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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. And with prices that are a cut below your typical hipster cafe’s, 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 smoked salmon or turkey ham and croque monsieur being the most expensive items on the menu. Sourdough toast with pear and vanilla jam and orange marmalade and cheese toasties can be had for a wallet-friendly $4.50. Use The Entertainer to enjoy 1-for-1 mains, bring prices down even further.

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 1-for-1 on any of these mains, which means that huge steak sandwich you just stuffed your face with is going to cost you about $8.25.

Drury Lane

94 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088515

This cafe offers pretty good value in spite of its central (read: expensive) location. Pastas, including creamy tom yum, smoked salmon aglio olio, turkey bacon and mushroom, are all $16, while their egg dishes are priced between $12 to $17. Their sandwiches cost $12, and all-day brunches generally cost between $14 to $15. With The Entertainer, slash the price of your meal further—the 1-for-1 deal means you can have eggs benedict for a mere $6 per person.

Laaf Coffee & Bistro

37 East Coast Road

This cafe should win a prize for having the most unassuming interior deco of all the hipster cafes in Singapore, without a vintage bicycle in sight. Their menu serves up hearty mains such as beef burger and fish and chips for $18.90, and classic carbonara for $13.90. But hipsters, don’t worry, there’s something for you too, such as the tofu burger ($14.90) and all-day breakfast ($11.90 to $18.90). Use The Entertainer to enjoy 1-for-1 mains, which lets you and a friend enjoy a Power Up breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, bratwurst, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, baked beans and toast for just $9.45 each.

Flavour Flings

Blk 121 Hougang Ave 1 #01-1348

While many of Singapore’s hipster cafes are slicker than slick, Flavour Flings is a true heartland establishment, nestled on the ground floor of an HDB block. This charmingly and unpretentiously decorated cafe serves up dishes like beef steak and raclette (24.90), salted egg yolk croissant ($6.90) and eggs royale ($15.90). Use The Entertainer and you and a friend can have beef steak and raclette for just $12.45.

The LoKal

136 Neil Road

This ultra chic cafe near the CBD swarms with well-heeled office workers on weekdays. They’ve got an interesting and varied menu which is a bit on the pricey side, but with The Entertainer you can enjoy 1-for-1 mains and pay up to 50% less. For instance, their black pig, a stunning pork belly and bacon burger, normally costs $20 but can be as cheap as $10 with the app. Likewise, the cost of their crabmeat pasta is $22 but can be brought down to as low as $11.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook

462 Crawford Lane #01-63

This establishment deserves to be mentioned because it’s gained a reputation for serving quality food, in contrast with the limp, lacklustre dishes so many hipster cafes try to pass off as brunch. The cafe’s chic, urban interior is complemented by creative spins on classics dishes, like prawn laksa pasta, salmon carbonara and salted egg yolk pasta, both $17. If $17 sounds a bit high for pasta, reassure yourself that with The Entertainer’s 1-for-1 deal, you’ll be enjoying these dishes for as little as $8.50.

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48 Arab Street

As its name suggests, this Arab Street cafe is rather haphazard in appearance. Plastic kopitiam stools share the space with industrial-chic wooden furniture. It’s also one of Singapore’s older hipster cafes, which is quite a feat considering how many fold within a year or two. Their menu is a little on the pricey side, as you would expect of a hipster cafe in a central area. Their burgers cost $16 to $24, while you can expect brunch or sandwiches to set you back $14 to $22. That’s why you should use The Entertainer’s 1-on-1 deal to save up to 50% on your mains.

Which 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.