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13 Telok Ayer Cafes For Brunch In The CBD, From French Crepes To Orh Nee Cakes

20th October 2023

Best Telok Ayer cafes for chill brunch hangouts


Telok Ayer is well-known for its blend of street and cafe food in the CBD, with hawker behemoths such as Amoy Street Food Centre just a stone’s throw from hipster hotspots and cafes. With such an abundance of cafe options in the area, it may be difficult to decipher what each has to offer. To help, we’ve compiled a list of 13 best Telok Ayer cafes to reward yourself after a gruelling spin class.


1. My Awesome Cafe


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Since raising its shutters in 2014, Frenchman Franck Hardy’s My Awesome Cafe has become a stalwart amidst the Telok Ayer cafes, renowned for its tasty food and old-world charm. The cafe complements its throwback Chung Hwa Free Clinic facade with retro, industrial fittings inside. The bare bulbs and school desks imbue the space with vintage Singaporean charisma, even as you chow down on European cafe fare.

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Their Awesome Crispy Quesadilla ($28++) makes for a great sharing meal to have with your friends and family. There are five options for you to choose from: French Shredded Duck Confit, Honey-Glazed Ham & Fresh Pineapple, Thai Inspired Beef, Spicy Lemongrass Mushroom, and Herb Chicken Breast & Sundried Tomato Pesto. An expansive menu for drinks is also available here! They have homemade sodas, along with coffee, tea, and a wide range of boozy options too.

My Awesome Cafe
ADDRESS
202 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068639
Opening Hours: Wednesday 11:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.6
(4888)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
My Awesome Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.


2. Merci Marcel


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While our previous French cafe integrated Asian culture, Merci Marcel remains firmly entrenched in its roots, making customers feel like they’ve been whisked off to a pretty Parisian street. Expanding from its original space in Tiong Bahru, this Club Street outlet has a stylish yet relaxed vibe, the kind of place you’d imagine a gaggle of pretty Parisian people would spend their Saturday at.

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It seems almost rudely stereotypical to order French Toast ($20++) at a French cafe, but whoever Marcel is, his rendition of this brunch classic is stonking. Fluffy and lightly crisp brioche slices are bathed in berries and honey for a decadent way to start the morning. This is only, however, on their brunch menu, available from 8am to 5pm. Marinated Crab Tartine ($22++) is a less conventional route for brunch, featuring sourdough bread capped by marinated crab and avocado. During dinnertime, sharing plates dominate the menu, with Tarte Flambee ($27++), a thin crust pizza with blue cheese, apple and bacon, and Duck Parmentier ($29++) ranking amongst the most popular choices.

MERCI MARCEL
ADDRESS
7-9 Club St, Singapore 069403
Opening Hours: Wednesday 08:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.7
(1912)
CONTACT INFORMATION

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Merci Marcel is not a halal-certified eatery.


3. French Fold


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French Fold, the sister cafe to Merci Marcel, may be new, but it made its presence in Singapore known with aplomb. Specialising in Breton buckwheat galettes and French crepes, the bistro is complete with a chic Paris-style interior, framed by lush greenery.

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When it comes to food, go for the No.4 ($16++), where a crispy crepe nestles cheese, egg, ham, and mushrooms, and finishes off strong with any of their sweets on the menu. We love the No.24 ($13++) crepe topped with a scoop of Sea Salt Hojicha ice cream from Birds of Paradise, but we hear rave things about the No.21 ($11++) too, topped with poached pear and dark Valrhona chocolate sauce.

Check out our full review of French Fold.

French Fold Telok Ayer
ADDRESS
204 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068640
Opening Hours: Wednesday 08:00-00:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.7
(2438)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
French Fold is not a halal-certified eatery.

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4. Sarnies


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@meeniemee

Ask your nearest “white girl” about their favourite Telok Ayer cafes and Sarnies will invariably enter the conversation. This Australian-inspired cafe has become an absolute fixture in Singapore’s cafe scene, with its unpretentious and comfortable atmosphere attracting a loyal legion of regular customers.

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@_food_for_foodies_

“Sarnie” is a British-Australian slang for sandwiches, so you won’t go wrong ordering any of their eponymous items. Chicken Schnitzel ($24++) adds German influence to your lunchtime routine, featuring thick and juicy fried chicken cutlets between white bread. Steak Wrap ($16++) also makes for a substantial meal as it’s packed with grass-fed steak, mixed cheese, mixed mushrooms, scrambled eggs, and tomato relish.

Sarnies
ADDRESS
136 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068601
Opening Hours: Wednesday 07:30-22:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4
(1522)
CONTACT INFORMATION

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Sarnies is not a halal-certified eatery.


5. Free The Robot


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@marcellameilyne

As implied by its name, Free The Robot is an android-themed cafe, with cute robot-inspired art and accessories everywhere you look. In the evening, this eccentric cafe undergoes a complete metamorphosis, becoming Bitter and Love, an uber-cool cocktail bar.

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The FTR Beef Burger ($25+) is an unpretentious and satisfying burger headlined by a juicy beef patty and robust rashers of bacon, with backup from a jiggly sunny-side-up egg. For a fresh start to the day that won’t empty your pockets, Mushroom Medley ($12+) soup and Free The Robot Signature Coffee ($6+) come to mind, the latter being a coconut-oil laced espresso.

Free the Robot
ADDRESS
118 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068587
Opening Hours: Wednesday 12:00-15:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.4
(708)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
Free The Robot is not a halal-certified eatery.


6. Plain Vanilla


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Singapore’s OG cupcakery, Plain Vanilla, has a Telok Ayer cafe with an array of cafe-style fare to start your weekend on a sweet note. 

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Their weekend brunch includes items such as classics like Eggs Benedict ($22++) and Mixed Berries French Toast ($18++). On the other hand, their weekday menu sees Banana Nutella Toast ($14++) made with caramelised banana, toasted hazelnuts, and of course, nutella. For a savoury option, there’s the Turkey Roasted Tomatoes & Pesto ($11.50), a deli sandwich featuring roasted turkey breast, oven-roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, and mozzarella cheese. 

ADDRESS
134 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068600
Opening Hours: Wednesday 07:30-19:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.2
(397)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
Plain Vanilla is not a halal-certified eatery.


7. Genius Central


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Nestled in Far East Square is Genius Central, a whole foods haven amongst the Telok Ayer cafes that focuses on meals that are good for you. Most of the menu is vegan-friendly, and includes gluten-free choices too.

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Don’t let that put you off, as nothing on the menu is lacking in flavour. Their Savoury French Toast ($16++) for instance, is a medley of rustic sourdough, fresh cherry tomato, herbs and greens, while the Potato Hash ($16++) features a hefty potato hash brown dressed with poached egg, and a crisp salad. For something a touch more classic, there’s the Smashed Avocado ($18++), which uses creamy Mexican avocados and cherry tomato salsa. They also have coffees and fresh juices to accompany your meal!

ADDRESS
2551
Opening Hours: Wednesday 08:00-20:30  Show More Timings 

Website
Genius Central is not a halal-certified eatery.


8. LUNA


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LUNA may be new, but this patisserie has already made a name for itself as a go-to cafe if your idea of a good brunch is just desserts. Their cakes are inspired by Asian flavours and taste as good as they look.

Luna cakes

One of the most famous cakes to order is the Orh Nee Cake ($8++), where a fragrant yam paste is layered over a vanilla sponge. There’s also a toss-up between goma and peanut butter, which gives you Goma x PB ($9++). This will surely tickle your fancy if you’re a fan of nutty flavours! We also recommend their Pistachio Hazelnut ($9++) for a glorious combination of roasted pistachio, whipped hazelnut ganache, and vanilla cream. 

Check out our full review of LUNA.

LUNA
ADDRESS
53 Amoy St, Singapore 069879
Opening Hours: Wednesday 12:00-18:30  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
3.8
(548)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
LUNA is not a halal-certified eatery.

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9. Hellu Coffe


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Newly opened in 2023, Hellu Coffee is located just a minute by foot from Telok Ayer MRT Station. This cosy cafe has both indoor and outdoor seats, and it can house about 16 people at once.

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Known for cream coffee, their Matcha Creamu ($8.90) is a must-try. You get a dollop of house-made cream mixed with earthy matcha, which gives the drink a good balance of sweet and bitter notes. To go with your drink, we recommend their croffles in four different flavours: Maple Bacon, Spicy Tuna, Ham & Cheese, and Sesame Cream. Each croffle is priced at $7.90

Read our Hellu Coffee review

Hellu Coffee
ADDRESS
137 Amoy St, #01-05 Far East Square, Singapore 049965
Opening Hours: Wednesday 08:00-17:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.5
(138)

Website
Hellu Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.

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10. Maxi Coffee Bar


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Maxi Coffee Bar is a cosy cafe tucked away in Ann Siang Hill, and you can easily spot their space thanks to the conspicuous theme of blue and white colours that stands out.

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Fans of sweet-salty combo will dig their Miso PBJ ($5.50), a fun twist to the regular peanut butter and jelly toast. Their creative rendition features a toasted milk bun packed with house-made miso peanut butter, and of course, jam. Alternatively, get their Tuna Melt ($14), comprising melty cheddar goodness mixed with tuna mayo. They also offer unique drinks such as the Iced Cereal Milk Latte ($7.50). It’s made with a house-made cereal-infused milk and a shot of espresso. 

Read our Maxi Coffee Bar review

Maxi Coffee Bar
ADDRESS
6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
Opening Hours: Wednesday 08:00-17:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.7
(412)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
Maxi Coffee Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.

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11. The Whole Kitchen


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The Whole Kitchen has two outlets across Singapore, with one outlet in Katong and the other in the heart of the CBD.

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They take healthly food and snacks very seriously here, and you can opt for alternatives such as vegan, dairy-free, no-sugar, and low-carb versions. For starters, we recommend their gluten-free Tomato & Cheese Toastie ($9+). You can pay an additional $2+ for vegan cheese instead! There’s also a variety of salads for you to choose from, including Rainbow Raw, Kale Pesto Pasta, Clean Green Goddess, and Quinoa Salad. Each bowl is priced at $8+.

The Whole Kitchen Bakery Cafe (CBD)
ADDRESS
120 Robinson Rd, #01-01, Singapore 068913
Opening Hours: Wednesday 07:30-18:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.4
(96)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
The Whole Kitchen is not a halal-certified eatery.


12. Group Therapy Coffee


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Another popular CBD spot is Group Therapy Coffee, a cafe located in Cross Street Exchange. Their menu sees an extensive range of mains from cheeseburger and pasta to crepes and pancakes. 

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Their Smoked Salmon Avocado Sandwich ($19+) is a constant favourite among patrons. It features sourdough with smoked salmon, avocado, a dollop of cream cheese, and a side of salad. For something more substantial, there’s the Black Truffle Chicken ($22+), a pasta dish that uses linguine as its base. It’s topped with smoked chicken, cream sauce, and shaved truffle. If you’re a fan of pancakes, get their Pancake Stack ($19+) for a hearty combination of berries, bananas, honeycomb, and maple syrup.

ADDRESS
181 South Bridge Rd, #01-05 & #K1-04, Singapore 058743
Opening Hours: Wednesday 08:00-17:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.2
(729)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
Group Therapy Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.


13. Common Man Coffee Roasters


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Common Man Coffee Roasters has made a name for their own with six outlets spread across the island, including one in the CBD. Their newest branch is situated in Alexandra!

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For something more unique, try their Kouign Amann Toast ($25++) served with cherries, ice cream, plum syrup, chocolate granola nuts, flaked almonds, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. If you’re heading down for lunch between 10am and 5pm, their Cubanos Sandwich ($29++) is worth a shot. It features ham, sliced slow cooked pork, jalapenos, pickled cucumber, mustard mayo, aged cheddar, and a side of herbed fries.

Common Man Coffee Roasters Stanley St
ADDRESS
11, 12 Stanley St, Singapore 068730
Opening Hours: Wednesday 07:30-17:00  Show More Timings 
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.4
(816)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Website
Common Man Coffee Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.


Best Telok Ayer cafes


Telok Ayer is one of Singapore’s most popular cafe-hopping areas, and it’s easy to see why. From classic Melbourne cafe experiences to quirky eateries with local flair and sleek patisseries, it’s hard to find a greater variety than the stream of Telok Ayer cafes that exist.

For more ideas to plan your next cafe-hopping jaunt, read our guide to the best Japanese cafes in Singapore. Otherwise, find out more about Nico Cafe, a newly opened garden cafe in Orchard with souffle pancakes and coconut latte.

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Feature image adapted from @herdarksecret and @the_wholekitchen
This article was originally written on 3 April 2019.

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