UPDATE: We have a NEW list of awesome cafes in Singapore that are conducive for working and studying! Find the link at the end of this post!
It’s that time of the year. The marking season has descended upon us, which explains the strange phenomenon of grown adults all over the island clutching a heap of papers and weeping. Don’t judge us please. To ease the pain a little, ET and I retreat to cafes where we can seek some solace in flat whites or indulge in a plate of truffle fries as we battle the monstrosity of stress-induced gibberish and horrific handwriting.
If you’re a teacher like us, or you need somewhere conducive and quiet to concentrate or study, here are the best cafes to work at in Singapore that we’ve found – they all offer free WiFi, comfy chairs that will not leave you with a numb butt after prolonged seating, decently good food, and most even have power point outlets that will allow you to charge your devices.
This cute and quaint cafe has an eclectic assortment of furniture that includes typewriter desks, grandfather clocks and hanging birdcages. There are quite a few power points available and a nice variety of seating options. They also offer a range of books from children’s stories to travel guides. The menu is extensive but what really won me over was the excellent service. Located near to the Farrer Park station, this is a great option for anyone looking to get work done in a quiet environment. Just make sure not to sit next to the window in the afternoon as the afternoon sun will hit you directly.
160 Owen Road
Weekdays: 11am – 10pm
Weekends & PH: 9am – 10pm
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park
This already popular cafe offers the best food of the lot. I loved their ocean linguine which had generous portions of prawns and mussels. Beverages-wise, their tiramisu latte was sweet and flavorful and their iced tea, amazing. The churros, which were crispy, warm and lightly sugared, are one of the best I’ve had. Its cozy nooks and crannies are not only great for doing work, but also perfect for people-watching. It’s the kind of cafe you could comfortably while your afternoon away at with a good book, as most of the clientele there already seems to be doing. However, do take note that they do not offer any charging points so make sure to come with all your devices fully charged if you do need to use them.
Tip: It is not advisable to go during the weekends as this is when they’re the busiest.
223 Upper Thomson Road
Closed on Mondays
Tues- Fri: 11am- 1030pm
Weekends: 1030am – 1030pm
Nearest MRT: Marymount
We arrived at 4pm on a Saturday to a full cafe, with plenty of patrons buried in their laptops. The most desirable section is the one filled with laptop-wielding patrons and students writing papers ensconced in their comfy couches. Apart from housing an impressive collection of books and magazines, what’s great about the Book Cafe is how it offers plenty of power points and the friendly staff are even willing to bring out an extension cord for you to charge your devices! Having so many people hard at work definitely adds a good element of peer pressure for you to get your work done too.
20 Martin Road
Sun to Thurs: 8:30am – 10:30pm
Fri & Sat: 8:30am to 12:30am
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay/ Chinatown
Quaint and quiet, The Reading Room feels somewhat like a British tea room meets home library with its floor-to-floor shelves of books and vintage leather armchairs. It’s adorable how their menu is bound within a Playtime Stories book! It provides a great ambience for a quiet meeting and there’s just something about being surrounded by books that will get your work mojo going.
19 Bukit Pasoh Road
Mon to Thurs: 11am to 30pm
Fri to Sun: 8am to 1am
Nearest MRT: Outram Park
Located within the Lasalle campus, this industrial cafe exudes an artsy, creative vibe and is filled with the likes of musicians and creatives jazzing things up on their MacBooks and guitars. Come here if you need to get inspired because you’ll wish you could whip out your MacBook or guitar to blend in too. There’s a nice range of seating options- from comfy cushioned crates to bar stools and wooden benches and an abundance of power points. WiFi, though not provided directly by the cafe, is readily available from the Lasalle network. Food is significantly cheaper if you’re a student, but still reasonably affordable if you’re not. If you’re lucky enough, you might even be able to snooze or lepak one corner on one of their sofas if you need a break! For creative inspiration, head straight for the Lego corner.
1 McNally Street
Mon to Sat: 9:30am to 8:30pm
Nearest MRT: Little India
Technically more of a bistro than a cafe, Table Manners is unique as the tables are communal which means there’s a high chance you’ll be sitting with people you don’t know. Think of it as going back to the days of eating in the school canteen except with fancy Scandinavian furniture. If you prefer a spot of greenery, you could even choose to work at the alfresco dining area which overlooks a cute pond with silver swans. We were there at the end of the lunch service and were basically the only people there until the start of dinner. Its great choice of music will put you in a good mood to get through whatever work you need to get done.
Do you know of any other great spots to work at? If so, do share them with us (: Happy marking to all fellow teachers!
If you haven’t found any of these cafes suitable, check out our LATEST post on the Best Cafes to Work at in Singapore (Part 2) for more recommendations!
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