7 Singapore cafes to study in [Updated March 2021]

by | Mar 7, 2021

As students or professionals, we like to visit cafes to study in or get work done. And we can all agree that cafes are awesome.

But with the sheer number of cafes in Singapore, which is best suited for studying?

We decided to compile 7 attractive cafes to study in; perfect for you to indulge in your work and have a mighty fine coffee or meal whilst doing so.

The list is not arranged in any order. All outlets have wifi and charging sockets to use, so don’t worry!

Also, when visiting these cafes, it’s best to dress in a comfy and awesome fit, check out these 20 vintage stores in Singapore to level up your fashion game!

Commune Cafe

Location: 9 Raffles Blvd, #02-50, Singapore 039596.

Opening times: 8am – 6pm (Weekdays) | 12pm – 7pm (Weekends)

Price point: ~$5 for coffee, ~$7 for waffles

Why we love it: Conducive environment | affordable prices | Interesting architecture

Photo sourced from Pinterest

Commune Café is an exciting concept. Interestingly, it is constructed as an extension of the furniture shop, Commune.

The owners of the cafe created this to serve as a resting spot for their visitors to indulge in fine drinks and food after doing their shopping.

Constructed upon a linkway bridge, this cafe boasts architectural uniqueness from its traditional competitors on this list. 

If you’re into waffles and coffee that is not over-the-top expensive, this could be a spot to visit!

Their prices are average, but the quality of their food is top-notch; check out their 4.2-star reviews for yourself!

There are also unlimited wifi and several power sockets at your disposal. It’s weird how this café isn’t as well known as it deserves to be. It’s a cafe worth studying in!

That golden syrup though.
From @communecafe_official

Lowercase Cafe

Location: LASALLE College of the Arts, at Blk D #01-01, 1 McNally St, 187940. 

Opening times: 9am – 9pm (Monday to Wednesday) | 9am – 5pm (Thursday and Friday) | 11am – 5pm (Saturday and Sunday). 

Price point: starts at ~$3.80 for drinks, ~$12 for food

Why we love it: Live music | plenty of space to work in | alcoholic drinks | variety of food

Looks cool, huh?
From Lowercase FB page.

Next up, we found this tucked-away café called lowercase café.

This place is perfect for studying, working, and chatting with your friends/groupmates. Heck, this place even has live music.

As if that’s not enough, they also serve a variety of delicious main courses and finger foods! From chicken wings and crisps to pasta and pizzas. Feast away!

The layout for the cafe is also worth noting – it’s massive! 

The lowercase cafe was founded to connect the performing arts with culinary arts.

They wanted to cultivate a space for the community, collaboration, and craft. For that, the cafe has previously hosted events for many people and groups.

Their most recent initiative is the 10% artist gratuity, where the funds will be used to support both performance artists in the cafe as well the cafe’s own craft team. An amazing gesture, wouldn’t you agree?

Strawberry cheesecake waffle bowl sundae? Yes, please.
Photo from Lowercase café.

Group therapy cafe

Chinatown Location: 181 South Bridge Road #01-05 & #K1-04 058743.

Chinatown opening times: 8am – 5pm (Sunday to Tuesday) | 8am – 9pm (Wednesday and Thursday) | 8am – 10pm (Friday and Saturday)

Katong Location: 30 East Coast Road, Katong V, Singapore 428751. 

Katong opening times: 8am – 6pm (Daily)

Price point: starts at ~$5 for drinks, ~$16 for mains

Why we love it: Highly rated food and drinks.

Interior of group therapy cafe

Here’s a sneak peek of how the cross-exchange outlet looks like inside.
The photo was taken from chope.

If you are a foodie, this is one cafe that should be on your radar!

They serve great poached eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, and pasta – all of them guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest taste buds.

They even offer milkshakes and an assortment of other drinks. If you’ve ever wanted to study whilst indulging in great food, remember Group Therapy Cafe!

One downside though: it’s slightly on the pricier side. Is it worth it? We think so!

Group Therapy Cafe's apple pie

Look at that apple pie (drool)
Photo sourced from @grouptherapycafe.

5themoments cafe

Location: 73 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088494.

Opening times12pm – 11pm (Monday to Thursday and Sunday) | 12pm – 11.30pm (Friday and Saturday)

Price point: starts at ~$15 per person

Why we love it: they serve alcohol and delightful desserts | awesome interior design

The café’s name is a play on “Find the Moments”.
The photo was taken from 5 the Moments Café.

Dessert lovers rejoice! Welcome to 5themoments cafe, a cafe that specializes in catering to your sweet tooth.

They serve housemade gelatos, waffles, and cakes!

They are also known for their amazing interior design so get your cameras ready and await messages from your Instagram followers demanding to know where you’re at!

There is a downside to the cafe though: expect to pay rather high prices. They charge above-average prices; think $15 per person. But given the atmosphere, we totally feel that it’s worth a visit!

Try their recommended Pistachio ice cream with homemade waffles.
The photo was taken from thedanielfooddairy.

Genius central cafe

Location:  #01-01, Far East Square, 7-13 Amoy Street, Singapore 049949

Opening times: 8am – 8:30pm (Monday to Thursday) | 8am to 9:30pm (Friday and Saturday) | 8am to 4pm (Sunday)

Price point: mains start at ~$20 per person

Why we love it: Healthy food | Plugs | 100% GMO-free.

Here’s a look at the interior of the shop.
The photo was taken from the happy cow

Feeling guilty about all the good food you’ve been eating? What if we suggested a healthier and equally tasty spot to indulge in delightful cafe food?

Welcome to Genius Central! With a laid-back ambiance and plugs scattered all over the cafe, rest assure that you will not compromise on food or the studying experience.

A cool fact: their entire menu is designed to display which food item will improve which of your 78 organs through minerals, vitamins, and much more. Talk about commitment to health!

Their only downside is that their price is slightly on the higher side. Nonetheless, it’s still one of those great cafes to study in.

Not going to lie, I salivated when I looked at this…
The photo was taken from Burpple

Plain Vanilla Bakery

Location: 1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641

Opening times: 8am – 7pm (Mondays to Saturdays) | 9am – 6pm (Sundays and PH)

Price point: cupcakes start at ~$4.

Why we love it: Catered for the sweet tooth lovers | Free WiFi | Plugs

The Tiong Bahru outlet has a lovely ambiance, perfect for spending your time there.
The photo was taken from Danielfooddairy.

Sweet tooth and cupcake lovers, rejoice! Known for their phenomenal bakes, rest assured that you probably won’t find cupcakes this amazing ever.

They’re even serving breakfast now too! Their outlet in Tiong Bahru has multiple plugs and free WiFi for you to do your work peacefully. As they are a cashless establishment, remember to bring along your cards!

The cupcakes are totally worth the calories for.
The photo was taken from TimeOut.

The Book Cafe

Location: 20 Martin Rd, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, S239070

Opening times: 8:30am – 10:30pm (Daily)

Price point: Drinks start at $6 | Mains start at $15

Why we love it: Perfect atmosphere | Photocopier | Free WiFi | Plugs

All-day breakfast and mouth-watering pasta dishes.
The photo was from thebookcafesg’s Instagram page.

Plugs, free WiFi, and a photocopier: this place is a gem! But perhaps what made this café a must-visit is how they provide the perfect atmosphere to study and work away.

Surrounded by books and cozy couches, you will find yourself doing productive work while sipping on a comfy cup of coffee.

The perfect aesthetic setting for you and that work that needs to be done! Raved about all over the Internet, we are sure you will be back for a second time.

This place is considered a “second living room” where you can chill, drink, eat and study.
The photo was taken from laptop friendly

Conclusion

Since students like ourselves often turn to Starbucks, Coffee Bean, etc we figured that a list of alternatives could help bring your productivity game up (alongside a delicious cup of coffee and a satisfied belly)!

Hopefully, this small curated list will help you pick out your next cafe to study in.

Let us know which of these cafes you will visit and what you think of them!