Haji Lane is one of Singapore’s funkiest and most vibe-y streets to roam around on. It’s a hodgepodge of different kinds of establishments, from classy boutiques and vintage shops to the ever-popular Haji Lane cafes and bars with live music. All these against a backdrop of bold and colourful graffiti walls. Need we say more? If you’ve not been here in a while — considering the short lifespan of some businesses — then read our definitive guide to where’s good to eat, drink and while away weekends at.
Best Haji Lane cafes to grab a bite at
1. I am..
We’re kicking off the list with one of the best Haji Lane cafes. The menu and interior decor of I am… cafe is an ode to the gorgeous city of Amsterdam. It specialises in Western fare with a slight fusion. Think charcoal grilled juicy beef burger, satay burger and the Dutch-inspired fries and mayo. But if you have time to eat only one dish, we recommend the charcoal juicy beef burger — stacked with sauteed mushroom, bacon slices and a sunny side egg, this will keep you filled up while exploring the rest of this hip neighbourhood.
I Am also plates a sinfully delicious Rainbow Cake — a picture-perfect sight for all you Instagram documenters. If you get lost, just follow the long snaky lines at North Bridge Road! We’re more than sure they’re ending up at this cafe anyway!
Address: 674 North Bridge Road, S(188804)
Mon – Thurs: 9am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 9am – 1am
Sun: 9am – 10pm
2. Blu Jaz Cafe
Blu Jaz Cafe is most reflective of Haji Lane’s punk-rock and elusive vibes. Graffiti laden with neon-light bouncing off the walls, it’s probably the most famous out of all Haji Lane cafes! Though many were sad to hear of their discontinued live entertainment license, there’s still much going for this place!
Head over after work and sink your teeth into their delicious Mediterranean themed grub — we’re talking mainstays like Lamb Shawarmas, Shish Kebabs and Falafel. If you manage to leave the clutches of work early enough, then be sure to have one or two of their Happy Hour tipples. Alternatively, check out their Facebook page and buy tickets to their next pop-up cinema event — we’re sure your dinner date will be impressed.
Address: 11 Bali Lane, S(189848)
Mon – Tues: 9am -12.30am
Wed – Thurs: 9am – 1 am
Fri – Sat: 9am – 2.30am
Sun: 12pm – 12am
How often do you hear of a cafe run by mothers and one that even includes a private room for breastfeeding? Limaa is one such cafe. This Haji Lane cafe was founded by two mothers, Aidah Rauf and Zakiah Asmawi to make clean eating more accessible to mothers. Limaa, which means five in Malay, reflects the five categories of food they sell — fruits, juices, smoothies, sandwiches and salads. But they have since expanded to also serve pasta and even desserts — cue the above delish-looking brownie. Yum!
Dig into their rendang chicken sandwich, pulled beef cheese steak sandwich, avocado super bowl or acai smoothie — absolutely refreshing if you’re feeling burnt from the heat. Find yourself in Haji Lane with your little ones in tow? You know this is one kids-friendly cafe you can count on!
Address: 51 Haji Lane S(189244)
Mon – Thurs : 9.30am – 8pm
Fri – Sun: 9.30pm – 9pm
4. BERGS Gourmet Burgers
Up for some meatilicious, sauce-oozing good time? You can’t go wrong with gourmet burger bar, BERGS! This Haji Lane joint is known for their signature beef burgers among the chalkboard full of other burger options. One of the star players is Miss Piggy — stacked high with prime beef patties, streaks of bacon, cheddar cheese, some necessary greens and their special BERGS sauce. Did we also mention that BERGS bakes their buns daily and we believe it because they’re oh so soft!
Not a beef eater? BERGS also flips glorious chicken, fish, lamb and even vegetarian patties. The Good Falla features a falafel pattie, avocado, lemon yoghurt and aioli while the Porto Polo chicken burger with their in-house flaming peri-peri sauce is too good to pass up. If you’re a burgers connoisseur then add BERGS to your list and tick off these other burger places in Singapore on your list too!
Address: 10 Haji Lane, S(189203)
Mon – Thurs, Sun: 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm
5. The Hangar
Head to this cafe for some Aussie-inspired grub and darn good coffee. Although it’s two minutes away from Haji Lane, we know you wouldn’t mind the walk to a cafe recently touted as one of the best cafes in Singapore!
The team roasts its own coffee and sources beans from the best farms in the region. The Hangar also boasts an extensive food menu with the likes of Pulled Pork Kolo Mee, Short Rib Shaksuka and plenty of burgers including mouth-watering brunch options to whet your appetite. The Pulled Pork Kolo Mee, in particular, is a wonderful tribute to the cafe’s Asian-Aussie influence. It’s a bowl of springy noodles topped with shredded pork pieces, poached egg and drizzled with chilli oil — which we hear is what keeps patrons coming back for more!
Address: 25 Arab Street, S(199724)
Mon – Wed, Sun: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Thurs: 8.30am – 9pm
Fri – Sat: 8.30pm – 10pm
6. Juice Clinic
Although pretty, exploring Haji Lane can leave you panting and perspiring in the most unglamorous ways! Stop over and re-energise yourself at this watering hole — not of liquor but of juice! This is one of the best Haji Lane cafes to people-watch from while having a quick drink. Choose from favourites like lime, mango and other deliciously concocted smoothies. If you’re feeling peckish, pair those smoothies with their all-day brunch menu featuring crowd-pleasers like pancakes, bagels and eggs.
Address: 27-29 Haji Lane, S(189222)
Mon – Thurs, Sun: 9am – 12am
Fri – Sat: 9am – 3am
Best Haji Lane bars to enjoy a tipple at
7. The Singapura Club
This heritage style bistro and taproom is hard to miss on Haji Lane. If not for anything else, the erudite face of the turbaned man gracing the shophouse’s side wall should attract you enough to drop in. Their local-inspired drinks are definitely a must-try. We’re talking about various types of chai, Milo Dinosaur cocktails, wines and beer on tap.
Did we also mention they have live band performances? This is probably one of the best Haji Lane bars to bring your exchange friend and introduce them to Singapore’s growing live music scene.
Address: 26 Haji Lane S(189219)
Mon – Fri: 11am – 11.59pm
Sat – Sun and PH: 8.30am – 11.59pm
8. Bar Stories
Ever heard of a cocktail bar without a cocktail menu? Simply tell the mixologists at Bar Stories how you’d like your poison of the night and let them whip it up for you. Using only the freshest produce sans any artificial flavours, you can be sure to receive a creative, pretty and tasty glass. If you’re not all too familiar with alcoholic jargon, share your current mood with the mixologists and they’ll create an answer for that. They’re that adept!
Tucked away on the second floor of a shophouse, escape the hubbub for a clandestine meeting at this bespoke Haji Lane bar. It’s an experience not to be missed!
Address: 55-57A Haji Lane, S(189248)
Mon – Thurs, Sun: 5pm – 1am
Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am
9. Good Luck Beerhouse
What pairs well with beer? Dim sum of course! Share a dim sum platter with friends and #drinklocal at Good Luck Beerhouse. This Haji Lane bar is every craft beer lover’s mecca with rotating flavours like ciders, wheat beer and stout on tap. If you’re unsure what to pick, ask the friendly staff for recommendations or keep an eye out for local craft beer names Brewlander, Heart of Darkness and Innocence Brewing for a beer-gasmic experience!
Address: 9 Haji Lane, S(189202)
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm – 12am
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