Snow-topped landscapes during Winter and fiery colours in Autumn are always sights to marvel at, but nothing quite tugs at our hearts as cherry blossoms in Spring. Those delicate pink petals hanging overhead and scattered on the ground create such a magical aura, and this enchantment is especially heightened when you're with your significant other. UwU
While romantic honeymoons and girls' trips for hanami aren't happening this year, we've found a handful of cherry blossom-themed experiences in Singapore in 2021 that will make you feel like you're in Japan or Korea. Split across 2 categories of food and activities, these will help quell your wanderlust while we await an eventual green light for future travels - hopefully before 2022's sakura season!
Read on to check out these sakura-themed experiences in Singapore!
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#1: Pretend you’re at a teahouse in Kyoto with MoMiJi Cafe
Whisk yourself away on an idyllic visit to Japan at MoMiJi, a cafe that screams Kyoto - both in terms of food and ambience. Here, seats are split into 4 zones according to the 4 seasons, but of course, we’ve currently got our sights set on the Spring section - complete with super realistic sakura backdrops.
Tuck into Kyoto-style sandwiches accompanied by classic Japanese toppings like Matcha Ice Cream, Matcha Pudding, Mochi Ice Cream, or Yaki Imo (sweet potato), and make sure you don’t miss out on their various pure tea blends, made with leaves sourced from Kyoto itself. This is as close to the real deal as it gets!
Read our full article on MoMiJi Cafe here.
#2: Down fruity soju at Korean cherry blossom-themed bar, Kream Beer
As far as Korean bars in Singapore go, Kream Beer is hands down the prettiest and we’re not up for a debate on it. With artificial cherry blossom trees spanning across the entire ceiling, springs of fairy lights, and Craftholic plushies lining the bar counter, this little hole-in-the-wall establishment is a dream come true for ladies who love their booze.
Their Fruity Beer ($10) and Soju ($16) in flavours like Grapefruit, Apple, and Watermelon are must-tries, as are their affordably-priced Korean cocktails (from $12). Fuel up before your drinking session with their Korean fried chicken and cheesy pizza.
#3: Feast on the sakura afternoon tea set at Raffles Hotel
Treat yourself to an indulgent Sakura Afternoon Tea ($88) session at the the Grand Lobby of Raffles Hotel, and feel like royalty as you nibble on premium bites like Sakura Panna Cotta, Sakura Ice Cream Monaka, Beef Sando Katsu Bechamel, and Japanese Omelette with Ikura - many of which come in pretty shades of pink.
Unlike the other cherry blossom dining experiences on this list, this one does not come with any themed decor - save for a lone sakura tree in the middle of the lobby. But with Raffles Hotel’s inherently palace-like features including opulent Victorian columns and glittering chandeliers, we certainly can’t complain.
#4: Have a lovely Spring date at sakura-themed cafe, Brown Butter
Sitting under a canopy of flowering sakura trees while tucking into a cafe meal a la J-drama style sounds like such a dream - and you can now make that a reality in Singapore at Brown Butter. While this pink cafe at Orchard previously already had a floral theme going on, they’ve since stepped up their game and revamped their decor with cherry blossoms.
We’re talking realistic full-sized sakura trees, a pink garden swing, and vintage-style telephone booth - all draped in twinkling fairy lights for an extra romantic vibe.
While the nosh here isn’t sakura-themed, it’s unique and visually pleasing all the same.
This thematic decor set-up is semi-permanent, and may be subject to change over time. Make your visit before another concept takes over!
Read our full article on Brown Butter here.
#5: Try exclusive sakura mochi, tea, and cocktails under cherry trees at IPPUDO
It is indisputable that IPPUDO is one of the top places for ramen in Singapore, but ramen’s not the sole thing you’d want to head there for this April. Their Mandarin Gallery outlet has been transformed into a sakura paradise, and with this change in decor comes an exclusive menu featuring - you guessed it - sakura food items.
No, it’s not sakura-flavoured ramen - although admittedly, that might be interesting to try. Instead, end your meal off with a set of Ohanami Sakura Umegaemochi ($6), which comes with a pot of Sakura Green Tea infused with a whole sakura blossom, and say kanpai with the Ohanami Sakura Cocktail ($7 per glass).
The cocktail is made from an original IPPUDO recipe from Japan, using premium Kyoho Umeshu (plum wine). Aside from its attractive pink hue, it’s also served with pink sprinkles and a sakura flower as a final touch.
No end date for this temporary sakura theme has been specified, but you can expect it to last past the middle of the month at the very least.
Read our full article on IPPUDO’s sakura paradise transformation here.
#6: Indulge in sakura strawberry afternoon tea at 2am:dessertbar
After the success of her “Hearts and Roses” high tea, pastry connoisseur Janice Wong has come up with a Sakura Strawberry High Tea for 2am:dessertbar. This Japanese-inspired set includes 11 sweet treats including Strawberry Green Tea Monaka, Signature Strawberry Caprese with Roku Gin, and Sakura Caramel Chocolate Bonbons.
The sakura theme doesn’t just stop at the food, for the cafe is also decked out in matching decor. Stalks of real cherry blossom branches are presented in vases on every table, with the tables themselves bearing prints of pink flower petals. Artificial sakura trees in corners also help liven up the otherwise brooding space.
The Sakura Strawberry High Tea is now going at a discounted price of $45 (U.P. $49.50) per person, and will be completing its run soon on 9 April - extended from its initial end date. Perhaps it’s finally time to pull that last-minute sickie...just kidding. Or not. :P
Read our full article on 2am:dessertbar’s Sakura Strawberry High Tea here.
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#7: Take a dip in a sakura bath at Yunomori Onsen
If there are two things about Japan that people love the most, it’s gotta be cherry blossoms and onsens - and Yunomori Onsen & Spa at Kallang Wave Mall has combined the two with their limited-time Sakura Bath. Created specially to celebrate Spring, this sakura onsen comes with visibly pink-tinged water that is sure to lift your spirits!
Mimicking the traditional Japanese onsen experience, their baths are separated by gender. You’re meant to leave your inhibitions at the door and dive in nude, but shy ladies can opt for disposable bikinis if they prefer.
This sakura onsen will be part of the spa’s 6 different bath offerings till 18 April 2021, after which it’ll revert to the original Soda Bath.
Read our full article on Yunomori Onsen’s sakura bath here.
#8: Hunt out Trumpet Trees blooming with Singapore’s own version of sakura
While tropical Singapore doesn’t have a suitable climate for cherry trees to thrive, we too have our own version of that - in the form of Trumpet Trees, also known as Tabebuia rosea or Pink Poui. These trees flourish with delicate pink and white blooms during cooler parts of the year, particularly during March and April.
We’ve sussed out 12 “sakura” spots across Singapore, spanning from convenient locations in town to secret spots that you normally wouldn’t find yourself traversing.
Note: The flowers do not last long, so it will be a good idea to check out photos on social media to see if they are still alive before heading down to any of these spots.
Read our full article on these 12 sakura spots in Singapore here.
#9: Admire real cherry blossom trees at the Hello Kitty-themed Sakura Matsuri 2021
Gardens by the Bay’s Sakura Matsuri 2021 has been extended till 11 April 2021, so you still have a chance to catch a glimpse of real cherry blossom trees with flowers in full bloom. With traditional Japanese rickshaws and a walkway of of torii gates coupled with the cool environment of the Flower Dome, you’ll feel as though you’re truly experiencing Spring in Japan here.
In a first, this annual cherry blossom display comes with a Hello Kitty theme for an added dash of kawaii. Spot the popular Sanrio character appearing throughout the exhibition space in various forms - including a gold statue and giant zen garden plant sculpture.
Read our full article on GBTB’s Sakura Matsuri 2021 here.
#10: Take romantic photos with your oppas amidst sakura trees at Madame Tussauds
The hard truth: We’ll probably never get to be with our oppas no matter how hard we stan them, or how many times we fly to Seoul just to stalk their vans. But with a little imagination, you can still live out your Korean drama fantasies, all thanks to Madame Tussauds’ new K-Wave Zone.
You won’t just get to take lovey-dovey selfies with heartthrobs like Kim Soo-Hyun, Lee Jong-Suk, and Nichkhun - you’ll get to do so against the backdrop of sakura blossoms and a life-sized artificial cherry tree! Snap away, and see if you can fool your future kids into thinking you once dated a Korean star.
Make your booking via Klook here.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG