When you’re on a deadline but you’re itching to get out of the house or the office, (some) cafes are the perfect solution. Bring your laptop along, order a drink and a snack, and settle yourself by a power outlet. You’ll find your motivation reignited, and you might actually get something done.
Photo Credit: Tian Kee & Co Facebook Page
There’s no wifi at this one, but at least there’s some good food and drinks. Tian Kee & Co is good if you need the isolation and time to sit down and type out that report without distraction from Facebook. While you’re working, try their gula melaka cheesecake or drink an iced latte out of a mason jar glass.
Address: 12 Dakota Crescent
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 pm – 7 pm; Fridays, 12pm – 11pm; Saturdays, 10 am -9 pm; Sundays, 10 am- 8pm
It’s a gallery and a cafe, so if you need a break you can take a look around at the art pieces on display. After staring at a computer screen for hours on end, a collection of elegant and abstract paintings might just be the solution. Meanwhile, enjoy a variety of drinks and food, like the burgers they’re known for, while you work.
Address: 17 Jalan Pinang
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 am – 11.30 pm; Sundays, 10 am – 7 pm
You should be able to tell what kind of cafe this is based on its name. Though they’re technically a burger bar, (working title) also serves coffee, snacks and all sorts of delicious and inventive desserts. It’s a mellow place, great for working on your assignment or maybe that book you’ve always wanted to write.
Address: 48 Arab Street
Opening Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 11 am – 10 pm; Fridays, 11 am – 11 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am – 11 pm
There’s wifi, outlets and some really good drinks. What more do you need? If you want a little more isolation, the second floor has plenty of space for you to settle down and not be bothered by other people. Unlike Starbucks, Costa maintains a more relaxed atmosphere and you won’t have your focus disturbed by the chaotic noise of the after school crowd.
Address: 269 Holland Avenue
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 7 am – 11 pm
You might get distracted by the books around or the quiet atmosphere might just help you really get down to it and finish your work. The silence isn’t as heavy as what you’d find at a library, which makes it a million times more comfortable. Plus you get to enjoy all sorts of full meals, drinks and snacks, which is something you won’t get at any library.
Address: 01-02, 20 Martin Road, Seng Kee Building, Robertson Quay
Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 8.30 am – 10.30 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 8.30 am – 12.30 am
Made by world-ranked baristas, enjoy the specialty coffees that Toby’s Estate serves. A perfect accompaniment to that dry assignment you passed. This is for those who truly appreciate coffee, and don’t just drink it for the caffeine content.
Address: 8 Rodyk Street, 01-03/04
Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 7.30 am – 6 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 7.30 am – 8 pm
Photo Credit: Old Hen Coffee Bar Facebook Page
Their fare is mostly breakfast-type food but it’s served all day, and who doesn’t love breakfast in the afternoon? With a simple layout and concrete walls, it’s a calming place to do work. They offer a variety of teas and coffees for you to consume while you work. They sell these great bottled cold brews that you need to try, perfect in the Singapore heat.
Address: 88 Rangoon Road 01-03
Opening Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays to Fridays, 12 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays, 10 am – 6.30 pm; Sundays, 10 am – 10 pm
It’s a large cafe, with plenty of space so you don’t get pressured to leave after 30 minutes. You should be able to settle down and actually get some work done, and they serve proper meals so you won’t have to leave if you start getting hungry. If you go, you should definitely try one of their signature lattes. With flavours like black sesame, sweet potato and taro, it’ll be an interesting experience.
Address: 383 Bukit Timah Road
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 9 am – 9 pm