A Guide to The Best Local Coffee Shops in Singapore
Are you Looking for outstanding specialty coffee in Singapore? These are my favourite local coffee shops and coffee roasters brewing up a storm on the little red dot.
Here these are my favourite local coffee shops in Singapore, whenever I feel tired, I go to one of these shops and I regularly update new best shops here. Let’s know about these best local coffee shops in Singapore.
Nylon Coffee Roasters
One of the reputed pioneers in Singapore’s specialty coffee shops, Nylon Coffee Roasters is hidden away in the gracefully aged Everton Park housing estate close to Chinatown. Their hole-in-the-wall nook opened in 2012 and has since expanded to occupy two units. It is a relief since the shop is constantly packed with regulars in the neighbourhood as well as curious travellers who have heard about Nylon through word of mouth.
You will not find any food or fancy drinks here, just black or white espresso-based drinks as well as various filter coffees, depending on what the crew decides is best at bringing out the beans they have on hand. Dennis and Jia Min, Nylon’s founders, even take annual origin trips to South America to directly source their beans from coffee farms.
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
With its displays of dusty vintage memorabilia and sacks of coffee beans piled in a corner, this place feels like a throwback to the sixties – which is only normal, since it’s when founder Mr Tan Tiong Hoe started his coffee roasting business. Today it’s a place where you can go full coffee nerd, with brews from an astounding range of globally sourced beans.
Dutch Colony Coffee
Dutch Colony is one of the bigger names in Singapore’s specialty coffee scene, with three cafés around the city. The most centrally located one at UE Square offers only baked goods, so venture out to the one at Frankel Avenue if you want food – although in all honesty, their baked goods are a better bet for your money and calories.
While Dutch Colony has great house blends, I prefer trying their rotating single origin espresso roasts and even visited several times in a month for a berry-sweet La Candelilla Estate (Costa Rica). Their cafes have a great vibe and in a generous move, they provide power sockets at some tables so you can fill up while you work.
Bearded Bella Coffee
The name may be quirky, but Bearded Bella is a cozy, calm café housed in one of Singapore’s historical shophouses. It’s also co-owned by 2016 Singapore National Barista Championship winner Regina Tay, so I was really excited to try it when it opened. You can’t go wrong with the coffee: I tried both their house blend espressos and single origin brews, and all were wonderfully balanced, even with the challenge of customers mixing coffee with food. (Yes, the food is fantastic too.)
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee
Housed in an old hardware store compound, CSHH is the flagship store of roaster Papa Palheta and houses a roastery, cafe, coffee bar, and workshop space. It’s a favorite among hip creatives but beyond that, the coffee (and food) inarguably has substance to match the style.
Curious Palette Coffee
This lush café, with its shophouse setting and keen aesthetic, feels right at home in Singapore’s arts and heritage district. And since it’s one of the exploits of World Siphonist Champion + 3-time Singapore Barista Champion Ryan Tan, it’s got a winning menu to match. Recommended signatures include the Melbourne-born Magic, Corned Beef Scotch Egg, and any of their buttermilk waffles.
Toby’s Estate Coffee
This lofty converted warehouse by the Singapore River is one of my favorite spots to work. Toby’s Estate Singapore was the Australian roaster’s first overseas outlet, and its congenial atmosphere – and reliably satisfying coffee – is hard to match. If you’re staying at one of the nearby hotels in Robertson Quay, this is a great spot for a leisurely brunch before strolling down.
Five Oars Coffee Roasters Coffee
Five Oars Coffee Roasters (FOCR for short) is the newest kid on the block, or at least here. The generously sized café is located right in Tanjong Pagar, the domain of white-collar workers, but it gave out a chill vibe thanks to its spare interior and open facade.
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