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Everyone loves a good cuppa in a hipster café once in a while. You don't have to fly across the Earth for one. Just across the Causeway, Singapore’s café culture is booming and waiting for you. Hang out with the cool crowd by booking your bus ticket to Singapore with Easybook through Shopback Malaysia!
With so many cafés sprouting up across Singapore, here are some of our top picks that will definitely be worth the trip.
1. Forty Hands
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Located in Singapore’s hipster enclave, Tiong Bahru, the name Forty Hands came from the belief that it takes 40 hands to produce a single cup of coffee, from bean to cup. While this manual process has of course been automated, the coffee at Forty Hands still retains its aromatic smell and flavour. Brunch is served all day, so you can enjoy a good meal of Eggs Benedict with Steak and Roasted Potatoes (S$19) whenever you like.
Opening Hours: 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday to Sunday
Address: 78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078
2. Free The Robot
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Finding the exact location of Free The Robot might prove to be a challenge. Here's a clue to help you out: simply keep a lookout for a huge robot mural and you'll be at the right place. This hole-in-a-wall café offers a cool and industrial-chic vibe, particularly with their retro-tiled floor. It serves a delicious range of food and drinks, including Salmon and Egg Mayo Croissant (S$7), which comes with a side of salad, and their Free The Robot Signature (S$6), which is a double espresso coffee mixed with milk and coconut oil. Filling your tummy would only cost between S$4 to S$12, which makes Free The Robot extremely affordable.
Opening Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday,
closed on Sundays and Mondays
Address: 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068587
3. Wheeler’s Yard
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It's pretty difficult to visit Wheeler’s Yard without taking an #ootd shot at their entrance. This bicycle-themed café is housed in an industrial warehouse and is known for its iconic blue doors you've seen on your Instagram Explore tab. Try the 62 degrees Sous Vide Chicken Breast (S$18.90) or their Black Pepper Lime Squid (S$15.90), which were introduced as part of Wheeler's Yard's new menu in 2016. There is also an expansive area that showcases several vintage and posh-looking bicycles for sale, though bringing it back on the Easybook bus would be a challenge.
(Side Note: If Wheeler's Yard isn't hipster enough for you, check out Wheeler's Estate at Seletar Aerospace Park, which is opened by the same team.)
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 10pm, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday,
10:30am - 11pm, Thursday to Saturday,
closed on Mondays
Address: 28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781
4. Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Singapore
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With white walls and a minimalist interior, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is one of the more popular cafés in Singapore. They offer two separate menus for daytime (9am - 4pm) and dinner (5pm - 9pm), though sides and drinks are available throughout the day. Definite must-tries here would be their Crème Brûlée French Toast served with Crème Brûlée Ice Cream (S$17.50) for breakfast and Duck Pappardelle (S$18.90) for dinner. Be sure to arrive during the non-peak lunch and dinner hours to avoid the long waiting time. You wouldn't want to miss the Easybook bus back to Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 9am - 11pm, Monday to Sunday
Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
5. Carpenter & Cook
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If you are an ardent vintage lover, then Carpenter & Cook is the café for you! Carpenter & Cook houses both an artisan bakery and vintage home store. Their menu depends on what they're serving that day. Indulge in some afternoon tea here with delicious desserts and savouries, like the Passionfruit Meringue Tart (S$6.80) and the Quiche with Salad (S$8.60), all served on dainty vintage tableware. Some of Carpenter & Cook's extensive selection of vintage displays are for sale, so you can bring a piece of them home.
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, Monday to Friday,
9am – 10pm, Saturday, 9am – 9pm, Sunday
Address: 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120
6. Boufé Boutique Café
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Founded by the two sisters behind Singaporean Label Ohvola, Boufé Boutique Café boasts an all-white and minimalistic interior. For a twist on the usual brunch dishes, try Boufé's Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict (S$19) or the Danish Crab Roll (S$19.50), available on their All-Day Menu (9am - 6pm). Pastries here are produced in-house — we recommend the Milky Way (S$8.50) or the Mini Unicorn Cake (S$9) for maximum Instagramability. You can watch them being made at Boufé's see-through gallery and head over to their pop-up Ohvola boutique for some quick shopping afterwards.
Opening Hours: 8am - 7pm, Monday to Friday, 9am - 7pm, Saturday and Sunday
Address: 308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, #01-01, Singapore 247974
These cafés are only a handful of the hipster cafés in Singapore’s café scene. Easybook sells a plethora of express bus tickets from numerous bus companies, making it extremely convenient for a weekend day trip to Singapore. You can enjoy 5.0% cashback simply by booking your Easybook bus ticket via ShopBack Malaysia.
So whip out your fanciest outfit, hop on the express bus through Easybook, and hang out at these hipster cafés in Singapore today!
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