Get us in your inbox

Search
Merci Marcel
Photograph: Merci Marcel

The best tropical-themed cafes and restaurants in Singapore

Let's take tropical island life literally at these vibrant cafes and restaurants in town

Fabian Loo
Delfina Utomo
Written by
Fabian Loo
&
Delfina Utomo
Advertising

Take island living up a notch and spend some lazy afternoons at an easy breezy tropical-themed cafe or restaurant in Singapore. Think lots of plants, sunlight, vibrant wallpaper and rattan chairs and fixtures. Whether it's for an acai smoothie, a spot of brunch or sharing some plates with your group of friends, kick back and take in the decor and tropical vibes at these places. 

RECOMMENDED: The best pink cafés and restaurants in Singapore and the most Instagrammable cafes in Singapore

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • Chinatown

The tropical theme takes on a cosier and intimate setting at Don Ho Social Kitchen & Bar. The moment you step into the space, prepared to get overwhelmed (in a good way) with the large palms, the jungalow-inspired wallpaper, and mismatched collection of cushions on the seats. Pull up a seat at Tiny Bubbles Bar for some fizzy tipples, then head inside to enjoy its menu of smoky sharing plates. Crowd favourites include the crispy eggplant ($16), truffle-scented orzo pasta ($16), braised beef cheeks ($24), and the smoky-sweet roasted watermelon ($14).

  • Restaurants
  • Kallang

Buffet restaurant Ginger serves up a locally inspired spread – all while providing a feast for the eyes. The tropical-clad interior comes inspired by the name of the restaurant, complete with specially commissioned wallpapers, potted plants, and natural furnishings. It provides a tranquil environment to enjoy a free-flowing spread of chilli crab, slow-braised beef rendang, satay, laksa, and more. 

Advertising
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Orchard
  • price 1 of 4

This French eatery is as photogenic as it gets. Potted plants line the rattan bar and there’s garden space out back that’s drenched in sunlight. It’s a beautiful place to kick back and while the afternoon away. In the day, expect ’grammable brunch requisites such as eggs benedict ($21) and French toast ($17) alongside more uncommon imports ravioles de royans ($18). As day turns into night, the menu changes as well. The focus shifts to French social dining, which just means you’re supposed to order different dishes to share ($18).

  • Restaurants
  • Tanjong Pagar

French Fold is a picture-worthy crêperie located along Telok Ayer. The shophouse café has been spruced up with Scandinavian furnishings and plenty of natural fixtures. For the best seats in the house, settle down under the skylight. The cosy nook comes flanked by potted fauna, and a stunning wallpaper depicting a lush topical landscape. Choose from a series of savoury galettes and sweet crepes , washed down with a neat selection of red, white, and bubbly.

Advertising
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Raffles Place

It seems only natural that plant-free diner Green Common comes decked out in a tropical theme. The roomy 112-seater interior features a living air plant ceiling fixture, juxtaposed with soft, pastel-shade furniture. For those looking to get close to the water, head outdoors and dine alfresco. Complement the soothing atmosphere with an extensive meat-free menu of pizza, noodles, local street food, and more.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Marine Parade

The East Coast precinct is known for a lot of famous local food, there's a handful of Katong laksa shops, Mr and Mrs Mohgan's crispy prata at Joo Chiat and more. If you're looking to take a break from the rich and flavourful stuff, make a quick trip to Beriwell where you can choose from a range of dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free acai desserts. On the menu, you can find smoothies, soft serves and the regular acai bowls. Get transported to an idyllic tropical island with rattan chairs, jungle-print wallpapers and botanical-themed cushions. We don't blame you if you want to stay a little longer even when you're done with your sweet treats. 

More fun cafes

Advertising
Recommended
    You may also like
      Advertising