Mood For Food: Common Man Coffee Roasters

Calling all caffeine lovers! The turn onto Martin Road opens the gate to a quaint yet popular world of coffee shops and boutiques. Right next to Robertson Quay at 22 Martin Road is the bustling and vibrant restaurant, Common Man Coffee Roasters.

CMCR hosts a diverse crowd, from young couples and their babies to the youth of Singapore to the investment-banker-types commuting to and from the Central Business District. “It’s always crowded and it’s a great place to just hang out,” says a regular of the coffee shop, who chose to remain anonymous, “My favorite thing on the menu?  Definitely the coffee.”

Known not just for their unique coffee blends but also their exquisite breakfasts and their famous grilled chicken, CMCR covers all aspects of a perfect restaurant including a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. While it can be pricey, certain things on the menu are worth the splurge.

The service is excellent and customers are greeted with nothing but friendly faces. “I think so far my work experience has been great. I’ve been working here for a year. It’s always crowded so we are all always busy.  The regular customers become like family,” said one of the baristas.

Our personal favorites are the breakfast options that trend on the sweeter side of things, like the french toast with berries and the giant stack of pancakes. The cafe is mostly known for its savory dishes, however.  Try the eggs benedict and hummus and pita bread; you won’t regret the decision, we promise.  During our review, we opted for a juice instead of a coffee, but their uniquely sourced coffee beans are what makes CMCR stand out.

Overall, CMCR is definitely one of our favorites and we highly recommend stepping in for a lazy morning breakfast or a quick afternoon pick-me-up.  The atmosphere, the people, and the food are a delight in equal proportions.

Author: Diya Navlakha

Diya Navlakha is a junior in her tenth year at SAS. This is her second year as a part of The Eye. While originally from India, Diya spent her childhood in New York City and Singapore. A few of her hobbies include watching "Friends", baking, and spending time with friends and family. She can be contacted at

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