If you are looking for awesome cakes, a good cup of coffee, some yummy ice cream or bingsu, or maybe just a quick bite along the Upper Bukit Timah Road stretch, from Bukit Panjang to King Albert Park, here a list of 21 cafes that you can check out:
3 Around Beauty World station:
Did you know that the espresso is both a brewing method and a drink? It is the only method that extracts the best of the aromatic compounds found in roasted coffee, and is the base for all espresso drinks such as the caffè latte and the cappuccino. One Man Coffee is a specialty coffee joint that focuses on the art of the espresso, bridging the link between the coffee bean to the coffee drinker. They also carry a selection of delicious pastries and little bites. Please note that One Man Coffee occupies the same unit at Stirling Grill.
One Man Coffee is located at 15 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599739, p. +65 9171 9820. Open 9am – 5pm daily. Visit their cute website here.
Tucked in the basement 2 of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre is One Thing Kids Cafe. This is a Korean dessert cafe that also comes with their own indoor kids playground, as well as free wifi. The food menu mainly consists of toasts, waffles and bingsu. Despite being a kids cafe, the quality of their desserts is known to be quite decent. Look out for their promotions, especially during the school holidays.
One Thing Kids Cafe is located at 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B2-17 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179, p. +65 9788 1276. Open 10am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9:30am – 10pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun). Visit their Facebook page here.
Shen & Co. is a cozy antique-themed boutique cafe adorned with a plethora of antiquated collections that have been collected through many decades and generations. Stepping into this cafe is like going into another era – quite surreal. The food they serve here range from western to modern Asian to something in between, with items such as Salted Egg Fries, Stewed Pork Bee Hoon, the classic French Toast and an assortment of cakes. They also brew a decent cup of coffee and free wifi is available here too.
Shen & Co. is located at 140 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-11/04 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588176. Open 10am – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat & Sun). Visit their Facebook page here.
7 Around 5 minutes away from Beauty World:
Just around 5 minutes stroll away from Beauty World MRT is Carpenter & Cook. They are an artisan bakery cafe and a vintage home store selling a range of carefully curated vintage furniture, home decor, fresh home-made baked goods and confectionery. The cafe is quaint and cozy, known for their freshly baked pastries such as the Passion Fruit Meringue Tart ($6.50) and Sea Salt Chocolate Tart ($6.50). A good place for high tea.
Carptenter & Cook is located at 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120, p. +65 6463 3648. Open 10am – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun). Visit their website here.
The Signature Patisserie is next down this Upper Bukit Timah residential stretch. They started back in 2004 as Chocolat World specializing in handmade chocolates and pralines, now they bake up a large selections of muffins, cookies and many other handmade specialties that promises to warm up your tummies. Certain flavours of their moist, fluffy muffins sell out by mid afternoon – signature flavours such as Chocolate ($1.80), Cream Cheese ($1.80) and Banana ($1.80). Just let your nose lead you there. See their range of muffins here.
The Signature Patisserie is located at 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-01 Sun Court, Singapore 598123, p. +65 6463 0919. Open 10am – 10pm (Mon to Tue, Thu to Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 8:30pm (Sun). Visit their website here.
The next unit is another Instagram-worthy spot that dishes out a mean Sawasdee Tom Yum Pasta ($17) and Chicken & Waffles ($17). Revelry is decked out in a whimsical carnival theme and they specialize in savoury Belgian waffles that are crispy, light and fluffy with loads of air pockets within to complement the large portions of their mains. They also do dessert waffles such as the Monkey King ($14) that includes banana cake chunks, caramelized bananas, toasted walnuts and vanilla ice cream.
Revelry is located at 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-02, Singapore 598120, p. +65 6463 3648. Open 10am – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun). Visit their Facebook page here.
Nun Song Yee is a Korean dessert chain cafe that offer a cosy environment and the perfect atmosphere to enjoy your bingsu, and this particular outlet is open for 24 hours! They have 5 outlets all over Singapore, each with an exclusive flavour of bingsu that you won’t find at another outlet, and what you get here is the Mango bingsu, (as compared to the Deluxe Chocolate at Bugis, Choco Oreo Brownie at Century Square, Grape at Upper Thomson, and Jackfruit at Katong.) If you don’t like fruits, the other popular Black Sesame Bingsu ($18.90) and Injeolmi Bingsu ($14.90) will always be there waiting for you, since they virtually never close. See their menu here.
Nunsongyee is located at 13 Yuk Tong Ave, Singapore 596314, p. +65 97288563. Open 24 hours. Visit their website here.
From the folks behind Udders is this one-of-a-kind concept cafe specializing in pancakes with savoury mains, such as the Honey-Glazed Herbed Chicken pancakes ($14.90). Other than pancakes, they also served burgers and 5 different types of fries such as Salted Egg Yolk Fries ($9.90) and the Mentaiko Fries ($9.90), 4 different Mille Crepe Cakes like the Geisha Matcha ($7.90) and Baileys Tiramisu ($11.90). The coffee is pretty good too, so you can eat and drink and chill until midnight on Friday and Saturday over here. See their menu here.
The Udder Pancake is located at 17 Lorong Kilat, #01-08 Kilat Court, Singapore 598139, p. +65 6466 5707. Open 12pm – 11pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm – 12am (Fri & Sat), 12am – 11pm (Sun). Visit their website page here.
East Manhattan bakery started in late 2013 at Katong V mall, serving freshly baked artisanal bread, tarts and cakes, before opening their first boutique cafe at Lorong Kilat in early 2015. It’s a casual, rustic and cozy establishment serving up European and modern Asian fare. See their cafe menu here.
East Manhattan Bakery Cafe is located at 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-03, Singapore 598120, p. +65 9639 4179. Open 10am – 9pm (Tue to Tue), 10am – 10pm (Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun). Visit their website page here.
Founded in 2000, Cake Avenue began as an online cake shop offering unique, bespoke cakes, earning them a loyal customer base, before finally opening Cake Avenue Bistro. Other than the adorable, yummy baked goods, they also serve full Italian/American cuisine. Try their Chocolate Red Velvet Cake. See their cafe menu here.
Cake Avenue is located at 33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01 Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132, p. +65 68779008. Open 10am – 9pm (Tue to Sun). Visit their Facebook page here.
7 cafes 10-20 minutes away from Beauty World:
Necessary Provisions is about 15-20 minutes stroll away from Beauty World MRT station, but you should take that stroll to this pretty cafe at Eng Kong Terrace that has plenty of spots for your OOTD shots – just don’t forget to turn on your GPS. They are all about great coffee, fine teas, quality craft beers and fresh homemade food made using natural ingredients, hence their menu changes monthly as they work with seasonal produce. Their signature Thumper coffee blend is roasted and blended in-house. See their menu here.
Necessary Provisions is located at 21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598993, p. +65 9231 7920. Open 11am – 10pm (Wed to Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun). Visit their website here.
Occupying an unit on the same stretch of shop-houses as Necessary Provisions, Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee is another cafe that is walk-worthy. The Carrot Cake ($7.50) is a crowd favorite, the Dark Chocolate Heaven ($6.50) is decadent and the Rainbow Cake tastes as good as it looks! Have your fresh cake slices over a cup of special blend coffee or artisan tea. Lynn also does customized cakes.
Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee is located at 11 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598983, p. +65 9314 2886. Open 11am – 7pm (Tue to Thu), 11am – 8pm (Fri & Sat), 11am – 8pm (Sun). Visit their website here.
The following 4 cafes are in Bukit Timah Plaza. Sort of in between Beauty World MRT station and King Albert Park MRT station:
Rise & Grind Coffee Co. is not inside Bukit Timah Plaza – they are located just outside of the main building, facing the main road – think of it as an annex or an extension. It’s a cozy space with an alfresco dining area serving up interesting dishes. Look out for Avo-ka-dukkah ($15), Ocean’s Thirteen ($17) and Tom Yum Seafood Pasta ($17). See their menu here.
Rise & Grind Coffee Co. is located at 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #L1-CA1 Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996. p. +65 9154 8550. Open 10am – 9pm (Mon to Thu & Sun), 9am – 9pm (Fri & Sat). Visit their website here.
Boyle’s Coffee is a South Korean specialty coffee joint selling their own premium cold water drip coffee as well as nitro coffee. The coffee beans (100% Arabica) are roasted in-house and their specialty cold drip Dutch Coffee is produced by filtering cold water through coarse coffee grinds for over 12 hours. This result in a smoother, flavorful brew that’s more fruity, less acidic and less bitter than your regular espresso. You can now get the Dutch Coffee from Cold Storage, and Jasons Market Place!
Boyle’s Coffee is located at 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #L1-CS1 Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996. Open 9:30am – 9pm (Mon to Thu), 9:30am – 9pm (Fri), 9am – 9:30pm (Sat & Sun). Visit their Instagram here.
The 3rd cake place in this list is CafeHopping In A Box. The concept is novel as they curate together the finest pastries from various established and new cafes in Singapore. With new pastries selection introduced every month, the idea is to let you have all your cakes and eat it without the hassle of ‘hopping’ around Singapore.
CafeHopping In A Box is located at 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #B1-52B Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996, p. +65 6463 2529. Open 11:30am – 7:30pm (Tue to Fri & Sun), 10am – 7:30pm (Sat). Visit their website here.
Bing Go Jung is the third of the four Korean dessert cafes that you will see in this list. Located next to Rise & Grind Coffee Co., this Korean dessert house is known for their affordable bingsu such as the Matcha Bingsu ($12).
Bing Go Jung is located at 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #L1-CA2 Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996, p. +65 6463 2075. Open 10am – 11pm (Mon to Sun). Visit their Facebook here.
The last stop before we hop onto the train to Hillview is one of my favorite – Spruce @ Fire Station. Tucked away amidst lush landscapes at the former Bukit Timah Fire Station, Spruce serves a mix of modern American comfort fare, with a dash of local favourites, such as the Spruce Hot Wings ($17) and their Beef Short Ribs ($33). Live music plays on Tuesdays to Fridays between 7:30pm to 10:30pm and they don’t close until 12:30am daily! You can say that Spruce pretty much does it all, from their weekday lunch to happy hours, from being a cafe doing weekend brunch, while doubling as a live music venue with a decent selection of alcoholic beverages. See their menu here.
Spruce @ Fire Station is located at 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190 p. +65 6466 5572. Open 6pm – 12:30am (Mon), 11:30am – 12:30am (Tue to Fri), 9am – 12:30am (Sat & Sun). Visit their website here.
4 at HillV2 (Hillview station):
Bing Bing Ice Cream Gallery is an artisanal ice cream parlor at HillV2 with 5 outlets around Singapore. What’s an artisanal ice cream you ask? You can read up more about their intricate processes of making their ice cream in detail on their website (click here), but here’s an except: “Artisan producers are able to be ‘hands on’ as they make smaller batches of ice cream that will be sold and eaten in as short a time as possible as ‘fresh’ ice cream is the best around. They also use processes and machinery that need the ‘human touch’ be it in choosing and mixing the ingredients or keeping a close eye on the freezing to make sure the ice cream is of the smoothest, highest quality possible.” It’s quite an art form. See their menu here.
Bing Bing Ice Cream Gallery is located at 4 Hillview Rise #02-08 HillV2, Singapore 667979, p. +65 6348 6535. Open 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun). Visit their website here.
The fourth and last Korean dessert cafe along the Upper Bukit Timah Road stretch on our list. “Nunuiwangja” stands for “Snow Prince” in Korean. Other than the classic Bingsu flavours, they also have other unique flavors where you can’t find anywhere else, such as the Honey Grapes Bingsu, Honeydew Bingsu and Tangerine Bingsu.
Nunuiwangja is located at 4 Hillview Rise, #01-08 HillV2, Singapore 667979, p. +65 9631 9522. Open 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat & Sun). Visit their Facebook here.
Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery offers super-premium ice cream and sorbet, made fresh in every store, every day, and served up with your choice of mix-ins. Just how many different ways can you customize your ice cream treat? Over 11.5 million, to be exact. You can customize your own ice cream creations or choose from the list of Cold Stone Signature Creations, tried and true favorites developed by their team of award-winning Tastemasters. This is the 4th Cold Stone Creamery outlet in Singapore and my personal favorite is Our Strawberry Blonde. See their menu here.
Cold Stone Creamery is located at 4 Hillview Rise, #01-01 HillV2, Singapore 667979, p. +65 6710 7262. Open 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun). Visit their website here.
Found in 1977 at SoHo, New York City, Dean & DeLuca is revered as a hub for the discovery of new culinary trends and little know culinary traditions. They have a reputation of sourcing their artisanal products from the best suppliers and you can see it through the gourmet food, products and gifts on display at their stores, while the 60-seater cafe at HillV2 serves up all day breakfast and pretty decent cafe food as well as gourmet coffees and teas. See the cafe menu here.
Dean & Deluca is located at 4 Hillview Rise, #01-01 HillV2, Singapore 667979, p. +65 6710 7282. Open 10am – 11pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat & Sun). Visit their website here.
We hope you enjoy this collection of cafes along Upper Bukit Timah Road. This list of cafes along the Upper Bukit Timah Road area is by no means exhaustive, as there are Starbucks and Cedele in HillV2, CBTL at Rail Mall, and McCafes just about everywhere, but the truth is that you could find these cafes practically 5 minutes away from each other in Singapore, therefore I have chosen not to add them to this list, and focus on more unique establishments. Drop me a comment if we missed any cafes!