Brunch has become synonymous with creamy eggs benedict, slightly overpriced avo toast and to-die-for Flat White. Not to mention, those couple of extra hours in bed are just splendid.
However, this portmanteau of words is more than just a late breakfast — brunch is a state of being. It is the christening for the fabulous weekend ahead or the valiant last hurrah before we have to trudge back to the drudgery of work come Monday. Either way, brunch serves a reminder that nothing can’t be solved by a batch of perfectly poached eggs.
So, if you’re looking to cosy up on your sofa come the weekend, here are 15 Brunch and Coffee joints that deliver right to your doorstep.
1. Tolido’s Espresso Nook
If there is anyone that knows brunch best, it’s the folks from Melbourne.
Inspired by the burgeoning brunch scene from down under, Tolido’s Espresso Nook is where you’ll find classic brunch plates to properly usher in the weekend. I’d say go all out with THE ULTIMATE COMBO (S$18) where you get all full works.
This plate comes fully stacked with fluffy pancakes, pork bacon, cheesy sausage & sunny eggs. If that doesn’t say welcome to the weekend, I don’t know what will.
If the Aussie vibes don’t get you in the mood, then the calming Japanese aesthetic of Baristart will melt the chaos of the week away.
Baristart is famous for using the smoothest and creamiest Hokkaido milk in many of their dishes, including the Hokkaido Carbonara (S$22) which is the best reward to yourself for making it to the end of the workweek.
And if it’s one those treat yo’self kind of weekend, then you have to go for the Cream Puff Bundle (S$36), which comes with six of Baristart’s signature cream puffs.
Whether they’re for sharing, that’s entirely up to you.
3. Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Sometimes the perfect brunch doesn’t have to be anything fancy, in fact, just a killer cold brew is enough for you to recharge and refresh.
There is no one that knows their beans better than Craftsmen Specialty Coffee. Their White Cold Brew (S$20 for two) is sure to revitalise with a balanced citrus and cocoa sweetness that will make the weekend so much sweeter.
It seems like we can’t enough of those laid back brunch vibes of Australia and Symmetryis kind of harmony we all need in our lives.
The thing with brunch is that simplicity is key, that’s why the Egg Bomb (S$19) will make morning spin class worth it.
A glow-up from a certain royal food chain, the sandwich comes with silky scrambled eggs, mortadella ham and maple-glazed bacon—that’s your weekend made.
5. Tanamera Coffee
Here is another one for those who have coffee running through their veins. Tanamera Coffee knows their coffee and hardcore coffee zealots won’t be disappointed.
Expect high-quality Arabica Indonesian coffee beans that create tantalising drinks such the Cold White Caramel (S$6.80), packed with just the right jolt of caramel and coffee to perk you up.
6. Workspace Espresso Bar
As a refuge for the hardworking millennial, Workspace Espresso Bar is where you’ll want to be. The good people here, just like Tanamera Coffee, are well versed with the magical coffee bean.
If you’re going for their lovely Cold Brew (S$38, Black), pair it with their healthy Middle Eastern-inspired grain bowls such as the Robust Punch (SS$14) or the Summer Shine (S$12.50). Grain bowls and stellar cold brew—that’s a winner’s breakfast.
7. Merci Marcel
You would think the Aussies or the Japanese do brunch well but wait till you see how the French kill the game at Merci Marcel.
Picture yourself along the River Seine with your Cold Cuts, Cheese and Wine for 2 (S$98) that come with a mix of artisanal cheeses and high-end cold cuts that might just make you want to bust out your berets and put Emily in Paris on Netflix.
I know we can’t get enough of the Japanese food scene and PIPES by Hattendo plays right into that. Besides their dreamy Cream Puffs that comes in the quintessential flavours from Custard (S$2.70) to Matcha(S$2.70) and Chocolate(S$2.70).
The PIPES Burger (S$21.90) has to be on your wishlist. This decadent hamburger comes with a chunky slice of foie gras, homemade burger patty and tamagoyaki. We’d say this is Japanese sensibilities in the classic American style.
9. The Alkaff Mansion
Fancy takes on a whole new meaning at The Alkaff Mansion. Live your best life with the swanky UNARestaurant with one of their bundle sets.
Get the UNA Bundle A (S$150) where you get an almost palatial spread of tapas, squid ink paella, complete with Angus beef cheek braised in red wine finished off with the original Basque Burnt Cheesecake to name a few.
10. Micro Bakery
If coffee is not your thing but a good crusty sourdough is—you’re in the right place. Micro Bakeryis exactly as their namesake suggests – it is a small batch bakery specialising in sourdough with a couple of goodies thrown in.
Choose from Country(S$10) loaves or go wild with the Baker’s Choice from either Serene Centre (S$11) or Red House (S$10) because there’s no better way to build that perfect avo toast with killer sourdough.
11. Two Men Bagel House
You haven’t really lived if you never had a bagelwich from Two Men Bagel House, with a cult following and queues on Sunday morning that’ll put any kiasu Singaporean to shame.
A bite of one of their morning gems such as the Mademoiselle Chantal (S$15) is all it takes. This bagelwich comes stuffed with corned beef, honey baked ham, swiss cheese and bechamel before being slathered with Carolina mustard.
If you’re still feeling all the glitter from the night before from dancing in your head, get your hands on the Hangover Helper (S$12) for the perfect Sunday pick-me-up.
12. Marmalade Pantry
The Marmalade Pantryis akin to a household name and should definitely make more appearances in your home as well. There is nothing that this bistro cannot do and at a click of a button, your dream brunch awaits.
Be the daintiest of them all with the Afternoon Tea Set(S$38) that comes with an assortment of plain and buttermilk scones and equally small sandwiches you have to pick up with your pinky in the air.
13. dal.komm COFFEE
Aah, the cafe that was heavily featured in the Korean drama series ‘Descendant Of The Sun’ and ‘Goblin’. Quite frankly, if you’ve watched any of these shows, how can you possibly resist dal.komm COFFEE?
Sink into one of dal.komm COFFEE’s Shitake Mushroom & Egg Cruffin(S$10.90) while you take your pick from dal.komm COFFEE’s extensive selection of drinks.
14. Lola’s Cafe
Now, if you’re not fussed and want to do away with the bells and whistles, Lola’s Cafe will do the trick.
There is no need to overthink with Lola’s Cafe, with simple brunch fare with a modern twist is what going to keep you back for more. The Crab Cake Benedict (S$18) is a crustacean-y twist on the tried-and-true eggs benedict.
15. Huggs Coffee
Huggs Coffee is the go-to spot for a simple cuppa and light bites. There are the usual suspects such as M White (S$6.30) which refers to the iconic Melbourne Flat White with a couple lashings of sea salt for a hint of smokiness.
For those with a sweet tooth, have your cuppa with a liberal amount of caramelised gula melaka paired with your double espresso from the Latte Gula (S$6.50). Make sure to get either a wrap or muffin to go along with your coffee and that’s your afternoon made.
Well, it’s clear that we love our brunch and brunch loves us. While naysayers might argue it’s just overpriced toast on a weekend, we know it’s much more than that. It’s a way of life.