Something quite unique to Asia is their abundance of fun Theme Cafes. I loved exploring pet cafes in Japan. For my trip to Singapore, I wanted to try out as many themed cafes as I possibly could. Here is a list of some of the ones that stood out to me.
Central Perk SG- A FRIENDS Singapore theme cafe
Central Perk SG is a loose replica of the iconic cafe that Rachel and Co. spent most of their days at. If you’re a FRIENDS fan, visiting this theme cafe is an absolute must.
Apart from the replica of the cafe, you can also find a copy of Monica’s kitchen. It’s a pretty good place for some fun Instagram pics.
Central Perk SG also often hosts events like live music evenings and comedy nights.
The menu is quirky and all the dishes have fun names relating to characters from the series. And while you enjoy a Phoebe coffee, you can watch Friends reruns on the big projector they have in the middle of the room.
Just like most Singapore theme cafes and restaurants, the food is more pricey than at a standard eatery. It’s worth it for the novelty, though.
Cats and coffees at Neko Niwa Cat Cafe
While a cat cafe falls more under the “pet cafe” category, I still decided to include this one. If you like cats and have never been to a Cat Cafe before, then this is a must visit.
There are several different cat cafes in Singapore.
I visited Neko no Niwa which is a 10 minutes walk away from Clarke Quay station. It offers a relaxing break away from the busyness of Clarke Quay.
At the cafe, you pay S$12 for the first hour with the cats. There are special prices for longer stays. Drinks and food can be purchased but aren’t included in the price.
What’s special about Neko no Niwa is that the owners decided to only adopt cats. In most cat cafes you will find only pedigrees that were purchased. The owners of Neko no Niwa give every cat (with the right personality) the chance of a home.
I had a great time at the cafe. The staff was amazing and got the cats to socialize with everyone!
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Another cat themed cafe! And this is one of the cutest Singapore theme cafes you’ll find.
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. You can find it in the public area of Changi airport.
The cafe is quite pretty. Everything detail in the cafe is Hello Kitty themed. It’s a great Instagram spot!
The cakes and food are all gorgeous and even the paper coffee cups are beautifully designed. It’s definitely on the pricey side though.
DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE
If you’re staying at Marina Bay Sands hotel or its big shopping centre, it’s worth stopping by at the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe.
It’s- as the name says- a DC Superhero themed coffee shop and restaurant. The cakes and coffees are adorable and the decor looks great. There are also lifesized sized action figures of Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and many more, that you can take pictures with.
Next to the cafe is a merchandise shop where you can stock up on everything DC related. If you’re a superhero fan you will definitely enjoy this.
TWG Tea Garden
It’s located in the same Shopping centre 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: To be able to order any food items from the menu you have to also order a tea.
The teas are quite pricey but the selection they have is amazing. Since we were in Singapore I had to try the orchid tea- which was great. We also ordered some tea infused ice cream and Macrons. The tea flavour really came through.
As for the service, the waiters were extremely polite. 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.
Platform 1094 is an unofficial Harry Potter theme cafe.
While they have wizard-y robes to dress up in, the whole decoration is a bit too lacklustre for me.
Just like with the other themed cafes, the prices are quite high. I opted for their most popular beverage- The Goblet of Fire. For roughly 12 pounds you get an almost magical, alcoholic concoction.
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 pretty sparks appear, giving it its magical look.
To take a good picture of the drink- with sparks- I ended up pouring way too much cinnamon in it. After downing my drink in cinnamon it wasn’t quite as tasty anymore…
I can see this being a fun treat for children (minus the alcohol). Personally, I wouldn’t go back, though.