You know what they say, the road to happiness is through the stomach!
If you ever feel the urge to gorge yourself on a hearty breakfast and eat yourself happy, here are the eight best cafes and restaurants in Singapore for a Western-style breakfast. That includes everything from full English breakfasts to pancakes, waffles, toast and croissants plus vegetarian options.
Keep reading to check them out!
#1 Whisk & Paddle
While this riverside café is located in quite an ulu area, the gorgeous view, peaceful atmosphere and their breakfast make a trip there worth it.
The Eggs Benedict ($14.80) come with two perfectly poached eggs on a half waffle and a choice of smoked salmon, ham, thick-cut bacon or sautéed mushrooms. Another all-day breakfast item is the French Toast or Full Waffle with Sea Salt Butter & Syrup ($10.80) with optional add on bacon and eggs. Although they look like a run-off-the-mill Western-style breakfast, the thicc slice of bacon and sea salt butter give them an extra oomph.
If you're feeling more ambitious, go for their scrumptious Whisk Breakfast Pan ($20.80) which is served on weekends and public holidays until 3pm. It includes a smoked pork sausage, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, corn, salad, artisan bread and eggs. Although that looks like a lot of food, it has a good balance of flavour without too much grease so there's no post-meal fatigue or bloating.
Psst, it's also great for lone diners, especially the seats right next to the railing facing the river. Check out some other restaurants that are great for solo dining.
Whisk & Paddle
Address: 10 Tebing Lane #01-01, Singapore 828836
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 3.30 – 10.30pm; Sat/Sun/PH: 9.30am – 10.30pm
#2 Starter Lab
Hailing from Bali, Indonesia, Starter Lab is probably one of the most popular bakeries in Singapore for sourdough bread. We also featured them on our list of best bakeries with delivery. Made of wild yeast and through a slow fermentation process, their wholesome sourdough loaves have a crunchy crust and a soft and flavourful inside.
The sourdough bread is used for a variety of breakfast items like the aptly named Posh Toasts served all day long. Some highlights are the Mascarpone Posh Toast ($14) topped with Coastal Wildflower honey, Avocado Bawang ($12) with fried shallots and siracha, and the Salmon Smørrebrød ($16) with house-made dill creme fraiche and pickled cucumber and radish. Trust us, the taste is atas enough to warrant those prices!
They also serve sandwiches after 11am like the Meaty Mushroom ($16) with spinach and ricotta on country wholewheat and the Mortadella ($18) with house-made mayo on focaccia.
Address: 721 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169645
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm
#3 Wild Honey
Wild Honey is a treasure trove of hearty international breakfasts with an amazing variety including the sweet, savoury, spicy, simple or indulgent. There are five sections in the menu dedicated just to all-day breakfasts: meat, vegetarian, sweet, fish and cereal.
Out of over 20 breakfast dishes, some standout ones are the Tahitian ($24) which is a coconut pancake dish and the English ($28), a classic full english breakfast.
There are also more unique options like the Mexican ($22) breakfast burrito, NY Bagel Platter ($60) with an unlimited flow of bagels, and Vegetarian Tunisian ($24), a spicy shakshouka with red pepper, tomato, eggs and lafa flatbread or brioche.
Both Wild Honey restaurants have a New York-style vibe with floor-to-ceiling windows and quirky furnishings to make you feel like you're dining in an industrial chic Brooklyn loft.
Address: Mandarin Gallery #03-01/02 & Scotts Square #03-01
#4 Group Therapy
Group Therapy is a stylish, laid-back cafe that serves classic brunch fare like the Big Plate ($19), a full English breakfast, and Hashbrowns & Smoked Salmon ($17) with poached eggs and avocado lime sauce. The prices are fairly reasonable considering the quality of the food and the generous portion size.
They also serve American diner-style pancakes like the Breakfast Pancakes ($16) and Pancake Stack ($16). Other breakfast-y items on the menu are waffles, bagels as well as vegetarian crepes, flatbread and frittata.
Address: Katong V & Cross Street Exchange
#5 Common Man Coffee Roasters Café
Coffee connoisseurs will probably have heard about this coffee-centric cafe, but for the rest of us, their brunch menu makes it worth a visit too.
The menu has a selection of all-day breakfasts like the Common Man Full Breakfast ($28) that comes with the usual items plus a crunchy vegetable rosti and house-made chorizo baked beans. There's also a vegetarian version, Common Man Veggie Wonderland ($27), which comes with halloumi cheese, spinach, tomato, avocado, portobello mushrooms and artisanal sourdough or wholemeal toast.
There are also sweet options like the Common Man Fluffy Pancakes ($23) with caramelised bananas and walnuts, salted caramel sauce and berry coulis. The thick pancakes are fluffy as promised while the caramel adds a delightful sweetness and the walnuts give it a nice crunch.
Both outlets have an industrial interior design that's stylish while still giving off a casual and cosy vibe. We're cheating a little here as they're only open until 5 or 6pm, but that's still plenty of hours to get your brekkie fix!
Common Man Coffee Roasters Café
Address: 22 Martin Road 01-00 & 11 - 12 Stanley Street
Opening hours: 7.30am to 5/5.30/6pm
#6 The Populus: Coffee & Food Co.
The Populus: Coffee & Food Co. is well-loved for their seasonal speciality coffees and their all-day brunch menu that ranges from classic selections to ones that are inspired by cuisine around the world.
Their Breakfast of Champions ($32) is more than just a basic breakfast with a good ol' 180g of Tajima Wagyu steak sandwiched between rosti, eggs, bacon and beans. For something less meaty, go for the THE POPULUS Scramble ($17) with soft creamy scrambled eggs, fresh herb melange, marinated feta and back bacon on a toasted croissant.
Moving on to the more unique menu items are the Spring Pancake & Fried Chicken ($19) which is a spring onion & corn pancake with a fried chicken leg, and the vegetarian Buckwheat Pancakes ($18) topped with berry fruit compote, passionfruit curd, cornflake crumb, maple syrup and flowers
The Populus: Coffee & Food Co.
Address: 146 Neil Rd, Singapore 088875
Opening hours: Mon to Wed, Sat & Sun: 9am - 6pm; Thu to Fri: 9am - 9pm
#7 Food For Thought
Located in the National Museum of Singapore, Food For Thought has an alfresco vibe mixed with an art gallery atmosphere. Their all-day brunch is just as pleasant as the ambience.
The Basic Works ($9) has scrambled eggs, bacon and brioche while the Full Works ($22) include the whole shebang with baked beans, garlic mushrooms, sausage and salad.
There's also the Cinnamon French Toast ($13), Blueberry Smoothie Pancakes ($18) and Smoked Salmon & Avocado Rosti ($18).
Food For Thought
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, #01-04/05, Singapore 178897
Opening hours: Tues to Sun: 11am - 6pm, Closed on Mondays.
#8 La Ristrettos
This hidden gem in Square 2 offers probably one of the most affordable Western-style breakfasts in Singapore. Their Risetrettos Big Breakfast ($14.80) comes with a pork sausage, ham, mushrooms, potato croquettes, eggs and house-made focaccia.
Other all-day breakfast items are just as reasonably priced like the French Toast ($12.80) with scrambled eggs, bacon and honey, and the Smoked Salmon & Avocados ($13.80) with scrambled eggs and tomato in a toasted Hoagie roll.
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive #08-37 Square 2, Singapore 307506
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 8am - 7pm; Sat: 8am -2pm; Closed on Sundays.
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