Located along the busy streets of Killiney Road, the existing shop front was founded in late 1919. Back then, while it was an antiquated yet humble shop, its famous bread toast and warm beverages were popular among many. Though it was just an ordinary Hainanese Kopitiam, it promised well-brewed coffee and tea, not to mention traditional charcoal-grilled bread toast. Mr. Woon, a regular customer of the shop, loved it so much that he wished to own it. In 1993, the dream became reality when he finally bought the shop, renovated it and renamed it ‘Killiney Kopitiam’.
When Mr Woon Tek Seng took over the reins of management, he believed that it was crucial to uphold the legacy. Despite major renovations to the shop front, the present coffee shop retains the traditional working style and influence. A key factor, for which he is very grateful, lies in the three workers who have stayed on and helped him, by means of passing on their skills in making good kaya, bread toast, coffee and tea.
Today, Killiney Kopitiam has an extended menu offering a wider variety of local delicacies. We have also expanded to other parts of Singapore so as to be closer to you, our valued customer.
During the 2nd World War, Ah Gong went to Malacca and Ma Po working in a coffee shop owned by his relative. However, a year later, Ah Gong came back to Singapore with a recommended job offer as a “Tau Chew” (Coffee Chef) in “Qiong Xin He’, a traditional coffee shop. The coffee shop was later renamed “Killiney Kopitiam” in 1993.
Ah Gong had since passed down his brewing and kaya making skills to us. This has allowed us to keep the tradition alive. After dedicating 54 years of his life to Killiney, Ah Gong has always gained our utmost respect and gratefulness.
Our vision is to keep the “Kopitiam” tradition going for this generation and for the many generations to come. The team in Killiney hopes that this timeless tradition will remain and be shared for all to experience.
Killiney Kopitiam’s goal is to offer quality products and services at affordable prices while preserving the Hainanese tradition. This unique blend of the traditional and modern Kopitiam style is an unforgettable experience, bringing you back to the good old days.
HACCP (Hazard Anaylsis and Critical) certification for Kaya manufacturing
SG Mark Award, SG50, for Iconic Kaya Product
Heritage Brand Award by the Association of SME
Singapore Book of Records for 67 Killiney Road for being the oldest existing Hainanese Coffee Shop
Spirit of Enterprise Award
Restaurant Association of Singapore 2015 Finalist for Traditional Local Cafe
One Asia Award 2015: “He Xie Award