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10 Best Hidden Cafes in Haji Lane Singapore [2022]

December 22, 2021 by The Fun Empire Team

Hidden Cafes in Haji Lane Singapore

Haji Lane, hipsters' paradise in Singapore, is known to have the most unique cafes and boutiques. Acknowledged for their stunning collection of murals, people head down to Haji Lane for a happening weekend. Recognised restaurants include The Mad Sailors, Windowsill Pies, Blu Jaz Cafe, and many more, but we are here for the undiscovered gems today. Read on to find out what are the 10 Best Hidden Cafes in Haji Lane! (P.S. In view of the social distancing restrictions, these cafes might have different operating hours. Do check for updates on their opening on the relevant websites.)

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What's so special about the Haji Lane?

Haji Lane began as lodges for Haji pilgrims and homes for poor Malay families. The street was filled with graffiti art and hookah cafes which remain illegal to this date. Although hookah cafes were banned, wall murals were thankfully allowed under strict regulations. Since then, Haji Lane has grown into one of Singapore's most vibrant areas filled with an eclectic mix of shops and cafes.

1. Afterwit

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Serving up a variety of unique tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, Afterwit is a modern Mexican cafe. The small halal establishment infuses local flavours into the classic Mexican cuisine for an irresistible menu. Try their interesting flavours: biryani burritos, and tom yum shrimp quesadillas, at no more than $15!

Opening hours: Sun-Thu (12PM-10PM), Fri-Sat (12PM-11PM)
 778 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198746
Contact: 8786 1948

2. Chix Hot Chicken

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Chix Hot Chicken is an eatery co-owned by our first Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah. Proudly claimed as the first to offer halal Nashville Hot Chicken, it gained popularity among many Singaporeans! Their chicken is unique because they are breaded and coated with one of the world’s “spiciest peppers”: the ghost pepper. With three levels of spice you can choose from – mild hotness, extra hotness and insane hotness – pick what's comfortable for your taste buds. Or simply challenge yourself to the spiciest level, you daredevil!

Opening hours: Open Daily (12PM-9PM)
Address: 1 Jln Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069
Contact: 9839 0607

3. Earlybird Cafe

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Earlybird Cafe is a spacious bird-themed cafe with both indoor and al fresco dining. Before filling up your tummy, the aesthetics of the cafe feed you through your eyes. With bird murals on their walls inside and a bright yellow "Earlybird" signage outside, you won't have to worry about not having enough insta-worthy spots. Don't forget their must-try menu: Chicken & Pancakes for just $19!

Opening Hours: Sun-Thu (9AM-1PM), Fri (8AM-9.30PM), Sat (9AM-9.30PM)
Address: 17 Jln Pinang, Singapore 199149
Contact: 9788 6856

4. Grill Ninety Nine

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Grill Ninety Nine, a MUIS certified halal restaurants, serves a wide variety of menu including its signature steaks, raclette cheese, oysters, lamb shank, thin crust pizza, homemade mushroom soup, garlic bread as well as cakes, gelato, mocktails and even bubble tea. It came in among the top 3 in the Halal Food Hunt Award 2020 for best steak, best pizza and best pasta.

For more information, feel free to check out their instagram and website! Islandwide delivery is available too.

Opening hours: Open daily (12PM-10PM)
Address: 142 Arab St, Singapore 199828
Contact: 6292 7363

5. Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro

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Craving for some Swedish meatballs? Instead of running straight to IKEA, why not give this Swedish cafe a try? In fact, at Fika, you will be able to find a lot more traditional Swedish dishes like pickled herring to experiment with. Who knows, you might find a whole new love for Swedish cuisine!

Opening Hours: Open Daily (11AM-10PM)
Address: 257 Beach Rd, Singapore 199539
Contact: 6396 9096

6. Good Luck Beerhouse

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Good Luck Beerhouse is a cosy Craft Beer and Dim Sum Bar offering over 20 beer flavours. This place is perfect for the ciceroni (beer connoisseurs) because there are endless flavour combinations. In addition to their beer selection, you can pair your chill session with dim sum. Do take note that the bar has limited seats so be prepared to stand, or try to avoid the peak hours!

Opening Hours: Open Daily (12PM-10PM)
Address: 9 Haji Lane, Singapore 189202
Contact: 6391 9942 

7. Limaa Cafe

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Need a break from junk food? But also fearful that a healthy diet means chewing on tasteless salads? Look no further because Limaa specialises in healthy food that still tastes good! This cafe offers an assortment of 'clean version' of delicious meals such as rendang and nacho chips.

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur (8AM to 11:30AM), Fri (8AM to 8PM), Sat-Sun (11AM to 8PM)
Address: 51 Haji Ln, Singapore 189244
Contact: 8620 2041

8. Tolido’s Espresso Nook

Breakfast, Tolido's Espresso Nook
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Looking for an affordable brunch? Try Tolido’s Espresso Nook: a cosy joint that offers a familiar menu. Instead of risking on novel offerings, this cafe spent effort on perfecting the classics. Come down for dishes infused with local flavours like their pandan pancakes and prawn laksa pasta!

Opening Hours: Monday, Wed-Fri (8AM-4PM), Sat (9AM-9PM), Sun (9AM-6PM)
Address: 462 Crawford Ln, #01-63, Singapore 190462
Contact: 6648 0178

9. (working title)

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(working title), like many cafes, came from a humble beginning. From serving only brunch and breakfast, the cafe has grown its menu to serve burgers and snacks. An interesting dish to try would be their Ribena Wings which reminds us of childhood!

Opening hours: Open Daily (9AM-10PM)
Address: 783 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198751
Contact: 8768 0463

10. Yummo Chow

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Satisfy your cravings for fried ice cream at Yummo Chow, a daint café on Purvis Street. Their famous Tempura Icecream consists of vanilla ice cream, deep-fried inside a soft roll bun. Yummo Chow has a minimalistic interior which allows you to focus on their wonderful dishes.

Opening Hours: Open Daily (7AM-9PM)
Address: 13 Purvis Street, Hotel NuVe Heritage, Singapore 188592
Contact: 6873 1295

Hidden Cafes in Haji Lane Singapore

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