Here are three Korean-inspired cafes in Singapore that will bring Seoul to your soul

From nudake-style cafes to others that boast cottagecore-aesthetic, here are three Korean-inspired cafes in Singapore HallyuSG recommends.

Mildred Chan

| August 24, 2023
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(Left) HallyuSG Photo: Mildred Chan, (Right) Photo: @nowaftercafe/Instagram

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.


From Apgujeong Rodeo to Design Orchard, this Nudake-style cafe welcomes you with a chic industrial design characterised by a monochromatic colour scheme as soon as you enter. 

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.

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The Charkey Bun (S$13) is available at NOWAFTER. Photo: Courtesy of SHOUT

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!


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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).


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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)


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