17 Work-Friendly Cafes For You To Get Your Productivity Game On

Whether you are a freelancer, self-employed individual or a full-time worker who spends a good part of your day outside of the office, working on the go has become increasingly common in recent years. 

Being able to work productively on the go isn’t just about having the discipline to focus on what you do. Finding the right place to work is just as important. With this in mind, here are 17 work-friendly cafes that you can consider in Singapore to get your productivity game on.

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#1 Common Man Stan

A coffee roaster and café, Common Man Stan offers the much-needed cup of joe for a day’s work. Common Man Stan serves a variety of breakfast food and lunch bites, including the Common Man Full Breakfast served with organic eggs, bacon, rosti and tomatoes, Brioche French toast and Seared Salmon Salad.

In addition to the usual brews, Common Man Stan also offers the slow brew – a single origin of your choice that is manually brewed to order. This is worth a try, especially if you’re looking to settle in for a bit. Location wise, the café is nestled in the CBD area and opens on Saturdays, making it a perfect work and brunch spot.

Address: 11/12 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730
Nearest MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 4.30pm (except Monday and Sunday till 5.30pm)

Address: 22 Martin Road, Singapore
Nearest MRT Station: Somerset
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 5pm

Address: 185 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427456
Nearest MRT Station: Eunos
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 5pm

#2 Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

Just a stone’s throw away from Clark Quay MRT Station, this outlet marks Craftsmen Specialty Coffee’s sixth around the island. Similar to Wakey Wakey, the café is flooded with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, as well as bay seats for people watching when you’re in-between breaks.

Fuel up with all day breakfast dishes such as the Candied Bacon Croissant Sandwich, Black Forest Ham and Avocado, and tuck into a warm Pulled Beef Burrito and Nacho Chips or White Wine Prawn Spaghetti for lunch. At Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, one can’t miss out on the coffee – order up a Roasted Almond Latte for a cosy start to your morning or an Iced Butterscotch Latte for an after meal treat!

Address: Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #01-59, Singapore 059817
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 9pm

Address: 275 Holland Ave, Singapore 278993
Nearest MRT Station: Holland Village
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am – 9pm

Address: 173 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307623
Nearest MRT Station: Novena
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 9pm

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #01-59, Singapore 059817
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 9pm

Address: 33 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #01-05, Singapore 238977
Nearest MRT Station: Fort Canning
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 6pm

Address: 2 First St, Siglap V, Singapore 458278
Nearest MRT Station: Kembangan
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 9pm

#3 Crossroads Café

Tucked away in Marriott Tang Plaza, it may be surprising to list Crossroads Café  as a work-friendly café. However, being located in a hotel would almost guarantee a good internet connection. It’s central location also makes it convenient for those looking to run errands or to hang with friends around the area.

If you’re working on an empty stomach, the café also offers a variety of spread for you to choose from – including buffets!

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 10.30pm, Friday – Saturday / Eve of PH, 11am – 2am

#4 Dutch Colony Co. 

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Like The Coffee Academics, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. has several outlets located around the island. Our favourite is the one located along Frankel Avenue (Kembangan). The rustic café has a cosy vibe and an alfresco-ish seating area, and is usually quiet during the weekdays – making it perfect for those looking to get some work done, especially with complimentary WiFi and great coffee.

In addition to its extensive beverage menu, the café offers a hearty brunch menu and bites, including dishes such as Salmon Bagel, Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries and Haloumi Fritters.

Address: 113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230
Nearest MRT Station: Kembangan
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday / PH 8am – 6pm

Address: UE Square Mall #01-21 
Nearest MRT Station: Fort Canning
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 6pm

Address: Fusionopolis One #01-01 
Nearest MRT Station: One-north
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 6pm

Address: New Tech Park, 151 Lorong Chuan #01-08 Singapore 556741 
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

Address: Tampines Hub #01-K8
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 6pm

Address: 127 Defu Lane 10 #02-03 Singapore 539234 
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm, reservation required. (Closed on Weekends)

#5 Genius Central Singapore

Source: Genius Central

Genius Central Singapore is the flagship city campus for Entrepreneur Resorts & Genius Group, hailed as a social space for entrepreneurs and digital nomads to network and collaborate. It offers a modern dining concept with signature mains such as Seabass Livornese, Prawn Marinara Pasta and Smoked Salmon Risotto. Gluten-free and vegan options are available.

Address: 7-13 Amoy Street, #01-01, Far East Square, Singapore 049949
Nearest MRT Station: Telok Ayer
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am-8.30pm, Friday – Saturday 8am-9.30pm, Sunday 8am-4pm

#6 Grids & Circles

A café that’s slightly off the grid, Grids & Circles is a three-storey shophouse that comprises of a café, retail and work space. The café serves up comfort food including the Deluxe Morning Rosti Stack, Mixed Berries Granola Yoghurt, and a variety of deli treats (scones, bread loafs, pan au chocolate).

Not only is the cosy café ideal for working remotely, Grids & Circles has also recently launched the Grids at Work Program, where you get to work at your own pace (without having to worry about getting rushed out of the café) with a minimum spend of $20 – talk about perfect timing.

Address: 200 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058749
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am – 6pm

#7 Group Therapy Coffee

A collective event space turned day café located away from the bustle of the CBD, Group Therapy Coffee offers a perk-you-up menu with a variety of espresso, cappuccino and latte on top of their mains including pastas, pancakes and acai bowls ($20 on average). It is a conducive spot for you to work while sipping on your coffee.  

Address: 181 South Bridge Road, #01-05 & #K1-04, Cross Street Exchange, Singapore 058743
Nearest MRT Station: Telok Ayer
Opening Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 8am-5pm, Wednesday – Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday – Saturday 8am-10pm

Address: 30 East Coast Road Katong V Singapore 428751
Nearest MRT Station: Marine Parade
Opening Hours: Daily 8am-6pm

#8 Lunar Coffee Brewers

A few streets away from Common Man Stan, Lunar Coffee Brewers is a hidden gem tucked away in OUE Downtown Gallery. This moon-inspired café features minimalist decor and quiet surroundings that complement a productive work session. Beyond the usual brunch grub, Lunar Coffee Brewers offers a range of hearty and healthy dishes such as the Salmon Soba and Summer Chicken Stew for those looking to fuel up for the afternoon.

Address: 2 OUE Downtown Gallery, 6 Shenton Way #01-49/50, Singapore 068809
Nearest MRT Station: Downtown
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 3pm (Closed on Sunday)

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#9 Mellower Coffee (Jewel)

This one’s for the Easties. A coffee chain that originated from Shanghai, Mellower Coffee’s stores can be spotted around the island. However, it’s the quiet ambience and spaciousness of the Jewel outlet that makes it WFH friendly – especially with the decrease in footfall in the airport, given the current pandemic situation. The café is great for some people-watching, especially when you’re taking a much-needed break from the laptop. 

Source: Mellower Coffee

Ranging from cold brews to coffee cocktails, Mellower Coffee also provides a variety of perk-me-ups to help kickstart your work day! 

Address: Jewel Changi, 78 Airport Boulevard #04-231/232, Singapore 819666
Nearest MRT Station: Changi Airport
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm, Friday – Saturday 11am – 9pm

Address: Bugis, 108 Middle Road, #01-01, Singapore 188967
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9.30am-8pm, Friday – Saturday 9.30am-9pm

Address: MSpace at Maybank, 321 Orchard Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 238866
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am-7pm

#10 Old Hen Kitchen

SOURCE: @OLDHENCOFFEE

Known for its in-house cold brews, Old Hen Kitchen has an extensive coffee menu for the perfect dose of caffeine. With a cosy and quiet space, the café is great for a day’s work.

The rustic-inspired café serves up delectable dishes including Buttered Corn Chowder, Maple Bacon Mac & Cheese and Kimchi Burger.

Address: 127 Owen Rd, Singapore 218931
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park (Exit D)
Operating Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm

#11 OTC Café

Source: @otccafe

In search of a café with a conducive environment? Nestled on the third level of the National Library building, look no further than the OTC Café. The tranquil setting of the space is definitely a plus, and with plugs readily available within the building, you won’t have to worry about your laptop running out of juice. 

The café offers an extensive menu, ranging from pastas like the Carbonara to hearty brunch dishes such as the Egg & Cheese Portobello Mushroom with Grilled Bacon. In addition to the usual coffees (think espresso and flat whites), OTC café also caters to the sweet tooth with beverages such as Hazelnut Latte, Orange Mocha, as well as Chocolate and Cookies ‘N’ Cream Milkshake. 

Address: National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street #03-01, Singapore 188064
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 9pm (except Monday, Friday, Sunday till 8pm)

#12 The Coffee Academics

While there’s an outlet located in Raffles City, The Coffee Academics at Scotts Square has more seating space and is relatively quiet – which means you get to enjoy great coffee without hustling for a seat.

Speaking of coffee, The Coffee Academics is known for its specialty beverages, ranging from its signature Manuka coffee, latte drizzled with organic coffee, to the classic espresso for the perfect work perk-me-up. Feeling peckish? Have your pick from the café ’s extensive menu, including all-day breakfasts and pastas.

Address: 6 Scotts Rd, #02 – 0102, Singapore 228209
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard
Operating Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9am – 8.30pm, Friday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm

Address: Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-12
Nearest MRT Station: City Hall
Operating Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9am – 8.30pm, Friday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm

Address: Millenia Walk #01-26/28/K17
Nearest MRT Station: Promenade
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 8.30pm, Friday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm, Sunday: 9am – 8.30pm

Address: [email protected] #01-25/25A
Nearest MRT Station: Somerset
Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm, Friday – Sunday: 9am – 8pm

Address: Ocean Financial Centre #01-03
Nearest MRT Station: Raffles Place
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays)

Address: Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2 #01-01
Nearest MRT Station: Downtown
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays)

#13 The Lokal

In addition to complimentary WiFi, The Lokal is an Aussie-inspired café known for its friendly service and great grub. 

To kickstart your (productive) day, tuck into a hearty brunch of Smashed Avocado with House-made Ricotta or some Aussie Burgers. Wash it all down with a cup of flat white and you’re ready to tackle your to-do list for the day.

Address: 136 Neil Rd, Singapore 088865
Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 9pm

#14 The Social Space

A multi-concept café, The Social Space is nestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Kreta Ayer. The café offers long tables which are perfect for project discussions and quiet corners for those who require their space. The best part? The Social Space offers complimentary WiFi.

In addition to a wide range of coffee and tea, the café also offers a variety of bites such as toasts and smoothie bowls to fuel your productivity. In collaboration with The Nail Salon, its Kreta Ayer outlet provides toxic-free manicures and pedicures for customers who wish to pamper themselves while enjoying a wholesome meal.

Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-14, Singapore 080333
Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park (Exit H)
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Address: 5 Straits View, #01-03 (Garden Tower), Marina One Residences, Singapore 018935
Nearest MRT Station: Marina Bay (Exit B)
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm (Closed on Public Holiday)

#15 Toby’s Estate

An established name, Toby’s Estate first launched its Asia’s flagship café in Singapore in 2011. In addition to its extensive all-day breakfast menu, choose from a variety of beverages, including coffees, teas, smoothies and craft beers (a cold pint is always good for a break from work).

Together with a riverfront view, the café’s quiet surroundings make for a productive working space. For those who need to remain connected, Toby’s Estate has complimentary WiFi and plugs.

Address: 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216
Nearest MRT Station: Fort Canning
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am – 5pm

#16 Twenty Eight Café

An open concept-café  with a minimalistic interior, it’s easy to mistake Twenty Eight Café for a co-working space. Not only is WiFi provided, what stands out the most is that the café offers plugs to charge your electronics with. Plus, it’s slightly off-central location helps to deter crowds.

The café also offers a range of toasties including Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Cauliflower Toastie, Avocado Mozzarella Cheese Toastie and the Smoked Salmon Scramble Egg Toastie.

Address: 28 Wilkie Rd, #01-06, Singapore 228051
Nearest MRT Station: Rochor
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 7.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday – Sunday 8am – 4.30pm

#17 Wakey Wakey

Nestled in The Concourse along Beach Road and away from the bustle of the city, Wakey Wakey is perfect for those seeking a quiet yet accessible space. The café is helmed by the same folks from Strangers Reunion and Curious Palette, so rest assured that your coffee needs are properly taken care of. The menu features some brunch classics, including the Pulled Pork Burger, Smashed Avocado and Grilled Cheese Toastie. 

Source: Wakey Wakey

Food aside, Wakey Wakey’s minimalist décor, together with the flood of natural sunlight (made possible with the café’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows) into the café, make it an ideal work space for those looking for a productive afternoon!

Address: The Concourse, 302 Beach Rd, #01-04,5 Singapore 199600
Nearest MRT Station: Nicoll Highway
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am – 6pm

Instead Of Just Buying Coffee, Work At The Coffee Joint

While some would prefer to work from home where all the work-related necessities such as a stable internet connection are, having a change of work environment can help to boost creativity and productivity. In addition to the novel stimuli, breaking your work routine can also help encourage perspectives and work solutions. 

So instead of the usual coffee-run, try heading to a new café and you might be surprised at where it’ll take you, productivity-wise.

This article was originally published on 28 February 2020 and updated with new information.

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