Sipping History: Unveiling Singapore's 5 Must Try Nanyang Coffee Shops!

Sipping History: Unveiling Singapore's 5 Must Try Nanyang Coffee Shops!

Food & Drink
By Natalie Yong on 04 Jul 2024

Embark on a nostalgic journey through Singapore's vibrant Nanyang coffee shop scene! From groovy 70s vibes to the rich aroma of claypot coffee, discover a world of flavors that tell the story of Singapore's heritage. Here's a glimpse into some must-try shops:


1. Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe

Travel back to the 70s and savor their Hainanese Chicken Chop!Photo from 樂欣|探店小博主 (小红书)

Photo from Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe Official

Take a trip back to the groovy 70s at Great Nanyang in Tanjong Pagar. Immerse yourself in the retro vibes as you savor classic dishes like Hainanese Chicken Chop, a protein-packed delight. Don't miss their signature Kaya Toast with a twist – a delightful combination of crispy toast slathered in kaya (coconut jam and egg spread) and their unique Coconut Milk Coffee. It's the perfect blend of sweet and savory, a true testament to their dedication to keeping heritage alive with a modern touch.

Opening Hours: 7.30am-3pm,5pm-8.30pm

Address: 5 Craig Rd, Singapore 089665

2. Ya Kun Kaya Toast


Savor a taste of Singaporean history with their iconic Kaya Toast and a cup of traditionally brewed coffee!Photo from Ya Kun Official Instagram

Photo from Ya Kun Kaya Toast Official Instagram

A Singaporean institution since the 1940s, Ya Kun Kaya Toast is a breakfast haven. Their claim to fame? The quintessential Kaya Toast – fluffy white bread toasted over charcoal and generously layered with their signature kaya. Each bite bursts with the fragrant aroma of coffee brewed the traditional way, offering a taste of Singapore's culinary history. With multiple locations across the island, Ya Kun Kaya Toast makes it easy to experience this beloved local tradition.

Multiple branch locations

3. Nanyang Old Coffee

Immerse yourself in coffee heritage with an expertly brewed cup and a visit to their unique mini-museum!Photo from thrishahvk (IG)

Photo from Nanyang Old Coffee Official

Step back in time and delve into Singapore's rich coffee culture at Nanyang Old Coffee. Here, the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the air, inviting you to indulge in a cup of their expertly brewed brew. But the experience doesn't end there! Head upstairs to their unique mini-museum, where traditional coffee and kueh making tools tell the story of Singapore's coffee heritage from the 1940s. 


Opening Hours: 7am-6.30pm

Address: 268 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058817

4. Seng House

fusion brunch featuring artisanal coffee!Photo from Seng House Official

Escape the ordinary and discover a hidden gem in Tanjong Katong – Seng House. This brunch haven elevates your morning experience with a unique fusion of cuisines. Here, traditional Hainanese flavors dance with modern Western fare, creating a menu that caters to every craving. Whether you're a sweet or savory tooth, Seng House ensures a satisfying start to your day with their expertly brewed artisanal coffee as the perfect accompaniment.

Opening Hours: 8am - 10.30pm (Daily)

Address: 214 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437007

5. Nanyang Kopi Kia Claypot Coffee

Discover the rich flavors of claypot-brewed coffee at this hidden gem in International Plaza!Photo from Michelle (小红书)

Experience the unique tradition of claypot coffee brewing at Nanyang Kopi Kia! This hidden gem in International Plaza offers coffee enthusiasts a chance to savor a rich and flavorful brew prepared in the time-honored way – using traditional claypots. The slow brewing process extracts the full essence of the coffee beans, resulting in a robust and satisfying cup. 

Opening Hours: 7.30am-5pm(Closed on Sunday)

Address: 10 Anson Rd, #01-03 International Plaza, Singapore 079903

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Photo credit: 静贝儿 (小红书)