Hidden Insta-Worthy Cafe At Chinatown Looks Right Out Of A Glamorous 60s Hong Kong Film

Hidden Insta-Worthy Cafe At Chinatown Looks Right Out Of A Glamorous 60s Hong Kong Film

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By Karmen on 21 Dec 2020
Digital Editor

If you're hopping around stylish cafes and restaurants in Singapore as consolation for the lack of travel, is Sweetea Caffe 一杯夏日 in your list yet?

On a side note, here are some other things to do in Singapore: pop-up Orient Express exhibitionlargest Timezone arcade at Westgate and 15 Christmas light-ups.

Keep reading to find out more about the cafe

Located just a short walk from Chinatown MRT Station, Sweetea Caffe is a concealed eatery on the third floor of an unassuming shophouse.

The facade looks like any other tourist area in Chinatown you'd walk by without a second glance, but inside the cafe reveals an Instagrammable haven where you can enjoy glamorous high tea and brunch.

sweetea caffe building chinatown singapore
Photo from sharonachia via Instagram

On the balcony alfresco area is a gorgeous view of heritage buildings. Coupled with the vintage signboards, dark wood panels and the quaint architecture, it's almost like you've been transported into a glamorous 60s Hong Kong film.

Psst, if you like alfresco dining, check out our picks on the most Insta-worthy alfresco restaurants and open-air rooftop restaurants in Singapore.

Sweetea Caffe balcony seats facing chinatown
Photo from zippyzipeng via Instagram

Sweetea Caffe balcony seats facing chinatown
Photo from sharonachia via Instagram

 

outside view from balcony of Sweetea Caffe
Photo from sharonachia via Instagram

Pose along the corridor with retro shuttered windows and intricate plasterwork painted in bright colours, or stand at the corner of the balcony with the pretty pink and white heritage building in the background. Crank up the saturation a little and your photos will pop!

Sweetea Caffe balcony corridor
Photo from zippyzipeng via Instagram

Sweetea Caffe balcony seats facing chinatown
Photo from anthonycheeheng via Instagram

Fair warning, the balcony area can get unbearably hot in the mid afternoon sun. Perhaps the cool, rainy season in Singapore right now is a good thing in this situation!

Unfortunately, the cafe is currently only open for walk-ins with no reservations available. That means you'll have to try your luck at snagging one of the balcony seats. But if you don't manage to, the indoor seating area is no less stylish!

inside sweetea cafe interior decor
Photo from Sweetea Caffe

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The cafe is furnished with simple furniture and retro decor for a nostalgic and comfortable dining experience. Decorating the walls are panels of greens and flowers and an ancient Chinese painting-style wall mural that make for pretty photo backdrops.

interior design of Sweetea Caffe
Photo from sharonachia via Instagram

Sweetea Caffe indoor seats
Photo from anthonycheeheng via Instagram

Sweetea Caffe staircase in chinadown
Photo from sharonachia via Instagram

The cafe serves a wide variety of classic brunch fare like waffles, pancakes, burgers, pasta, cakes and drinks including their Signature Mix Fruits Black Tea ($6.80).

cafe food at Sweetea Caffe balcony seats
Photo from sharonachia via Instagram

pancakes and banana at sweetea caffe
Photo from Sweetea Caffe

Flamingo Chicken Baked Rice
Photo from Sweetea Caffe

One of their must-try dishes is the Ondeh Ondeh cake ($7.80), popular for its fragrant coconut taste and moist texture.

cakes and drinks at sweetea caffe
Photo from Sweetea Caffe

They also offer afternoon tea for $38.80/$58.80/$68.80 per set. The most affordable high tea set includes a cake, raisin cake, muffin, chocolate danishes, luncheon meat sticks and drinks.

P.S. check out our picks of the 10 best afternoon tea spots in Singapore.

high tea set at sweetea caffe
Photo from Sweetea Caffe

Sweetea Caffe 一杯夏日
Address: 15A & 15B Trengganu Street S 058469 (near Chinatown MRT exit A)
Opening hours: 11am - 9pm daily
Website: facebook.com/SweeteaCaffe

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