15 cafes in Serangoon that you will never go wrong with

by Jermina

Two words. Cafe. Hopping

If that was enough to pique your interest, you’ve come to the right place.  

For those who live in the area, you’d know that Serangoon is known for having tons of supper spots

But, did you know that there are also a handful of cafes tucked away in the neighbourhood — and most importantly won’t break the bank. 

As such, we’ve gathered 15 most popular cafes in Serangoon that include hearty brunch fare, artisanal pastries and ice cream, pet-friendly options and more for avid cafe-hoppers.

1. Apollo Coffee Bar

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The top of the list amongst the cafes in Serangoon has to be the ever-so-popular Apollo Coffee Bar that offers hearty brunch fare in a minimalistic and cosy ambience that gives off Bali vibes

There’s a decent variety of pasta dishes like the crowd favourite Carbonara (S$21) that boasts shimeji mushrooms and smoky bacon cream sauce.

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Alternatively, they offer dishes that are more attuned to local flavours like the Chilli Chicken Biang Biang Noodles (S$20). It comprises scallop fried chicken with spicy tomato garlic belt noodles (yums).

Although it’s slightly on the pricier side, the portions given are often generous and large enough for sharing. 

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📍 65 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555961
🕐 9am–10pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon 

2. The Larder Cafe

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For those planning a weekend brunch date to Apollo, chances are that there will be many people already flocking there so it’s gonna be extremely crowded. 

Not to fret, because The Larder Cafe is just a stone’s throw away. 

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They serve affordable cafe fare with a decent selection of Western dishes like Carbonara Spaghetti (S$14.50) or BBQ Pork Ribs (S$21)

Not many people would know about this hidden gem since it’s situated on the second level of a shophouse, but it’s still a casual and cosy location to hangout with friends or family.

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📍 66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962 
🕐 11am–10pm (Daily)

3. Oddity Cafe

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If you’re bringing your furkids along, Oddity Cafe is a pet-friendly cafe where you can grab your morning coffee to go through their mini “drive-through”. 

Besides that, they have a quirky all day brunch menu that lasts until 5pm everyday — perfect for people who want to sleep in and still want to indulge in cafe grub. 

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Craving for Japanese fare?

Go all out with the Miso Sexy (S$18) pasta that boasts miso-sesame capellini with shimeji mushrooms and ebiko, Miso Tots (S$12), Dirty Matcha (S$7), and finish your meal with the Okinawa Sweet Potato Gelato

And you don’t even have to travel overseas for it. 

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📍 730 Upper Serangoon Rd, #01-01A Yeley Building, Singapore 534613
🕐 11am–11pm (Tue to Fri), 9am–11pm (Sat & Sun)

4. Sun Ray Cafe

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How many pet-friendly cafes are considered too many? 

The correct answer is you can never have too many. 

Bring your fur babies on an outing to Sun Ray Cafe that serves artisanal pastries, mains, and hand-brewed coffee. 

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Not only do they have cafe fare for pet owners like the Beef Shakshuka (S$15), but there are also pet treats using human grade meats and vegetables. 

Get the Happy Paw Bento Set (S$10) with salmon, beef or chicken options and Birthday Cake (starting from S$15) for special celebrations.

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📍 79 Brighton Cres, Singapore 559218 
🕐 9am–8.30pm (Daily)

5. Kreme Cafe 

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Be transported to the past at Kreme Cafe that offers old-school pastries and breads with popular local-inspired flavours amongst other cafes in Serangoon. 

Think sliced cakes in nostalgic flavours including Yam and Kaya from S$4–S$5, Blueberry Cheese Tart (S$2.50), and Custard Cone (S$1.80) for very affordable prices. 

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Besides offering nostalgic bakes, this traditional cafe-bakery has an ice cream parlour with freshly made Buttermilk Waffle (S$5)

Choose from ice cream flavours like Bailey’s, Matcha Azuki Beans or Kopi Gu You AKA coffee with butter that starts from just S$4.50

Where else can you find quality bakes in Serangoon cafes for under S$2? 

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📍 154 Serangoon North Ave 1, #01-404, Singapore 550154
🕐 8.30am–9.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon 

6. The Better Scoop

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Located right next to NEX, The Better Scoop makes it convenient to get your ice cream fix after you’ve finished shopping or going to the movies. 

This store is well-known for its mochi-like Nian Gao Waffles (S$6.80) and floral, tea-inspired ice cream flavours. 

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If you’re craving ice cream, but want something that’s less indulgent, the Chrysanthemum Goji Berries, Honey Chamomile & Butterfly Pea Flowers or Tie Guanyin (oolong tea) is the way to go. 

Each regular scoop goes for S$4.20 while the premium flavours cost S$4.70 each. 

You know where to go if you’re ever in need of a midday pick-me-up sweet treat. 

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📍 264 Serangoon Central, #01-203, Singapore 550264 
🕐 12pm–10pm (Daily)

7. A Thing or Two

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Located just ten minutes away from NEX, A Thing or Two is a quaint cafe nestled in the heart of the neighbourhood selling affordable gelato ice cream and waffles. 

Just how affordable are we talking? 

A Single Scoop like the signature Grape Yakult goes for S$5 while the Original Waffle starts from only S$4!

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There are other waffle flavours like Muah Chee (S$7) and Pandan (S$7) that pair well with their handcrafted gelato as well. 

Did I mention that this is one of the ice cream cafes in Serangoon that is pet-friendly? 

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📍 304 Serangoon Ave 2, #01-02, Singapore 550304 
🕐 2pm–10.30pm (Mon to Thu), 1pm–11pm (Fri to Sun)

8. Moments’

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Alternatively, Moments’ is another cafe situated near NEX that has a good mix of local delights and western dishes — I’d say that it’s family-friendly considering the huge portions and variety that this eatery has.

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Get the Dry Ban Mian with Pork Belly and Minced Meat (S$6.80) or Classic Ban Mian (S$6.50).

It’s definitely a place to consider if you can’t decide whether you want local fare or western dishes — this way you’d get the best of both worlds.

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📍 326 Serangoon Ave 3, #01-380, Singapore 550326  
🕐 7.30am–9.30pm (Mon, Wed to Sun), Closed on Tue

9. Oblong 

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While lok lok and hotpot are well loved amongst supper-loving night owls, sometimes you aren’t exactly in the mood for heavy food. 

Luckily, Oblong is a late-night ice cream parlour with novelty flavours. 

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While it is common to pair waffles with your ice cream, they put their own creative twist to the waffles

This includes Charcoal (S$7), Kinder Bueno (S$8) and Ferrero Rocher (S$9) waffles that are loaded with sweet fillings and syrup. 

You can get a Single Scoop for just S$4.20 with flavours like bubblegum, milo dinosaur, and earl grey lavender that will satisfy any sweet tooth. 

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📍 10 Maju Ave, Singapore 556688
🕐  1pm–1am (Mon to Wed, Fri to Sun), Closed on Thu

10. Cafe Gyoen

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Cafe Gyoen has a unique Tokyo train-inspired interior for the ‘gram and offers hearty bento sets. 

If you haven’t had the time to make those travel plans to Japan yet, this cafe may have to do it for now. 

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Not only do they serve Japanese bentos like the Teishoku Big Breakfast Wagyu Tataki (S$29), there are other hearty and comforting dishes like the Kitsune Udon (S$11.90) and Katsu Curry Don (S$18.90)

Don’t forget to check out the all day snacks and gelato selections to end off your meal on a sweeter note.

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📍 55 Serangoon Garden Way, Garden Estate, Singapore 555951 
🕐 9am–9pm (Daily, kitchen closes between 3pm–6pm)

11. Clovelly

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Fellow north-easties would be familiar with the former chocolate and dessert cafe, Wimbly Lu, that unfortunately closed its doors last year. 

Since then, Clovelly has taken over and offers a seafood-inspired menu with handmade pasta like mafalde and gemelli. 

Crab lovers should get the Crab on Crab (S$24.90) that features a soft shell crab on shredded crab meat pasta in a butter cream and white wine base. 

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But, if I must say, the Crab Croissant Florentine (S$22.90) looks even more tempting. 

It comprises shredded crab meat, baby spinach, 63-degree egg slathered in hollandaise sauce sandwiched in between a flaky, fluffy croissant. 

The aesthetics are truly on point with the colourful edible flowers and runny egg yolk. 

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📍 15-2 Jln Riang, Singapore 358987 
🕐  11.30am–9.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon 

12. Baker & Cook

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Although Serangoon Gardens is known for having multiple supper spots and a vibrant nightlife, there are cafes in Serangoon that are relatively quieter if you want to do work or simply just chill. 

Tucked away in the neighborhood, Baker & Cook lets you munch on dessert pastries and sourdough bakes. 

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You can even get gluten-free whole cakes for any upcoming birthday celebrations or special occasions. 

Even better, they’re selling pizzas from only S$24 depending on the combination you prefer. 

Get the seafood forward pizza which boasts shrimps, smoked salmon, and portobello mushrooms or the cheesy pizza with mozzarella, gorgonzola, and raclette.

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📍 87 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555983 
🕐 7.30am–9.30pm (Mon to Thu), 7.30am–10pm (Fri to Sun)

13. Chu & Co

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Unlike other cafes, Chu & Co has a unique cafe concept where there’s only alfresco dining or takeaway options (picture picnic mats and umbrella stands)

They have a plethora of delectable sweets and savoury delights to get you through the week if you’re ever in need of a pick-me-up. 

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Think sourdough buns, sammies, viennoiseries (breakfast pastries), loaf cakes and so much more. 

You have to get the Kopi Bomb (S$14 for six pieces). As someone who doesn’t drink coffee, this flaky pastry has a rich caramelised interior and pleasant coffee flavour. 

I highly suggest heading down early as they are one of the popular cafes in Serangoon that sell out fairly quickly!

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📍 15 Lichfield Rd, Singapore 556835 
🕐 8.30am–4pm (Wed to Sun), Closed on Mon & Tue 

14. Dessert Bowl

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Go for something different at Dessert Bowl that has traditional Chinese-style dessert bowls with plenty of hot and cold options. 

Get your durian cravings sorted with their Durian Mousse (S$6.30) and Durian Snow Mountain (S$7) that have actual chunks of creamy, rich durian flesh. 

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Not a fan of durian? 

Opt for the Mango Ice (S$5.50) instead which is refreshing and naturally sweet with generous servings of ripe mango chunks  — the perfect treat for Singapore’s all year-round summer weather.  

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📍 80A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555976
🕐 3pm–5.30pm, 6.15pm–10.30pm (Tue to Fri), 2pm–5.30pm, 6.15pm–11.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Mon 

15. Folk Yard

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Folk Yard features a simple day menu comprising six breakfast sandwiches filled with hearty ingredients. 

At night, they serve sourdough pizzas like the Nothing Fancy (S$17)

Contrary to its name, the pizza comprises onion bechamel, caramelised onions, and pickled butternut. 

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If you’re a fan of Japanese-inspired sandwiches, you’ll be delighted to find that they actually use shokupan for the Breakfast Sandwich (S$14)

It boasts cheesy scrambled eggs, maple hashbrown, and crispy, candied bacon drizzled with maple syrup — a great way to start your morning. 

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📍 51 Upper Serangoon Rd, #01-59 Poiz Centre, Singapore 347697 
🕐 9am–5pm (Tue & Sun), 9am–12am (Wed to Sat), Closed on Mon 

Regardless of whether you’re going on a date, hanging out with friends or bringing your pets out, there’s plenty of cafes in Serangoon with hearty fare and refreshing desserts to indulge in.

Are you down for a brunch date? 

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