Cafes in Singapore Worth Mentioning – June 2017

I've decided to rename our Top Three Coffee Spots to Cafes in Singapore Worth Mentioning. Here are my June picks.
Thrive Cafe
Thrive at NeWest, 1 West Coast Drive

Three more fantastic spots for coffee that I have found recently – Free the Robot, Punch and Thrive. There are so many fantastic cafes in Singapore now that it’s hard to keep up! Anyone care to help me? I hope to design a printable map with my faves mapped out by location. Sign up for our newsletter to receive this when it’s done or like us on Facebook to be kept updated. Also, check out more of our Top Threes – cafe’s and restaurants.


Free the Robot

I almost missed this on busy Telok Ayer, with Sarnies just down the road and a plethora of coffee options around. It was The Vegetarian that first took me here.

Free the Robot Cafe

Definately drop in to this funky cafe painted with their mascot red robot. I love that he appears on just about everything! Free the Robot is a sweet café quietly going about its business serving fantastic coffee. That’s all I’ve had here and have never been disappointed. I have heard that it turns into a awesome “secret” bar at night with a totally different name. Unfortunately, I’m always here during the day so I miss out on the night life. Food options look decent but I haven’t tried them. Will be back though. 🙂

Free the Robot Cafe

I love how you duck into the doorway, out of the hot mess of the street and first there is this crowded front room with concrete walls. Then the back area opens into a space with light filtering through from above, hanging plants and shelves behind crowded with bottles. It’s a great escape!

Free the Robot Cafe

118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587
Tel: +65 6438 1836

Facebook: Freetherobot
Instagram: Freetherobot

Opening hours:
Tues to Sat – 8.30am to 4.30pm



The cafés I go to are, many times, found on Instagram. Punch was one of those. I was scrolling through the feed of @imehly and came across her stunning shot of the humble grilled cheeseHow I met and fell in love with her work (and her gorgeous person) is yet another story to be told one day.

Punch Cafe

Off I went to Punch and I was not disappointed. Modern, sleek but completely approachable, this café on North Canal Road has proper coffee and a brew bar at the back. I loved my batch brew (could have drunk a whole pitcher). My fellow coffee partner had a long black (well, a couple of them, actually). Punch also does amazing teas by A.muse Projects. I highly recommend their Prana Chai latte.

Punch Cafe

Their food options look fantastic – the pancakes, gorgeous and delicious. I have yet to try their savouries. They also do a killer brownie cookie with super salty caramel sandwiched in between. Heaven!

Punch Cafe

Punch Cafe

There is also a beautiful courtyard in the back if you want to hide out for a bit. I, for one, am always looking for a good place to escape.

Punch Cafe

32 North Canal Road, Singapore 059288

Facebook: PUNCH.32NCR
Instagram: punch.gram

Opening hours:
Tue, Fri and Weekends – 8am to 6pm
Wed and Thur – 10am to 10pm (L.O 9.15pm)
Friday 8am – 6pm



The gorgeous ladies at Thrive are health freaks and love what they do. They started Thrive so that everyone could have a place to go to enjoy good food, great coffee and not be ridiculed if they so desired options that were gluten free, dairy free or even simply, a healthier option of their favourite foods. I had a chat with Jocelyn and Patricia earlier this year and I promise to bring you that interview soon.

Thrive Cafe

In the meantime, drop by for the best coffee I’ve found located that far west. Their “magic” coffee is indeed magical. Don’t be scared by the empty stalls all around them. The mall at NeWest is super new and hopefully more retail will open up there soon. Thrive also has a killer gluten-free coconut cake that is soft, light, fluffy and absolutely fantastic. I’ve tried a few of their other dishes, all of which were healthier versions of themselves. I have to say I was suitably impressed.

Thrive Cafe

1 West Coast Drive #01-73, Singapore 128020
Mall below NeWest Condo

Tel: 6255 9030

Opening hours:
Mon to Thu – 10.30am to 9pm
Fri – 10.30 am – 10pm
Sat – 10am – 10pm
Sun – 10am – 9pm

Facebook: thrivekitchensg
Instagram: thrivekitchensg

Angela Manners loves finding an interesting story and talking to people about what they are passionate about. She is Australian but was born in Bangkok, grew up in Southeast Asia and then studied in America. Angela is passionate about coffee, food and everything that surrounds them.
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