FRANCE: Merci Marcel
The spot to be for Francophiles and lovers of French cuisine alike, Merci Marcel’s Parisian-inspired decor will sweep you right off your feet. Our favourite is the beautifully chic garden patio that sports lush greenery, bricked walls and natural light — perfect for the ‘gram. Standing out amongst the many hipster cafes in Tiong Bahru with its large menu, you’ll find a rotating cheese menu, main dishes, and sharing plates available. You must get a croissant while you’re at it — light, buttery and crispy, the humble pastry is done perfectly here. Don’t forget to browse their wide selection of wines, spreads and cheeses and bring a little French flavour back home with you.
Merci Marcel is at #01-68, 56 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160056, tel: 6224 0113.
BOTSWANA: Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Take a walk on the wild side at TBB’s exciting new locale which has set up camp in lush and historic Dempsey. The spot used to be a nutmeg plantation and then military barracks, but is now a great place to unwind and feel like you’re in an African safari. Try their exclusive offerings such as Beetroot Latte and Turmeric Latte, plus a limited-edition Zebra-Inspired Wild Safari Cake infused with rum and decorated with gold leaf.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari is at 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, tel: 6877 4876.
AUSTRALIA: Little Island Brewing Co
Tucked away in a corner of Changi Village facing the sea is a sprawling microbrewery and smokehouse restaurant, complete with rustic decor and fairy lights that will transport you to an Australian beer garden. Besides locally-brewed craft beers, they also serve up delicious smoked beef brisket and pork belly that melts in your mouth. Perfect for a large get-together with friends! (Plus, it’s so far away even for Easties you’ll feel like you’ve actually gone overseas.)
Little Island Brewing Co is at 6 Changi Village Rd, #01-01/02, Singapore 509907, tel: 6543 9100.
ARGENTINA: Panamericana Singapore
If you’re all about Latin-American flavours, love your meat grilled and your spices kickin’ hot, you’ll want to make a reservation at Panamericana Singapore right away. With their signature “farm-to-fire” philosophy, look forward to wolfing down a fresh, hearty meal while enjoying the stunning view this jewel offers. Our recommendations? Its refreshing Peruvian Ceviche ($18) with green mango and fresh slices of snapper, or the Land and Sea ($28) which is an intriguing mix of crackling roast belly and scallops topped with jicama salsa. Don’t forget the Churros ($14) with dulce de leche which will send you to dessert heaven.
Panamericana Singapore is at Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892, tel: 6253 8182.
ENGLAND: The Reading Room
Calling all book lovers, this picturesque cafe is the place you’ve been looking for. Emitting elegant English vibes, get comfy here with a good novel and some coffee against a backdrop of towering bookshelves, quirky oddities and plush couches. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to London. You may want to skip breakfast and drop in early, since it’s worth noting that their brunch offerings are very popular and affordable.
The Reading Room is at 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089833, tel: 6223 1608.
GREECE: Blu Kouzina
Dreaming of spending an idyllic getaway on one of Greece’s many gorgeous islands? Get one step closer to your dream destination and treat yourself to some authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Blu Kouzina. Gather a few friends and indulge in their plates of flavourful food, such as the Kalamaki Souvlaki ($20.80), a beef kebab served with fresh onions, sliced tomato, and pita, and the Xtapodi ($39.80), a firm yet tender grilled octopus. Made with fresh ingredients directly from Greece, you’ll definitely feel refreshed after a meal spent lounging by the lovely floor-to-ceiling windows of this white-and-blue themed eatery.
Blu Kouzina is at #01-21, Dempsey Hill, 10 Dempsey Road (Blk 10), Singapore 247700, tel: 6875 0872.
When you think of comfort food, does a piping hot burger and a side of fries, all washed down with a frothy milkshake come to mind? If so, you’ll have to hit up Overeasy. Featuring Instagram-ready neon signs and arcade game machines, dig into classic American fare in this picturesque diner straight out of old comic books. Take it from Overeasy: They’re “familiar, but never boring”.
Overeasy is at #01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, tel: 6684 1453, or #01-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, tel: 6684 1453.
While going on a regular vacation can have one gain some weight (from all the yummy food you’re bound to try!), eating at this tropical-themed cafe is unlikely to. Beriwell not only serves up Bali vibes, but also healthy and deliciously fruity snacks. Grab a berry delicious signature acai soft serve with your choice of toppings ($6.90/$9.90) and enjoy the icy cold treat while hanging out at their wooden tables and rattan chairs. While you’re at it, take a photo against their coconut tree murals for that Instagram-worthy shot.
Beriwell is at #01-01, 19 East Coast Road, Singapore 428746.
JAPAN: Sushi Airways
The journey is as important as the destination, so hop onboard the aircraft-themed Sushi Airways. Resembling the interior of a plane, the quirky restaurant is staffed by people dressed as flight attendants, though thankfully the meals are not plane food. Dine with your head up in the clouds and choose between a mouthwatering array of sushi, sashimi, hand rolls and other Japanese dishes. If you’re up for a special treat, an Omakase degustation menu is available ($180 to $250 per pax), complete with seasonal specialty items that are freshly flown in every week.
Sushi Airways is at 20a Baghdad Street, Singapore 199659, tel: 65 6291 1151.