8 Most Instagram-worthy Cafes in Singapore’s Central District

Check Out The Best and Most Photogenic Cafes In Town

Singapore’s café and brunch scene is booming, and it’s no surprise why. The café life is a celebration of all things slow, relaxed, and laid back, like an antithesis to the hectic lifestyle Singapore-dwellers know so well.

Besides, where else would we go for our caffeine shots?

From farm-to-table clean foods to decadent desserts, we all need our café therapy from time to time.

Here are PARKROYAL on Pickering’s top picks of Singapore city cafes where you can chillax, be transported into another world, and tease your followers with your Instagram stories.

1. Ash & Char

21 McCallum Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 069047                                                                                           
Phone Number
+65 9132 8880
Opening Hours
Mondays to Fridays: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Closed on weekends

Ash & Char may be one of the newest kids on the block, but they’ve kicked into high gear when it comes to the quality of their coffee and char-grilled foods. By nightfall, the chic dinery ditches its café cloak and transforms into an intimate tapas bar, serving exquisite Asian dishes embellished with subtle smoky flavours.

Be sure to try their humbly-named Char Siew, tantalising Tamarind Wings, and (almost) heart-stoppingly good Vietnamese Loaded Fries. 

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2. The Populus Coffee and Food Co.

146 Neil Road, Singapore 088875                                                                                                                  
Phone Number
+65 6635 8420
Opening Hours
Monday: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday to Friday: 9:00am to 10:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am to 7:00pm

The Populus is famed for its deviliciously fluffy buckwheat pancakes which are too pretty not to Instagram. Other signature Asian fusion dishes to try are their Heirloom Rendang Donburi, Seafood Linguine and Beef Ragu Pappardelle.

The café lives up to its namesake and is usually packed on weekends. Try to visit on weekday mornings or late afternoons, when you can find the best space to capture your “A-lister” quality Instagram food photos.

(Hint: Ask for the window seat right at the back of the café.)

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3. Plentyfull

9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596                                                                      
Phone Number
+65 6493 2997
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 10:30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10:30am to 10:30pm

Plentyfull serves honest and hearty fare made with preservative-free seasonal produce fresh from farmers or artisans. Look out for wholesome grain bowls at lunchtime where you can pick your base and mains from the weekly menu.

Be sure to leave room for their delectable selections of sin-free desserts from the patisserie! With bright natural light streaming in on this spacious bistro, the cafe is the perfect spot for Instagrammable brunch fare in Singapore. Healthy has never looked prettier than this.

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4. Groundstory

756/758 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198726                                                                                             
Phone Number
+65 6413 3980 / +65 6413 3981
Opening Hours
Tuesdays to Fridays: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays: 10:30am to 5:30pm
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Fancy sipping coffee while browsing delicate artisanal crafts and ceramic wares?

Groundstory is the right place for you. The café prides itself on serving you with the best that Mother Earth has to offer – from the marble table you sit at to the ceramic plates and the coffee.

Don’t miss out on their terrific Thai milk tea cake and yuzu matcha cake.

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5. Central Perk Singapore

9 Magazine Road, Central Mall #01-01, Singapore 059567                                                                                 
Phone Number
+65 9025 2524
Opening Hours
11:00am to 11:00pm daily

Here's a fun café option for fans of popular sitcom Friends. The only officially licensed Friends-themed cafe outside the United States, Central Perk Singapore allows you to recreate—and Instagram—your favourite TV sitcom moments. 

Sit on the iconic orange couch and sip a cuppa while bobbing your head to the familiar tunes of Friends with your, erm, friends. While you’re there, savour the cafe's signature dishes such as Monica Garlic Aglio Olio and Joey's Stuffed Clam Chowder. 

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6. Punch Café

32 North Canal Road, Singapore 059288                                                                                                 
Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Closed on Monday

Punch, located just a few minutes’ walk away from PARKROYAL on Pickering, is the latest café installation by the creators of quintessential Aussie-inspired café haunt The Plain. Spotting a minimalist look with lush greenery growing out from holes in the wall and a sheltered courtyard, Punch is an inner city oasis of calm; the perfect spot to escape to in the middle of a hectic day. 

We highly recommend the Reuben sandwich and Affogato with sea salt brownies. For something refreshing, try the Breakfast Mule (vodka optional).

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7. Apiary

84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844                                                                                                                
Phone Number
+65 6493 7273
Opening Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm to 12:00am

Apiary, which means the place where bees are kept, lives up to its sweet, delicate name. While indulgent in every sense of the word, you can polish off your scoops with the assurance that all of the ice-creams served here are pasteurised on site, with no artificial flavourings and colouring.

Be sure to try the more exotic flavours such as Bailey Brownie, Sesame and Blue Milk. And don’t forget the triple-scoop-on-cone wall shot for your IG collection!

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8. Lime Pâtisserie

PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289                                                   
Phone Number
+65 6809 8899
Opening Hours
11:00am to 10:00pm (Lime Pâtisserie)

You don’t have to head far to unwind over a cuppa and tickle your palate with artisanal pastries. Situated on the street level of PARKROYAL on Pickering are Lime and Lime Pâtisserie, a modern restaurant and pâtisserie with inviting sun-lit interiors.

If you have an hour or two to spare, be sure to check out the Tiers of Joy afternoon tea offerings. Highlights include the Peking duck duxelles encased in profiterole, peanut butter chocolate cup with gianduja chantilly, and coconut pandan mousse. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect way to end your journey of the most instagrammable cafes in Singapore?