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7 Best Coffee Places in Singapore for a Pick-Me-Up

April 8, 2020
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It’s a known fact that many of us struggle to get through the day without a nice cup of coffee. Caffeine helps energise our bodies and allow us to kick start our day with ease. This aromatic and rich beverage is also a crowd favourite thanks to its distinct flavour and ability to come in a variety of forms. The added customisations found in speciality coffee shops are also great on days you’re feeling adventurous and want something different to try.

Knowing how you love pairing your cuppa with excellent desserts, here are the 7 places in Singapore with the best-tasting coffee!

Note: This list is strictly not in order.

Good Ole Coffee

1. Percolate Coffee

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Percolate Coffee is a small and quaint cafe situated under a HDB block at Bedok North Road. Despite its unpretentious appearance and humble, their brewed coffee has been crowned one of the best in Singapore! Started in 2014, their cafe now boasts a solid reputation. The cafe offers two blends of coffee daily for you to choose from with the Terra Firma blend from Papa Palheta being a staple.

This three-bean blend is designed to have a nutty, rich and vibrant note with a subtle hint of lemon zest and chocolate. While it pairs perfectly with the milk of your choice, it may not be as appreciated by average coffee drinkers. Their desserts, on the other hand, are another selling point. This includes their many cakes and Affogattos being the usual top picks.

Recommended:

  • Coconut Latte
  • Bittersweet
  • Long Black

Website: https://percolate.sg/
Contact: +65 8259 0316
Location: 136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-152, Singapore 460136
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 10.30am-9.30pm | Tue 10.30am-7pm | Sat-Sun 9am-9.30pm

2. Keong Saik Bakery

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If you’ve been to Keong Saik Bakery, you would have heard of how famous they are for their modern take on traditional desserts and their highly raved cheesecake. Their coffee doesn’t get much spotlight but if you’ve had a cup here, you would wholeheartedly shower their brew with all your might!  Here, the drinks are not named fancily, adding onto the cafe’s rustic charm. Coffee beans here are sourced locally but brewed in an espresso machine for the modern touch.

Their coffee can be ordered a la carte or paired in a set. The sets available include an All-day Breakfast and Dessert set. The All-day Breakfast consists of kaya toast and soft boiled eggs together with either your coffee of choice. Their Dessert sets allow customers to pair any of their desserts with a cup of coffee or tea. For those who are not that into coffee, no worries as they make an outstanding Teh Susu too!

Recommended:

  • Kopi Susu 
  • Kopi Milo

Website: https://keongsaikbakery.oddle.me/en_SG/
Contact: +65 6909 3199
Location: 41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146
Opening Hours: Mon 7.30am-5pm | Tues-Fri 7.30am-8pm | Weekends 8am-8pm

Innovative Drinks

3. Tolido’s Espresso Nook

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Douglas Tan, founder of Tolido’s Espresso Nook, is an award-winning barista who was also one of Cleo’s Most Eligible Bachelors in 2017. Together with his good looks and spectacular sills, his cafe had garnered a mass following with many Singaporeans seeing it as their go-to brunch spot. Filled with warmth, this quaint cafe has a cosy interior with the chalkboard walls and wooden finishings.

Their blend of coffee appeals to a wide crowd thanks to its smooth, creamy and earthy flavour that does not lean to the overly bitter or acidic spectrum. Douglas Tan also takes pride in the aesthetics of his coffee and is known for his beautiful intricate latte art. Not to mention, their brunch food is also on par with their coffee quality. Young or old,  their classic local dishes are a hit. While you’re there, be sure to go for their Laksa Pasta, Banana Almond French Toast or Pandan Pancakes served with Coconut ice cream and Gula Melaka.

Recommended:

  • Latte
  • Bailey’s Coffee
  • Sea Salt Caramel Ice Blend

Website: https://www.facebook.com/tolidosnook/
Contact: +65 6648 0178
Location: 462 Crawford Lane, #01-63, Singapore 190462
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm | Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm

4. Oriole Coffee+Bar

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Located in the bustling streets of Orchard Road, Oriole Coffee+Bar is both a cafe and bar, making it the perfect place to go to  for any meal of the day. Seats are available indoor and alfresco, with their interior having a casual and chill vibe, great catch-ups and relaxing conversations. The cafe is highly dedicated to their craft and houses a whole bar with a vast amount of coffee beans up for tasting. Tip: Think of their in-house coffee master as a bartender who knows the ins and outs of coffee and ask for specials!

The cafe also makes some of the best brews found in Singapore and sources them from countries such as Ethiopia. Not to mention, they also offer a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options so that anybody can enjoy top quality drinks and food!

Recommended:

  • Taisho Tasting Flight
  • Cafe Negroni
  • Coffee Milkshake

Website: https://www.oriole.com.sg/
Contact: +65 6238 8348
Location: Pan Pacific Serviced Suits, 96 Somerset Road, #01-01, Singapore 238163
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur & Sun 8am-11pm | Fri-Sat 8am-12am

Wholesale/Concept Stores

5. Common Man Coffee Roasters

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Common Man Coffee Roasters came to life with Harry Grover’s passion for brewing a delicious cup of coffee. To keep things eco-friendly, the Australian native ensures the use of metal straws and bamboo napkins in his cafe. Being a good Samaritan is also in their business module by operating through direct trade that enables long term relationships with farmers. This also ensures they get paid 3 to 4 times higher than the market price. 

Coffee beans are imported from India, Indonesia, Africa and Brazil and they are continuously on a lookout for new partners. Together with their ethical practices, they are best known for their filtered coffee which has a strong, rich and fruity aroma. Their menu is filled with healthy options like their Turkish Common Man Breakfast and Organic Eggs Benedict. The store is also a coffee lovers dream as they sell different kinds of coffee blends from Country Cousin Blend – perfect for sweet tooths, to 22 Martin Blend which is a combination of hazelnut, toffee and dark chocolate.

Recommended:

  • Uncommon Coffee
  • Nitro Honey Oat Latte
  • Filter Coffee

Website: https://commonmancoffeeroasters.com/
Contact: +65 6836 4695  | +65  6877 4855
Location:
22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058 
11/12, Stanley Street, Singapore 068730
Opening Hours: Differs for every outlet

6. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

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As one of the most famous cafes in Singapore, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee is the best at serving a mean cup of coffee. As a practitioner of fair trade, you should know that your cup of coffee is providing income directly to the farmers. Roasted fresh by their expert baristas, they prepare each drink with finesse, ensuring your money’s worth.

Their menu board goes through a rotation, so make sure to ask what coffee beans they are using for the day. For those with a refined palette, choose from a huge selection of coffee beans and have them freshly prepared in any style you prefer. Did you know? Their v60 Cofee features a unique V-shaped filtering cup that requires precisely controlled hands. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee also dabbles in an array of areas in the coffee industry from their academy, wholesale coffee beans and state of the art equipment!

Recommended:

  • Pollen White Cold Brew Coffee
  • Flat White
  • Piccolo Latte

Website: https://www.tionghoe.com/
Contact: +65 6475 5442
Location: 170 Stirling Road, #01-1133, Singapore 140170
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm | Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

7. Bacha Coffee Room & Boutique

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The longest-running company from the lot, Bacha Coffee Room & Boutique has been delighting customers since 1910. Hailed from the vibrant country of Morocco, their cafe is famous for its beautiful interior which exudes all things luxury. Their boutique concept plus cafe is adorned with checkerboard floors, brass chandeliers with the staff strapped in classic European-style uniforms and ties. Just like something right out of the film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

This luxury cafe carries over a selection of 200 variants of the best coffee blends. Though prices start from SGD $9, keep in mind that it is able to serve two people and comes with condiments such as raw sugar, cracked vanilla bean and their signature Chantilly whipped cream. You can also choose to have your coffee blends prepared in bespoke forms. Hot or iced,  Bacha Coffee Room & Boutiquetruly can do it all.

Recommended: 

  • Kahwa! Kahwa! Decaffeinated Coffee
  • Chocolate Hill
  • 1910 Coffee

Website: https://www.bachacoffee.com/
Contact: +65 6363 1910 | +65 6767 1910
Location:
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #01-15/16, Singapore 238801 
Takashimaya Department Store, 391A Orchard Road, #B1-14, Singapore 238873
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm | Mon-Sun 10am-9.30pm

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