This means you too Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, we haven’t forgotten all the big chain cafes and coffee spots, but let’s focus on the little guys for a bit. Grabbing that morning joe or an afternoon caffeine fix is a must for most of us, but do we really know what else is out there?

I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with your coffee shop downstairs, but most people usually join the queue at Starbucks for their long black rather than walk a few extra meters down the road. Here are a few options, you might want to consider if you’re working in the CBD.



There’s always trusty Sarnies if you’re anywhere around the Telok Ayer or Amoy Street area. Nestled at the junction of Boon Tat and Telok Ayer, Sarnies is a hot spot for the startup and business community around town. Walking distance from Telok Ayer MRT, it is a popular choice to grab a coffee, lunch or even do a spot of hot desking (free WIFI) if you’re so inclined. You can choose from a choice of sandwiches, hearty meals, coffees, teas and juices, so having a fussy palette won’t be an issue.  Address: 136 Telok Ayer Street, 068601

Free the Robot


A hole in the wall café you won’t be blamed for missing even if you walk right past it, Free the Robot is a coffee spot only in the afternoon. By evening, it turns into a bespoke cocktail bar, Bitters and Love. This is a cosy spot in the middle of town that you can go to, to hide away from your boss. That is unless your boss loves cosy spots hidden in plain sight of course, in that case, well your kind of screwed. Choose from a rather decent food menu or sample their cold brews, to enjoy a relaxing afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the office. Address: 118 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068587

Dapper Coffee

Dapper coffee

I’ve been accused of being the most ‘basic’ person out there, but you’ll have to bear with me when I mention Dapper Coffee. They are best known for their Instagram baiting Unicorn Tears drink, though the rest of their stuff isn’t so bad either. Stepping just outside of Telok Ayer, you’ll find Dapper Coffee on the second floor of one of the shophouses that make the street so recognizable. They got an extensive menu to suit most palettes and some beer for those who need a slightly different afternoon pick-me-up.  Address: 73A Amoy Street, Second Floor, Singapore 069892.

One Shot Coffee

one shot coffee

They describe themselves as “a small, independent group of baristas serving the best brew in Singapore’s’ CBD”  and that more or less sums them up perfectly. This is probably the only coffee place on the list that doesn’t do brunch and I’m secretly glad. I love me some avocado toast, but let’s be honest, sometimes you just want to sit down, read a book and have a good cup of coffee in peace and quiet.  Address: 9 Raffles Place, Singapore 048619

There you have it everyone, a list of some awesome places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat when you get time in your busy day. To find out about great Poke in town, read our other feature here.