Unique kopi stalls in Singapore
Usually, a kopi stall stopover sees standard, familiar brews, including a no-frills cup of kopi, robust kopi-o, or sweet and milky kopi-c. Beyond the realm of the ordinary, a new breed of kopi stalls has emerged, pushing the boundaries of what local coffee can be. From aromatic espresso-based concoctions to specialty lattes that rival their cafe counterparts, these 10 unique kopi stalls in Singapore promise a fresh and flavourful twist on your daily caffeine fix.
1. Star Coffee
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This TikTok-viral hawker stall at Bukit Merah Central Hawker Centre is famous for using an espresso machine to brew their kopi. Mr Loh, the stall owner, prepares the coffee grounds using an electric coffee bean grinder, before pulling each shot with an espresso machine. A cup of their Signature Coffee will set you back $2.20.
Here, you can choose your preferred level of sweetness for your perfect cuppa: Sweet, More Sweet, or Less Sweet. Besides kopi, Star Coffee also sells Mocha ($2.50), as well as non-caffeinated beverages including Hot Chocolate ($2.20) and Milo Dinosaur ($2).
Address: Block 163 Hawker Centre, #02-22 Bukit Merah Central, Singapore 150163
Opening hours: Daily 7:45am to 4:30pm
Tel: 9321 5199
Star Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Coffee Break
Cafe-style coffee isn’t a common sight in hawker centres, but that’s precisely what you’ll find here at Coffee Break. The hawker stall’s coffee beans are first roasted with sugar and margarine, then brewed using hot water and a quick stirring method. This helps to bring out the coffee beans’ naturally rich flavours.
Coffee Break’s Black Sesame Kopi ($3) stands out as a signature drink, featuring earthy black sesame notes that complement the smooth kopi base. Another popular order is their Hazelnut Latte ($4), which is said to have a strong, nutty kick and a balanced coffee-to-milk ratio. Other unique latte flavours on the menu include Butter Pecan, Toffee Nut, and Caramel Rum.
Read our Coffee Break review.
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-78, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 2:30pm, Sat 9:30am to 2:30pm
Coffee Break is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Soon Seng
Nestled within Alexandra Village Food Centre is Soon Seng, a second-generation kopi stall with a history dating back to 1988. They’ve managed to keep their prices wallet-friendly, with the most affordable option being Kopi O at just $1. Soon Seng has got a pretty mean Gula Melaka Kopi ($2) too, starring layers of sticky-sweet gula melaka, evaporated milk, and black coffee. Otherwise, their Kopi Bing ($1.40) is also worth a try, especially if you’re someone with a sweet tooth.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore 150123
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am to 8pm
Soon Seng is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Generation Coffee
Founded by two former Air Force engineers, Generation Coffee offers traditional kopi, cafe-style brews, as well as non-caffeinated beverages at their humble stall in Tekka Center. The hawkers take their coffee super seriously and source their coffee beans specially from Brazil, Ethiopia, and Colombia. Here, a Latte costs $3.20, while their Matcha Latte and Dirty Matcha cost $3 and $3.50 respectively. You can also buy Generation Coffee’s bottled coffee from their website to enjoy at home
Read our Generation Coffee review.
Address: 665 Buffalo Road, #01-321, Tekka Food Centre, Singapore 210665
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 3pm
Tel: 8891 2911
Generation Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Nanyang Kopi Kia Claypot Coffee
Nanyang Kopi Kia Claypot Coffee prides themselves on being the first hawker stall to introduce claypot kopi to the masses. Located at Alexandra Village Food Centre, the kopi stall imports their coffee beans from Malaysia and brews their kopi in-house every day.
Here, the coffee is stored in claypot kettles, which help maintain its temperature and aroma, resulting in a more robust brew. Whether you’re getting their Kopi ($1.80) or Ice Kopi ($3.50), you’ll find that the coffee here is mildly sweet with a gentle acidity that’s complemented by rich, roasted notes.
Read our Nanyang Kopi Kia Claypot Coffee review.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-59, Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore 150120
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 3pm
Nanyang Kopi Kia Claypot Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Zheng Ming Cha Shi
Oat Milk lovers, this one’s for you: Zheng Ming Cha Shu at Hong Lim Complex is run by a friendly elderly couple, and serves creamy Oat Kopi Peng ($3) made using Oatside oat milk, which ranked first place in our recent oat milk guide. The stall is generous with its oat milk, making for a good creamy latte. If you prefer something more traditional, order yourself a cup of Kopi ($1.10), or pair it with their classic Kaya Toast ($1.80). The latter comprises two slices of toasted white bread, cut into quarters and layered with butter and kaya spread.
Check out our Zheng Ming Cha Shi review.
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #01-46, Hong Lim Complex, Singapore 051531
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 2pm
Zheng Ming Cha Shi is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Heap Seng Leong
A visit to Heap Seng Leong in Lavender is like stepping into a time machine. This coffee shop, which has been around since 1974, preserves Singapore’s past with vintage relics such as vintage orange public phones and a working abacus for tallying bills. Even their coffee-making process is steeped in nostalgia—coffee beans are meticulously packed into a cloth sock, which is then steeped in a long-necked kettle over a charcoal fire. Here, a cup of Kopi-O only costs $1.
Image credit: Lim Sin Thai
We recommend ordering their Kopi Gu You ($1.30), which sees cold butter served atop hot kopi. Also known as butter coffee or Bulletproof Kopi, this unique drink was once a common sight in early 20th-century coffeeshops.
Address: 10 North Bridge Road, #01-5109, Singapore 190010
Opening hours: Daily 5am to 4pm
Tel: 6292 2368
Heap Seng Leong is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Lim’s Cafe
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Coffee lovers working near Chinatown may be familiar with Lim’s Cafe, which serves traditional kopi brewed with an espresso machine. Their Kopi is affordable and only costs $1.50. For those who’d like to savour the unadulterated essence of their coffee beans, consider trying the Kopi-O Kosong ($1.50). It’s said to be super smooth and fragrant despite not having any added sugar or milk!
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-31, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Mon 9am to 7pm, Tue 9am to 6:30pm, Thurs-Fri 8:30am to 8:30pm, Sat 9am to 6:30pm
Lim’s Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. The Daily Cup
Located in Bishan North Shopping Centre, The Daily Cup is a takeaway-only kiosk selling authentic Ipoh coffee. A best-seller here is the Ipoh White Coffee ($2.50), featuring light nutty notes that linger on the tongue. The coffee is also frothed with a whisk—similar to how it’s served in Ipoh—to produce a light yet creamy foam above the drink.
For something different, try the Almond Jelly Coffee ($3.80) or Bing Matcha Coffee ($3.80). The former has a distinct almond flavour and comes with chewy almond jelly, while the latter is the kiosk’s rendition of dirty matcha.
Check out our The Daily Cup review.
Address: 282 Bishan Street 22, #01-105, Bishan North Shopping Mall, Singapore 570282
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9383 7475
The Daily Cup is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe
Although Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe is a restaurant, not a hawker stall, they deserve a mention for their unique Coconut Coffee ($5.90). This standout offering sees pressed coconut water served with evaporated coconut milk over ice, and a small jug of Nanyang espresso coffee on the side that you pour over yourself. Mocha fans can also try the Hor Ka Sai (from $3), a refreshing Malaysian drink that comprises a blend of Milo and coffee.
Read our Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe review.
Address: 5 Craig Road, Singapore 089665
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 9pm
Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery, but uses no pork or lard.
Best kopi stalls in Singapore with unique coffee
If you crave the bold flavours of artisanal coffee but prefer not to splurge at a cafe, check out these unique kopi stalls to satisfy your caffeine cravings. For the lowdown on the best kopi in Singapore, check out our best kopi in Singapore guide. Otherwise, add The Coffee Code to your cafe-hopping list. This popular Malaysian cafe serves house-roasted coffee, bread, and an assortment of unique waffles!