Good grub? Check. Good looks? Check. With its minimalist palettes, neutral hues and clean lines, these dreamy cafes are not only a treat for the taste buds, but also a feast for the eyes. Your Instagram feed will thank you!
Address: 267 Beach Road, Singapore 199545
Opening hours: 9.30am – 6pm (Mon to Fri)
Tel: 6338 8035
Located at the heart of Kampong Glam, Looksee Looksee makes you green with decor envy upon stepping in – from the grand four-arch entrance, to the pastel furnishings, down to the lush tropical surrounds. While it isn’t exactly a cafe per se, this tea salon cum reading room makes for a lovely hideout where folks can indulge in a book or two while sipping tea served by A.muse Projects. The coolest part? There’s no fixed payment; simply show your support through tips or purchasing A.muse Projects’ tea blends and products available.
Gallery & Co.
Address: National Gallery Singapore, #01-05, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 10am – 10pm
Tel: 6385 6683
There’s far more to do at National Gallery Singapore than art appreciation. Pop by Gallery & Co. – an ultra-chic F&B and retail concept that plays host to an all-day cafe – for a quick java fix in between exhibitions. But don’t just settle for a cuppa, they deliver solid Asian offerings such as the Otah Stack Sandwich ($8.90) and Roasted Chicken with Mushroom Ragout ($14.90), along with an enticing array of desserts from Plain Vanilla. Thereafter, check out the design store where you’ll find a multitude of home accessories, collectibles and prints from local and international brands.
Address: 41 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138582
Opening hours: 9.30am – 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 9.30am – late (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 6659 0879
A home away from home, DW Workshop features a fireplace where you can cosy up on the cushions, a living room for intimate conversations with friends, and even a patio hangout if you fancy stargazing. The plates are generously catered for sharing, from customisable weekday lunch bowls ($19) to a weekend brunch of hearty mains like Crackling Pork Belly ($36) and Salmon Trout ($38). They also offer workshops where you can try your hand at making your own concrete lamp, handcrafted bouquet and personalised accessories.
ICYMI: We are giving away vouchers to DW Workshop!
Address: Singapore Tyler Print Institute, #01-01, Singapore 238236
Opening hours: 8am – 9.30pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 5pm (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 6221 2105
Branching out its McCallum Street watering hole into a newly expanded space along Robertson Quay, SPRMRKT Daily is even swankier than its predecessor, fusing a grocery-style shop into a riverside cafe. The result is a stylish, minimalist area stocked with the freshest produce, handcrafted goods and classic artworks. Regular patrons can expect well-loved offerings such as The English Breakfast ($25), Bulgogi Beef and Seaweed Wrap ($15) and Blackened Fish and Chips ($18), as well as a good selection of housemade beverages ranging from artisanal tea blends to healthy smoothiesm to indulgent milkshakes.
Address: The Working Capitol Building, #01-04, Singapore 089109
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm (Tues to Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun & Mon)
Tel: 6221 5615
You don’t have to catch a plane to experience Aussie cafe magic. A hipster-chic slice of Down Under tucked away at Keong Saik, Luxe Singapore boasts a Kinfolk-esque palette of sleek communal tables, neutral accents and an abundance of natural light that would delight the camera-toting crowd. While they specialise in the usual Sydney fare like America Cheeseburger ($24) and Ricotta Hotcake ($20), you can also look forward to Asian flavours such as Keong Saik Fried Chicken & Chilli ($15), a dish nicely seasoned with chilli padi aioli.
If you need more cafe eye candy, we’ve got more recommendations in our Tuckshop section in the latest November issue, out on newsstands. Now go ahead and slay your Instagram game!