It’s the weekend and you wanna hang out with your Muslim friends. Where should you go for brunch? Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of halal cafes in Singapore. We have tried many of them and they really offer quite awesome food with great ambience. Here’s a list of 20 halal cafes for your reference. Let’s makan!
Penny University (*Muslim-owned*)
Address: 402 East Coast Road Singapore 428997
Tel: +65 9008 9314
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 8.30am to 6pm; Fri – Sat 8.30m to 10.30pm; Sun 8.30m to 7pm
Penny University is a term that originated from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England. Instead of paying for drinks, people were charged a penny to enter a coffeehouse. But here in Katong, you don’t have to pay a penny to enter the cafe lah. There is no cappuccinos or lattes here. You just have to pick from the 3, 5 and 7oz. cup sizes and simply state if you’d like milk in your coffee.
The place was bustling with cafe-goers especially on weekends. They source their beans from local roasters, serve specialist cakes and bread freshly baked daily in the area, support and collaborate with local bakers and aim to be a haven for people of the East Coast and beyond. I had a plate of Turkish Eggs ($8.60) for brunch. With lightly whipped yoghurt and topped with homemade spicy moroccan harissa sauce, it gives the eggs a spicy dimension. And there’s sourdough for dipping.
I AM cafe (*Muslim-owned*)
Address: 674 North Bridge Road, junction of North Bridge Road and Haji Lane
Tel: 6295 5509
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11.30am to 11pm; Friday and Saturday 11.30am to 1am; Sunday 11.30am to 10pm. Closed on first and third Mondays of the month.
Located at the junction of North Bridge Road and Haji Lane, I AM cafe is inspired by the city of Amsterdam. Owned by 3 Muslim friends, all preparation and ingredients are done in accordance to the Islamic way of guidance. This open space cafe serves hearty sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas and fish and chips. W
Their Charcoal-grilled Juicy Beef Burger ($13.90) which comes with charcoal-grilled beef patty topped with pineapple, onions and melted cheese, is not bad. The patties are all painstakingly grilled over a charcoal-fuelled fire, and thus take a little more cooking time. It was juicy with consistent texture. Bright and fresh Homemade Beef Meatballs Pasta ($14.90) is also a comforting lunch. To complement the food menu, I AM also have a myriad of drink concoctions which are alcohol-free. Popular ones include Virgin Lychee Mojito and Bushramint.
Mad Jack Cafe (*halal certified*)
Address: 304 Bedok Road, The Market Place (Near Tanah Merah MRT)
Tel: 6445 8168 / 6846 8231
Opening hours : 11.30am – 11.30pm daily
Great halal Aussie Food at Crazy Value. Without using any MSG or preservatives, their signature items include Fish & Chips ($15.90), grilled rib-eye in black pepper sauce ($15.90), lamb rack in black pepper sauce ($29.90), blue mountain beef burger ($11.90) etc. Pair it with their Fruit of the Forest Smoothies ($7.90) consisting of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry.. Using 100% real fruits, it is rich in antioxidant, Vitamin C and fibre.
Paddington House of Pancakes (*halal supplier*)
Address: City Square Mall 180 Kitchener Road #02-3/3, Singapore 208539
Tel: 6612 9029
Opening hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm Daily
Paddington House of Pancakes is a franchise from Malaysia which serves variations of pancakes from all over the world. One of their popular item is Nice ($14) with grilled chicken, mozzarella, wild mushrooms, prawns, chicken bacon, ham, pineapple and topped with mushroom creamy sauce. For something sweet, try their Skinny Dip Pancakes ($12) featuring coin-sized pancakes topped with an ice cream with 4 different kinds of dipping sauces; raspberry, peanut butter, toffee and banana.
La Marelle (*halal supplier*)
Address: 25A Baghdad Street Singapore 199664
Tel: 8138 7654
Opening hours: Mon 10:45am to 10pm; Wed & Thu 10:45am to 10pm; Fri & Sat: 10:45am to 2am; Sun 10:45am – 10pm
Up on level 2 in the heart of Arab Street, La Marelle is a French fantasy themed cafe and boutique. It’s pink with whimsical decor and the cafe collaborates with over 40 international artists for their quirky, unique and beautiful inventory featuring bags, iPhone cases, necklaces and stationery. The permise is not halal certified but their suppliers are halal certified suppliers and most of their staff are muslim.
La Marelle serves breakfast sets, selected bakes from Windowsill Pies, little cakes, and drinks at fairly reasonable prices. I ordered a Ala Ferme ($14.90) croissant with in house smoked BBQ chicken. Orders took some time to arrive but it was worth the wait. The croissant was good, crispy on the outside and yet so fluffy on the inside! They have free wifi too – perfect hangout place!
Olivye Cafe (*halal-certified*)
Address: Blk 5 Changi Village Road, #01-2009, Singapore 500005
Opening hours: 11.30am to 10pm
Gelato serves up honest Halal-certified western food and Gelato at unpretentious prices. They have been serving chicken chop and grilled fish in NTU for a decade. And they are one of the few who serve Halal-certified Gelato. They’re big on local flavours. Apart from the classics like Chocolate, Hazelnut and Vanilla Cookies, they’ve also got tropical flavours like Durian and Chempedak that will take you back to those kampong days – even your grandparents would approve!
Fluff Bakery (*Muslim-Owned*)
Address: 12 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199079
They open their shop at 12pm and the moment it opens, you will see queue! I queued for 20 minutes before entering the small shop space and I was definitely NOT disappointed! They have interesting flavours like explosive eggnog latte speculoos crumbs, peacan cream cheese cinnamon roll, solgro ice cream etc. Being a traditionalist, I still prefer their nutella red velvet and salted caramel ones, they are so soft and fluffy! I know sometimes they serve Ondeh Ondeh, Mango Sticky Rice and Earl Grey Pear Honey for their cupcakes, I will be back to try those!
Sarah’s The Pancake Cafe
Website: East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, 01-62, Singapore 487048
Opening: Sunday to Thursday 9am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 9am to 11.30pm
Sarah’s The Pancake Cafe serves homemade Halal pancakes and crepes with a different twist. There are savoury options like The Benedict ($15), which is smoked salmon slices and poached eggs on pancakes served with housemade Hollandaise and mixed green and Al Istanbul ($14), which are grated potato pancakes served with smoked turkey ham and mixed greens. The sweet options look appetizing as well, especially Ala Dol ($12), a twist on the much-loved chendol. Crepes spread with red bean paste are topped with sweet corn kernels, pandan chendol and drizzled with palm sugar.
Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee (*Muslim owned*)
Address: 11 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598983
Tel: 6314 2886
Opening hours: Tue – Thur 11am to 7pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of P.H.: 11am to 9pm; Sun & P.H.: 11am to 8pm. Closed on Mondays.
Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee is a bakery café that serves freshly baked collection of layer cakes. Lynn started her baking journey in 2009 when she first baked for her daughter’s class party. From little cupcakes, she tried her hands on bigger cakes and found her passion in baking. Together with her husband, they decided to venture into business and founded Lynn’s Cakes & Coffee. Her cafe sells a variety of cakes such as rainbow cake, red velvet cake, salted caramel cake, cheesecake, carrot cake etc. If you wish to order wedding cakes, they are the ones to look for!
And All Things Delicious (*Muslim-owned*)
Address: 462 Crawford Lane #01-61 Singapore 190462
Tel: 6396 0820
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed on Sundays.
Previously an online cake business, And All Things Delicious now has a beautiful bakery amidst the old HDB flats in Lavender. It showcases a range of delicious cakes using halal ingredients. Never miss the scones, they have interesting flavours – orange cranberry scones and gula melaka scones.
On the day of our visit, carrot cake was not available. But we tried their special Pumpkin Cake and it was awesome! It’s not too sweet, very moist and loaded with pumpkin, decorated with pecans. The takeaway bakery can seat about six people, but if you manage to grab a seat, don’t forget to pair their cakes with raspberry mint lassi ($5.80), and lemongrass iced tea ($4.50). Seasonal cakes are also available for order.
Address: #01-3625, 164 Bukit Merah Central
Tel: 6271 1164
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10am to 10pm, closed on Mondays.
ButterScotch is all about specialty coffee and variety of sumptuous dessert that are aesthetically appealing, exciting and piques every diners attention for more. I tried their truffle fries which is shoestring fries served with generous amount of truffle oil. They serve interesting burgers such as Chilli Crab Cake Burger and Ramly Meets Wendy Burger. The Churros served in Butterscotch is thick and has a distinct cinnamon fragrance.
The Royals Cafe (*halal-certified*)
Address: Crescendo Building, 19 Upper East Coast Road
Tel: 6445 6457
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am to 10pm; Sat, Sun 8.30am to 10.30pm
Located in the east, The Royals Cafe is a cozy cafe serving affordable dishes with no GST. Their mee siam ($5.90) is a must try. It is rich and fragrant, yet not too spicy. There are other new additions to menu like the Braised Beef Cheek, Braised Lamb Shank & All-Day Breakfast selection.
Badoque Cafe (*halal-certified*)
Address: 246 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Tel: 6552 1646
Opening hours: Tues – Thur, Sat & Sun 12pm till 10pm. Fridays : 2pm till 10pm
Their simpang bedok outlet is now undergoing renovations till end of January, but don’t be disappointed cuz they have a new branch in Upper Thomson! Be sure to try their beef ribs which is amazingly tasty and tender chunks of meat. Other worth trying items include Fried Breaded Oysters, squid ink risotto, baffalo wings and more!
The Lab SG (*Muslim-owned*)
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069 (10mins walk from Bugis MRT)
Tel: 9875 7232
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 8pm (Sun)
Started only 2 months ago, The Lab SG is the latest cafe in Arab street. When you walk in, it feels like you are really in a lab, with chemical bottles at the counter and sewage pipes around the cafe. I tried their signature HeisenBurger featuring well grilled beef patty, with bacon, blue cheese, garlic mayo and served with sweet potato fries. The patty is really juicy with a slightly tangy tomato sauce, caramelized onions, and blue cheese on top! I am addicted to the fries which leaves a lingering sweetness in your mouth.
Address: 31 Ah Hood Rd, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, Singapore 329979
Tel: 6256 1484
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily, closed on last Tuesday of the month
The guys from GRUB who have recently taken the HometeamNS-JOM Clubhouse (open to public) in Balestier by storm with the opening of FIX cafe. Built on the premise of “Original Handmade Goods”, this halal inspired cafe has put a fresh spin on traditional naan, sandwiching fresh and tasty fillings within to create a wrap they call “naanwiches”. Be sure to try their Chicken Tikka Naanwich ($11) or Beef & Kimchi Naanwich ($11).
Since its opening, FIX has focused on putting an approachable spin on familiar home-style desserts using quality ingredients. My favourite is the refreshing Passionfruit, Mango & Coconut Chiffon Cake ($7). Butterscotch Arabica Choux ($6) is an instant hit among dessert lovers. Coffee-steeped Chantilly cream give this unique dessert a smooth finish, with a surprise treat of sticky vanilla caramel within. Other popular items include a fragrant Strawberry Pistachio Rose Tart ($6) and rich Cacao Barry Chocolate Truffle Cake ($7)
Address: 36 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209364
Tel: 6292 2642
Opening hours: Mon 12pm – 10pm; Wed to Thu 12pm – 10pm; Fri & Sat 12pm – 11pm; Sun 11am – 7pm. Closed on Tuesday
They are barely a few months old but is always full house during weekends. Love the feel of this rustic cafe, very laid back and intricate hangout place with friends. We tried the Bakul of Bites ($13.90) offering a platter of sweet potato fries, onion rings & orange glazed chicken wings. The Crabby Patty ($17.90) topped with mango salsa & house salad on the side was nothing fantastic.
However, we quite like the Salmon Stack ($12.90) offering triple decker smoked salmon sandwich stuffed with crispy onion rings. Their house blend is roasted specially for them by Dutch Colony Coffee Roasters with a blend of Sumatran beans and Ethopian beans. Bright and smokey cuppa that leaves a strong roasty aftertaste.
Butter Studio (*halal certified*)
Address: 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865
Tel: 6294 7115
Opening hours: Mon 12pm to 11pm; Wed & Thu 12pm to 11pm; Fri & Sat 12pm to 12am; Sun 12pm to 11pm. Closed every Tuesday.
After the success of their takeaway counter at Changi Airport, Butter Studio now has a cafe along Jalan Besar. Aside from being larger in size, the cafe also has a larger menu, with pastries and butter cakes alongside their well-loved preservative-free cupcakes.
Their brunch menu may be limited but has the essentials. This includes scrumptious Turkey Bacon Eggs Benny – warm poached eggs atop hot buttered brioche buns drizzled with heavenly hollandaise sauce. Not forgetting the fresh made buttermilk pancakes and classic French Toast. Don’t forget to save your tummy space for their desserts such as Sea Salt Nutella Tarts, Lemon Meringue tart and a whole range of yummy cupcakes. I love the Rose Pistachio one – moist rosewater cupcakes with strawberry infused cream cheese topped with chopped pistachio and dried rose buds!
Royz Et Vous (*Muslim-owned*)
Address: 17 Bali Lane, Singapore 189853
Tel: 6293 0270
Opening Hours: Sunday till Thursday & Public Holiday 11am-10pm; Friday, Saturday & Eve Public Holiday 11am-11pm
A french inspired bistro that serves a range of dishes such as smoked duck breast ($24) with Thai coriander sauce dressing and roasted honey potatoes; lamb shank ($26), with carrots, beans, chickpeas and mashed potatoes; and chicken rendang ($14) with a choice of jasmine rice or Turkish bread served with achar. I had the Juicy Prawns Pasta ($16.90) served with juicy small prawns and garlic butter sauce. I quite enjoy their freshly brewed coffee (from $3.50) with desserts such as Royz bread pudding ($7), creme brulee ($6.50) and a selection of cakes.
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-20 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Address: 6336 7234
Opening Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu-Sat & Eve of PH 11am-11pm
Fika is a social institution in Sweden; it means having a coffee with one’s colleagues, friends, date, or family. Take a break from work at Fika Swedish Café & Bistro where they serve the best halal meatballs in Singapore! (And they have an option for gluten free pasta too!)
Owner / Graphic artist Tasneem Noor opened a Nordic cafe in 2009 when she was learning to cook Nordic food to feed her homesick husband, who is a Swedish artist. Her food is authentic homemade Swedish and you won’t find fusion here. The juicy meatballs is served with potatoes and lingonberry jam, and gone in a mouthful! It’s a plate of comfort food, simple but the best! They also serve classic Swedish coffee, and Swedish imported sodas.
Address: Blk 201D Tampines Street 21 #01-1171
Opening Hours: 8am til Midnight Daily
Served like a Subway chain, this sandwich shop serves a variety of six-inch or foot-long toasted sandwiches. First, you choose your carbs – bread, baked rice, salad, pizza or wraps. They make their own bread. Choose from the Premium (Italian Trio, Chicken Bacon or Beef Pastrami), the Classic (Egg Mayo, Tuna Mayo, Turkey Ham or Garden Delight) or Special (Smoked Chicken Breast, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Beef or Beef Ham), prices ranging from $5 to $7. Add $2.90 for clam chowder or mushroom soup.