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Best Cafés in Singapore

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Singapore is one of the best cities in the world for specialty coffee and design enthusiasts. There’s a wealth of cafés across the city to visit, each offering their unique take on the coffee drinking experience, enhanced by interesting interior design to ensure a memorable experience for their guests. Enjoy our selection of the best cafés in Singapore below. To discover 290 handpicked coffee shop recommendations around the world, check out our book, Softer Volumes: Cafés—available in print and digital formats.

Coexist Coffee Co. 

48 Hillview Ter, Singapore 

A former canteen has been transformed into Coexist Coffee Co.—a coffee shop overlooking one of Singapore’s nature parks. To retain some of the building’s history, the original red tiles have been kept on one side of the room, dramatically contrasted by bright white on the other. The counter and a central table create a bridge between the two halves, and the windows allow natural light to play off the textures of the walls and furnishings. 

Best coffee shop designs | Coexist Coffee Co
Photography: Coexist Coffee Co. Design: 1412 Design Studio. 

Equate Coffee 

1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore

Patrons are led to this cafe through intrigue; a cave-like wall obscures their view of the interior, encouraging them to venture in and discover what lies inside. Upon entry, they’re rewarded with Equate Coffee which offers specialty coffee and baked goods—such as canelés and a rotating selection of cakes—served over a stunning gold bar. Situated near Chinatown, there is no shortage of sights and restaurants nearby after sampling some of the best coffee in Singapore. 

Minimal café Singapore | Equate Coffee
Photography: Equate Coffee. Design: Jacob Ngoh / Ryan Pang.

East Coast Commune 

Marine Cove, 1000 ECP, Singapore

At East Coast Commune, teal walls, wooden furnishings, and marine-themed artwork by local artist Wu Yanrong reflect the surrounding landscape of East Coast Park—the largest in Singapore, with lush vegetation and a sandy coastline. One of the most beautiful cafés in Singapore, the atmosphere is cosy and is intended to be welcoming to all, with nursing rooms and an area for children to play intentionally incorporated into the design of the space. Allpress coffee is served alongside a nourishing menu featuring sweet and savoury sourdough waffles and wholesome pasta dishes. 

Most Beautiful Café Designs in Asia | East Coast Commune
Photography: Jovian Lim. Design: Shermien Koh / Jerry Goh of Studio Grain.

Apartment

161 Lavender St, Singapore

Apartment is one of the best coffee shops in Singapore—an all-white space with hints of greenery and oak furniture. This cafe is a favourite of the specialty coffee scene in Singapore since opening in 2018 after owner Yeo Qing He won gold in the Singapore Brewers Cup. Careful attention has been paid to the design and ambience of the space to suit the coffee experience offered here. The name is inspired by the concept of being a place for coffee lovers to gather, and a large communal table facilitates friendly interaction.

Specialty Coffee Singapore | Apartment
Photography: Apartment

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Lucid

38 Hamilton Rd, Singapore 

Situated in Lavender, Lucid describes itself as ‘a neutral canvas for crafted flavour experiences’. The interior is a calming mix of cool grey tones and stripped-back furniture. The menu at this minimalist cafe in Singapore focuses on quite a vast range of coffee options along with baked goods. Tea, low ABV cocktails and a handful of toast-based dishes are also available.

Minimalist cafe in Singapore | Lucid
Photography: Lucid.

The Bravery 

50 Amoy St, Singapore

On Amoy Street, a colourful and trendy street in Singapore’s Chinatown, is The Bravery—one of the best cafés in Singapore. Ash veneer, brass details, and bronze mirrors add warmth to the former colonial shophouse whilst drawing on local heritage. Nestled amongst bars and restaurants, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. The menu features delectable choices such as confit mushrooms and truffle oil on sourdough toast, and triple stacked pancakes with fresh berries, cream cheese, and maple syrup. 

Best Cafés in Singapore | The Bravery
Photography: Khoo Guojie. Design: DRAWN.

Alchemist

2 MacTaggart Rd, Khong Guan Building, Singapore

Alchemist has a handful of locations around Singapore, but the flagship outlet and roastery is housed in Khong Guan Building—a national heritage landmark. The cafe features an open concept coffee bar, designed to remove barriers between customers and baristas. Visitors come to enjoy some of the best third-wave specialty coffee in Singapore, with a menu featuring a neat selection of espresso, filter and pastries.

Singaporean Specialty Coffee | Alchemist
Photography: Alchemist

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