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With extensive F&B offerings, both Changi Airport and Jewel serve up multiple 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. They 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 Airport and Jewel, and discover the signature beverages that are a must-order.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast
As one of Singapore’s most popular chain of coffee shops, Ya Kun is famous for its old-school Singaporean breakfast – kaya (coconut jam) toast, soft-boiled eggs and signature piping hot traditional coffee.
Back in the old days, 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 75 years of history under its belt and a savvy steward at the helm of this family business, Ya Kun’s consistency in its offerings is 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
Location (Ya Kun Family Café):
Terminal 3, Basement 2, Public Area
Founded in 1941, Fun Toast offers a vast array of classic Singaporean breakfast dishes, including traditional ‘kopi’, an essential beverage perfect to kick start your day. Hailing originally from Telok Ayer Street, the authentic Singaporean flavours are bound to stimulate taste buds and even bring back fond memories, so a visit to this café at Changi is a must.
Must-sip: The three classics - kopi, kopi-o and kopi-c are all great choices depending on preference. If you’re hungry, Fun Toast also serves a variety of toasts and local delights like mee siam, curry chicken and chee cheong fun.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, Level 4
Kedai Killiney Kopi
Another one of Singapore’s stalwarts in the kopi-and-kaya-toast scene, Killiney Kopi 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.
Kedai Killiney Kopi at Changi Airport is part of the Killiney family business' expansion catered to Muslim customers. Being Halal-certified, it widens the Halal selections at Changi and shares its Hainanese flavours with its Muslim customers at the same time. Long lines outside this branch is a common sight, but it's definitely worth the wait.
Must-sip: It’s hard to pick a favourite, but we vouch for its Iced Coffee.
Location: Terminal 1, Level 3, Departure Transit Lounge East
A relatively new addition to the Singaporean café scene, Toast Box started its business in 2005, striving to recreate the iconic Nanyang coffee throughout the 1960s and 70s in Singapore. It is a homely establishment which has recently started brewing in other regions, including Jakarta, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. If you fancy having a cosy breakfast, or just popping by for kopi, Toast Box is a staple of Singaporean coffee.
Must-sip: Classic kopi choices should not disappoint. Don’t forget to pair it with its signature thick toasts topped with pork floss, or peanut butter!
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, Basement 2
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, and the branch here at Changi Airport was its first outlet beyond Australia’s shores.
At Hudsons Coffee, drinks are made with coffee blends roasted in Melbourne. Besides beverages, it also offers 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)
Always looking for the nearest Starbucks to you? This ubiquitous coffee chain has an even more upscale version of a café at Jewel! 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: 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 its 32-year heritage of brewing gourmet coffee, it has conjured up many new varieties for patrons to enjoy.
Must-sip: Mocha Java, a highly rated gourmet coffee comprised of 100% Arabica coffee beans from Yemen and Indonesia, is a popular top pick which we too, stand by.
Location (O' Coffee Club):
Terminal 3, Level 2, Public area
Terminal 4, Level 2, Public area
Location (O' Coffee Club Roastery):
Jewel Changi Airport, Level 3
% Arabica has made its way to Jewel Changi Airport, now brewing in 19 countries and counting. It’s founder, Kenneth Shoji, discovered the deep influence coffee has on peoples’ lives and routines very early on, forming the basis of % Arabica, which aims to help customers “see the world, through coffee”. Not to be missed by any coffee connoisseur in Singapore, this minimalist café should be on every your must-visit list in Changi Airport.
Must-sip: % Arabica’s lattes (matcha and iced) are some of its top hits that we personally recommend. Can’t make up your mind which one to choose, why not try both?
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, Level 1
Hoshino Coffee is a very popular Japanese café which has finally made its way to Changi Airport in recent times. Famous for its excellent hand drip coffee and a variety of other treats that will make your mouth water, the Jewel outlet has seating both next to the HSBC Rain Vortex at Basement 1, as well as inside the outlet.
The food which it serves is a fusion between Japanese and Western cuisines. Look out for unique flavours and dishes, which are usually quite hard to come by elsewhere.
Must-sip: Try its widely renowned hand dripped coffee. Refills of its Hoshino Blend, Americano and Iced coffee are available at 50% off.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, Basement 1
These are just some of the many places in Changi Airport and Jewel to get your coffee fix. With so many places serving the favourite perk-me-up, you will never be short of choices for your java.
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