Boasting more than 140 F&B establishments, Changi Airport serves up extensive options for a refreshing cuppa joe (a.k.a a good cup of coffee). Whether you’re planning to stay awake for a red-eye flight, in need of a morning pick-me-up, or simply yearning for the aromatic taste of coffee, Changi has your caffeine cravings covered.
Take your pick from homegrown brands such as Ya Kun Kaya Toast and Killiney. These offer local favourites like kopi (coffee with condensed milk), kopi-o (coffee with sugar, without milk) or kopi-c (coffee with sugar and evaporated milk). Alternatively, be bold and sip a different brew from both renowned international and homegrown chains dotting both the public and transit areas.
Read on for the ultimate insider’s guide to the steaming brews at Changi, and discover the signature beverages that are a must-order.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast
As one of Singapore’s most popular chain of cafes, Ya Kun is famous for its old-school Singaporean breakfast – kaya (coconut jam) toast, soft-boiled eggs and its signature piping hot traditional coffee.
Back in the day, Ya Kun’s coffee was roasted over firewood with ‘Planta’ margarine and sugar. Although the process is less traditional these days, the taste of Ya Kun’s coffee is still reminiscent of the good ol’ days.
With over 70 years of history under its belt and a savvy steward at the helm of this family business, Ya Kun’s consistency in its offerings are what keeps loyal customers coming back.
Must-sip: Go for their regular kopi or kopi-c.
Location (Ya Kun Kaya Toast):
Terminal 1, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge
Terminal 2 Level 2, Public area
Terminal 2, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge
Location (Ya Kun Family Café):
Terminal 3, Basement 2, Public Area
Killiney Kopitiam / Kedai Killiney Kopi
Another one of Singapore’s stalwarts in the kopi-and-kaya-toast scene, Killiney Kopitiam is one of the oldest Hainanese coffee shops in Singapore. Its specialty is Hainanese-style coffee – thick, sweetened and aromatic brews that complement its equally delicious kaya toasts.
Founded in 1919, the family business has since expanded to cater to Muslim customers by introducing the halal-certified Kedai Killiney Kopi. There are currently two Kedai Killiney Kopi outlets in Singapore, of which one can be found right here in Changi.
Must-sip: It’s hard to pick a favourite, but we vouch for their Iced Coffee.
Killiney Kopitiam – Terminal 1, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge (near C Gates)
Kedai Killiney Kopi – Terminal 2, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge (near F Gates)
Established as an Australian household favourite, Hudsons Coffee gained popularity for its 100% premium Arabica bean brews. The coffee chain first started in 1998 by two long-time friends. Opened just a year ago, the outlet in Changi Airport is Hudsons Coffee’s first outlet beyond Australia’s shores.
Try your hand at personalising your coffee with the Ripple Maker machine - with your selfie, or with any of the other preset designs.
At Hudsons Coffee, drinks are made with coffee blends roasted in Melbourne. Besides beverages, they also offer mouth-watering sandwiches and pastries such as Australian vintage cheddar and tomato toastie and lamington cake.
Must-sip: Premium Blend, a medium/dark roast with subtle hints of cocoa and vanilla; and Barista’s Choice, a darker roast with caramel undertones.
Location: Terminal 3, Level 2 Departure Transit Lounge (near B Gates)
While you may be familiar with Starbucks, this ubiquitous coffee chain has an even more upscale version of a café. For the coffee connoisseurs, first take your pick from a limited and premium line of high-end coffee beans, then decide how you would like it brewed: via the Chemex coffeemaker, the Starbucks Reserve’s proprietary Clover® brewer, or the traditional Coffee Press and Pour-overs.
Must-sip: Pour-overs, Black Eagle Espresso, Nitro Cold Brew (served from the tap). Of course, the good ol’ regular Starbucks menu is available, too, with many outlets scattered around the airport!
Location (Starbucks Reserve):
Jewel Changi Airport, Level 2
O’Coffee Club is the new brand name of Coffee Club, Singapore’s first homegrown gourmet coffee chain since 1991. Over their 26-year heritage of brewing gourmet coffee, they have conjured up many new varieties for patrons to enjoy.
Must-sip: Organic Jeju Cold Brew, made with Jeju-do spring water and sustainably farmed Ethiopian Gemadro coffee beans. Since this is a cold brew coffee, it is served from a tap with nitrogen bubbles, giving the coffee its smooth and creamy texture.
Terminal 2, Level 2, Public area
Terminal 3, Level 2, Public area
Terminal 4, Level 2, Public area
Jewel Changi Airport, Basement 2
These are just some of the many places in Changi Airport to get your coffee fix. If there isn’t something you fancy in the terminals, you can also head over to Jewel Changi Airport and see if one of the many offerings there could entice you instead! With so many places for a perk-me-up, you will never be short of choices for your java.
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