Hamilton Road at the hip Jalan Besar district has become the café hotspot of sorts with the many new openings along a relatively short stretch.

Existing F&Bs in the enclave already include Scale by Ah Hua Kelong, Hinode Izakaya & Bar, Makuake by Shinji, Once Upon A Time by Jeanette Aw, as well as Restaurant Chedi which will be opening soon.

Just a short walk away, there are also cafes such as Apartment Coffee, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, and D’Vine Café.

Check out the following 7 Hamilton Road cafes:

La Levain
23 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209193
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Bakery Cafe With Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant
Levain, a leavening agent used to bake bread, is a starter of bread-making, thus the fundamental principle at La Levain.

The 30-seater minimalist space is decked out in industrial-like grey interiors, rustic wooden furniture and neon orange lighting.

More than just a bakery, it offers with brunch fare, pastries and specialty coffee menu-wise.

With a wide selection of more than 50 pastries and bakes on display at their counter, customers can look forward to Bread ($4 – $9), Viennoiserie ($3.50 – $7.40), Cruffin ($4.60 – $5.20), Baked Sandwich ($5.50 – $6.50), Muffin ($2.50 – $7.50), and Pies ($32 – $35).

The croissants are double baked to give it a very crispy texture, flavourful and buttery aroma.

The Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant ($6.50) is recommended, inspired by our local dessert Bubur Cha Cha with a layer of purple sweet potato, yam and coconut mochi.

The sweet potato and yam cubes give it more textures whereas the coconut mochi adds a nice subtle sweetness to the combination.

Read more at: La Levain (Jalan Besar)

Missus
16 Hamilton Road, #01-05 Singapore 209186
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon), 11am – 9pm (Wed – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 10am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Tues

Vintage-Style Bakery Cafe At Jalan Besar Serves Instagrammable Desserts
Missus is the latest addition at Hamilton Road, a Muslim-owned 185 sqm bakery cafe with a full-scale central bakery next door.

The interior design is inspired by the owners’ travel experiences in Australia, with a laid-back and cozy ambiance in a vintage-inspired Victorian-style interior setting.

A good selection of bakes are available on display each day, such as Coconut Bun ($5), Sticky Pecan Bun ($5.50), Cinnamon Roll ($4.50) and Scones (Plain $5.50, Scallion Cheese $6).

After 12 noon, a more comprehensive menu is available, ranging from sides such as Truffle Tater Tots ($12.50), Jalapeño Poppers ($11.90), Grilled Cheese Sandwiches ($13.90 – $22) and Plated desserts ($8.50 – $16.90).

The selection of plated desserts seemed interesting, with options such as Exotic Tart ($16.90), Churros ($11.90), Missus Sticky Buns ($8.50), Baked Ketaifi Cheese ($12) and Date Pudding ($12.90).

Read more at: Missus (Hamilton Road)

Lucid
38 Hamilton Road Singapore 209208
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Mon, Thurs – Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues – Wed

Minimalist Grey Café With Good Coffee
Lucid is a collaboration between 37 waves – a distributor for professional coffee equipment and tools; and Thought Bakes.

Industrial-grey look with cement flooring, modern matt-silver furniture and a minimalist look should appeal to the Instagram generation.

The menu is kept lean, with offerings of coffee drinks such as Black Coffee ($4), Iced Black ($5.50), Strong White ($5, Iced White ($6), Mocha ($6.50) and Chocolate ($6) for non-coffee drinkers.

They also offer sweets such as Flourless Chocolate Cake ($7.50), Dark Chocolate Tart ($8.50), Lemon Tart ($8.50) and selection of bakes from Maple Scone ($6) to Cashew and Pistachio Cake ($5).

Read more at: Lucid (Hamilton Road)

Lola Faye Café
35 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209204
Opening Hours: 2pm – 2am (Tues – Sat), Closed Mon

Tropical-Themed Muslim-Owned Dessert Cafe With Gelato Croissant
Lola Faye Café is a brand-new tropical themed café at Hamilton Road, and also is Muslim-owned which uses 100% Halal ingredients.

It joins neighbours such as Lucid, For The People, Once Upon A Time by Jeanette Aw, and SCALED by Ah Hua Kelong along the same stretch at the hot Jalan Besar district.

While many tropical-themed cafes usually pick a bright and vibrant look, or Bali-style decor, Lola Faye Café has gone for a darker look which is still photogenic.

The main highlights are the gelato desserts, presented in the forms of Gelato Croissant ($9.90), Buttermilk Belgium Waffles ($6, additional $5 for single scoop, $9 for double scoop), and Fudgy Brownies with Gelato ($10.90) – moist brownies filled with chocolate chunks, topped with shaved chocolate and whipped cream.

Read more at: Lola Faye Café (Hamilton Road)

The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie
16 Hamilton Road #01-02 Singapore 209186
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

French-Style Bakery With Huge Selection of Pastries
The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie is a French-style bakery that specialises in viennoiserie such as croissants, Danishes and brioches. Note that there is limited seating here, and it is primary a take-away shop.

There are the favourite classic selections including Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Almond Croissant, Kouign Amann, Margherita Pizza, Sacristain – a twisted croissant layered with almond and chocolate chips.

Some of its best-selling bakes include the Quiche, La Brioche Macaronade, La Brioche Chotolat et Crumble, Trio of C (croissant, cookie and cheesecake), and Fleur de Framboise.

Its signature item is the Pommes aux Crumble ($7.20) – an apple ‘crumble’ like pastry with crispy croissant dough wrapped around cream cheese and sweet tangy apples stew with a dash of cinnamon. It is topped off with almond cream and a layer of crumbly streusel.

For the People
11 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209182
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon, Thurs – Sun), Closed Tues, Wed

Showroom-like Cafe With Fried Chicken & Waffles And French Toast
With an intention to create a space for people to connect and recharge over food and drinks, the space at For The People is considerably spacious with a 60-seater space.

The layout reminds of me of a showroom with a contemporary-style co-working space in terms of their furniture and finishing.

Stepping inside, the first area is the coffee bar with various pastries on display at the counter.

They appear to have stream-lined their menu to items of Grilled Three Cheese Party ($16), Mushroom Sammie ($18) and Breakfast Pita ($24), alongside burgers such as Cajun Fried Chicken ($18) and Double Cheese Burger ($22).

For something more substantial, there is the Fry Up ($24) with spicy Italian sausage, bacon, sunny side, tater tots, sauteed mushroom and focaccia.

Note there is a minimum spend of $20 per pax, if customers intend to stay around for more than 2 hours.

Brawn & Brains Coffee – Hamilton
16 Hamilton Road, #01-06, Singapore 209186
Tel: +65 8101 5211

Brawn & Brains Coffee Opens NEW Outlet At Jalan Besar Hamilton Road
Coffee drinkers staying near Guillemard Road and East Coast should be familiar with Brawn and Brains Coffee, known to serve good coffee, pastries and its own style of unpretentious mains.

It has also opened a new outlet at Hamilton Road.

This is quite a big space with a U-configuration coffee counter. The seats on one side are suitable for communal dining, while the other is more suited for individuals or pairs who prefer a quiet time with coffee.

Get an espresso-based coffee (served double ristretto), with options such as Long Black ($4.50), Caffe Latte ($5.50), Flat White ($5.50), Cappuccino ($5.50) and Caffe Mocha ($6.50).

Grab a BB Donut ($4.20) to go along with your coffee, from the Classic Sugar, to those filled with Lemon Curd, Milo Custard, House-made Kaya and House made Berries Jam.

Read more at: Brawn & Brains Coffee (Hamilton Road)

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