The decor The French all-day dining destination is artfully designed with tropical motifs and there's a garden patio out back for those who like their food, skin and photos drenched in natural sunlight.
The money shot Merci Marcel's garden patio is made for Instagram. You're guaranteed perfect natural lighting from the sunroof so you can take that #flatlay shot sans any annoying shadows.
The decor Beautiful hand-drawn floral murals adorn the narrow café that's painted a calming shade of pastel pink. Nesuto Patisserie's pretty decor is further matched with equally dainty cakes.
The money shot Hold up one of the cakes against a floral mural of your choice – just be careful or your cake might topple over.
The decor Lush greens, elegant furnishings and magnificent views of Marina Bay greet you as you step into this magical new CBD escape that is PS.Cafe One Fullerton. Unwind in the bright and airy indoor area, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows to light up your pictures.
The money shot You already know that a picture of PS.Cafe's signature truffle fries is going to score you a ton of likes. Throw in a pizza and a main to make your #flatlay complete.
The decor Set in a restored 54-year-old provision store, Tian Kee drips with nostalgic charm thanks to its mismatched furniture and marble tabletops. There’s even an old-school kiddy ride parked outside the nondescript façade, beside the rusty metal grilles. Sorry, all you sweat monkeys: this café’s not air-conditioned.
The money shot Tian Kee’s almost perfect for photography, but there are just too many artificial light sources around. So gun for the high wooden table right up at the front – it’s the closest to sunlight. Taking a #flatlay can be pretty tough (unless you’re super tall), but regular point-of-view shots works as well, especially if you manage to capture surfaces from the café, too.
The decor ‘Retro-modern’ aptly sums up the vibe of this café, which underwent a facelift early last year. Gone may be the ’60s-inspired interiors, but remnants of it do remain – particularly in the signage and the ‘kopitiam floor tiles’.
The money shot It’s classic plastic stringed chair is not only deliciously retro; its ‘lines’ guide the eyes towards the subject, so positioning the chair well helps heaps. To add depth and artistic flair to the shot, try to capture the soft reflections of the door gates on the semi-glossy table.
The money shot Turn to your left and head straight in to the last wooden table nearest to the window. Lovely morning rays play the best lead role in capturing a perfect #flatlay. Include the stylishly designed menu as it provides a variety of shapes for a more interesting shot.
The money shot A chance to be unconventional – grab the wooden bag stools (to be used as make-shift tables) and head to a window seat inside. Decide which dish you want as the main subject of the shot and get your friend to be the hand model for a flatlay with #handsinframe. The strategic addition of a human element injects some ‘life’ to an otherwise boring picture. If you’re feeling brave, shift the food out to the al fresco dining area for better lighting.
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