Longing for that Korean cafe ambience for a chat with a pal? Or just want to snap some photos of those Instagram-worthy pastries?
Look no further.
HallyuSG picks out three Korean-inspired cafes in Singapore to teleport you all the way to Seoul.
NOWAFTER’s treats are an intriguing match for the grunge-inspired vibes. Consider their Charkey buns (S$13), a type of charcoal bun stuffed with mozzarella, truffle sour cream, and garlic herb butter.
Or indulge in the Blackmisus (S$13), a dark cocoa-infused tiramisu delight that’s a crowd favourite.
Additionally, the cafe will also be running its opening special promotion in August: 10% off all beverages.
My personal favourite is the Uji Matcha Einspanner (S$9.50 SGD). Combining the earthy-richness of the matcha green tea with the velvety smoothness of the whipped cream, it’s delicious and a treat for the senses.
Address: 250 Orchard Rd, #03-01, Design Orchard, (S)238905
Opening hours: 9AM to 6PM (daily)
2. Cafe Margaret
A friend of mine once said to just take the subway to anywhere in Korea. And get lost in the area.
If you took his advice as I did and wandered the vibrant streets of Hongdae, chances are you’ve also discovered the charming neighbourhood of Yeonnam-dong.
But fear not if you haven’t. Cafe Margaret is here to serve you the essence!
Conveniently located at Bugis, the cottagecore-aesthetic cafe displays a ton of mouth-watering desserts. There are a variety of choices, from Korean favourites like the Matcha Cream Cubepie (S$8.30) to exclusive Singaporean offerings like the Cinnamon Roll (S$6.70).
The pastries are also neatly laid out for patrons to select and take to the counter for payment, similar to most cafes in Korea.
Address: 32 Bali Lane, (S)189868
Opening hours: 10AM – 8PM (daily)
3. Snap Cafe
Completing the lineup, Snap Cafe is a minimalist establishment nestled in Tanjong Pagar serving up six freshly baked Korean-inspired pastries.
These include the Soy Caramel Scone (S$5), Sweet Potato Pound Cake (S$5), Black Sesame Cheesecake Crumble (S$6), Honeycomb Granola (S$8), Hotteok Sticky Roll (S$6), and the Matcha Injeolmi Canele (S$4).
The beverage menu also unfolds a delightful array of aromatic coffees, soothing teas, and sparkling refreshers, each crafted to tantalise your taste buds.
Address: 21 McCallum Street, #01-01/02 The Clift, (S)069047
Opening hours: 8AM to 6PM (Mon-Fri ) & 9AM to 5PM (Sat-Sun)
This article originally appeared on Hallyusg