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3 Insta-Worthy Cafes to Visit This Weekend!

When the cafe trend first appeared last decade, everyone thought it was a fad following the 2010’s hipster trend that would die out in a couple of years at best.


Well, fast forward about 10 years and here we are in 2023 where cafes have not gone anywhere but are trending more than ever thanks to the rampant, almost pandemic-like presence of social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.


If you want your social media feed to look trendy and dazzling, check out our list of 3 dessert cafes with mouth watering pastries that take ‘insta-worthy” to the next level.


Nesuto

53 Tras St, #01-01 Singapore 078992


Nesuto is a quaint patisserie in the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood that serves French pastries and cakes in a modern Japanese execution. The dine-in experience is superb, with each individual pastry being beautifully dressed with attention to detail and presented at your table on a dainty individual plate.

Nesuto's Yuzu Raspberry cake is fitting for the Barbie trend that has taken Singapore by storm.
Nesuto's Yuzu Raspberry cake is fitting for the Barbie trend that has taken Singapore by storm.

Their signature items feature Japanese ingredients that give these desserts a more oriental feel and different textures as compared to western pastries - a delight for the palette especially if you are a fan of flavours such as matcha, yuzu or hojicha.


Their signature Yuzu Raspberry cake ($9) is what caught my attention the most - with its beautiful pastel pink ganache exterior, fitting for the Barbie season. The cake was light and not too sweet, with the fluffy and airy sponge perfectly carrying the other fillings of raspberry bits and yuzu mousse. The selection of fruit flavours gave the cake an element of acidity and balanced out the sweetness perfectly.

Nesuto's pastries are eye catching to say the least.
Nesuto's pastries are eye catching to say the least.

Despite being quite literally pastel pink in colour, the cake had just the right amount of sweetness and tanginess, an overall refreshing and light tea time treat.


Under Der Linden

5B Portsdown Rd, #01-02

Singapore 139311


Nestled in a neighbourhood of black-and-white bungalows is Under Der Linden, a flower-themed cafe out of a Disney princesses’ dream. The cafe which lets in a generous amount of daylight is beautifully lit, and the natural lighting brings out the most in the choice of dishes, pastries and beverages they choose to serve. This place is also known as a hotspot for enjoyers of the regal afternoon high tea.

Under Der Linden is vividly decorated with various flowers in the hues of blue, lavender and cream.
Under Der Linden is vividly decorated with various flowers in the hues of blue, lavender and cream.

While the restaurant serves a range of dishes from all-day breakfast to small and large plates, for the purposes of this article we will macro in on the dessert experience. The dessert we chose to try was the Hazelnut Foret ($14), which married the luscious creaminess of hazelnuts with the deep flavour profile of chocolate into a single luxurious pastry. The chocolate delicately coated the sponge cake and the mouth feel was rounded off with a bit of crunch thanks to the crushed hazelnut garnish.

The Hazelnut Foret was a perfect blend of chocolatey creaminess and hazelnut's robust texture
The Hazelnut Foret was a perfect blend of chocolatey creaminess and hazelnut's robust texture

While the pastry was modestly sized, the combination of flavours resulted in a rich and dense flavour profile that went perfectly with the shaken lychee and yuzu infused English tea that we ordered ($12).

Alice Boulangerie

12 Gopeng St, #01-05/11 Icon Village

Singapore 078877


Alice Boulangerie in Tanjong Pagar is a nice and spacious cafe that serves a selection of Parisian bakes and brunch dishes. Much like the other two mentions on our list, almost every single menu item at this cafe is Instagrammable and eye-catching.

Alice Boulangerie, 12 Gopeng St

We heard that the croissants here were to die for, so that is what we made a beeline for instantly. The duo-coloured croissants seemed to be the most popular so that’s what we ordered, along with a classic ham and cheese. The croissants averaged out to be about $7 each for the flavoured ones.


The croissants were buttery, flaky but held some crunch and each of the carried their ingredients well. The duo-coloured croissants had the flavours folded into the middle layer of each croissant fold (if you know how croissants are made) which incorporated the flavours extremely well with the signature buttery body that croissants hold.

The croissants here came in varieties and were absolutely delicious
The croissants here came in varieties and were absolutely delicious

Among the full-sized brunch dishes are signature favourites such as the grilled portobello cheese toast ($23) and tiger prawn capellini ($28) that other patrons seemed to enjoy. We would highly recommend coming here to satisfy both your sweet and savoury cravings, especially for croissant fanatics - and to pimp your feed.


Thank you for reading this article and we hope that these cafe suggestions have provided you with something new and refreshing to do this weekend. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we have new articles ready for you and have a fantastic weekend!


Thank you to @vonisa on Instagram for providing these images and your firsthand experiences!

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