Because not everyone's got an unlimited data package, and when we surf, we want good food and coffee. 



This laid back cafe offers a prime view of the river. It offers a simple menu with items like tuna tataki sandwich ($14) and pizzas such as pepperoni ($20), as well as coffee (from $4), tea (from $6) and beer (from $14) to wash it all down. Besides that, there’s fresh bread—think baguette ($2.80), garlic focaccia ($5.20) and light rye ($5.20)—available for takeaway.

Jewel Coffee

They have a pretty streamlined menu with salads, pastas and sandwiches. If you’re one of the corporate slaves working in the area, it’s a relaxed spot to grab lunch and your caffeine fix (they really pack a punch).


Oriole Cafe & Bar

A chic hangout with soothing wood tones, this eatery includes crowd pleasers like the hand-cut thick fries with aioli; as well as sturdy mains like bangers and mash; braised beef cheeks tagliatelle with shallot oil; and the honey crumble affogato. 

Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown

Selfish Gene Cafe

This spacious cafe with a communal table features a bright interior thanks to its large sunroof. You'll find brunch favorites, espresso coffees, teas, and a staple selection of sandwiches and assorted pastry.

Bugis/City Hall

Maison Ikkoku

A hip 4,000 sq. ft. cafe/fashion boutique around Arab Street that boasts Brazilian and Ethiopian beans roasted in-house on a weekly basis by baristas trained by Japanese celebrity barista Hiroshi Sawada. Aside from espresso-based cuppas, you can also expect brewing methods like pour over, French press, woodneck (for precision-brewed drip coffee) and syphon. 


A retail space and nail bar that showcases art, fashion and beauty. It also doubles up as a cafe offering handcrafted coffee.


Symmetry’s a cool space with raw brick walls and distressed metal elements with a bar counter that proudly displays its fire engine red Slayer. In the daytime, the grub channels more laid-back cafe with brunch and lunch items including croque monsieur and Eggs Benedict. At night, the menu’s decidedly more sophisticated with composed plates such as whole baby barramundi with fennel.

Working Title

Expect really simple bites at this unassuming, quiet little cafe, the kind you’d whip up as an afternoon snack—think egg salad or apple/cheddar/peanut butter sandwiches ($5), truffle tater tots ($5) and pizzas ($4/slice, $12/whole). Oh, and they stock the now-ubiquitous (but still very tasty) Windowsill Pies as well.

Jalan Besar/Little India


This cozy little restaurant in boutique establishment Kam Leng Hotel serves up American fare such as chicken pot pie ($14) and the Suprette burger (from $19). They also do a mean brunch with items including ricotta pancakes with honey butter ($14) as well as corned beef hash ($14). 

Holland Village


Housed in an eco-friendly shack constructed from an old shipping container and powered by solar energy, this place serves bar bites like sage and anchovy risotto ($12.80), spam chips ($8.50) and smoked duck tacos ($10.50) as well as cakes such as red velvet ($8.90), lemon meringue ($8.90) and dark chocolate ($9.90).


Kith Cafe

Simple and unpretentious, this popular all-day dining cafe serves locally-roasted coffee and fuss-free breakfast options like pork belly fried eggs ($20) and a banana and mixed berries crepe ($17) in a chic, laid-back space.


Penny University

This boutique coffee house in the east side of Singapore has a lot to offer. Tuck into sweet and savory options such as Turkish eggs or poached eggs with chili butter and sourdough toast ($8), red velvet Nutella cupcakes ($4 each), and cheese toasties with Marmite and poached eggs ($4.50). Try the signature cold drink, the muddy espresso—ice cold milk with a double shot of espresso poured in ($5.50).

West/Bukit Timah

Assembly Coffee

One of the newest third wave coffee houses in town, Assembly features the usual suspects like latte and long macchiato, together with brews like aeropress and syphon.

Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar

You'll find the city’s first Slayer espresso machine (there are only 80 worldwide) here, and owner Michael Ryan feeds it with their house blend of Central American Rain Forest Alliance beans or single origin Guatemalan Antigua Finca Medina seeds (rotating weekly) for truly addictive cuppas (from $4).

Necessary Provisions

This little establishment, tucked away in one of the residential estates of Upper Bukit Timah, offers a rather small menu—some sandwiches, pastas, and a couple of Japanese-inspired dishes like Buta Don (pork bowl).



This spot on Upper Thomson is perfect for chilling out while indulging in comfort food like rosti ($16) and a hot cup of mocha ($5.50).

Wheeler's Yard

Tucked away in a nondescript corner of Balestier, this ultra-cool bicycle atelier, workshop and cafe is, unsurprisingly, attracting hipsters in droves. A decent and affordable selection of burgers, hot dogs, pasta and sandwiches ($5.50 upwards) are on offer at the in-house canteen, which also serves up freshly brewed coffee ($4 upwards).