City Coffee Guide: Singapore

As far as cosmopolitan cities go, Singapore may be our all time favorite. The country is just a beautiful melting pot of different cultures, and it’s always such a joy to walk the stretch of Orchard Road then see the interactions of different cultures and races. A lot of people come for the food, others come for the shopping, but we personally come for the coffee. Though Singapore is famous for its traditional kopi, it has also garnered a reputation for being one of Southeast Asia’s most popular hotbeds for Specialty Coffee, and while trying to visit every shop might be a bit of a stretch, we’ve made a short coffee crawl itinerary that’s sure to satisfy without getting your heart racing. 

DAY 1

Nylon Coffee Roasters

 

Why: Some shops take their coffee seriously, and then there’s Nylon Coffee Roasters. From their base at Everton Park, Nylon has been serving some of the best coffee this side of Asia, thanks in part to a serious dedication to sourcing the very best coffees from origin. Though the space is quaint, it’s all you really need to enjoy a great cup of coffee. 

What You Should Order: Coffees change seasonally, but you can’t go wrong with their single origin selection on filter.

Estimated Caffeine Level: 140mg

Nylon Coffee Roasters

4 Everton Park, #01-40, Singapore

M-F: 8:30AM - 5:30PM

S-S: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Strangers Reunion

 

Why: Just a short walk from Nylon will bring you to Strangers Reunion, where the spirit of competition runs in their veins (or in the coffee). Being home to multiple coffee competition champions, the shop also knows to deliver a great brunch to pair with your coffee of choice.

What You Should Order: Have a bit of, well, Magic at Strangers Reunion. The Magic is their signature beverage, and can be had in the cafe, as well as taken away in bottle form. 

Estimated Caffeine Level: 70mg

Stranger Reunion

33/35 Kampong Bahru Rd., Singapore

M-S: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

DAY 2

CHYE SENG HUAT HARDWARE

 

Why: You’d be hard pressed to find a coffee lover in Singapore who wouldn’t rave about PPP Coffee. The former Papa Palheta is an institution of specialty coffee in Singapore, serving coffee at Chye Seng Huat Hardware and even at a new location at Funan Mall. A decade of serving great coffee has made PPP not just a must visit, but a pseudo-pilgrimage for every coffee lover.

What You Should Order: Have a nice flat white or latte to start off your day, and sit by the round bar that lets you get a look at all the action as it happens.

Estimated Caffeine Level: 80mg

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore

M - Closed

T-Th, Sun - 9:00AM - 10:00PM

F-Sat - 9:00AM - 12:00MN

Apartment Coffee 

 

Why: Just a stone’s throw away from PPP is Apartment Coffee, a relatively new specialty coffee shop in Singapore (at least against this list). Filter Coffees are the highlight of this beautiful space founded by Yeo Qing He, a semi finalist of the 2018 World Brewers Cup.  The minimalist, all-white inferiors help to really put the focus where it needs to be, which is with the exceptional coffees brewed at the bar. 

What You Should Order: Take a pick from any of their filter coffees, you surely won't be disappointed.

Estimated Caffeine Level: 140mg 

Apartment Coffee

161 Lavender St. #01-12, Singapore

M-S: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

DAY 3

Common Man Coffee Roasters

 

Why: On a nondescript street in Singapore, you'll find Common Man Coffee Roasters. Part brunch hot-spot and part coffee lovers hideaway, this venerable institution is probably one of Singapore's most well known, thanks in part to its fledgling wholesale program that's taken it to different parts of Asia. Swing by in the morning to grab some brunch and pair it with a nice cup of their single origin coffees, or even one of their special house blends.

What You Should Order: Their nitro cold brew is one of the best in town, and pair it with a great brunch to start your day. 

Estimated Caffeine Level: 250mg 

Common Man Coffee Roasters

#01, 22 Martin Road, Singapore

M-F: 7:30AM - 5:00PM

S-S: 7:30AM - 6:00PM

Toby’s Estate

 

Why: A short walk from Common Man will bring you to Toby's Estate from Australia. Opening its flagship store back in 2011, the roaster/cafe hasn't looked back, with a wide selection of different coffee and food choices.

What You Should Order: You simply can't go wrong with getting a classic Flat White. If you're more of a sweet tooth, the Mocha would be a better way to go. 

Estimated Caffeine Level: 80mg

Toby's Estate

8 Rodyk St., Singapore

Sun-Th: 7:30AM - 6:00PM

F-Sat: 7:30AM - 7:00PM

IF YOU HAVE TIME FOR ONE MORE...

Homeground Coffee Roasters

 

Why: Homeground is a micro roaster on the east side of Singapore, a corner away from the famous 328 Katong Laksa. They’re home to the 2019 Singapore Brewers Cup Champion and the 2018 Singapore Aeropress Champion, so you know that they take their brewing seriously. If you want to get a feel for classic Singapore and have a great cup of coffee to go with it, then Homeground is definitely the place to visit. 

What You Should Order: Have a nice cup of filter coffee, and enjoy the feel of old school Singapore right outside the door. 

Estimated Caffeine Level: 140mg

Homeground Coffee Roasters

475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore

M-S: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

W: Closed

Words & by Ryan Uy (@thenameisrye)

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