Getting your java fix never looked so good.
There will be lists about the spots for tea, toast and all-day breakfasts, but first—the most Instagram-worthy cafés in the city. Because the eyes (and camera) always eat first, no?
Tucked in the ground level of The Summerhouse is Wildseed café, where the indoors are one with the tropical foliage, and your afternoon tea comes with a cintronella passionfruit cheesecake, pea flower coconut muffin, pandan waffles or salted lava egg charcoal brioche, savoured with a chai, matcha or Nutella latte. Now you can have your #cakeporn and eat it too.
3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, 798387
Plain and simple in its aesthetic with raw cement surfaces and lush greenery bathed in natural light, Punch is a clean, green visual treat on first sight. Venture in a little deeper and you will discover an enclave of all-day breakfast dishes, like poached eggs with avocado toast, Earl Grey pancakes, good ol’ corned beef Reuben sandwiches, and warm, comforting bowls of American porridge.
32 North Canal Road, 059288
Standing for Academy Roastery Café, A.R.C prides itself in a three-in-one concept that revolves around—you guessed it—coffee. You will get to appreciate your caffeine fix from crop to cup through regular mornings at this joint, where they hand-blend and roast single-origin beans in the same place they conduct latte art or coffee appreciation classes on the weekend. It is a coffee experience that just beckons to be ‘grammed.
29/31 Sultan Gate, 198477
From the makers of Fika Swedish cafe and bistro comes Konditori, an artisan bakery with a European state of mind…and palette. Sitting pretty on wooden trays are are rows and rolls of signature breads and buttery pastries topped with fruit and drizzled with a caramel-y sauce, alongside torched lemon meringue tarts, flourless chocolate cakes, and a burger-like cake with silky chocolate cream sandwiched in between fluffy semla buns. The seating is limited, but waiting for a table outside is going to be worth it when your images make you look like you’ve flown to France.
33 Bussorah Street, 199451
This place couldn’t be a more perfect pit stop for visitors of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Perfect for your daylight-lit flat lays, Bee’s Knees is easy-breezy garden cafe that serves an array of fresh and light bites, from caprese sandwiches to fruit bowls, or, for the more famished, a hearty pork ragout pasta or luxurious truffle carbonara pizza. Plus, it’s pet-friendly too.
50 Cluny Park Road, Level 1 The Garage, 257488
Besieged in a palette of millennial pink and slate gray with brass gold accents, SPRMRKT at STPI is a minimalist Instagrammer’s dream. Things just get better once the food gets laid out on the stone-like or marble table top—like roasted beef & seaweed wraps, blackened fish & chips, and crispy chicken burgers that are sure to make your mouth water. Some artisanal produce from the in-house gourmet supermarket, a pain au chocolate or cheese board will lend itself perfectly for your shot, but so will the Singapore River that flows just a stone’s throw from your seat.
41 Robertson Quay Singapore 238236
Start your day on an good, early note now that PS.Cafe at Harding Road has started serving brunch favourites and brand new dishes from 8am. Savour perfectly poached eggs with sautéed kale or fluffy pancakes amid the tranquil tropical garden. Or, for a delicious post-workout boost, try the superseed granola lavished with coconut yoghurt parfait, blackberry compote and honey. With an array of artisan coffees and freshly baked pastries like raisin vanilla swirls, apple cranberry turnovers and sumptuous “bunwiches” to choose from, you’ll be transformed into a morning person in no time.
28B Harding Rd, 249549
Decked out like a Kinfolk-inspired Pinterest board, Curious Palette strikes the perfect bright, muted balance with white, grey and brown tones throughout its space. These clean, cleansing surfaces almost serve as a canvas on which vibrant plates of food are presented on, like the Berry Ricotta Hotcake, which arrived as the table looking like an avant garde garden with scatterings of berries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and lots of vanilla bean ice cream.
64 Prinsep Street, 188667
Say hello to Keong Saik’s poké bar and deli: Loloku. From the handwritten signboard and the assembly line of vegetables and Poké (chunks of raw fish), to a feature wall of leaves and adorable flamingos, this place is bursting with tropical colours in every corner—and your feed needs all of that combined. Inside, which is basically better known as Don Ho come nightfall, their more formal dining settings still evoke images of a beachfront getaway, with leafy motifs all over walls, cushions and in real life, right by where you dine.
1 Keong Saik Rd, 089109
By Dana Koh, Harper’s Bazaar, July 2017/ Updated August 2019
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