Explore Essential Kopitiams in Singapore

September 20, 2023

Typically, Singaporeans start their day at kopitiams, traditional coffee shops. A typical kopitiam breakfast includes a beverage (kopi, teh, or milo) and classic items like kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs.

Singapore boasts numerous kopitiams, but the authentic, rustic experience is found in those with a rich history.

To help you avoid generic chain cafes, here are the best kopitiams in Singapore to start your day.

Heap Seng Leong

10 North Bridge Road

Photo: Yvonne Q

Heap Seng Leong is famous for its old-school ambiance. Expect simple local breakfasts, like kaya toast and traditional coffee brewed over charcoal.

Heap Seng Leong

10 North Bridge Rd, #01-5109, Singapore 190010

Tong Ah Eating House

35 Keong Saik Road

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Known for crispy kaya toast, Tong Ah Eating House is a top pick. The tea here is exceptional, brewed from Sri Lankan leaves for a rich, smooth flavor.

Tong Ah Eating House

35 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089142

YY Kafei Dian  

37 Beach Road


YY Kafei Dian offers soft kaya buns, a twist on traditional kaya toast. The buns are thick and fluffy, topped with kaya and butter. Add a cup of kopi and soft-boiled eggs for a complete breakfast.

YY Kafei Dian

37 Beach Rd, #01-01, Singapore 189678

Ah Seng Hai Nam Coffee

7 Maxwell Road

Photo: Raymond Leung

Ah Seng Hai Nam Coffee stands out with its charcoal-grilled toast and delightful French toast. Their Hainanese coffee is a must-try.

Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee

7 Maxwell Rd, #02-95, Singapore 069111

Seng Hong Coffeeshop

58 Lengkok Bahru

Photo: Dan Ho

Seng Hong Coffeeshop serves soft steamed white bread with sweet spreads. Don't miss their unique otah bun and Nanyang coffee.

Seng Hong Coffee Shop

58 Lengkok Bahru, #01-521, Singapore 150058

Keng Wah Sung

783 Geylang Road

Photo: Yu Khing Poh

Keng Wah Sung offers strong and aromatic kopi, a favorite among locals. Pair it with their kaya toast for an affordable breakfast.

Keng Wah Sung Cafe

783 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389672

Da Zhong Café

105 Hougang Ave 1

Photo: Joe K

Da Zhong Café stands out for its rich kopi and decent kaya toast, making it a coffee lover's go-to spot.

Da Zhong Cafe

105 Hougang Ave 1, Singapore 530105

Good Morning Nanyang Café

14 Scotts Road

Photo: Dianne Rose Quintana

For a unique twist, Good Morning Nanyang Café serves kaya toast with ciabatta and fresh, less sweet kaya.

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe

14 Scotts Rd, #02-23 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213

The 1950s Coffee

Smith Street

Photo: Chin Wei Lim

This Michelin-listed kopi stall in Chinatown Complex Food Centre offers robust black coffee and crowd-pleasing kopi tarik.

The 1950's Coffee “五十年代”

335 Smith St, #02-048, Singapore 050335

Chin Mee Chin Confectionary

204 E Coast Road

Photo: Wong Teck Jung

Chin Mee Chin Confectionary, an iconic kopitiam since 1925, is known for crispy kaya toast and nostalgic treats like egg tarts and cream puffs.

Chin Mee Chin

204 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428903

Enjoy your kopitiam adventure in Singapore!

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