Best Cafes for Specialty Coffee in Singapore

Best Cafes for Specialty Coffee in Singapore

Burpple's guide to great coffees worth travelling for. Sip on these 12 spots for specialty coffee, from quality takeaway joe in the CBD to espresso-loaded cups for a potent morning jolt. Got your tumblers? Let's go.
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When out in town, escape into quiet Everton Park for winning drinks at this standing coffee bar. Sporting the smell of freshly roasted coffee and a communal bar table to huddle around for coffee and conversations, it's no wonder Nylon is so well-loved. Come for an Iced Black ($4) — a cool, bright cuppa to fuel you on your day.
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Having recently expanded with a flagship store, this tiny takeaway joint in International Plaza still gets the crowd in lines for joe on the go. Burpplers love the Dark Matter ($5.50) exclusive to this outlet — the chocolatey blend goes amazingly well with soy milk for a rich, creamy combination.
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Set within a serene co-working office setting, this Kyoto-born brand gets our vote for churning out both stellar matcha and coffee. Melding the two at a perfect ratio, the off-the-menu Dirty Matcha ($6) sees their Matcha Latte spiked with an espresso shot. The result is a beautifully balanced drink — smooth, subtle yet wildly fragrant.
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Dishing up good coffee, cosy ambience and friendly service, this Lavender Street newbie checks all the right boxes. There's no rush here — the bar does the concept of slow coffee justice with relaxed vibes and a small menu of just five blends on rotation. Get them to recommend a Filter (from $6), or order the White ($4.50) for a small, creamy dose. They all come in incredibly sultry, nice-to-hold cups.
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Fairly new to the scene, this micro-roastery raises the game in the East with stellar cuppas. The Vanta house blend featuring 50% Brazilian and 50% Columbian beans is smooth and robust, making for delicious coffees whether you're having it black, white or even cold-brewed. Backed against the wall, the spaced-out seats are great for catching up with a close friend.
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Tucked away in Queenstown, this small but quality roastery doles out some of the best cuppas around the island with a side of knowledge. Run by second generation roasters with heart for the trade, Tiong Hoe calls out to those equally passionate about drinking it. Come on Sundays, when they feature a single origin brew of the week. If not, order the Latte ($4.50) — delicious and served in quaint ceramics.
Photo by Burppler Donn Huab


Head down to under-the-radar spot in the basement of Far East Plaza the next time you're out for that post-lunch coffee break. Beans here are roasted by Compound Coffee Co. (the same guy who used to run the show at now-defunct VXX!), so you can count on an ultra smooth medium-bodied drink. As a bonus, $1 from every cup of coffee goes to charity.
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When here for 1-for-1 burgers and pastas using Burpple Beyond, stay on to enjoy a cup of coffee and the beautiful settings too. Expect unique concoctions for your afternoon drink, from a manuka honey-steeped latte to the Burpple community-favourite Pepper Agave Latte ($6). The latter comes with an interesting peppery kick, and still manages to be very well-balanced.
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While this chic Serangoon spot rose to popularity for the Jaffles (from $6), it also manages to impress on the coffee side of things. Made with Cata Coffee beans, the brews are beautifully balanced. Go for the Flat White ($5), which also comes in oat milk option for a light, nutty sip.
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This African name along Jiak Chuan road rocks a stunning second-storey made for lounging over coffee and good company. You're here for the signature drinks. Coffee junkies should look to the intense Ibada Ritual ($6), four ristretto shots over Hokkaido milk. Also a must-order is the Bidi Bado ($6) — Utu-style mocha rimmed with pink peppercorn, almonds and peanut butter. Yum.
Photo by Burppler Christabel Tan

When it comes to good coffee, tasty toasts and chirpy service in the morning, this Chijmes gem delivers with standards. The beautiful glasshouse interior will put you in a stellar mood to start the day, as will the fragrant Filter Coffee ($7.50) — made with picks of the week from the likes of Cata Coffee and Homeground Coffee Roasters. Alternatively, the creamy Flat White ($5) with double shot also gets our stamp of approval.
Photo by Burppler Yen Ru L

Hailing from Chiang Mai, this hidden gem nestled within Chef's Avenue food court deserves attention for more than just the award-winning latte art. Most are here for the Satan's Latte ($5), a milkier version that allows for more intricate latte art. But if you like your coffee strong, go for the Ficardie ($4.50) that resembles magic-like potency with double ristrettos. There are only four counter seats, so have your tumblers ready for takeaways.
Photo by Burppler Yong Kai

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