Top picks in Singapore – Java joints

Top picks in Singapore – Java joints

by Pamela Ng 20 Feb 2020

Coffee is an amazing beverage. It has gotten most of us through school and work, and has the power to turn most adults from being murderous psychopaths to gentle bunny rabbits with just one cup. If you’re itching for your fix of joe, here are 10 of the best coffeehouses you can find in Singapore when you need a perk-me-up:


1. Nylon Coffee Roasters

4 Everton Park, #01-40

S’pore 080004


If you ask a coffee lover about their go-to place for coffee, Nylon is sure to be somewhere near the top of the list. Housing a deep-seated love for coffee, the café uses beans found in different corners of the world. Whether you’re a newcomer to coffee-tasting or a long-time coffee drinker, there is sure to be something to cater to your taste buds.


2. Common Man Coffee Roasters / Forty Hands

22 Martin Road, #01-00

S’pore 239058


78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12

S’pore 163078


Common Man Coffee Roasters gets its quality coffee beans globally, roasts them to perfection and then sends them off to various cafés for the enjoyment of all. The company also happens to have two retail outlets: Forty Hands at Tiong Bahru and Common Man Coffee Roasters at 22 Martin Road. The former has already been established as a favourite spot for coffee lovers and café-hoppers, while the latter caters to coffee lovers who care about coffee enough to find this hidden gem!


3. Flock Café

78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25 Tiong Bahru Estate

S’pore 162078


Besides being a popular place for those who love brunch, Flock Café also serves amazing coffee. The beans come from the well-known Liberty Coffee and is part of Liberty’s Speakeasy blend that consist of coffee beans from Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia. Definitely worth a visit!


4. Stranger’s Reunion / Strangers at Work

35 Kampong Bahru Rd

S’pore 169356


Under the same company, these cafés are well-known for their Instagram-worthy food plating and waffles. Aside from that, there’s also their aromatic brews to write home about! Using different apparatus such as the Aeropress, Syphon and Wave Dripper, their coffee takes on a whole new level of flavour.  If you’re looking for a place to experience coffee prepared differently, this is the place for you!


5. Jewel Café and Bar

129 Rangoon Rd

S’pore 218407


Unlike some cafés, Jewel Café roasts their own beans to create the flavour that is unique to the café. With a passion for spreading the love of coffee, it holds regular cupping sessions where participants can learn the technicalities of coffee beans and methods when brewing a cuppa. As coffee beans are changed every few days, the taste profile of the coffee may well change on your next visit. Nothing like knowing there’s a chance of a surprise!


6. Geisha Specialty Coffee

175 Bencoolen St, #01-55 Burlington square

S’pore 189649


While this place may look small and unassuming, it houses great coffee beans that makes for fantastic coffee. They hold the world’s exclusive award-winning and most expensive Esmeralda Special coffee. Some of their coffees may be at the higher range of pricing but if you truly love your caffeine, then you won’t be able to put a price on this experience.


7. Sarnies / The Lokal

136 Telok Ayer Street

S’pore 068601


136 Neil Rd

S’pore 088865


As if their food isn’t good enough, Sarnies and The Lokal make great coffees that are highly intense in flavour. Their secret? Using double ristrettos! Another interesting item to try is the Orange Mocha. The orange peels are soaked in coffee and instils a deep and natural tangy flavour in the coffee. Who says natural flavours have to be weak?


8. Toby’s Estate

8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04

S’pore 238216


Unwashed natural coffee is the name of the game in Toby’s Estate. Due to dry-processing, the beans’ aroma and flavour are expertly retained. The house blend at Toby’s Estate is the Rodyk Blend which is a blend of coffee beans sourced from Costa Rica, Uganda, Panama, Brazil and Ethiopia. Using double ristretto shots, the coffee holds intense flavour for your enjoyment. Don’t miss out on the Café Mocha which is made using real Ghana Red Chocolate.


9. Habitat Coffee

223 Upper Thomson Rd

S’pore 574355


From homestyle cooking to unique dishes, Habitat Coffee has coffee in their hall of fame as well. With a passion for coffee, it is no wonder their brews hold great and intense flavours that always warrant a second cup. Nestled in a quiet corner at Upper Thomson Road, it is a place that promises a peaceful afternoon that serves as the perfect complement to good coffee.


10. Jimmy Monkey Café and Bar

9 One-north Gateway, #01-51 One-North Residences

S’pore 138643


Melbourne is home to some of the best coffees, but you don’t have to board a plane to experience it! The owner of the café is a true-blue Melbournian who has succeeded in bringing the Melbournian coffee culture and experience to the local scene. The house blend is thoughtfully handpicked by the experienced barista and changes every month, so you can expect a whole new flavour if you visit the coffeehouse the following month. Talk about new experiences!


There are many great coffee joints around Singapore, and it is always good to explore new places and enjoy different experiences. While the kopi you get in neighbourhood coffee shops is certainly of great cultural significance, why not broaden your horizons by trying something artisanal for a change?