The best cafes in Lavender

13 noteworthy spots to check out in the hipster neighbourhood

The best cafes near Lavender MRT station
The best cafes near Lavender MRT station
19 Jul 2019

The best cafes near Lavender MRT station

There aren’t a dearth of cafes in the Lavender area if you know where to look. Past the smatterings of commercial buildings, low shophouses and a Padang - or the Jalan Besar stadium, you’ll discover coffee houses, patisseries and cute dinner joints just a short distance from the MRT station. Explore this sleepy town with an empty tummy during your next free weekend.

The Refinery
The Refinery
19 Jul 2019

The Refinery

With sky-high ceilings and hanging curved hooks, you’ll be immediately drawn to the warehouse-like interior of The Refinery. This three-storey restaurant promises three different experiences; a yakitori restaurant, a bespoke bar and a creative working space.

The salmon tokubetsu don, tsukune balls of love yakitori and chicken nanban we had were great. The salmon was fresh, the yakitori had a smokey hint thanks to the tare sauce while the Japanese tartar sauce in the chicken nanban blew us away with the citrusy taste. Couple the perfect ambience with pocket-friendly prices and this is one of the best cafes near Lavender MRT to head to.

Address: 115 King George’s Avenue, #01-02, Singapore 208561

The Bravery Cafe
The Bravery Cafe
19 Jul 2019

The Bravery Cafe

This halal cafe serves up brunch and dinner mains like the sinfully delicious three stack banana pancake and Brave Boston served with grilled half lobster. We hear their signature Lavender Latte is also a must try.

Although this cafe is just a 5-minute walk from Lavender MRT, it has no signboards save for graffiti-laden pillars and a notice of trading hours on the main door. So if you’re not paying attention, you might just miss it.  

Address: 66 Horne Road, Singapore 209073

Oberstrasse
Oberstrasse
19 Jul 2019

Oberstrasse

Look beyond Kitchener Complex’s rather uninspiring exterior and you’ll find a few culinary gems. One of which is Oberstrasse or Upper Street located on… street level. Paying homage to its German name, the cafe serves up swiss rosti, veal bratwurst and all day breakfast options like the Ober Works, featuring mesclun greens, bacon, chicken harissa sausage and eggs your way. Order up pasta and baked rice if you’re in the area and craving a heartier meal.

Its modern, rustic and serene ambience makes it perfect for an extended weekday lunch. The cafe is just a 2-minute walk from Lavender MRT, so you can make it back to work in time if you absolutely have to.

Address: Kitchener Complex, 809 French Road, #01-50, Singapore 200809

Two Bakers
Two Bakers
19 Jul 2019

Two Bakers

Run by a Le Cordon Bleu Paris-trained chef, find French and Fusion inspired pastries, fresh food and speciality coffee at Two Bakers. Their dessert menu boasts some delicious sounding names - ondeh ondeh coconut mousse cake, hojicha tiramisu and yuzu lemon tart just to name a few. 

Two Bakers is also known for their clean and wholesome mains like rib-eye steak bowl and sio bak don with oven braised pork belly and gula melaka topped with a runny egg. Hungry yet? We know we are!

Address: 88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083

Wimbly Lu @ Tyrwhitt
Wimbly Lu @ Tyrwhitt
19 Jul 2019

Wimbly Lu @ Tyrwhitt

Wimbly Lu needs little introduction. This cafe is one of the best chocolate cafes in Singapore and prettiest in the area. The natural skylight and hanging planters lend the space a warm and cosy air, ideal as a Sunday brunch spot - who said you can’t have chocolate for breakfast anyway!

Order the waffle or crepe with scoops of ice-cream (we recommend the speculoos, earl grey and rum and raisin), or the root beer float cake - a wine glass dessert with chocolate cake, root beer and a scoop of ice-cream for some unique decadence. If you’ve been put off by the often crowded outlet at Jalan Riang, you know where to head to now.

Address: 166 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207570

The Tiramisu Hero
The Tiramisu Hero
19 Jul 2019

The Tiramisu Hero

It’s hard not to like this quirky and unpretentious cafe selling - you guessed it - tiramisu in every imaginable flavour from Baileys to kaya, Milo and even durian. You can also customise your tiramisu with a tipple of alcohol or adjust the sweetness and wetness levels to your liking. Want to try your hand at making your own? The Tiramisu Hero offers tiramisu-making classes for corporates.

Address: 121 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207548

Antoinette
Antoinette
19 Jul 2019

Antoinette

Walking into this cafe may well be akin to walking into a patisserie in France, but just that we’re in Lavender, in Singapore…we know. Its low marble tables with gold finishings, whitewashed walls and the glass display panel on the counter hold macarons and pastries almost too pretty to eat.

Head here for a cosy tete-a-tete with your BFF and indulge in sweet souffle pancakes and fluffy petit, a cloud-shaped white chocolate mousse filled with passionfruit lemon jelly, strawberry cremeux, almond genoise and kirsch syrup. Yup, this cafe doesn’t shy away from the fluff and the nice.

Address: 30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188

Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH)
Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH)
19 Jul 2019

Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH)

This list of best cafes near Lavender MRT would be incomplete without the popular Chye Seng Huat Hardware. Housed in what used to be a hardware store of the past, sit in the courtyard with a cuppa or cold brew to best experience what it must have been like back then. Coffee is rotated on a seasonal basis here to highlight the best from the region’s coffee farms.

After your choice of brunch from the all-day breakfast menu, walk over to Papa Palheta, a coffee boutique and landlord of CSHH, which runs C-Platform where coffee enthusiasts and professionals alike can sign up for coffee making workshops.

Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563

Tyrwhitt Little Cafe (TLC)
Tyrwhitt Little Cafe (TLC)
19 Jul 2019

Tyrwhitt Little Cafe (TLC)

Although one of the lesser known cafes in Lavender, Tyrwhitt Little Cafe is the spot to head to for some quiet, me time. Serving up warm continental breakfast, western mains and a range of delicious cakes, it’s difficult to go wrong here.

Take advantage of their Kopi Happy Hour deals and snag any cake with a cuppa coffee or tea. Make sure you have a book in hand too, we’re sure you won’t be interrupted here by large crowds at all.

Address: 165 Tyrwhitt Road, Parc Sovereign Hotel, Singapore 207569

Heap Seng Leong
Heap Seng Leong
19 Jul 2019

Heap Seng Leong

We couldn’t leave out the OG of cafes in Lavender; Heap Seng Leong coffee shop. Although it may not fit the description of a modern-day cafe, you can’t deny that traditional coffeeshops evoke an undeniable feeling of comfort and home.

Skip the regular kopi and order the coffee with butter (kopi gu you). It may sound a bit odd, but trust us, the slab of butter adds a caramelised flavour to your coffee that you’ll love. Pair it with traditional kaya toast and soft boiled eggs and you’ll have one of the best local breakfast fixes at a very affordable price point.

Address: Block 10, North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010

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Butter Studio
Butter Studio
19 Jul 2019

Butter Studio

The cousin of Bakery Cafe, cake and pastries shop Butter Studio sells hand-baked delights for delivery and in-house dining. Some of their bestsellers include red velvet cupcake and the unique   milo speculoos fudge cupcake. Apart from sweet treats, they serve an all-day brunch menu and dinner burgers too. 

Address: 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865

Mahota Pantry
Mahota Pantry
19 Jul 2019

Mahota Pantry

If you’re a fan of the farm-to-table concept at Mahota Commune, then you have to try Mahota Pantry. Warm yourself with their double boiled soups and steamed rice sets among other Asian inspired dishes. After which, wash it down with green smoothies and floral teas.

Don’t leave your kids at home while you cafe hop. Mahota Pantry is a kid-friendly cafe in Lavender and your little ones will be kept very busy with wooden toys, books and colouring sets in the Kids Play Area.

Address: Kitchener Complex, 808 French Road, Level 3, Singapore 200809

Black Fairy Coffee
Black Fairy Coffee
19 Jul 2019

Black Fairy Coffee

Although a relatively new cafe in Lavender, Black Fairy Coffee has already earned some love with its enchanting menu offerings. This charming cafe prides itself on roasting the perfect brew with speciality-grade Arabica beans and precise brewing methods. From fairy protein bowls to pixie salads, sweet treats and magical blends of iced tea and, of course, coffee, the delish offerings will leave you spellbound.

When the sun sets, Black Fairy turns to a bistro and dishes out some pretty attractive Happy Hour deals - perfect if you’re coming from Jalan Besar and want a refreshing beer to celebrate post-match.

Address: 131 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207553

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