Instagrammable Food Ranked
We may not have the insanely tempting salted-egg yolk croissants featured by our Malaysian friend Rebecca Saw on our sunny island yet. But we do have a whole bunch of food that look just as delicious. And we're reminded of that on Instagram everyday. In the wonderful realm of #foodporn, certain dishes reign supreme. Even if we’ve never tasted them before, the mere sight of the delectable shots have us double-tapping fiercely while our tummy provides a reaction just as approving.
Here are 30 of the best and sexiest foods that always garner an explosive amount of likes on Instagram. Are they worth the hype, or do they make for nothing more than a pretty picture? We decided to go one step further and rate them. Now it’s time to see which food lives up to the hype.
And no matter what, your IG page will look mighty delicious.
1. Liu Sha French Toast
Liu sha baos are an age-old favourite, and a certain genius decided one fine day to give it an angmoh twist. Dig into the crispy slices of French toast and let the rich and flavourful golden goodness all flow out...I’ll gladly have this for breakfast for the rest of my life, thanks.
Try it at: 7Kickstart Museum Cafe
Address: #01-03, 71 Bras Basah Rd S(189555)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 8 am - 10 pm | Sat 10 am - 6 pm
Closed on Sun
2. Eggs Benedict
There’s nothing quite like giving your wobbly egg a gentle poke to unleash the flood of yolk. Eggs Benedict may be the original go-to, but modern remakes feature everything from smoked salmon and hashed beef to replace the classic ham and English muffin. Our personal favourite? Mon Bijou’s crab cake benedict.
Try it at: Mon Bijou French Bistro
Address: #01-19/20, 442 Orchard Rd S(238879)
Opening hours: 10 am - 9 pm daily
3. Soft Serves
Such flawless swirls of creamy goodness are already fantastic on their own. Throw in a handful of colourful toppings to mix up the texture and perhaps even a chewy rice donut, and you’ve got a dessert that tastes just as incredible as it looks.
Try it at: Brother Bird
Address: 30 Bali Ln S(189866)
Opening hours: Mon, Wed to Sun 12 pm - 10 pm | Closed on Tues
4. Hospital-themed Fried Chicken
We’ve seen eateries themed after all sorts of science-related elements from test tubes to conical flasks. And now, hospital equipment. Who knew eating food off a medical tray, handled with surgical tweezers and doused with sauce from a syringe could make for such a good meal!
Try it at: Chicken Clinic
Address: 11 Sin Ming Rd S(575629)
Opening hours: Mon 3 pm - 9.30 pm | Tues to Fri 11.30 am - 10 pm
Closed on Sat & Sun
5. Berry Ricotta Hotcakes
A work of art in its own right, each stack of fluffy hotcakes is adorned by everything from edible flowers to dustings of lavender sugar, tinged a gorgeous shade of purple.
Try it at: Curious Palette
Address: 64 Prinsep St S(188997)
Opening hours: Sun, Mon, Wed & Thur 9 am - 10 pm | Fri & Sat 9 am - 12 am
Closed on Tues
Simply looking at a good hunk of meat brings me great delight. What’s even better, is the delectable reddish pink, perfect level of doneness that greets you upon slicing into it. It’s a sight that brings true-blue carnivores all around the globe to tears of absolute joy.
Try it at: The Betterfield
Address: 01-23, 261 Waterloo St S(180261)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11 am - 3 pm & 6 pm - 10 pm | Sat 11 am - 10 pm | Sun 11 am - 8 pm
7. High Tea Treats
How beautifully regal does that golden food display look? There’s nothing quite like a variety of petit fours and canapes, freshly brewed tea by the pot and a view of the bustling city to make you feel downright fancy. Pinkies up!
Try it at: Arteastiq Boutique Tea House
Address: #04-14/15, 333A Orchard Road S(238867)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11 am - 10 pm | Sat & Sun 10 am - 10 pm
8. Chocolate Bombe
Prepare your phones for some seriously Instavideo-worthy moments. Pour the accompanying hot chocolate onto the hollow “bombe” sphere and watch as it melts and bubbles away to reveal the scrumptious treats within.
Try it at: Atmosphere Cafe & Bistro
Address: #02-01, 321 Alexandra Rd S(159971)
Opening hours: 11.30 am - 10 pm daily
9. Charcoal Waffles
Black is the new black, as foods take on the darkest shade possible. Charcoal is one of the biggest trends but fret not, the flavour is super subtle and certainly won’t taste like you’re chewing on an actual lump of charcoal. The charcoal-infused waffles balance out the creaminess of the ice cream and the sharp sweet-savoury mix of the salted egg yolk sauce.
Try it at: Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
Address: #01-25, 416 Bedok North Ave 2 S(460416)
Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Thur 1 pm - 10 pm | Fri 1 pm - 11 pm | Sat 12 pm - 11 pm | Sun 12 pm - 10pm
Closed on Tues
10. Squid Ink Risotto
Squid ink pasta has been around for ages but this risotto? Blew. My Mind. Besides looking quite stunning indeed, the addition of edamame, toasted quinoa and alfalfa sprouts make for a most symphonic blend of flavours and textures.
Try it at: Monochrome Fusion Bistro
Address: 291 South Bridge Rd S(058836)
Opening hours: 12 pm - 10 pm daily
11. Molten Lava Cake
No dessert lover in their right mind would ever turn down a hot, oozey lava cake complete with a dollop of ice cream. Take it to the next level with a whopping Thai milk tea version. If you’re a fan of the beverage, wait till you experience it in the form of both cake AND molten lava sauce.
Try it at: Haha Thai
Address: #05-29, 391 Orchard Rd S(238873)
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11.30 am - 10 pm | Fri to Sun 11 am - 10 pm
12. Flower Pot Pudding
I'm not quite sure if they’re an impossibly adorable sight to behold, or if we're all just weirdos yearning to fulfil our fantasies of eating mud and soil. Either way, this pudding is so moist and delicious it’ll have you smacking your lips at the sight of every potted plant you lay your eyes on afterwards.
Try it at: Banana Tree
Address: 26 Keong Saik Rd S(089133)
Opening hours: Tues to Thur 11 am - 9 pm | Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm | Sun 12 pm - 7 pm | Closed on Mon
There’s a reason why macarons are always in style, no matter how extravagantly priced they may be. Crunchy shell cracking apart to a soft and chewy interior sandwiching sweet creams and jams of all variations, these bite-sized babies are as yummy as they are gorgeous.
Try it at: Laduree Boutique
Address: #02-09, 391 Orchard Rd S(238873)
Opening hours: 10 am - 9.30 pm daily
These dainty tarts are so exquisitely decorated, they’re practically pieces of art. With fresh and juicy fruits as well as delicately piped cream sitting atop a decadent buttery crust, the pastries come in all sorts of colours to suit every mood.
Try it at: Tarte by Cheryl Koh
Address: #01-12, 1 Scotts Rd S(228208)
Opening hours: 10.30 am - 7.30 pm daily
15. Customised Sushi Rolls
Besides serving as a healthy, convenient and fuss-free meal, the endless possibilities for customised combos just never ceases to thrill me. On top of the usual fillings, they also offer all sorts of exotic ingredients like cranberries and jalapenos. Bored of seaweed? Wrap your sushi creation up with a crepe or deep-fried in tempura!
Try it at: Maki-San
Address: #B1-17/18, 2 Handy Rd S(229233)
Opening hours: Sun to Thur 11.30 am - 9.30 pm | Fri & Sat 12 pm - 10 pm
There's so much to love about these deep-fried sticks of doughy goodness. With the churros hype taking over Singapore, special flavours are popping up left and right from cream cheese to nut-crusted. Personally, nothing beats the good ol’ original of cinnamon sugar. Give it a drizzle of hot fudge and I am sold!
Try it at: Churros Factory
Address: 1 Woodlands Rd S(677899)
Opening hours: 12 am - 10 pm & 11.30 pm - 12.00 daily
17. Pat Bing Su
This trend may have blown up over the year with dozen of bing su cafes sprouting left and right, but we’re nowhere near tired of it. Call it fancy Korean ice kachang if you will, but the soft and melty spoonfuls of “snow” on a hot day always hits the spot.
Try it at: O’Ma Spoon
Address: #04-20/32, 313 Orchard Rd S(238895)
Opening hours: Sun to Thur 11.30 am - 10 pm | Fri & Sat 11.30 am - 12 am
18. OTT Milkshakes
These mammoth milkshakes are quite a sight to take in. With kooky and colourful ingredient combinations from cotton candy to whole slices of cheesecake, they’ve transcended the state of being merely drinks. One serving could probably act as a full meal, provided you’re able to stomach it all... Prepare for sugar overload!
Try it at: Benjamin Browns
Address: #01-20/21, 538 Orchard Rd S(238884)
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 10.30 am - 9 pm | Fri & Sat 10.30 am - 9.30 pm | Sun 10.30 am - 9 pm
19. EXTREME Latte Art
Coffee? Great. Latte art? Even better. 3D latte art featuring your favourite characters?! TOO AWESOME TO HANDLE. These foamy wonders are so intricately designed that they’re almost too cute to devour. Gotta get down to the goodness that lies below, though. Caffeine awaits!
Try it at: Chock Full Of Beans
Address: #01-2090, 4 Changi Village Rd S(500004)
Opening hours: Tues to Fri 11 am - 10 pm | Sat & Sun 9 am - 10 pm
Closed on Mon
20. Coconut Ice Cream
Sometimes you just need a getaway from all the stresses of life. That could very well be in the form of a sweet treat as tropical as this authentic Thai coconut ice cream. With rich coconut flavoured scoops along with a colourful array of toppings, finish off with scrapings of fresh coconut and you’ll be set to conquer the world once again.
Try it at: Waan Waan Thai Coconut Ice Cream
Address: #01-51, 51 Old Airport Rd S(390051)
Opening hours: 11.30 am - 9.30 pm daily
21. Chilli Crab Cheese Fries
If there’s anything better than age-old classics our nation is known and loved for, it’s new-school recreations that take familiar flavours and make it infinitely better. Take for example the chilli crab cheese fries pictured above. It’s everything we love about our national dish, combined with crunchy fries and heapings of melted cheddar.
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Try it at: LOOF
Address: #03-07, 331 North Bridge Rd S(188720)
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 5 pm - 1 am | Fri & Sat 5 pm - 2 am
Closed on Sun
If you thought plain and boring chocolate-filled eclairs were good, wait till you sink your teeth into these beautiful creations. In a perfect marriage of Japanese influences with the classic French pastry, expect lovely flavours like Yuzu, Sakura and Ume Shiso.
Try it at: Karafuru Desserts
Address: 8 Jalan Klapa S(199320)
Opening hours: Tue to Sun 1 pm - 10 pm | Closed on Mon
23. Mega Burger
This is what a legit burger is all about. Hefty stacks of meat, oozing melted cheese and BACON. Lots of it. All held together by a fragrant toasted bun and some fresh veggies, just for good measure. When it comes to burgers, there’s no such thing as light and gentle. Get in there, and get messy.
Try it at: GRUB
Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 S(569983)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11 am - 3 pm & 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm | Sat & Sun 9 am - 4 pm & 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm
24. Crepe Cakes aka Mille-Feuille
These “thousand layer” cakes are so delicately put together, the light cream and paper-thin folds of crepe practically melt in your mouth upon each bite. While I’m a sucker for the original flavour of fresh cream, I recently got to try the chocolate version and, boy. You cannot miss this. For anyone who’s a fan of robust chocolate flavours, this is indulgence at its finest.
Try it at: Lady M
Address: #01-10, 1 Fullerton Rd S(049213)
Opening hours: Sun to Thur 11 am - 11 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am - 12 am
25. Wacky Custom Cocktails
Getting together with your mates and kicking it over some drinks is great. What’s even better though, are quirky cocktails that will get the conversation flowing and make for an epic Instagram post at the end of the night. A custom-made mango and gin concoction sounds tasty, sure. But serve it in a kopitiam-style takeaway bag and the coolness level just got amplified threefold.
Try it at: Bitters & Love
Address: 118 Telok Ayer St S(068587)
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 6 pm - 12 am | Fri & Sat 6 pm - 2 am | Closed on Sun
26. Rainbow Cake
Admit it, no one can resist the bright and cheery prettiness that is the ever-popular rainbow cake. While we’ve seen many contenders all around the island, the one offered at Miss Molly’s kicks it up a notch with not just rainbow cake layers, but a gorgeous ruffled layer of frosting in rainbow gradients too.
Try it at: Miss Molly’s
Address: 2 Craig Rd S(098138)
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 12 pm - 11 pm | Fri & Sat 12 pm - 12 am | Sun 3 pm - 11 pm
27. Shibuya Toast
Love carbs, cream, and desserts so colossal you’ll need a pair of tongs to take it apart? Hailing from Taiwan, Dazzling Cafe have earned quite the reputation for their giant toast creations with mountains of sweet cream resting on top. They are in hot demand, so head down to their first and only outlet in Singapore if you’re willing to brave the crowds!
Try it at: Dazzling Cafe
Address: 15 Stamford Rd S(178906)
Opening hours: 12 pm - 10 pm daily
28. Ice Cream Rolls
Any new and exciting way to enjoy ice cream is very much welcome in my life. The only thing greater than the way these perfect layers of ice cream look and taste, is getting to witness the process of the flavours getting mixed in with your toppings of choice before getting spread out and rolled up on the freezing cold ice pan. How fun!
Try it at: 21 Cube Artisan Ice Cream
Address: #02-29 *SCAPE Orchard S(237978)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 12 pm - 10 pm | Sat & Sun 11 am - 10 pm
29. Beer Can Chicken
Snap a picture of something as cheeky and outlandish as a roast chicken with an entire can of beer shoved up its arse and watch the number of “likes” roll in. How could anyone not double-tap this? Bet you’ve never expected to see this on your dinner table. The best part? That naughty chicken was dee-lish.
Try it at: Overeasy Bar & Diner
Address: #01-06, 1 Fullerton Rd S(049213)
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11.30 am - 2.30 & 5 pm - 1 am | Fri 11.30 am - 2.30 am & 5 pm - 3 am, Sat 5 pm - 3 am, closed on Sun
BONUS: Gudetama Dim Sum
Although it’s not yet available on our sunny shores, this dim sum trend from Hong Kong is such a massive hit that our feeds have been flooded with the affable little egg.
It’s the quirky and adorable Japanese character that’s taken the world by storm. The first ever cafe dedicated to Gudetama dishes opened in Hong Kong and fans are eating this trend up on an international level. Never mind that it features bodily egestions.
What is it about humans that makes us want to devour food made to simulate a creature puking and pooping? Your guess is as good as mine.
Try it at: Dim Sum Icon
Address: L308, 3/F The ONE 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit B1 or B2)
Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm daily
Beauty may only be skin deep, but these dishes are certainly more than just pixels lying behind your screen. While most of them may look too good to eat, one bite and you’ll soon learn that stunning food presentation doesn’t mean having to skimp on quality and taste.
The number of Instagram likes don’t lie, these are 2015’s all-stars as chosen by the masses. And now with this guide and our seal of approval, it’s time for you to go forth and indulge in the best of the best!