Keong Saik Road may be synonymous with alcohol, but it’s sure able to cook up a fine cup of coffee. At Kafe Utu, you’ll be transported to Africa the moment you step foot into the coffeehouse due to its wood and leather furnishing, as well as African-inspired paintings and portraits. If Instagram is your main agenda, then the food is worth photographing as well – especially the Ricotta Hotcake ($24) from the Brunch menu.
With a quirky name like “Scissors Paper Stove” - a play on the game “scissors paper stone” - expect a lighthearted and colourful place like this Asian tapas cafe. With colourful patterned walls, neon signs, and a cute outdoor corner for “people-watching” lovers. The striking styles of colours and mixture of patterns is perfect for bringing colour into your gram. Helmed by the wunderkinds, Chomel Yang and Januver Chow, Scissors Paper Stove also serves up meticulously curated tapas, mains, desserts – all served in colourful tiffin bowls – and handcrafted cocktails.
Surrounded by the feeling of vintage European design of stunning tiles, marble furniture and specially curated future creates an ambience of peace and luxury for afternoon tea – order the otah sandwich ($16) for the occasion. You’ll be sure to take tons of pictures of the place, food, and yourselves with the help of natural sunlight bathing through the large windows.
Located on the ground level of The Summerhouse, this café is a popular doggie day out hotspot with pet owners coming to chill with a drink in hand and their furry pals lounging next to them, all excited to meet new buddies and pet loving humans. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, Wildseed is the perfect brunch spot for you to grab a delicious meal with friends as your furry pals relax next to you and watch the world go by. You can't go wrong with your own bespoke waffle here for all-day brunch. The open-air space can get pretty crowded on weekend afternoons so give them a call first to check before heading down.
A first-of-its-kind dining concept in Singapore, Open Farm Community also spearheads local farming and strives to connect the community with nature. Make a trip down to Dempsey to sample ingredients that are homegrown. Try the Barolo braised oxtail strozzapreti ($30), mud crab pappardelle with Thai curry sauce ($29) and Rigatoni ($29).
Hidden in Chijmes, The Glasshouse is an escape from the bustle and scutter of the city life. Quaint and peaceful with mullion windows, pops of green and natural sunlight, this hidden gem is a laidback find. Whip up your phones to give this name a boost on Instagram and get their classic salmon sourdough toast ($9) or avocado and dukkah ($8) for a wholesome breakfast.
From its high ceilings and concrete floors to its outdoor greenhouse-like seating area studded with miniature catuses, Five Oars Coffee Roasters takes industrial-chic to a whole new level. Not only does its interior capture the eye, this Melbourne-inspired café also has a vast array of brunch options available. Think mentaiko mac and cheese, avocado grain bowls and fab coffee including a constantly rotating selection of filter brews.
My Awesome Cafe is a vintage retro-inspired concept with overhanging light bulbs and Chinese design paired with high tables and chairs for that laidback retro look. A definite place for the 'gram, try its Awesome Salad ($15) for a quick pick-me-up in the CBD.
Tucked away from plain sight, Bearded Bella is a quirky Melbourne-inspired brunch cafe boasting a refreshingly simple yet picturesque decor. The cosy space is lined with potted plants welcoming you with their tendrils as you push open its blue door. An optimal place for the gram, the spaces oozes with style, setting a comfortable and convivial space for customers. Try the spiced scrambled ($18) and braised cheeks ($24) for a hearty breakfast to kickstart your day.
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. 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.
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. Hold up one of the cakes against a floral mural of your choice – just be careful or your cake might topple over.
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. 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.
‘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’. 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.
Of course a café found alongside On Pedder's haute-as-hell boutiques would have to keep up appearances – and this Hong Kong import certainly does. Art Deco curves and glided fixings draw you into this coffee-serious café, while the trinkets on the wooden display table deep into the space make for perfect props to snap your #latteart shot. And a Japanese-style dining section, complete with tatami mats, lets you feel like a tai-tai from the Land of the Rising Sun. 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.
Located in the outskirts of Changi, this not-so-hidden-gem surrounded by lush greenery is a blast to the past with a great variety of collectors’ treasures and vintage items on display. And by that we mean brightly coloured Vespas, antique bicycles and record players that sit on shelves. Despite its ulu location, it’s worth a trip down if you’re in a big group as the café seats a whopping 300 people, both in-house and at the outdoor al fresco dining area. 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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