What makes a café “instagrammable”?

That definition changes time to time, sometimes faster than how instagrammers change their pre-fixed filters or pod-friends.

There was a time when the industrial look was IN for cafes, with cement screed floors, eclectic furnishing, exposed pipes and that lonesome bicycle somewhere around. There has to be that bicycle somewhere – outside, inside taking up space, dangerously hanging behind the counter. (I seen one planting an OFO Bike outside – purposely or not, I don’t know.)

It is 2018, and what café hoppers are looking for are natural daylight, greenery, comfortable and coloured coordinated furniture.

Scandinavian or MUJI-inspired works, minimalism is perfect, and using marble furniture (REAL marble) increases the score by loads.

Some cafes go the extra mile by paying attention to the details, such that utensils, uniform and menu board all suit the same theme. Most are cutting budget, so those are usually done half-way.

Here are 12 NEW Instagrammable Cafes In Singapore for your reference. Note: Listed are NEW cafes that opened this year. (Also read: 10 Most Instagrammable Cafes In Singapore 2017)

Clan Café
31 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089845
Tel: +65 6320 9180
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

Perhaps The Most Beautiful Café To Open This Year
Clan Café is located on the ground floor of Straits Clan – a members’ only club; and the space used to house New Majestic Hotel.

It was indeed a space I liked immediately upon walking in, actually from the moment I saw the Instagram account – and this is when reality looked as pleasant as the gallery on social media.

Designed by local firm Takenouchi Webb, there were the tropical elements that would make you want to sip on a Pina Colada, yet it felt classy enough to be able to hold a quick business meet-up.

My friend thought there were parts that reminded her of a beautiful and welcoming living room. Clan Café (Bt Pasoh)

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Tel: +65 6877 4876
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Safari Themed Cafe At Dempsey, With Zebra Cakes And Pink Lattes
Of course, a Safari-themed café will get a lot of café-hoppers heading down, especially when it is opened by Tiong Bahru Bakery.

Tiong Bahru Bakery has gone on the “wild side” and has set up camp in Dempsey, right next to Open Farm Community at Minden Road.

Founder of Tiong Bahru Bakery Ms Cynthia Chua, was inspired most recently by her trip to the African safari in Botswana, specifically Selinda Camp and Gomoti Plains Camp.

So expect their French croissant and coffee under canvas, in a unique garden setting, safari-style.

A commemorative Zebra-inspired Wild Safari Cake ($9.20) in limited stocks is also available, complete with nuts, rum and gold leaf. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari (Minden Road)

Five Oars Coffee Roasters
39 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088462 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Melbourne Inspired Cafe With Loads Of Brunch Items
Five Oars Coffee Roasters along Tanjong Pagar Road is said to be Melbourne-café inspired.

It certainly looks attractive (ie instagrammable) from the outside, with effective use of greens and a square-shaped seating arranging to create an illusion of space.

For the menu, there is an extensive list of brunch items, followed by a couple of pastas and rice bowls. The recommended items included Cured Ocean Trout ($22.50), Strawberry Avocado ($18.00), Mentaiko Mac & Cheese ($20.50); while its dinner menu offers Beef Wellington ($32.00) and Duck Gnocchi ($21.00).

However, the price is towards the expensive side. It certainly got a lot of attention from bloggers during the opening days, but think it can have a more enticing menu to keep people talking and coming back. Five Oars Coffee Roasters (Tanjong Pagar)

Bearded Bella
8 Craig Road, Singapore 089668 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5pm (Mon-Sun)

Melbourne Inspired Cafe At Tanjong Pagar
Melbourne-inspired brunch fare, white and spacious interior, glass rooftop with natural sunlight, are some of the promising pull factors for Bearded Bella – the promising brunch and coffee place at Craig Road.

The name may sound catchy: union of a Bearded man and a Bella, which represents the fun and quirkiness here.

A selection of healthy-looking breakfast items such as Toast, Chia Pudding, Smashed Avocado and brunch food such as Dill Cured Salmon, the Bearded Egg and Pulled Brisket Sliders are available.
Bearded Bella (Craig Road)

Benjamin Barker Café
8 Grange Road, #01-01, Cineleisure, Singapore 239695 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6732 2123
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 12mn (Fri – Sat)

Popular Menswear Label Opens Stylish Café
Some may not know that the fashion label is a home-grown brand, with the name inspired by the expression “Benjamin Generation” – a prophetic name which implies astounding blessings.

One thing distinct about their stores is the thought put into the interior, as though you are walking into someone’s house, designed like a living room.

The Cineleisure Orchard clothing store is decorated with keepsakes the founder collected during his travels, and the vintage typewriter from London was the same one used when he proposed to his wife.

What appealed to me were the neon words of “It is swell with my soul.” – a clever play of words on a famous hymn. Benjamin Barker Café (Orchard Cineleisure)

CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Japanese Cafe & Teahouse Hidden Within CHIJMES
A Japanese teahouse located within the walls of the 19th-century built chapels at CHIJMES.

The space has a minimalist touch with wooden elements incorporated into every single details, yet brought out the beauty and the simplicity in the design. (Reminds me of Peace Oriental Teahouse from Bangkok.)

The tea apparatus and tableware are all neatly displayed at the bar counter, from the mini stone mill grinder, pour over apparatus, tea scoop to the whisk.

This is probably the best spot to witness all the actions and effort in preparing every cup of tea.

Earlybird Café
17 Jalan Pinang Singapore 199149 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 9788 6856
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 10pm (Sun)

Bird Themed Café Near Bugis
Earlybird Cafe took over the space which used to be occupied by Artistry. Regulars would find the configuration rather similar, especially the communal table in the middle.

Though I must say the small-little inclusion of bird decorations, wall painting and greenery did add to the feel of the space.

Owned by the team behind Revelry at Lor Kilat, some of the enticing items on the menu included Chicken & Pancakes ($19), King’s Brekkie ($24) – essentially the big breakfast of grilled sausage, scrambled eggs, thick-cut bacon and other stuff, Truffle Shrooms ($17), Crumbed Eggs On Toast ($18), and Steak & Truffle Mash ($24).

I liked the vibes and offerings and am likely to make a return visit, though think prices could be friendlier to appeal to the youths who hang out at this area. Earlybird (Jalan Pinang)

Seeds Cafe
501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306 (Queenstown MRT, located within Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School)
Tel: +65 6817 9414
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 6:00pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am – 6pm (Sat & PH), Closed Sun

Café Which Provides Training For Persons With Disabilities
Seeds is another undiscovered café that is full of heart.

Its location may provide some indication of its mission, as it is found within Rainbow Centre at Margaret Drive School.

Therefore, Seeds is a vocational training ground for persons with disabilities so that they can transit to open employment, and a platform to advocate for a more inclusive community.

I like the name of the place. You help plant a seed, which can grow to a tall and strong tree, or even a harvest.

The design might seem simple, but there were finer details, such as the clean lines, cosy furniture and artefacts that make up a consistent look that many might term “instagrammable”. (LAANK is also behind the design of National Kitchen, Cake Spade and The Marmalade Pantry. Maybe that is why I happen to like all of them.) Seeds Café (Margaret Drive)

The Social Space
333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-14, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (Mon, Wed – Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun), Closed Tues

Socially-Conscious Retail Cafe With Bali Vibes
A “socially-conscious multi-concept lifestyle store”, The Social Space has taken over the corner unit left behind by Les Délices at Blk 333 Kreta Ayer.

This is a gorgeous and elegantly done up café with Bali vibes (I would say), which also features several social enterprises under one roof.

On another note, the wall mural was indeed painted by an artist from Bali.

There are ethical products and fashion items, a refill station (for soaps and cleaning products), and a soon-to-be-launched The Nail Social.

All the cups and saucers made by the beneficiaries, are also available for purchase. A beautiful space, with beautiful hearts. The Social Space (Kreta Ayer)

Scissors Paper Stove
9 Teck Chye Terrace Singapore 545720
Tel: +65 6242 0021
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am

Pretty & Colourful Space, Spanish Tapas With Asian Flavours
The name “Scissors Paper Stove” is the play on the game “scissors paper stone”, which can suggest the playfulness and light-heartedness behind this Asian tapas place.

It is located right opposite Paya Lebar Methodist Church, with an unmissable façade decked in baby blue, pink and yellow.

I liked that the interior stays true to the theme – instagrammable walls with rainbow-coloured zig zag lines, pastel coloured furniture and plushy cushions all round. The mood is almost childlike, but not tacky or over-the-top.

It comes inspired after a trip to Melbourne, as the pair of owners wanted to bring back the colourful food culture which also marries flavours of Asia. Scissors Paper Stove (Teck Chye Terrace)

My Melody Cafe Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-361 Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Garden Themed Café With Loads Of Pink
Pink, Pink, Pink. It is as pink as it gets as My Melody マイメロディ, the good-natured white rabbit finally has its own café in Singapore.

Themed as the “Strawberry Paradise”, My Melody Café Singapore has a garden themed interior, with heavy use of strawberries.

There are several #OOTD photo opportunities from My Melody Cafe Singapore with its floral arch, a garden-themed wall and a cottage house.

The curated menu is designed by food stylist @littlemissbento, who is also the menu consultant over at Gudetama Café Singapore.

As for the inspiration behind the design of the menu, she used basket and fruits in some of the dishes to bring out the garden theme. My Melody Café Singapore (Suntec City)

Eat 3 Bowls 呷三碗 福利社
Blk 462 Crawford Lane #01-161 Singapore 190462
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Classroom Themed Taiwanese Café With Tasty Lu Rou Fan And Mee Sua
Eat 3 Bowls 呷三碗 has moved from Seah Im Food Centre to a bigger café space at Crawford Lane, located right between Tolido’s Espresso Nook and Hatter Street.

The interior is fashioned after a Taiwanese-style classroom in the 90s, with a big notice board, wooden tables and chairs that can be rearranged into rows, coupled with specially-customised army green canvas bags hanging around on chairs.

The Lu Rou Fan was as authentic as it gets, with pork meat and fats braised for a number of hours, scooped on fluffy-short grain rice with that right amount of partly-oily sauce.

Some places serve versions which are too dry or oily, while Eat 3 Bowl’s version is a dish of comfort. Eat 3 Bowls (Crawford Lane)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape.


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