The most Instagrammable cafés in Singapore

Avid Instagrammer Eileen Ong shows us around the most photogenic cafés in town and how to capture that perfect #foodporn photo for your Instagram
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Restaurants, French

Merci Marcel

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

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.

Restaurants, Cafés

Nesuto Patisserie

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar

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.

 

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Restaurants, Cafés

PS.Cafe One Fullerton

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

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.

Tian Kee and Co
Photo: Eileen Ong
Restaurants, Singaporean

Tian Kee and Co

icon-location-pin Marine Parade

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.

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Sinpopo Brand
Photo: Eileen Ong
Restaurants, Singaporean

Sinpopo Brand

icon-location-pin Marine Parade

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.

Coffee Academics
Photo: Eileen Ong
Restaurants

The Coffee Academics

icon-location-pin Orchard
The decor 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.

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.
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The Coastal Settlement
Photo: Eileen Ong
Restaurants, Asian

The Coastal Settlement

icon-location-pin Changi 
The decor 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.

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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Restaurants, Cafés

The best cafés in Singapore

We ate our way through dozens of cafés to pick out the best of the lot – whether you're looking for brunch, desserts or that perfect #foodporn shot.

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