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8 Hipster Cafes in Singapore Where You Can Enjoy a Main Course For No More Than $15

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Joanne Poh

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Everyone loves a good, sit-down restaurant meal every now and then, but let’s be honest here—cafes are definitely the stars of Singapore’s F&B scene right now.

Even if you’re not an Instagrammer who insists on posting photos of hip cafe interiors every two seconds, there’s just something about sitting down to a cup of steaming hot coffee and an eggs benedict that’s bleeding Hollandaise sauce.

The only problem is that cafes tend to price their offerings on the high side. At some point you realise you’re spending $25 to $30 on coffee and eggs, which is not cool.

We’re here to help. Here are eight cafes with stylish interiors that offer main courses for under $15:

 

Penny University

402 East Coast Road Singapore 428997

This place is an institution for people living in the Siglap area, and you’ll see local youths hanging around outside every weekend. With prices that are a cut below your typical hipster cafe, it’s easy to see why. All the items on their breakfast and brunch menu cost no more than $12, with the eggs benedict with turkey ham and croque monsieur being the most expensive items on the menu. Scrambled eggs on bruschetta and cheese toasties can be had for a wallet-friendly $4.50.

 

NOM

400 Kallang-Paya Lebar Way, Macpherson Community Club Level 1, Singapore 379131

This cafe’s claim to fame is its location at a community club, and its arrival has resulted in a sudden change in the ratio of hipsters to aunties. The interiors were designed by two architects, so don’t think it will look uncool just because of its location. The most expensive items on the menu cost less than $15, with quesadillas served with fries and salad on the side going for $14.90, waffles going for $9.90 to $14.90 and hearty salads going for $8.90.

 

Necessary Provisions

21 Eng Kong Terrace Singapore 598993

The fact that so many people are willing to drive all the way to the ulu Eng Kong neighbourhood just to visit Necessary Provisions is a testament to the popularity of this cafe. They’ve got not just pretty interiors but also a strong menu featuring many items in the $9 to $12 range. All rice and noodle dishes, including Thai basil chicken rice and buta (pork belly don) are $12 and below, while burgers are priced at $11.

 

Bakehouse

321 Alexandra Road #01-14 Alexandra Central Mall Singapore 159971

The folks behind Carpenter and Cook have opened another outlet called The Bakehouse in the Queenstown area, focusing on more substantial meals including pasta, pizza and sandwiches. Their pizzas range from $14 to $17, while pasta and sandwiches are priced at $15 to $25. The Entertainer app gives you one-for-one on all mains, which means you pay only $7 to $12.50 per person.

 

Sarnies

136 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068601

Those working in the Shenton Way area might already be familiar with Sarnies. Once you step into the interior of the cafe, you feel like you’re in Tiong Bahru rather than the CBD. They’ve got an extensive lunch menu featuring salads starting at $15 and a range of sandwiches costing $14.50 to $16.50. With The Entertainer, you get one-for-one on any of these mains, which means that huge steak sandwich you just stuffed your face with is going to cost you about $8.

 

Drury Lane

94 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088515

This cafe offers pretty good value in spite of its central (read: expensive) location. Pastas (including chilli crab and kale, and smoked salmon and mushroom) are all $15, while their baked eggs on multigrain toast and sides like beef sausage or smoked salmon and kale are priced at $12. Their sandwiches are also a good deal at $8 to $9, and all-day breakfast generally costs between $8 to $17. With The Entertainer, slash the price of your meal further—the one-for-one deal means you can have eggs benedict for a mere $6 per person.

 

Bread Yard

1 Fusionopolis Place #01-23/24 Galaxis Singapore 138362

Located at Fusionopolis, this place offers some of the better value brunches in Singapore. Their Norwegian breakfast which includes smoked salmon, asparagus and two eggs costs $14, while $15 will get you a huge breakfast with bacon, mushrooms, sausages and eggs. Sandwiches cost $7 to $12 apiece, and there are also main courses available for $14 to $15.

 

Lola’s Cafe

5 Simon Road Singapore 545893

Those who are willing to travel all the way to Hougang just to have a meal can be rewarded by a visit to Lola’s Cafe. Their brunch and dinner menus contain nothing over $20, with several items priced at $15 and below. Their avocado eggs benedict is $14, while their spicy swimmer crab tomato cream pasta is $15.

Where are your favourite cafes in Singapore? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.