With more cafes sprouting out in our densely populated country, it is difficult to suggest otherwise that cafes now need a selling point other than food. As we, the demand, become more picky and selective with the increase in supply of cafes, one factor has caught our attention in which the common folks are attracted to: the excuse for that iconic OOTD(outfit of the day) shot.
Yeap, with the help of some lovely friends, Alain (@alainlicious), Michelle (@dawnmusk), Wen Hui (@lovethekisses), Shi Qian (@tangshiqian) and Shi Ying (@wynn_tang), we will show you the 5 cafes in Singapore that give cafehoppers the excuse to take that iconic OOTD shot or selfie (don't worry. I will also rate the food as well). So here goes:
1. Coast and Company
Hidden away, amongst Frankel Estate, this cafe cum bicycle workshop has been making waves in the east. On a sunny evening, its back lanes are primed for a good ootd shot.
ootd status: 4Hands. Coast and Company's leafy and grey exterior gives cafehoppers a chance to take that awesome picture of the back alleys. Accompanied by some rather cool bikes, the setting is one reminiscent to that of yesteryears.
food: 3 Hands. rather average selection of food. the croissant and pain au chocolat were rather good. Coffee was okay. But, they serve asahi! good after cycle in the afternoon.
Coast and Company
54 Siglap Drive
(Closed on Mondays)
nearby MRT: Kembangan
ootd status: 3 Hands. The setting (in my opinion), akin to that of alice in wonderland. those black and white steps to shoot ur ootds and selfies; the alfresco area, entertaining a crowd on the long wooden table with tea time treats.
food: 5 Hands. Probably one of the best brunch places IMO. Their famous peanut butter and jam french toast, truffle fries, and crab cake burger are much to savour for. Other items like red velvet cakes and the coffee are also one of de best around town. Need i say more?
17 Jalan Pinang
(Closed on Mondays)
nearby MRT: Bugis
3. Tian Kee and Co
a pleasant find along the old blocks at Dakota. What seemed like estate waiting to be redeveloped, this provision shop turned cafe is attracting cafehoppers due to its traditional themed style.
ootd status: 5 Hands. The pale white bricked wall. Ever since i set my eyes on those walls, I instantly felt that this would generate buzz among the foodie committee, and so i am right. Also, the shop front makes for another good ootd, be it while walking up that open air staircase or at the front.
food: 3 Hands. Didn't find much that excites me here, nonetheless the owners were very friendly and welcoming. Serving a selection of cheescakes, from Milo to salted caramel. The fair lady (their specialty drink), fresh milk with syrup, or you can call it bandung was not bad. Another popular choice would be SNAG, coffee with the fair lady, something different.
Tian Kee & Co
Blk 12 Dakota Crescent
(Closed on Mondays)
nearby MRT: Mountbatten
4. Wheeler's Yard
a cafe which clearly divides opinions. Personally, i am not a fan of this place even after giving it repeated chances. Nonetheless this iconic cafe is probably one of the more unique ones in Singapore, and is definitely here to stay.
ootd status: 5 Hands. That infamous blue metal door! Almost every cafehopper will pose with it, and is easily recognisable on our social media feeds. Be it the front or the back, shots taken at wheeler's yard sure makes for a good picture. Even the interior, where bicycles line up on the makan table causes for a good backdrop.
food: 2 Hands. Probably won't go on much about the selections here. Even with my umpteen tries, i haven't found something to shout about. Good for a evening beer though, after a cycle along the canel or after work. Food and coffee wise, I am clearly not a fan.
28 Lorong Ampas
(Close on Monday)
nearby MRT: Toa Payoh, Novena, Boon Keng
5. Somewhere out there
ootd status: 4 Hands.Yes, i have cheated. the last cafe ain't exactly a cafe. It is more of an area around Victoria Street and North bridge road. Seen these artworks before? Try to find them as these artworks are definitely great to pose with.
Thanks for reading my views and take of the places and cafes in Singapore with that iconic ootd backdrop. Would also like to extend my thanks to Alain (for the post's idea and being the photographer for most of the shots, I was the behind the scenes cameraman), as well as my beautiful ootd models: Wen Hui, Michelle, Shi Qian and Shi Ying. Also, if you support this post, do tag yourself on ig #sgcafeootd for your own cafe ootds. Cheers!
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