January 2018: 20 Nearby Cafes in Singapore That Will Get You in the Mood for Some Weekend Catch-Ups

Friday, January 19, 2018 , 0 Comments

In the Mood for Some Weekend Work or Non-Work?
Yes, it’s been a couple of months since I last spilled some caffeine stains over here, and it’s right about time to wake you up this year for some weekend action. Yet again, after having visited more than a cup full of cafes in Singapore every possible weekend (and weeknights!), I was finally able to narrow down and highlight the personal favorites and the good ones worth trying out – lots of great hipster places and best places to have your coffee, especially if you’re looking to get some studying or work done. Yes, it really is time to get your lazy butt out of the house and try these cafes in Singapore. They have the third-wave coffee trend ambiance, upgraded version set-ups and extensive menu with various coffee variants that will spur your productivity. What’s your favourite café for getting productive? Sound off below!

Brothers in Fine Food (BFF)
Address: #02-07, West Community Club,, 5 Tampines Ave 3, Singapore 529705
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 12:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. Sat – Sun 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M.
Official Website: @brothersinfinefood
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brothersinfinefood/
Nearest MRT: Tampines

The selection of drinks was interesting. Think Red Velvet Hot Chocolate ($5.50), Chai Steamer ($5.50), Orange Hot Chocolate ($5.50), Yuzu Mojito Mocktail ($6.50) and Peanut Butter Jelly Mocktail ($8). The Red Velvet Hot Chocolate ($5.50) was at least smooth, chocolatey, and of course ‘photogenically –chio’! Read full review at: http://danielfooddiary.com/2016/12/10/brothersinfinefood/

1933 by Toast Box – Singapore
Address: 15 Stamford Road #01-83 Capitol Piazza Singapore 178906
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.toastbox.com.sg/
Nearest MRT: City Hall

In terms of culinary range, the restaurant tries to sell food that is reminiscent of the 1930s, mostly Anglo-Chinese, Hainanese food and local favourites. They stay true to the authentic traditional taste by making minor adjustments, serving the Nanyang curry in a bread bowl or adding a Hainanese sauce to a Western pork loin. Very simple tweaks that produced amazing results in terms of flavour. Read full review at: https://sethlui.com/1933-singapore-restaurant-review/

Baker and Cook
Address: 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.bakerandcook.biz/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bakerandcooksg/
Nearest MRT: Bugis

The sweet items were much, much better.  We believe this was primarily because no heating up or preparation was required. Served straight out of the chiller, they tasted as good as they looked. The salted caramel in particular had a nice blend of sweety-saltiness. If we had known this we would have all just eaten doughnuts that day! Read full review at: https://ordinarypatrons.com/2015/04/27/baker-cook-bugis/

Boyle’s Coffee
Address: L1-CS1 Bukit Timah Plaza, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit SG, 588996
Opening Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Official Website: http://boylescoffee.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boyles-Coffee/1135634869814118
Nearest MRT: King Albert Park

The Yuzu Latte (SGD $6.50) is unique for having the zest of the yuzu fruit in the coffee, infusing it with a light sweet fruity citrus flavour. Nicely layered, you still get the deep notes of the coffee beneath. Good! Read full review at: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2017/07/boyles-coffee.html

Cafe & Meal Muji
Address: #04-36 to 38, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, 238859
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Official Website: https://cafemeal.muji.com/sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/muji.sg/
Nearest MRT: City Hall

Prices are not exactly "economy" by "economy rice" standards, but here, we're talking not just about the food. It's about the total dining experience. The difference in quality shows too. Read full review at: http://www.pinkypiggu.com/2015/09/cafe-meal-muji-singapore-orchard.html

Craftsman Specialty Coffee
Address: 2 First St, Siglap V, Singapore 458278
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 8:30 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. Fri – Sat 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.craftsmencoffee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Craftsmen.Specialty.Coffee/
Nearest MRT: Kembangan

Thankfully, they chose the right cake and pastry supplier, Fathis, who apparently supplies to many cafes (i can't be sure of that) but anyhoo, i was thoroughly impressed with their moist and chunky banana walnut bread with a dollop of of cream cheese frosting. Other cakes available include a Salted Caramel Popcorn and Blueberry Cheesecake, and they look really hearty! Read full review at: http://www.ms-skinnyfat.com/2015/03/craftsmen-specialty-coffee.html

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams Singapore
Address: 139 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03, 207557
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 12:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Fri 12:30 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. Sat 12:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. Sun 12:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://creamerysg.business.site/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creamerysg/
Nearest MRT: Lavender

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams features about 60 different flavours, but they won’t be there all the time. That’s because the owners insist on small batch production to maintain quality of their ice cream. Each time there will be 12 rotating flavours so that customers will have something new to try every visit. Read full review at: https://alainlicious.com/2017/06/02/creamery-boutique-ice-creams-singapore/

FabCafe at Art Science Museum – Marina Bay Sands
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, ArtScience Museum lobby, 018974
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://fabcafe.com/singapore/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FabCafeSG/
Nearest MRT: Bayfront

FabCafe puts together innovations such as 3D printers and laser cutters together with food and drinks—a concept which you cannot find elsewhere in Singapore. Having outlets in Taipei, Barcelona, Tokyo, Bangkok and Hida, this is the latest FabCafe opened by the organisation. Read full review at: http://www.ladyironchef.com/2016/10/fabcafe-singapore/

House of Anli Store – The Bistrot
Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #03-17 Tanglin Mall, 247933
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://houseofanli.com/the-bistrot/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/House.Of.AnLi.Interiors/
Nearest MRT: Somerset

We love the natural lighting of the whole cafe, where we chose the long counter table by the window. There are other more comfortable seats around, primarily used to showcase the furniture the stall is selling at the same time. Read full review at: https://therantingpanda.com/2017/04/20/food-review-house-of-anli-bistro-beautiful-cafe-nestle-in-a-furniture-shop-at-tanglin-mall/

Huggs Coffee
Address: #01-K1 18 Tai Seng, 539775, 18 Tai Seng St
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.huggscoffee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huggs-coffee-128037637293313/
Nearest MRT: Tai Seng

We chose the special blend Latte Gula with caramelised sugar ($5.00) and the French Chocolate ($4.50), both iced. The Latte Gula is an interesting blend with subtle hints of gula melaka; suitable for people who love sweeter version of coffee. Read full review at: http://www.sixmealsperday.com/2017/03/10/huggs-coffee-changi-business-park/

I AM… Café – Haji Lane
Address: 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 199486
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. Fri – Sat 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Sun 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.iam.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Iamathajilane/
Nearest MRT: Bugis

Do not be fooled by its seemingly self-designed logo and signboard. The name itself is quite a character. The atmosphere is relaxed and the feel is casual and friendly. Though I Am establishes itself as a Halal European-Inspired Cafe, we really thought it was more like a bistro or casual eatery. By 12.30pm, there was already a long queue of customers. Read full review at: https://www.springtomorrow.com/i-am-cafe-haji-lane/

P. Bistro Patisserie
Address: 390 Orchard Rd, #B1-06 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Official Website: http://p-bistro.com/
Facebook: https://www.burpple.com/p-bistro-1
Nearest MRT: Orchard

Far too often, new restaurants and cafes in Singapore disappoint me. Most often, I leave upset because I’ve been overcharged for mediocre food that may look okay but usually lacks flavour. I also leave perplexed because so many of these places are able to fill their seats, night after night, with (young) customers whose expectations must simply be lower than mine. So, I was thrilled recently to discover a new place (in my own neighbourhood no less) that offers simple, tasty, well-cooked dishes and pretty awesome pastry at sensible prices. Read full review at: http://chubbyhubby.net/restaurants/p-bistro-singapore/

Park HV
Address: 281 Holland Road, 278621
Opening Hours: Sat – Thu 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M. Fri – Sat 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M.
Official Website: http://parkgroup.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PARKathv/
Nearest MRT: Holland Village

I think it’s also worth mentioning (to the boys) that the ladies who served us were friendly and… exceptionally pretty. Ah, eye candies to ogle on top of the good food offered at PARK. You’re guaranteed to have a smashing good time there! Read full review at: https://fionaseah.com/2015/06/20/park-holland-village/

Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
Address: 80 #01-01 MAJ Aviation Building, Seletar Aerospace View, 797563
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri, Sun 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. Fri – Sat 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.soekseng1954.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoekSeng1954BicycleCafe/
Nearest MRT: Buangkok

Situated beside Seletar Airport and on the first level of MAJ Aviation Building at Seletar Aerospace, Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe's location is definitely one of the most ulu cafes that we have been to. But trust me when I say that the experience of sipping coffee while watching private take off and land along the Seletar Airport runway is pretty special. Read full review at: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2016/07/seok-seng-1954-bicycle-cafe-review.html

Stamping Ground Coffee House
Address: 87 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455223
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Sat – Sun 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.stampinggroundcoffee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stamping-Ground-Coffee-980213361997761/
Nearest MRT: Bedok

The first thing you’ll notice is the décor. As it’s a joint space with a floral boutique, Dawn Q, fresh blooms line one half of the space, where the florists are busy creating stunning floral arrangements. On the opposite side, are the baristas, serving up a variety of coffee, whether classic espresso-based cuppas, or syphon or nitrogen-infused cold brews on tap. Beer-o-holics – take note that sitting pretty next to the nitro cold brew on tap, is the Moon Dog Love on tap ($15/pint). Bottled beers include Brewdog Dead Pony Club ($12) and Great White Hype IPA ($14). Read full review at: http://thedivaeatsprata.com/stamping-ground-coffee/

Address: 114 Lavender Street 01-20 CT Hub 2 Singapore 338729 Lavender St, Singapore 338729
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Official Website: https://www.eatsumodog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sumodogsg/
Nearest MRT: Lavender

A few weeks back, I was able to meet with the owners of a coffee shop/restaurant called Sumo Dog in Lavender, Singapore. Sumo Dog specializes in Japanese dishes, especially in hot dogs on buns, and thus their logo. The owners, Aubrey and Nora, were very approachable and quite hands-on about everything about the business, and I love that about them. Read full review at: https://www.designatestudio.com/blog/2017/9/case-study-chalk-lettering-for-sumo-dog

Sunday Market
Address: 22 Lim Tua Tow Road Singapore 547772
Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.sundaymarket.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sundaymarket.sg
Nearest MRT: Kovan

Decor & Ambience: Extremely lovely. It had a post-apocalyptic feel with brick walls and cement and vines creeping on the wall, like Nature reclaiming its space. Mini ladders hanged across the beams. A true blue hipster cafe, playing music from Cat Power, Coldplay (before they sold out), The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Cures, etc. Read full review at: https://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.com/2014/07/09/sunday-market-cafe-singapore/

The Coffee Academics
Address: Scotts Square, #02-01/02, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, 228209
Opening Hours: Daily 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.the-coffeeacademics.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCoffeeAcademicsSg/
Nearest MRT: Somerset

The Coffee Academics is a well known coffee chain in Hong Kong and was listed as one of “25 coffee shops around the world you have to see before you die”, that’s one long title. In short, it was named as one of the world’s best coffee shop. Now, it has arrived in Singapore and is located at the Scotts Square. Read full review at: http://darrenbloggie.com/the-coffee-academics-singapore-rated-one-of-the-worlds-best-coffee-shop-in-hong-kong/

The Populus Coffee and Food Co
Address: 146 Neil Road, 088875
Opening Hours: Mon 9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tue 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Wed – Fri 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. Sat 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. Sun 9:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.thepopuluscafe.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepopuluscafe/
Nearest MRT: Outram Park

Populus turns out to be a collaboration effort by Department of Caffeine and 2Degrees North Coffee Co. I forgot to ask (too hungry to think of much else) what the coffee blend was for my Caffè Latte ($5.50), but it was full-bodied, rather smooth with a pleasant hint of smokey finish. I like it. Read full review at: http://www.pinkypiggu.com/2015/11/the-populus-coffee-food-co-neil-road.html

Veillux – Art OVAS Cafe
Address: 1 Kaki Bukit Road 1 #01-11, Enterprise One, Singapore 415934
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 10:30 A.M. – 7:30 P.M. Sun 10:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Official Website: http://www.ovas-home.com/arts/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ovashome/?rf=1103981536389054
Nearest MRT: Ubi

If you’re like me, AKA a house-inspo-addict who enjoys a good meal after shopping, Art Ovas is a furniture showroom hidden in the midst of old industrial buildings. This cosy showroom has a cafe within it and an art gallery on the second floor. Read full review at: http://eatbook.sg/art-ovas/

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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