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.
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)
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.
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. 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. The Brewing Ground (Joo Chiat)
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. Petit Pain (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). Kings Cart Coffee Factory (Joo Chiat)
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. 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. Mad Roaster (Joo Chiat)
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. Jungle Groove (Joo Chiat)
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. 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). PRAIRIE by Craftsmen (Joo Chiat)
Homeground Coffee Roasters
475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
Artisanal Coffee Place At Joo Chiat
Homeground Coffee Roasters is a cafe with a retail space and coffee beans roastery within.
The menu is short and concise, with coffee such as Black ($4), White ($4.50/$5.50), Filter Coffee ($6), Cold Brew ($5), Mocha ($6.50) and Hot Chocolate ($6.50).
An extra espresso shot or the Iced version is available at an additional $0.50.
2 options for the coffee beans are available: Vanta (blend of 50% Brazil, 50% Colombia) recommended for espresso-based drinks and Las Esperanza, Cacua Valley (single origin from Colombia) for filtered coffee.
Food wise, they have a concise menu (items rotating) with mains such as Level Up Kaya Toast ($9.50), Croque Madame ($20), Nicholas’ Breakfast ($23) which is your choice of bread and eggs with sauteed buttom mushrooms, asparagus chickpea hummus and more.
For lunch, there are Aglio Olio ($17), Carbonara ($18), Wagyu Beef Sandos ($21), and Kurobuta Katsu Sando ($20). Items are often rotating. Homeground Coffee Roasters (Katong)
477 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427683
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Mon – Sun)
Brunch & Magic Tricks Cafe
At C Cafe, the “C” refers to Cards, Choices and Connections.
The 40-seater space is white and minimalist, with a Magic Table in the middle of the cafe for the magic-enthusiast owners to pull a magic trick or two to interact with the diners.
Their menu is specially designed to look like a deck of cards, with brunch items such as Avocado on Sourdough Toast ($18), Breakfast for Champions ($24), Toasties – Chicken/ Leg Ham/ Smoked Salmon ($18) and Chicken on Waffle ($24).
There are also pastas, burgers and rolls available from 11am, and you can expect items including Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger ($24), Lobster Roll with Fries ($29.50), Aglio Olio Pasta ($23), and Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($26).
Unlike most dessert menu featuring cakes and ice cream, C Cafe offers healthier options such as Chia Seed Pudini ($8), Greek Yogurt ($8) and Tropical Acai Bowl ($12). C Café (Joo Chiat)