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The best restaurants and cafés with Instagrammable neon signs

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By Kylie Wong and Eliza Juliet Tay
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Getting the perfect Instagram photo is no easy feat. You have to get the best lighting, pick the right filter, and craft a catchy caption. But sometimes, a good backdrop speaks louder than the words in your caption. Besides hitting up the usual suspects of Instagrammable places in Singapore, light up your feed with our list of Instragrammable neon signs at restaurants and cafés. 

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Paddy Hills
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Paddy Hills

Restaurants Cafés Kent Ridge

'Rise and Grind' says its neon sign, and rise and grind you shall. Paddy Hills makes the perfect perk-me-up spot with brunch offerings that include the Mediterranean flatbread ($18), a mix of rib-eye meatballs, pomegranate and sunny-side-up on flatbread, along with starter bites like cauliflower fritters ($13) and truffle fries ($14). The café manually brews its coffee using the V60 and Aeropress, and the neon sign outside perfectly encapsulates their love for coffee – as well as the best way to start the day. 

Botany

Restaurants Cafés Raffles Place

Located at the idyllic Robertson Quay, Botany's menu is a blend of local and Western cuisine. But before you examine the menu for the best meal to satiate your hunger, snap a photo against its wall of lush foliage, complete with a jazzy neon sign. Tuck into plates of chicken congee ($12), muesli ($13), French toast ($15), or homemade beef burger ($22) that goes well with appetisers like the otah chips ($15).

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The Dark Gallery

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

The Dark Gallery is all about one thing and one thing only – chocolate. We're talking chocolate ice-cream, chocolate pastries, chocolate drinks, chocolate desserts, and more. But prior to that sweet, sweet indulgence, head to its Ngee Ann City outlet for brightly lit neon icons occupying the back wall. It's best to snap one for the 'gram while enjoying your decadent chocolate treat. Perhaps its single origin chocolate ice-cream ($5 per scoop), made daily in small batches.

Alter Ego
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Alter Ego

Restaurants Gastropubs City Hall

When walking along the river by the Esplanade, it's almost impossible to miss Alter Ego and its giant neon sign. The joint is, as its name suggests, the 'darker' side of A Poke Theory, serving up indulgent grub like their signature pizza fries ($14) – thick-cut fries topped with smoked pepperoni, three-cheese sauce and a helping of house-made bacon ketchup. Its Insta-worthy thick shakes ($10 each) also draw in the crowds, with flavours like matcha, malt, peanut butter and salted caramel. 

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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 they have on the menu. And when you're done with your meal, its neon sign outside makes for the perfect backdrop to mark the occasion of your visit. 

Sugarfin
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Sugarfin

Restaurants Juice bars Raffles Place

Millennial pink walls, neon signs, and colourful juices – what more could you need for the perfect Instagram photo? Sugarfin’s aesthetically pleasing all-pink interior decor makes for a cute backdrop for a picturesque pit-stop for the ‘gram. While you're at it, grab a couple of healthy bites as well as its signature juices at $10 a pop. 

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OverEasy

Clubs Raffles Place

With retro style diner booths and old-school counter seats, this classic American diner offers a quintessential stateside experience that is Instagram worthy at every corner. A 'Nice Buns' sign sets the tone, but for more, check out the bathroom signs for a quick mirror selfie. For the women, the sign says – '99 problems but a man ain’t one', and for the men – 'shake it off' (you know what it means!).

Burger Joint

Restaurants Chinatown

The mix of a simple neon burger outline paired with an arrow creates an air of vagueness left for customers to wonder and wander into Burger Joint itself. Snap a pic outside the establishment against the white wall for a cheeky OOTD, then head in and chow down on its juicy hamburgers ($17.10), cheeseburgers ($17.80), bacon burgers ($19.10) and bacon cheeseburgers ($19.80).

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Cake Spade

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

You’ll surely exclaim aloud “I Want It All” when you're at Cake Spade. With their gorgeous cakes and the hot pink neon sign framed by artistic wall decor, there are loads of picture-perfect opportunities. Capture as many photos as you want, and load it up on your feed for the likes.

Finders Keepers

Shopping Tanjong Pagar

Spotted with a striking look of contrasting red and blue neon signs, Finders Keepers appeals to both warm and cool toned Instagram feeds. Even better – for those wanting a new layout for your photos, its signage works both vertically and horizontally. Apart from its most striking neon signage outside, find the signature 'FK everyday' and 'FK Society' sign alongside the ones that mark the 'Liquor', 'Whiskey', 'Wine', and more.

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Muchachos

Restaurants Mexican Raffles Place

Muchachos, home of the cheeseburger ($16.50), burrito ($12-$13.50), and quesadilla ($12). To wrap it all up in a fresh tortilla, Muchachos asks the real question in bright neon lights: "What are we feeling today, fam?". This Mexican cantina serving up Cali-Mex grub eatery is decorated with neon lights all around, creating an almost surreal atmosphere. 

The Great Madras
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The Great Madras

Hotels Rochor

The Great Madras – where the great neon signs are at. This little boutique hotel with just 34 rooms houses some of the best signs you can get in town. From the iconic flamingo sign to the encouraging 'Go Everywhere, Do Everything', the perfect lit backdrop is created for the 'Easy like Sunday Morning' sign to live up to its saying. Also, don't miss the Great Madras Swimming Club sign on a pink wall complete with an outline of a synchronised swimmer above the rounded entrance to the pool area is the most Instagram worthy picture just waiting for you.

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The Masses

Restaurants Rochor

Casual diner, bar, Instagram-worthy background – all used to describe this establishment found on Beach Road. The place draws you in with its neon red sign stating 'Happy Food Inside' with an arrow pointing into the restaurant, but the 'Live colourfully' sign in blue is what completes the look. While you're at it, devour signature mains like duck confit ($16.90) and claypot braised Angus beef cheek ($19.90).

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