Yet another 5 spots for Car & Kopi

While we might have covered quite a couple of early morning drive pitstops, I’m pretty sure there are still many gems out there left unturned, but until then, here are 5 more places to drop by after an early morning cruise. Once again in no particular order.

11: Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
130E Minden Rd, Weekend hours 8am-6pm.

Opening hours: ★★★★★
Opening at 8am every morning, this Safari-themed branch of Tiong Bahru Bakery (supposedly inspired by the founder’s trip to Africa) has quite the perfect opening time for those of us out on early weekend morning jaunts.

Parking: ★★★
With a rather spacious amount of (free) parking spaces located up front, finding a place to park is a doddle. As long as you arrive early, because this place gets filled up really really quickly on weekends. There are plenty of trees overhead which provide plenty of shelter from the sun but offers no protection from bird poo.

View: ★☆☆☆
Even though the carpark is located just a stone’s throw away from the outdoor seating area, unless you’ve got a really prime spot for your mechanical baby, tough luck trying to catch a glimpse.

Ambience: ★★☆☆
While Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari does seem like a rather nice place to hang out with its fun Safari-themed decor, it just gets way too crowded (and noisy) here on weekends which doesn’t quite make for a conducive environment to relax in, unless of course, you are into that sort of buzz. (Coffee’s a little too acidic for my taste as well but that’s just me)

12: Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Weekend hours 9am – 11pm/9pm

Opening hours: ★★★☆☆
Needing no introduction whatsoever, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, or better known as CSHH, opens at an average 9am, not too early, not too late. Might work out great if your drive ends some time after 8.

Parking: ☆☆
This is a really tough one, there are very limited (chargeable) street-side parking lots around here and there is only one single prime spot located right outside the cafe. CSHH is supposedly a “local institution” for coffee otakus and instagram-fluencers, so do arrive early. May the parking force be with you.

View: ★
Unless you managed to snag that one particular parking spot right outside the cafe and the seats that overlook it, you’re better off looking at the cafe’s interior decor, which isn’t too bad tbh.

Ambience: ★★
All that said, if you’ve managed to make it here early before the coffee crowd arrives en masse, CSHH is actually a pretty nice spot to have your morning cuppa. Not too big to attract huge groups and not too small to make one feel pressured to quickly leave. Enjoy.

13: Riders Cafe
51 Fairways Dr, Weekend hours 8am – 9pm

Opening hours: ★★★
Riders Cafe (most likely named since it is right in front of a horsey stable) opens at 8am every morning, providing breakfast and coffee for those who have ended their drive at the nearby Rifle Range Road 峠.

Parking: ★★★★★
There are plenty of parking spots here with a rather large open area, so not much issues if you are here for brekkie. They are all free too.

View: ★
You’re in luck here if you don’t mind looking at your car from afar. While there are not that many tables overlooking the carpark, chances are most people here will choose to sit on the opposite side of the room with views of the lush open field. If all else fails, you can look at horses so that’s still fun right?

Ambience: ★★
While not providing the perfect environment for the car otaku, Riders Cafe does provide a rustic breakfast ambience quite unlike anywhere else in Singapore, with even the drive in providing its own charm. Providing a full breakfast/brunch menu, Riders is not a “cafe” cafe of course and the related service taxes will apply.

14: Ridout Mcdonald’s
Ridout Rd, Tea Garden, Weekend hours (Saturday) 24hrs, (Sunday) 7am-2am

Opening hours: ★★★
24 hours on Saturdays and from 7am onwards on Sundays, you can’t beat that.

Parking: ★★★★
Yes there are other Mcdonald’s in Singapore with large carparks but so far, Ridout is so far one of the few that doesn’t get entirely filled up with families out on early weekend mornings. Try getting a spot at Mcdonald’s in Kallang or East Coast. Unfortunately parking isn’t free and the relevant fees apply. Being located a short drive away from the South Buona Vista 峠 is bonus of course.

View: ☆☆
Unfortunately while Ridout Mcdonald’s scores top marks for opening hours, the same cannot be said of its view, with the carpark located just beyond your line of sight, there is no way to even catch a glimmer of your car’s freshly waxed paintwork.

Ambience: ★★☆☆
It’s Mcdonald’s so I wouldn’t expect too much. Aircon’s always good right?

15: Stamping Ground Coffee
87 Upper E Coast Rd, Weekend hours 9am-1030pm/6pm

Opening hours: ★★★☆☆
One for those in the East! While Stamping Ground Coffee opens at the perfect timing of 8am on weekdays, it only starts operating an hour later on weekends at 9am. Pity.

Parking: ★★★☆☆
There are a handful of lots located right outside the cafe but as long as you arrive early in the morning, you should be able to snag a spot, there are all head-in lots so try to get the corner lots to give yourself more space in case someone with less spatial awareness decides to park next to you. These parking lots are privately managed so the relevant fees will apply.

View: ★★★★
With 3 tables located right outside, you’re pretty much guaranteed a view of your precious auto’s posterior. If that’s up your alley.

Ambience: ★★★★
It’s the East, so it’s pretty chill here and you can bring your furry friend along too!!! The only bugbear being it tends to get a little warm. The sun rises in the East right?

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