With the booming coffee scene in Singapore and a whole host of hipster cafes, boutique diners and instagram-worthy coffee shops popping up all over the island, it’s truly hard to come up with a list of the finest 10 cafes in Singapore. After careful reviewing and lots and lots of rigourous taste tests, here’s the ultimate guide from WithTravel.
No. 1: jimmy monkey™ Cafe & Bar
Owner Michael Ryan is a true blue coffee aficionado. His love for Asian culture brought him to Singapore all the way from Melbourne and he has since made this sunny island his home. jimmy monkey™ Cafe & Bar is one of the 3rd wave coffee pioneers in Singapore, with their iconic blue Slayer Espresso Machine, the very 1st in Singapore which was imported all the way from Seattle, and is known to generate a full-on punchy caffeine rush every single time. Beans are roasted on-site weekly and Michael is known to have special seasonals on offer ever so often (Do look out for the Columbian single origins as those are known to sell like hot cakes).
jimmy monkey™ Cafe & Bar
Address 01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One North Gateway, Singapore 138643
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jimmymonkeycafe/
No. 2: The Hangar
The Hangar was started by Pav, a lawyer turned barista turned cafe owner. His tertiary education in Melbourne inspired a deep love for authentic coffee experiences. Hangar’s coffee beans are hand roasted for about a half-hour each week to bring out the rich and flavorful tastes and smells. Try one of their specialty pour-overs with a bowl of Pulled Pork Kolo Mee (a spiced up fusion remake of the popular Asian noodles). And if you’re a dessert lover, the brownie is to die for so leave space in your tummy for it and you can thank us later!
Address: 25 Arab Street, SIngapore 199724
No. 3: Nylon Coffee Roasters
Hidden in a small shophouse below a HDB block in Everton Park, Nylon is one of the hidden gems that many locals like to keep for themselves. Run by a husband and wife team, they speak of their coffee as if they were speaking of their children. Their labor of love in their coffee is evident in the smiling faces of their regular patrons. It’s a common place for locals in the know to head over there to chat with the couple and grab an espresso to go. There’s limited space indoors but you can always choose to hang around outside and enjoy a local authentic experience.
Nylon Coffee Roasters
Address 4 Everton Park 01-40, Singapore 080004
No. 4: Lunar Coffee Brewers
Located in the Central Business District of Singapore, Lunar Coffee Brewers serves up fusion lunch bowls and amazing coffee & tea. The owners also run Atlas Coffeehouse (in the Bukit Timah area) and Columbus Coffee Co (in the Upper Thomson area). Lunar Coffee Brewers focuses on cold brews that have a higher caffeine content for those who need a boost! Their specialty for coffees is the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee and Milky Way White Cold Brew. And for those who prefer tea, do try their Matcha Warrior Cold Brew or Nitro Cold Brew Tea. After a long day of shopping or sightseeing, you’ll surely enjoy the renewed energy after partaking in their delicious blends.
Lunar Coffee Brewers
Address: 6 Shenton Way, 01-50 OUE Downtown Gallery 2, Singapore 068809
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm, Saturday: 9am to 3pm
No. 5: Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
If you’re looking for a retro-chic coffee shop, look no further than Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee. Located at 170 Stirling Road, this cafe is off the beaten path for most tourists, as it’s a local haunt which actually started operations way back in the 60s. If you’re looking for a local venture to reach out and make your stay memorable, do drop in there.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Address: 01-1133 Block 170 Stirling Road Singapore 140170
Open Mon to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Sat 9am to 4pm.