Working remotely is becoming increasingly commonplace in Singapore; and one of the biggest challenges is finding a distraction-free and conducive place to work. Unlimited Wi-Fi and power supply is a given, but what about ambience, food, and drink? If you’re not keen to invest in a membership of a co-working space, here are our 12 favourite cafes where you can camp out with your laptops, meet up with clients, and of course, indulge in fantastic coffee and snacks – you’re welcome!
Jewel Cafe and Bar
By the same people behind Shenton Way’s Jewel Coffee, Jewel Cafe and Bar has proved its worth when it comes to speciality coffees. Roasting its own beans every day, you can choose from single origin coffees, cold brews, Chemed brews, and even V60s. With two spacious levels of well-lit seatings and very knowledgable staff, we’re sure you’ll love this place, coffee nerd or otherwise.
Jewel Cafe and Bar is located at 129 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218407. Open Tue-Thu, Sun 9am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 9am – 11pm.
Located in the inner estates of Bukit Timah, Necessary Provisions is difficult to find, but also equally difficult to leave, with its fragrant coffee, home-baked snacks, and pastries. Ordering coffee is simple here: choose either black or white. The cafe is well-illuminated in the day with sunlight shining through the large glass windows, perfect for working.
Necessary Provisions is located at 21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598993. Open Tue-Thu 10am – 10pm, Fri-Sat: 10am – 12am, Sun 10am – 6pm.
The Book Cafe
The cosy vibe, fantastic service, and comfortable couches in their ‘library’ makes The Book Cafe a great place to work at. Throw in strong Wi-Fi, all-day breakfast, good coffee, and we’ve got a clear winner. The cafe is also equipped with countless power plugs, and a huge stash of books and magazines for that much-needed inspiration. There’s alfresco seating as well; take a break from your computer screen and watch the world go by!
The Book Cafe is located at 20 Martin Rd, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070. Open Sun-Thu 8.30am – 10.30pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am – 12.00am.
The Coffee Daily
Being situated in Serangoon Gardens clearly has its perks. For one, there’s much less people to contend with for seats. With replica 90s living room deco, The Coffee Daily has a nice range of cakes and desserts (we recommend their signature Rainbow Cake), and you can even help yourself to its jar of complimentary gem biscuits.
The Coffee Daily is located at 75 Brighton Crescent, Singapore 559216. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 10.30pm, Fri 12pm – 11.30pm, Sat 9.30am – 11.30pm, Sun 9.30am – 10.30pm.
If you’ve ever lived in Australia, the Toby’s Estate coffee chain needs no introduction. Known for their fragrant Arabica coffee, the joe in this Robertson Quay branch is a joy to drink. There’s always people walking in and out in the day, so come here if you need the constant buzz to keep you motivated.
Toby’s Estate is located at 8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04, Singapore 238216. Open Sun-Wed 7.30am – 6pm, Thu-Sat 6.30am – 10pm.
There’s no absence of hipster cafes in the Kampong Glam vicinity, but how many of them also double as a backpacker’s hostel? Equipped with modest furniture and lots of photo collages, expect to see plenty of tourists frequenting the cafe, which also serves decent burgers.
Working Title is located at 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745. Open Sun-Thu 9am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 9am – 12am.
Although Kith Cafe has three branches, we favour the most peaceful one at Park Mall best. Just two minutes away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT, it doesn’t get more central than this. Kith Cafe has an extensive all-day brunch menu, and is particularly famous for their diverse range of egg dishes.
Kith Cafe is located at 9 Penang Rd, #01-01E Park Mall, Singapore 238459. Open Mon-Sun 8am – 10pm.
Commune Cafe & Bistro No. 50
If you’re a particularly early riser and are fortunate enough to live near the city, Commune Cafe & Bistro No. 5 opens at 7.30am on weekdays, perfect for getting ahead of the morning crowd. Background noise is usually minimal, plus they serve great coffee and cakes at surprisingly economical prices.
Commune Cafe & Bistro No. 50 is located at 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-50 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am – 8pm, Sat-Sun 12pm – 8pm.
Pies & Coffee
If food motivates you; check out the Rochester Mall outlet of Pies & Coffee. While it might not be the most accessible out of the four, we find it to be the most conducive for working. With wonderful coffee, a lovely ambience, and delicious sweet and savoury pies to boot, we reckon you’ll definitely have a productive day here.
Pies & Coffee is located at 35 Rochester Drive,#01-02 Rochester Mall, Singapore 138639. Open Mon-Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri-Sat 9am – 11pm, Sun 9am – 9pm.
W39 Bistro & Bakery
Live in the West? Check into the cheery and cozy W39 Bistro & Bakery for some positive vibes. Who know, it might just seep into your work. Situated amidst rows of residential housing and neighbourhood housing, the home-style bistro is simple and known for their fresh artisanal breads and cakes.
W39 Bistro & Bakery is located at 39 Jalan Mas Puteh, Singapore 128637. Open Tue-Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat-Sun 9am – 10.30pm.
Habitat Coffee at Upper Thomson Road has been around for a few years now, a testament to its hard work and service. Serving up quality coffee and tasty food (all-day breakfast, pastas, and homemade cakes) at reasonable prices, the cafe remains a frequent haunt for many in the area. Sit inside to fully appreciate the aesthetic and ambience.
Habitat Coffee is located at 233 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355. Open Tue-Fri 11am – 10.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am – 10.30pm.
Old Hen Coffee Bar
Old Hen Coffee Bar is possibly the best thing that happened on Rangoon Road for one reason: incredible cold brew! Just head over to the cooler to grab a bottle (Dark Cocoa, Creamy White, or Smooth Black), take a swig, and you’ll be ready to start work in no time. The cafe is quite small, with only seven or so tables available, so make sure you head over early for a seat.
Old Hen Coffee Bar is located at 88 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218374. Open Mon, Wed-Fri 12pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 10pm.