Coffices are what happen when you make a cafe your working office. Here’s our pick of the best cafes with free Wi-Fi and good coffee in Singapore. What’s your fave working cafe in town?
If you are a mumpreneur or freelancer you’ll know all about the parent-life-work juggle that is amplified when you try to work from home. Sometimes you just need to get yourself away from the kids — or maybe you just need a break from your regular office desk to think outside the box. So what are the alternatives? We bring you Coffices: cafés-cum-offices, all with free Wi-Fi, access to power outlets and a good cuppa. Keep this app handy if you are looking for free Wi-Fi points around town (and check out these other life hack apps here while you’re at it) or see if you can connect to free Wi-Fi network Wireless SG at a regular café. Now go channel your best caffeine-fuelled entrepreneurial self!
Why yes you can make your coffice in a brewery! Little Creatures may be the place to head to for beer on tap but in the mornings it’s really quiet with lots of space making the perfect place to tap away at your computer or organise a client meeting. There’s free WIFI, great coffee (by Schibello Roastery next door) and good ole Aussie fare for food: think Avo on Sourdough Toast, Eggs Ben and a super affordable Grab & Go Sandwiches + coffee deal at $8 plus a whole menu for mains for lunch and dinner. We like the long 10 seater tables for big meets or chope the indoor garden table for more of a private space. Little Creatures opens at 8am so it’s one of our fave spots to start the day on the right track.
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Kitchen by Food Rebel is where to head if you need a cuppa of dairy-free coffee made with homemade almond milk (you’ll need to specifically request this as they also do cow’s milk), or bulletproof coffee ($6.50) – that’s coffee blended with grass-fed organic butter and organic coconut oil. Food is all ‘real food’: organic and healthy treats like gluten-free key lime pie and zoodles with meatballs! Their afternoon deal sees a coffee and cake for $10 – that’s reason enough to make this spot your coffice!
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley St, Singapore 068737, Tel: (+65) 62247088, www.foodrebelsg.com
Mellower Cafe offers specialty coffee from Dutch Colony ($6.80) in sleek silver metallic bottles, along with the Sweet Little Rain ($9.80) ensemble of cotton candy dripping into your coffee to sweeten it. Aside from the mega choice of drinks, there’s free Wi-Fi and plenty of power sockets for you to set up station.
Mellower Coffee Singapore Flagship, 108 Middle Road #01-01, The Prospex, Singapore 188967
Mellower Coffee Singapore, 77 Robinson Rd #01-03, Singapore 068896, www.facebook.com/MellowerCoffeeSG
Kafe UTU is the first African cafe in Singapore located just off Keong Saik in Chinatown. It’s beautifully decorated with huge black and white African portraits on the walls and stunning wooden doors crafted in Lamu. There are power points aplenty, free WIFI and upstairs there’s a room that resembles the comfiest home lounge with leather sofas, and bright yellow African print cushions. On the menu you’ll find superfood brunch items like Avocado on Toast, Quinoa veggie Bowls and African cuisine like Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew and Swahili Fish Curry. The coffee is rich and chocolatey too.
Kafe Utu, 12 Jiak Chuan Road, Tel: (+65) 6996 3937, www.kafeutu.com
Sarnies has a cult following for their in-house roasted Sarnies coffee plus there’s free Wi-Fi here, too. Indoor space is pretty limited so you may find it hard to hog a table for too long (plus their toilets could really do with a refurb). They have outdoor seating (covered) for you to take your office outside, but be warned it gets hot!
Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, 068601, Tel: (+65) 6224 6091, www.sarniescafe.com
The LoKal is a classic Aussie café with Wi-Fi that gets big points on their friendly service, great coffee and we love that they make pretty much all food in-house, too – lots of smoking, curing and picking going on in the kitchen. It’s a small cafe but there is ample seating to while away a few hours.
The LoKal, 136 Neil Rd, 088865, Tel: (+65) 6423 9918, www.facebook.com/thelokalsingapore
Real Food in Orchard Central
This is the place for those looking for a healthy breakfast or lunch while at their coffice. Real Food in Orchard Central offers vegetarian, vegan and even gluten and dairy free options alongside free Wi-Fi.
Real Food in Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #02-16 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896, Tel: (+65) 67379516, www.realfoodgrocer.com
The Coffee Academics
The Coffee Academics is known for their interesting coffees (like chocolate chilli mocha or caffe latte with raw agave nectar and ground black pepper) but they also have good Wi-Fi, varied breakfast/ lunch options, and there are a few branches at convenient locations around town.
The Coffee Academics, 6 Scotts Road, #02-01/02 Scotts Square, Singapore 228209, Tel: (+65) 65381940, www.facebook.com/TheCoffeeAcademicsSg
Jewel Coffee at Claymore Connect has both indoor and outdoor seating (though Wi-Fi can be patchy outside). There’s a communal table that’s good for groups as long as you aren’t having a top secret discussion (it’s right next to where customers queue for coffee in earshot). Jewel Coffee are specialty coffee roasters with at least two roasts to choose from for your cuppa. There are outlets all over Singapore, from Tanjong Pagar to Raffles Place and GWC.
Jewel Coffee, #01-01, Claymore Connect Mall, 442 Orchard Road, 238879, www.jewelcoffee.com
Brunetti has both indoor and outdoor seating (so you can escape the noise outside when it gets too buzzy with kids and babies indoors). There’s free Wi-Fi, coffee is decent, and there’s a brekkie offer on most mornings. Plus you can run few errands at the same time at Tanglin Mall (the post office, supermarket, photo shop and a bunch of other little shops are all nearby).
Brunetti, 163 Tanglin Road, #01-35 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6733 9088, www.facebook.com/BrunettiSingapore
Carrotsticks & Cravings
Carrotsticks & Cravings is a healthy café and deli at Loewen Gardens near Dempsey. Seating is all alfresco (undercover) but they do have the odd powerpoint inside. You can sip Almond Milk Lattes or have an instagrammable healthy bowl while you work. If you are attempting to work with the kids around (good luck!), know that there is a trampoline and scoot space (plus a healthy kids’ menu). Full review here.
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Rd, Singapore 248845, Tel : (+65) 8356 3331, www.carrotsticksandcravings.com
Open Farm Community
We are longtime fans of Open Farm Community – their food is delicious (as is their kids’ menu), locally farmed where possible, and the digs are pretty neat too. You can hit up the café out front for an alfresco coffice with great coffee (almond milk options available), and if you have kids with you then they can amuse themselves in the sandpit while you work nearby. Points for opening bright and early at 8am.
Open Farm Community, 30E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, Tel: (+65) 6471 0306, www.openfarmcommunity.com
Relish by Wild Rocket
There’s lots of natural light at this roomy restaurant-café in Cluny Court. Relish does a good breakfast set which gets you coffee or tea, a pastry or sourdough and eggs of your choice for $8.90++. Da Paolo’s on the ground level has Wi-Fi, too, but is always busier.
Relish by Wild Rocket, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-01 Cluny Court, Singapore 259760, Tel: (+65) 67631547, www.wildrocket.com.sg
Rise and Grind Coffee Co
Rise & Grind Coffee Co. is located at the first floor of Bukit Timah Plaza (so you can get your weekly grocery shop in after a spot of work – two jobs ticked!). The small cafe is located in a ‘pod’ beside the Taxi rank, and offers breakfast of smoked salmon, poached eggs, asparagus on brioche toast and mains like crab pasta and burgers.
Rise and Grind Coffee, 1 Jalan Anak Bukit #L1-CA1, Singapore 588996, www.facebook.com/riseandgrindco
Baker and Cook
Baker and Cook is an Aussie cafe offering reliable coffee and Wi-Fi combo (though the Wi-Fi can be a bit spotty if it gets crowded). The Chip Bee Gardens branch has indoor and alfresco seating and if you get peckish, they do a good beetroot and carrot slaw, great dips and a selection of pastries and breads plus breakfast options, too. Baker and Cook also do great adult and kid baking classes; see here for details. All locations open between 7am-8am, perfect for early risers.
Baker and Cook, Multiple locations include Holland Village, Watten Estate, East Coast Swan Lake Avenue (check website for details), www.bakerandcook.biz
Publico is the café on the ground floor of the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, and is a buzzy vibrant café to make as your coffice. Publico serves a good all-day breakfast menu, great lunch (with super pizzas) and coffee from Liberty Coffee.
Publico, 1 Nanson Road, Level 1 InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909, Tel: (+65) 68265041, publico.sg
Common Man Roasters and Grounded by CMCR
Common Man Roasters is the ever popular ground floor cafe serving all-day brunch and signature CMCR Espresso Blend, prepared with their custom Synnesso espresso machine. There is indoor and outdoor seating and we love that doors swing open at 7:30am – perfect for early birds. Upstairs is Grounded by CMCR — a smaller side cafe next to Yoga Movement. The menu is different here and errs more on the healthier side.
Common Man Roasters and Grounded by CMCR, both at 22 Martin Road 02-00, Singapore 239058, Tel: (+65) 6836 4695, www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
The Book Cafe
We know people who have basically adopted The Book Cafe as their personal coffice. The comfy couches and homey shelves of books make this spot just like home (but without the distractions).
The Book Cafe, #01-02, Seng Kee Building, 20 Martin Road, Singapore 239070, www.thebookcafe.com.sg
Situated at the quiet end of Robertson Quay, there’s a humungous communal wooden dining table at Toby’s Estate should your coffice need to accommodate a few people. Coffee is topnotch.
Toby’s Estate, Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216, Tel: (+65) 6636 7629, www.tobysestate.com.sg
Plain Vanilla Bakery
Making Plain Vanilla in Tiong Bahru your coffice is really just an excuse to inhale those delicious chocolatey fumes as they make their famous cupcakes. Luckily there’s Wi-Fi and good coffee, plenty of cakes (try their Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie, $7) plus lunch options too. Seating is outdoor (but covered), or they have an events workspace you might be able to tuck yourself away in if it is not booked out.
Plain Vanilla, 1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 168641, Tel: (+65) 83637614, www.plainvanillabakery.com
Specialty coffee roasters Forty Hands has free Wi-Fi and plenty of space inside for laptops and work meets. A great one for early birds (they open at 7am), plus they do a mean brunch of Smashed Avo and Eggs, Salmon Hash and Banan Bacon French Toast plus salads and gluten-free options, too.
Forty Hands, 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, 163078, Tel: (+65) 6225 8545, www.40handscoffee.com
Mahota Commune is a multi-hyphenate destination (they have workshops, a supermarket, a restaurant and even a preschool), but if you fancy an East Coast coffice, this will do nicely. When you’re peckish try their Gourmet Kaya Toast Set – with homemade pumpkin kaya and coffee butter, served with sous vide eggs – a fun interpretation on the Singaporean classic.
Mahota Cafe, 809 French Road, Level 3 Kitchener Complex, Singapore 200809, Tel: (+65) 62996809, www.mahota.sg
Carry On Cafe
Carry On is opposite the Canadian School so it’s the perfect pit stop for after school drop-offs. The ambiance is generally cosy and quiet, so it makes a good working café with its wifi and power points.
Carry On Café, 348 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437115, Tel: (+65) 6348 2495, www.facebook.com/CarryOnSG
Easties, know that Stamping Ground does good coffee (for a treat try their iced milk coffee with vanilla ice cream, or for something lighter, their cold brew with coconut water) and good avocado toast plus they have the necessary Wi-Fi and power outlets.
Stamping Ground, 87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223, Tel: (+65) 9070 7610, www.stampinggroundcoffee.com
Brawn and Brains
Brawn and Brains do great coffee in an unpretentious chilled space. The food is pretty instagrammable and their Oven Baked Molten Egg ($16.80) is getting a bit of a cult following so go early if you want to have some space to spread your office gear out on.
Brawn and Brains, 100 Guillemard Road, #01-02 Singapore Badminton Hall, Singapore 399718, Tel: (+65) 63480501, www.brawnandbrains.sg
Nestled in a little corner on East Coast Road, Penny University is a cosy spot that’s great for brunch and wins our hearts with their yummy breakfast platters, delicious coffee and tea and of course, speedy free Wi-Fi and availability of power outlets! While they’re always buzzing on weekends, weekdays sees it to be very mellow and quiet, making it the perfect place to get work done (while munching on scrambled eggs on toast).
Penny University, 402 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428997, Tel: (+65) 6345 9055, www.facebook.com/pennyuniversity
Have we missed the best coffice in town? Tell us what your favourite working cafe is and email us at [email protected]!
Lead image by Andrew Neel