Wanna grab brunch in Kyoto, New York or at an African Safari? These cafes go the extra mile for that out of Singapore experience.

Since the start of 2020, covid has pretty much thrown a wrench into all our travel plans. So we’ll just have to find new ways to pretend we’re out of the country — one being cafe-hopping.

From cherry blossom backdrops to American-style retro couches, Singapore has some pretty cool themed cafes where you can forget for a moment… that we still can’t travel 🥺 

Here are 11 of them you can dine at, plus take some Instagrammable photos as a “souvenir” to satisfy your travel cravings!

1) Central Perk Singapore

So no one told you life was gonna be this way ~

Central Perk Cafe Interior Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Dreams came true when the main casts of iconic TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reunited in 2021, on a recreated set of the original show in Los Angeles.

Did you know Singapore also has its own replica cafe from the show? Opened in 2016, Central Perk Singapore is modelled after the coffee shop where the six friends hung out.

Arcade in Central Perk Cafe Kitchen Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Whether it’s the distinct couch in the cafe or the rooms they once lived in, no details were spared to give fans a taste of nostalgia. The stylish furniture and Western menu also reminds us of a New York City vibe.

Fun Fact: Central Perk Singapore is the only Warner Brothers-licensed F.R.I.E.N.D.S-themed cafe outside of the United States.

Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM
Address: 1 Magazine Road, Central Mall #01-01, Singapore 059567

2) Smile Dessert

Smile Dessert Pink Interior Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Adding to the list of cafes opened in 2021, Smile Dessert is a pretty bubble-gum pink dessert shop standing at three-storeys tall. Its beautiful design and pastel colours remind us of themed cafes we often see in Korea.

Not to mention, this cafe in Bugis even has a ball pit for you to “drown” in.

Girl in Ball Pit

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To top it off, not only is the environment super aesthetic, so is the food! You might want to check out their fluffy souffle pancakes or gorgeous crepes.

Ice Cream and Smoothie

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Opening hours: 11AM – 3AM
Address: 534 North Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 188749

3) Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari

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Who says you need to travel to Africa for a great safari experience?

Us. Seriously, just take a look at our Kenya safari itinerary guide and you’ll know why.

In the meantime, here’s the next best thing — Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari. This large tentage cafe surrounded by green foliage imitates an atmosphere of eating out in the wild, without potentially dangerous animals.

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari Interior with Butterflies Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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The vintage rugs and collection of butterfly taxidermies hung on the wall all add to a (close-to) authentic safari experience.

Fun fact: The theme was inspired by the founder’s trip to the African safari in Botswana.

Opening hours: 8AM – 6PM
Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819

4) Cafe Monochrome

Cafe Monochrome Interior Design Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Pretend you’re a manga (comic book) character at Cafe Monochrome — Singapore’s first 2D cafe.

It’s definitely an Instagrammable spot with its white and black interior depicting an illustration-style design. Have fun taking photos while blending in with seemingly flat furniture and backdrop!

Girl on Ladder in Cafe Monochrome

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Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (Tues – Sun)
Address: 216 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207749

5) MoMiJi Kyoto Cafe

MoMiJi Kyoto Cafe Winter Backdrop Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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There are so many things we miss about Japan, be it soaking in amazing onsens or admiring breathtaking flower fields.

While we can’t travel there now, we can experience Japan’s four seasons at MoMiJi Kyoto Cafe in Singapore.

One of the many concept shops opened by Teppei Group, it’s tucked away in the corner of King Albert Park Mall.

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Walkthrough “Torii gates” up the staircase to the second level and you’ll come to a spacious area with dining booths — including curtains for maximum privacy.

You can also choose from different themes of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter as a backdrop while dining.

Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM
Address: 9 King Albert Park, KAP Mall #01-37, Singapore 598292

Read also: 7 Things to do in Singapore on a Japan-themed Daycation

6) Joji’s Diner

Joji's Diner Exterior Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Yet another cafe that landed on Singapore shores in 2021, Joji’s Diner is a retro American-style diner in Serangoon.

Splashed in red, white, and blue colours with comfy vintage couches and a jukebox, this cafe reminds us of popular American culture. There’s even a gumball machine and a kid’s ride to boot!

Jukebox and Gumball Machine in Joji's Diner Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Now all I need is to play me some 1950s American diner songs with a burger and milkshake in hand.

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM (Mon – Sun), 10AM – 3PM (Wed)
Address: 534 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534549

7) Wonderland Savour

Wonderland Savour Cafe Interior Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Well, technically Wonderland Savour is more of down the rabbit hole rather than across borders. Either way, it’s a whimsical place straight out of a children’s storybook — but this one is based on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film.

A touch of glamour incorporated in gold-coloured walls on top of the warm lighting adds to an incredibly grand atmosphere.

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Look out for photogenic paintings of the queen of hearts, mad hatter and other characters hanging on the wall when dining in.

Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM
Address: 435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria #02-08, Singapore 238877

8) Suzuki Gourmet Coffee

Suzuki Gourmet Coffee Wooden Furniture Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Channel your inner zen while having freshly brewed coffee at Suzuki Gourmet Coffee.

This Kyoto-inspired Japanese teahouse hidden in the industrial area of Boon Lay offers a wide selection of finely roasted gourmet coffee in Asia. It’s also one of Singapore’s oldest coffee roastery, having been around since 1979.

Small Water Fountain at Suzuki Gourmet Coffee Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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The cafe interior features wooden flooring and sliding doors, exuding a minimalist vibe. There’s even a small fountain that slowly fills a hollow bamboo branch with water — something commonly found in a Japanese garden.

Opening hours: 10AM – 5PM (Tues – Fri), 10AM – 4PM (Sat – Sun)
Address: 8 Chin Bee Ave, Singapore 619932

9) Sweet Hut

Blue Sign at Sweet Hut Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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People with a sweet tooth and a sweeter desire for Instagrammable photos might want to drop by Sweet Hut — a colourful and vibrant dessert cafe that opened in 2021.

Contrary to the traditional dessert stall in Singapore, this cafe features hanging neon lights and seats in the form of a Rubik’s cube. There’s even a backdrop covered in blue floral arrangements and a cage you can take pictures in.

Open past midnight, it’s a good late night supper spot!

Dice and Rubik Cube Seating at Sweet Hut

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Opening hours: 6PM – 3AM
Address: 654 Geylang Road, Singapore 389584

10) The Pantry

Outdoor Seating at The Pantry Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Although we can’t have a meal among the mountains or next to rice paddies in Thailand now, The Pantry is the closest we can get to a cafe surrounded by nature in Singapore.

Be immersed in a beautiful natural setting among lush greenery and snap photos of the outdoor playgrounds — a treehouse and wooden jungle gym where your little ones can play in.

Who knew Singapore had such a cafe hidden away in the “woods”?

Treehouse Playground at The Pantry Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Opening hours: 9AM – 7PM (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 9AM – 9:30PM (Fri – Sat)
Address: 16A Dempsey Road (Level 1), Singapore 247695

11) Good Bites Cafe

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Visit Good Bites Cafe in the evening and you’ll be greeted by bright neon lights — a reminder of the nightscapes in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

It’s a halal-certified western fusion cafe at Bishan Sports Hall, which features a posh indoor seating design including marble tables and velvet chairs.

Posh Indoor Seating at Good Bites Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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The alfresco dining area is decorated in black and white walls, fairy lights and a bird cage seating for an IG-worthy photo.

Good Bites Black and White Wall Outdoors Instagrammable Cafes in Singapore

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Opening hours: 11AM – 10:30PM (Sun – Thu), 11AM – 2AM (Fri – Sat)
Address: 5 Bishan Street 14, Bishan Sports Hall #03-01, Singapore 579783

Read also: 12 Unique Restaurants in Singapore Even Non-Foodies Will Find Impressive

Cure Your Travel Blues Right Here in Singapore

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Despite travel being on hold for now, there are plenty of ways to satisfy our wanderlust here in Singapore.

Pretend you’re out of Singapore by heading to some of the Instagrammable cafes mentioned up above. Or take a trip to Singapore’s Southern Islands and experience what it’s like being a local tourist.

Keep the travel spirit alive in hopes that we might experience the real thing soon!

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What are some other Instagrammable cafes in Singapore that makes you feel like you’re overseas? Let us know in the comments below! 


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