15 Great Hipster Cafes Where You Don’t Have To Pay for Service and GST

Lifestyle – May 30, 2014

Start off your romantic date by paying a little lesser yet meeting the objective of being a hipster! 🙂




 Singapore is never going to have a claim to fame when it comes to eating brunch. In fact, when did it suddenly become acceptable to wake up before 11am on a Saturday morning? Anyway, with some places defying the definition of “hipster” when it comes to pricing, The Smart Local shares 15 places that you can have a kickass brunch at AND not have to worry about service charge and GST! Note: if you do have a great experience, tips are generally a nice way of saying thanks: 

We’ve all experienced it before. You happily go to a cafe and order your eggs benedict and artisan coffee. But when the bill comes, along with it comes a whole bunch of extra charges and you end up paying way more than expected. Not cool.

To save your wallets from eternal emptiness, we’ve come up with a list of 15 cafes that charge neither service tax or GST. Now you’ll know exactly what you’re paying. 

1. Windowsill in the Woods

Source: Windowsill Pies

Address: 78 Horne Road, Singapore 209078

This unique cafe was first featured in our list of 18 Most Delicious Restaurants Under 15 Dollars. They serve beautiful looking, and incredible tasting sweet pies. If that isn’t enough, the cafe itself is also totally adorably decorated. 

2. IWannaGetStuffed

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Address: 801 Tampines Avenue 4, Singapore 520801

If you’re in the east and looking for a place to get simple, yet hearty Italian food then head on over to IWannaGetStuffed. Located in a simple neighbourhood in Tampines, this place provides great service and continues not to charge for it! 

3. Mean Bean and Wicked Grind

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Address: 7500A Beach Road, The Plaza #01-337, Singapore 199591

Mean Bean and Wicked Grind (MBWG) is another unique cafe where the menu changes every single week. (Nope you did not read that wrong). The owner believes in keeping things fresh by switching up suppliers. Don’t you love people who are dedicated to what they do? 

4. Lola’s Cafe


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Address: 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893

Come here if you’re looking for a hearty brunch meal (yes, they have Eggs Benedict on the menu) on the weekend and don’t want to have to fork out extra for taxes! 

5. The Living Cafe

Source: The Living Cafe

Address: 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758

This cafe specialises in serving raw food. Yup that’s right. A lot of the items on the menu aren’t heated above 48 degrees Celsius and the ingredients aren’t processed or chemically altered. Your body will be thanking you after a meal at this cafe. 

6. Wheeler’s Yard


Address: 28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781

Wheeler’s Yard is super unique because not only is it located in a warehouse, its also the site of a bicycle workshop. I could go on forever about how awesome this place is but I suggest you read Si Min’s Review of Wheeler’s Yard instead. 

7. Assembly Coffee

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Address: 26 Evan Lodge, Singapore 259367

If you’re looking for top quality coffee then look no further. The people at Assembly pride themselves on being part of the third wave coffee movement. I honestly have no idea what that means but hey, the coffee here is so good, it almost doesn’t even matter. 

8. Drury Lane

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Address: 94 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088515

There’s nothing dreary about Drury Lane. In fact the atmosphere here is nice and lively and its a great place to chill with your buds after work. 

9. Flock Cafe


Source: @chickingqueen

Address: 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25, Singapore 162078

If you have a hankering for gourmet sandwiches or are looking for another all-day breakfast joint then this is it. They aim to keep their space comfortable and inviting despite increased visitors with all the hype over the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. 

10. Shoebox Canteen

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Address: 36 North Canal Road, Singapore 059292

Located in the CBD area, this place is a cafe – Shoebox Canteen by day and a bar – Bitters and Love by night. That means that all you people working hard in the CBD area no longer have to wrack your brains looking for new places to hang out, just hoping on over here at 2 different times will give you a whole new experience. 

11. Department of Caffeine

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Address: 15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481

With a name like Department of Caffeine you know that the people at this joint take their coffee and tea very seriously so don’t be expecting anything for the faint hearted. Food wise, they regularly change up their menus so no two trips here will be the same. 

12. Real Food

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Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

Real Food is known as an indie cafe, free from health and food associations, institutes or ministries. The crew here is dedicated to serving the best quality food, promising nothing pre-packaged or processed. They prepare and serve only slow food because they believe quality food takes time.


13. Quarter to Three

Source: Quarter to Three

Address: 88 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088509

If you’re one of those people whose got a huge sweet tooth (guilty!) then you’ll love this joint. Its got a whole lot of sugary delights including a wide array of cakes and plenty of other desserts. If you’re not a huge dessert person, don’t go scratching this cafe off your list just yet, they’ve got salads and sandwiches too!


14. Black and White Caffe Bar

Source: Black and White Caffe Bar

Address: 7500A Beach Road, #B1-305, The Plaza, Singapore 199591

I, like virtually every other human being on the planet, love Italian food. One Italian dish is often overlooked though, and that’s Panini. Its Italy’s version of a sandwich and the Black and White Caffe Bar is the spot to get your Panini fix in Singapore. 

15. Working Title

Source: Working Title

Address: 7500A Beach Road, #B1-305, The Plaza, Singapore 199591

Look past the vintage clothing stores in Haji Lane and the shisha places in Bali Lane and you’ll find plenty of awesome cafes. One of them is Working Title where you can enjoy your usual western fare amongst mismatched furniture and good vibes. 

Great Cafes at Great Prices

There you have it, 15 delightful Singapore cafes that do not charge any GST or service tax. Because honestly, the only thing better than yummy food is affordable yummy food, am I right? Know of any more cafes that do not charge GST? Comments to update. 

The article “15 Delightful Singapore Cafes with No GST & No Service Charge” was written by Hevina Kaur and first appeared on The Smart Local, a content partner for MoneySmart.