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15 cafes in Singapore that will make you feel like you’re overseas

Get ready to escape the bustle of Singapore in one of these gorgeous cafes for a chillax afternoon
 

Once in awhile (or maybe every weekend), we all crave to get away from the hustle and bustle our busy lives. Pictures posted onto Instagram of friends and influencers travelling and visiting cute cafes don’t help much either. Good food and a nice environment for a moment of relaxation, is that too much to ask for?

Fret not, we’ve done some digging and compiled six cafes that will instantly transport you to a different country. Scroll down to check out which cafes made it to the list.

1. Wildseed Cafe

 

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Sharing the space with Poppy Flora & Nature Studio, Wildseed Cafe is a quaint little spot on the ground level of The Summerhouse. The exposed brick walls on the interior of the cafe gives off an industrial and vintage vibe to the cafe, whilst the flowers from the florist add a pop of colour. Its location makes it seem as if it’s on the outskirts of a town. With few people patronising the cafe on a Saturday morning, it’s a quiet place for a relaxing brunch.

Where: 3 Park Ln, 798387

 

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2. Wheeler’s Estate

 

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Wheeler’s Estate, situated in the same area as Wildseed Cafe, is housed in a refurbished colonial bungalow that was built for the military personnel of the British Royal Air Force. With a cafe and grill house on the first storey of the establishment, and a restaurant on the second, you’ll surely be spoilt for choices.

 

 

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Opt for a seat on the ground floor - the rattan chairs, marble tables and high ceilings exude a chill beach holiday vibe that will get your friends wondering if you’ve travelled over the weekends.

 

 

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If brunch is not your thing, visit Wheeler’s Estate at night. Enjoy your dinner as the fairy lights illuminate the night sky and local musicians sing in the background.  

Where: 2 Park Ln, 798386

 

3. Merci Marcel

Seasoned cafe hoppers, you know we all look for these three factors in a good cafe - aesthetic interior, natural lighting and delectable food. And it’s safe to say that Merci Marcel delivers all three.

Although the cafe has an outdoor space, main dining area and courtyard, we suggest heading to the courtyard for your weekend brunch. The sunlight that enters through the glass roof makes good food and OOTD shots for Instagram.

Where: 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, 160056

 

4. Open Farm Community

Amidst the lush greenery is Open Farm Community, a farm-to-table concept cafe that focuses on locally sourced dishes. The cafe can be found in a glasshouse-esque location which allows ample of natural light to enter. It also features an open-concept kitchen.

 

Alternatively, you can take a seat outside where the space overlooks their edible garden. With no HDB flats in sight, you’ll instantly be transported away from the concrete jungle.

Where: 130E Minden Rd, 248819

 

5. Stamping Ground Coffee

 

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Situated near East Coast Park, Stamping Ground Coffee is a great cafe with nice ambience to go to after your morning run or cycle. Since the cafe shares the space with Dawn Q Floral Designs, the space has a nice mix of floral and Kinfolk-esque interior which really reminds us of a cafe in Australia. Flowers displayed at the space are for sale as well, so you can get some and brighten up your home with it.

Where: 87 Upper East Coast Rd, 455223

 

6. Mod Cafe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mod Cafe is a newly opened cafe in the East and it's decked in a pretty pink exterior that looks like you're being transported to Korea. 

We're not surprised to see cafe-goers taking photos in front of the cafe in Stylenanda (a popular Seoul fashion brand)-inspired poses.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cafe carries the famous Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes and a simple menu with all-day breakfasts, wraps and pies. 

There's also a hair salon specialising in hair colouring, so you can plan an entire day of pampering and indulge at Mod Cafe.

Where: 1A Kuo Chuan Ave, Singapore 426888
 

7. Tea Bone Zen Mind

The Tea Bone Zen Mind is hidden behind an unassuming wooden door in a shophouse on Emerald Hill.

There is no signboard, but once you enter the shophouse you'll feel like you've set foot in a teahouse in Japan, complete with a koi pond and private tea rooms.

Make a reservation and leave your worries at the door as you spend an idyllic afternoon sampling different types of tea while nibbling on pastries. 

Where: 98 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore 229374

 

8. Colbar

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Take a step back in time and relive your kampong days when you visit Colbar. The cafe has been around since the 1950s and was carefully reconstructed again with the same materials after moving from its original location in 2003.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While its surroundings have changed with high-rise buildings erected nearby, this cafe seemed to have been frozen in time.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Colbar serves nothing like your modern cafe grub, instead, you'll find simple Western classics and local delights, such as chicken chop and potato wedges, curry chicken and hor fun. 

Where: 9A Whitchurch Rd, Singapore 138839

 

9. Looksee Looksee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Looksee Looksee looks like it can blend into the Korean cafe scene with its pastel pink theme and plush seats.

It is more of a reading room and tea house rather than a cafe, and we can see the appeal of whiling away the hours here with a cup of tea in hand and a book in another

Where: 267 Beach Rd, Singapore 199545

 

10. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There are no wildlife animals walking around or giraffes popping their heads into the tents, but you'll get to experience dining in a giant canvas tent surrounded by trees. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The safari theme follows through on the inside with items and memorabilia collected from around the world.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Don't leave without trying one of its colourful latte series exclusive to this outlet, such as the turmeric ginger latte, beetroot roselle latte and blue pea latte. 

Where: 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819

 

11. Cafe De Nicole's Flowers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Be swept away to the English countryside, when you dine at Cafe De Nicole's Flowers. Its furnishing is homey and warm with soothing colours and flowers, perfect for hosting the perfect tea party.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What's great about this place is it's pet-friendly, so you can bring doggo out for an afternoon of bonding.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Apart from its brunch menu, Cafe De Nicole's Flowers also sells fluffy stacks of pancakes that are IG-worthy.

Bring home some fresh flowers too on your way out.

Where: 224 Telok Kurau Rd, #01-01, Singapore 423836

 

12. Glasshouse 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Glasshouse feels spacious from the floor to ceiling windows flooding the cafe in natural light.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dominating the decor are plants and wooden furniture that reflect the greenhouse theme. Soak up the sunlight when you sit by the windows and grab some gourmet sandwiches and aromatic coffee.

Where: 30 Victoria St, #01-03 Chijmes, Singapore 187996

 

13. Five Oars Coffee Roaster

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mix of industrial design and plants, plus the smell of coffee at Five Oars Coffee Roaster instantly transports you to carefree days on a trip to Melbourne.  

In the day, you'll find familiar brunch items and grain bowls. For those working in the Central Business District, you can come after hours to wind down with craft beer, burgers, pasta and mains.  

Where: 39 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088462

 

14. Prive, Marina at Keppel Bay

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lunch on the deck of Prive, Marina at Keppel Bay and be surrounded by the views of yachts and boats parked at the marina. Look at little further and you may spot Mount Faber and Sentosa too.

Dig into hearty fare, from pizzas to burgers and local delights. On weekends, Prive becomes vibrant with families pouring in on a slow Sunday morning for brunch.

Where: 2 Keppel Bay Vista Singapore 098382

 

15. Don Ho

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Enjoy Bali vibes at Don Ho when you do brunch with your girlfriends over the weekends at the Instagrammable cafe plastered in floral and fauna wallpaper.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Order a couple of mains and sides to share so you get to try a bit of everything. Make it a boozy brunch when you order some delicious cocktails to go with a table filled with food.

Where: 1 Keong Saik Rd, The Working Capitol Building, Singapore 089109

This story was update with information from AsiaOne

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