilat
Known for their pastries that are all baked in-house, and a vintage home interior with old items and antiques on display, Carpenter & Cook was opened by an owner who mastered her skills at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in London. Get transported back in time as you step into the cafe, with the vintage decor and furniture on full display all around. Order any of their famous pastries and notice they get served on vintage English tableware.
Located not far away from Bukit Timah Nature reserve, consider checking them out the next time you are looking to chill with your friends after a hike.
Address: 19 Lor Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120
Opening Hours: Daily 8am - 8pm
6. Elixir Boutique Roasters
A dual identity concept, Elixir Boutique Roasters transform into Fat Belly after 6pm each day, ready to welcome diners for dinner. Its breakfast menu runs from 8.30am till 3.30pm, while lunch menu starts from 11am to 3.30pm. See the hint there? Head down between 11am and 3.30pm and you get to choose from the best of both breakfast and lunch menus.
Address: 10 Jln Serene, #01-03A, Singapore 258748
Opening Hours: 8.30am - 4pm. Closed on Wed.
7. Oh My Mango - Gek Poh Shopping Centre/JCube/Sunshine Place/Yew Tee Square
It really is mango and thick toast galore here at Oh My Mango. This entry on the list is perhaps a somewhat special one, seeing that it has not one, not two but FOUR outlets in the west - namely at Jurong East, Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Yew Tee.
The menu here tends to skew more towards Thai-centric desserts such as the Mango Sticky Ice Cream, Tom Yum Pizza and Nom Yen Pink Milk, a Thai pink milk beverage made from Sala syrup. There are also various iterations of the popular Korean thick toast and bingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert.
The decor at their JCube outlet will appeal to people looking to grab a few shots for the daily Instagram posting. Bright pink dominates the colour scheme there, whereas the colour scheme at the other outlets are more muted.
JCube: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-09, Singapore 609731
Gek Poh Shopping Centre: 762 Jurong West Street 75, #01-334, Singapore 640762
Sunshine Place: 475 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, #01-24, Singapore 680475
Yew Tee Square: 624 Choa Chu Kang Street 62, #01-250/260, Singapore 680624
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm - 10pm for all outlets.
The west side clearly has much more to offer visitors other than universities and army camps. Looking for a day out in the sun with your buddies? Check out this list of the prettiest picnic spots in Singapore to lay your mat and enjoy the breeze.
This is an independent review and information is correct at time of writing.