Best coffee cafes in Singapore
My friends often joke that my blood is made up of iced coffee. It’s true, I am a self-proclaimed coffee fanatic. If you are like me and subsist on a diet of caffeine, check out our list of 21 best coffee cafes in Singapore for good brew. Some of them serve food too, if you want bites to go along with your favourite coffee. Many of them also roast their own beans, so you can take home a bag or two to make your own coffee at home.
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1. Gloria Jean’s Coffees
If you’ve missed your dose of Gloria Jean’s from your overseas trips, heads up, because the brand is back in Singapore! With four outlets at Republic Plaza, Esplanade Mall, West Coast Plaza, and Marina Square, and a staggering 70 drinks on the menu, they’ve got your upcoming coffee and chill dates sorted.
Choose from three coffee blends━Special Espresso Blend, Nicaraguan Single Origin, and Glorious Blend━to go with your drinks, including Voltage Espresso Chiller, which features blended coffee beans for texture. This ice-blended coffee, as well as the non-caffeinated Chai Tea Chiller, Rocky Road Chiller, and Matcha Crème Brûlée Chiller, start from $7.40 a cuppa.
Website | Full list of outlets
Gloria Jean’s Coffees is a halal-certified eatery.
2. Nylon Coffee Roasters
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Nylon Coffee Roasters is no stranger to Singapore’s coffee scene. Established in 2012, the hole-in-the-wall cafe prides itself on sourcing the best coffee beans. They have garnered a strong following, with long queues at any time of the day. Many ardent fans even look to this humble cafe as a spot to get some of the best coffee beans you can find in Singapore.
Nylon enthusiasts swear by the cafe’s White ($5) with Oat Milk ($1). Meanwhile, purists can opt for their filter coffees, with a range of blends to choose from. These include the Ethiopia Danche ($8), which has blueberry, peach, and lavender undertones. Do note that the coffees here are seasonal.
Address: 4 Everton Park, #01-04, Singapore 080004
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8:30am to 4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 4:30pm
Tel: 6220 2330
Nylon Coffee Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Equate Coffee
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Come to Equate Coffee for all-day brunch, freshly baked pastries, and specialty coffee and tea. Their second outlet at Orchard Central looks incredibly aesthetic, with a dimly lit interior and a pair of upturned tree trunks that create the perfect backdrop for your OOTD shots.
Beyond its Instagram-worthy setting, Equate Coffee offers a diverse coffee menu featuring Espresso (from $3), Dirty Matcha Latte ($8), and more unique blends such as the 50’s Brew ($7): Earl Grey lavender cold brew, black cold brew, and tea-infused foam.
Read our Equate Coffee review!
Address: 81 Orchard Road, #01-17A, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 8:30pm
Equate Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Homeground Coffee Roasters
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Katong is home to many cafes that offer some of the best coffee in Singapore, and one of them is Homeground Coffee Roasters. With a mission to spread their love for brewing, the cafe also provides coffee-making guides and classes.
Go for the White (from $5), made with their signature Lollipop blend. This has white chocolate notes, with a malty finish. Alternatively, try the filter coffee with their Las Pircas ($6.50) blend, which has a lemongrass flavour. If you want a fuller meal, they also do light bites, mains, and pastries.
Address: 475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 5pm
Tel: 8218 4285
Homeground Coffee Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Chye Seng Huat Hardware
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Most people go to Chye Seng Huat Hardware for their brunch and industrial-chic vibes, but the cuppas here contend as some of the best coffee you can find in Singapore. As the flagship for coffee roasters PPP Coffee, the space sees a coffee bar, where you can get a 360-degree view of the baristas hard at work.
Venture out of the usual hot cappuccinos with their Cold Brew Red ($8), made from coffee cherries and jasmine tea. If not, you can’t go wrong with their Latte (from $6), which stars a roasted, nutty aftertaste.
Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6396 0609
Chye Seng Huat Hardware is not a halal-certified eatery.
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You might recognise Alchemist from its storefront, which looks like a Khong Guan biscuit tin. The brand started out as a takeaway joint in International Plaza and has five outlets to its name today.
Apart from the standard espresso-based coffees, they also do seasonal pour-overs. These are priced from $6 to $12, and feature beans from Colombia, Kenya and more. If you’re feeling peckish, the cafe sells pastries too, sourced from local bakery The Bakehaus.
Find out more about Alchemist The Heeren!
Address: 2 MacTaggart Road, #01-01, Khong Guan Building, Singapore 368079
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 6pm
Tel: 8875 7790
Alchemist is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. There Was No Coffee
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Located in Orchard Gateway, There Was No Coffee is a popular coffee chain from Shenzhen, China. The cafe’s interior is futuristic-themed—the space decked out in shades of grey, blue, and silver. There Was No Coffee specialises in “fresh fruits coffee” and crafts their cuppas using a blend of Yunnan and Ethiopian beans. Their iced lattes are infused with real fruit pulp, and come in a variety of unique flavours, such as Banana Latte ($5.80), Coconut Latte ($6.50), and Durian Latte ($7.80).
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #01-08, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: Sun-Mon 10am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 10pm
There Was No Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
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I was ecstatic when %Arabica first arrived on our shores with their flagship at Arab Street, having patronised the OG store in Kyoto before. Their prices are on the steeper end, but worth the splurge every once in a while.
You can choose their signature blend, or top up $1 for single-origin coffee. Sweet-toothed readers will surely enjoy the Spanish Latte (from $7.80), made with condensed milk. Meanwhile, if you’re here with a non-coffee drinking friend, the Matcha Latte (from $8.60) is a great beverage option.
Address: 56 Arab Street, Singapore 199753
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 8am to 6pm, Fri-Sat 8am to 8pm
Tel: 6291 3887
%Arabica is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Apartment is owned by a Singapore Brewers Cup champion, the most prestigious award there is for local baristas. Probably one of the most gorgeous cafes I’ve seen, the space sees sunlight-dappled interiors, with a mix of white and brown decor. Every ceramic cup of coffee comes with a card that explains the backstory of the beans used—a display of the brand’s passion for coffee.
Their menu is seasonal, with a focus on filter coffees priced around $6.30 to $7.30. They feature beans from around the world, including El Salvador and Ethiopia.
Read our Apartment review!
Address: 161 Lavender Street, #01-12, Singapore 338750
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 6pm
Apartment is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Old Hen Coffee Bar
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Another popular name in the coffee industry is Old Hen Coffee Bar, known for their extensive range of cold brews. The White Cold Brew Coffee ($6.90) is creamy and aromatic, ideal for basic coffee drinkers. Meanwhile, if you love chocolate and coffee, get the best of both worlds with the Cold Mocha ($7.90).
Their menu also includes brunch fare, mains, and desserts that make for good bites alongside your preferred beverage. If that’s not enough, they have a second outlet within Farrer Park at Owen Road, with a larger selection of food.
Address: 88 Rangoon Road, #01-03, Singapore 218374
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 6pm
Tel: 6341 5458
Old Hen Coffee Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. Glyph Supply Co
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Located within the 111 Somerset mall, Glyph Supply Co is another IG-worthy cafe to add to the list. They do seasonal filter coffees, but their Black ($5), White ($6), and Black Cold Brew ($7) are standard fixings on the menu.
The cafe also roasts their own beans. Sourced from Ethiopia, these sport fruity notes akin to stewed apricots and blueberries.
Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01-06, TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 5:15pm
Glyph Supply Co is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. Maxi Coffee Bar
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These quaint blue checkered tables might have graced your IG feed at some point. They belong to Maxi Coffee Bar, one of the newest additions to Ann Siang Hill. The cafe rotates their menu on a seasonal basis, but crowd favourites still remain, which include the Iced Cereal Milk Latte ($7.50). Imagine the bowl of leftover milk after you’ve finished your cereal—this tastes like that, except perfumed with coffee. Another is The “Dirty” ($7.50), inspired by dirty chai, and made with oat milk and spices.
Check out our Maxi Coffee Bar review.
Address: 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8am to 5pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 5pm
Tel: 9776 7400
Maxi Coffee Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.
13. Glass Roasters
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If you want to enjoy your coffee with ice cream and waffles, check out Glass Roasters, a cafe in Faber Drive that shares space with Gelatolabo. Their menu is simple, serving only Black ($5) and White ($6) coffee. These are robust, with fruity undertones, and a slightly acidic finish. You can also top up $1 to swap out your milk for oat or soy alternatives.
Address: 108 Faber Drive, Singapore 129418
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 9am to 6pm
Glass Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Merchant Coffee Roasters
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Hailing from Melbourne, Merchant Coffee Roasters at Dempsey Hill offers a tranquil escape from Singapore’s hustle and bustle. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Australia’s coffee capital with the cafe’s white and wooden accents and pops of greenery. A cup of Espresso will set you back $4.50, while their Cafe Latte, Flat White, Mocha, and Americano are priced at $6 each. If you’d like to enjoy their coffee at home, snag a bag of their house-blend coffee beans, priced from $20 to $50.
Read our Merchant Coffee Roasters coverage.
Address: 71 Loewen Road, #01-05, Singapore 248847
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 3pm
Tel: 9236 3034
Merchant Coffee Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
15. Baristart Coffee
Hailing from Hokkaido is Baristart Coffee, with an emphasis on white coffees using freshly imported Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk. Known for being extra creamy, this milk comes from Brown Jersey Cows that make up only 1% of Japan’s cow population. You can enjoy this with their Biei Jersey Milk Coffee ($8.50++), which sees a ristretto shot added to the pour.
Otherwise, get the Latte ($6.70++), which has a fragrance akin to freshly made caramel. The cafe is also known for its cream puff, with Biei custard encased in choux pastry, so be sure to order that to go with your coffee!
Check out our Baristart Coffee review!
Address: 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9am to 6pm Fri-Sun 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6904 3169
Baristart Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
16. Common Man Coffee Roasters
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Common Man Coffee Roasters is arguably one of the OG names in our local coffee scene. They’re a specialty roaster with a focus on sustainably sourced coffee, as well as a cafe and barista training academy. They first established as a cafe in 2013, and have since grown rapidly, with three own-brand cafes in Singapore, and their beans supplying many, many others. Head down to their flagship cafe along Martin Road, and grab yourself a cuppa from their extensive menu. An espresso starts at $6, but we highly recommend the Slow Brew ($7.50), a filter-brewed coffee prepared with single-origin beans. The selection varies regularly too.
Website | Full list of locations
Common Man Coffee Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
Newly opened SYIP has become a hotspot for brunch in the Farrer Park area. While the likes of their Creamy Chicken Scrambled Egg Croissant ($18++) and other prettily plated dishes have been making waves online, the coffee here is equally deserving of attention. Iced coffee fans should try their Black Sesame Latte ($6.50++), a fusion beverage with roasted black sesame in the mix, for an added nuttiness.
Read our SYIP review.
Address: 79 Owen Road, Singapore 218895
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am to 6pm
Tel: 8770 9079
SYIP is not a halal-certified eatery.
18. Round Boy Roasters
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Local roastery Round Boy Roasters is a great Bukit Merah cafe to pop into if you’re ever in the area. They first opened in 2018, before transitioning into the full-fledged cafe-roastery concept they have running today. The cafe is small and intimate, with bar counter seats offering a variety of hot or cold coffees, each prepared from house-roasted beans. An espresso starts at $4.50 here, while milk coffees go upwards of $6.50. You can buy a bag of beans to go, whether single origin or blends, sourced from producers worldwide.
Address: 146 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-1092, Singapore 160146
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 8am to 3pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 4:30pm
Round Boy Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Japanese cafes are in a league of their own, so experience that for yourself at Kurasu. The cafe’s flagship is based in Kyoto, and they opened their Singapore outlet along Waterloo Street just a few years ago. The menu here is the same as the one in Kyoto, and the beans available are all sourced from specialty roasters around Japan. Apart from your usual selection of beverages, they also have light bites such as cakes, pancakes, and toast. Drinks here are priced around $7.50.
Address: 261 Waterloo Street, #01-24, Singapore 180261
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 6pm
Kurasu is not a halal-certified eatery.
20. Bearded Bella
Bearded Bella first opened in Outram Park to much fanfare, thanks to their delicious bakes and big breakfast sets. Their coffees are also top-notch, brewed from single-origin house roasts. You can get espresso drinks here, as well as filter coffee brewed with a V60, depending on your preference. Prices start at $5. Their new opening in Bukit Timah also means Westsiders won’t have to travel to town to get their Bearded Bella fix.
Read our Bearded Bella review.
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Website | Full list of locations
Bearded Bella is not a halal-certified eatery.
21. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
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Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee started as a wholesaler for coffee beans and equipment, before expanding into a full-fledged cafe, with two other outlets within Fusionopolis and Vivo City’s Fairprice Xtra stores. Do note that prices differ across outlets.
The Iced Latte ($5.90) is my go-to—creamy and robust, without being acidic. If you’re feeling for something different, try their range of specialty cold brews. The Pollen White ($7.60) is sweetened with raw honey, while their Mocha Latte ($5.80) is topped with artisanal chocolate.
Address: 170 Stirling Road, #01-1133, Singapore 140170
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4:45pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 4:15pm
Tel: 6474 5442
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee is not halal-certified eatery.
22. Narrative Coffee Stand
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Nestled within Bras Basah Complex, Narrative Coffee Stand stands out with its refreshing palette of white and blue, complete with rattan chairs and an island countertop where patrons can watch the baristas at work. The cafe sources their single-origin beans from Scandinavia, used to craft their cups of Espresso ($4), White Coffee ($4.50), and E&T ($7), a refreshing espresso tonic.
Address: Block 231 Bain Street, #01-05, Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 5pm
Tel: 9488 4493
Narrative Coffee Stand is not a halal-certified eatery.
23. Rough Guys Coffee
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Rough Guys Coffee is the brainchild of a dynamic duo, with one hailing from the popular artisanal coffeehouse, Kurasu, and the other being the founder of Beng Who Cooks. Here, a standard espresso pour starts at just $3.50 and features washed beans from Mexico, boasting notes of dark chocolate and oolong tea. Try their White Coffee ($6) too, which features a nuttier flavour profile with milder acidity. Additionally, there’s an array of filter coffee options, priced from $8, with various roast profiles, all served in a series of rugged, locally handcrafted mugs.
Address: 214A South Bridge Road, Chinatown Point, Singapore 058763
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 6pm
Rough Guys Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
24. Humble Origins Coffee Roasters
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Humble Origins Coffee Roasters offers specialty coffee beans from the Shan Hills in Myanmar. The relatively under-the-radar cafe offers espresso-based options such as Long Black ($5) and White ($5) coffee, as well as filter brews from $6.50. We recommend the Dirty Tiger ($7.50), a gula melaka-infused iced white that pairs well with the cafe’s Almond Croissant ($6.50) and Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Bun ($5.50).
Address: 475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8:30am to 5:30pm
Tel: 8719 0191
Humble Origins Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
25. Bloom Coffee
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Parents of furkids can head to Bloom Coffee, a cosy East Coast cafe with a gorgeous, pet-friendly alfresco dining area. Their espresso beans are sourced from Brazil through Mercanta Coffee, and are well-loved for their distinct notes of pineapple, red apple, and almond. Bloom Coffee’s non-coffee options are worth a try too, including the creamy Matcha Latte ($6.50) and citrusy Yuzu Cardamom Lemonade ($7.50).
Address: 87 Upper East Coast Road, Goodwill Court, Singapore 455223
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Thurs 8am to 5:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 6pm
Bloom is not a halal-certified eatery.
26. Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe
For super gao traditional kopi, head over to the Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe, located along Craig Road. Order a serving of Traditional Kaya Butter Toast (from $2.50), along with a glass of Coconut Coffee ($5.90): coconut water, evaporated milk, and Nanyang espresso coffee, or go for the Hor Ka Sai (from $3), a unique kopi from Taiping, Malaysia, that’s mixed with Milo.
Read our Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe review.
Address: 5 Craig Road, Singapore 089665
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 9pm
Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery, but uses no pork or lard.
27. Luckin Coffee
With numerous outlets across Singapore, Luckin Coffee is no stranger to coffee lovers. Their largest outlet is at Jewel Changi Airport, boasting a huge indoor dining space and alfresco-like seats. Their star offering—Iced Minty Coconut Latte ($8.50), features a unique blend of coconut and mint, paired with freshly pulled espresso. Otherwise, try their Peach Jasmine Exfreezo ($6.80) or Mango Jasmine Exfreezo ($6.80) for something fruity and refreshing.
Read our Luckin Coffee review.
28. Takagi Cofee
FYI: Takagi Coffee has no affiliation to homegrown ramen chain Takagi Ramen. Rather, it’s a Japanese cafe located at Tanjong Pagar’s 100 AM mall. Come here for their fluffy pancakes, and get a robust cup of Takagi Coffee Original Blend ($5.40++) to go with your meal. Rare coffee varieties are also available, including Rwanda Nyamuringa Karora ($6.90++), a Red Bourbon coffee with a good balance of chocolate and fruity notes.
Read our coverage of Takagi Coffee coverage.
Address: 100 Tras Street, #01-14B, 100 AM, Singapore 079027
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Takagi Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
Cafes with the best coffee in Singapore
From creamy lattes to exotic pour-overs, I genuinely believe that there’s a cup of coffee for everyone. Fuel your caffeine addiction with these 28 places for the best coffee in Singapore, where you can throw some beautiful IG shots and good food in the mix.
Photo taken by Chew Yi En.
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