Singapores’ theme cafes are the best!
I love trying out as many coffee shops as possible whenever I go to a new country/ city. When researching about Singapore’s coffee culture, I came across quite a few Singapore theme cafes that I knew I just had to visit.
From first class food to the cutest novelty cafes, Singapore theme cafes offer something for everyone.
I basically ended up on themed cafe hunt throughout whole of Singapore and had a great time!
Here are some of the Singapore theme cafes and restaurants that I visited.
Central Perk SG- A FRIENDS Singapore theme cafe
It’s strange how much Central Perk SG actually looks like the set of the famous Central Perk cafe in Friends (even though that is the point). There is even an area in the cafe dedicated to showcasing various famous props from the series. There’s even a small (and simple) replica of the famous kitchen in Monikas apartment. If you’re a Friends fan you really shouldn’t miss out on visiting this cafe.
It’s also a great place for some good Instagram snaps.
The menu is quirky and all the dishes are dedicated to different characters from the series.
And while you enjoy a Phoebe coffee you can watch Friends reruns on the big projector at the front of the cafe.
Surprisingly, I also really loved the food. The pizza I had was better than the ones I usually get in the UK. And I totally adore the big coffee mugs that they got there! A shame that they don’t sell them as souvenirs.
It’s such a fun place to hang out with friends!
But just like most Singapore theme cafes and restaurants it’s a bit more pricey than just a standard eatery. I can’t fault it though. Central Perk definitely turned out to be all I wanted it to be.
Where? Central Perk SG
Fairies and flowers at this Singapore theme cafe; Epiphyte
Epiphyte is all about flowers and fairies. Although the theme might not be as obvious as with the other Singapore theme cafes on the list.
While I usually go to themed cafes for the novelty, Epiphyte caught my attention because of their infamous desserts.
If you read through their restaurant reviews you will find one thing that’s mentioned over and over: whiskey cheesecake.
Word has it that they got some of the best cheesecakes in Singapore. Since cheesecake is pretty much my favorite dessert I couldn’t not try it.
It’s also worth mentioning that their other desserts are absolutely gorgeous looking (look up their Galaxy Cake). Also worth a try: the floral themed Martinis.
Unfortunately when we got there I was told that they were completely out of any desserts. The waiter even told us that they are undergoing changes and might stop doing them altogether.
You can believe me when I say that I was really disappointed.
Our waiter was the sweetest guy ever though and somehow managed to find two of their famous whiskey cheesecakes for us?! I don’t know where they came from but it was such a pleasant surprise! He also offered us two cocktails on the house which was so so nice.
While the cheesecake was fluffy and overall pretty delicious I don’t think I’m really a fan of the whiskey part. Having said that, the balance was good and I would still recommend it and hopefully they will keep doing their desserts. If I ever go back I would love to try them all.
As for the cocktails, we got to try the rose and orchard Martinis.
I am not a big fan of martinis in general but all the flavors worked very well together. It was strong but the floral flavor really came through and lightened it up a bit.
Of course you can also have actual meals there and not just desserts.
The ambience of the restaurant is nice and really chill. It’s definitely a great place for a quiet dinner or some drinks with friends or your significant other. And obviously the service is top notch!
Cats and coffees at Neko Niwa Cat Cafe
Although the cats are the highlight of a cat cafe rather than the food and drinks, I still have to include it.
There are several different cat cafes around Singapore.
I was hoping to also visit a dog cafe but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any during my stay (they all seemed to have closed down).
The cat cafe I visited was a 10 minutes walk away from Clarke Quay station. It can be quite hard to spot as it’s nested on the second floor in between restaurants and the signs in front of the building are tiny.
I wrote about British and Japanese cat cafes before. This one was a bit smaller than the ones I visited before but (for once) the cats were actually social.
When you go into a cat cafe you usually pay at the counter before going into the “cat area”.
Of course you can also order drinks and food. Sometimes, drinks are even included in the hourly fees!
When we got in, most of the cats were sleeping which isn’t uncommon. You’re not allowed to touch or disturb them during their naps but once they are awake you’re free to try your best to get their attention and some love.
Luckily for us, the girl that worked there was really sweet and eager to get the cats to socialize with the visitors. The cats were also interacting with each other in really endearing ways, which is always fun to watch.
We stayed for an hour and had a really great time. The drinks were quite good as well! It’s a nice and calm place to relax and escape the busyness of Clarke Quay for while. And if you’re a cat lover and have never been to a cat cafe then this is a must visit!
It’s the purrrfect Singapore theme cafe.
Where? Neko no niwa
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Another cat themed cafe! And this is one of the cutest Singapore theme cafes you’ll find.
I totally love the Singapore airport (the public area). It has some great restaurants, shops and the architecture is absolutely stunning. Modern themes that incorporate beautiful plants and greenery wherever you go.
While we were there they had Hello Kitty Christmas decorations up everywhere. Who would have thought an airport could be so photogenic!
I had read about the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden cafe prior to my trip and it was the last on my checklist of themed cafes to visit in Singapore.
The cafe itself is really pretty. Everything is girly and full of Hello Kitty decor. It’s such an perfectly Instagramable place (just like so many things in Singapore).
The cakes and food are all gorgeous and even the paper coffee cups are beautifully designed. I got a latte and it was good but quite small and expensive. But if you’re looking for a novelty, a good coffee and adorable cakes, this is the place to go to.
Where? Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE
If you’re visiting Marina Bay Sands hotel or its big shopping center it’s worth stopping by at the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe.
It’s a DC Superhero themed coffee shop and restaurant. The cakes and coffees are absolutely adorable and the whole decor is really well done. They also got life sized action figures of Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and many more, that you can take picture with.
Next to the cafe is a merchandise shop (really pricey though) where you can stock up on superhero apparel, figurines and plushies.
The food and drinks were okay but not cheap. I would recommend to have some food in the food court on the ground floor of the shopping center (they have a great food court!) and have dessert, coffee or milkshakes at the Superhero Cafe if you don’t want to spend too much money but still get the experience.
Where? DC Comics Super Heros Cafe
TWG Tea Garden- tea heaven
So, I am big tea fan. From morrocon Mint tea to Turkish tea to Chinese Royal milk tea to Japanese Matcha. I absolutely love them all. I also have at least a cup of English tea with milk every day- not to brag.
Visiting a tea themed cafe/restaurant was definitely one of the things on my bucket list (I am weird like that).
TWG Tea Garden didn’t disappoint me. Apart from Epiphyte it’s probably the most sophisticated restaurant/ Singapore theme cafe on the list. It’s located in the same Shopping center as the DC Superhero Cafe. Nested on a little island and surrounded by a small fake river, it can’t get more stunning than that.
One thing you should know about the menu though: In order for you to order anything from it you have to get some tea. You’re not allowed to just have a meal or dessert with no tea!
The teas are also (you might have guess it) not cheap but the selection they have is amazing! The list goes on and on. Since we were in Singapore I had to try their orchid tea, which was great. We also got tea infused ice cream and Macrons which we loved.
The food looked amazing but we had just eaten at the hotel so we opted for just the small deserts and teas.
As for the service, the waiters were extremely polite, just what you’d expect in place like that.
It’s definitely not the cheapest restaurant but personally I found everything about it so lovely that I would say it’s worth the price.
If you’re a tea fan don’t miss out on experiencing one of the most sophisticated Singapore theme cafes.
Where? TWG Tea Garden, Marina Bay Sands
Platform 1094 is a (surprise) Harry Potter Singapore theme cafe. Located a bit outside the normal touristy areas it’s not the easiest to get to.
It is one of those Singapore theme cafes that I am just not sure about.
I went there mainly to try their signature cocktail, the Goblet of Fire (it just looked too cool to miss out on).
I saw pictures of the cafe online before my trip and I wasn’t that impressed by it. To be honest, seeing it in person was still a bit of a disappointment. In my opinion, it only vaguely reminds you of Harry Potter. Although they have cute robes to dress up in, the whole decoration is a bit too lackluster and cold to win me over.
Just like with the other themed cafes, the prices are no joke.
As for the Goblet of Fire- it really is a cool drink. Made out of blue Curaçao and Bacardi, the alcohol is set alight before you get to drink it. You then have to sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on the little flame which makes those pretty sparks appear, giving it it’s famous, magical look.
Unfortunately, I was on my own so taking a picture while trying to get the Sparks to light up at the right moment was no easy task.
After downing my drink in cinnamon it also wasn’t quite as tasty anymore.
I can see this being a fun treat for children (minus the alcohol probably), but apart from that I don’t think I would necessarily want to go back.
Where? Platform 1094
Know of any other Singapore theme cafes worth visiting? Let me know in the comment below!