Need coffee? Kids up? These cafes open early, ‘cos no mama should be deprived of her morning cuppa even if it is at the crack of dawn!
Cafe and coffee culture is huge these days in Singapore, but have you ever noticed that a majority of places don’t seem to open until 10 or 11am? Um, some of us need our caffeine fix just a bit earlier than that, thank you! (Waves arms frantically as we arise before sun-up to prepare for school drop-off). In case you’re still feeling a bit bleary-headed, we’ve done the hard work and rounded up our favourite early morning coffee shops in Singapore that’ll have you sat and served before most of the island has stretched and yawned. We even sorted them according to their opening hours! You can’t buy happiness, mama, but you can buy coffee and that’s pretty close.
Baker & Cook
Coffee and cake are undoubtedly a match made in heaven and Baker & Cook give you the best of both worlds with their fresh, artisanal bakery and traditional Italian Allpress espressos. From homemade sweet buns to warm toasted bagels and caramelised apple pancake stacks, breakfast has never looked better! The Bukit Timah location’s surrounded by schools like EtonHouse, Bibinogs and Preschool by the Park, along with Hwa Chong Institution and Nanyang Girls’ Primary.
Baker & Cook, 77 Hillcrest Road, Greenwood, Singapore 288951, Tel: (+65) 6469 8834 (click link for other locations with different opening times), www.bakerandcook.biz
Native Melbournian owner Jimmy (funnily enough) came to this Little Red Dot that we call home a while ago, along with a mission to bring Singaporeans a true Aussie-style coffee and café experience complete with delectable bites and independently sourced Rainforest beans! Raw and deconstructed defines this Australasian cosy corner, so make yourself comfy and kick back with a cuppa — a new day is upon us! It’s steps from Fairfield Methodist Primary School with UWCSEA, ACS and Tanglin Trust not too much further afield.
Jimmy Monkey, 9 One-north Gateway, #01-51 one-north residences, One North Residences, Singapore 138643, Tel: (+65) 6777 8470, www.jimmymonkey.com
Common Man Coffee Roasters
Don’t be fooled by the name mama, your cup of joe has been made with the best beans in the business, cherry picked straight from the fields and filtered into your mug. Choose from four special house blends and tuck in to a healthy, hearty breakfast. Now doesn’t that sound like a pretty perfect way to wake up? Plus you’re steps away from tons of River Valley preschools and all the kid-friendly goodness of UE Square; why not take the toddler along and pop in for a visit at the new Blue House Infant & Toddler Atelier?
Common Man Coffee Roasters, 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058, Tel (+65) 6836 4695, www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
What’s better than a good steamy cup of coffee? A beverage with a view. Sit right on Robertson Quay and take in the historic Singapore River and picturesque surroundings as you sit sipping on both famous roasted beans and fresh local blends. The kiddos can even get a good early morning scoot in if they like!
Toby’s Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216, Tel: (+65) 6636 7629, www.tobysestate.com.sg
Nestled amongst the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanical Gardens, Casa Verde (AKA ‘Green House’) provides a tranquil spot to sit back with a fresh cuppa and take it all in. Known for its local Singaporean breakfast favourites, this top spot is sure to sustain any mama for the day ahead.
Casa Verde, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569, Tel: (+65) 6467 7326, www.casaverde.com.sg
Do.Main Bakery Cafe
Got kids at Canadian International School, Shaws Preschool, Tanjong Katong Secondary School, Alphabet Playhouse, or Chatsworth International School along Tanjong Katong? This colonial-style cafe doubles as a bakery that prides itself on bringing you the best of both worlds in age old battle between savoury and sweet. Along with your classic caffeinated beverages, you can choose from countless dishes straight from the baker’s oven in this fabulous French feast. Yes mama, you can have your cake and eat it too!
Do.Main Bakery Cafe, 437015, 226 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437015
Tel: (+65) 6348 1406, www.do-mainbakery.com
The Croissandwich Shop, serves up gourmet croissant sandwiches, handcrafted bakes and specialty coffee. Bonus points that it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from UWCSEA, Tanglin Trust School, Anglo Chinese Junior College and ISS International School of Singapore.
The Croissandwich Shop, 1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-04 Nexus@One-North, Singapore 138542
Tel: (+65) 6710 4005, https://www.facebook.com/thecroissandwichshop/
Doi Chaang Coffee
The story of Doi Chaang Coffee is as rich as the coffee itself. It comes from a small village located within the Northern Thailand region of the Golden Triangle so you know it’s going to be good! Grab yourself a cup of hand-picked beans, a delicious sarnie and start your day off on the right foot.
Doi Chaang Coffee, 35 Rochester Drive #01-08 Rochester Mall, Singapore, 138639, Tel: (+65) 8200 8215, www.doichaangcoffee.com
Hidden away in the heart of Bukit Timah near the heaps of preschools and kids’ activities at The Grandstand and Horse City, Riders Cafe has quickly become a top spot for brunch lovin’ Singaporeans! But we highly recommend grabbing yourself a good table on opening during the week to enjoy a true piece of pastoral tranquility with a side of steaming hot loveliness!
Riders Cafe, 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965, Tel: (+65) 6466 9819, www.riderscafe.sg.
My Awesome Cafe
East-meets-West at this quirky CBD-adjacent caffeination hub that’s quickly become a home for great coffee, good food and familiar friends. Grab a seat in the early hours before heading to work and you might just find yourself still sitting there come lunchtime with a fair few lattes down!
My Awesome Cafe, 202 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068639, Tel: (+65)84280102, www.myawesomecafe.com
Drink up, mamas!