We bring you a list of 22 cafes that open their doors before 9 o’clock so that you can get your morning caffeine fix after dropping the kids off at school.
You know what they say – the early bird catches the worm. So if you are a stay-at-home mum or a mumpreneur, why not head to a cosy cafe for a cuppa to get your productivity levels soaring after you’ve dropped the kiddos off at school? But does every hipster cafe you’ve visited so far only open at 10am or later? How blasphemous! We know how frustrating that can be when you’re dying for that cup of joe, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to suss out the wonderful hang-outs that welcome patrons before the clock strikes nine.
Here are 22 fabulous cafes islandwide that cater to early birds. Some of these spots are closed on selected days of the week, so do remember to take note of that before you head down! Oh, and you’re welcome.
1. Assembly Coffee
Assembly Coffee prides itself on being part of the third wave coffee movement. So it’s the place to head to if you’re a coffee connoisseur! Every cup of coffee here is brewed with dedication and the effort is clear from the stunning latte art that will greet you when a friendly barista here serves you that much needed cup of joe.
Where 26 Evans Lodge S259367
Opening hours 8am – 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays)
Phone 6735 5647
2. ATLAS Coffeehouse
ATLAS Coffeehouse is the sister cafe of Assembly Coffee, so you can be sure that the coffee here lives up to your high standards. The breakfast menu offers classics like Bacon, Beans & Sausages, Breakfast Pancakes and Eggs Benedict. The must-try here would be the ATLAS Butterscotch Banana Pancakes!
Where 6 Duke’s Road S268886
Opening hours 8am – 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays)
Phone 6314 2674
3. Baker & Cook Hillcrest
If you adore sinful baked goods as much as savoury brunches, you can enjoy the best of both worlds at Baker & Cook. This artisan bakery cum cafe also serves up a delightful Italian espresso that is sure to perk you up. Spanish Omelette and Nutella Panini are some favourites on the all-day brunch menu.
Where 77 Hillcrest Road S288951
Opening hours 7am – 8pm (Sunday to Thursday), 7am – 10pm (Friday & Saturday)
Phone 6469 8834
4. Black & Ink
This lovely monochrome themed cafe sports vintage chairs you’d find at a coffeeshop back in the days and white marble-topped tables. You won’t find the usual suspects on the breakfast menu here. Instead, be prepared to be wowed by the likes of Masala Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Chicken Pie and Beef Rendang!
Where 168 Changi Road S419730
Opening hours 8am – 8pm (Wednesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Phone 9620 1022
5. Boufe Boutique Café
The minimalist, fuss-free white interior of Boufe Boutique Café coupled with the abundance of natural light makes it conducive to photograph your breakfast before you tuck into it. Recommended items on the menu here include the Triple B – Boufe’s Big Breakfast and the perennial favourite, Eggs Benedict.
Where 308 Tanglin Road #01-01 S247974
Opening hours 8am – 7pm (Monday to Friday), 9am – 7pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone 6734 7656
6. Common Man Coffee Roasters
The breakfast menu at Common Man Coffee Roasters is extensive so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re in the mood for something healthy or sinful, you’re sure to find something that suits your tastebuds on the menu here. The Common Man Full Breakfast gets our thumbs up!
Where 22 Martin Road #01-00 S239058
Opening hours 7.30am – 5pm (Monday to Friday), 7.30am – 6pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone 6836 4695
7. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
If you’re a sucker for all things vintage, the decor at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. is sure to make your day – think suspended lights and glass ceilings. Oh, the food doesn’t disappoint either. Got a sweet tooth? Treat yourself to the House Pancakes topped off with decadent espresso butter!
Where 113 Frankel Avenue S458230
Opening hours 8am – 6pm (Monday to Thursday), 8am – 8pm (Friday to Sunday)
Phone 6448 5852
8. Food For Thought
Nestled within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this Food For Thought branch is probably the most scenic of them all. If a post-breakfast stroll through lush greenery is your thing, then you’ve got to drop by to savour the cafe’s all-day brunch menu. Ravenous? Go for The Full Works which consists scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, cherry tomato salad and brioche toast.
Where 1 Cluny Road, Tanglin Gate #B1-00, Singapore Botanic Gardens S259569
Opening hours 8am – 9pm daily
Phone 6338 4848
The breakfast menu here at Gemmills may be rather limited but we love that the portions served up are generous and also wallet-friendly! Toasted Ham & Cheese Croissants and Granola, Fruit & Yoghurt Bowls are some of the breakfast favourites on the menu at this humble quality cafe.
Where 110 Amoy Street S069930
Opening hours 8am – 12am (Monday to Friday), 6pm – 12am (Saturday, closed on Sundays)
Phone 6221 5564
10. Group Therapy Katong
This here is another one of those cafes that boast classy vintage inspired interiors that will have the artsy sorts squealing in delight. Group Therapy Katong’s breakfast menu doesn’t disappoint either. Be sure to try the classic Eggs Benedict and Pumpkin Pancakes which are absolute crowd-pleasers!
Where 30 East Coast Road #01-11 Katong Village S428751
Opening hours 8am – 6pm daily
Phone 6222 2554
11. Jewel Coffee
Here’s another cafe you should consider if you take your coffee very seriously. Founded back in 2011, Jewel Coffee is the leading purveyor of the third wave coffee movement here in Singapore. The single origin beans roasted to make the coffee here are of the highest quality and handled by top-notch baristas. You’ll be wanting a second cuppa in no time.
Where 1 Shenton Way #01-07 S068803
Opening hours 7am – 7pm (Monday to Friday), 8am – 5pm (Saturday, closed on Sundays)
Phone 6636 9452
12. Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar
Raw and deconstructed elegance defines this laid-back Australasian third wave coffee cafe. From homemade dips and toasted focaccias to all-time favourites like Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash, it’s all about hearty and rustic food here at Jimmy Monkey’s Cafe & Bar. You’re also welcome to watch the onsite roasting of coffee beans here!
Where #01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-North Gateway S138643
Opening hours 7am – 6pm daily
Phone 6777 8470
13. Joe & Dough
Back in 2009, Joe & Dough was founded with the aim of making quality coffee and sandwiches accessible to everyone. From sourcing for the best of Arabica beans to baking their own breads with only the finest of ingredients, it’s all done with a lot of sincerity and pride. Gourmet sandwiches, homestyle bakes and artisanal pizzas feature on the humble menu here.
Where 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-86/87 Millenia Walk S039596
Opening hours 7.30am – 9pm (Monday to Friday), 10am – 9pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone 6337 0938
14. Kith Cafe Ascott Orchard
The Ascott Orchard branch is Kith Cafe’s sixth and newest outlet and get this – it opens at 6.30am everyday! Pick one of their hearty breakfasts from the extensive menu or feel free to build your own breakfast from scratch by choosing from the wide variety of eggs, sides and toasts.
Where 11 Cairnhill Road S229724
Opening hours 6.30am – 10pm daily
Phone 6734 8640
15. Nassim Hill Bakery
Housed within the Tanglin Post Office is Nassim Hill Bakery – a bakery, bistro, cafe, takeaway joint and bar all rolled into one. What can you expect at this charming hang-out? A laid-back atmosphere, quality Western fare and the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread. Stout Bread is one of their best-sellers, so be sure to sink your teeth into it!
Where 56 Tanglin Road #01-03 Tanglin Post Office S247964
Opening hours 8am – 11pm daily (closed on Mondays)
Phone 6835 1128
16. Oriole Coffee & Bar
We have tried the Fully Loaded breakfast platter at Oriole Coffee & Bar, and boy were our tastebuds satisfied! The generous portion consists of eggs, juicy sausages, crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms and toast. Prefer something lighter? Go for the yummy and healthy Bircher muesli bowl then!
Where 96 Somerset Road, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard #01-01 S238163
Opening hours 8am – 11pm (Sunday to Thursday), 8am – 12am (Friday & Saturday)
Phone 6238 8348
17. Riders Cafe
Riders Cafe should require no introduction. It’s one of the most popular brunch spots on our little red dot and provides you with a lovely view of the lush greenery surrounding Bukit Timah Saddle Club. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Blackstone Benedict are two of the most popular items on the breakfast menu here.
Where 51 Fairways Drive S286965
Opening hours 8am – 9pm (Sunday to Thursday, closed on Mondays), 8am – 10pm (Friday & Saturday)
Phone 6466 9819
The good people at Sarnies believe in serving their customers wholesome and quality food, so you can expect healthy dishes at affordable prices at this quaint Australian inspired cafe. How about starting your day with sumptuous Homemade Granola with Vanilla Yoghurt? Or you could fill that tummy up with the Smoked Salmon Wrap with Avocado and Scrambled Eggs.
Where 136 Telok Ayer Street S068601
Opening hours 7.30am – 10.30pm (Monday & Tuesday), 7.30am – 12am (Wednesday to Friday), 8.30am – 4pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Phone 6224 6091
19. The Book Cafe
If you’re a bibliophile who loves breakfast accompanied by a good book, The Book Cafe is the spot for you. From comic books to suspense novels, take your pick from the wide range of books laid out for avid readers as you wait for your hearty breakfast to be whipped up.
Where 20 Martin Road #01-02 Seng Kee Building S239070
Opening hours 8.30am – 10.30pm (Sunday to Thursday), 8.30am – 12.30am (Friday & Saturday)
Phone 6887 5430
20. The Croissandwich Shop
Can’t choose between croissants and sandwiches? Just a few minutes away from One-North MRT station is The Croissandwich Shop where you can enjoy the best of both worlds! This little cafe offers pastry lovers ten different varieties of sweet and savoury croissandwiches to choose from. Complete your breakfast with a cup of handcrafted coffee from Liberty Coffee.
Where 1 Fusionopolis Link #01-04 Nexus @One-North S138542
Opening hours 8am – 5pm daily (closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Phone 6710 4005
21. Tiong Bahru Bakery
Tiong Bahru Bakery started off as a collaboration with celebrity baker Gontran Cherrier. But most of the pastries on the menu here have been created with Asian flavours and ingredients like curry, pandan, pineapple and tamarind skin. Sample a few of their offerings before you eventually decide on a personal favourite.
Where 252 North Bridge Road #B1-11 Raffles City Shopping Centre S179103
Opening hours 8am – 10pm daily
Phone 6333 4160
22. Toby’s Estate
Hailing all the way from down under, Toby’s Estate is one of Singapore’s oldest and well-known cafes. Natural light streams in and illuminates the delightfully decorated interior – totally Instagram worthy! Oh, and your furry friends are welcome to join you if you’re seated outside!
Where 8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04 S238216
Opening hours 7.30am – 6pm (Sunday to Thursday), 7.30am – 8pm (Friday & Saturday)
Phone 6636 7629