Costa Coffee Hot
A UK coffeeshop franchise that is actually the largest coffee chain in the world behind Starbucks. They promise a new kind of coffee experience and serve sandwiches as well. Opening their flagship store at Chervon House in 2012, by year's end they had 3 stores in Singapore with the latest opening at Vivo City.
30 Raffles Place
Tel: +65 6534 3893
Mon-Fri: 7.30am - 9pm
Saturday: 8am - 9pm
Sunday: 8am to 4pm
252 North Bridge Road
#01-45/45A (Beside Robinsons)
Tel: +65 6337 9835
(including Eve of PH and PH).
1 HarbourFront Walk
Tel: +65 6276 0514
Daily: 10am – 10pm
(including Eve of PH and PH)
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 6 user(s)
Just get the flavoured coffee
I only went to Costa Coffee because I was too lazy to queue at Starbucks, but after my first cup, it's now my favoured alternative to Starbucks or The Coffee Bean. Costa Coffee has the rare ability to make better flavoured coffee than standard coffee.
Skip the typical cappuccinos and lattes and try their hazelnut or chocolate flavoured drinks instead. The next time you have a choice, give Starbucks a miss and head to Costa Coffee - somehow, they've gotten the proportion of flavour to coffee just right. It's a sweet drink, but still retains that coffee kick!
I chanced on this place with a group of friends a few weeks ago, and I highly recommend their Hazelnut Latte. I am definitely not a 'coffee' person but this drink was absolutely amazing. It's smooth, creamy and delicious, with an aftertaste that will make you crave for it long after you've had it. I've since returned to their Raffles Place outlet to get my coffee fix. However, I would not try their food, as their sandwiches appeared to have wilted leaves and were far too overpriced for my liking. Bottom line: go straight for the coffee and not the food.
Located at level B1 of Hereen, the place is accessible through the department store or the stairs linked from the street level. The place is not crowded and we had the sofa in front of the counter all to ourselves. Quite comfortable.
I had the green tea latte which costs $6.10 for a small size. It tastes not bad and it was not too sweet. M had cafe latte while G had hot chocolate. G felt that there was too much milk in the latte and there was no latte art, nor distinct layers of coffee, milk and foam in the drink. She felt disappointed with the drinks.
Awesome chocolate drinks
Costa coffee is a very nice alternative to The Coffee Bean and Starbucks. The prices here are very decent and the drinks, truth be told, are much better than either of the two aforementioned coffee houses.
All my drinks here included chocolate, and I have to say that the chocolate tasted awesome! The drinks were also more special than what Starbucks was offering at that time.
The staff are also very friendly and helpful with recommendations. I suggest putting this in your selection of coffee houses.
Above Average Coffee, But Unspectacular Food
Hot on the heels of the mega coffee franchises comes Costa Coffee, a coffeehouse brand from the United Kingdom. As a franchise, you're assured of having acceptable standards and decent quality at Costa Coffee, however, that also makes the place rather unspectacular and forgettable.
Ambience at Costa Coffee is the typical laid back cafe vibe, and the furniture is comfortable. Nice place to relax, or perhaps catch up on studies.
Service at Costa Coffee is simple, as you'll have to order at the counter, and staff will serve your orders to you. Generally, Costa Coffee isn't a place you'll visit for service, as the process is rather linear for staff - take orders, accept payment, prepare food / drink, serve.
The coffee here is quite good, but not good enough for me to specially make a trip here. It's fine if you're in the area, and don't want to visit the other major coffee franchises. The food at Costa Coffee is themed along the lines of sandwiches, pies, and pastries. Quick, easy to consume, and mass manufactured. Decent tasting at best, and rather expensive for what it's worth.
A taste of England
I was really excited the first time I passed a Costa Coffee in Singapore because I was immediately reminded of the Costa Coffee stores back in England and all the times my grandmother would bring me in for a cup of hot chocolate when the air was a bit nippy.
In a bid to relive some of those memories I walked into Coasta Coffee and ordered a hot chocolate. And to my absolute delight, it tastes exactly the same as the one back in England. I've had experiences where franchise stores somehow taste a little different than the originals, but this was, as far as I could tell, the real deal. I'm heading back soon!