Habitat Coffee is a cosy & quaint little cafe along the shophouses of Upper Thomson. The place has been around for quite some time and has gained a lot of popularity from social media & word of mouth. Habitat serves up all-day brunch specials and a wide array of awesome homemade cakes.
Now Habitat has been around for quite some time, however, (perhaps I was blind) I did not notice the place whenever I would walk around that area. Until one day when I had lunch at La Rida Cuisine, the nearby French restaurant (used to be La Petite Cuisine), after which I walked down the row of shophouses, did I finally notice Habitat. I was a bit dumbfounded, as I had heard of the place & seen lots of photos on Instagram and I didn’t realize it was actually right there. Then again, perhaps I did notice it before but I didn’t give it a second thought. Unfortunately, I already had lunch that day, so my companion and I settled for dessert at Habitat. I then made sure I would go back to Habitat again for a proper brunch, which I eventually did.
The interior of Habitat makes use of a mixture of the colors white & black. Walls are painted white with black highlights. The counter is made of white bricks with a light wooden countertop. Some artworks are displayed around the place, including a drawings on the walls & some hanging on the semi-second level. Warm hanging lights and ceiling fans complete the look. The whole place does give off a certain “hipster” vibe, with its typical cafe decor but it’s all in with the trend these days and it works for Habitat.
The place has seats outside, inside and on their semi-second level. I wouldn’t consider it as an actual “second” level as it’s just a short distance upwards.
Habitat has been quite popular and there are times where the crowd can get a bit overwhelming. They use a waitlist system, where you can leave your phone number down so that when a table is available, they would give you a call. During peak hours, it can get a bit messy, so it’s best to let it slide as the staff are doing the best they can. I would think it’ll be better if they upgraded to a digital system like Symmetry or Lola’s Cafe.
So far I’ve read mixed reviews regarding their service. I was lucky enough to get a pleasant experience during my two visits. I even managed to snag a table almost immediately on my second visit. The staff were all attentive and quite friendly. Even when we asked if we could join the adjacent table, the staff gladly obliged, they themselves remembering that we had ordered a lot and would need two tables to fit all the dishes. (I was afraid that they would not consent to that, as the place was quite crowded that day.)
Habitat serves up all-day brunch specials, with dishes like the usual Eggs Benedict, Mama’s Banana Pancakes and also sandwiches & pastas. You would probably be CRAZY not to try the numerous homemade cakes that Habitat offers. Aside from all the cakes, they also have waffles & ice-cream. They even have the ever-popular-almost-too-mainstream Truffle Fries and the up-and-coming-trend of House-made Churros. Their range of food is definitely diverse but they do it all very well. Of course, besides all the food, Habitat is also known for their coffees & brews. (Which I didn’t try as I’m not a particularly coffee person.)
If I remembered correctly, Habitat also doesn’t charge GST or service charge!
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I highly recommend a visit to Habitat Coffee if you have not been there before. It’s definitely popular for a reason, with its great all-day brunch food & awesome homemade cakes. With so many cafes along that area, Habitat stands out as one of the better ones. Of course, it’s best to go at an off-peak hour to get an optimal experience. I’m positive I’ll go back soon to try more of their food and their cakes, especially since I frequent the Upper Thomson area quite a lot.
223 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574355
(Nearest train station: Marymount)
Contact: 6456 2567
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm