Ever feel frustrated that the cafe you’ve wanted to visit is full of people taking photos for their Instagram? No matter how small Singapore can be, there is a finite list of places that you can visit to give your feed an upgrade. Here are five that are we think are worthy of the grid.
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Haji Lane is littered with hip cafes, making it a hotspot for tourists to visit. Before these cafes came around, Haji Lane was a neighborhood of shop houses and street art. Explore the different alleyways in Haji Lane and look out for colored walls and street art plastered along the shop houses. Haji Lane is one of the few architecture left in Singapore that has yet to be revamped into Singapore’s modern cityscape, so much of its heritage is still left behind. Take your OOTD photos along Haji Lane against the colorful street art (there’s always a crowd unfortunately, even on weekdays). As the sun goes down, take a photo along the alleyways to give off a vintage feel on your feed.
Address: Haji Ln
Race Course Road
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Located in the heart of Little India, Race Course served as Singapore’s first racecourse in 1842. Now, it’s home to buildings and shop houses for locals and tourists alike. Along shop houses 48 and 50, you can find a small alley with a colorful mural plastered all over the wall. The murals pay homage to the old racecourse, spanning to about 20 meters long. As a heritage center itself, Little India has different art installations all around. Explore and find different street art around.
Address: Race Course Rd
Level Up is the first ever arcade-bar that recently opened up in Clarke Quay. Here, you can share drinks and small meals with your friends in a retro arcade atmosphere. Lit with neon lights, Level Up is a great place to relive your favorite childhood games and get an Insta-worthy shot with your friends.
Address: 160 Sims Ave
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If Level Up is not your cup of tea, La Marelle is a brightly lit board game cafe that you can play Snakes-and-Ladders with your friends over food and drinks. With the walls painted in bright colours covered with raindrops and clouds, the cafe gives off a whimsical vibe that will brighten up your feed. Each side of the wall is painted in different colors like pink, blue and green, so you can go crazy with those wall shots.
Address: 25 Baghdad St
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Petain Road is historically rich, decorated with beautiful Chinese-Baroque styled shop houses. Like Haji Lane, Petain Road has 18 historically preserved shop houses that stretch along the road, open for anyone to take photos against the floral ceramic tiles. Different colored tiles stand out prominently against the old shop houses, making it hard to miss. Snap a photo to add some color onto your feed, or pose against the multi-colored tiles to create a color theme for your feed.
Address: Petain Rd
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