Whether you’re an under-caffeinated foodie, a discerning connoisseur or just looking for a perk-me-up in the morning, Singapore is a great city for coffee lovers.
Our city is home to specialty cafes, hipster hangouts and artisanal roasters, all offering tantalizing blends of coffee that’re bound to get you buzzed.
Whether you’re looking to taste an award-winning cuppa, learn about the nuances of brewing coffee or discover new blends from across the globe, these local cafes are bound to sate your cravings.
Looking for a no-frills caffeine fix? Alchemist provides caffeine comfort for the bustling Central Business District crowd of Tanjong Pagar, concocting strong, honest coffee at its minimalist shopfront.
Using a single blend of Thailand-sourced Arabica Coffee that’s roasted fresh daily, Alchemist sees coffee-brewing as a science—following a formula that includes the perfect brewing temperature, right down to decimal placings.
Alchemist at International Plaza. 10 Anson Road #01-34, Singapore 079903.
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Helmed by the team behind the famous Assembly Coffee, Atlas Coffeehouse offers both great coffee and delicious nosh at affordable prices. It’s no wonder that there’s usually a snaking queue, especially during brunch on weekends.
There’s a whole range of coffee to pick from here, from espressos and affogatos to cold brews. Discerning coffee lovers will be able to pick coffee from their preferred origins, with beans sourced from Kenya, Colombia and Ethiopia.
Peckish visitors can dig into a variety of brunch favourites—go healthy with the smashed avocado and watermelon, or dig into rosti with bacon fennel sauce and a cheese frankfurter.
After your meal, take a stroll at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Just three minutes away from the café, this UNESCO Heritage Site is filled with myriad flora and makes for the perfect reprieve.
Atlas Coffeehouse. 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886. +65 6314 2674.
With delicious food, gorgeous interiors, and award-winning coffee, Melbourne-inspired Bearded Bella ticks all the boxes for discerning foodies.
Regina Tay—one of the café’s co-owners—was the winner of the Singapore National Barista Championship in 2016, so you can rest assured that your coffee will be expertly brewed.
If you’re a stickler for flavour and fragrance, opt for the café’s house blend, which uses a proportion of 70% Ethiopian and 30% Honduras coffee beans.
Bearded Bella at Tanjong Pagar. 8 Craig Road, Singapore 089668. +65 9880 0775.
Mon-Thu 7.30am-5pm; Fri 7.30am-10.30pm; Sat, Sun & PH 7.30am-6pm.
Bearded Bella at Bukit Timah. 73 Hillcrest Road, Singapore 288945. +65 8201 2312.
Tue-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat, Sun & PH 7.30am-6pm.
Chye Seng Huat
Located on the compounds of a former metal hardware store, the establishment is as famous for its industrial-chic décor as it is for its fragrant brews. Retro furnishing, a charming al fresco courtyard space and quaint metal fixtures make an afternoon here a trip back to Singapore’s yesteryears.
Coffee lovers who’re fascinated by the process of coffee-making should take a seat at their 360-degree bar, where they’ll get to watch the baristas whipping up their drinks.
We suggest going for the Black Cold Brew, made with beans from Ethiopia. Harvested on the Suke Quto farm, these beans are famous for their sweet flavour and floral aroma.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware. 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563. +65 6396 0609.
Tue-Thu & Sun 9am-10pm; Fri & Sat 9am-midnight.
Nylon Coffee Roasters
Located in the tranquil housing estate of Everton Park in Keong Saik, Nylon Coffee Roasters is the perfect pitstop for hip travellers looking to explore quaint neighbourhoods. The coffee here is roasted with the aim of preserving the natural flavours of its naturally-sourced beans.
If you’re a latte lover, you’ll be chuffed to find that the restaurant’s concept of ‘Black and White’ Coffee allows you to choose the ratio of espresso to milk in your cuppa.
More than just a café, the establishment is also a champion of sustainable and ethical coffee production. Owners Dennis and Jin Ming spend several weeks every year travelling to eco-friendly coffee farms to procure their beans.
Nylon Coffee Roasters. 4 Everton Park #01-40, Singapore 080004. +65 6220 2330.
Mon, Wed-Fri 8.30am-5pm; Sat & Sun 9am-5.30pm.
Oriole Coffee + Bar
A café by day and bar by night, this popular establishment’s beans are roasted in-house and hail from smallholder farm communities across the Bean Belt, from Kenya to Costa Rica. The café also serves all-day breakfast, with items like smoked salmon rosti and espresso hotcakes.
Visitors eager to learn more about the art of brewing a perfect cup of joe should sign up for one of the establishment’s coffee workshops. Classes include latte art workshops, courses on basic filter brewings and hands-on sessions on the basic skills of a barista.
Oriole Coffee + Bar at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard. 96 Somerset Road #01-01, Singapore 238163. +65 6238 8348.
Caffeine lovers who prefer strong brews will certainly find satisfaction in the coffee at Sarnies, which are all made with a double ristretto for more intense flavours.
A crowd favourite is their Guatemalan-blend Latte; featuring sweet and fruity tones on the surface, and a roasted, nutty aftertaste.
If you’re feeling adventurous, ask the bartender to whip up an Orange Mocha for you—this off-the-menu item incorporates orange peel, and makes for a truly unique pick-me-up.
When you’re done with your coffee, take a short stroll to the Thian Hock Keng Temple to get an equally satisfying culture fix. This age-old temple is dedicated to Mazu—the goddess of the sea—and its traditional South Chinese architecture is truly a sight to behold.
Sarnies. 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601.
Mon & Tue 7.30am-10.30pm; Wed-Fri 7.30am-midnight; Sat & Sun 8.30am-4pm.
Editor’s note: Strangers Reunion is temporarily closed for renovations: Check out their website for delivery options and their social media for reopening dates.
If you’ve never tasted an award-winning cup of coffee, you’re in for a treat at Strangers Reunion. One of the darlings of the local café scene, the establishment was co-founded by Ryan Kieran Tan, 2017’s World Siphon Coffee Champion and winner of multiple local awards.
With its airy interior and minimalist décor, this café is a great place to unwind in the afternoon. The restaurant’s selection of coffee ranges from affogato and iced mocha to various filter brews.
The food menu is equally diverse, with dishes ranging from sinful options like truffle fries and pork cutlet sandwiches to healthy eats, such as grain bowls and açaí smoothies.
The establishment regularly sells seasonal beans and assorted coffee-themed items during festive seasons, which make great souvenirs for the coffee lovers in your life.
Strangers Reunion. 33-35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169356. +65 6222 4869.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
To sample coffee whipped up by a local industry veteran, drop by Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee.
The owner of this cosy establishment, Mr Tan Tiong Hoe, has been making coffee for over half a century, and has been roasting, packaging and supplying beans since the 1960s.
Brewing equipment, coffee-related paraphernalia and canvas sacks filled with coffee beans clutter the shelves here, and the shop is filled with the pervasive aroma of coffee.
You can order from a menu comprising of espressos, lattes and regular cups of joe, or peruse a selection of beans to bring home with you.
While the owner is forthcoming with coffee-related stories and factoids, aspiring baristas may want to take a more in-depth dive into the world of coffee with the establishment’s in-house classes.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee. 170 Stirling Road #01-1133, Singapore 140170. +65 6474 5442.
Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm; Sat & Sun 9am-4pm.