Joo Chiat is a colourful area which is located between Geylang Serai and Marine Parade Road.

You can easily tour the area by walking one straight road down (either direction), with conserved shophouses that are vibrantly-painted on both sides of the road.

Of walking distance from Katong, you would find many popular Vietnamese restaurants, Peranakan eateries, and of course hipster cafes along this stretch. (Also check out: 10 SIGLAP Cafes to head to)

Some of them include:
– Okada Coffee and Sweets (153 Joo Chiat Road)
– Kamome Bakery (193 Joo Chiat Road)
– Staple Food Singapore (198 Joo Chiat Road)
– Joo Chiat Caphe (263 Joo Chiat Road)
– Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar (283 Joo Chiat Road)
– Windowsill Pies (290d Joo Chiat Road)
– Little Farms Bistro (451 Joo Chiat Road)
– The Communal Place (465 Joo Chiat Road)

We have covered cafes in the East Coast many times, but thought of having one focused just on Joo Chiat. Hope this would be useful. Enjoy!

Common Man Coffee Roasters – Joo Chiat
185 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427456
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Hearty Brunch and Specialty Coffee
Since the first outlet at Martin Road in 2013, Common Man Coffee Roasters is becoming increasingly “common”. You see their CMCR coffee being used in many cafes in Singapore large and small.

Common Man Coffee Roasters continue to enjoy popularity, with all-day breakfast items including Common Man Fluffy Pancakes ($24), Umami Mushroom Avocado Toast ($23), Croissant Croque Monsieur ($18), Sauteed Kale & Creamy Egg White Scramble ($24), Turkish Common Man Breakfast ($28), and Common Man Full Breakfast ($30).

Its Beef Cheek Eggs Benedict ($27) is one of those dishes that has been there since Day 1.

Instead of the usual poached eggs with bacon and sausage, the Beef Cheek Organic Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs on top of tender slow-cooked braised ox cheeks and lightly toasted artisanal sourdough toast.

The combination with the rich melting tender-licious cheeks and poached eggs make this an indulgent combination. This is served alongside with some dressed rocket leaves to provide greens to cut that richness.

Sevens Cafe
29 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427753
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon), 8:30am – 8:30pm (Tues – Sun)

Instagrammable Brunch Cafe With All-Day Breakfast And Swiss Rolls
Sevens Cafe is another addition to the #EastCoastPlan, just doors away from the new Apiary outlet along the same stretch of shophouses.

It is opened by the Sevens Group which is a real estate developer, and thus the name.

As their property showroom (Sevens Atelier) is directly located next to their cafe at Joo Chiat Place, the latter was initially planned to serve as a spot for clients and customers to sit down for meetings and a quick drink.

The interior draws inspiration from sand dunes with waves that mimic the uneven surface of the sand as seen on the ceiling, walls, and bespoke lighting in the main dining hall.

With an All-Day Breakfast that starts from 8.30am daily, signatures include 7S Avod ($18), 7S Brekky ($26) and Cheese Toast with Ham ($11).

The Mains are served from 11am with a selection of Bangers – Mash ($22), Gyu Burger ($26), Land/ Sea Protein ($21), Spicy Chicken Burger ($18), Truffle Mac ($18), What The Fish ($23) and Pasta ($18 – $23).

The 7S Avod ($18) came with a slice of crispy sourdough topped with bits of avocado, quail egg, hazelnut for the crunch, Roma tomatoes and baby beets, beautifully plated like a mini garden.

Read more at: Sevens Cafe (Joo Chiat)

The Brewing Ground
406 Joo Chiat Place, The Yards, #01-24, Singapore 428084
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Pet-Friendly “Glasshouse” Cafe Known For Crab & Scrambled Eggs On Toast And Breakfast Burger
The cafe is situated at The Yards in Joo Chiat which is a space focusing on arts, dance and drama, on the site of the old Telok Kurau Primary School.

One more to the East Coast Plan, and is certainly popular with families and pet-lovers in the vicinity.

Previously, this was a sheltered training shed and it is now transformed into a gorgeous “glasshouse” filled with hanging plants and potteries.

Their Breakfast menu features classic options such as Homemade Granola ($12), Avocado & Ricotta Tartine ($17), Burrata & Tomatoes Tartine ($18) and Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($12).

Their Brunch selection looks more interesting such as Breakfast Burger ($19), Crab & Signature Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($24), Eggs Benjamin ($21) which is eggs benedict with choice of thick cut maple bacon or king oyster mushrooms on sourdough, and Brewers Breakfast ($25) included with two eggs, thick cut maple maple, chicken cheese sausage, hash brown, sauteed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and toast.

Note that brunch is only available from 11am onwards (which would be better if shifted 30 minutes or an hour earlier?)

The Crab & Signature Scrambled Eggs on Toast ($25) is easily their most popular brunch item, with luscious sauteed crabmeat and ikura on sour dough.

The crabmeat almost reminded me of having Chilli Crabs without the mess, with generous portion of savoury-sweet-creamy meat – richness balanced out by the silky egg and bread. Slightly on the higher end in terms of the pricing, but I can understand why people would be willing to pay for this.

Read more at: The Brewing Ground (Joo Chiat)

Hello Arigato – Joo Chiat
314 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427565
Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Wed – Thurs), 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon – Tues

Japanese-Style Sando Cafe Opens At Joo Chiat
Japanese-style Sandos are IN, and so is Hello Arigato – which has done well enough to open its 2nd outlet at Joo Chiat

Hello Arigato is a lifestyle cafe serving up Japanese-inspired comfort food, specialty coffee and bakes, with its first outlet located at Upper Thomson.

Popularly known for their thick cut Wagyu and Gyu Sandos ($48 for wagyu, $26 for Angus beef striploin) freshly prepared each day, there are also offerings of Tamago ($14), Teriyaki ($15), and HCG ($16) Sandos.

The HCG Sando ($16) is the Joo Chiat exclusive with marinated shrimp paste har cheong gai chicken and crunchy cucumber.

The Tamago Sando ($14) was worth its popularity due to the IG-worthy factor, sandwiched with an Ajitama egg in the middle (rather than what you see in some other TikTok egg sandwich videos which is more oozy) with egg mayonnaise.

Read more at: Hello Arigato (Joo Chiat)

Cafe Natsu
283 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427537
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Japanese-Inspired Brunch Cafe With Mochi Fried Doughnuts
Cafe Natsu is the latest opening at Crane (Joo Chiat) which houses a houseware and provision retail section on the first floor, a co-working space on the 2nd storey, and hole-in-a-wall Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar at the back alley.

Natsu means “Summer” in Japanese, a symbolism of the all-year climate in Singapore, with a Japanese-inspired menu.

With a Japanese influence for their lunch menu, think Sando (Chicken Katsu $26, Wagyu Beef Short Rib ($30), Egg Mayo ($22), Hamachi ($30), Wagyu Burger ($28), Shio Kombu Gnocchi ($24), Togarashi Fries ($8) and Wasabi Spinach ($5).

With a minimum waiting time of 20 minutes to prepare the pancakes upon request, the Souffle Pancakes ($23) comes with 2 thin and eggy layers, with slices of peach sandwiched in between, drizzled with litchi honey and a scoop of roasted almond ice cream. Slightly pricy for the portion.

Read more at: Café Natsu (Joo Chiat)

Petit Pain
315 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427566
Opening Hours: 11am – 5pm (Wed – Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues

Humble Artisanal Bakery Found At Joo Chiat
A small, humble bakery has been making wave with the Katong community. While they started as a small sit-down cafe concept, this eventually switched to a takeaway-only concept due to increased demand.

Breads and pastries are only available in small batches, free of improvers, preservatives and artificial flavours.

The Classic Croissant ($3) requires a 3-day process to produce.

I decided to have it fresh because the buttery fragrance was just too alluring. And there was that ”wow” moment upon taking that first bite.

Must say that Petit Pain’s take probably ranks top as the crispiest version I had in Singapore. Note: Many of the items are sold out by about noon or even earlier.

Read more at: Petit Pain (Joo Chiat)

Olsen Bakehouse
301 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427552
Opening Hours: 9am – 4pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Bakery Cafe At Joo Chiat With Light & Fluffy Cakes
Family-run bakery Olsen Bakehouse has moved from Lavender area to the hip area of Joo Chiat.

The new place is done up so that it feels like being right at home, which is the vision of owners Darren and Jia Min – to make the café feel like home.

They specialise in all-natural, less sugar bakes like how they would for their loved ones.

They are also working a lot more on diary, egg free (vegan) and experimenting with some gluten-free options at this new outlet.

If you are heading for the cakes ($8 for slice, $56 or $76 for whole cakes), there are the Ondeh Ondeh, Pulut Hiam, Orh Nee, Sesame Yuzu, Milo, Mango Strawberry to Banana Hazelnut.

The Ondeh Ondeh Sliced Cake ($8) would remind you of a Chiffon. Between two layers of light green-coloured and airy sponge cake is a thick slather of carefully sourced full-bodied, low sugar Gula Melaka.

Read more at: Olsen Bakehouse (Joo Chiat)

Kings Cart Coffee Factory
328 Joo Chiat Road #01-05, Singapore 427585
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

Brunch Cafe With Coffee-Centric Food And Souffle Pancakes At Joo Chiat
Showcasing a series of coffee-centric food, bakes and desserts, Kings Cart Coffee Factory focuses on specially crafted recipes using coffee as a key ingredient.

Customers may also find food pairings which can further complement or enhance the taste profile of specialty coffee.

Brunch items include King’s Breakfast ($23), Eggs on Toast ($11), Smoked Salmon Medley ($20), Shroom Scrambled Eggs ($19), Pulled Pork Croque Monsieur ($20), and Bacon Eggs Benedict ($21).

Dessert choices include a series of Souffle Pancakes ($15.90 – $18.90) with options of Tiramisu, Matcha, and Yuen Yang; to Fresh Berry French Toast ($18) and Chocolate Banana French Toast ($19).

Apart from standard coffee offerings such as Flat White ($5), Long Black ($4) and Cold Brew ($6), they serve coffee concoctions such as Salted Caramel Latte ($8), Coconut Latte ($8) and Cold Brew & Tonic ($9).

Read more at: Kings Cart Coffee Factory (Joo Chiat)

Tigerlily Patisserie
350 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427598
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Botanical-Themed Cafe By Ex-Head Pastry Chef Of Michelin-Starred Restaurant
The bakery café is located right next to the bright red triple-storey Black Earth Art Gallery, opposite the well-received Da Dong Prawn Noodles.

It is headed by pastry chef Maxine Ngooi from the defunct Michelin-starred restaurant Vianney Massot Restaurant at HongKong Street.

A wide selection of pastries was on display, ranging from interesting and unique savoury options such as Tomato & Artichoke Tart ($7), Asparagus & Leek Tart, Mushroom Bacon Quiche and Garlic Herb & Cream Cheese Babka ($8).

Their uniqueness is the various herbs infused within their pastries such as Chitose Strawberry & Elderflower Tart ($11), Lemon Thai Basil Tart ($8), The Beehive ($11) infused with lemon thyme and Pink Guava & pear ($10) made of elderflower mousse.

The most eye-catching dessert would probably be The Beehive ($11), made from lemon thyme and litchi honey jelly and light lemon sponge encased in a globe-shaped honey parfait, further topped with swirls of yuzu mousse in honeycomb pattern.

The Pink Guava & Pear ($10) was another signature item, studded with fresh pear cubes and pink guava jelly, encased by a smooth gelatinous layer of pink guava and elderflower mousse.

Read more at: Tigerlily Patisserie (Joo Chiat)

Mad Roaster – Joo Chiat
441 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427654
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 3pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Specialty Coffee With A Good Cause
Coffee and toast stall Mad Roaster at Amoy Street Food Centre has a different proposition, aiming to be a vehicle to support people in the refugee community.

They also have an outlet at Joo Chiat inside Sugarboxing.

The coffee here features a signature blend featuring Ethopian Sidamo Arabica, with choices of Espresso ($2.80), Americano ($2.80), Flat White ($3.80) and Latte ($3.80). Add a dollar for Oat Milk, and 50c for iced version.

Specials include Honey Butter Latter ($4), Matcha Latte ($4), and Cold Brews with Black ($4.50), White ($5) and Cereal Milk ($5).

Look out for the hand-coloured sticker you find on your cups. The refugees who are seeking asylum in Thailand get paid for every sticker they colour.

Read more at: Mad Roaster (Joo Chiat)

Jungle Groove
446 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427659
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Filtered Coffee Cafe Bar With Co-working Space By Choice Cuts Goods
Choice Cuts Goods has opened a permanent space on the same stretch as the famous Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata along Joo Chiat Road.

With a spanking new white interior filled an entire shelf of vinyl records on the first floor, the brand has opened a second concept by the name of Jungle Grove on the 2nd floor.

On the left side of the entrance, one will find a colourful stairway that leads up to the 2nd floor, a darker space that is decked in wooden furniture, serving as a cafe in the day and bar at night after 5pm.

4 different single origin coffee beans are available for their Drip Coffee (Hot $7 – $8, Cold $8 – $9), namely Guatemala, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Brazil.

For a fuller bodied Drip Coffee, the Brasiliana from Brazil will have a more earthy and nutty notes, with taste of pecan, cacao and plum.

Read more at: Jungle Groove (Joo Chiat)

Sinpopo Brand
458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Tel: +65 6345 5034
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Popular Cakes With Heritage Twist
Sinpopo Brand is a familiar restaurant-café located at Katong known for its heritage menu with a twist.

Also look forward to traditional kueh recipes with modern presentations.

Think Pandan Kaya Cake, Gula Melaka Cake, Pulut Hitam Cake, Dar Dar Mille Crepe and Putu Piring Cake – familiar nostalgic treats of well-loved local flavours made into cake forms.

The Pandan Kaya Cake is the best-seller. Inspired by the tiered dessert kueh salat, the cake is tinged with a beautiful natural blue from Blue Pea flowers, often used in Peranakan cuisine.

In between the cake layers is the luscious slow-cooked slow-stirred pandan kaya spread and fresh coconut cream.

What I really like about this cake is that you get a bit of that fluffy chiffon and creamy nostalgic kaya coming together – a blend of two favourite cakes coming together. Good to go with black coffee.

Read more at: Sinpopo Brand (Katong)

PRAIRIE by Craftsmen
462 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427674
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Ocean-Blue Cafe With Bagels & Rosti And Pet-Friendly Alfresco Space
PRAIRIE by Craftsmen must be one of the fastest cafes to expand this year. Having just opened their first outlet at Cluny Court Bukit Timah, the brand has opened their second outlet at River Valley, and a third outlet in Joo Chiat.

The word “Prairie” refers to a type of habitat mostly occupied by grasses and flowering plants with occasional shrubs and trees, evidently shown in different corners of the space.

Expect All-Day Breakfast which includes Avocado Toast ($14), Acai Bowl ($14), Rustic Mushroom ($17), Bacon & Sausage ($18), Prairie Breakfast ($20), and 2 outlet-exclusive items: Spam & Cheese Bagel ($17) and Smoked Salmon Rosti ($19).

These include Salads ($19 – $20), Chicken Stew ($24), Beef Stew ($28), Pasta ($21 – $28) and Burgers ($25).

Another 2 new items can be expected only at this outlet, namely Tandoori Pork Rib ($32) and Red Pesto Pasta ($21).

Coffee is supplied by Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, so you can expect interesting flavours such as Roasted Almond Latte ($7), Butterscotch Latte ($7), Macadamia Nut Latte ($7), Salted Caramel Latte ($7), Coconut Latte ($7), Gula Melaka Latte ($8) and Baileys Latte ($11).

Read more at: PRAIRIE by Craftsmen (Joo Chiat)

477 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427683
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)

Rustic, Industrial Theme Cafe At Katong (Previous C Cafe)
No more magic tricks. Previously known as C Cafe at Joo Chiat, you would find a new space rebranded with an all-new interior and menu – Nimbus.

Nimbus has transformed from a white-washed and minimalist space to a more industrial and rustic theme, textured walls, circular wall lamps and even a booth seat for a more cosy setting.

The lunch menu that starts from 11am offers more hearty offerings such as Golden Waffle ($24), Superfood Salad ($19), Pasta ($28), Wagyu Beef Burger ($26), Lobster Roll ($32), Duck Confit ($28) and Tuna Steak ($28).

The Lobster Roll ($32) comes with Maine lobster stuffed in between England-style brioche bun served with fries and salad on the side.

Instead of splitting along the side, the England-style brioche buns are split in half at the top, with a soft and fluffy texture.

Read more at: Nimbus (Joo Chiat)

Humble Origins Coffee Roasters
475 Joo Chiat Road, #01, Singapore 427682
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues

Under-The-Radar Joo Chiat Cafe With Coffee From Shan Hills Myanmar
If you find the configuration and feel of the new coffee space vaguely familiar, that is because it took over Homeground Coffee Roasters (which has moved to Outram).

Shan Hills of Myanmar is not only known for its great culture, but also the quality coffee beans produced, nurtured by the temperate climate unique to its altitude.

Living in Myanmar for the last 10 years, co-founders Javier and Melissa worked closely with smallholder coffee producers of myriad villages and communities across the Shan Hills.

When I visited, there were four items including Roast Beef Ribeye French Butter Croissant with Arugula Salad ($29), Dashi Onsen Eggs with XO Kaya Yorkshire Pudding ($9), and Shan Origin Tofu Fries ($10).

Read more at: Humble Origins (Joo Chiat)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary, Nicholas Tan @stormscape and Lewis Tan @juicyfingers.


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