Are you permanently on island time? You need to check out these tropical-themed and garden cafes in Singapore.
Yes, we live on an island. But it sure as heck doesn’t feel like it. Compared to our neighbours like Phuket and Bali, Singapore is a city of the future with its skyscrapers, high tech-gizmos and speedy pace of living. For times when beaches, parks and nature spots just don’t cut it, we seek an escape. Enter tropical-themed and garden cafes – these special spaces instantly put us in an island state of mind.
Best tropical and garden cafes in Singapore
The cafe on everyone’s lips naturally has the hippest interiors around. Its original Tiong Bahru spot is divided into two sections: The indoor bar and resto, and the light-filled alfresco area for brunch and intimate dinners. Plenty of tropical feels to go around! From the wall art of palm leaves and abundant potted plants to glam rattan, gold and pastels, it’s one stunning space. Just as sleek and lush are its Club Street and Orchard locales.
Merci Marcel, multiple locations including Tiong Bahru and Club Street
A gorgeous floral cafe, Wildseed brings its tropical theme to two locations, both of which sit amidst quiet nature. Its decor is an ode to the garden, with foliage and flowers decking out the space, complemented by a menu of coffee, cakes and weekend brunches.
Wildseed Cafe, multiple locations including The Alkaff Mansion and The Summerhouse
Walking on Sunshine
Taking the garden to the city, this Orchard Road hangout is a hair salon, retailer and cafe all rolled into one foliage-infused space. Salon patrons get complimentary salads, pastries and beverages, which is a nice treat. But we’d pop by anyway for the lovely cafe. Sip on coffees and teas as you nibble on all-day brunch bites, pizzas, pastas and burgers. And admire the gorgeous interior while you’re at it. Beautiful blooms and potted plants hang from the ceiling, while vibrant greens cascade down walls, making the tropical cafe a tranquil spot in the middle of a bustling street.
Walking on Sunshine, #03-07, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
An elegant garden cafe at Robertson Quay, Botany sits next to M Social Singapore. The chill alfresco dining area is peppered with benches and pockets of greenery, while its indoor space features a lush green wall, plush furniture, marble trimmings and hanging greenery. Quite the sweet spot for an afternoon of work or a casual catch-up with friends. On its menu of wholesome goods, you’ll find organic pastas, Aussie grass-fed beef, Asian fusion bowls, all-day breakfast items and smoothies. Not to mention plant-based cakes, burnt cheesecakes and an assortment of pastries to go with your coffee or tea.
Botany, #01-03, 86 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238245
PS.Cafe Raffles City
Essentially, all of PS.Cafe’s outlets are lovely spaces brimming with greenery and cool vibes. But we particularly love the Raffles City one for its breathtaking architecture, light-filled corners, accessible location and verdant green centrepiece. This hangout ticks all the boxes for a relaxing afternoon! Especially when you pair it with a cuppa and one of those double chocolate blackout cakes. Of course, weekend brunches are even better. ‘Nuff said!
PS.Cafe Raffles City, #03-37, Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
We can’t quite get enough of The Garage. This lush dining spot merges its garden surrounds with Singapore’s islandscape into one hot locale. On the ground floor, you’ll find Bee’s Knees, a casual, family-friendly cafe decorated with terrazzo and tiled walls, foliage and wooden furniture. Up the stairs sits Botanico. High-ceilinged and elegant, the plant-filled space is connected to a lovely outdoor garden bar with botany-inspired cocktails.
The Garage, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257488
Don Ho Social Kitchen and Bar
Let’s start with the interior – it hits the right balance between downtown polished and modern tropical. Step in for dinner and you’ll immediately notice the statement-making wallpaper and palm plants peppering the corners. Blink again and you’ll see the rest of this hip space. Take a seat in a plush booth and spend your time wining and dining surrounded by brass and gold accents, baked in the warmth of dim lighting.
Don Ho Social Kitchen and Bar, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Knots Cafe and Living
Focusing on flowers, furniture and food, this garden cafe is where you can feast on wholesome dishes in a homely setting. Simply pick a green corner to settle in and watch the world go by with a coffee and pastry in hand. It’s an idyllic spot to escape from the bustle of the city.
Knots Cafe and Living, #01-07, [email protected] Lebar, 160 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409022
Just like its name suggests, this communal restaurant brings the picnic experience indoors with a garden-like atmosphere and stalls made to look like food trucks. That way, you get the alfresco experience with the bonus of air-conditioning. The space is covered with green walls, leafy plants and plenty of Insta-worthy photo backdrops at the flower garden, grass lawn and cocktail bar. Plus, everyone can get their cravings satiated with the variety of cuisines on offer. Psst: Our fave will always be Omakase Burger!
Picnic, #03-15, Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877