Your Orchard Road shopping day has been a success so far. You’ve dodged the crowds, hit the shops with stealth speed and scored yourself some great deals. However, you now find yourself in the unenviable position of being in the midst of the fray with shoppings bags weighing you down and your energy resources seriously depleting. As Singapore whirls around you, you realise there is only one thing that can keep you moving—a re-energising cup of joe. But where to go? Finding good coffee on Orchard hasn't been easy, but after many a year of scouring the streets, we've finally managed to find some stellar spots for a cracking cup of java.
The Assembly Ground
This quirky cafe is an offshoot of The Assembly Store, and it offers a chilled out vibe with warm wooden tables, bicycles hanging from the walls, and exposed pipes running along the ceiling. Their coffee comes from Common Man Coffee Roasters and Nylon Coffee, and the servers will even pair your coffee with your food order to enhance your sipping experience. Plus, their extensive menu of breakfast dishes, soups, salads, pizzas, and plates of pasta makes this a great spot to stop by any time of day.
The Assembly Ground, The Cathay #01-21/22/23, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229223. p. +65 6733 3375. Open Tues - Sun: 10:30am - 10pm
Barrio by Mex Out
Sure, a Mexican restaurant may not be the first thing you think of when you’re craving caffeine, but Barrio is a cheerful little spot to grab a cuppa and chill for a bit. They serve up Sarnies coffee in all manner of espresso-based drinks like lattes, flat whites, and cappuccinos, and you can choose to have yours hot or on ice and in house or to take away. And if you want something sweet to go with your brew, the churros and key lime pie are lovely.
These guys take their beverages very seriously, as is evident from the seven stations throughout that include a hand-brew coffee bar, a tea academics bar and a roasting corner. Besides great coffee made from premium beans from around the world, The Coffee Academics also offers sumptuous breakfast and lunch dishes like scrambled eggs with crayfish and vibrant fish tacos, plus there's a coffee concierge on hand to help you create your own bespoke blend.
Legions of fans swear by Jewel Coffee, so when this bright and cheery coffee house opened their fourth branch on Orchard, it was busy from the get-go. It’s all about third-wave coffee here, so you can expect a variety of aromatic blends in the form of lattes, cappuccinos, and iced caffeine creations. Grab a seat in the atrium outside for some morning brekky or a mid-day coffee or lunch break, or come by later in the day for craft beers and special dinner offerings.
Located in Isetan department store, Kith Cafe is a great place to chill out for a bit when you need a break from lugging all those shopping bags around. Here the baristas whip up brews with a special blend of beans that come from renowned coffee growing regions. Grab a seat on one of the modular blocks and sip away as you plan your next purchases. They also have a decent selection of easy-going eats like sandwiches, pastries, and pizzas.
Kith Cafe, 350 Orchard Road, Isetan, Level 2, Singapore 238868. p. +65 9631 1885. Open Sun - Thurs 11am - 9pm, Fri - Sat 11am - 9:30pm
Oriole is located a bit farther down Orchard than most of your go-to malls and shops, but do yourself a favour and make the trip to this eclectic cafe and watering hole. By day the leather booths beckon for leisurely lunches and the heavenly aroma of freshly roasted coffee wafts through the air. The award-winning baristas brew a mean cup with only the finest sustainably sourced Arabica beans. They also have wi-fi if you need to catch up on some work.
Oriole, 96 Somerset Road #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Singapore 238163. p. +65 6238 8348. Open Mon - Tues: 11am - 10pm, Wed - Thu: 11am - midnight, Fri - Sat: 11am - 1am, Sun and PH: 10 am - 10pm
Get your Java fix, indulge in some healthy fare, and grab some things for your pantry all at the same time at this gourmet market and cafe. Located in Mandarin Gallery, this is the perfect spot for a break from the shops, as the high ceilings and light wood tables give it a warm and welcoming vibe and the coffee and food are delicious and affordable. Plus they have customised blends of coffee available and bags of beans you can enjoy at home.
The Providore, 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery #02-05, Singapore 238897. p. + 65 6732 1465. Open daily 9am - 11pm, including public holidays
Sacha & Sons
This New York style delicatessen not only serves up great brews from Common Man Coffee Roasters, but they also offer an authentic taste of the Big Apple with delicious dishes like house-cured pastrami, matzo ball soup, latkes, strudels, and bagels. Take a break from the shops and pop in for a cuppa and a light bite, or grab a group of friends and dig into one of their decadent smoked meat, smoked fish, or dips platters.
Sacha & Sons, 333A Orchard Road, #03-02 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897. p. +65 6735 6961. Open Sun - Thurs: 10am - 10pm, Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm
Finally one of our favourite coffee shops and bakeries has sprung up on Orchard! So if you’re on an epic shopping mission and your sugar levels are dropping, stop by the new Tiong Bahru Bakery at CK Tangs for heavenly cakes, croissants, tarts, and sandwiches and a zippy cup of 40 Hands coffee.
Wild Honey does an awesome custom coffee blend made just for them from Common Man Coffee Roasters. We highly suggest trying it as is without the addition of milk or sugar so you can fully savour the spot-on flavours. They also do fabulous breakfast and brunch dishes that range from decadent full monty feasts to healthy California style plates, plus some sweet treats thrown in for good measure.