Cafes that are still open way after bedtime
Singaporeans like to sleep late. That's a known fact. If we didn't, the 24 hour behemoth Mustafa would have folded within its first two weeks. Prata shops would uniformly close at 10pm daily, and we would see a drastic drop in motorcycle deliverymen employment.
Nonetheless, there seems to be a dearth in our supper culture. After way too many tau huay and McDonald's sessions, all we really want is to jazz it up a little, while enjoying the unique opportunity to have brunch for supper. After all, McDonald's only starts serving breakfast at 4am, and having to wait 4 hours for food is just way too long. Even if it's for an Egg McMuffin.
If you share the common belief that foods designed for the first meal can and should be eaten three or more times a day, check out these 14 cafes that stay open till at least midnight so you can grab a morning nosh even at the eleventh hour.
1. Curious Palette
Serving breakfast classics with a twist, the makers of ‘first-gen’ cafe Strangers Reunion bring you Curious Palette - a cosy yet chic cafe located along Princep Street.
Along with their wide selection of artisanal coffee and cold brew, must-haves include Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($18.90) and Corned beef scotch egg ($17.50) - all of which is worth every penny and a spot on your IG feed.
Address: 64 Prinsep St, S188667
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 9am–12am | Sunday to Thursday 9am–10pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Contact: 6238 1068
To whomever that made waffles and fried chicken a quintessential American breakfast classic, I have two things to say: “What were you thinking?” and “THANK YOU xoxo”. At Overeasy, transport yourself to an old school 1940s diner - retro checkered floor and open bars included.
The said Waffles and Breaded Wings ($22) aside, chef specials include the Beer Can Chicken ($58) and All-Day Diner Breakfast ($26), because never deny yourself the pleasure of breakfast at any given time of the day.
Address: 541 Orchard Road, #01-01 Liat Towers, S238881
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am – 12am | Friday: 11am - 1am | Saturday 10am - 1am | Sunday 10am – 12am
Contact: 6684 1453
3. Lola’s Cafe
Oozing with laidback vibes, Lola Cafe’s brunch menu speaks the comfort vernacular that we crave. We suggest the Breakfast Butter Croissant ($15) - fluffy scrambled eggs, ham, honey bacon and mayo topped with garden salad and sandwiched between a buttery, flaky croissant.
This may be an all-night breakfast guide, but you simply cannot leave Lola’s without giving their Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($10) a try. Trust when I say 4 Fingers ain’t got nothing on them. #noshade.
Fun Fact: The frames laced on the walls at Lola’s were painstakingly pinned up by the owners themselves when contractors told them it was impossible to be done.
Address: 5 Simon Rd, S545893
Opening Hours: Friday to Saturday 10am - 12am | Sunday to Thursday 10am - 11:30pm | Closed on Mondays
Contact: 6284 0349
4. Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go
For a soothing cafe experience no matter the time of the day, Jen’s Kitchen On-The-Go offers guests light bites 24 hours round the clock. Though the food menu isn’t extensive - think simple fare like salads and sandwiches, the drinks menu is quite a sight to marvel. With an array of coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages, don’t miss their over-the-top Dirty Milkshakes like Death by Brownie ($11) and Birthday Cake ($11).
Address: Hotel Jen Tanglin Lobby, 1A Cuscaden Road, S249716
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Contact: 6831 4374
5. P.S Cafe
The Prada of all cafes, you’ve probably seen at least one person on your timeline post a photo with P.S Cafe on geotag - and it’s not hard to see why. For a slice of the lush life and temporary respite from the busy city, P.S Cafe is it.
Offering patrons with a wide variety of brunch options, treat yourself to classics like Eggs Ben ($26), or something more extravagant like a Breakfast Steak (priced by weight). Dining environment counts too and it’s your reign to either dine alfresco or revel in the minimal yet classy interior of the cafe.
Address: 45 Ann Siang Rd, 069719
Opening Hours: Friday 11.30am - 1:00am | Saturday and PH 9.30am - 1am | Sunday 9.30am - 11pm | Monday to Thursday 11.30am - 11pm
Contact: 9797 0648
6. The Butter Studio
Creating their own renditions of the breakfast OG - aka Eggs Benedict - The Butter Studio serves this cafe breakfast staple five ways. While dishes like the Pancakes Benedict ($15.50) and Wasabi Eggs Royale ($16.50) are crowd favourites, the star of the show is the Crabby Eggs Neptune ($18.50) - everything a wholesome eggs benny needs crowned with housemade crabcakes.
Despite its brunch menu, the main draw here is ultimately their baked goods - and cake for supper is always a great idea.
Address: 147 Jalan Besar, 208865
Opening Hours: Friday 12pm – 12am | Saturday 10.30am – 12am | Sunday 10.30am – 10pm | Monday – Thursday 12pm – 10pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Contact: 6294 7115
To start your weekend right - even if it’s at 2 in the afternoon - a hearty breakfast must be in place. If you’re looking to deviate from breakfast regulars, Symmetry’s Pork Kakuni Croissant ($20) and Charred Miso & Ginger Marinated Mackerel ($22) are crowd pleasers every time.
As for drinks, those looking to get a little turnt can look to adding a shot or two of Frangelico and Baileys into their favourite cuppa.
Address: 9 Jalan Kubor, S199206
Opening Hours: Friday 10:30am - 12am | Saturday 9am - 12am | Sunday 9am - 7pm | Monday 10:30am - 9pm | Tuesday - Thursday 10:30am - 11pm
Contact: 6291 9901
8. Club Meatball
We’d tell you what this cafe specialises in but we’ll let it tell you itself - quite literally. While Club Meatballs got some pretty kickass meatballs, don’t forget to show their breakfast options like the Homemade Muesli ($6.80) and Granola with Berry Compote ($6.80) some love too.
For a more substantial meal, build your own ideal morning platter with the Club House DIY Breakfast. Just don’t miss out on the scrambled eggs, we hear they’re a game changer.
Address: 20 Cross St, 01-35, China Square Central, S048422
Opening Hours: Weekdays 8am - 12am | Saturday 12pm - 12am | Closed on Sundays
Contact: 6222 8660
9. Memo at Studio M
A self-serving cafe by day and chill bar by night, the no-frills and laidback vibes of Memo is perhaps their way of saying anyone and everyone to stay and unwind. If your lazy day by the city brings you here, treat yourself to the wide selection of pastries and baked confectionaries.
Otherwise, guzzle to your heart’s content with their savoury waffle sandwiches over a smooth cup of latte.
Address: Studio M, 3 Nanson Road Singapore, S238910
Opening Hours: Friday - Saturday 7am - 12am | Sunday - Thursday 7am - 11pm
Contact: 6808 8888
A self-made abbreviation for ‘Laugh it out’, Laffio was conceived as an incubator for great moments. And it comes through in their food. Take the Laffio’s Big Brunch ($22) for instance - smoked salmon, beef fillet, bacon, toast, eggs, criss-cut fries, and mix of greens served right on a tray cause why even make the futile attempt to fit all of that on a plate.
On the drinks front, Laffio offers patrons a range of booze and non-alcoholic options, now tell me how you can’t be all smiles.
Address: 337 Beach Road, Singapore 199565
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am -12am | Closed on Sundays
Contact: 6635 6668
What hits you first when stepping foot into Gemmills is unmistakably its homeliness, from its humble decor to mismatched furniture. What’s even lovelier is its meek entrance by the alleyway, making it seem as if you stumbled upon a fairies’ hideout.
The menu reads well - a bountiful medley of baked goods and artisanal coffee and tea. Served on dainty silverware, we won’t be surprised if this becomes your favourite hangout spot.
Address: 110 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 068579
Opening Hours:: Monday to Saturday 8am - 12am | Closed on Sundays
Contact: 6221 5564
12. The Beast
If you wanted, you could have chicken and waffles anywhere, but we all know that not all avian and pastry combinations are created equal. American-Southern cuisine is BIG on flavours, and if anyone knows how to do chick-and-waffles right, count on the folks at The Beast. Soaked in a 24-hour brine, the crispy yet juicy chicken fillet is slapped on a thick slice of waffle before anointed with a drizzling of bourbon maple butter sauce.
As far as we’re concerned, this is how soul food tastes like.
Address: 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
Opening Hours:: Monday – Wednesday 5pm - 12am | Thursday & Friday 5pm – 1am | Saturday 5pm - 12am | Sunday 10am - 5pm
Contact: 6295 001
13. Ninethirty by awfully chocolate
Cruising along the ‘Modsin’ food movement, ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate epitomises the fusion of east-meets-west, marrying local cuisines with our favourite cafe regulars. A handful of dishes incorporates Asian flavours of soy, miso and sesame, but items like Curry Fries ($8) and Tandoori Chicken Salad ($14) are made to satisfy the glocal palette.
Address: 131 East Coast Road Singapore 428816
Opening Hours: Friday 12pm - 1am | Saturday 9:30am - 1am | Sunday 9:30am - 11pm | Monday to Thursday 12pm - 11pm
Contact: 6345 2190
14. Nook & Cranny
Before we get on about the food, everything about Nook & Cranny’s visual aesthetics screams minimalist heaven. Muji-Inspired wooden chairs and marble printed tables, we particularly love the white square tiles plastered across the counter that’s reminiscent of houses built in our ah ma’s generation.
They have to food to match for it too. The usual suspects like Eggs Benedict and Salmon Florentine aside, concoctions like the Miso Roasted Pork ($16.50) and Japanese Beef Stew ($18.50) are highly raved.
Address: Thomson V One, 9 Sin Ming Road #01-03, S575630
Opening Hours: Friday 11am - 12am | Saturday 10am - 12am | Sunday 10am - 11pm | Monday - Thursday 11am - 10:30pm
Contact: 6452 7449
There When You Need It
Be it having brunch for dinner to make up for the fact you almost didn’t make it in time for morning meeting - let alone breakfast - or basking in the weekend hurray, sustenance in the form of breakfast foods can make the crazy world all seem right again. The saying goes “you snooze, you lose”. But as far as having breakfast at anytime of the day is concerned, these cafes have got your back.