These are some of the most instagrammable cafes that opened in Singapore in 2017 (1-2 very late last year).
What would constitute to “instagrammable”?
There could be some corners of the cafes that makes that perfect “got-feel” shot, serve food that is attractively photogenic; or has that distinct personality that make it stand out from the rest.
I have also included some under-the-radar ones, and perhaps that simple quietness is the charm.
12 Most Instagrammable Cafes In Singapore 2017
House Of AnLi Bistro
Tanglin Mall #03-17, 163 Tanglin Road Singapore 247933
Tel: +65 6235 3851
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm Daily
Probably The Most Gorgeous Undiscovered Bistro Café
House Of AnLi at Level 3 of Tanglin Mall is probably the most gorgeous bistro to open in Singapore of late.
This is an extension of the House of AnLi furniture store, and therefore the entire European design and homely setting carries on over.
Mains include Maria’s Moussaka ($28 – layered eggplant with minced beef and béchamel), Ghentse Waterzooi ($26 – chicken broth with chicken fillet), Beetroot Risotto ($24), Sole Meuniere ($38 – lemon sole with butter caper sauce) and Carbonnades De Chez Nous ($28 – beef cheek with fondant potato and baby carrots).
Price wise is on the steeper side, as it was obviously attracting the relatively higher-spending-power target audience. House Of AnLi (Tanglin Mall)
The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
#01-K11 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9793 0234
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5.00pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am – 6.00pm (Sat – Sun)
Hidden Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar At CHIJMES
Natural light – checked; plants – checked; glass windows – checked; earthy-coloured furniture – checked; free wifi – checked.
The Glasshouse’s focus is on quality ingredient on artisanal sourdough breads, served alongside specialty coffee.
Coffee available include Flat White ($4), Cold Brew ($4.50), Mocha ($5) and Filter ($7).
One thing to note is The Glasshouse uses a rotation of various roasters. Therefore, if you are a regular, you get to try something different monthly. However, perhaps that may exclude those looking for that familiar taste.
The Glasshouse will also be collaborating with local botanical artist Charles (@mossingarden) to bring in interesting plants such as coffee trees, as well as local artists, craftsmen, artisans to conduct workshops within.
It was a tranquil, well-thought-out space to soak into that coffee and book-reading atmosphere.
PS.Cafe One Fullerton
1 Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Tel: +65 8812 3198
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11:00pm (Mon – Wed), 11:30am – 12:00am (Thurs), 11:30am – 1:00pm (Fri), 9:30am – 1:00am (Sat, PH), 9:30am – 11:00pm (Sun), Last Order for food 10:30pm
Waterfront View. Really About The Ambience
PS.Cafe has opened its latest outlet at One Fullerton, and I must say it is gorgeously chio, complete with spacious interior and waterfront view. Time for an afternoon of tai-tai (or man-tai) meal and coffee.
The Fullerton outlet has a design which supposedly evokes a beachside boathouse ambience, with bespoke furniture, display of greens, different seating sections which can possibly create a varied experience every time you come.
There is an open air terrace where most of the diners I noticed were seated at, well to enjoy the cool bay breeze. I chose the air-con side for obvious reasons.
The exclusive new dishes here include Chargrilled Skate ($34) with green harissa and broccolini, Moules Vin Blanc ($28) with crusty dipping bread, and Chargrilled Chunky Prawn Sandwich ($27) with spiced pickled mango, kaffir lime aioli, shoestring fries and house sourdough.
88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374
Tel: +65 8813 1086
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue – Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 9pm (Sun)
Fantasy Themed Café With Elixir Drinks. Charming Interior For #OOTDs
Enchanted is a charming café beautifully done up with a fantasy theme, found at 88 Rangoon Road. #OOTD alert.
It serves a range of hearty brunch menu such as Big Breakkie ($17.90), Croque Madame ($14.90), Pesto Linguine ($15.90) and Shakshuka ($16.90).
Hmmm… sounds a little average, lacking of more fairy-tale themed food which one would expect.
For drinks, the Sorcerer’s Elixir ($9.90) would probably garner some Instagram worthiness with its presentation, as well as changing colours upon mixing two potions together. Enchanted (Rangoon Road)
Mellower Coffee Singapore
108 Middle Road #01-01, The Prospex, Singapore 188967
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm Daily
Candy Floss Over Coffee
Mellower Coffee is a coffee house from Shanghai which specialises in specialty coffee from various places around the world.
This outlet near Bugis is its 2nd in Singapore after the outlet at 77 Robinson Road.
One of its highlight is the Sweet Little Rain ($9.80), where you get a ball of cotton candy suspended over a cup of Americano. The heat from the coffee supposedly will melt the candy and drip back into the cup. Supposedly. Surely an Instagram hit, for the time being.
Bee’s Knee at The Garage
50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Tel: +65 6264 7978
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Dine At A Heritage Building In The Botanic Gardens
This colonial building at the Botanic Gardens has now been refurbished into a F&B establishment which houses two dining concepts – Bee’s Knee at Level 1 and Botanica at Level 2.
At level 1, Bee’s Knee is the café arm that serves a menu of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and desserts.
One can choose to dine at the exterior garden seating, or within the comfort of air-conditioned seating. Bee’s Knee (Botanic Gardens)
3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
(Bus Service 103 from Yishun Bus Interchange, Bus Service 117 from Sembawang Bus Interchange)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Garden Themed Café At Seletar
Foodies in Singapore, especially those in Punggol, may just find more reasons to venture up to Seletar Aerospace Park.
Once entering Wildseed Café, you may have an out-of-country experience, as it reminded me of some of the hipster cafes in Bangkok.
Lots of green potted plants, natural sunlight, concrete flooring, and a florist (Poppy) on the side which provided natural fragrance.
The café offers a Sandwich Menu which is divided into Pulled Pork ($10, $15), Braised Beef Brisket ($18, $24), Vegetarian ($18, $24) and Seafood ($18) series. Wildseed Café (Seletar)
Shop Wonderland Cafe & Floral Studio
134 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068600 (Telok Ayer Station)
Tel: +65 9299 4593
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Garden Themed Cafe And Floral Studio Opens In The CBD
Shop Wonderland Cafe has moved from Haji Lane to 134 Telok Ayer Street, right next to popular coffee shop Sarnies.
The café was known for its floral and botanical-inspired space, that would give you a sense of ease and tranquility while having cakes and coffee.
Food offered during lunch includes Beef Goulash ($15.00), The Wonderland Om Bowl ($15.00) which is a veggie grain bowl, Sausages with Egg ($23.00) and Soup of the Day served with Toast ($9.00).
I generally think the cakes are the strength here, with favourites such as Earl Grey Lavender ($8.00), Gula Melaka Avocado ($8.00), Rose Raspberry ($8.00), Green Tea Black Sesame ($8.00) and Guinness Chocolate ($8.00). Shop Wonderland Café (Telok Ayer)
756/758 North Bridge Road Singapore 198726
Tel: +65 6297 6166
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:30pm (Tues – Fri), 12:00pm – 4:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Where Coffee Meets Craft
Another café which can be an Instagram heaven with feel.
Groundstory Stories is a merge of café on one side, crafts and hand-made tableware on the other. Therefore, every cup and plates that come with the cakes and drinks could be an art in itself.
Coffee is sourced from Common Man, while cakes are from a home-baker. I liked the Black Sesame Cake.
53 Tras Street, #01-01, Singapore 078992 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Japanese Style Cake Café With Yuzu Raspberry Cake And Matcha Azuki Tart
“Nesuto” which means “Nest” in Japanese is the latest concept by the folks behind SHUU by KOKI Tamagoyaki.
The interior is painted in pastel pink and white, giving a sense of comfort and minimalism which could be a pull-factor for the tai-tais and OLs for an afternoon respite.
The menu offers a selection of Japanese-French inspired desserts. Signature items include Suzette ($9.80), Blush Berry ($9) and Yuzu Raspberry Cake ($9).
The Yuzu Raspberry Cake ($9) is made with yuzu meringue mousse and chunks of fresh raspberries, the citrusy and tanginess of the fruits cut through entire combination, making the cake light and refreshing. Nesuto (Tras Street)
75 Duxton Road, Singapore 089534 (8 -10 min from Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm (Mon – Fri)
Stylish Menswear Retail Store & Café At Duxton Road
Monument Lifestyle is a part retail store, part café. Can I say finally – the collection is for men.
Many brands featured are exclusive in Singapore, and it is where you can get a wardrobe revamp from labels of Katin, Alex Mill and Hari Marit, accessories, and grooming products.
Coffee beans were from Four Barrel Coffee, known to be one of the best coffee roasters in San Francisco. Light bites available include Artisanal Toasts with toppings of Cinnamon, Apple Caramel, Lemon Curd, Nutella with Sea Salt or Avocado ($6.50 – $9.50). Monument Lifestyle (Duxton Road)
Lickety Ice Cream & Waffles
34 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199452
Tel: +65 6291 7670
Opening Hours: 12noon – 10pm (Sun to Thu), 12noon – 11pm (Fri & Sat)
Insta-worthy Egglet Desserts
Making its round on social media, one cannot help but being attracted to Lickety’s visually appealing pastel-colored shop front as well as their eye-catching Hong Kong-styled egglet（鸡蛋仔）served in a bouquet.
The color combination reminded me of unicorns, My Little Pony, and rainbow pastel paddle pop ice cream.
Located at Bussorah Street in the vicinity of Kampong Glam, the pastel-colored shop front stood out amidst the row of Turkish eateries, naturally attracting crowd to satisfy their sweet tooth or hide from the scorching hot weather.
Lickety carries a wide assortment of ice cream flavour ranging from Earl Grey & Fig, Speculoos to more Asian flavors such as Taro Yam & Coconut and Mao Shan Wang Durian. Lickety Ice Cream & Waffles (Bussorah Street)
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