You can judge a country by its people, and its people by how well they treat animals.

But did you know that you can judge a country by its obsession with cafes too?

Well, now you do.

There are hundreds and hundreds of these places that have been sprouting up like mushrooms over the past two years. In every neighbourhood, at every corner you turn, you are increasingly convinced Singapore has officially turned into a cafe nation.

However, not all cafes are created equal. To help everybody suss them out and differentiate them, here are 5 categories that cafes in Singapore can be grouped into:





This list of cafes is to add meaning and purpose to your life but also serve as an indication that you’d never manage to finish visiting them all.

And maybe also function as a gauge as to how far we have come with our obsession.

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a) Gentrified chichi cafes
Old places that are made to look new and new places that are made to look old. All dressed up to pull in yuppies and hipsters.

 

1. Sin Lee Foods
4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee #01-164 Singapore 162004


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2. Symmetry
9 Jalan Kubor Singapore 199206
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3. The Bravery
66 Horne Rd Singapore 209073
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4. Rouse
36 Dunlop Street Singapore 209364
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5. Strangers’ Reunion
33/35/37 Kampong Bahru Rd Singapore 169355
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6. Maison Ikkoku
20 Kandahar Street Singapore 198885
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7. The Hideout
Blk 32 Cassia Cresent #01-50 Singapore 390032
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8. Five and Dime
297 River Valley Road Singapore 238338
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9. Choupinette Singapore
607 Bukit Timah Rd #01-01 Bukit Timah, Singapore 269708
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10. The Book Cafe
20 Martin Road 01-02 Seng Kee Building Singapore 239070
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11. Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road #01-00 Singapore 239058
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12. The Living Cafe
779 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269758
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13. Artistry
17 Jalan Pinang Singapore 199149
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14. Flor Patisserie
2 Duxton Hill #01-01 Singapore 089588
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15. A for Arbite
28 Aliwal Street Singapore 199918
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16. La Ristrettos
10 Sinaran Drive, #08-37 Novena Medical Centre, Singapore 307506
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17. The Orange Thimble
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68 Singapore 160056
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18. Drips Bakery Cafe
82 Tiong Poh Road #01-05 Singapore 160082
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19. Forty Hands
78 Yong Siak Street #01-12 Singapore 163078
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20. D’ Good Cafe
273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 Singapore 278992
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21. Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road Singapore 089481
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22. Group Therapy Café
49 Duxton Road singapore 089514
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23. Tiong Bahru Bakery
56 Eng Hoon Street Singapore 160056
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24. Flock Cafe

78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25 Singapore 162078
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25. Eat Play Love

28 Aliwal Street #01-07 Aliwal Arts Centre Singapore 199918
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26. Highlander Coffee Bar
49 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169362
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27. Yellow Cup Coffee
20 Havelock Road #01-09 Singapore 059765
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28. Ply Baked Goods
95 Soo Chow Walk Thomson Singapore 575382
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29. Working title
48 Arab Street Singapore 199745
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30. My Awesome Cafe
202 Telok Ayer Singapore 068630
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31. Woodshed 204
204 Rangoon Road Singapore 218451
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32. Stateland Cafe
30 Bali Lane Singapore 189866
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33. I am
674 North Bridge Road #01-01, off Haji Lane, Singapore 188804
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34. Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563
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b) Heartland cafes
Cafes found nested among Housing Development Board flats because this idea is kind of avant-garde.

 

35. Hatter Street
212 Hougang Street 21, #01-333 Singapore 530212
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36. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
Blk 170 Stirling Road #01-1133 Singapore 140170
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37. nomu nomu
3 Gateway Drive #04-37, Westgate Singapore 608532
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38. Whoopie Love
Blk 20 Lor 7 Toa Payoh #01-748 Singapore 310020
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39. Brawn & Brains
100 Guillemard Road #01-07 Singapore 399718
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40. Percolate
136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-152B Singapore 460136
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41. Habitat Coffee
223 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574355
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42. One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574349
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43. November 8
11 Sin Ming Road, Thomson V Two, #01-30, Singapore 595629
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44. Sunday Market
22 Lim Tua Tow Road Singapore 547772
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45. Arbite
66A Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555962
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46. OTG House Coffee
211 Serangoon Avenue 4 Singapore 550211
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47. Nylon Coffee Roasters
4 Everton Park #01-40 Singapore 080004
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48. Maple & Market
34 Cassia Crescent Singapore 390034
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49. Loysel’s Toy
66 Kampong Bugis #01-02 Singapore 338987
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50. 7th Cylinder
1 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199069
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51. L’étoile
160 Owen Road Singapore 218953
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52. The Marshmellow Tree
46 Telok Blangah Drive, #01-85 Singapore 100046
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53. Burpz Cafe & Bakery
603 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 #01-2661 Singapore 560603
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54. Lola’s
5 Simon Rd Singapore 545893
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55. Sunray Cafe
79 Brighton Crescent Serangoon Gardens Singapore 559218
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56. Rokeby
15-9 Jalan Riang Singapore 358987
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57. The Coffee Daily
75 Brighton Crescent Serangoon Garden Estate, Singapore 559216
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58. Tolido’s Espresso Nook
462 Crawford Lane #01-63 Singapore 190462
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59. Jewel Cafe & Bar
129 Rangoon Road Singapore 218407
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60. Little Part 1 Cafe
15 Jasmine Road Singapore 576584
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61. Carpenter and Cook (Take-away)
17 Jasmine Road Singapore 576585


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62. Yahava KoffeeWorks SG
4 Jalan Gelenggang Singapore 578188
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63. NOM Bistro
Macpherson Community Club, 400 Paya Lebar Way Singapore 379131
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64. Old Hen Coffee Bar
88 Rangoon Road #01-03 Singapore 218374
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65. Niche Boulangerie
128 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-833 Singapore 310128
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66. Shrove Tuesday
Block 94 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-32 Singapore 310094
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67. Bloomsbury Bakers
Blk 30 Bendemeer Road Singapore 330030
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68. OZ Specialty Coffee
11 Sin Ming Road #01-13 Thomson V Two Singapore 595629
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69. Caffe Pralet
17 Eng Hoon Street #01-04 Singapore 169767
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70. PoTeaTo
78 Yong Siak Street #01-18 Singapore 163078
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71. Eat Ripe Products (ERP)
50 Race Course Rd Singapore 218562
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c) Ulu cafes
These cafes test the limit of Singapore’s public transportation.

 

72. Charlyn’s Milk Bar
10 Biopolis Road #01-03 Singapore 138670
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73. Cafe Melba
90 Goodman Road Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56 Singapore 439053
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74. Rider’s Cafe
51 Fairways Dr Singapore 286965
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75. Carpenter and Cook
19 Lorong Kilat #01-06 Singapore 598120
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76. On The Table
118 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118541


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77. Coast & Company
54 Siglap Drive Singapore 456176
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78. Carvers & Co
43 East Coast Road Singapore 428764
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79. Bonheur Patisserie
200 Turf Club Road #02-06/02-K63, Singapore 287994
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80. Backstage Cafe
158 Kallang Way #01–06 Singapore 349245
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81. Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
200 Turf Club Road, The Grandstand, #02-K67/K68 , Singapore 287994
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82. Prive
2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay Singapore 098382
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83. Mu Parlour
16A Lorong Mambong Singapore 277677
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84. Sunday Folks
44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116
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85. Necessary Provisions
21 Eng Kong Terrace Singapore 598993
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86. Chock Full of Beans
4 Changi Village Road #01-2090 Singapore 500004
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87. Baker & Cook
77 Hillcrest Road Singapore 288951
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88. Curbside Café
21 Biopolis Road, Nucleos #01-21 Singapore 138567
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89. Envy Coffee
[email protected], 1 Fusionopolis Link #01-04 Singapore 138542
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90. Revolution Coffee
21 Media Circle #01-03A Singapore 138562
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91. Hoopla
21 Media Circle #01-05 Singapore 138562
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92. Brew Maison
383 Bukit Timah Rd #01-9B Alocassia Apartments Singapore 259727
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93. Fart Tartz
1 Expo Drive #02-04 Singapore 486150
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94. Wheeler’s Yard
28 Lorong Ampas Singapore 328781
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95. Assembly Coffee
26 Evans Lodge Singapore 259367
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96. Peloton Coffee & Juice Bar
1 Changi Village Road, #01-2008 Singapore 500001
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97. Stirling Highway
5 Ridgewood Close, Unit #G1, Ridgewood Condominium, Singapore 276696
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98. Threefold Cafe
1 Expo Drive #01-12 Singapore 486150
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d) CBD and Town cafes
Conveniently located at the heart of everything, but not exactly conveniently priced.

 

99. L’Atelier Tiramisu
Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-09 Singapore 059817
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100. Vanilla Bar & Cafe
3 Boon Tat Street Singapore 069612
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101. The Assembly Store
2 Handy Rd #01-22/23 Singapore 229233
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102. Ronin
17 Hongkong Street Singapore 059660


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103. Sarnies
136 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068601
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104. The Lokal
136 Neil Road Singapore 088865
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105. The Fabulous Baker Boy
70 River Valley Road Singapore 179037
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106. The Loft Cafe
101 Cantonment Road Singapore 089774
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107. Farm to Table
83 Duxton Road Singapore 089504
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108. JAB Brewers
#B1-06 One Raffles Place Singapore 048616


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109. Three Cups Coffee
1 Raffles Place #04-31 Singapore 048616
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110. The Plain
50 Craig Road
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111. Jewel Coffee
1 Shenton Way #01-07 Singapore 068803
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112. Bread & Hearth
18 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089125
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113. The Tastemaker’s Store
22 Havelock Road, #01-705 Singapore 160022
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114. Three Hands Coffee
One Marina Boulevard #B1-04/05 Singapore 018989
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115. Jewel Coffee @ Hitachi Towers (TBR)
16 Collyer Quay #01-13 [email protected] Singapore 049318


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116. Selfish Gene
40 Craig Road Singapore 089678
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117. Drury Lane
94 Tanjong Pagar Singapore 088515
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118. Fish Tales
2 Orchard Link, *SCAPE, #02-27/#02-18B Singapore 237978
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119. Made By Lauren Jasmine
47 Amoy Street Singapore 069873
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120. 8 Stanley Street
8 Stanley Street Singapore 082001
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121. Maple Loft Cafe
Tanjong Pagar Community Club, 101 Cantonment Road #01-02 Singapore 089774
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e) Trinket-filled cafes
If only the things on the walls are edible.

 

122. Kith Café
7 Rodyk Street #01-28 Singapore 238215
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123. Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street #01-03 Singapore 238216
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124. The Reading Room
19 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089833
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125. ReStore Cafe
124 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088533
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126. Fika
257 Beach Road Singapore 199539
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127. Dong Po Colonial Café
56 Kandahar Street Singapore 198904
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128. Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
2 First Street, Siglap V, #01-01 Singapore 458278
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129. Coffeemin
Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-33 Singapore 059817
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130. Flee Away
70 Dunlop Street Singapore 209398
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131. Oriole Roasters
Pan Pacific Serviced Suites #01-01, 96 Somerset Road 238163
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132. W39
39 Jalan Mas Puteh Singapore 128637
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133. Tian Kee & Co
12 Dakota Crescent #01-48 Singapore 390012
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134. Noir Art
23 Mackenzie Road Singapore 228680
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135. Shop Wonderland
37 Haji Lane Singapore 189230
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136. Whale & Cloud (So bloody secret it hurts)
48¾ Niven Road, Singapore 228396


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This list is not exhaustive because cafes keep on popping up or are too well-kept a secret. Tell us which ones we missed at [email protected]

 

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