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Best Coffee In Singapore: 28 BREW-TIFUL Cafes For Your Morning Fix

From latte art to freshly-roasted beans, these cafes have the best coffee in Singapore.

Need a morning caffeine fix with some of the best coffee joints in Singapore?

Aah, coffee… some can’t stand the taste of it, while others simply can’t get enough. The best coffee is rich, nutty and with a wafting aroma that is just simply magical. Love it or hate it, these cafes give that perfect cosy feel to your morning.

Check out these 28 brewtiful cafes for some of the best coffees in Singapore.

*Disclaimer: At the date of publication, dine-in is limited to 2 pax only due to the Phase 3: Heightened Alert restrictions. We’re doing our best to be accurate, but please double check with the cafes before you visit.

1. Common Man Coffee Roasters

If you’re a coffee drinker at all, Common Man Coffee Roasters must be no stranger to you. Especially since they won our Best Cafes 2021 for Best Coffee! Its extensive coffee offering ranges from its signature CMCR Espresso Blend, to a manual brew from its range of single origins and micro-lots, serving only specialty-grade Arabica coffee. You can get the specialty slow brew (market price) with your choice of single origins, prepared fresh and ready to go. Or go for the Nitro Honey Oat Latte ($9.50) for something creamier and sweeter.

Common Man Coffee Roasters
Address: 22 Martin Rd., #01-00, 239058
Tel: 6836 4695 
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (daily)

2. Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee

The runner’s up for The Finder’s Best Coffee of 2021 would go to hardware-store-turned-coffee joint, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, nestled along Tyrwhitt Road. Nip around the shophouse’s facade, and what greets you upon entering the (literally) post-industrial space is a massive central bar. The hand-brews are presented with utmost seriousness: A generous serving in a glass flask, a pre-warmed ceramic cup and an accompanying note with details ranging from supplier background and tasting notes, to bean varietal, elevation and crop year. Go for the Daily Brew ($4.50) for seasonal single origin beans.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Rd., 207653
Tel:6299 4321
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily)

Reserve on Chope here.

3. Old Hen Coffee Bar

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Old Hen Coffee Bar’s cold brews are its claim to fame – understandably so in Singapore’s hot weather, plus its velvety smooth texture is easy on the throat. Look out for limited edition flavours released during holiday seasons. We’re talking dark chocolate orange during Chinese New Year and dark cocoa peppermint over Christmas. You can also check out the bottled beverages like the Cold Oat Coffee ($7.90) and Cold Mocha ($7.90) – coffee blended with milk and chocolate.

Old Hen Coffee Bar
Address: 88 Rangoon Rd., #01-03, 218374
Tel: 6341 5458
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (daily)

Reserve on Chope here.

4. Bearded Bella

Melbourne coffee has taken the world by storm, and Singapore is now getting a taste. This light, spacious space brings Melbourne’s cafe culture to life with industrial elements, greenery, and a glass rooftop, but that’s just the start. One of the owners was the winner of the 2016 Singapore National Barista Championship, so you know the coffee is on point. Cold coffees go from $5.50, or try out the Coffee Slushie ($7.50) for something a little sweeter.

Bearded Bella
Address: 8 Craig Rd., 089668
Tel: 9880 0775
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m (Mon. to Fri.); 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

Reserve on Chope here.

5. Group Therapy Coffee

Kick back with friends over Group Therapy’s aromatic, full-bodied lattes or flat whites – and don’t miss its hearty sandwiches and salads! This is the perfect casual breakfast spot to start your weekend mornings. Check out the unique range of lattes from Roasted Almond Latte ($6) to Espresso Coconut Latte ($6.50). It even has a classic coffee dessert, Affogato ($7) that’s oh so creamy and delicious.

Group Therapy Coffee
Address: 30 East Coast Rd., #01-01, 428751 / 181 South Bridge Rd., #01-05 + #K1-04, 058743
Tel: 6440 0457 / 6222 2554 
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (daily) / 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sun. to Tue.); 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Weds. to Thurs.) / 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)

6. Dapper Coffee

You’ll be all ready to tackle the day armed with a cuppa from this joint, brewed with beans thoughtfully sourced from around the world. This cosy nook has its cheeky side too – if you’re feeling adventurous, try its bold experimentations like Unicorn Tears ($10), a glittery, aquatic blue brew. The ingredients are a secret, but one thing’s clear: A whole lot of magic went into it!

Dapper Coffee
Address: 73A Amoy St., Second Floor, 069892
Tel: 8742 8908
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

7. The Coffee Academics

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Listed as one of Buzzefeed’s “25 coffee shops around the world you need to visit before you die”, this famous Hong Kong coffee chain uses specialty coffee beans and state-of-the-art equipment to concoct some discernibly stellar brews. There’s even a custom blend concierge where you can explore your personal flavour profile to create a bespoke custom blend. Don’t miss out on coffee flavours from around the world such as the Jawa ($6.40), a a latte with gula jawa with hints of coconut and pandan, or the Okinawa ($6.40), a cappuccino with Japanese brown cane sugar.

The Coffee Academics
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

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8. % Arabica

Hailing from Japan, this hip cafe attracted snake lines when it first arrived in Singapore. The seasonal coffee beans are sourced from all around the world, giving you irresistible rich and fresh coffee. Try out the popular Spanish Latte ($9), coffee sweetened with condensed milk.

% Arabica
Address: 56 Arab St., 199753
Tel: 6291 3887
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sun. to Thurs.); 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)

9. Monument Lifestyle

A California dream come to life, this hip spot on Duxton Road specialises in barista-made coffee using beans from San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee and Sightglass’s flagship Owl’s Howl Espresso (coffees from $6), delivering a refined espresso experience. Bonus: Not only does the cafe use sustainable bamboo straws, it also houses a lifestyle concept store that sells global merchandise, with a specialty in men’s clothing. Expect to find brands like Katin and Alex Mill.

Monument Lifestyle
Address: 75 Duxton Rd., 089534
Tel: 8792 8849
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

10. Curious Palette

Home of the World Siphon Coffee Champion and three-time Singapore National Barista & Latte Art Champion, Curious Palette makes some kicka** cold brew! You can get the bottled drinks – White Magic, Sea Salt Chocolate, Matcha, and Brew Black ($6.50) – delivered through its website. Or visit the cafe and go wild with all things coffee, as well as scrumptious bites like the Bacon and Curried Egg Sandwich ($16.90) for brunch or the Truffle Cappellini ($17.90) for lunch.

Curious Palette
Address: 64 Prinsep St., 188667
Tel: 6238 1068
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (daily)

11. Wakey Wakey

From the creators of Strangers’ Reunion and Curious Palette comes this rise-and-shine café. Destined to be the newest hotspot in the culture-laden Kampong Glam area, Wakey Wakey marries industrial fixtures, sleek grey walls and dark wood furnishings. Although relatively new, expect espresso-based and filtered coffee, plus treats like Brioche French Toast ($16.90) and Buttermilk Waffles ($13).

Wakey Wakey
Address: 302 Beach Rd., #01-04/05, Concourse Skyline, 199600
Tel: 8874 0787
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

12. The Populus Coffee & Food Co.

This cafe-restaurant has a wide variety of filtered coffee from around the world. With a laidback yet classy atmosphere, this would be a good place to go for anyone who fancies themselves a coffee connoisseur. Try out the specialty cold drip coffee ($7), or pick out any the daily selections of seasonal filter coffee (from $7), from Columbia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Panama.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
Address: 146 Neil Rd., 088875
Tel: 6635 8420
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to Wed.); 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Thu. to Fri.)

Reserve on Chope here.

13. Toby’s Estate

A popular Australian cafe in Singapore – and you can tell upon first entering, for the vibes are distinctly Melbournian – the star of the show is definitely the coffee. Behind each coffee is a story – Toby, the man himself, travels the world from Costa Rica to Indonesia and many more exotic locations for the most unique and interesting coffee, bringing the inspiration back to his cafes. Classic coffees from espressos to lattes go from $3, or opt for cold brew ($7) that has been brewed from single origin beans for 12 hours.

Toby’s Estate
Address: 8 Rodyk St., #01-03/04, 238216
Tel: 6636 7629
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sun. to Thurs.); 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)

14. d’Good Cafe

Each cup from this cafe‘s substantial coffee menu is carefully crafted with its house blend. Alternatively, create your own coffee blend based on your personal preferences from the cafe’s range of single-origin beans. Plus, bonus points for adorable latte art! Try out the Maple Sea Salt Latte ($6) for something a little different. Not a coffee drinker? We love the aromatic Earl Grey Lavender Latte ($7.50) as much, if not more, too.

D’Good Cafe
Address: 273 Holland Ave., #02-01/02, 278992
Tel: 6219 9807
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (daily)

15. Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku is renowned for having one of the best cold drip coffees in Singapore. Located at Kandahar Street, this quaint little cafe’s stylish decor boasts a super hipster vibe. Although $7 is a fair amount to pay for its Cold Brew coffee, it’s well worth it considering the amount of kick you get. This cafe is perfect for a cute Instagram story too, so phones at the ready!

Maison Ikkoku
Address: 20 Kandahar St., #02- 01, 198885
Tel: 6294 0078
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (daily)

16. Mellower Coffee

Mellower Coffee has several centrally located outlets in Singapore offering another convenient place to get your caffeine fix. Though it comes with a leaner menu, you’ll still find single origins, cold brews and espresso-based coffees. The signature range includes local flavours like the Ondeh X Latte ($9.80), or cheeky alcoholic coffees like the Temptation ($9.80) that has gin and coffee extract, or Bailey’s Misu ($9.80), a classic coffee cocktail.

Mellower Coffee
Address: Multiple Locations
Tel: 6255 0820
Opening hours: See website

17. Columbus Coffee Co.

Amidst the bustle of Upper Thompson Road, this stylish new brunch concept pulls no punches. There’s a simple, elegant menu of delicate-yet-hearty dishes and a strong selection of coffee made with beans roasted by Two Degrees North Coffee Co.. Interiors are perfectly minimalist with bare concrete walls, white accents and the occasional potted plant. Try out the nutty lattes like Hazelnut latte and Toffeenut latte (from $6.40) or the filter coffees from Columbia and Ethiopia ($7).

Columbus Coffee Co.
Address: 220 Upper Thomson Rd, Thomson Garden Estate, 574352
Tel: 6253 6024
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Tues. to Sat.); 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sun.)

Reserve on Chope here.

18. Baristart Coffee

Sure, the quality of coffee beans matters when making a good cup of coffee but did you know that the milk used plays an important role too? From its original outlet in Hokkaido to its branch here, Baristart Coffee is determined to teach customers about the quality of milk that comes from this Japanese region. More than half of the milk in Japan is produced in Hokkaido; its cool climate and vast farmland contribute to the uncompromising quality of milk.

Apart from the usual coffee drinks, there are other fun coffee options in the form of desserts that are worth a try. Have a go at the Brown Sugar Boba Coffee Jelly ($8.50) or get a range with the Sweets Jar list ($8.50), a rich, creamy dessert served in a glass jar, and Shaved Ice with coffee-flavoured syrup ($9.80), served in the shape of a bear. So cute, we (almost) couldn’t bear to eat it.

Baristart Coffee
Address: 65 Tras St., 079004 / 40 Siloso Beach Walk, 098996
Email: info@baristartcoffee.sg
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily) / 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily)

19. Five Oars Coffee Roasters

Just stepping into this cafe will make you fall in love with it, thanks to its “industrial” look. The minimalist decor and lush greenery make it a must-visit for anyone looking for a new Instagram-worthy location.

The minimalist theme stretches to its coffee menu too, as you won’t get a list of drinks like cappuccino or latte (although you can request for them from the baristas) – coffees are instead listed as black, white, iced or hot (from $3). The cafe has two house blends, which are rotated every two weeks or so. Seasonal single-origin beans are served too. And if you prefer filtered coffee, you can get it here as well, served using a pour-over process (from $6).

Five Oars Coffee Roasters
Address: 6 Upper East Coast Rd., 455200 / 8 Marina View, #01-01, Asia Square Tower 1, 018960
Tel: 8784 2686
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daily) / 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)

Reserve on Chope here.

20. Strangers’ Reunion

This cafe has been extremely popular with coffee lovers since it opened in 2012. It’s no surprise that the brews are top-notch; after all, its owner Ryan Kieran Tan has come up tops in the Singapore National Barista Championship a good three times.

What all this means is that its staff know exactly what they’re doing when they’re making your coffee, plus they also make it look very pretty (we certainly appreciate the art involved). The cafe sources for coffee beans from all around the world and roasts them in-house. Customers can choose an espresso-based cuppa or pick their filter brews prepared using one of four brewing methods: Aeropress, Syphon, Wave Dripper or Iced Brew, each of which highlight different attributes of the single-origin coffee beans used.

*Update: Strangers’ Reunion is now temporarily closed for upgrading. Keep a lookout for their reopening on their Facebook page here!

Strangers’ Reunion
Address: 37 Kampong Bahru Rd., 169356
Email: enquiries@strangersreunion.com
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (daily)
; kitchen closes at 4:30 p.m.

21. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

Mr. Tan Tiong Hoe has devoted his life to coffee, starting a coffee business (Tiong Hoe & Co) in the 1960s, after a short apprenticeship in a Dutch firm, Mirandolle & Voute. In 2014, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee was set up to sell mainly specialty coffee with quality scores of 80 points and above.

While it deals mostly in selling its freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee-making accessories, it also has a very small area where you can sit and enjoy your cuppa. Tiong Hoe gets its coffee from renowned coffee traders from Central/South America, Africa and Asia, through direct farm purchase and at coffee auctions. You’ll enjoy the heady aroma of coffee as you walk in and it’s definitely worth multiple visits as the coffee blends are served on a rotational basis.

Tiong Hoe Speciality Coffee
Address: 170 Stirling Rd., #01-1133, 140170
Tel: 6474 5442
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

22. Apartment Coffee

This cafe believes that every cup of coffee tells a story, from the type of variety to where it’s grown and the people behind the brew. The type of coffee served depends on the time of year, based on the origins in season at the time. So, for example, March to June features roasts from Burundi, Rwanda, Colombia and Brazil, while July to October sees cups of java from Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and some Centrals.

Even though this is based on the estimated harvest every year, it could change depending on factors such as climate and shipping. But what this means is, there’s a different coffee on the menu every few weeks so coffee lovers have the opportunity to “travel” around the world through their favourite drink. Another thing we love about the place? Its bright, clean and minimalist white-washed decor.

Apartment Coffee
Address: 161 Lavender Street, #01-12, 338750
Email: contact@apartmentcoffee.co
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Thurs. to Sun.)

23. Bacha Coffee

Coffee lovers would be thrilled to know Bacha Coffee has over 200 single origin beans and flavoured coffees! It all began in 1910 Marrakesh, Morrocco, in the Dar el Bacha palace, which means “house of the Pasha”, where it connected coffee lovers and experts all around the world. Situated in bustling ION Orchard, the retro and luxurious interior reflects its deep history, which will make you feel like an actual coffee connoisseur.

Pair your coffee with an assortment of delicious pastries (from $8), or go for the afternoon coffee sets to while away the day (from $36). It comes with hot or iced selection from the Bacha Coffee selection, french toast sandwich, and 2 sweet pastries or cakes.

Bacha Coffee
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Ground Floor, ION Orchard, 238801
Tel: 6363 1910
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (daily)

24. Upside Down Coffee Roaster

This sequestered cafe joint in Amoy Street can be easily missed. The mini coffee bar and takeaway kiosk sources its coffee beans directly from local farms and roasted in-house. The promise is to serve unpretentious coffee to the working crowd at the heart of the CBD. Convenient, simple and high quality. Check out its bottled coffee concentrate ($15) or opt for a coffee cocktail ($18) for an evening treat.

Upside Down Coffee Roaster
Address: 114 Amoy St., 069934
Email: info@upsidedown-coffee.com
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)

25. Forty Hands

Common Man Coffee Roasters owner, Harry Grover, first opened Forty Hands. This humble cafe boasts fresh roasted coffee with a mission of sustainability and direct trade. Baristas are sent to the CMCR Academy to keep skills sharp and ensure the best cuppa for you.

The usual coffees go from $5, while you can also get bottled coffee beverages like the Honey Oat Latte ($42 for 300ml). Plus, Forty Hands has a limited edition Iced Bubble Coffee ($9.50), using espresso with gula melaka caramel and caramel infused golden pearls. Sounds to die for.

Forty Hands Cafe
Address: 78 Yong Siak St., 163078 / 226 E Coast Rd., 428923
Tel: 6225 8545 / 6877 4860
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (daily)

26. Oriole Coffee + Bar

A favourite brunch spot amongst the Orchard crowd, Oriole has amassed coffee lovers locally and around the world. Its founder, Keith Loh, is the winner of Singapore National Barista Championships (SNBC) in 2010. The premium Arabica coffee beans are roasted locally than brewed at Oriole. Check out the unique coffee creations such as the Death Cream ($13), a secret recipe that has hints of vanilla with espresso and cream, or the M.A.D Milk ($10) for plant-based lattes made of macadamia and almond milk sweetened with dates. Oriole’s unique cold brew, named Taisho, an era of Japan believed to be when cold coffee first became popular, is worth a try done black or white (from $7).

Oriole Coffee + Bar
Address: 96 Somerset Rd., #01-01, Pan Pacific Services Suites Orchard, 238163
Tel: 6238 8348
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (daily)

Reserve on Chope here.

27. Thus Coffee

Amongst the many cafes in Upper Thomson is Thus Coffee. This humble and homey cafe aims to serve quality food and beverages at an affordable price to its local community. Coffee beans are freshly micro-roasted in store, an added little bonus to the delicious food menu to pair with your cuppa. Coffees start from $4.50, and check out the Green Shot ($6.50), a blend of coffee and matcha. Don’t forget to snap a pic of the adorable latte art. Go for heart meals like Smoked Pulled Pork and Scramble Croissant ($19) or Summer French Toast ($15).

Thus Coffee
Address: 4 Jalan Kuras, Sembawang Hills Estate, 577723
Tel: 8411 7565
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)

28. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.

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Peppered all around Singapore, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is a go-to coffee joint for many. Dutch Colony do their own sourcing trips to source beans that are sustainable, fresh, and rich – bring your the bean-to-cup experience. With over 10 to 12 single origin beans to choose from Guatemala, Ethiopia and Columbia. The coffees are dynamic and flavoursome, plus it’s budget friendly. Espresso based coffees go from $3.50, whilst signatures go from $5. Check out unique creations like the Coco Brew ($7.50), using chilled coconut water with cold brew cubes and sour plum juice, or the Easy Tonic ($8) that uses strawberry and yuzu reduction mixed with espresso.

Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: 6281 0710
Opening hours: See website

The local choice: Kopi

Sometimes nothing beats a good cup of kopi. Famous chains like Kopitiam and Ya Kun Kaya Toast can be found all around the island, selling Kopi starting from $1.50. These coffee beans are traditionally wok roasted with sugar and margarine, then grounded and brewed with a cotton strainer. Everyone likes their kopi differently, from kopi-o, sweetened black coffee, to kopi-kosong, unsweetened black coffee. It’s best to learn these terms before ordering, there are many, many more!

Go for the classic Kaya Toast Set – crispy toast with soft boiled eggs and a cup of kopi – to really get the full experience.

Kopitiam
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

By Pinky Chng + Balvinder Sandhu; Some text adapted from Her World Singapore + The Straits Times / Last updated + Additional Reporting by Isabel Wibowo

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