Having been here for slightly over two months now, I’ve realized there’s definitely no shortage of coffee shops scattered around Singapore. With that, shops have started to focus not only on the quality of the coffee, but also the ambience and décor of the café itself in order to keep up with its competition. Consequently, some shops have started to feature outdoor spaces, giving customers the ability to take a breath of fresh air with a perfect cup of coffee in hand (and ideally some solid brunch food too!) Perhaps it’s the sedentary nature of my office job, but contrary to many, who feel like the heat here is overwhelming, I love being outdoors, and won’t pass at the opportunity to stay outside on the weekends.
With that, I have shortlisted 5 of my favourite places in which I could drop all my stress from work and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee with a side of fresh air.
1) Boufe Boutique Café
While the indoor space is beautiful in itself, featuring simple white table tops and rays of natural light, the real magic of this café tucked away in Phoenix Park is the outdoor patio at the back. Decorated with flowers and fairy lights, the space almost looks like it could host a wedding, especially during the sunset hours when the fairytale-esque effect of the lights shine through. On top of coffee, Boufe also offers a wide range of food and cakes, which from what I saw were in high demand, especially the Strawberry Shortcake and Daisy Cake, which I’ll definitely journey back to try next time!
Address: 308 Tanglin Rd, Phoenix Park, #01-01, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247974; Opening Hours: Tue-Fri: 8am to 10pm; Sat-Sun: 10am to 10pm
2) Monocle Shop
I definitely wouldn’t have known that this place sold coffee on top of its minimal yet classy merchandise if it wasn’t for my friend’s recommendation, let alone the beautiful patio space at the back of the shop located in Holland Village. There’s nothing fancy about this, but the surrounding greenery gives this spot a simple, natural vibe that makes it perfect for a chilled catch up with friends. Or if you were looking for some quiet time alone, it’s also the perfect location to pick up the latest issue of Monocle magazine and read it with a side of Allpress coffee. Bonus points for this place, since it serves each coffee order with a piece of milk chocolate!
Address: 74 Jln Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278267; Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm
3) Common Man Coffee Roasters
I’m sure most of you have heard of CMCR already – for many it’s one of the best coffees in Singapore! What I’m suggesting though is why enjoy this indoors and shout over each other to converse (it gets pretty noisy with the crowds even though the space is beautiful) when you could sit in their outdoor sheltered area looking over the roads of Robertson Quay? Perhaps it’s something that I picked up in Europe, but I’ve come to appreciate the calming properties of just sitting by the road side and watching the buzz going on around you. Food wise, the Ox Cheek Eggs Benedict and the Veggie Wonderland are very solid brunch choices!
Address: 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058; Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm; Sun-Sat: 7:30am to 6pm
4) Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Talk about quirky, fun decorations! Even though the name sounds nothing like a café, the moment you step into this Art Deco shophouse near Lavender , it’s got all the elements of a successful café in Singapore – a drool-inducing pastry shelf, counter seats that allow you to watch the baristas brew coffee, and racks of newspapers or magazines to complete the café experience. Since this place gets quite packed on weekends, I was quite lucky to find a seat in the outdoor area. I’d say the most eye-catching element in terms of décor is the line of beer bottles lining the communal table, hinting at the fact that the space actually turns into a casual pub after dark. Definitely going to be back to try their brunch menu as well, which I have heard good things about!
Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563; Opening Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun: 9am to 10pm; Sat: 9am to 12am; Mon: Closed
5) Nylon Coffee Roasters
I might be cheating with this one, since there isn’t actually a designated outdoor space for its customers, but they do offer some benches outside the shop that look out into a small resting area. More importantly, Nylon made the cut onto this list because this hidden micro-roastery in Everton Park is easily one of the best coffee spots I’ve tried in Singapore. Unlike many coffee shops nowadays, Nylon only offers whole milk in order to fully allow customers to enjoy coffee the way it was made to be enjoyed. Because of its commitment towards serving coffee at its finest, you see customers venturing over even at 5pm on a Saturday for a solid cup of coffee. Including me!
Address: 4 Everton Park, #01-40, Singapore 080004; Opening Hours: Mon & Wed-Fri: 9am to 10pm; Sat-Sun: 9am to 6pm