Ten Best Cafes in Singapore to chill out and enjoy a good cup of coffee

Singapore’s café culture has enjoyed an explosion recently, with boutique cafes and coffee shops opening up all over town. While the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf still draw in the crowds, Singaporeans are starting to embrace a more boutique and specialized approach to their coffee appreciation. Toby’s Estate is one such establishment making its mark on the coffee scene, promising high quality coffee served up by trained baristas. 

All of the choices on the list serve up more substantial fare if you’re heading out for a filling brunch, lunch or dinner – if breakfast is your thing, then check out one of the two Wild Honey branches whose menus offer a trip round the world in local breakfasts, from Italy to Canada to Mexico. If its large portions of hip-expanding cakes you’re after then be sure to try ladies-who-lunch favourites P.S Café or Marmalade Pantry, both of which also serve a comprehensive selection of sandwiches, salads and pastas too. 

Bot DEAN & DELUCA and Jones the Grocer are excellent choices for evening platters of cheese, cold cuts and glasses of wine, and are an equally good choice for breakfast also, dishing up freshly baked bread, pastries and hot items. For a more tranquil setting, try out Food for Thought in the Botanic Gardens, or Prive which is set within a marina on its own private island. 



Tucked away in the basement of the Botany Centre in the Botanic Gardens (next to the Tanglin Gate entrance), Food for Thought offers an air-conditioned respite from the heat and humidity of the gardens. This spacious, airy café offers a large...  Read More



Based within the Orchard Central mall, alongside its gourmet shop, the DEAN & DELUCA café encapsulates the signature New York café feel, with a stylish yet laid-back atmosphere – the perfect haven to enjoy a good cup of coffee or a...  Read More



Jones the Grocer is a café/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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More



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...  Read More



Situated on a private island surrounded by yachts, Privé at Keppel Bay Marina allows you to fulfil your millionaire fantasies. Thankfully the bakery and café menu doesn't require a millionaire's salary, dishing up breakfasts, salads, pastas...  Read More



PS Café at the classy Palais Renaissance shopping mall is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner with family and friends. The French café-inspired wicker furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular floral displays all add to its stylish...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More


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