Where Do Melburnians Get Their Coffee Fix in Singapore? Food Notes

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Melbourne is famous for many things. Its beautiful sights, lively art scene, and of course, the fact that it serves probably the best damn coffee in the Asia Pacific, if not the world. Now that they are based in Singapore, where do Melburnians go for their daily caffeine fix? We ask three to give us a heads up.

Chris Coburn, 31, Sales Manager

What I miss the most about the coffee scene in Melbourne is knowing that you are never more than a few hundred metres away from a café with great coffee. I feel like in Singapore, it is a real gamble – you have to research and make an effort to find good coffee. But I guess this is what makes it more rewarding when I actually find good coffee. In general, I find the coffee here weaker for a standard espresso. In Melbourne, I would drink at least 3-4 espressos a day, compared to Singapore where I only drink one a day due to the lack of availability of good coffee.

My favourite coffee spots in Singapore would probably be Kith Cafe at Robertson Quay or Common Man Coffee Roasters. The standard order is a double shot latte. Madi the Bicycle Barista at 50 Scotts Road is also great. I like these because of the close proximity to my place and also the friendly service.

Ashleigh Palmer,  27,  Senior Manager

I worked in Melbourne’s more bohemian enclave, Fitzroy, so for me I miss ordering from my local street side, hole-in-the-wall coffee bar, on windy winter mornings. It was a warming moment (physically and emotionally) that I began each day with!

In Singapore, I usually get my coffee from a few places – Jewel Coffee, Open Door Policy, Forty Hands, Ronin Cafe, Oriole Coffee + Bar, and The Hangar. Oriole is my go-to choice every morning as it’s close to work, and I appreciate the warm and friendly staff who repay loyal customers with a little extra care and attention – they always remember my name and my order, and they always get it right. My usual order – a strong flat white, or a piccolo.

What I’m looking forward to at Singapore Coffee Festival 2016 is sampling coffee from Singapore’s awesome barista talent. I’ve lived in Singapore for 4.5 years and the scene has exploded in that time!

Amelia Chia,  30, Writer

Melbourne is an awesome place for coffee because it is consistently good. You can be guaranteed a great cup of coffee no matter which cafe you waltz into. I’d describe the coffee there as full-bodied, crisp and aromatic.

Now that I’m in Singapore, my favourite place would have to be Symmetry. I love their skinny flat white – my usual coffee order. Apart from the amazing coffee, I feel like it’s a great place to chill out and the food is amazing as well, particularly the brunch menu selection.

I don’t really drink coffee from local coffee shops, but give me a teh peng anytime!

It’s great to see Singapore stepping up on its coffee game with the Singapore Coffee Festival! I’m excited to taste some wonderful coffee and also about Movies Under the Stars.

About the Singapore Coffee Festival


If, like us, you can’t get through the day without your daily cuppa, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the Singapore Coffee Festival, happening from June 9 – 12, 2016 (June 9 is only for trade partners). This interactive festival will feature over 100 exhibitors, and die-hard local kopi fans will be happy to know that the spotlight will also shine on much-loved local coffee shops like Killiney Kopitiam.

Geek out on everything related to coffee by signing up for Lab Sessions, held from Friday to Sunday. These will cover everything from latte art to fundamental barista skills, as well as panel discussions and seminars.

Date: June 10 – 12, 2016 (open to public)

Time: 11am – 9pm

Venue: The F1 Pit Building

Ticketing details: Grab a day pass for $18, available at Sistic. Includes a complimentary goodie bag that can be redeemed at the festival grounds. There are also limited 3-day passes and VIP packages available, with benefits such as access to the VIP lounge, a complimentary drink & canapes, and express entry at festival gates.

For more information, visit the Singapore Coffee Festival’s website

She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.

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