We suss out the best cafes in the East and Central areas that provides free wifi and power-points so that you can hold study/project sessions (best on weekdays off peak hours) without a worry.
- Coast & Company
54 Siglap Drive, Singapore 456176
Tucked along a quiet corner of Siglap, this quaint café is also home to a bicycle showroom and workshop. We love the fact that you can park your bicycles outside and enjoy an iced cold drink or a light bite before heading to the nearby East Coast Park.
- Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
1 First Street, #01-01, Siglap V, Singapore 458278
This cafe prides itself on their specialty coffee blends and baked goods. You can choose from classic favourites like Red Velvet Cake ($8.90) or One Republic Banana Cake ($8.90), but our go-to choice is the Chilli Crab Pie ($12), our favourite local dish in a buttery puff pastry. Yum!
- Dutch Colony Coffee
113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230
Their second branch at Frankel Avenue is spacious and has a corner selling coffee-making supplies for the coffee enthusiasts. They also hold classes for those who would like learn how to brew their own coffee or try their hand at latte art.
- Penny University
20 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997
Penny University was one of the first cafes to hit the East Coast in 2012. What started as a cafe serving just coffee and cakes has evolved into one with a more extensive menu, themed events (Great Gatsby night anyone?) and coffee workshops. Try the Iced Muddy Espresso ($5.50), which is more or less an iced flat white but packs wonderful flavour with every sip.
- Hyde & Co
785 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198753
Situated along the quieter part of North Bridge Road, Hyde & Co stood out from the rest of the cafes around the area with its warmth and attentiveness. That’s not to say that they don’t serve up a good cup of joe. Be sure to try out their crumpets, it’s a mix between an English muffin and a sponge cake.
- Maison Ikkoku
20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885
For coffee snobs who love something other than the regular espresso, Maison Ikkoku serves specialty coffee using six different brewing methods. Choose from cold drip coffee, which tastes less acidic, to the aeropress, which produces a rich brew without the bitterness.
- Tolido’s Espresso Nook
Block 462 Crawfod Lane, #01-63, Singapore 190462
It’s amazing how coffee lovers sniff out cafes in obscure locations, but Tolido’s Espresso Nook is a prime example of how the crowd follows quality. Cae crawlers will love spending time at this quaint “nook” which is known for their artisan coffee and latte art. Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($6) and Flat White ($5.50) are their must-tries. You can also grab their 462 Prawn Laksa Pasta($16.90) if you’re up for a spicy and savoury fare.
1 Mcnally Street, Block D #01-01, Singapore 187940
Situated inside the campus of LASALLE College of Arts, you’ll see artsy, well-dressed students chilling at this spacious open-concept cafe. Lowercase is a cafe quadruple threat – yummy food, pocket-friendly prices, comfy atmosphere and Instagram-worthy interior. You can settle pretty much any cravings here as they have an extensive but simple range of food for the student’s palate.
- The Loft
268A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058817
The Loft is probably Chinatown’s best kept secret – housed inconspicuously on the second floor of a vintage shop house. Unadorned walls, soft lights and comfy sofas make this the perfect hideaway for a study session. Grab a seat overlooking the hustle and bustle below and unwind over some good ol’ pancakes and waffles. We recommend The Indulgent Waffles with Strawberries and Cream ($9.80) with a cup of Affogato ($6.30). Totally worth the calories.
- Miss Molly’s
2 Craig Road, Singapore 089662
Nestled at a blink-and-you-will-miss-it nook off Craig Road, this pint-sized joint is the epitome of hipster chic – think bicycles on the walls, hanging industrial lights and quirky art decals. Blending mid-Western fare with local flavour, Miss Molly’s serves up a handful of fusion dishes like the Har Jiong Kai ($10.80) and Beef Rendang Pizza ($18.60). Don’t leave without trying their dangerously addictive Death by Chocolate lava cake ($.6.90) – best kind of sinful.
Head on down to the cafes and let us know which ones are your favourites!