There are several factors that make a café Instagrammable: its food, its interior decor, and its surroundings. Out of the hundreds of cafés around the island, we've picked out the most 'grammable ones to help you rack up those likes. After all, we come for the food but stick around for the photos.
Wild Blooms is a floral-themed fusion café tucked away in Hougang. While the joint is extremely Insta-worthy with its impressive flower wall and picturesque tinted windows, its food and drink items make it a must-visit. Be sure to order its ultra-Instagrammable flower tea jelly cake ($12.90), handmade with cold brewed tea; the flower in a pot ($9.90), a moist, light sponge cake layered with white chocolate ganache; rose apple pie ($5.90), a freshly-baked puff filled with apple slices slathered in apricot jam; and the ice-cream waffles ($10.90), which are soft and crunchy in equal measure.
There is a lot going on at Café de Nicole. Not only is it a café, but it's also a flower shop and is pet-friendly to boot. The multi-faceted locale is photo-worthy even from the outside, with its floral arch and glass shopfront. Indoors, twinkling chandeliers and hanging flower baskets add to its whimsical vibe. The dishes served at the café come with flowers picked fresh from the florist corner – there's the picture-perfect rose latte ($7.90), soufflé pancakes (from $15.90) and cheese filling ravioli ($13.90).
Decked out in white paint and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow plenty of natural light to come through, Glyph is as minimalist as it gets. If you’re a fan of this aesthetic, come by this roastery for coffee and light bites, then proceed to take heaps of 'grammable pictures of yourself or your food within its clean and sleek space. Offering a small menu of beverages, its coffees are priced at $4.50 for black, $5.50 for white and $6 for cold brew, while teas start from $6. Blends are brought in from different countries on a regular basis, and bakes are supplied daily from Carpenter & Cook.
Walk into Wishes Cafe and a massive pink sakura tree spanning the entire ceiling welcomes you. This centrepiece adds to the otherwise simple space and creates a backdrop that’s made for the 'gram. Ice-cream is made in-house using fresh milk, with flavours ranging from classics like vanilla and strawberry to uncommon ones like Japanese sweet potato. Get yourself a scoop ($3.50 for single; $6 for double) to pose with under the tree. If you imagine hard enough, you might even feel like you've been transported to Japan.
Keong Saik Road is home to many buzzworthy joints, and Kafe Utu is no exception. It's the café in Singapore to offer a wide variety of African-inspired dishes such as the Swahili fish curry ($29). If Instagram is your main agenda, you’ll be glad to know that the café's wood and leather decor make a good rustic backdrop. It’s also got a rooftop lounge with views of the neighbouring shophouses and the CBD. Don’t miss out on the food, which is equally photogenic – highlights include the ricotta hotcake ($24), Tropical Cloud 9 ($18), and Uguisu ($7), a matcha latte made with matcha powder from Kyoto.
Stunning tiled floors, marble furniture and an eye-catching botanical mural by local artist Ripple Root help create an ambience of peace and understated luxury in this café. Brunch offerings include a pork katsu sando ($25) made with Ibérico, and an otah sandwich ($16) made with fluffy brioche buns. The café is also a supporter of local brands, stocking tea from a.muse projects, locally-brewed kombucha from Yocha, and coffee from Papa Palheta.
Dempsey's verdant setting is perfect for any 'gram, and Open Farm Community features a wide outdoor space for you to take your perfect shot. Choose from the edible garden filled with herbs and vegetable produce, lawn bowling spaces or stick with the photo-worthy restaurant interiors complete with French windows and patterned tile walls. The focus at Open Farm Community is in sourcing local ingredients that are grown sustainably and ethically.
Located on the outskirts of Changi, this casual dining hotspot is a treasure trove of retro memorabilia. Think antique bicycles, vintage cameras and kerosene lamps. The restaurant itself is spacious and airy, flooded with natural light due to its floor-to-ceiling windows, while surrounding greenery provide ample opportunities for an outdoor shot. The menu includes sharing plates like har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) ($14), crispy pork ribs ($16) and wagyu cubes ($24), while seafood selections like the grilled octopus ($31), sambal squid ($21) and drunken lala clams ($23) promise to be fresh and filling.
Sinpopo aims to emulate Singapore as it was in the '80s, with its grilled shophouse storefront, tiled floors and rattan chairs. Much of the furniture is also made by the owners of the brand, a testament to the effort put into this joint. Food here is prepared the traditional way – its nasi lemak rice is steamed in a muslin cloth, and its coffee is made Nanyang-style with the kopi sock.
A café that exists alongside Pedder on Scott's haute-as-hell boutiques would have to keep up appearances – and this Hong Kong import certainly does. With natural light, tatami seating, an eye-catching neon sign and a hand brew bar where you can 'gram your coffee being made, it's a hit with the crowds. Food options include filling mains like the truffle portobello pizza ($24) and pancake tower ($20), while its extensive coffee menu includes a variety of pour over blends, ice drip coffee and house brand cold brews.
From its high ceilings and concrete floors to its wooden-topped chairs and tables, Five Oars Coffee Roasters takes industrial-chic to a whole new level. Its food isn't shabby either: Valrhona chocolate pancakes ($20), mentaiko mac and cheese ($21.50), and chicken rosti ($17) are just some of the delectable dishes it has on the menu. And when you're done with your meal, the neon sign outside makes for the perfect backdrop to mark your visit.
You've definitely seen this one on the 'gram. My Awesome Cafe's unique storefront has captivated many – the Chinese lettering proclaims itself as a medicinal hall, which was exactly what it used to be, and owner Franck Hardy stuck to the '80s Chinese theme, filling the interior with thrifted furniture and vintage dinnerware. Unfinished concrete walls and striking red lanterns complete the look, making this café the go-to location for photoshoots. Food and drinks here are also thoughtfully presented. The I Am Awesome Bulb ($9.50) is a coconut juice mix bottled in a replica of an overturned lightbulb, while My Awesome Salad ($17) presents an explosion of colour with its profusion of leafy greens, buttery avocado, herbed chicken, smoked salmon and duck rillette.
Inspired by the easy-breezy Melbournian cafés you find at every corner of Flinders, Bearded Bella's decor is simple and charming. Pastel pink walls, potted plants and a chic shophouse facade make it one for the 'gram. Menu offerings include braised beef cheeks ($24) and cold crab pasta ($20), while its coffee is made from beans roasted in-house by its owner – who just so happens to be an award-winning barista. Its cold brew ($12) even comes in a hip flask that you can take home.
As though its Chijmes locale wasn't scenic enough, The Glasshouse presents an undeniably Insta-worthy spot with its floor-to-ceiling windows, lush potted plants and minimalist furnishings. The specialty coffee roaster also brings in filter blends (from $7.50) from famous roasteries around the world to accompany its classic toast offerings like the salmon sourdough toast ($9) and avocado dukkah ($10).
Located on the ground level of The Summerhouse, Wildseed is a café, pâtisserie and bar all in one. Its verdant setting makes for stunning photos, while black and white pillars provide ample #OOTD opportunities. Menu offerings include a wagyu beef pie ($15) and sesame chicken pita ($16), along with a selection of sweet treats, smoothies and milkshakes.
A chic French diner located at Tiong Bahru, Merci Marcel has become a go-to 'gram spot due to its beautiful interior and sun-drenched garden space. It’s the ideal spot to kick back and while the afternoon away. In the day, expect ’grammable brunch requisites such as eggs benedict ($21) made with organic Bayonne ham, alongside more uncommon imports like marinated crab tartine ($18) and ravioles de royans ($18) – a French dumpling pasta filled with Tête de Moine cheese.
This Japanese pastry joint is known for its delicate confections and afternoon tea set, which is served in an open-faced bird cage that is sure to guarantee those likes on the 'gram. Beautiful floral murals adorn its walls, the perfect backdrop for your food shot. Popular cakes include Le Omm ($9) – a matcha souffle sponge filled with Azuki beans, dark rum and matcha mascarpone, as well as the Yuzu Raspberry ($9) – light vanilla sponge sandwiched between layers of yuzu mousse topped with curls of Valrhona white chocolate.