I am, by and large, an addict of coffee; it runs in the family. That said, I am no expert. While I can differentiate a long black from a latte (who doesn’t these days), I would have troubles defining with absolute certainty what magic or a piccolo latte are.
With that in mind, I have been visiting a few of the new indie coffee cafes that have been sprouting out around Singapore recently. As of this writing, here are 5 of my favourite coffee cafes that are arranged alphabetically.
Note: This list is by no means exhaustive and it is highly likely that it may be revised from time-to-time.
Last Revised: 17th July 2012
If you are a fan of indie cafes like myself, one blog that I personally love reading is Amasou, Umasou.
Part of the Spa Espirit group, Forty Hands is closest in terms of distance to my home and thus my most frequented cafe. That said, the coffee standards here tend to deviate quite a lot visit-to-visit. From what I gather, a decent brunch is served during the weekends. If brunch is not up your alley, there’s always the Tau Sau Piah!
Blk 78 Yong Siak Street
#01-12, Singapore 163078
Tel: +65 6225 8545
Much has been said about Papa Pahleta and Loysel’s Toys but what I like most about Loysel’s Toys is its location; it feels like it’s out of the way, yet it is a mere 15 minutes drive to the city centre.
66 Kampong Bugis
#01-02 Ture/Sam Tat Warehouse, Singapore 338987
Tel: +65 9451 0236
I was introduced to this cafe by my dermatologist who had praises for it and they were definitely well deserved. During my time in Perth, I have started to take a liking to Cold Drips so on a subsequent, I was pleased to find out that Cold Drips were served here. The sandwiches are really affordable too which would make for a quick meal.
20 Kandahar Street
Ground Floor, Singapore 198885
Tel: +65 6294 0078
Smitten Coffee and Tea Bar
The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay
#01-11, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 9876 2347
Stranger’s Reunion is owned by Ryan Tan (formerly from Papa Palheta) who has won at the Singapore National Barista Championship.
37 Kampong Bahru Road
Tel: +65 9368 3610
Other cafes that are worthy of mention include:
Located near Kim’s Korean Restaurant and Udders, is a one-month-old cafe that uses Liberty Coffee‘s Speakeasy blend. What I like about the cafe is the vintage-like decor and the overall cozy ambience. Carpenter and Cook serves up some pretty good Lemon tarts and Scones (served with homemade jam) too. Also, if you’re into vintage decor, there are some goods up for sale including vintage sewing machines and a mirror that would fit in a TV set of a 1930’s home.
Carpenter and Cook
19 Lorong Kilat
#01-06, Singapore 598120
Tel: +65 6463 3648