Killiney Kopitiam is a traditional local Singapore coffee shop, and a great place to catch a slice of real Singapore local life, particularly at breakfast time. You will find branches of Killiney Kopitiam all over the city, but the one of Killiney Road is the original, and most authentic. The menu focuses around Coffee, Tea, Eggs and Toast, with other local favourites such as Laksa and Chicken Curry on offer. Killiney Kopitiam has really made its name, however, for its Kaya Toast - a sweet Singaporean jam flavoured with coconut and pandan, served on toast and accompanied by soft-boiled eggs mixed with pepper and dark soy sauce. Killiney Kopitiam is located on Killiney Road, just off Orchard Road and is just a 5-minute walk from Somerset MRT station.
Local Expert tip: One of the best spots in town to sample the traditional Singapore breakfast of Kaya toast with soft-boiled eggs.
Jones the Grocer is a cafe/deli/restaurant in the classy Mandarin Gallery shopping mall, specialising in gourmet produce from around the world. This gourmand's paradise stocks an impressive selection of fresh cheeses, cold cuts, home-made antipasti and home-baked breads and patisseries, and a small well-chosen selection of fine wines. Breakfasts are popular here, particularly at weekends when people are queuing out the door to enjoy a selection of breakfast items and freshly squeezed juices, fresh coffees and teas. Evenings see people washing down good value cheese and cold-cut boards, salads and a small selection of hot meals with glasses of fine wine.
Local Expert tip: Breakfasts are popular here, particularly at weekends when people are queuing out the door, so get here early.
This open-sided cafe/restaurant is situated on the 3rd floor of ION Orchard shopping mall. Surrounded by expensive designer boutiques, it is not surprising the clientele here revolves around lunching ladies, yummy mummies and those in need of a break from all that high-end retail therapy. The menu features a selection of 'luxury comfort food' - from salads, sandwiches, pastas and risottos, with brunch favourites such as French Toast and Eggs Benedict being served up at weekends. But what many people come here for are the generously portioned cakes, tarts and puddings which evoke glances of envy as they make their way from the kitchen to table, and the large selection of cupcakes, from Red Velvet to Bananarama.
Local Expert tip: Come here for the cakes... but be warned, the portions are enormous so unless you are very greedy or are planning to share, a cupcake might be a better option!
Boomarang is a laid-back semi open-air bar and bistro, and is a popular hangout for the expat crowd in Singapore. Serving up hearty breakfasts, tasty lunches and healthy-portioned dinners, choose between large sharing platters, burgers, sandwiches and salads, the ever-popular pizzas or a more satisfying Australian rib-eye steak. Boomarang is extremely child-friendly, with baby chairs and color-in children's menu, and this directs the clientele for weekend breakfast and brunch. During the many sporting events it broadcasts live on its several television screens – in particular rugby and Australian Rules football – the noise emanating from this hugely popular bar can be heard from afar.
Local Expert tip: A very popular brunch hangout for expat families at weekends - bustling and child-friendly, you may want to book ahead.
Hailing from Australia, Toby's Estate opened their first international coffee shop on Robertson Quay in Singapore, hoping to cash in on Singapore's new-found obsession for boutique coffee places. Its large communal wooden table, high stool counter seating and chill-out tunes make this a pleasant place to while away a few hours. High chairs and a toy box make it popular with the pram brigade, while free wi-fi attracts an equal number of laptop-wielding mobile workers. But of course what everybody really comes for is the coffee - and the in-house roaster and piles of coffee bean sacks show just how serious they are about that. A selection of fresh pastries and other breakfast items and sandwiches are also on offer and outdoor seating alongside the river is also available.
Local Expert tip: This coffee shop is child-friendly, has free wi-fi and serves up a great cup of coffee!
This glass-sided restaurant opens out onto the lush tropical rainforest, giving a real sense of escape from the bustle of nearby Orchard Road. The menu of familiar favourites with a twist includes the Steak Sandwich, Caeser Salad, Miso Cod, Shepherd's Pie and Chicken Parmigiano. Excellent weekend brunches see locals queuing out the door for a table, with such delights as Blueberry Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs, Brunch Burger and Corned Beef Hash all on offer. Whatever you choose, be sure to save room for their generous servings of cakes and tarts, which include Carrot, Double Chocolate and Rocky Road. No reservations are taken for weekend brunch, so get there early, or be prepared to queue.
Local Expert tip: A great choice for weekend brunch - but no reservations are taken, so get there early, or be prepared to queue.
Situated on a private island surrounded by yachts, Priv� at Keppel Bay Marina allows you to fulfil your millionaire fantasies. Thankfully the bakery and caf� menu doesn't require a millionaire's salary, dishing up breakfasts, salads, pastas and burgers to a laid-back crowd. As the sun goes down, the beautiful people descend on the attached bar to pose on the al-fresco sofas and sip cocktails in the sea breeze. If you plan to head here for brunch at the weekend, be sure to make a reservation or be prepared to wait in line for a long time.
Local Expert tip: A fabulous spot for brunch at the weekend, but book ahead as it is also one of the most popular spots!
PS Caf� at the classy Palais Renaissance shopping mall is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner with family and friends. The French caf�-inspired wicker furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular floral displays all add to its stylish yet relaxed ambience. The menu of familiar favourites with a twist includes the PS. Crispy Onion Burger, PS. Caeser, Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, Miso Cod and Spicy Albondigas & Spaghettini. Excellent weekend brunches see locals flocking here and queuing out the door for a table, with such delights as Banana Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Brunch Burger, Mushroom Wellington and Breakfast Brulee all on offer.
Local Expert tip: A classy choice for lunch with friends, weekend brunch with the family or a casual date with a loved one.
Wild Honey offers a culinary journey round the world in twenty breakfasts, from Tunisia to Mexico, from New York to California. Choose from international favourites such as Eggs Benedict (European), Open-faced Omelette with fontina cheese and spinach (Italian) or Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, baked beans and salsa (Mexican). Dark timber flooring, exposed brick walls and mis-matched comfy arm chairs and sofas give a laid-back, homely feel to this caf�, while a selection of coffees, juices and wines together with a selection of newspapers and magazines make this the perfect place to kick back and while away a few hours with friends or alone.
Local Expert tip: One of the best choices in Singapore for an all-day breakfast. Note that no reservations are accepted, so be prepared to queue at weekends.
Following the success of its outlet at the Mandarin Gallery, Wild Honey's second outlet at Scotts Square is bigger and better than ever. Contarasting with the almost cosy, homely interior of the original, diners here can expect a bright, spacious and airy atmosphere in which to indulge in the all-day breakfast menu. Its globally inspired all-day breakfast menu gives hungry diners the choice from breakfast favourites around the world, from Italy (open-faced omelette with fontina cheese and spinach) to Mexico (breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, baked beans and salsa). Outdoor balcony seating offers views over the busy shopping belt.
Local Expert tip: One of the best options in Singapore for an all-day breakfast. Unlike it's sister restaurant, you can make reservations at this branch.