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The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
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The best minimalist cafés in Singapore

These minimalist spaces have maximum appeal

By Fabian Loo
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The less-is-more ethos is increasingly catching on – from Muji-like interiors to Marie Kondo-ing your wardrobes. Eateries around town have also been embracing the pared-down aesthetic, which – ironically – makes them stand out from the crowd.

White-washed walls and sparse furniture might seem a little sterile. But sometimes less really is more. Hit up these spaces in Singapore that follow minimalist principles and feel inspired to start decluttering your life too.

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Kki Sweets
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Kki Sweets

Restaurants Pâtisseries City Hall

Homegrown patisserie, Kki Sweets, has reopened after shuttering their outlet at the School of the Arts. It now has a new, minimalist space along Seah Street to call home, where husband-wife duo Kenneth Seah and Delphine Liau dreams up elegant, dainty, and picture-worthy desserts. Its pared-back aesthetics can even be found in the menu; it eschews imagery for imagination, leaving only coloured lines and a short list of ingredients to pique the interest.  

Daizu Cafe
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Daizu Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

Don’t let the plain-looking interior fool you, the menu at Daizu Cafe is filled with colour and excitement. It fuses Japanese flavours and Western cooking techniques, resulting in unique brunch plates of lemon miso eggs Benedict ($24), garlic butter sakura ebi pasta ($16), truffle mentaiko bruschetta ($14), and more. Choose to grab a seat at its alfresco deck, or climb up to the cosy second storey space – both offering prime picture-taking spots for that quintessential #flatlay shot. 

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Lucid
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Lucid

Restaurants Cafés Kallang

There’s something soothing about Lucid’s monotone interior of grey and white. The appeal of the space is simple: white countertops, concrete flooring, and metallic accents turn every spot in the café into a 'grammable one. Its menu reflects the same minimalist philosophy as well – you’ll find only coffee and a small selection of bakes available in-store. Grab a cuppa, and dig into the Cloud Beta v0.1 ($9), an adorable could-looking cake that's prepared in limited quantities. 

Apartment Coffee
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Apartment Coffee

Restaurants Kallang

The space looks like the inside of a Kinfolk magazine. But beyond its stark white walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, this minimalist coffee bar and roasters is known for its award-winning pours as well. It placed sixth in the World Brewers Cup in 2018, and has just the right laid-back vibe to unwind with a book and freshly poured coffee. Treat your tastebuds to the rich flavours of roasted beans from Latin America, artisanal teas and sweet treats from the likes of Fossa Chocolate.

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Platform
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Platform

Bars and pubs Chinatown

Day drinking is embraced at this café-bar on Amoy Street. The minimalist space is a welcome respite from the bustle of the CBD with low-alcohol drinks that's perfect for sipping. Creations include one made with watermelon, bay leaf, and rose or another with pear, pink peppercorn, and chamomile. Filtered coffee and tea are also available for those looking for a caffeine fix, with a small selection of finger food that will help line your stomach.

Glyph Supply Co
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Glyph Supply Co

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

Glyph is as minimalist as it gets with completely bare white walls and plenty of natural light. 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 regularly, and bakes are supplied daily from Carpenter & Cook.

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Five Oars Coffee Roasters
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Five Oars Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Cafés Tanjong Pagar

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.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

Restaurants Cafés Bishan

Upper Thomson is no stranger to the hipster café – and Pacamara fits right in the ’hood. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow sunlight to drape over the minimal interiors of white walls paired with white tabletops, but it’s still a cosy-enough spot for catch-up sessions with friends over brunch.

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The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
Photograph: The Glasshouse/ Facebook

The Glasshouse: Specialty Cafe and Toast Bar

Restaurants Cafés City Hall

As though its Chijmes locale wasn't scenic enough, The Glasshouse presents an undeniably Insta-worthy spot with sliding glassdoors, 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). Filtered sunlight coming through also makes for the perfect food shot – #nofilter required. 

Banchong Cafe
Photograph: Banchong Café

Banchong Café

Restaurants Raffles Place

It might have taken over the space of a former factory that used to make corrugated cardboard, but its space has been transformed into a white-walled, high-ceiling, minimalist hang-out. Potted plants punctuate the space, adding a soothing pop of colour. But its the green kaya served here that you should be concerned about – made fresh daily without preservatives and additives, it is best enjoyed with a cup of kopi or teh and some soft boiled eggs.

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