There’s a certain charm to the Katong and Joo Chiat precinct. With frequent new café openings, and the recently revamped malls of i12 Katong and Katong Point bringing more vibrancy to the area, we thought it is about time to update on the list of cafes in the area for your next caffeine fix!
Humble Origins Coffee Roasters
Taking over what used to be the space of Homeground Coffee Roaster, the few days old Humble Origins Coffee Roasters is one of the newest additions to the café scene in Katong. The space is a simple and minimalist interior design with wooden and rattan furniture, where there is a limited food menu in its soft launch phase. The coffee uses beans from Shan Hills, Myanmar, where this is probably the only café I know in Singapore which uses coffee from Myanmar.
At 475 Joo Chiat Road
Nimbus is the new C Café, as the latter was closed and reopened and rebranded as Nimbus. The space spots a sophisticated interior for a café, with cosy booth seats and ambient lighting. Think of lobster roll, sandwiches and toast on its brunch menu.
At 477 Joo Chiat Road
Plain Vanilla East Coast
The established bakery cafe brand Plain Vanilla opened its sixth outlet in along East Coast Road in the hip Katong enclave at a charming shophouse location few doors down from Neptune. The space is split into the indoor dining, and a backyard space with a skylight over the yard. In terms of food, it serves a Breakfast menu (8am to 3:30pm) and Brunch menu (11am to 3:30pm), with the likes of toast, granola bowls, Eggs Benedict (S$22), Smashed Avocado Toast (S$22) and even handmade pastas. [Read more here…]
At 199 East Coast Road
With its first outlet in Upper Thomson last year, Hello Arigato serves Japanese comfort food and is most well-known for its sando, or Japanese sandwich. The second outlet opened in Joo Chiat last month, with an exclusive Har Cheong Sando option in addition to its all-time favourite Tamago Sando and Beef Sando. Grab a coffee and sando, and brunch is great.
At 314 Joo Chiat Road
A concept by the Ebb & Flow Group (Tigerlily, Willow), Cafe Natsu is strategically located at the junction of Joo Chiat and Koon Seng Road, right beside hole-in-the-wall Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar. It will be opening on 10 May, and you can expect dishes such as Eggs Benedict and Soufflé Pancakes with Japanese touches. The gorgeous space is framed by wooden window panes and has great natural lighting in the day.
Address: 283 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427537
Opened in late 2021, and align with its name, Good Intentions offers the most reasonably priced coffee in the area with Long Black at S$3.50. Expect all-day brunch items with coffee, or the western fare and burgers with craft beers. Simple space with great service, that’s what Good Intentions is about.
At 45 East Coast Road
Prairie by Craftsman
A chain café by now, with multiple branches across the island, Prairie by Craftsman is amongst the group’s latest concept. Unlike the group’s mainstay Craftsman Specialty Coffee, the Prairie concepts ditch the industrial theme interiors for a cleaner colour-blocking aesthetics.
At 462 Joo Chia Road
Micro Bakery & Kitchen Red House
Located in the iconic Red House in the heart of Katong, this popular café is known for its freshly baked bread and pastries, with a brunch menu as well. Go for the scrambled eggs on sourdough for a simple brunch fix. Service can be patchy though.
At: 63 East Coast Road
Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee
A lifestyle concept store with a café, vinyl records retail and co-working space coming together, Choice Cuts is perhaps of one the must visit along Joo Chiat. The level 1 space has been undergoing some renovation, which saw various delays since. You can visit level 2 for drip coffee if you are not rushing for time.
At 446 Joo Chiat Road
Little Farms at Joo Chiat is not that little, housing both a supermarket and a bistro at Katong Point. Expect a constant crowd here, with the alfresco dining seats being popular. Head here for some Aussie vibe.
At 451 Joo Chiat Road
Kohi Roastery & Coffee Bar
A relatively new concept housed within Crane Joo Chiat. Kohi is a Japanese influenced cafe from Bangkok, Thailand. Now still operating as a back-alley take-out store, with the cafe itself opening shortly.
At 283 Joo Chiat Road
Common Man Coffee Roasters
This institution joins in the crowded cafe scene at the Joo Chiat area, operating as CMCR in the day and Drunken Farmer at night. Ever-popular, try to reserve before heading here. Good coffee, satisfying but pricey brunch items, and awesome dinner menu. [Read more here…]
At 185 Joo Chiat Road
By a real estate developer, their first F&B venture is a successful one. A very nice space, with good coffee and good selections, be here for their Swiss rolls and tarts.
At 29 Joo Chiat Place
Another cafe by the group behind Atlas, Apollo, Colombus and Lunar, the space at Neptune has a modern take of old school cafeteria with a bold use of green tiles and wooden frames. Expect the same good coffee and food that got us going back to many of the group’s other cafes.
At 237 East Coast Road
Brawn & Brains
Their second cafe, though we love their original space more for their bright interiors. Had experienced less than positive service twice at this branch, though their Grilled Cheese Melt Sandwich is worth returning for again.
At 218 East Coast Road
Chin Mee Chin
An iconic local Singapore coffeehouse in Katong getting hyped up by its new owners Ebb & Flow Group, also behind Tigerlily Patisserie, Sommer Dining and Dragon Chamber. Enjoy the local toasts with other traditional bakes with a cup of Kopi O Kosong.
At 204 East Coast Road
The Whole Kitchen
Opened by 2 Aussies looking to bring healthy yet tasty food into the Katong district. Be here for freshly baked goods focusing on natural goodness. Though customer service is not their forte.
At 11 East Coast Road
A Peranakan themed café in The Flow, Ambling Turtle is a quiet spot in Katong where the spacious woody setting spans across two levels. The food menu here has a Nonya element, such as Beef Rendang Croissant, along with sweet tarts on the menu. Tea and coffee options are available.
At 66 East Coast Road
Located in the newest shopping mall in the Katong district, I12 Katong reopened in late December 2021 with a newly revamped space but disappointing tenant mix. Largest homegrown coffee brand Huggs opened their latest outlet here too, perhaps one of the few reasons to enter the mall for now.
At 112 East Coast Road
We cannot leave them out from this list, can we? Their branch at Katong Square is amongst the nicest Starbucks in Singapore to chill at. Located within a conserved building which used to be Joo Chiat Police Station, Katong Square is also home to Hotel Indigo and a Holiday Inn Express.
At 86 East Coast Road
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