Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day for a reason. Whether you like the traditional spread of eggs, kaya toast and kopi, or indulging in a full breakfast plate, it’s important to fuel up well for the day ahead — and there’s nothing like a hearty meal to start your day on the right note.
Here’s our list of brilliant breakfast spots to nibble your way across all neighbourhoods, no matter your budget.
01 • Nam Seng Wanton Noodle
(Photo adapted from: Seth Lui and Nam Seng)
After being closed for 2 years due to the pandemic, Nam Seng Wanton Noodle has recently reopened in Toa Payoh North, with 92-year-old Mdm Leong Yuet Meng manning the stall.
Their famous Singapore-style wanton noodles with lean char siew, hand-wrapped wonton, and QQ egg noodles remain at just $5, available in dry or soup versions. Tossed in a light and oil-based savoury sauce, dig into this bowl for a taste of nostalgia.
Address: 1008A Toa Payoh North, Che Kitchen, Singapore 318998
Opening hours: 8.30am – 5pm daily
02 • Mr & Mrs Mohgan’s Prata
(Photo adapted from: Miss Tam Chiak)
Super crispy, super sedap (delicious). This stall has earned themselves cult status for their crispy roti prata — crispy and golden on the outside while chewy and soft on the inside. The menu highlights include the plain prata at $1.20 each and the coin prata at $5 a set. Don’t forget to pair your order with their incredibly flavourful curries; have your pick from either mutton, fish or dhal.
Sadly, Mr Mohgan passed away earlier this year. His wife, Mrs Mohgan, continues to run the stall to carry on his legacy, so do make your way to the stall to show your support.
Address: 300 Joo Chiat Road, Tin Yeang Restaurant, Singapore 427551
Opening hours: Thu to Tue, 6.30am – 1.30pm | Closed on Wednesdays
(Photo adapted from: The Pantree)
The humble min jiang kueh is an old-school treat; it’s a soft and chewy pancake, traditionally filled with peanuts or red bean, but more stores are adding fun twists like using orh nee and black sesame instead. The Pantree is one of them; a min jiang kueh cafe that has them both sweet and savoury, with over 20 different flavours to choose from.
Located in Marina One, this breakfast spot would definitely be convenient for those working in the CBD area.
Address: 5 Straits View, #B2-24, The Heart @ Marina One, Singapore 018935
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 8.30am – 5pm | Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
(Photo adapted from: TODAY Online)
Soon kueh is a popular Teochew snack, and One Kueh At A Time is famous for theirs. Hidden inside the Pandan Loop industrial estate, this reservations-only spot offers 8 different varieties of soon kueh: the Classic, Ku Chai, Carrot (vegetarian), Beetroot (vegan), Sah Nia’s Haebi Hiam, Bak Kwa, Cabbage and Smoked Chicken. Prices start from $1.60 and go up to $3.00, with cold-brewed tea and coffee available as well.
To reserve a table, WhatsApp the owner, Nick, at 97957119. For pre-orders and delivery rates, click here.
Address: 230 Pandan Loop, #01-K1, Singapore 128415
Opening hours: Wed to Sat, 10am – 6pm | Sundays, 10am – 4pm | Mondays, 10am – 3pm | Closed on Tuesdays
05 • Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee
(Photo adapted from: Burpple and The Fat Guide)
Run by a husband-and-wife team, this humble stall has gained a huge base of faithful customers. Their prawn noodles are well-loved for their authentic taste and flavourful soup, and a standard-sized bowl is just $2.50! If you want a bigger portion, you may opt for the $3 or $5 version. You may also add more ingredients, such as pork ribs, trotters or intestines, for a couple more dollars.
Address: 41A Cambridge Rd, #01-41, Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, Singapore 211041
Opening hours: Wed to Mon, 6am – 2pm | Closed on Fri
(Photo adapted from: Foursquare)
A humble eatery conveniently located under a HDB block, this cafe sells various kinds of Asian and some Western dishes too. Tasty and affordable, you can find a simple plate of fried bee hoon for just $1.30!
Some of their bestsellers include their Nasi Lemak, Lontong, Fried Noodles and Fish and Chips.
Address: 476A Pasir Ris Drive 6, #01-600, Singapore 511476
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 7am – 10pm | Closed on Mondays
07 • Heng Leong Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is one of Singapore’s favourite local delights, and Heng Leong is one of the few stalls that still make it from scratch. Freshly made, stir-fried on the spot, generous portions — and all this for just $2.50 to $3 a plate?! Sign me up, please.
Address: 41A Cambridge Rd, #01-13, Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, Singapore 211041
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 7.30am – 2pm | Closed on Mondays
08 • Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
Enjoy the best of both worlds — open from 5pm until 6.30am, Chong Pang is the perfect hangout spot for both night owls and early birds. Famous for their nasi lemak, pick from a wide variety of side dishes such as fried chicken wing, ngoh hiang, otah, sambal long beans and curry vegetable. The rice is fluffy, light and aromatic, and don’t forget their chilli; it’s said to pack a mean punch.
Address: 447 Sembawang Rd, Singapore 758404
Opening hours: 5pm – 6.30am daily
Bricklane is a quaint little space located in the heart of town in SMU, and it’s usually recommended as a brunch spot — but we’re still adding it to this list. Maybe you prefer a fuller meal for breakfast, and Bricklane delivers just that. Well-known for their donburi bowls, indulge in their Honey Glazed Tofu donburi bowl for $4.90 or the Grilled Teriyaki Chicken bowl; it’s priced at $6.90, just slightly above $5.
(P.S. If you’re still in the area in the evening, you may hop over for drinks too — their Happy Hour menu includes beer towers at just $39.90 nett!)
Address: 70 Stamford Rd, #01-22, Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore 178901
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 11am – 2.30pm, 4.30pm – 12am | Saturday, 5.30pm – 12am | Closed on Sundays
10 • Sin Heng Kee Porridge
(Photo adapted from: Miss Tam Chiak)
Sin Heng Kee is famous for its thick, hearty and flavourful congee, with over 20 variations available, including pork slices, sliced fish, minced chicken, and claypot frog. Prices start from $4.50 onwards, and you may order additional side-dishes, such as sliced abalone and you tiao.
Want a little of everything? Order their Signature Porridge — while priced slightly higher at $6.50, you get a chock-full of ingredients such as sliced pork, meatball, intestines, cuttlefish, liver and chicken, and century egg.
Address: 685 Hougang St 61, #01-150, Singapore 530685
Opening hours: Wed to Mon, 7am – 8pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Breakfast spots under $10
The newest kick on the (Joo Chiat) block, Joo Chiat Càphê is a Muslim-friendly establishment putting their own spin on the Vietnamese staple, banh mi.
You can’t go wrong with the Classic Chicken Cold Cut with Homemade Chicken Pate ($5.80), or try out their best-seller, the Honey-glazed Grilled Chicken Thigh with Homemade Chicken Pate ($7.50) that’s sweet and loaded with an abundance of coriander. Wash it all down with a glass of Drip Vietnamese Coffee ($4.50 for hot, $4.80 for cold), brewed with a special blend of Vietnamese-grown coffee beans that’s ground in-house.
Address: 263 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427517
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 9am – 5.45pm | Closed on Mondays
This all-day breakfast stall is located at a coffee shop just a short walk from Kovan MRT Station, and their offerings are almost all under $10.
Go for the affordable Junior Plate ($6.90), which has French toast, bacon, sunny side-up eggs, hash brown and cherry tomatoes. Or if you have a bigger appetite, opt for the Breakfast Plate ($9.90), which comes with French toast, scrambled eggs, pork sausage, baked beans, cherry tomatoes and hash brown. Other favourites include their Rosti, starting at $5.90 for a plain one, and Eggs Benedict ($7.90).
Address: 941 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534709
Opening hours: 9am to 9pm daily
(Photo adapted from: Shops in SG and Penny University)
A specialty coffeehouse with a quaint interior, this spot is perfect for a quiet breakfast or brunch. Try out their Turkish Eggs ($9.50) that comes with 2 poached eggs, whipped Greek yoghurt, spicy Moroccan harissa, oregano and sourdough, and don’t forget a cup of joe — the crowd favourite includes the Muddy Espresso and Cold Brew (Black or White).
Address: 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
Opening hours: Sun to Thu, 8am – 5pm | Fri to Sat, 8am – 10pm
04 • Beach Road Prawn Noodle House
Ask someone for their recommended spots for prawn noodles, and Beach Road Prawn Noodle House is one that usually comes highly recommended. The broth is what makes the prawn noodles such a popular dish, and Beach Road Prawn Noodle House does theirs perfectly; rich, savoury and robust, with added texture and crunch from bean sprouts and shallots. The dry version is excellent too, thanks to the fragrant chilli sauce.
A basic bowl of prawn noodles starts at $6.50, but if you want to indulge, opt for the Jumbo Prawn Noodles ($12.50) that comes with 4 large, fresh and delicious prawn halves.
Address: 370/372 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428981
Opening hours: Wed to Mon, 7am – 4pm | Closed on Tuesdays
(Photo adapted from: Burpple and Seth Lui)
A vegetarian and vegan-friendly cafe run by 5 sisters, they offer an extensive menu of local and Asian style dishes, such as Nasi Lemak, Bak Kut Teh Rice, Laksa, and Thunder Tea Rice.
When you’re done with your meal, don’t forget to take a look around the cafe — they also stock a range of organic products, such as organic oil, grains, snacks and beverages.
Address: 434 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678060 | Click here to view other outlets
Opening hours: 10.30am to 9pm daily
Breakfast spots under $20
(Photo adapted from: Food For Thought)
Housed in Singapore’s oldest museum, Food For Thought serves up hearty, local-inspired bistro fare. With a gorgeous interior that’s bathed in natural light, this is the perfect place to bring your partner to for a breakfast date.
Be spoilt for choice with their extensive menu, from the Basic Works which consists of scrambled eggs, bacon and brioche ($9) to the Teochew Porridge Platter ($15), or their signature Classic Beef Burger ($16) if you’re feeling more adventurous in the morning.
Address: 93 Stamford Road, #01-04/05, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 10am – 6pm | Sat to Sun, 10am – 7pm
02 • Tolido’s Espresso Nook
If we’re talking about breakfast, we can’t miss out on Tolido’s Espresso Nook. Tucked away in a nondescript neighbourhood along Crawford Lane, Tolido’s has become well-known for its local take on traditional brunch offerings.
Some of their all-day breakfast menu signatures include the Rosti w/ Cheesy Sausage ($20) and Stout Glazed Bacon French Toast ($20), with their Pandan Pancakes (from $15) being another crowd favourite.
Address: 462 Crawford Lane, #01-63, Singapore 190462
Opening hours: Thu to Tue, 8am – 5pm | Closed on Wednesdays
03 • Otto Sourdough Pizza & Espresso Bar (formerly La Ristrettos Coffee Roastery)
This place is a hidden gem, located within the maze of private clinics at Novena Medical Clinic. Don’t let the rebrand fool you – it’s the same restaurant, and the coffee here is as heavenly as always. But don’t knock their menu — some of the favourites include the Cajun Shrimps and Scrambled Eggs Bruschetta, Big Ristrettos and Buttermilk Pancakes with Streaky Bacons and Eggs.
Address: 10 Sinaran Dr, #08-37, Novena Medical Centre, Singapore 307506
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 8am – 5pm | Saturday, 8am to 1.30pm | Closed on Sundays
(Photo adapted from: Miss Tam Chiak)
If you’re a sucker for good interior design, be sure to pay this place a visit. A retro American-style diner, they serve up an affordable all-day breakfast menu. Some of the must-tries include the All-Star Platter ($12.50), Smash Burger ($13.90) and Chicken and Waffle ($12.90).
Feeling a little indulgent? Try out their milkshakes — we heard the Big Bang Chocolate Milkshake ($11.90) is the best.
Address: 534 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534549
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
(Photo adapted from: MiddleClass)
A quaint Peranakan cafe by day and restaurant by night, their menu is heavily influenced by the Peranakan culture. The must-tries on their breakfast menu include their Homemade Kaya Butter Toast & Eggs ($12), where brioche buns are toasted to golden brown perfection and filled with generous slabs of homemade kaya and French butter, and the Burrata Tartine ($18), with caramelised onions, cherry tomatoes and burrata served on top of sourdough bread and a side of mesclun salad.
(Update: As of 30 October 2022, Babba’s is permanently closed.)
Address: 15-9 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358987
Opening hours: 8am to 10pm daily
Daizu means “大豆” (big bean) in Japanese, which reflects in some of their items on their Japanese-Western fusion menu with the use of soy products. Some must-try dishes include the Chilli Soft Shell Crab with Brioche ($16), Bratwurst Kare Roll ($16), and the Philly Cheesesteak Roll ($19). If you’re a smaller eater, go for the Petit Breakfast ($12) that comes with brioche toast, scrambled eggs, chicken sausage and the house specialty BBQ sauce.
Address: 129 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218407
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 10am – 10pm | Sat to Sun, 8am – 10pm
07 • Chye Seng Huat Hardware
We know, the name’s deceiving — don’t worry, this isn’t a hardware store. This industrial-chic spot serves up a mean breakfast menu and gourmet coffee. Be sure to try out their Sticky Fig Pudding ($14) that comes with vanilla ice cream, vegan Tempura Garden ($16) and their Scrambled Eggs on Croissant ($14) that’s served with seasonal greens.
Address: 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563
Opening hours: Tue to Sun, 8.30am – 10pm | Closed on Mondays
If you’re wondering where to have your next breakfast, we hope that this list serves as a good reference. Don’t forget to bookmark for quick access and spread the love for food with your friends and family!
(Featured photo adapted from: Miss Tam Chiak, Seth Lui and Burpple)