10 Insta-Worthy Cafes you have to check out

Instagram has made it possible for people across the world to connect visually. Here, we discover some cool cafés that would brighten any social media feed.

Kawaii Monster Café, Japan

Tokyo is known for its eclectic vibe, and a great representation of this is the iconic shopping district of Harajuku – capital of all things colourful and kitsch. For a real taste of Harajuku style, look no further than the Kawaii Monster Cafe. Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the instantly-Instagrammable Sweets Go Round, a massive cake-shaped merry-go-round dotted with replicas of huge gummy bears, peppermint candy canes, cupcakes and sweets. There are four unique dining areas inside, namely the psychedelic Mushroom Disco, the adorable unicorn and bunny-themed Milk Stand, the ocean-inspired Bar Experiment, and the dessert paradise Mel-Tea Room featuring replicas of macarons and melting ice-cream that look real enough to eat! Customers are served by Monster Girls, who are waitresses dressed in bright and outrageous costumes. The menu features colourful offerings such as the signature Colorful Poison Parfait – an explosion of rainbow coloured ice-cream, fruit and sugary treats.

Café de Laos, Lao

Located in Phoneheuang Village in Luang Prabang, Café de Laos is an eatery and a boutique homestay, offering visitors an authentic taste of the heritage city. Once a private residence, this 100-year-old French colonial bungalow has been converted into a five-room inn, featuring modern amenities but with an old-world feel. Apart from being a beautifully Instagrammable spot, the café also serves fantastic local coffee, brewed using vintage coffee implements including a moka pot, syphon, and French press, among others. Customers get to see how the coffee is brewed, and the well-informed staff are happy to share their knowledge on the history of Lao coffee. The café is also within walking distance of attractions such as the Royal Palace and Wat Xieng Thong, one of Laos’ most important monasteries. Every morning, Luang Prabang’s famed alms procession passes right in front of Café de Laos.

Mister Hoffman, Australi

Located in Melbourne’s suburb of Niddrie, this chic café features a pretty interior with pastel hues and vintage tiles. The outdoor space is perfect for sunny days, and the eatery serves locally sourced seasonal offerings that taste as good as they look.

Diggin Cafe, India

Opposite the Gargi College at the Anand Lok Shopping Centre in New Delhi, Diggin Cafe is reputed to be one of the prettiest cafés in the city, and it’s not hard to see why. The interior features a funky mix of contemporary and vintage design themes, with large floor-to-ceiling windows that give it a bright and airy feel. Outside, the establishment has a striking redbrick façade accentuated by greenery in the form of wall-climbing vines and creepers, potted plants and colourful blooms. The outdoor seating area resembles a quaint garden, with communal seating, vintage birdcages, a large swing and a whimsical wrought-iron railing staircase, all of which make this café always Instagram-ready. Aside from its good looks, the venue features a hearty menu of tasty comfort food, such as sweet and savoury crepes, pasta, pizzas and cakes, among others.

Merchant’s Lane, Malaysia

In the back alleys of Petaling Street located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, history and rustic charm await at Merchant’s Lane. The café, situated on the first floor of a heritage building, has been refurbished into a haven that exudes old-world charm and offers visitors a welcome respite from the heat and bustle of the city. With an eclectic mix of new and reclaimed furniture, pops of bright colour, and weathered wooden flooring, the café offers plenty of nooks that would make any Instagram profile pop. The menu is a delicious fusion of East meets West, with brunch being a popular choice among café hoppers. Notable dishes include South China Sea, grilled salmon with eggs, salsa and homemade hash; and Hongkie Beef Stew, a delicious medley of slow-roasted Cantonese-style beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

The Vintage Emporium, Vietnam

The bygone era of Saigon is re-lived at The Vintage Emporium café and restaurant, located at Nguyen Van Thu Street in Ho Chi Minh City. An airy and bright space tastefully designed with a mix of French and Indochine influences, the café features beautiful mosaic tile floors, and thoughtful touches of Asian heritage in the form of posters, carvings, photographs and tapestries, making it an Instagram dream. Almost all of the interior design elements are either pre-loved or recycled and were carefully selected to create a sophisticated but laid-back atmosphere. The menu is a fusion of both local and international flavours, and top choices include the Saigon Baguette, consisting of a fresh baguette filled with crunchy vegetables and barbequed pork, and hand-rolled pici pasta with spiced lamb ragout. Drinks are also a crowd-puller here, with excellent Vietnamese coffee, fresh juices, beer and teas in the offering.

C Through Café, South Korea

This café in Itaewon, Seoul, has taken coffee art to a whole new level. Among its magnificent creations, popular choices include drawings of Cherry Blossom trees and famous works such as da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

Hands and Heart Coffee, Thailand

Bangkok is known for its nightlife, street-food, and fast-paced lifestyle, but for those looking for a calm oasis and excellent coffee, the Hands and Heart Cafe is not to be missed. Situated below an apartment complex in Sukhumvit Soi 38, this small café is known for its monochromatic and minimalist interior, inspired by the Teshima Art Museum in Japan. Aside from the Instagram-worthy space, a highlight here is the coffee, featuring a curated list of AA-grade single origin beans – homegrown, and from countries such as Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia. All coffee beverages here are hand-brewed, with the intention of creating an exceptional coffee experience. In line with the overall aesthetics of the café, hot milk-based, or ‘white’ coffees, are served in black cups, while ‘black’ coffees are served in white vessels. The Hands and Heart Cafe also offers a selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes, as well as non-caffeinated drinks.

Flamingo Bloom, China

This tea salon in Hong Kong is known for its premium tea blends, and for its mascot, a pink flamingo. A large inflatable version of the bird is positioned right outside its door and the café is filled with these cute plastic birds, from cup holders to jar covers!

Central Perk, Singapore

Fans of the popular 90s sitcom Friends can relive their favourite Friends moments at the Central Perk café, located in Magazine Road Central Mall. Named after the sitcom’s primary location – a Manhattan coffee shop called Central Perk – the café’s interior has been designed to resemble set pieces featured throughout Friends’ 10-year run. Die-hard fans have the opportunity to snap Friends-inspired selfies in set replicas of Monica’s kitchen and Central Perk, and with props like Joey and Chandler’s foosball table, Rachel’s wedding dress, and Ross’ dinosaur collection that will have their Instagram followers green with envy. The menu features whacky names that pay homage to funny moments on the show, such as Joey’s ‘You’re My Everest’ roast turkey, and Phoebe’s ‘I Can’t Eat Meat Steak’ ribeye served with garlic mashed potatoes. The café also has a gift shop selling official Friends merchandise.

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