A thriving metropolis with a melting pot of cultures and an ever-changing skyline, Singapore oozes charm and convenience – not least at breakfast time. Discover our top breakfast places in Singapore to kick off your day.
Fast becoming one of Asia’s most happening F&B destinations, Singapore’s brilliant breakfast options range from quick bites for under SGD 5 to lavish meals to luxuriate in. Whether you’re looking to breakfast like a local with congee or kaya toast, or to start the day with a leisurely Aussie-style affair, there’s something for everyone in the Lion City. Here are the best breakfast places in Singapore where we like to start the day right.
If you’re going to start your day with a classic coffee and pastry combo, the bustling Tiong Bahru Bakery is an excellent bet. Serving up true French classics made with flour imported from France, this pâtisserie has several locations around town and is known for its delectably flaky croissants (take a bite to transport yourself to Paris,) and its indulgent Kouign-amann (butter cake). Complete your breakfast with a flat white brewed from beans by the Common Man Coffee Roasters and you’ll be set for the day ahead.
Insider Tip: The branch at Raffles City Shopping Centre exclusively serves hot food. For a total treat, try their PB&B Pancake Burger
Address: #B1-11 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Open From: 8 am – 10 pm
For a truly bustling breakfast experience, head to the Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, also known as Telok Ayer Market. A national monument built in the 19th century and packed with street food stalls, here’s your spot for a traditional Singaporean start to the day. Fuel up on the crispiness of warm kaya toast slathered with coconut jam, served up with a side of silky smooth half-boiled eggs and washed down with kopi peng (iced coffee with condensed milk.)
Insider Tip: Really hungry? Breakfast like a king with a nasi lemak – fragrant rice made with coconut milk and pandan leaves, served with deep-fried fish or chicken wings, and topped with peanuts, eggs, cucumber slices, and sambal (spicy chilli paste).
Address: 18 Raffles Quay
Open From: 24 hours
For a fuss-free, inexpensive breakfast, try Li Fang Congee. Founded in 2008 by then 23-year-old Sky Tan, this congee shop now has 9 locations around town, each one dishing up steaming bowls of rice porridge to hungry diners who flock there for its signature pork dish. MSG-free and served up with a stick of you tiao (Chinese cruller), here’s a breakfast to fuel you through the day.
Insider Tip: If you want to add more flavour to your congee, freshly fried pork intestines will do the trick.
Address: Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, 270 Queen St, #01-78
Open From: 7 am – 9 pm
Billed as an Aussie-style neighbourhood cafe, Forty Hands is the place to head for a homely breakfast that blends the best of East and West. Nestle into one of its cosy corners for a classic Eggs Benedict or a more adventurous Chilli Scramble. While you’re there, don’t miss out on Forty Hands’s amazing selection of artisanal white coffee drinks.
Insider Tip: Not feeling like a dairy morning? Just ask the baristas to swap out the milk for either soy or oat variants.
Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12
Open From: Mon – Fri: 7 am – 6 pm, Sat – Sun: 7:30 am – 7 pm
At Punch, coffee is a serious business. Their beans are sourced directly from the Australian Roasting champion Ben Toovey and roasted onsite at Punch to ensure freshness. To go with such perfection, try their star dish: The Triple Stack – earl grey pancakes decorated with poached pear and white chocolate Macadamia crumble. Combine that with their relaxed, industrial chic vibe and you have a standout spot for breakfast.
Insider Tip: Sit in the outdoor area to enjoy an oasis of green and serenity.
Address: 32 North Canal Road
Open From: 8 am – 6 pm
A phenomenon in their native NYC thanks to their delicious pancakes once voted the best in the city by New York Magazine, The Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant has an outpost in Singapore and is the place to head for a classic American breakfast. Packed with loyal fans who flock there for their delicious, hearty baked goods and more – think buttermilk stacks, a signature omelette and those famous fluffy pancakes – you need to expect a wait here, especially at the weekend, but if you’re hungry, it’s well worth it!
Insider Tip: Lunchtime options provide a healthy take on American cuisine. Try their Kale & Quinoa Salad with a side of salmon.
Address: 31 Purvis Street
Open From: Mon – Thu: 8:30 am – 6 pm, Fri – Sat: 8 am – 9 pm, Sun: 8 am – 6 pm
A great place to work whilst you breakfast, and located right in between the Hive’s Singapore branches, the airy, modern industrial space that is Twenty Eight Cafe is entirely geared towards a productive and pleasant start to your day. Offering communal tables and plenty of charging ports in its sun-filled space, this sister spot to the Italian restaurant and bar 28Wilkie champions a vast array of speciality coffee and an Asian-Western blend of breakfast and brunch options – from bakkwa (pork jerky) with waffles to you tiao (Chinese cruller) with Bolognese baked eggs.
Insider Tip: The Acai bowls served here are something to drool over – and are sure to give you bountiful energy for the day ahead.
Address: 28 Wilkie Road
Open From: Mon – Fri: 7:30 am – 5 pm, Sat – Sun: 8:30 am – 6 pm