Coffee, Singapore Style

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We all known Singaporeans take their food pretty seriously, but did you know they also get a bit stroppy with bad coffee? If you’re headed to the Lion City be sure to ask for your blessing at these leading temples to coffee.

Coffee is more than just a pick me up in Singapore. With its myriad of cultural and historical influences, a simple Singaporean cup of coffee comes in many different manifestations, from light and frothy to dark and dangerous.

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Go Local

Savour the singular taste and fragrance of an authentic cup of local coffee, popularly known in Singapore as kopi, at Toast Box, an award-winning breakfast staple. You can’t go wrong with the popular combination of Nanyang Kopi and thick-cut peanut butter toast (or a bowl of laksa, if you’re feeling a bit more peckish).

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Cold Brew Guru

Highly rated for its speciality cold brew coffees, which are as aesthetically pleasing as they are addictive, Old Hen Coffee Bar also serves the traditional black and white varieties. While you’re there, try the chicken cheese burrito (a post-indulgence godsend), the smoked salmon and apple toast, and the breakfast favourite, toasted muesli.

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Pulling Java

Located a block from 24-hour mall Mustafa Centre and down the road from the Parkroyal Hotel on Kitchener Road, Raj Restaurant is an Indian vegetarian eatery features such a large, varied menu that even diners new to the cuisine are bound to find something they fancy. Wash the meal down with a well-crafted cup of teh tarik, a heady local hot milk “pulled tea”, to complete the local dining experience.

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Filter of Fancy

Another Indian establishment worth popping by for a bite and a sip is Komala Vilas, a household name that first opened back in 1947. Have your pick of a delectable variety of both south Indian and north Indian dishes, including delectable dosa pancakes, washed down with some of the best Indian filter coffee the neighbourhood has to offer.

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French Fusion

Hankering for more European flavours? You want L’Etoile Café. Quaint, laidback, and ever so off-the-beaten-path, the fusion café upon entering feels like you’ve just stepped into someone’s home. Expect its artisanal coffee to impress at an eatery that roasts its coffee beans and carefully slow drips its coffee for at least 20 hours.

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