Other than water, coffee is the next thing that most Singaporeans won’t be able to do without. After all, many of us start our day with a cup of coffee in hand.

With so many cafes in Singapore, it can be hard to find the best ones – but worry not because we have done that for you based on coffee quality, ambience, as well as the overall experience. Each of these cafes has some of the best coffee in Singapore which can be seen by the regular crowds that they attract there.

With that said, here are the top coffee cafes in Singapore for you to check out.

1. Common Man Coffee Roasters

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Common Man Coffee Roasters is the perfect place to be for all your lazy Sunday afternoons, as well as quick coffee runs. The crowd can attest to this cafe’s popularity despite it being situated along the pretty obscure Martin Road.

All their espresso coffees are concocted with their signature CMCR Espresso Blend. It has a complex flavour, combining both citrusy floral notes with richer dark-fruits. Espresso aside, you can also opt for their single origins and micro-lots if you are looking to explore different coffee flavour profiles.

Food-wise, they have got an extensive menu with breakfast, lunch, and dessert options. There are also gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, so your tree-hugging friends will be able to get something to eat here too.

With eccentric decor that mimics that of a bar, many customers come back as they enjoy the food and the excellent coffee that they serve.

Address22 Martin Rd, #01-00, Singapore 239058
Contact6836 4695
Operating HoursWeekdays: 7.30am-5pm
Weekends: 7.30am-6pm

2. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

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You may have seen Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee’s beans once or twice while taking a stroll around Fairprice Xtra, but did you know that they also have a physical store where you can get their coffee?

Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee first started as a wholesaler back in the 1960s but has now developed its space into a place where customers are invited in to try their coffee. You can also come and see how their coffee beans are processed as well.

Their menu is simple – you will find some bites and tea for those who are not keen on coffee. But I would say that the coffee here is still what makes people come back for more. You will be surprised at how excellent a simple cup of coffee can be when you are here, and for such a reasonable price too.

This cafe also houses three Q-graders who are qualified to taste and grade coffee, so you know that you will be getting the best cuppa joe during your visit. If you’ve got any questions about coffee, you can also come here and ask them about it – they are basically walking encyclopedias when it comes to coffee.

Address170 Stirling Rd, #01-1133, Singapore 140170
Contact6474 5442
Operating HoursWeekdays: 8.30am – 5.20pmWeekends: 9am – 3.50pm

3. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.

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Dutch Colony Coffee Co. serves excellent food, including entrees and salads for those looking for a whole meal. Like many other cafes, they have got your standard espresso and pour-over brew, but what makes them stand out from the pack would be their steampunk and hand brew method.

Plus, they also give you the option to try both their signature blends and single origins in their Espresso Flight Coffee menu, so you can taste the difference between different sorts of coffee.

Many enjoy the overall experience that they get at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. as the service is excellent for such a popular cafe. Expect there to be a waiting time, but the tasty food should make up for it. Some even praise the clean and comfortable restroom too! This cafe is also a good place for your long annual catch-up with friends, as staff are not pushy about the limited dining times.

Address113 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458230
Contact6448 5852
Operating Hours8am-6pm, Daily

4. Old Hen Coffee Bar

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By now, most of us would already know what cold brew is, given that it’s been popping up in cafes left and right all over town. But did you know that it was Old Hen Coffee Bar that started this cold brew trend? They are known for their signature cold brew, which is made from artisanal ingredients.

Cold-brew has significantly less caffeine than your regular cup of coffee, which makes it popular among those who enjoy drinking coffee but find it hard to sleep if taken too late in the day. Old Hen Coffee Bar has both black and white cold brew to satisfy customers who like their milk coffee.

Besides cold brew, they have also got your quintessential espresso coffee beverages made from Nylon coffee beans. Be sure to also check out some of their food – it’s all prepared in an open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs cook up a storm right in front of you.

Address88 Rangoon Rd, #01-03, Singapore 218374
Contact6341 5458
Operating Hours9.30am-6.30pm, Daily

5. The Coffee Academics

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The Coffee Academics is a coffee chain that started in Hong Kong and opened its first cafe in Singapore at Scott’s Square. Its eccentric interior takes inspiration from many types of designs, which can be reflected in the menu that takes inspiration from many different cuisines.

The flagship outlet at Scott’s Square has been separated into seven different sections, each providing a different experience to the customer. Some of the standouts include the hand brew bar, where customers can enjoy their single-origin coffees in a tatami area. Another would be the culinary counter where you can have the chef’s table experience with a view into their open kitchen.

The highlight of The Coffee Academics will be their coffee. You will get to try coffee from their exclusive micro-lots, or some of their specialty coffee that includes unique ingredients like Manuka honey, Okinawa brown sugar, and Gula Jawa.

You will even get to see the entire process from bean to cup, at their custom blend concierge, where you can book appointments to explore flavour profiles and even create your own blend.

Operating HoursOpening hours

6. Toby’s Estate

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Many know that Australia is one of the countries with the best coffee cultures – everything from their beans to their coffee experts is highly sought after worldwide. Lucky for us, we’ve got Toby’s Estate right here in Singapore for us to get a taste of delicious Australian coffee whenever we want.

Toby’s Estate at Rodyk Street is the first outlet from the chain outside of Australia. Located right alongside the Singapore River, its scenic view goes along perfectly with a cup of coffee. They have got talented baristas that know their coffee well, so prepared to be served with a good dose of caffeine that will be sure to heighten your mood.

Their coffee menu is pretty stacked and includes both espresso brewed coffee. Check out some of their special espresso coffees, such as the Gibraltar Latte, or opt for their single origin of the day and pick the intensity of your hand brew for a more authentic coffee tasting experience.

Address8 Rodyk St, Singapore 238216
Contact6636 7629
Operating Hours7.30am-5.30pm, Daily

7. Chye Seng Huat Hardware

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From its humble beginnings as a metal and hardware company, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is now home to PPP Coffee. Right in the middle of the cafe is their counter, where you can get a 360-degree view of the bar and see your coffee being made.

Coffee enthusiasts can also bring home some accessories for all your DIY coffee brewing at home. Their expert staff will give you advice on the proper equipment to suit all your needs.

They offer your typical espresso beverages, along with a hand brew and a daily brew too. But what’s special is definitely the cold brews. They have got a cold brew red, which is tea-based, as well as their nitro cold brews which are infused with nitrogen.

Not only do they have a good selection of coffee, but they have also got a beer menu for all you beer lovers to enjoy as well. From tap to lager and IPA, you will be spoilt for choice at the selection they have here.

Address150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563
Contact6396 0609
Operating HoursThursday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

8. Apartment Coffee

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Those looking for a no-frills, simple cup of coffee will like Apartment Coffee, which is located at Lavender Street. It’s straightforward menu consists of single origins, one blend, and three non-caffeinated tea beverages. Though simple, the coffee is excellent – you’ll be able to tell once you’ve had a cup from them.

Its white, pristine walls provide a comforting and inviting space for customers, with cosy corners that will be perfect for afternoon chats with friends as well. People also enjoy coming back as their staff is always on the ball to provide excellent and attentive service to customers.

Address161 Lavender St, #01-12, Singapore 338750
Contact6123 4567
Operating Hours10am-6pm, Daily

9. Knockhouse Cafe

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Initially named Pacamara Cafe, this cosy spot is now known as Knockhouse Cafe. You will enjoy the homely, cosy vibes the moment you step in, with large, floor-length mirrors that allow a lot of natural light in.

The highlight of this place is definitely their coffee, where they have some interesting beverages on the menu such as the Hot White Russian. Those who love their regular espresso beverages can also get them off the menu, or explore their filtered coffee as well.

No matter if you’re coming with friends or family, there will be something here for you. They have got other non-caffeinated options such as sodas and teas, as well as hearty brunch dishes for your late mornings too.

Address185 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574333
Contact6397 5564
Operating Hours9am-9pm, Daily

10. Strangers’ Reunion

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If you are looking for coffee made by the best, you will be sure to find it here at Strangers’ Reunion, which houses one of Singapore’s best baristas. Their coffee menu is simple – black and white coffees, as well as cold brews.

Vegan folk who enjoy your milk coffees will also be happy to know that they have got vegan options such as oat and almond milk for all their coffees too. They also roast their own beans, so you know you will be getting the freshest coffee each time for sure.

Be sure to also check out their extensive brunch menu, which includes both brunch food and mains. They have got local food such as kaya toast, and grain bowls for those who are more health-conscious. No matter who you’re here with, they have got something for you.

Address37 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169356
Contact6238 1068
Operating Hours9am-6pm, Daily

And with that, we have come to the end of our list of the best coffee cafes in Singapore. No matter if you are looking to suss out Singapore’s best coffee, or just looking for a good place to read, you’ll definitely find a cafe for you on this list.

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