Aromatic coffee for the adults and appetising bites for the kids – here’s where you can get the best of both worlds.
Here are 10 notable cafés in the city to check out if you and your pals want to have your cake and eat it too.
Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Bishan Park, GRUB is a great eating spot if you wish to escape from the bustle of the city. Dig into mouth-watering dishes made with natural cooking practices — all natural ingredients, no added MSG, and no artificial preservatives. Pop by on a weekend and order a GRUB brunch stack (consisting of juicy bacon made from barley-fed pork, and crisp, fried egg on toast.) Alternatively, share some yummy churros, have a refreshing iced white coffee, and end the meal with a relaxing stroll around the park, one of Singapore’s largest urban parks.
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
At Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, the baristas take their creations very seriously — so look forward to sipping on a proper cup of java. Get the Barista's Breakfast, which consists of one espresso, one five-ounce white coffee, and one brew of the day. The food menu features dishes that will please any foodie – highlights include truffle fries, mac and cheese, sticky date pancakes, and a duck confit hash.
Chow down on some terrific Australian-inspired comfort food at The Lokal. This laid-back café in the hip Keong Saik neighbourhood uses homemade ingredients that are manufactured on site — butter, yoghurt, sauces, and pickles. Pick the freshly smashed avocado with ricotta and exquisite lobster roll for a healthy and hearty brunch. Coffee addicts, you'll definitely be satisfied with the potent brews made from the mighty Slayer espresso machine.
The menu is pretty extensive at The Providore, with specials available for breakfast, weekend brunch, and even lunch. Try creations like the ricotta pancakes, lobster mac and cheese, and the slow baked salmon sandwich. Got little ones with you? There’s a kids menu featuring items like grilled ham and cheese sandwich as well as fish and chips. For drinks, you could opt for their freshly-roasted coffee, or order a pot of Providore tea – choose from 15 blends, including caramel, classic earl grey, and assam margherita.
In the day, Paddy Hills serves up Instagram-worthy bites like berry ricotta hotcakes and squid ink tagliatelle. By night, the menu transforms into an array of sharing plates (lamb meatballs, bacon and clams in sake). Coffee-wise, pick from the cafe's two house blends: the 99-1 (a full bodied option with hints of caramel and dark chocolate) or the Spark – sweet with notes of blackcurrant. If you're here with the kids, they'll most certainly appreciate the milkshakes. The peanut butter, chocolate or banana shakes are guaranteed to hit the spot.
Baker & Cook
The brainchild of New Zealand celebrity chef Dean Brettschneider, Baker & Cook is known for their amazing pastries and handcrafted, daily-made bread. It's an excellent place for breakfast so drop in for an eggs benedict and a Nutella panini for the tiny tots. For coffee, enjoy a selection of Allpress Espresso and choose from options like the piccolo or flat white. After your meal, browse through the café’s packaged food products and bring home the jams, chutneys, biscuits and truffles.
If you’re on a bit of a budget, fret not because it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to miss out on the good stuff. Hit up Drury Lane on Tanjong Pagar Road for affordable brews and bites. Dishes like the Marmite Cheese Soldiers with soft boiled eggs cost just $8 and you could get something like a grilled kimchi reuben for as low as $9. A cup of mocha will set you back $5.50, while tea fans can go for the cold brewed tea, which comes in flavours like lemongrass and ginger, French earl grey, and pomegranate and is priced at $3.
Indulge in Swedish fare at Fika Café – a Halal-certified dining spot on Beach Road. Their meatballs are a real crowd-pleaser, and offerings such as the herb-crusted salmon and pannbiff (beef patties with mashed potatoes, cream sauce, and lingonberry jam) are just as lip-smackingly good. There's a menu available just for kids – for something sweet, they can try the Swedish pancake with ice cream, or for something savoury, the macaroni stew with sausages. Drink-wise, try the Gevalia coffee and order a classic Americano, or be bold and go for the strawberry latte.
Another halal café that puts out fab plates and punchy brews is Wilder. This quaint joint has a tightly-curated menu featuring items like a Caesar salad, pulled beef with cauliflower mash, and homemade gnocchi with cheese and mushrooms. Their coffee is made using a Quattro blend so expect nutty (slightly chocolatey), medium-bodied brews.
Now that you know where to go for great food and coffee, venture out and explore these 10 cafés for a deliciously good time in Singapore. For more café-inspiration, read this list of 50 best cafes in Singapore by HungryGoWhere, or bookmark this article on sniffing out local food in Singapore.