2018 IG-Worthy SG Café Hopping Guide: Neon Lights Edition (Part 1)

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There’s a new café trend in Singapore. You’ve probably seen it while scrolling past your Instagram feed, or you may even have taken a picture of it—it’s one of those cafés with flashy neon light signs.

To save you from wasting your time and money, we did the legwork so you don’t have to. In this post and the next (two weeks later), we’ll share with you some of Singapore’s most IG-worthy cafes with neon light signs for that added IG-worthy factor!

Picnic SG


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Hipster communal dining place, Picnic SG, features 10 different stalls, idyllic floral decor and a flashy neon quote on the wall. So you'll be able to feed both your food cravings—whether it's Taiwanese, Japanese or event French cuisine—and your phone, at the same time!

 

Where: Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, #03-15, Singapore 238877

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm daily

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Foot): 8-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel


Shop Wonderland


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Even though Shop Wonderland’s located in the busy CBD district, the dreamy decor whisks you away from the concrete jungle into a botanical oasis. They’ve even got a flower studio upstairs (which explains the ‘Flowers Upstairs’ sign).

We’d recommend you to visit this place during tea time to try their Rose Raspberry Pistachio Cake—moist layers of rose-perfumed sponge, enveloped in a layer of raspberry cream cheese with chopped pistachios and raspberry bits.


 

Where: 134 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068600

Opening Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8am - 6pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 8am - 10pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 6pm. (Closed on Mondays)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 162 or 700 at Far East Plaza and alight at One Raffles Quay after 10 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Raffles Place MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


The Assembly Ground


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Visiting The Assembly Ground will leave your tummy full of good food, coffee and pictures for your Instagram feed. While waiting for your cuppa, take a snapshot of the café’s vibrant neon light sign, or shop around the multi-label store that it’s housed in, The Assembly Store.


 

Where: The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #01-21, Singapore 229233

Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 124, 162, 167, 171, 190, 518, 700 or 972 at Far East Plaza and alight at Dhoby Ghaut Station after 4 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, 2 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minutes walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


An Acai Affair


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Sure acai bowls already look fancy schmancy with slices of banana and coconut flakes atop, but if you wanna give your ‘gram of the dessert an extra oomph, take a picture of it against the grass wall and neon light quote at An Acai Affair!


 

Where: 101 East Coast Road, Singapore 428796

Opening Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 12pm - 10pm; Fridays, 12pm - 11.30pm; Saturdays, 10am - 11.30pm; Sundays, 10am - 10pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 14 at the bus stop outside Lucky Plaza (“Orchard Stn/Lucky Plaza”) and alight at the bus stop opposite Roxy Square (“Opp Roxy Sq”) after 19 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Taxi/GrabCar*): 15-minute drive from the hotel


 *GrabCar works similarly to a taxi service — simply book via the kiosk at the hotel and get picked up at the hotel’s entrance!

The Burger Joint


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A conspicuous neon burger sign isn’t exactly a clear indication of a shopfront, but I guess it works for The Burger Joint.

Fun fact: The no-frills burger place serves up American-style burgers with fresh produce—just like its original outlet in Park Meridian Hotel, New York. They even make their meat patties in-house with beef flown in from Nebraska, USA. This ensures that they taste the same as the ones served in the original New York outlet!


 

Where: 115 Amoy Street, #01-03, Singapore 069935

Opening Hours: Mondays - Wednesdays, 11.30am - 11pm; Thursdays - Saturdays, 11.30am - 12am; Sundays, 11.30am - 8pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 162 or 700 at Far East Plaza and alight at One Raffles Place after 10 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Raffles Place MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Paddy Hills


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Paddy Hills isn’t the most accessible café on this list but it’s one you’ll want to make a trip to if you’re craving for fluffy pancakes.

Ok, Berry Muffcakes isn’t exactly a pancake dish. Rather, it’s a crisp and crumbly muffin-hotcake hybrid topped with berries and ice-cream that hits the spot. And if you’re already there, you might as well snap an #OOTD with their eye-catching neon light backdrop.


 

Where: 38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164

Opening Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10.30am - 10pm; Fridays, 10.30am - 10pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9am - 5pm and 6pm - 10pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 143 at Far East Plaza and alight at the bus stop after South Buona Vista Road ("Aft Sth Buona Vista Rd") after 28 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Haw Par Villa MRT Station, 8 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Ninja Cut


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Ninja Cut’s signature neon pink sign may be the first thing that grabs your attention. But if you’re a lover of Brunch fare and Japanese Cuisine, then this café will be heaven-on-earth for you.

The Asian Fusion café serves up all-day brunch and we especially love Marvellous Matcha —a giant matcha lava pancake decorated with biscuit crumbs, adzuki beans, yuzu peel and a dollop of ricotta cheese.


 

Where: 32 Seah Street, Singapore 188388

Opening Hours: Mondays - Fridays, 9.30am - 9.30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9am - 6pm

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 162, 167, 171, 518 or 700 at Far East Plaza and alight at Raffles Hotel after 7 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Bugis MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


BONUS: GastroBeats


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Technically,GastroBeats isn’t a café—it’s a huge extravaganza of food, carnival games, music performances, and to most millennials’ delight, very instagrammable neon light signs!

If you’re in the Marina Bay Area to catch this year’s iLight exhibits, or just having a ball at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, walk those extra few steps to GastroBeats.


 

Where: The Promontory, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940

Opening Hours: 4pm - 11pm daily (1 April 2018 is the last day of the programme!)

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Bus): Board Bus 162 or 700 at Far East Plaza and alight at OUE Bayfront after 9 stops

Getting There from Royal Plaza on Scotts (By Train): Raffles Place MRT Station, 4 stops from Orchard MRT Station (3-minute walk from Royal Plaza on Scotts Orchard Hotel)


Like what you see? Stay tuned for our next post to catch part 2 of our SG neon light café guide!



 
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