Katong cafes guide
Katong, and its neighbouring district, Joo Chiat, are the Tiong Bahrus of the East. Like its gentrified Southside cousin, the sprawl of old-meets-new across Katong has brought us more than just quality hawkers. These days, you go to Katong for the laksa, and stay for noteworthy cafes and restaurants too. Whether you’re an Eastie looking for a good brunch spot, or visiting the nearby park and seeking a quick break, this lengthy list of Katong cafes has something for you.
Read on for our pick of 11 Katong cafes to check out. If you prefer dining spots, then we also have our Katong and Joo Chiat food guide.
1. Group Therapy
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Located in Katong V, Group Therapy is a familiar haunt to many Easties for weekend brunch. Their extensive menu spans breakfast dishes like their Pancake Stack ($15+), served with fruit and honeycomb, Skinny Eggs Ben ($17+), topped with smoked salmon, and others. Those who prefer lighter bites can go for their ice cream and waffles selection instead, or their housemade desserts, which start from $5 for a Gluten-Free Brownie.
Address: 30 East Coast Road, #01-11, Katong, Singapore 428751
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 8am to 6pm
Tel: 6440 0457
2. Carry On Cafe
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While Carry On Cafe serves coffee, this chill spot is best loved for their array of house-blended teas. Sit and enjoy the space’s cosy vibes with a cup of London Fog (from $5.60) in hand—a combination of vanilla syrup and earl grey tea. They also serve small bites, such as wraps, waffles, pastries, and sandwiches.
Address: 348 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437115
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 6pm
Tel: 6348 2495
3. 2Six Cafe
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With more than 10 types of cakes and 30 varieties of tea on the menu, 2Six Cafe is where you want to be if you’re looking to unwind in Katong Square. Their tea blends include picturesque pours like Peppermint Butterfly Pea ($8.90+), a caffeine-free, light purple tea, which you can enjoy with their seasonal mille crepe flavours.
Address: 88 East Coast Road, #01-10, Katong Square, Singapore 423371
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 10pm
Tel: 6247 7548
4. Forty Hands
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You may know Forty Hands from their OG Tiong Bahru outlet, but this popular cafe has since expanded to the East. They retain all you know and love from their flagship menu, from their Tau Sar Pao ($2.50), which they call Singapore’s best, to their Stinky Har Cheong Kai Waffle ($19), served with a side of sambal.
On the coffee front, they served limited-edition brews with beans sourced from Common Man Coffee Roasters alongside regular coffee. Keep an eye out for their 40 Hands Iced Bubble Coffee ($8.50), where an iced latte is enhanced with caramel and coffee-infused pearls.
Address: 226 East Coast Road, Singapore 428923
Opening hours: Sat-Wed 7:30am to 6pm, Thurs 7am to 3pm
Tel: 6877 4860
5. Bread & Hearth
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True to their name, Bread & Hearth specialises in bread made with 100% French wheat flour and butter. While you can order their loaves to take home, dine-in is also available at this Katong cafe. Their savoury menu flaunts familiar all-day brunch favourites like AvocaToast (from $16.90), which you can customise to your liking, and the Legendary Croissant ($15.90), sandwiched with melted cheddar.
Otherwise, get their craft burgers, where patties of fried fish, beef, or fried chicken come served in their housemade brioche bun.
Address: 30 East Coast Road, #02-27, Katong V, Singapore 428751
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 8:30am to 6:30pm, Thurs 8am to 3pm
Tel: 6348 8068
6. Homeground Coffee Roasters
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We put Homeground Coffee Roasters on our list of best cafes for coffee in Singapore, and for good reason. This is a Katong cafe you want to go to if you’re serious about your coffee. Brews here are sourced from the likes of Cambodia and Ethiopia, with prices starting at $3.50 for an Espresso.
A healthy food menu is available to go along with your beverage, including sharing portions of Mala Chicken Pops ($12), and Level Up Kaya Toast ($9.50). The latter justifies its price tag with the combination of Hokkaido milk toast spread with housemade kaya, French butter, and 63-degree sous vide eggs.
Address: 475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682
Opening hours: Fri-Tue 9am to 6pm
Tel: 8218 4285
7. The Communal Place
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Branding themselves as a “fusion bistro”, The Communal Place melds Western dishes with Asian elements. Come here and unwind over food with your pals, with mains like Yuzu Chicken ($18++) and Foie Gras Masago ($23++) to indulge in. Finish your meal with their desserts, of which you can’t miss the Chocolate Dome ($18++), an Instagrammable serve of cheesecake, honeycomb, ice cream and more, nestled in its namesake dome.
Address: 465 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427677
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6282 3359
8. Project Acai
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Project Acai is a renowned acai bowl cafe, with four outlets around Singapore. Their Katong cafe has a selection of acai bowls, acai smoothies, snacks, and beverages, all made with ethically-sourced Sambazon acai, from the Amazon. A crowd favourite superfood fix is their Original Flower Bowl (from $6.30), dressed with 14 different toppings, such as cocoa nibs, chia seeds, and others.
Address: 217 East Coast Road, #01-03, Singapore 428915
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am to 9:30pm, Thurs 11:30am to 5pm, Sat 11:30am to 5:30pm, Sun 11:30am to 9:55pm
9. Brawn & Brains
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Brawn & Brains’ East Coast outlet is a touch more accessible than their ulu Guillemard Road counterpart. Having been around since 2013, this minimalistic cafe is an easy pick for weekend brunch, with dishes like BB Sourdough Waffles ($12+), Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Rustic Sourdough ($16.50+), and Fiery Meatball Spaghetti ($15+) to try. Get their coffee too, which is house-roasted. Popular picks include their Cold Brew White ($8.20+).
Address: 218 East Coast Road, Singapore 428916
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 8am to 5:30pm, Thurs 8am to 3pm,.
10. Starbucks Katong Square
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While we tend to think of Starbucks as more of a franchise coffee spot, Starbucks Katong is an exception. Housed in a gorgeous conservation building, this sprawling Starbucks takes over the Conservation Building of Katong Square. This IG-worthy space is outfitted with Nordic-style furnishings, as well as Peranakan-inspired artwork by local artist Danielle Tay. Order your favourite Starbucks drink and spend your time here with friends, or solo with a good book or podcast in tow.
Address: 86 East Coast Road, #01-02, Katong Square Conservation Building, Singapore 428788
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 6974 7327
11. C Cafe
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C Cafe may look like your average minimalistic cafe with its whitewashed walls and light wood furniture, but the joint is also home to ad hoc magic shows. The ‘C’ in their name stands for ‘Cards’, and when free, the staff will go around performing crowd tricks to wow patrons. Gimmicks aside, the space offers brunch, with dishes like Avocado On Sourdough Toast ($18++) that you can add-on items like Honey Baked Leg Ham ($3++), Sous Vide Chicken ($3) and more to.
Address: 477 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427683
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
12. Rabbit Carrot Gun
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Rabbit Carrot Gun is another casual bistro along Katong, with bites inspired by classic French and British fare. Their Scotch Egg & HP Sauce ($10++) is a must-try to start, where a warm hanjuku egg is blanketed with sausage meat and breadcrumbs, before being fried. Other highlights are their Signature Bubble & Squeak (from $18++), a stir-fry of sausages, bacon, fried eggs, cheese, hash, and vegetables.
Address: 47/49 East Coast Road, Singapore 428768
Opening hours: Daily 8:45am to 10:30pm
Tel: 9875 3661
Cafes in Katong
The next time you’re in the East wondering where is good to chill, pick a spot from our list of Katong cafes. Otherwise, those craving for more options in the area can read our Kings Cart Coffee Factory review, where we try out this new cafe in Joo Chiat and their kaya souffle pancakes. Also read our Jia Yuen Eating House review, where we enjoy buttermilk chicken rice also found in the Joo Chiat hood.