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The best art cafés in Singapore

Welcome to the creative spots in town where you can appreciate both art and food

 Grid & Circles
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By Aiko Tun |
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Fancy yourself a trip to the art gallery but dread the typical stiff, intimidating environment that comes with it? Experience the best of both worlds at these cafés founded by art-lovers, who aim to transform their space into a whole new art experience, presenting opportunities to aspiring or budding artists to showcase their work while increasing public accessibility to art.

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SPRMRKT

With a mission of redefining dining experiences, SPRMRKT is a culinary-cultural concept that merges food, retail and art into a single, yet multi-faceted, experience. Visit their outlet at Cluny Court, nestled within the picturesque neighbourhood of Bukit Timah, for an afternoon of good food, produce shopping, and cultural immersion. Try their delectable Monte Cristo ($18) or their Blackened Fish & Chips ($23) for a one-way ticket to Flavour Town. Admire works of art hung up all around the cafe, created both locally and internationally. See something you like? Maybe it's a sign for you to start your very own art collection.

Telok Ayer Arts Club

A blend of local art by budding homegrown talents, lively music, as well as delicious food and drinks, Telok Ayer Arts Club invites customers to come by any time of the day to rest and relax. Allow yourselves to indulge in the atmosphere of culture and creativity and let your worries and stress temporarily dissipate into nothingness as you dig into some soul food, such as their hearty Rendang Steak Burger ($22) or their inventive Laksa Carbonara ($20).

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Mad Nest
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Mad Nest

This restaurant goes out of its way to combine everything good about the world. On top of offering a platform for aspiring artists to showcase their talents and sell their art, they don't skimp on the culinary department either – boasting a conglomeration of various cuisines, from inventive Italian-Asian flavours to the flavour explosions of North Indian cuisine. The night is always young at Mad Nest, for their closing hours extend beyond midnight, so let your hair down as you admire art while sipping on their signature cocktails like the Blue Lassi.

Flor Patisserie
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Flor Patisserie

Get ready to be greeted with the sweet aroma of cupcakes, clean neutral hues, and a welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door at Flor Patisserie's outlet at Duxton Hill. Don't know about you, but we have our eyes on their wonderfully vibrant Citron Tart ($9.63), a treat both for the taste buds and the eyes. Featuring an exciting rotating exhibition and retail space of local artists, it's hard to believe the creativity doesn't stop there for this cafe organises various workshops throughout the year. Flor Patisserie also effortlessly incorporates elements of refreshing creativity into their menu, bringing in new seasonal ingredients throughout the year, such as premium white strawberries and Japanese summer seasonal peaches, to create new flavours.

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grids & circles
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Grids & Circles

Branding itself as a café and lifestyle space in Chinatown, Grids & Circles effortlessly embodies their concept of balance and harmony as they allow customers to not only eat and drink but also shop and get creative, all the while turning individual lifestyles into collective experiences. Spanning three storeys, with a gallery space on the second floor, while numerous local art lines their walls, it definitely sets itself apart from other cafés in its area. Don't leave without trying the food either! Enjoy its hearty Tuscan Style Skillet ($14) before washing it all down with a bubbly Sparkling Rose Lemonade ($8). 

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