Craving coffee and brunch? These cafés are open over Chinese New Year

Craving coffee and brunch? These cafés are open over Chinese New Year

Business as usual

Text: Janice Sim

The irony of Chinese New Year is that while our homes are often brimming with an influx of humans and food, the streets on the other hand, are left empty and abandoned. In a nutshell, it does feel like a bit of an apocalypse.

In times like these, scoring a decent caffeine fix or a hearty brunch platter can be quite the challenge. But thankfully, we've done the necessary legwork (because God only knows how much we need it), and discovered a handful of cafés open for business this long weekend. Blessings, indeed.

The Wired Monkey

Solace and a solid pour is what you'll get when you're at the The Wired Monkey. It's not your typical sit-down brunch spot, but we're pretty chuffed facing the large mural in the space with a cuppa any day.

Wired Monkey

5 Dunlop Street, #01-00

Bearded Bella

Chances are after stomaching yusheng platters and copious amounts of delicacies steeped in stock, an Aussie-styled brunch could really be a lifesaver. A hearty plate to break the nauseating streak — Bearded Bella's offerings are aplenty. From pancakes with bacon to avo toast to crispy roti and ricotta cheese, you can get your grub and caffeine fix here.

Brunch bearded bella

8 Craig Rd, Tel: 9880 0775


Note: this brunch favourite on Jalan Kubor only opens on the second day of Chinese New Year. So if you're tired of one-pot delicacies and yu sheng platters, you know where to go.


9 Jln Kubor, #01-01, Tel: 6291 9901
Opening hours: 9am-7pm

Dutch Colony Coffee Co.

A decent cup of joe at not one but two of its locations — you'll find the likes of a delectable beetroot bagel at Dutch Colony at Frankel Avenue and delightful cakes at its latest UE Square outfit.

Cafe Singapore open during Chinese New Year

113 Frankel Avenue, Tel: 6448 5852
Opening hours: 8am-8pm

Penny University

They make a mean Turkish breakfast spread and an indulgent cup of muddy espresso — what's not to love?

402 East Coast Rd, Tel: 6345 9055
Opening hours: 8.30am-10.30pm

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

Choose from the café's four locations (whichever's on the way to Uncle Charlie's house) — two in the East, and two in the Central. Their breakfast options range from salad wraps to English muffins.

Cafe Singapore open during Chinese New Year

2 First Street, Siglap V, Tel: 9658 0769
Opening house: 8.30am-10.30pm

The Bravery

If you like a little Asian in your brunch, The Bravery serves up hearty teriyaki beef rice bowls. Those with a soft spot for flavoured coffee will also love their lavender lattes.

66 Horne Rd, Tel: 9388 2973
Opening hours: 9am-9.30pm

Merci Marcel

This chic French bistro isn't just Instagram-worthy but serves up a mean lunch and dinner spread. Hot tip: Go straight for Ravioles de Royans — tiny raviolis stuffed with Tete de Moine cheese. Get a glass of their house red while you're at it.

Cafe Singapore open during Chinese New Year

56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Tel: 6224 0113
Opening hours: 8am-11.30pm

Working Title

Think juicy meat patties, moist buns and crispy fries — hands down, a better alternative next to your aunt's steamboat party.

48 Arab Street, Tel: 8248 2841
Opening hours: 11am-11pm

The Mad Sailors

From the same guys behind Working Title, The Mad Sailors' menu is inspired by the United Kingdom. We're talking fish, chips and a smokey serving of herby beef sausages.

Cafe Singapore open during Chinese New Year

24 Haji Lane, Tel: 8248 2853
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm

The Summerhouse / Wildseed

An idyllic escape (from the CNY madness) into the Seletar region, by day you'll find a cosy café, Wildseed, at the lower level, and by night, The Summerhouse, which offers delicious farm-table cuisine. So this is what peace feels like...

Cafe Singapore open during Chinese New Year

3 Park Lane, Tel: 6262 1063
Opening hours: (Wildseed) 9am-1am, (The Summerhouse) 6pm-10pm


What would Telok Ayer be without the long-standing Sarnies? From the early morning into the night, you can count on the trusty joint to serve up decent flat whites and all-day delights to keep you sated.

Cafe Singapore open during Chinese New Year

136 Telok Ayer Street, Tel: 6224 6091
Opening hours: 7.30am-12am