There’s a ridiculous amount of brunch places in Singapore. And new joints keep popping up faster than you can say ‘Eggs Benny’. As a local, I absolutely love brunch and I often spend my week looking forward to a chill Sunday breakfast with friends. Be prepared to queue for the famous establishments though, it’s part and parcel of being in a nation that loves to eat!
So without further ado, here goes my list of the best brunch places in Singapore:
1. PS.Cafe (Dempsey)
Tucked into the lush greeneries of Dempsey Hill, this P.S. Cafe is definitely one of Singapore’s best and favorite brunch spots. I’ve taken family members and friends here and they’re never been less than impressed. Its architecture features floor to ceiling windows, so sitting inside and outside is just as nice. Apart from the cozy ambiance, their meals are consistently delicious. My personal favorite is their Eggs Benedict and Truffle Fries. Order an iced latte to refresh yourself from Singapore’s humid wether. Note that they do NOT take reservations for weekends, so you have to simply walk in and join the queue. It’s a beautiful area, so get a number and take a leisurely stroll around historic Dempsey while waiting for your table to be ready.
Location: 28B Rd, Singapore 249549
I recommend: Eggs Benedict, Truffle Fries, Croque Madame, Pancakes, Iced Latte
2. PS.Cafe (Ann Siang Hill)
My second favorite P.S. Cafe is the one at Ann Siang Hill. I am a sucker for colonial-esque buildings set within a greenery enclave, so the ambiance and location of this place is unbeatable. Slightly smaller than it’s Dempsey counterpart, this branch is much closer to town and easier to reach. Unlike the Dempsey branch which feels like a cabin or someone’s bright holiday home, the Ann Siang Hill version has more of a sleek city feel to it. If there’s a queue, take a number and explore the surroundings small streets and shophouses. Do not that this particular P.S. cafe doesn’t allow children.
Location: 45 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069719
I recommend: Eggs Florentine, Truffle Fries, Laksa Spaghetti
3. Artichoke Cafe
This Middle Eastern-inspired brunch is helmed by famous quirky chef, Bjorn Shen. I love the relaxed terrace location and the unpretentious ambience. Most of all, I absolutely adore their food. They’re famous for their thick cut maple bacon chop – none of those thin crispy pork slices – you get a real slab of meat with your eggs and toast. My personal favorites are the Lamb Shakshouka (stewed eggs with tomato sauce, roast lamb, cheese, pistachio duke and toast) and the Scrambled Eggs & Bacon. Hearty brunch = hearty weekend! Plus, their service staff is one of the friendliest in Singapore, which makes for an overall pleasant brunch experience.
Location: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978
I recommend: Scrambled Eggs & Bacon, Lamb Shakshouka
4. Forty Hands
One of the best coffees you can get in Singapore. This place is small, cool and cozy at the same time, and remains one of the longer lasting indie cafes around. After being recently renovated, it now fits even more people, so you have to queue less. There are 2 parts to the cafe – the upper indoors deck is air-conditioned, the lower outdoors deck is in a covered terrace with a fan to keep you cool. They’re famous for their hotdog and sandwiches, but everything on their menu is commendable. My personal favorites are the Eggs Cocotte, Jamaican Pork Toastie, Kong Bak Pau (asian pork sliders), and Muscle Mary Salad. This cafe is also located in the charming Yong Siak street – a small street full of indie shops. Drop by the bookstore right across after breakfast for a relaxed Sunday!
Location: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078
I recommend: Eggs Cocotte, Jamaican Pork Toastie, Kong Bak Pau (asian pork sliders), Muscle Mary Salad, Iced Latte, Cappuccino
5. Common Man Coffee Roasters
A bit more upscale than 40 hands, but the same solid quality breakfast and coffee. Common Man Coffee Roasters is tucked in the apartment neighborhood of Robertson Quay (read: wealthy expat families). So even though the design is modern and industrial, it still has a comfortable neighborhood-y feeling about it. It’s located close to the river, so you can enjoy a stroll before and after brunch. The atmosphere inside is casual and relaxed, with a bunch of tables for communal dining. My favorites are the Common Man Full Veggie Breakfast (organic eggs, haloumi, spinach, grilled tomatoes, avocado, and the works), and the Turkish Common Man Breakfast (soft boiled egg, crispy feta, olives, hummus, pita bread, mmmm what more can you ask for). The only downside? The prices aren’t exactly for the ‘common man’. A breakfast plate roughly cost around $26. Splurge on, my friends.
Location: 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058
I recommend: Common Man Full Veggie Breakfast, Turkish Common Man Breakfast, Cappuccino, Iced Latte
Here are 5 more spots that didn’t make my top 5, but are awesome alternatives:
- The Lokal (136 Neil Rd, Singapore 088865)
- Sarnies (136 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068601)
- Chye Seng Huat Hardware (150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563)
- RONIN (17 Hongkong St, Singapore 059660)
- Plain Vanilla Bakery (1D Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641)
Happy munching and brunching!