Cafe operators are becoming more creative these days with their choice of unique locations. We can now find cafes at every nook and cranny of our little red dot, sometimes at bizarre places such as furniture shop, industrial warehouse and even at an old fire station. These cafes built on such interesting locations boast special standings amongst the already saturated market to deliver something more extraordinary to their patrons.
With these cafes found at unique places, they double up as fantastic photo-taking or #ootd spots that will distinguish your pictures from the rest on your Instagram feed. They are too, furnished with a unique setting that is set to transport you to another world.
Here are 10 Cafes In Singapore at Unique Locations you would never imagine.
#1 A.E.I.O.U – ANTIQUE HOUSE
A.e.i.o.u at Jalan Besar does a fine job in camouflaging itself without any signages but only with the words “Oriental Antique House” adorned at the shopfront, coupled with a series of old, recycled furnitures and old-school metal grills. This retro-themed cafe would bring you on a journey down memory lane with old furniture seatings, antique play things on display and an eclectic selection of food that are extremely Instagram friendly.
111 King George’s Avenue
Tel: +65 6291 2698
Tue to Sun: 10am – 10pm
Closed on Mon
Nearest MRT: Lavender
#2 COMMUNE CAFE – FURNITURE SHOP
Commune is a lifestyle company and it is home to countless of designer furniture which makes you want to bag everything home.
While the cafe is not within the furniture shop – it is at the alfresco area along the walkway of Millenia Walk – you can enjoy a cup of coffee and waffles at the cafe before going to the shop next door to take a look at the furniture. Who knows? Maybe you will find your dream furniture here!
Millenia Walk #02-50
9 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6337 1038
Mon to Fri: 7:30am – 8pm
Sat to Sun: 12pm – 8pm
Nearest MRT: Promenade
#3 CHYE SENG HUAT HARDWARE – HARDWARE STORE
Opened by the folks behind Papa Palheta, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is housed within an art deco shophouse that has retained its original hardware store decor. In addition to the coffee bar, it also features a roastery, a coffee school and a private coffee tasting room.
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Tue to Fri: 9am – 7pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Lavender/Farrer Park
#4 FOOD FOR THOUGHT – BOTANICAL GARDEN
Located at Singapore Botanical Garden, Food For Thought’s mission is about bringing people together through community spaces. This eco-friendly cafe has a large seating which fits around 250 people and a spacious environment that encourages family and community bonding. A playground is also safely enclosed in the cafe for your little ones to have a ball of time while you indulge in some of their delectable cafe delights.
Singapore Botanical Gardens, Tanglin Gate
1 Cluny Road, #B1-00
Tel: +65 6338 4848
Daily: 8am – 9pm
Nearest MRT: Orchard
This popular cafe at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club allows you to admire the horses while enjoying a meal, and the premise is a photogenic outlet for your photo-taking too. Though not the most accessible, we promise you that a trip there will be worth it when you get a taste of their popular menu items such as the Blackstone Benedict (S$16) and the Cream Corn Polenta (S$16).
51 Fairways Drive
Tel: +65 6466 9819
Sun to Thu: 8am – 9pm
Fri to Sat: 8am – 10pm
Closed on Mon
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens
#6 SPRUCE – OLD FIRE STATION
Spruce serves unpretentious American-Italian cuisine. The cafe is unconventionally located at a Fire Station and offers a choice of indoor and alfresco dining options, with an environment that makes you feel so calm and relaxed. The cafe has also attracted a steady crowd with favourites such as their Spruce Burger (S$18).
260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01
Tel: +65 466 5582
Tue to Thu: 11:30am – 12:30am
Fri: 11:30am – 1am
Sat: 9am – 1am
Sun & PH: 9am – 12:30am
Closed on Mon
Nearest MRT: Bukit Batok
A spa-cafe nestled in the compounds of Resorts World Sentosa, Tangerine has a spectacular environment overlooking a foliage that is great for a tranquil afternoon. The cafe pride itself in delivering healthy food with precise calorie count, and is set to prove the point that healthy food do not have to come looking unappetizing and tasteless.
Resorts World Sentosa, ESPA Level 1
8 Sentosa Gateway
Tel: +65 6577 6688
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront
Many may have heard of Tian Kee & Co for its iconic provision shop exterior and photos of its paddle pop tofu cheese cake. In fact, the cafe is furnished with countless of old school knick knacks and charm, kept from its previous operations as a provision shop. This cafe, indeed, invoked a certain form of nostalgia in us and reminded us of our childhood days.
Be sure to get a slice of the signature Rainbow Cheesecake – one of the prettiest cakes you can find in Singapore.
12 Dakota Crescent
Tel: +65 6344 8527
Daily: 8am – 9pm
Nearest MRT: Dakota
#9 WHEELER’S YARD – INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE
Wheeler’s Yard has been making waves amongst the Instagram users for its iconic #ootd-able signboard. However, other insight awaits as you step into the interior of the cafe, and are greeted by tons of bicycles on display and bicycle parts for sale. Yes, Wheeler’s Yard combines both a bicycle workshop and cafe together to bring you a dining experience that is truly one-of-its-kind.
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28 Lorong Ampas
Tel: +65 6254 9128
Tue to Thu, Sun: 10:30am – 10pm
Fri to Sat: 10:30am – 11pm
Nearest MRT: Toa Payoh
#10 THE WORKING TITLE – BACKPACKER’S INN
The Working Title is located at a backpacker’s inn, furnished with comfy amenities for you to spend your afternoon at. For the workaholics, you will also be heartened to know that the halal burger bar provides free wifi and charging ports.
46 Arab Street
Tel: +65 9734 4187
Mon to Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 11pm
Nearest MRT: Bugis
For more recommendations, read our guide to the best cafes in Singapore.