Top 5 Best Cafes in Singapore IMO



HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY Y’ALL! :D

This night marks a very special time for me. Heh heh.

I thought what a better way than to celebrate with a post on my top 5 favourite cafes in Singapore?

1. Food For Thought

I love Food For Thought, it’s my favourite café and I’ve been patronizing this place ever since I was 17 years old.

From a little shop at North Bridge Road to 3 amazing big cafes at Botanic Gardens, National Art Museum and 8Q SAM. The owner really inspires me whenever I want to set up my own F&B business.

National Art Museum Branch

This branch is inspired by many of the local dishes such as Brown buttered chye poh prawn salad, which was inspired by chwee kueh! As well as Croque Madame Ma Ling.

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8Q SAM

This is probably the outlet that I’ve visited the most. One thing I love most about food for thought is the customizable brunch menu.

If you’re super hungry, definitely go for the Full Works, where you can have your eggs, brioche, bacon, hashbrown, sausages and mushrooms. But for me, I love to customize my own.

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If you’re not into customizing, order their crispy fried chicken or lemon dill fish with kaffir buttered fries. SUPERSIZE ME PLEASE!

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Botanic Gardens

This is definitely the most scenic branch out of the 3.

I ordered the Chai spiced brûlée salmon and my friend had the steak with eggs and sambal potatoes.

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The salmon had such a crispy sweet glaze and I had never had salmon that tasted like this. A pity the portion was a little small, if I was given a choice, I would want to eat plates after plates of this amazing salmon!

What I love about Botanic Gardens branch is that you get to rent a picnic basket with Food For Thought’s delectable treats in order for you to go out to the gardens and have a picnic! Such a cool concept!

2. Riders’ Cafe

Rider’s Cafe is one of my most favourite cafes in Singapore. I would go there on a weekly basis if it is more accessible to the public. Even then, the location didn’t stop me from going there for brunches and dinners.

Brunch menu

Polenta is the new upscale cornmeal. I really loved how Riders’ Cafe made its polenta even more decadent. Here’s Rider’s Cafe Cream Corn Polenta with poached eggs, tomatoes, Portobello and sourdough. If you’re a vegetarian looking for a treat, do try this dish.

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Dinner Menu

This year, we’ve been raving about lobster roll. How about going back to the good ol’ crab roll? I tried curried crab salad roll with brioche bread and it was served with seasoned fries.

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If you wanted something more simple, why don’t you go for the Rider’s Burger with wild rocket, brie, relish, bacon, onions and seasoned fries?

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Do leave some space for desserts, I can assure you that the Death by Chocolate Cake is so darn worth it.

I’ll be back for scones and hush puppies, which is a type of fried polenta. Yummers!

3. Spruce

Spruce was one of the first places where I started my café adventures. I prefer the Phoenix Park branch compared to the Fire Station. The latter is a little too noisy for my liking.

Spruce offers two different menus – all day menu for weekdays and brunch menus for weekends.

There’s many options such as the benedict collection, soft scrambled eggs with caviar and banana hotcakes.

Brunch menu

I ordered Greek Yogurt with fruit preserves and granola as well as the Spruce Signature Cinnamon Pecan Roll.

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They may sound deceivingly small but they’re packed full with sugar. I couldn’t finish them. Nonetheless,  I really enjoyed the Cinnamon Roll, the Spruce service staff warmed up the bun and the gooey cream cheese frosting was so comforting.

Dinner Menu

If you want to eat something lighter and healthier, you might want to try Spruce Signature Salad. I added crab meat for additional protein.

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This salad is super delicious yet healthy.  I really love these brioche croutons along with avocado, corn, dates, goat cheese and almonds.

If you have a heartier appetite, order the  Spruce Signature Burger with hand cut chips.

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This stuff is da bomb and you can never go wrong with their signature burger.

I’ll be back to try their truffle bernaise fries and crab cake benedict!

4. P.S. Cafe

P.S Café is one of my most favourite cafes. I’ve went there many times and I especially love the Palais branch. There’s something about the garden dining that’s so ethereal.

Brunch Menu

Homemade toasted muesli (greek yogurt, berry compote topped with our homemade salad and seed honey toasted muesli)

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Dinner Menu 

P.S Cafe has salads that do not make you feel like you’re depriving yourself. I tried the Gado Gado salad and this dish elevates the local $2 gado gado usually served in hawker centers.

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If you want something that is not salad but makes you feel healthy, do try the moroccan miracle.

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Desserts Menu

The desserts are really good too. I tried the lemon meringue tart served with vanilla ice cream.

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My one big gripe is that the place is quite poorly lit during night time. It’s extremely difficult to take good photographs. But that won’t stop be from going back to try the P.S burger.

5. Kith Cafe 

I have a crazy obsession with brioche. It has high egg and butter content – quite calorific actually. But who cares when it’s so rich and tender? Whenever, there’s a menu item that has brioche in it, it’s a definite must order!

Kith Café serves the best brioche served in Singapore! Try their green eggs, it is served with 2 thick toasts of brioche.

Perhaps, you’re in for some sweet brioche, try their grilled brioche with yogurt and strawberries.

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If you’re not into brioche, they’re pretty well-known for their carbonara pasta as well.

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I definitely want to go to the Quayside Isle branch soon! I heard the scenery is amazing.

I hope this blog post would help you when you’re planning your valentine’s day meal! Hopefully its not fully booked already :D

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