Ever since new stations were established along the Thomson-East Coast Line, getting to the Upper Thomson vicinity has been much more convenient than ever. Peppered with many cafes and eateries, this neighbourhood is the perfect place for weekend brunches, supper get-togethers and everything in between. Here’s your guide to Thomson cafes
Named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus, this spot serves up dishes inspired by a range of cuisines. The Soft-Shell Crab Burger is a crowd favourite, featuring fluffy brioche buns encasing a deep-fried soft-shell crab patty topped with furikake eggs and caramelised onions. Another popular option is the Salmon Soba Noodles. Made with poached salmon, soba noodles, and topped with cilantro-lime nori yogurt, this dish is tangy, gentle on the palate, and won’t undo your diet plans. Cafe junkies will be glad to know that Columbus offers specialty coffee from local roasters Two Degrees North!
Address: 220 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574352
Opening Hours: 9 am–10 pm Tues to Sat, 9 am–7 pm Sun. Closed on Mon
Knockhouse Cafe stands out above the crowd for its well-crafted cups of joe. Aside from the coffee, this bistro also pumps out a number of cafe bites that are hearty and pleasing. Start the day with large plates such as the Breakfast Platter which comes with toast, grilled corn, pork sausage, hash, thick bacon, amongst others. Not a fan of breakfast? Then you won’t go wrong with reliable picks such as the Cajun Chicken Burger or the Wild Mushroom Aglio Olio.
Address: 185 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574333
Opening Hours: 9 am–9 pm daily
State of Affairs is a coffeehouse serving brews roasted in-house and can be enjoyed in its cosy space in a variety of ways. If you’d like a quick pick-me-up, their signature Black Honey is worth a shot, and the Dirty White is creamy and oh-so addictive as well. Aside from their coffee specialties, State of Affairs offers yummy mains as well, which include Miso Butter Salmon, Pesto Fettuccine, Pulled Beef Brisket and more.
Address: 183 Upper Thomson Rd, #01-02, Singapore 574332
Opening Hours: 7 am–4:30 pm Mon to Fri, 6 am–6 pm Sat & Sun
SOD Cafe started out as a bubble tea shop originally, and you can expect the same boba tea options here at their second outlet in Upper Thomson. The Tan Milk Tea has a subtle charcoal oolong flavour to the smooth milk tea base, while the Summer Fruit SOD Tea is fruity and refreshing. You can also choose to add black pearls as well, which are chewy with a great bite. Apart from drinks, the cafe also offers a variety of small bites, mains and all-day brunch.
Address: 183 Upper Thomson Road, Longhaus, #01-05, 574429
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–9:30 pm Mon, Wed to Fri, 10 am–9 pm Sat & Sun. Closed on Tues
Despite being a speciality coffee concept with artisanal brews, One Man Coffee also dishes out fresh bakes, salads, and plates of pasta. But one of the most popular picks has got to be the Gashouse Eggs which features runny egg and melted cheese on toast, which you can also slather with house-made bacon jam. Get your caffeine fix with a Cappuccino, which excels with a well-balanced body and rich aroma.
Address: 215R Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: 9 am–4 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Love Japanese-style sandos? Make sure to check out Hello Arigato. Theyare known for their thick-cut Gyu Sando, which features a slab of Angus beef sirloin slathered in caramelised sweet onion jam, sandwiched between Japanese milk bread. You’ll also find other variations such as Tamago, Teriyaki, and Otah Sando.
Address: 227 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574359
Opening Hours: 10 am–4 pm, 6–9 pm Tues to Fri, 9 am–9 pm Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon
Hailing from Western Australia is Yahava Koffee Works, which serves delicious coffee, cakes, sandwiches and more. They use quality coffee beans sourced from all over the world that are roasted in-house, and they also have a Tasting Bench where you can sample complimentary doses of coffee. If you need some grub, there’s the Ham, Cheese & Mayonnaise Ciabatta, alongside Cubanos Sandwiches, Sausages and Cheese Toasties.
Address: 50 Tagore Ln, #B1-02, Singapore 787494
Opening Hours: 8:30 am–5:30 pm daily
Thus Coffee is a specialty coffee joint with an in-house roast and blend that they use for their coffees which promises a robust pick-me-up, but beyond a good cuppa the food here is also to die for. Think an in-house breakfast plate that features sous vide eggs on a fluffy muffin, paired with apple cider sausage, back bacon, mushrooms, and baked beans. Or the Salmon & Kale Toast, a fluffy brioche toastie topped with smoked salmon and avocado, creamy eggs, and a spinach and feta salad.
Address: 4 Jln Kuras, Singapore 577723
Opening Hours: 9 am–9 pm daily
For some artisanal desserts, check out Patisserie G at Thomson Plaza, which uses quality ingredients and French pastry techniques to create its dainty pastries. Go for the Blueberry Nebula, a white sponge cake with blueberry compote and lemon curd filling that’s laid atop a chocolate sable cookie, or try the Apple Crumble Tart, which features a crumbly, butter tart base, cinnamon apple filling and a cobbler topping. If what you’re craving for is something savoury, then the Quiche with a savoury custard filled with cheese and various fillings will be just right for you.
Address: 301 Upper Thomson Rd, #01-111 Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–6 pm Mon, 9:30 am–8 pm Tues to Thurs, 9:30 am–9:30 pm Fri to Sun
Even though it has Woodlands in its name, Woodlands Sourdough is actually a popular bakery along Upper Thomson Road. And just like its name suggests, the bakery specialises in sourdough bread, brownies, pizzas, sandwiches, donuts and cakes for a carb-filled time. But they sell out quick, so try to get here early you can!
Address: 183 Upper Thomson Rd, #01-03, Singapore 574332
Opening Hours: 8:30 am–4 pm Thurs to Sun. Closed Mon to Wed
Oaks is a speciality coffee bar and restaurant nestled in a row of shophouses along Upper Thomson Road. Revel in the warm and inviting space and indulge in speciality beverages along with a delectable spread of creative fusion dishes. The Duck Confit Hash is a signature item, featuring shredded duck leg confit, potato rosti, hollandaise sauce, and poached eggs. The Truffle Carbonara is also a crowd-winner, as it consists of a generous amount of mushrooms and bacon with a strong truffle aroma.
Address: 223 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574355
Opening Hours: 10 am–10 pm Mon & Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9 am–10 pm Sat & Sun. Closed on Wed.
Located at Sin Ming Road, Menage Cafe is a pet-friendly cafe to consider. Fill up on Japanese rice bowls like Unagi Don, all-day brunch dishes like Salmon & Rosti, or one of their Asian-inspired pasta such as the Tom Yam Pasta and Prawn Laksa Pasta. The cafe also offers a delectable range of dog food for your pup, such as Sous Vide Pork Loin, Chicken Breast, Salmon Steak and more!
Address: 6 Sin Ming Rd, #01-01/02, Singapore 575585
Opening Hours: 12–9 pm Tues to Fri, 10:30 am–9 pm Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon
This hidden gem imports its products from Italy, and it’s where you’ll be able to enjoy unique gems like Pasta Delle Langhe, a deceptively simple dish of dry egg pasta seasoned with some truffle essence, Pici Agli Scampi, and Capesante, scallops paired with capsicum puree and flavoured butter. Or, tuck into heartier specials which include Sella D’agnello Arrosto Ai Pistacchi (roasted lamb saddle in bread crumbs and pistachio sauce) as well as Pancetta di Maiale Al Forno, their version of roasted pork belly!
Address: 215F Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: 12–3 pm, 6–10 pm Mon to Fri, 12–10 pm Sat & Sun
Offering a relaxed and casual atmosphere, as well as a menu that’s brimming with American-style classics, you’ll be in burger heaven at Fatboy’s. Go for one of their signatures, such as the Fat Basterd, a double beef chuck patties with Fatboy’s homemade barbecue sauce. Or, pick from the build-your-own-burger menu where you can design your very own burger!
Address: 187 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574335
Opening Hours: 12–11 pm Mon to Fri, 11 am–11 pm Sat & Sun
Nestled between the terrace houses in Jalan Pemimpin is COTTAGE by The Straits People Cafe, known for its affordable brunch food. Dig into burgers such as the Honey Mustard Chicken Burger, which features a juicy grilled chicken patty, honey mustard sauce, tomato and lettuce, and brioche buns. Or satisfy your brunch cravings with wholesome meals like the Cheesy Mushroom Omelet and Mushroom Melt Sandwich.
Address: 1 Pemimpin Dr, #01-02, Singapore 576151
Opening Hours: 8:30 am–6 pm Mon & Tues, Thurs & Fri, 1–6 pm Wed, 8:30 am–3 pm Sat. Closed on Sun