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Cafés that serve good coffee in Singapore

Cafés that serve good coffee in Singapore

The purist edit

Text: Janice Sim


It's hard to put this delicately without offending a few groups of people. (Case in point: our fashion editor who sips on chai lattes on the regular is giving me the stink eye as I'm typing this out.) But for the better good of the coffee cognoscenti or the folks who care about where their beans come from, this snob list had to be done.

Visiting a café doesn't mean you are warranted a good cup of coffee in Singapore. It means you're floored with egg benedict options, epic toppings on your waffles and that illustrious brunch content for your weekly IG update. So what's the benchmark here? In my humble opinion, a well-balanced body, nailing the foam difference between a cap and a flat white, and last but never least, overall consistency that won't let you down even on your umpteenth visit.

Some cafés you go to for food, some you go for a decent cuppa. If the latter matters more to you, head to these spots below. 

Apartment Coffee

Everything is minimal here. No decadent brunch platters or flashing neon signs, which works out when you're an instant babe magnet for folks who just love their coffee. But aesthetics aside, this light-filled loft churns out fantastic service and quality cups of coffee. Go on, we dare you to dislike it. 

Apartment Coffee

161 Lavender St, #01-12
Opening hours: 9am-6pm

Lunar Coffee Brewers

OUE Downtown is handsomely clad with a slew of coffee joints, but Lunar won our hearts with a single five-ounce. Considering the influx of white-collared workers come peak hour, we're not the only ones. 

Lunar Coffee Brewers

6 Shenton Way, #01-49/50 OUE Downtown Gallery 2, Tel: 6224 4500
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 8am-7pm, (Sat) 9am-3pm

Homeground Coffee Roasters

You might have seen the Homeground brand being extracted into one of your coffees at selected cafes like Percolate, but now they have their own flagship. The moody space resembles a mini art gallery with a long aisle adorned with paintings and photographs on the walls. Make sure to try their house brews when you're there — we heard they recently clinched an award for the Singapore's National Brewers Cup Champion 2019. 

Homeground Coffee

475 Joo Chiat Road, Tel: 9027 2665
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 8am-5pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-6pm

The Glasshouse

This beautiful space hidden in the glorious Chijmes is rooted on light-filled windows, the right amount of foliage and bangin' cups of coffee.

The glasshouse cafe with good coffee

30 Victoria St, Chijmes #01-03
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 8am-5pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-6pm

Percolate

At Percolate, it always feels like home. The neighbourhood gem (Easties be proud) unveils an inviting café with attentive staff, simple grub and quality cups of coffee procured from local and international roasters.

Cafes with good coffee in Singapore

 136 Bedok North Ave 3 #01-152, Tel: 8259 0316
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 10.30am-9.30pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-9.30pm

Nylon Coffee Roasters

Touted as one of the pioneer coffee roasters since the third wave landed in Singapore, always expect a quality cup albeit the lack of seating and hearty brunch options. It's clear as day that you come to Nylon for a solid cup and nothing else. Did we also mention that they stock up on sustainable straws?

Cafes with good coffee in Singapore

4 Everton Park, #01-40, Tel: 6220 2330
Opening hours: (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri) 8.30am-5.30pm, (Sat-Sun) 9am-6pm

Kurasu Singapore

The Singapore outpost of Kurasu (which helms from Kyoto) is as cool and understated as you would imagine it to be. Planted in the center of district6, a co-working space, their coffees reprise specialty blends and single origins of their own as well as roasters around Japan.

Cafes with good coffee in Singapore

331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers #02-01
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 9am-6pm, (Sat-Sun) 12pm-6pm

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Whether you're a coffee purist or not, Papa Palheta's café should be a renowned name amongst many. You either fancy its old industrial aesthetic, collective crowd or even its occasional music collabs. But if our city had an academy to where your induction to coffee should begin, this place sounds about right. 

Cafes with good coffee in Singapore

150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Tel: 6396 0609
Opening hours: (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun) 9am-10pm, (Fri-Sat) 9am-12am

Click here to find out more about Singapore's burgeoning coffee scene. 

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