Best work friendly cafes in Singapore with WiFi and plugs

Best work friendly cafes in Singapore with WiFi and plugs
June 10 07:40 2018

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So you are a freelance or digital nomad but can’t find a proper cafe in Singapore with great WiFi and coffee? Or maybe you are just looking for quiet cafes to get work done while traveling through Singapore? Do you need to have a work meeting with your university colleagues or a friend?

Being a digital nomad in the island-state is not easy. Hostels in Singapore are expensive and not all the cafes have good internet and decent tables.

Here are a few awesome work-friendly cafes in Singapore where you can do your work.

We have tested their wifi to see if it was fast enough for work and also checked to see if they had plugs. We actually did work in all of the cafes below to make sure we were recommending you the best options. As with any public workspace, it’s always important to make sure you use a VPN to protect your data and make sure you’re accessing the internet via a secure connection. There are many good VPNs you can use, including ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and Surfshark (read this Surfshark VPN review).

So look no further, this is a list of the best quiet cafes in Singapore to work from.

1. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: The Book Cafe

work-friendly cafes in singapore
Image credit: The Book Cafe Facebook

More conducive than your regular Starbucks and without the pin-drop silence of a library, The Book Cafe is a chill spot to hang out, read, or to get some work done. And if you want to take a break from work, recline on their sofas and browse through their wide range of newspapers and magazines. Digital nomads will love that there are power sockets both inside and outside, and the friendly staff will supply you with extension cables if needed. The menu includes all-day breakfast, the classic bangers & mash, decadent shibuya toast, coffee and more.

Address: #01-02, 20 Martin Rd, Seng Kee Building, 239070

Opening hours:

8.30am-10.30pm daily

2. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Working Title (permanently closed)

"Working Title Cafe"

Working Title is one of the few cafes that is halal certified. This burger bar doubles as an excellent place to work from, with an eclectic decor that is equal parts industrial and nostalgic. For those who love natural light, head to the seats at the outdoor area where you can work away while being bathed in sunlight. If you’re hungry, check out their menu of indulgent burgers, as well as small bites like the truffle tater tots, and a range of desserts.

Address: 48 Arab St, Singapore 199745

Opening hours:

Mon to Thurs 11am-10pm

Fri 11am-11pm

Sat & Sun 10am-11pm

3. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Cups N Canvas (permanently closed)

work-friendly cafes in singapore
Image credit: Cups N Canvas Facebook

Surrounded by multiple schools of arts, Cups N Canvas is an interesting cafe-and-art-studio hybrid, where you can have art jamming sessions too. For the digital nomad, it’s a cosy and artsy cafe to get some work done with a smoothie or some coffee (alternatively, try their special sweet potato latte for a non-caffeinated treat). Highlights on the menu include their tuna steak, eggs benedict, and spicy pumpkin soup.

Address: 139 Selegie Rd, Singapore 188309

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri 11am-10pm

Sat & Sun 10am-10pm

4. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Jewel Coffee

"Jewel Cafe Shenton Way"
Image credit: Jewel Coffee Facebook

There are two locations for Jewel Coffee that we love. The first one is tucked away in Claymore Connect at the end of Orchard Road. Despite being located at the entrance of a mall off Orchard, it is a surprisingly quiet spot to do work with inside tables with plugs, outdoor seating under umbrellas and mall seating on comfy sofas and convenient chairs. The internet is fast too. Aside from their amazing cup of joe, highlights on their menu include their fluffy pancakes topped with fruit and syrup, the spicy Kurobuta pasta, the addictive salt and pepper squid, and the gula melaka danish filled with sweet kaya.

"The view from the indoor seating at Jewel Coffee Claymore'

The view from the indoor seating at Jewel Coffee Claymore

The other one is located on the ground floor of One Shenton and it is a much smaller version mostly for take away. But don’t be fooled, although there are only a few stools to sit on inside, there are two plugs strategically located by the walls. Outdoor seating is available under umbrellas as well and internet is also fast.

Address: 1 Shenton Way, #01-07, 068803

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri 7am-7pm

Sat & Sun 8am-5pm

5. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: The Muffinry

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Image credit: Instagram @linafrnk (user’s account deleted)

The Muffinry is located within one of the quaint-looking shophouses along Telok Ayer, which stand in contrast to the skyscrapers of the nearby Central Business District area. This homely cafe offers a peaceful place to work, whether you’re seated at the al fresco area with plenty of sunlight, or making yourself comfortable at one of the sofas upstairs. Must-tries on the menu are definitely their gourmet muffins, like the signature spiced carrot and the double crumble chocolate, but they also have a range of sandwiches, salads, quiches and more.

Address: 112 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068581

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri 8am-9pm

Sat & Sun 9am-6pm

6. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Shop Wonderland

"Shop Woderland"

This cafe cum flower shop on Telok Ayer is a lovely place for a tea and cake. Inside, the tropical atmosphere and the super cute mini cakes are just what you need. Try some of the more interesting combinations like the bacon maple cupcakes or the lavender cakes. If you come in the evening, there are 2×1 offers on the cakes so bring company! Shop Wonderland has fast Wifi and comfy sofas and tables but I could not locate any plugs. The staff are also pretty nice. Head upstairs for beautiful flowers.

"Cake at Shop Woderland"

Cake at Shop Woderland

Address:134 Telok Ayer Street 068600

Opening hours:

Tue to Wed 8am to 6pm

Thu to Fri 8am to 10pm

Sat 8am to 6pm

Sun 10am to 6pm

Closed on Monday

7. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Merci Marcel

"Merci Marcel Singapore"

Merci Marcel was opened by the same guys of no defunct O’Batignoles and is a great leafy and bright spot in Tiong Bahru to get some work done, but avoid the weekends when the cafe is packed and you won’t be able to get any quiet and peace. There are no plugs and this is not your typical cafe to work from in Singapore but it is a welcome change from the more devoted digital nomad hangouts. Here you can enjoy pretty food and lovely surrounding and will feel comfortable getting an hour, tops two, of work done. The cafe has fast Internet.

if you fancy what you ate or want to take home some true french produce, they sell french wines, jams and chocolates among other.

Address: #01-68, 56 Eng Hoon Street, 16005

Opening hours:

Tue to Sat 8am to 11,30pm

Sun 8am to 10,30pm

Closed on Monday

8. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Dutch Colony

"Dutch Colony"

Dutch Colony in Frankel Avenue in the East Coast is a quiet neighbourhood joint that is filled with digital nomads and freelancers during the weekdays so you will feel like you are surrounded by like minded people looking for a good cafe to work from in Singapore. The internet is fast and though there are no obvious plugs, it is a great place to sit down. The area at the back has natural light from the glass ceiling and is bright and pleasant. The staff here are friendly and it all has a feel of the area. You can expect most people frequenting it to be locals from the nearby quieter East Coast area.

Address: 113 Frankel Avenue, 458230

Opening hours:

Mon to Thu 8am to 6pm

Fri to Sun 8am to 8pm

9. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Mellower Cafe

"Mellower cafe"

Mellower Cafe is a recently opened Chinese coffee chain that seems to specialise in providing quiet cafes especially designed for work. A lot of the tables have plugs, they are made for collaboration and spaced out. There are also individual tables for those working alone. Internet is fast and the plugs scattered around (even under the table)are really useful. The only downside is that prices are quite expensive and getting tap water is cumbersome as they only give you a tiny glass every time to encourage you to get more drinks or buy the water. Staff is friendly and the location of the main cafe, in the heart of Bugis, quite central for those with meetings in the area. Some of their cafes and drinks are interesting and their cotton candy coffee quite Instagrammable. However, their food selection is limited so you are better off eating elsewhere in the vicinity. There are also other branches in the UIC Building on Shenton Way and Robinson Road and they are expanding fast.

Address: 108 Middle Road, The Prospex #01-01, 188967 

Opening hours:

Mon to Sun 8am to 9,30pm

10. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Oriole Somerset

"Oriole Cafe"

Contrary to what other may have stated, Oriole at the Pan Pacific does not have plugs anymore, they have all been covered and we felt that they were actively discouraging people from working at the cafe explicitly disabling the plugs that otherwise made them such a great place to work from in the heart of Somerset.

"Oriole set lunch"

Oriole set lunch

Oriole is still a nice place to base yourself for an hour or so knowing that they are not very friendly towards digital nomads, especially if you go during lunch time weekdays as they have a good lunch menu that is value for money with a choice of dishes and a drink for $22 and trust us, the portions are large enough to feed you for the rest of the day. After you are done eating you can just go to your next quiet cafe and pick one that is more friendly to freelancers.

Address: 96 Somerset Rd, #01-01, Pan pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 238163

Opening hours:

Sun to Thu 8am to 11pm

Fri to Sat 8am to 12am

11. Work-friendly cafes in Singapore: Crossroads cafe

"Crossroads cafe"

Crossroads Cafe is on the round floor of the Marriott Tang Plaza on Orchard Road. While it may be counter intuitive for a hotel breakfast cafe to be a good place to work from it is. This is because it has great internet, lots of opportunities to people watch and because, while being a hotel cafe, they are used to seeing guests working, though the cafe is open to anyone. Their breakfast buffet is a good option or you can enjoy one of their pancake stacks.

"Pancakes at Crossroads Cafe"

Pancakes at Crossroads Cafe

The location right on orchard is perfect if you want to do some shopping or run errands in the area or if you have meetings and need a place to work from in between. Because it is part of the hotel, it is open until very late so you can get some late night work done too.

Address: 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865

Opening hours:

Sat to Wed 8am to 1am

Thu to Fri 8am to 2am

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  1. kwang
    May 17, 03:59 #1 kwang

    You can check out Bugis DUO if you need a central location near SMU or La Salle. The place offers some quiet spots in the afternoon and weekend. The building is new and still little known. Free wifi and power sockets and student-friendly places at Joe & Dough and A Poke Theory (no coffee but halal acai bowls at 5.90 only).

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