A good hearty brunch will never fail to jump-start anyone’s day. With the combined absolute best flavours of breakfast and lunch, brunches have become one of the most anticipated highlights of our weekends. Today, more and more brunch places are making their own marks on the food industry and all-day dining scene. To pump up your weekend habit, here are 10 of the Top 50 Brunch Places in Singapore.
The Populus: Coffee & Food Co.
Judging from the massive crowds constantly lining up to get into the shop, The Populus: Coffee & Food Co. is one of the most trusted and sought-after brunch places in Singapore. Inspired by international and local flavours, this popular brunch spot never fails to earn a spot in every customer’s hearts. Try out their all-day specials of mouthwatering comfort food any day of the week and find yourself coming back for more. For the ultimate indulgence, match your beloved brunch platter with their in-house speciality coffees, luxe teas by Tea Bone Zen Mind and hand-crafted hot chocolate by Mörk Chocolate.
Adorned with wooden seats, industrial-inspired interiors and ambient lighting, this is probably one of the coziest brunch places I have ever set foot in. Nowadays, I tend to be more conscious about my health and their Superfood Green Platter is definitely a top choice. Layered with lavish green vegetables, avocadoes, whole grains and cheeses, this dish will surely get you going for the day. Did I mention it was topped with a soft egg that’s poached to perfection? Just writing about it puts a smile to face! The buckwheat pancake is also a must-try as well as all the other yummy goodness they have on the menu.
Located in Neil Road in Chinatown, it is also not that hard to get there, which is opportune for people who only want to enjoy good food and not be bothered by hard to find locations. To avoid lining up for too long, it is best to make a reservation prior to your visit but if you come as a walk-in, don’t be troubled because the wait staff are very proactive with their service and you will get seated soon enough.
146 Neil Road, Singapore
+65 6635 8420
Mon: 09:00 -19:00
Tue: 09:00 - 16:00
Wed – Fri: 09:00 - 22:30
Sat: 09:30 - 22:30
Sun: 09:30 - 19:00
Get ready to taste the bold flavours of Australia with every meal when you visit The Lokal by Chef Darren Farr. Started out in 2014, The Lokal has now become one of the most hyped places for brunch in Singapore. And it totally does live up to the hype! The Lokal is an Australian bar slash café slash restaurant that features an open kitchen, giving a feeling of homemade comfort food that doesn’t fail to make you feel welcome. The restaurant serves a plethora of hearty, delicious brunches including Steak & Eggs, the Veal Schnitzel Burger and Smashed Avocado. Just reading their names is already enough to make your mouth water in excitement.
The Lokal’s interiors feature a laid-back atmosphere, which, combined with all the blue hues, produces a relaxing, homey atmosphere that makes you want to sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. If you sit near the back of the restaurant, you’ll get a really nice view of their open kitchen – allowing you to enjoy and admire their chefs’ handiwork in preparing your food. You can even talk and chat with the chefs if you feel like it. Another unique feature is the pickles and sauces that are personally hand-crafted by Chef Darren.
Aside from brunch items, the Lokal also serves dinner meals as well as a wide assortment of alcohol and spirits. The Lokal also serve some really good coffee, which when paired with a great breakfast equals a perfect start to your day. My personal favourite items from their menu are the Toasted Banana Bread, the Veal Schnitzel Burger and French Toast. Each dish tasted so good I felt guilty eating them all up in one sitting.
136 Neil Road
+65 6423 9918
Monday & Tuesday: 8 am to 4 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm
“To make honest, delicious food that brings people together” — these are the words the purveyors of Symmetry live by. True to their purposeful mantra, this all-day dining restaurant, which started in 2012 in the neighbourhood of the historic Kampong Glam, has been bringing people together through their freshly prepared meals conjured from first-rate ingredients and the freshest produce. People with big appetites for brunch and breakfast food would be delighted to know that the best part of the dining experience at Symmetry is the reasonable portions of each serving. You really get your money’s worth!
Thinking of the best way to treat yourself on a rest day? Then, a big hearty Pancake Stack is the top recommendation I can give you. Complete with lemon curd cream cheese, caramelized banana jam, macaron, fresh blueberries and hokey-pokey ice cream, revel in the harmonious balance of sweet and fruity and tangy flavours in every bite. Like their food, the ambience inside the restaurant also brings a perfect balance of rustic feels and industrial touches. Coupled with background music that really sets a comfortable and relaxing mood, this Aussie inspired haven is a perfect rendezvous point for friends and loved ones to get together.
9 Jalan Kubor
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
Monday: 10:30 am–9 pm
Tuesday: to Thursday 10:30 am – 11 pm
Friday: 10:30 am – 12 am
Saturday: 9 am – 12 am
In an area laden with auto part sellers and machine shops, you wouldn’t think that a coffee shop and restaurant would fit right in. The Refinery is a restaurant, café and bar in Jalan Besar serving mainly Japanese cuisine that presents itself as if it’s from the Industrial Revolution. The furniture and interiors of the café look like they were taken directly from a steampunk universe and overall gives the place a classy, vintage ambience. Outside, you’ll see the multiple steel drums at the entrance, which makes the place look more like an oil factory than a café.
The Refinery isn’t the biggest café, but it sure feels as if it’s very spacious, probably thanks to the high, expansive ceiling. It’s decorated with a beautiful central bar that’s fully stocked with drinks, which gives the interiors a tranquil atmosphere. Overall, the indoor area gives a chill, peaceful ambience – a perfect setting for a nice oriental brunch and hot invigorating coffee.
Weekend brunches at The Refinery are filled with some of our favourite Japanese dishes. As a personal note, one of their must-tries for brunch is ‘The Epic’ Beef Gyudon with Foie Gras, which comes with multiple pieces of beef, a generous piece of foie gras and mushrooms. The resulting flavor is a delicious mixture of happiness and contentment in a bowl. If you’re in the mood for a Japanese brunch, make sure to stop by The Refinery. They make some of the best Japanese food in Singapore – and believe me, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
The Refinery (Jalan Besar)
115 King George's Ave #01-02
+65 6293 1204
Lunch (Monday to Friday): 12 pm - 3 pm
Dinner (Monday to Thursday): 6 pm - 11 pm
Dinner (Friday): 6 pm - 1 am
Dinner (Saturday): 6 pm - 11 pm
Brunch (Saturday & Sunday): 11 am - 4 pm
The Providore at Raffles Place
Located at the heart of Raffles Place, The Providore is the holy grail for everyday brunch cravings of office folks in the bustling city. Pause and recharge within the walls of this modern and hip restaurant that offer a vast selection of innovative and nourishing dishes. The Providore brand is driven to bring people together through the power and passion for good food. Given its prime location, their flagship café is perfect for client meetings on weekdays and a go-to place for families and friends to have a relaxing weekend brunch.
What I appreciate most about The Providore is the thoughtfulness they put into their services and how they are designed to cater to the needs of different groups of people. For example, the café opens and serves hearty breakfast meals as early as 8 o’clock in the morning for the early birds. For the up and running executives, they also have a takeaway counter for more efficient access to their delicious food. They even have a Kid’s Menu that are specially crafted for your little ones to enjoy! Outdoor seating is also available for people who want to bask in the sun and enjoy the view of the city. Now, if that’s not top-quality service, then I don’t know what is.
7 Raffles Place Singapore
+65 6533 1352
* walk-in only, no reservations
Open Monday to Saturday 8 am to 10.30 pm (last orders at 10 pm)
Open Sunday & Public Holidays 9 am to 6 pm
Entering Brunches Café feels like being transported to a different space and time. The rustic interiors, antique furniture, the sleek Mini Cooper sofa, coupled with all the vintage items and memorabilia adorning the place gives Brunches Café a distinct, old-school atmosphere unlike any other retro café you’ve been to. What’s even cooler is that patrons can purchase and take home almost any item in the café, as long as it’s got a price tag. They have dedicated corners around the café where retail items and collectibles are sold, but if you see some furniture you like, you can ask the staff if it’s for sale.
My top brunch choices (which are available all day!) are the Baked Egg with Bacon and the Deluxe Spanish Omelette, which was an open faced omelette filled with a generous amount of hams, cheeses, mushrooms and tomatoes. For coffee, I recommend you try their specialty, the Coffee on the Rock, which is prepared by pouring a cup of milk over a coffee ice cube.
They also have a variety of main dishes to choose from, such as the Queen’s Salad with Seared Tuna and the Golden Risotto Ball with Red Wine Beef Stew. Each of their dishes is prepared with utmost care and are plated artistically. They also use vintage style tableware, which fits snugly with the café’s retro theme. Overall, Brunches Café is an excellent place not just for brunch, but also for customers to enjoy the nostalgic ambience and have a relaxing time.
96 Rangoon Road
+65 8685 8488
Weekdays except Tuesdays: 11 am - 10 pm
Weekends: 10 am - 10 pm
Conveniently located in the peaceful Tiong Bahru district, Forty Hands was established in 2010 and is well-known for their great coffee. The café is named after the quip that coffee passes through an estimated 40 hands in its journey from bean to cup. Forty Hands also serves scrumptious brunch items are that especially enjoyable when paired with their heavenly coffee.
Forty Hands serves some of the best coffee in Singapore, but they also have a selection of delectable breakfast and lunch dishes for patrons. I would always grab a serve of their Big Boy Breakfast plus their flat white coffee to start the day right. The in-store interiors are nice and minimalist in design and are purposefully decorated to avoid cluttering the small space. There were also some military-themed items at the counter which adds a historical touch to the café. They even have an outdoor lower deck which can seat more people as oftentimes the indoor space is full.
This brunch place is perfect especially when you want a break from the busy cityscapes of Singapore. Forty Hands Tiong Bahru gives off a cool, relaxing vibe that customers can enjoy whenever they visit.
Forty Hands (Tiong Bahru)
78 Yong Siak Street
+65 6225 8545
Monday to Friday: 7 am - 6 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 7 am - 7 pm
Café Melba at Goodman Arts Center
Café Melba gets its name from the fusion bold flavours of Melbourne and Asia makes for a relaxing family brunch with its beautiful alfresco patio. This place is the answer to all the prayers of people who want to get away from the city buzz for a while and have peace and laid-back retreat. The cool atmosphere, exquisite food, welcoming staff and good company at Café Melba will make you forget about your problems even just for a day.
Surrounded by a lush green environment at Goodman Arts Centre, it is a great place for kids to play and have a great time. In fact, I noticed that a good number of customers were mostly families with kids, as the open field in front of the cafe allow the kids to run around. They even have a bouncy castle for the kids to play their hearts out! I really admire places like Café Melba which brings people closer together and strengthens family bonds. After all, nothing is comparable to the time we invest and the fond memories we create with our children. In addition, the prices were surprisingly reasonable and the Full Melba Breakfast plate will take you to the streets of Melbourne while being familiar and comforting at the same time. I don't think I could have enjoyed the experience more.
90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Blk N #01-56
+65 6440 6068
Open EVERY day of the year
Monday-Friday: 10 am - 10 pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 8:30 am - 10 pm
Craving for Mexican food for your weekend brunch? Super Loco at Robertson Quay has a weekend brunch that is sure to tingle your taste buds. Super Loco was started in 2014 by Julian and Christian Tan and Ajay Parag as a sister restaurant of Lucha Loco in Duxton Hill. They’ve since added a one-of-a-kind weekend Mexican brunch to their offerings, and it has been a great hit with the locals and tourists alike.
Super Loco is a festive, vibrant restaurant overlooking the waterfront of Robertson Quay. It is undeniably Mexican, and the fragrant smell of tacos, salsa and chilis fill the store’s interiors. A quiet morning in Super Loco is sure to make you feel relaxed and cozy as you enjoy your favorite Mexican meal. If you’re just passing by, Super Loco also has a takeaway counter if you want to enjoy their food at home or the office.
Popular brunch choices include the Brekky Burrito, the Omelette Divorciado and their Taco De Desayuno. Each meal is prepared with so much flair and flavor that never fails to sate my appetite. The Brekky Burrito was bursting with so much Mexican zest I had to order another plate. Pair this with their signature Mocha Mexicana and you’ll have a brunch you won’t forget. Super Loco prides itself in delivering high-quality and authentic Mexican food to Singaporeans. The food may be a bit pricey, but they definitely deliver a brunch experience that is well worth it.
Super Loco (Robertson Quay)
60 Robertson Quay, #01-13
+65 6235 8900
Monday & Tuesday: 5 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 5 pm – 12 am
Saturday: 10 am – 12 am
Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm
Habitat Coffee serves some of the best and must-have brunches in Singapore at an affordable price point. Unlike other brunch places that charge premium prices for their dishes, Habitat Coffee found a way to give customers a hearty, fulfilling meal without losing your wallet. It’s also very accessible to the public, with its location being near bus stops and the MRT station.
The café’s interiors aren’t really turning heads, but it serves its purpose – by providing a chill, comfortable space for customers to relax and recuperate. Space is spotless and clean, and the staff are all very hospitable to their customers. Must-try food items include the Big Ben, a mishmash of breakfast food like eggs and pork sausage, and Mama’s Banana Pancakes, which are very delectable. As a bonus treat, Habitat Coffee also makes some of the best coffee in Singapore and all in all, I can definitely recommend this place not just for the brunch-goers but also to anyone looking for a quick timeout from the fast-paced world.
223 Upper Thomson Road
Every day except Monday: 10 am – 10 pm