Does your phone always get first dibs on your food? Join the club. If you’ve got a habit of snapping photos of your meals to upload on social media — or just a weakness for all things pretty — then check out these places for Singapore’s most Instagram-worthy desserts.
Essentially an ice cream milkshake, Cake Spade’s Cakeshake is a luscious and decadent liquid dessert in a cup. Available in four variations, such as the Unicone (a vanilla ice cream shake topped with a slice of red velvet cake and candy floss), each creation is a visual feast. But that’s not all that’s Instagram-worthy at this café — check out other offerings like the strawberry tofu cheesecake.
#01-06 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, +65 6444 3868; cakespade.com
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Crowd favourite Llaollao constantly sees snaking queues outside its many outlets, and many patiently wait in line to indulge in (and snap photos of) the gorgeous Sanum — a towering cup of frozen yogurt interspersed with layers of fruit and crunchy toppings like chocolate chunks and cookie crumbs.
Various locations, including #01-22A Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd; llaollaoweb.com
Karafuru Desserts specialises in gourmet yogurt parfaits and — the main stars of the show — adorable little éclairs. These dainty treats come in traditional Japanese flavors, such as matcha azuki and yuzu. Expect to see specials on the menu during the festive season.
8 Jln Klapa, +65 6291 4430; facebook.com/karafurusg
The cakes at Parisian-style pâtisserie Antoinette are as fancy-looking at the tea salon itself. Helmed by Pang Kok Keong — one of Singapore’s best-known pastry chefs — Antoinette offers beautifully plated sweets, such as the Summer (raspberry mousse, pistachio bavarois, forest berries jelly, pistachio sponge and pistachio glaze) and the Jasmin (chiffon cake with walnut sesame nougatine, jasmine flower mousse, osmanthus gel and mango jelly).
Two locations, including #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, +65 6836 9527; antoinette.com.sg
This late-night dining spot puts out innovative plates that are almost too good-looking to touch, including signatures such as the Chocolate H2O (dark chocolate with salted caramel, Evian water and yuzu sorbet), and the Cassis Plum (cassis bombe, elderflower yogurt foam, plum liqueur and bamboo shoot).
21A Lorong Liput, +65 6291 9727; 2amdessertbar.com
Find Japanese-inspired French mousse cakes at this café nestled within the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). Each treat is lovingly hand-crafted, and tastes as good as it looks. Don’t miss the Fromage Melon (cheese mousse with a rock melon centre), Antoinette (white chocolate mousse with a mango centre), and Little Red Riding Hood (dark chocolate mousse with a raspberry centre).
#02-01 School of the Arts (SOTA), 1 Zubir Said Dr, +65 6225 6650; kki-sweets.com
Tian Kee & Co.
Sure, you’ve heard of rainbow cakes, but what about a rainbow cheesecake? Get your slice of happiness at this hipster’s Instagram haven, where the edible work of art is made mainly from yogurt and comes with a light, crumbly biscuit base for added texture.
#01-48, 12 Dakota Crescent, +65 6348 6938; facebook.com/tiankeedakotacrescent
Hvala Waffle Bar
At this dessert kiosk, the Puffle is quite the showstopper. Consisting of a massive, puffy waffle that has egg-shaped “pillows” all over, half-stuffed in a cup full of soft-serve ice cream, this over-the-top treat is great for sharing. If you want something a little simpler (but equally handsome), go for the Berries Delight waffle stick.
#B3-50 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd; facebook.com/HvalaWaffleBar