The 5 Best Cafes in Singapore for food

These Singapore cafes are perfect for daydreaming

Singapore is world-famous for its dining scene. Known for its big hawker centres, inventive fusion restaurants and specialties such as chilli crab, this island is crazy about dining out. And, as with everywhere in the city-state, Singapore cafes take the food they serve very, very seriously.

Not only do cafes in Singapore excel when it comes to food, they’re also pretty as can be. Whether it’s for afternoon tea, third-wave coffee or for an Instagrammable meal, our favourite cafes are stunning inside and out – and, the same goes for the gorgeous food and drinks they offer.

Take a look at some of our top picks for picture-perfect cafes in Singapore and find your new favourite daydreaming spot.

1. Rise & Grind

laza (Opposite DBS bank), Jalan Anak Bukit, Singapore 588996

Do you know your AeroPress from your Chemex? Only drink your coffee black? Well then, Rise & Grind is just the place for you. Not only does Rise & Grind serve incredible coffee but it also offers epic brunches, pasta, and more.

Choose from one of Rise & Grind’s single origin coffees or opt for the house blend. When it comes to coffee, you’re in good hands at this Singapore cafe.

Book at table at Rise & Grind

2. Arteastiq

Mandarin Gallery: 333A Orchard Rd, 04-14/15, Singapore 238867

Plaza Singapura: 68 Orchard Road, #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238863

If pretty and dainty is what you’re going for, Arteastiq is an excellent choice. This spot is known for stunning afternoon tea sets that will take you straight back to your childhood tea party days. You’ll be happy to know that the cafe features two delightful locations – one at Plaza Singapura and the other at Mandarin Gallery – where you’ll feel like royalty as you dine on a range of delicate sweets, mains and snacks.

Our recommendation? Order one of the luxurious tea sets for an extraordinary dining experience.

Book at table at Arteastiq – Mandarin GalleryBook at table at Arteastiq – Plaza Singapura

3. Merci Marcel

56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056

Merci Marcel – Club Street, 7-9 Club St, Singapore 069400

Another beautiful cafe to add to your list is Merci Marcel. Found in two locations, this French cafe uses only the freshest ingredients when making their European delicacies (which are as gorgeous as they are tasty). Both attractive cafes are perfect for escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city-state.

With adorable wicker chairs and flower pots hanging from the patio ceiling, Merci Marcel feels a lot like a secret garden made just for you. Each of the cafes has its own charm, so be sure to check out both!

Book at table at Merci Marcel – Club Street Book a table at Merci Marcel – Tiong Bahru

4. Knots Cafe and Living

#01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409022

Another stunner, Knots Cafe boasts some charming garden influences too. But, itt’s so much more than a cafe – it’s also a furniture store and florist selling high-end products. Knots Cafe also hosts regular arts and crafts events like water colouring and acrylic painting classes taught by real artists.

The menu features everything from sandwiches and healthy salads to mains like the truffle parma, butter garlic prawns and beef lasagne. Like any good Singapore cafe, you’ll also get to choose from an array of premium teas and coffees.

Book a table at Knots Cafe

5. Caffe Vergnano 1882

26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue, #B1-17, Singapore 189768

Caffe Vergnano 1882 is part of the Caffe Vergnano family of coffee shops – Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee roaster – but that doesn’t mean the Singapore outlet isn’t unique from the rest. This warm, inviting space is the place to go for espresso that will kick you into high gear (in a good way).

The coffee is outstanding, and if you’re someone who loves a good breakfast, you’re in luck. Try the waffles with bacon and eggs for a delicious start to your day.

Book a table at Caffe Vergnano 1882