Looking for a new spot to get your morning coffee fix or midday pick-me-up near the office? Whether it’s a latte or Americano you’re craving, we’ve got you covered with the best coffee spots in the CBD.
As we gingerly emerge from Phase Two Heightened Alert, you might be anticipating the eventual reopening of offices and life as you knew it — or perhaps where to get your first (convenient) celebratory cup of coffee. If so, follow us as we snake down the various train tracks that make up the Central Business District (CBD) and fuel up on the best coffee spots in the region!
1. The Coffee Academics
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With six outlets and counting, this coffee franchise can be found at almost every corner of the Central Business District. If you’re looking for a convenient but solid, quick fix — you’re in luck! The Coffee Academics are known for making specialty coffee accessible for the masses.
Price: S$5.90 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 252 North Bridge Road #B1-12 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 179103
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 8.30 PM daily
The Coffee Academics is located at Marina Bay Link Mall, Ocean Financial Centre, Raffles City, Scotts Square, 313@Somerset and Millenia Walk. Find The Coffee Academics’ Menu here.
2. Flash Coffee
Bursting onto the scene with bright colours and an app, Flash Coffee is focused on making every coffee run a breeze. With their app, simply order a coffee as you step off your choice of commute and it’ll be waiting for you when you get there — paid and ready for consumption. They also have a wide selection of non-coffee beverages and teas like golden turmeric lattes, matcha plus macadamia shakes and even a fig and cinnamon ice tea — just in case you’re in the mood for something different, pronto.
Price: S$3.80 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 38 Robinson Rd, #01-07 Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily
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Flash Coffee is located at Changi City Point, Citylink Mall, NUS, One George Street and One Raffles Place. Find Flash Coffee’s Menu here.
3. The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
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If you happen to work near City Hall MRT, you’re in luck. Located on the pristine grounds of Chijmes is this cosy coffee joint serving up thoughtfully crafted brews. Go for their refreshing cold brews or treat yourself to one of their filters. They’ve also got cold-pressed juice and an assortment of tea-centric drinks for non-coffee drinkers.
Price: S$5.50 for a Regular White.
Address: 30 Victoria St, #01-03 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily
Find The Glasshouse’s Menu here.
4. Huggs Coffee
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Looking for something warm and inviting in the backdrop of the otherwise cold and serious concrete jungle? Huggs Coffee embodies just that with their cute latte art and friendly baristas. If you need a pep in your step along with your morning coffee — get your hit at any one of their many outlets speckled across the island.
Price: S$4.20 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 3 Phillip St, #01-01 Royal Group Building, Singapore 048693
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily, Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
EXCLUSIVE: Enjoy 10% discount on all Huggs Coffee when you pay with your YouTrip card! Find out more here.
Huggs Coffee is located at The Clift, Royal Group Building, GB Building, Capital Square, Capital Tower, Huggs Epigram @URA, Visioncrest Commercial, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Thomson Plaza, UE Bizhub East, Paya Lebar Quarter, Paya Lebar Quarter 3, 18 Tai Seng, Galaxis and Millenia Walk. Find Huggs Coffee’s Menu here.
5. The Lokal
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Listed as one of the top 20 cafes in 2017 by Burpple, The Lokal is no stranger to the coffee scene. Apart from serving up hearty Asian-infused cafe grub (think spicy chicken soba salad), The Lokal is also known for their solid cups of coffee. Make a mental note to pair sunny days with a bottle of their delicious cold brews, otherwise their lattes and flat whites are favourites for a satisfying take-away.
Price: S$5 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 136 Neil Road, 088865
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily, Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
EXCLUSIVE: Enjoy 10% discount on all non-alcoholic beverages at The Lokal when you pay with your YouTrip card! Find out more here.
Find The Lokal’s Menu here.
6. Lunar Coffee Brewers
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Known as a staple lunch spot amongst CBD-workers, Lunar Coffee Brewers have made quite a name for themselves when it comes to their Beef Steak Don. However, we’d advise you not to skip out on their coffees — especially if you’re new to the beverage. Their milk-based coffees are famed for being well-balanced and easy to drink!
Price: S$4.50 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 6 Shenton Way #01-49/50, 2 OUE Downtown Gallery, 068809
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily, Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Find Lunar Coffee Roaster’s Menu here.
7. Mad Roasters
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A personal favourite of mine, Mad Roasters does a great job of making great coffee accessible for all. They do this by housing their flagship store deep in Amoy Food Centre, priced affordably to match the rest of the hawkers. The best part? They give back by commissioning tiny works of art in the design of each of their customised logos — with every purchase, you’re essentially supporting a refugee!
Price: S$2.80 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 7 Maxwell Road MND Complex Annexe, Amoy St, #02-107 Food Centre, B, 069111
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily, Closed on Sundays
Find Mad Roaster’s Menu here.
8. Maxi Coffee Bar
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A favourite amongst coffee drinkers, this hole-in-the-wall coffee stand serves up more than just quality pour-overs. They have a selection of delicious bakes and once-considered-kooky beverage creations for customers to try out too. Their interiors aren’t all that bad to look at either.
Price: S$5.50 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily, Closed on Mondays
Find Maxi Coffee Bar’s Menu here.
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From the folks behind Glyph Supply Co comes Runes, the new kid on the block. And by block I mean, Lao Pat Sat. It offers a small number of bakes and a short list of drinks — but what this humble coffee spot lacks in variety, it offers in quality brews and service. Come by for their batch brews and a lovely chat with their friendly baristas!
Price: S$4 for a Regular White.
Address: 18 Raffles Quay, #79-87, Singapore 048582
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM daily, Closed on Sundays
Find Rune’s Menu here.
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Known as one of the OGs in Singapore’s coffee scene, Sarnies serves up the famed Australian cafe fare and coffee we’ve all known and loved. Whether you’re here to get a freshly brewed cup of coffee to go, or to pick up something to eat — you’ll definitely be back for more!
Price: S$5.50 for a Regular Flat White.
Address: Telok Ayer St, 136, Singapore 068601
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM on weekdays, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM on weekends
Find Sarnies’ Menu here.
11. Volks Coffee Co
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Commuters alighting at Downtown MRT will adore this hidden gem nestled in the basement of the Sail on Marina Boulevard. This takeaway joint offers a range of drinks — from old school staples to new exciting combinations. Whether you’re after a shot of espresso, a balanced flat white or a comforting cup of houjicha, you’re in safe hands at Volks.
Price: S$4.50 for a Regular White.
Address: 2 Marina Blvd, #B1-08C The Sail, Singapore 018987
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily, Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Find Volks Coffee Co’s Menu here.
Fuel Up Today!
Now that you know where all the best coffee places are in the CBD, say good bye to that wonky nespresso machine at the office. And whenever you’re checking out with your coffees to-go, don’t forget to check out with your YouTrip card.
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