Grab some drinks and sweets, or even a delicious snack. Check out some top cafes in Bugis Singapore that you must visit!
If Singapore had an equivalent to “a gentrified neighbourhood where hip cafes thrive”, one would have to look no further than Bugis. Located near the city centre, Bugis is easily accessible via train and from there, a whole world of cafes open up for the coffee connoisseurs and gastronomes.
(Please note that this list is accurate as of 14th Jan 2020. As with the cafe scene, let alone the one in Singapore which is even more volatile, places come and go on fortune’s whim.)
Best Cafes in Bugis
% Arabica Singapore
% Arabica might have began as your “humble neighbourhood Japanese cafe” but now, it is an international cafe chain. Even as it recently opened its second branch in 313 Somerset and a third in Chip Bee Gardens,
% Arabica has managed to avoid the traditional pitfalls of losing quality control with its expansions and continues to win people over with its hot and iced coffees set in Instagrammable yet clean and minimalist spaces. However, a word of warning, these coffees are for the die hards, pricing up to $10 for the iced ones!
Address: 56 Arab Street, Singapore 199753
Tel.: +65 6291 3887
Sunday to Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Afterwit is less cafe and more tacqueria, though it does have black or white coffee and, uniquely, serves Mexican spiced coffee and cold brew tea as part of its beverage menu, along with a slew of Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, quesadilla, and chimichangas, all of which have been certified halal.
Address: 778 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198746
Tel.: +65 6299 3508
Monday to Sunday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
Best tip: Try sourcing more cafes at Cafe Hopping Singapore
Picking up literally where crowd favourite Artistry left off, Earlybird has taken over the popular space in Jalan Pinang with bird themed decor and menu items such as Chicken and Pancakes, a twist on the popular American Chicken and Waffles dish. Only time will tell if Earlybird will rise to the prominence of its storied predecessor.
Address: 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
Tel.: +65 9788 6858
Monday to Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
A staple in the Haji Lane region, Going Om has been a restful sanctuary amidst the bustling neighbourhood for years. Rather than your regular western styled coffee, it serves mainly Vietnamese coffee and come nightfall, the venue turns into a bar with specialty drinks, beer and wine, though its food menu is available from day to night.
Inspired by the spirit of the Himalayan mountains, Going Om also offers alternative services not seen in other cafes such as card readings, holistic healing, as well as yoga and meditation classes.
Address: 63 Haji Lane Singapore 189256
Tel.: +65 8363 5640
Sunday to Thursday: 12:00pm – 12:00am
Friday to Saturday: 12:00pm – 1:00am
(Closed on Mondays)
Quarter Life Coffee @ Bunkerbunker
While Quarter Life Coffee might not offer fancy lattes or magics, it more than makes up with its showcasing of unique single origin coffees from around the world. There are usually four types of coffees available and they provide tasting notes for your consideration. There is even a tasting flight of the coffees and cold brew.
Set in a retrofitted container unit in the midst of an art gallery space, with indoor and outdoor seating, this cafe is only a stone’s throw away from Laselle College of the arts and the Rochor MRT station. Quarter Life shares the space with Motley, which provides the food component of the cafe. Its menu features western fare all set below $12, which you can wash it down with a cool craft beer, so a visit to this eclectic space will not burn a hole in your pocket.
Address: 120A Prinsep Street, 187537
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
(Closed on Sunday)
True to its belief in Aussie culture, Symmetry serves up the full gamut of coffees (did someone order the piccolo with soy milk?) made with Ecetera Coffee Beans. The interior decor evokes the imagery of hip cafes such as Brother Baba Budan in Melbourne, the coffee capital of the world and birthplace of cafe culture. By night, the coffee is replaced with spirits and beers, with a menu that offers quintessential Aussie fare that differs between brunch, lunch and dinner and then again between the week days and weekends.
Address: 9 Jalan Kubor, #01-01, Singapore 199206
Tel.: +65 6291 9901
Monday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Friday to Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00pm
(working title) | Burger Bar
Working Title recently moved from its original base of operations at Arab street to North Bridge Road, placing it smack dead in the cafe region of Bugis. Serving the full range of coffees, Working Title is mostly known for its list of burgers, from the classics to its fully stacked creations.
Address: 783 North Bridge Road Singapore 198751
Tel.: +65 8768 0463
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00pm
Want to find a quiet spot to enjoy some desserts? When you need a place to find your bliss, head over to this cozy cafe tucked away in Singapore. In North Bridge, visit and try the desserts at Twenty Grammes. You’ll be able to sample their ingenious Smores Waffle with a torched marshmallow on top.
The aroma of the smoky treat will delight your senses, and you’ll love the taste of this sweet combination of marshmallow and waffle. It’s double the fun! They also serve freshly made cakes and gelatos!
Address: 753 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198721
Tel.: 9447 2020
Sunday to Thursday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 12:00pm – 1:00am
Tolido’s Espresso Nook
If you find yourself in Singapore’s Bugis or Lavender area, you should stop and grab a bite to eat at Tolido’s Espresso Nook. You can enjoy breakfast or brunch out front or secure a table inside if you are lucky. No wonder it’s one of the top cafes in Bugis Singapore.
The food is homemade, and the coffee is fresh at reasonable prices. The atmosphere is also very welcoming and family-friendly. Call ahead for reservations to be sure you get your table.
Address: 462 Crawford Lane, #01-63, Singapore 190462
Tel.: 6648 0178
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Which is the best cafe in Bugis Singapore?
The best cafe in Bugis Singapore serves freshly made food and drinks at a reasonable price. Plus, the place should be pleasing and comfortable to dine in. With all the top cafes in Bugis Singapore listed, we highly recommend visiting Twenty Grammes.
Most Singaporeans, food gurus, and bloggers love Twenty Grammes cafe because of its fresh sweets and finger food. Aside from that, it has a cozy and instagrammable ambiance, with touches of minimalist decorations. The place is relaxing and soothing, where you can have a comfortable dining experience.
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