Tiong Bahru being as hippy of a place as it is, its collection of places where you can eat is rather impressive overall. But perhaps you are not looking for a full on fine dining experience, and instead you just want someplace to grab a quick bite along with a drink. If that is the case, here are 5 cafes in Tiong Bahru you must consider visiting. 

Forty Hands

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The name comes from the idea that the production of coffee, from stage 1 of being a bean, to the final stage of being served in a cup, requires forty hands to do the work. You can find this place open seven days a week along with a sizable number of people in it. 

As for the menu, Forty Hands prides itself in its iced bubble coffee, consisting of espresso, full cream milk, gula melaka caramel, and coffee infused golden pearls. Who needs Starbucks anyway? If you’re looking for something to chew on, do not overlook the Tau Sar Pau, which are red steamed buns, with appropriate amounts of sweetness to go along with your drink.

Open Hours: 7:30AM – 8:30PM (All days)
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Address: 78 Yong Siak St, Singapore 163078

Merci Marcel

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Looking for a more European vibe? Merci Marcel, as the name implies, aims to provide its customers with a French experience. After all, that’s where the word café comes from, right? 

The menu of Merci Marcel provides ample variety throughout different times of the day. Its afternoon break menu consists of flavourful cold cuts such as Artisanal Coppa (which is described as a pork cold cut from Corsica), along with the likes of a traditional crème brûlée, and a cheesy Ravioles de Royans. All of a sudden, you’ll find yourself salivating both from the food and as well as from trying to pronounce the names of said food.

Open Hours: 8AM – 10:30PM (All days)
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Address: 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056


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Some of us are a lot more sugar conscious than others. If you are one of them, this is probably the option for you when you are in Tiong Bahru. The food here is all lower on sugar, and gluten-free.

That’s not all. Those on a keto diet can also find plenty here that would appeal to them on the menu, such as Keto Power on the breakfast menu, which is scrambled eggs and Paleo toast. Needless to say, Tiann’s also vows to keep their food delicious and not just healthy. 

Open Hours: 8AM – 8PM (Tuesdays – Sundays)
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Address: 71 Seng Poh Rd, #01-35, Singapore 160071

PS.Cafe Petit

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But what’s life without some pizzas and burgers from time to time? PS. Cafe Petit offers a collection of such traditional fast foods, but prepared with a slow and sensible approach rather than a level of carelessness usually associated with fast foods.

Feel free to get fancier with their vast selection of wine collected from over 20 suppliers. Overall, this is for those looking for a gourmet experience along with some classic food items that we all love.

Open Hours: 9AM – 10:30PM (All days)
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Address: No. 41, Blk, 78 Guan Chuan St, Singapore 160078


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For those looking for someplace with delicious vegan food, Prive might be the one. Its menu gives a lot of respect to the customers by specifying the items that are vegetarian, vegan, contain nuts, or contain pork. 

Furthermore, going for a vegan meal does not limit your choices too much by any means. You can go for vegan sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, cakes, pastas, and a lot more. So don’t worry! Your diet preferences will be well taken care of.

Open Hours: 8AM – 10:30PM (All days)
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Address: 57 Eng Hoon St, #01-88, Singapore 160057

Be sure to try at least one of these five places during your visit to Tiong Bahru, if not more! Go catch ’em all. Let us know which one you liked the most.

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