With a frenetic lifestyle and a city centre full of modern and towering skyscrapers, Singaporeans are often looking for places to mellow out as a form of escape. Floral-themed cafes, with their good food, great vibes and conducive environs for intimate conversation, serve as perfect spots for busy Singaporeans to unwind.
At these cafes, you can have all that while enjoying some lush greenery and florals, without needing to break a sweat.
Here are five gorgeous floral-themed cafes where you get to reconnect with nature, sip on a cup of joe, and up your Instagram game.
Rendezvous Hotel, 01-06, 1 Tanglin Road
Open: Tuesday to Sunday (11am to 9pm)
Fleurato, a floral-themed cafe at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, serves mainly gelato and drinks with a botanical influence. This is evidenced by its name, which is a combination of the words flower and gelato.
The interior is small but cosy, with an Instagram-worthy wooden swing adorned with dried blooms. There are plants galore, some hanging from the ceiling in a dreamy fashion and others in various pots around the cafe.
While here, get the Shirakawa-Go (S$14.90) — rose waffles accompanied by fruit and a gelato of your choice — or the MPC (S$14), a small platter of desserts. Or go for its floral teatime special (S$49.80), an aesthetic three-tiered set that comes with a pot of tea. Don’t forget to buy a bouquet of flowers from its in-house florist on your way out.
2. Cafe Q Classified
Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 03-15, 391 Orchard Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (9.30am to 10pm)
VivoCity, B1-02, 1 HarbourFront Walk
Open: Monday to Sunday (9am to 10pm)
You can’t miss Cafe Q Classified. Its colourful kaleidoscope of flowers, which envelop the space and line the backs of chairs, can be spotted from a mile away. Cascading ferns and foliage hang from the ceiling, lending an otherworldly vibe.
There are two stores you can visit — one is pink-hued (at Ngee Ann City) and the other purple-themed (at VivoCity). The floral-themed cafes serve an all-day menu of mostly Western and Asian-fusion fare, which comes in the form of breakfast sets, burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups.
Standouts include Spud (potato rosti, bacon, poached eggs, salad, granola and fruit yoghurt, S$26.80), its signature Bulgogiwich (a sandwich with wagyu beef cooked bulgogi-style, S$24), and laksa pasta (S$28).
3. Cafe de Nicole’s Flower
224 Telok Kurau Road, 01-01
Open: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (9am to 8pm), and Friday to Sunday (9am to 9pm)
Cafe de Nicole’s Flower is unabashedly garden-themed, and it’s not afraid to show it. An ornate flower arch greets you the moment you reach its doors, already giving you a sense of what you might encounter indoors.
Inside, wooden furnishings, bushels of dried flowers and greenery, and a florist corner of fresh blooms, lend an enchanting Secret Garden vibe.
Not only is the floral-themed cafe’s interior pretty as a picture, its dishes — made up of mostly cafe fare — are plated exquisitely. They usually come served with a flower, which you can take home.
Crowd favourites include Nicole’s Favourites (S$23.90), comprising smoked salmon, pork sausage, forest mushrooms, guacamole and a sunny side up.
Also not to be missed are its signature souffle pancakes (from S$15.90), which are fluffy like clouds and available in flavours such as blueberry, tiramisu, matcha and creamy sweet potato. Wash them down with its specialty drinks, such as the mesmerising Mermaid Tears (S$7.90). It features a blend of butterfly pea tea, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
4. Walking on Sunshine
Orchard Central, 03-07, 181 Orchard Road
Open: Sunday to Friday (10am to 8pm), Saturday (10.30am to 8pm)
Like the other floral-themed cafes on this list, its space is surrounded by copious amounts of potted greenery, hanging plants, and flowers of both fresh and dried varieties.
If you love your waffles and croissants, get its signature kroffle (S$6.90 a piece), available in flavours such as lime avocado and bacon mash potato. Or opt for its kroffle buffet (S$14.90 per person), where you get unlimited servings between 9am and 12pm.
Other highlights include the bulgogi beef and mixed bean salad (S$25), butter garlic prawn pizza (S$23), Korean-style fried chicken (S$26), as well as the classic breakfast sets and eggs benedict with your choice of topping.
There are also bar bites and kid-friendly fare for the whole family. For drinks, try the intriguing ginseng smoothie (S$13) that contains an entire ginseng root.
5. Wildseed Cafe
Seletar Aerospace Park, Level 1, 3 Park Lane
Open: Sunday to Thursday (8am to 4.30pm, 5pm to 11pm), Friday and Saturday (8am to 4.30pm, 5pm to 11.30pm)
10 Telok Blangah Green
Open: Monday to Sunday (8am to 5pm)
Both Wildseed Cafe locations are nestled in picturesque spots, which make them perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch.
Its indoor space at Seletar Aerospace Park is teeming with all manner of flora and fauna, and can seem rather cramped. So if you’re in a large group, head to its store at The Alkaff Mansion, which boasts a glorious conservatory and a sprawling courtyard.
Get its Atas kaya toast (S$9), a twist on the beloved Singapore breakfast comprising warm sourdough filled with kaya, butter, gula melaka and fresh coconut, and served with a side of sous vide egg.
Brunch is not complete without a thirst quencher, and you’re bound to find something within the floral-themed cafe’s extensive range of coffee, tea, smoothies, milkshakes and fruit juices.
Other standouts include the loaded mac and cheese (S$15) or, if you’re there at lunchtime, solid options are the truffle brie pizza (S$28) and the wagyu and pork ragout linguine (S$26).