Many of us tend to give breakfast a miss for the sake of longer sleep. But one can’t deny that beginning the day with a good breakfast hits different(ly). Waking up early with a good meal to boot primes the mind (and the body) to take on the day on a strong foot. And let’s be honest, we all function better with good food and a fresh cup of coffee in our bellies.
Here, we cover 10 of Singapore’s best breakfast spots spanning local legends to top-drawer cafes and Melbourne-inspired brunch spots that do it right. From traditional kaya toast and roti prata to loaded pancake stacks and a traditional eggs benny, begin your mornings any way you want.
An East-meets-West cafe concept led by Lewis Barker, Head Chef of Michelin-starred Sommer, Cafe Natsu brilliantly combines the swagger and artistic edge of Melbourne cafes with refined Japanese influences sensibilities. Located in the buzzy neighbourhood of Joo Chiat, this place will treat you to a bevvy of fusion delights such as their Roasted Buckwheat Granola that features housemade roasted buckwheat granola made with oats, Sobacha, Kurozato brown sugar and puffed black wild rice, served with hand-peeled Muscat grapes, Yuzu curds, and Hokkaido milk. If you’re a big eater, try their take on a classic Eggs Benedict featuring poached first-born eggs neatly nestled atop toasted English muffins, layered with sansho glazed ham, sautéed wasabi spinach and coated in an umami-dense miso hollandaise.
A neighbourhood cafe where great handcrafted coffee and delicious all-day breakfast intertwine, not only is One Man Coffee over at Upper Thomson cosy and convivial but the food’s stellar as well. If you’ve come with an appetite, we say go all-in with their All-In Brekkie. It comprises the works — two eggs prepared any way you like, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, sausage, sourdough toast with a knob of butter, tater tots and a simply dressed salad. Our personal favourites, however, include their Gashouse Eggs and their French Toast. The former is a savoury, eggy, cheesy masterpiece that promises unrivalled satisfaction in every bite (the bacon jam that they serve alongside it is divine) and the latter is great if you have a sweet tooth!
Embrace heritage and have a taste (and feel) of olden-day Singapore by means of wobbly half-boiled eggs, fragrant coconut jam (kaya) smeared over charcoal-grilled toast and a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee. At Chin Mee Chin, you’re promised a fuzzy feeling each time you visit. While this iconic breakfast spot may have undergone a modern rebranding, it still stays true to its roots, dishing out a wide array of its signature confections and the CMC gold standard — their kaya toast.
A brunch spot by day and a cocktail bar by night, this long-standing outfit over at cafe-laden Telok Ayer serves up honest brunch-style meals for the working crowd that are not only quick but also pretty darn tasty. Brought along your appetite? Load up on their Chicken Meatball Pasta (opt for the “white sauce” version) or their simple-yet-satisfying Avocado Toastie. Supplement that with a freshly brewed cup of Joe and you’ll be well sorted to take on the rest of the day.
The brainchild behind the folks who founded the Japanese-inspired cafe The Refinery, Hello Arigato takes on a similar approach to demonstrate novel plates that boast creativity and comfort in a stylish get-up. Imbued with a touch of Japanese flair, their Sandos (Japanese sandwiches) are the cafe’s main draw. Signatures worth trying include their Teriyaki-Glazed chicken and their thick-cut Otah Sando that’s an obvious ode to our local otah toast. It comes with a Muar-Style Otah Patty flanked by their homemade sambal, coconut mayo and toasted Japanese milk bread. If spice is your thing, you will not be disappointed.
Nestled along the periphery of the historic Kampong Glam enclave, Symmetry is an all-day dining establishment serving up contemporary versions of cafe fare that’s quintessentially Aussie at heart. For those in need of something stiff midday, you’ll be thrilled to know that the restaurant also doubles up as a cocktail bar. Armed with a laid-back vibe, this place calls you to unwind and tuck into a newly revamped menu that encapsulates vibrant and bold flavours meticulously prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients. Crowd breakfast favourites include the Symmetry Big Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, and Symmetry Pancake Stack, served with a generous portion of fresh berries, lemon curd cream cheese, maple syrup, a dollop of homemade caramelised banana compote and just for kicks, a scoop of honey-flavoured ice cream.
Opening Hours: 11AM - 9PM (Mon), 11AM - 11PM (Tue to Thu), 11AM - 11.30PM (Fri), 9AM - 11.30PM (Sat), 9AM - 7PM (Sun)
Located on the fringe of Sembawang Hills estate, Thus Coffee is a charming cafe that’s serving up sensational breakfast dishes coupled with speciality coffee handcrafted using artisanal coffee beans which they roast in-house. Highly acclaimed warm and hearty nosh, their Garlic Carbonara, a savoury mass of spaghetti tossed with a garlic cream sauce and ikura, furikake, bonito and an onsen egg, as well as their Hearty Chicken Stew — the perfect thing to have on a cold, rainy morning — are just a couple of the dishes we go absolutely gaga over.
Opening Hours: 9AM - 7.30PM (Mon to Fri), 8AM - 7.30PM (Sat & Sun)
No one ever leaves unsatisfied at Tolido’s Espresso Nook and here’s why: a casual, cosy Melbourne-inspired cafe through and through, these folks pride themselves on serving great artisanal coffee and scratch-made dishes that are big on flavour and portion sizes with zero-frills and zero pretences. Just honest food done right that’s big on flavour and crafted entirely from start to finish. Crowd-favourite breakfast items here include their 462 Prawn Laksa Pasta, Truffle Scrambled Eggs and Shakshouka Eggs.
A popular breakfast staple here in Singapore regardless of what race you belong to, one can’t deny that waking up to the aroma of freshly cooked, piping-hot roti prata hits differently. And where else to get your morning roti prata fix than at Sin Ming Roti Prata? The folks who run it are undisputed pros, and their coin prata (not to mention their array of thick, flavourful curries) ranks among the highest. And that’s saying a lot granted that there are literally thousands of roti prata shops in Singapore. If you’ve never visited them before, we say gun straight for their coin prata and specifically make a request to have it served with their mutton curry. You’ll thank us later.
Tripling up as a cafe serving anything from avocado toasties to grilled cheese sandwiches and stellar coffee, a bakery that does everything from righteous sourdough loaves, and savoury scones to decadent, gooey chocolate brownies as well as a craft beer taproom that boasts a vibrant and sometimes dizzying array of craft beer, Yeastside over at KAP Mall is where it’s at if you’re looking to score a solid breakfast before commencing the work day proper.
(Photos from: Alvin Tan and @makeyourcaloriescount)
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