This article was first published on 28 February 2020 and has been updated with additional reporting.
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 when working outside of an office cubicle. Find the right place to work at is just as important. With this in mind, here are 10 work-friendly cafes that you can consider in Singapore to get your productivity game on.
#1 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.
Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #01-14, Singapore 080333
#2 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
# 3 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
#4 Dutch Colony Co.
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
#5 Old Hen Kitchen
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. Plus, Old Hen Kitchen opens till late, so you don’t have to worry about having to relocate as soon as the sun sets.
The rustic-inspired café also serves up delectable dishes including Buttered Corn Chowder, Maple Bacon Mac & Cheese and Kimchi Burger.
Address: 127 Owen Rd, Singapore 218931
#6 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
#7 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
#8 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
#9 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
#10 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, Shenton Way #01-49/50, Singapore 068809
#11 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, Singapore 199600
#12 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
#13 OTC Café
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
#14 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
#15 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
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.
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