Cafe culture in Singapore is thriving and I for one am rejoicing. Not only do I love the dark elixir, but I take great joy in finding a spot to sit, think, drink coffee and maybe indulge in a sweet treat (or three ;)). I find them on Instagram, through word of mouth or by driving by something that looks like it’d be interesting to try. I have a list of cafes on my phone where I add in names of places to go and the list grows almost faster than I have a chance to visit them! Feel free to suggest a place for me to visit. I love finding new spots!
Recently a reader of Ordinary People requested an editor’s top 10 list but picking 10 to commit to as my top was going to be a challenge. There are SO many great options out there now and my favourite changes based on mood, where I am that week or who I’m drinking with. So instead I’ll tell you about my top three coffee drinking spots for this last week. The week past was a busy one for me, running around the island from East to West so I’ve picked my favourites that I’ve dropped into for meetings, to kill time or just to enjoy a nice serene environment. Hope you enjoy these picks! And if you go by any of them, tell them that they were my top three for the week.
A fantastic cafe hidden in a back road of Balestier. It had been on my list of places to go for over a year and it presents beautifully on Instagram where I had found it. As its name implies, this is the place for serious bikers and riders (or MAMLs as I’ve heard them called – middle aged men in lycra). From the imposing blue doors that front the warehouse, wander to the right and around the back. For a second you may think you’re in the wrong place but eventually you’ll see the glass doors with the cafe housed inside. It overlooks the bike shop with a plethora of bikes and supplies for any road rider.
Inside is cool and fun with coffee beans sourced from a local roaster. Their latte was very good. Because I had randomly dropped in around lunch time, I ordered the Salmon Bento with Onsen egg and loved it. A great spot for friends to catch up, even if it is a little off the beaten track.
28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781
Phone: (Cafe) 62549128, (Bike) 97261183
Tues–Thurs: 10.30am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 10.30am – 11pm
Sun: 10.30am – 10pm
Closed on Mondays except for Public Holidays
*Last order 30 mins before closing
You can also book on Chope.
Recently opened, this place has a yummy sticky bun that had me here not once but twice this week. I came with my feisty 20 month year old who also ate most of the buns for me.
The week prior I had been here for lunch with friends and enjoyed the Pastrami with Sriracha Mayo. Coffee is roasted by Papa Palheta and I have yet to find a cafe who serves a Papa Palheta blend that I have disliked. I love the coffee at Stamping Ground and the cool, relaxed environment is a welcome break to the busy run-about lifestyle that I live. Be it for a bit of time with my little one that is not a heaving play center or for a catch up with my girlfriends, Stamping Ground is now a firm favourite on the East. They share space with a florist and ever so often the smell of dried blooms will drift over but all in all, it adds to the beauty of the environment.
Phone: 9070 7610Opening hours:
Tue to Sun: 9am to 6pm (check Facebook and Instagram for updates)
This hidden away corner cafe was another Instagram find that had been on my list of places to visit for a while. I’m not often in the Upper Bukit Timah area but because we are looking for a new neighborhood to live in, we were in the vicinity so I directed hubby down the back alleys and finally found Necessary Provisions. We were there too early for their full menu so I had their $4 Mum’s bee hoon which took me back to childhood days of bee hoon in a hawker center.
The Vegetarian had heirloom tomato and bocconcini sandwich ($9) which he said was good too. The menu basically consists of Croque Monsiour, three sandwiches and the bee hoon, but I bet if I had come back after 3pm, I would have enjoyed their full offering. Coffee was yummy and just what was needed after dashing around looking at apartments – smooth, creamy lattes made by a friendly barista on their beautiful retro looking coffee machine.
21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598993
Tel: 9231 7920
Wed to Fri: 3pm-midnight
Sat: 11am – midnight
Sun: 11am – 6pmFacebook: necessaryprovisions
Come back again for my next instalment of Top 3 Cafés and if you have a cafe you’d like to recommend, comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that I pop into these cafes randomly and pay for my own coffee and meals.
Cover photo of Necessary Provisions. All images by Angela Manners.