Instagram continues to massively influence where people go on holidays, what they wear and what they eat – especially where they eat. The vast majority of us are guilty of snapping pictures of our food before we tuck in and restaurants and cafes are well aware of that trend. Instagrammable cafes have popped up all over the world with decor, dishes and drinks that are made for the gram’. The kind of places that give meaning to the phrase ‘the camera eats first’.
And we can’t deny that they’re absolutely beautiful. So, we wanted to round up the best cafe designs and the most exciting food from around the world. Whether it’s the setting, the decor, or the creative dishes, there’s something special about every one of these spots. The places that you simply cannot afford to miss when arriving in a new city.
Kafe Utu is an African-themed cafe in the heart of Singapore that has wonderful interior design, with vivid food and drinks to match. An explosion of colour everywhere you look. The artwork here is particularly striking, making this one of the world’s most Instagrammable cafes.
This chic spot has an understated beauty and a sense of style that you could only possibly find in an Italian cafe. It’s like walking onto the cover of a glossy fashion magazine.
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The city of Paris is just naturally one of the most Instagrammable cities in the world, and this charming cafe captures that magic perfectly. From the exterior to the food through to the waiting staff this place just has that “look”.
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Cafe Kumbuk is an oasis of calm in this busy city that instantly brings you a sense of tranquillity when you walk in. Simple design with modern and exciting food.
La Fabrique has two stylish locations in Brussels where the rooms are always buzzing. Great food, spectacular interior design and lots of wood and plants for those iconic Instagram shots.
Melbourne is the centre of the coffee universe, with an ever-changing café scene that delights caffeine lovers no end. It might not be the most ‘aesthetic’ café in the city, but Manchester Press is quintessentially Melbourne in all the best ways. Think creative bagels, deeply flavoured coffee, and a quirky industrial vibe. Test the limits of your coffee love with exquisite cups made of beans grown on the side of Baru volcano.
It’s all about the stunning murals and artwork at Cafe Medi. The whole room comes together in spectacular fashion with high ceilings and good lighting adding to its aesthetic. Easily one of the most Instagrammable cafes in the world.
Traditional afternoon tea in an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired cafe? We’re sold. Bask in the retro setting while sipping on tea from vintage China teacups (or a bubbling glass of fizz) and tucking into dainty sandwiches. It doesn’t get much more quintessentially British than Richmond Tea Rooms!
Sairee Beach in Koh Tao is full of beachfront cafés that are more than worth an Instagram snap, with the turquoise Gulf of Thailand in full view. But our favourite is Blue Water. Whether you’re getting work done on the super-fast wifi or tucking into reasonably priced avocado on toast, the beach-shack vibes and sea view make for a gorgeous setting. Come dusk, the café turns into a dreamy beach bar – the perfect spot for sunset chasing.
A coffee shop which has a focus on art work and acts as a hub for creatives in area. Grab a perfectly brewed coffee, head out to the much loved “Heiroglitches” mural in the alleyway next to Three Brothers, and strike a pose.
In a city as Instagrammable and stylish as Lisbon, this is the perfect place to take a weight off your feet. A great place to start the day with colourful and imaginative food and decor.
Every corner of this wonderfully ornate venue is the perfect canvas on which to paint your creative Instagram shots. It’s easily one of the prettiest places to eat and drink in the entire world.
Palladio Jaipur is located within a restored garden, in the historic Narain Niwas Palace Hotel.
As the name suggest, Brunch & Cake focuses on doing two things really well and they nail it. Add in a bright and welcoming interior and you will instantly fall for this place. The food is colourful and fresh and the cafe itself the perfect white backdrop.
Cafe Livingstone is stylish in that classic way that the Danes have absolutely nailed. The colourful and exciting food is the perfect balance to the simple stripped back room.
This city has so much glitz and glamour as well as wonderful places to eat, but this small cafe really is a true hidden gem. You’ll fall in love the second you walk in the door. The rose-gold accents and minimalist marble coffee bar will make your Insta shots instantly bangin’.
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This unassuming spot is one of the world’s most Instagrammable cafés for their drinks rather than the décor. Halfway Coffee is where old-world Hong Kong meets new-age coffee love, with beautiful latte art presented in vintage porcelain cups.
Embrace the boho-chic vibes of this rooftop terrace with a vibrant juice or traditional peppermint tea in hand. The panoramic views of the Medina and the Ben Youssef Madrasa are second-to-none, and the cushioned seats add to the whole ambience. Nurse your refreshing peppermint teas until sunset for the most incredible red-hued scenery – they don’t call Marrakech the Red City for nothing.
Sitting out here having afternoon tea in spring or the height of summer is one of the best things to do in this majestic city. You will be completely happy with life – and your new snap in one of the top Instagrammable cafes in the world.
With multiple branches around the city, the feeling when walking into a Coffee Project is always a welcome one. With soft lighting and lush greenery, it’s an oasis of calm and beauty in this bustling city.
This is the spot to come if you want a really good brunch in Nice. They also serve delicious pastries and cakes that look nearly too good to eat. Nearly. Once you snap a photo of your edible slice of art, dig in!
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In a city that has some of the best rooftop experiences in the world, SERRA by Birreria takes things to a whole new level. Colourful flowers, superb food and amazing service means it ticks every single box.
In a city that has exported so much of its cafe culture to the rest of the world, this spot stands tall among giants. An incredible colonial-style building that is matched by the food, design and offering on the inside.
A stunning venue in the heart of this most splendid city. The glass roof and greenery give the place a unique feel. You can also get great shots from the outside; sit out on the terrace for a tremendous view on the former private garden of the emperor of Austria.
If anywhere’s going to reel the likes in, it’s Café Monochrome in Singapore. The 2D café feels like you’ve stepped into a sketch, with a unique (and a little trippy) line drawing design. The only burst of colour you’ll see is that of the food, which is a beautiful kaleidoscope of fresh dishes and hearty crowd favourites.
Marrakech is a city that seems as though it was created especially for Instagram and this boutique hotel is the cherry on top. A world-class venue with stunning photo opportunities around every corner.
Sit in the patio area on one of the plush red velvet sofas to take it all in.
A healthy venue where every dish served looks like a work of art. The entire decor is a breath of fresh air and you’ll get some seriously Instagrammable snaps in here to make your friends jealous. It’s sleek and understated, yet beautiful.
The most Instagrammable little cafe ever? Matcha Mama is the best place for Tulum-esque coffee and healthy treats. It’s colourful and rustic, and the food tastes just as amazing as it looks.
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MaMa Kelly is an absolute fairytale of a restaurant to walk into for the first time. The most romantic spot you could ever wish for, while also serving up top class food to enhance the whole experience.
Their High Tea experience here is a must – tasty goodies in pink paradise.
Blue Whale Cafe has some of the most imaginative drinks in the world, coupled with an interior design inspired by whales and the ocean. There’s so much creativity here, from the decor to the drinks that you won’t know what to photograph first.
Marrakech is full of Instagrammable points everywhere you turn but Bacha Coffee is a slice of something special. The ornamental, opulent interior is both whimsical and classic, with the staff all dressed in traditional clothing. If you really love your coffee, you’ll certainly want to pay Bacha a visit – it’s said to have the best cup in the city.
Flower wall? Coffees decorated with designer logos? Different shades of pink everywhere you turn? Sparkling chandeliers? La Jolie ticks all the boxes for an enviable Instagram snap. Throw in impressive platters of sweet treats and fresh fruits and you’ve got a dreamy café.
With twinkly lights, a view of Loch Goil, and a cosy atmosphere, this is the perfect café to visit whether it’s the depths of winter or a cheerful spring day. Take endless snaps of the beautiful scenery while tucking into a hearty sandwich.
Danes rank fourth in coffee consumption worldwide, so you can be sure to find excellent coffee shops in chic Copenhagen. La Banchina might not be the most authentically Danish coffee shop, but this harbour front hidden gem is an experience in itself. Pair excellent coffee (or a natural wine, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere) with views of people jumping in the harbour – come rain or shine. The industrial vibe is effortlessly cool, but not quite as cool as the water. After braving the jump yourself, treat yourself to La Banchina’s excellent Italian-inspired menu.
Alfred Coffee have multiple locations but their coffee shop on Melrose Place is quintessentially Instagrammable. The floral wallpaper and ivy-covered walls are made for Instagram.
Slotted into one of George Town’s many Instagram-worthy streets, Narrow Marrow is an oasis of hanging plants, industrial-chic vibes, and fluffy tiramisu. The popular spot is known for its luxurious treat, so trying it out is a must. And of course, it’s best when washed down with a cup of coffee.
Not just one coffee shop, but many! This is an entire building where apartments have been turned into cafes and boutiques. Either grab a shot from the outside or explore the individual cafes inside and get a unique perspective of the city from the “apartments”.
Searching for the aesthetic café of your dreams? Enter Sydney’s Concrete Jungle. Filled with hanging plants, mid-century touches, and plenty of natural light for picture taking, it’s one of the most Instagrammable cafés in the world. Their excellent menu of fresh, vibrant dishes is the cherry on top.
Beautiful flowers walls, marble tables and pink, pink, pink make this an ideal place to spend time relaxing and getting great photos. Not forgetting their pretty pastries and coffees, of course.
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Bali is the home of Instagrammable cafés. Every palm-tree fringed street will feature an aesthetically pleasing coffee spot, but Penny Lane in Canggu is one of the most popular for a reason. The dome-shaped building is filled with the perfect lighting for snapping photos. If the botanical feel doesn’t encourage you to take a few pictures, perhaps the quirky statues and murals will. Not only does it look beautiful, but Penny Lane also has a fantastic menu of Mexican favourites.
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FIKA is a stripped back cafe with stunning design of old books covering an entire wall and hanging planters. The place looks beautiful, but is also welcoming and the sort of cafe you’d stay for a second brew.
Is there a better location tag than the oldest café in Italy? The 1720 venue exudes vintage glamour, with grand architecture and intricate artwork that feels like you’ve stepped into a painting. And if the romance of the setting doesn’t sweep you off your feet, perhaps the resident accordion-playing band will. It’s on the pricey side, but a true wish-list destination for coffee lovers.
When Istanbul was named the fourth most Instagrammable place in the world, finding that picture-perfect spot isn’t hard. But this 1970s-style artsy café is an absolute must-see for any Istanbul visitor or local. The homely atmosphere and comfy décor wrap you up into sheer cosiness – it’s either that, or the cats that roam around the café and curl up onto your lap. Sip on traditional Turkish coffee with a slice of cake or try out delicious local dishes.
This might not be the spot for coffee loyalists as they only serve tea, but it could be the best cup of tea you’ll have in your life – fresh from the tea plantations that surround it. It’s hard to tear your eyes (or camera) away from the sprawling green hills, and luckily you don’t have to – overhanging viewpoints and large windows take full advantage of the mesmerising scenery.
Bask in old world charm beside an emerald pool, surrounded by limestone cliffs in Rio de Janeiro’s Plage Café. The photo opportunities here are endless – from the vibrant botanical gardens to the view of the iconic Christ the Redeemer. The iconic spot might not be the best food you’ve ever tasted, but the setting makes the journey worthwhile.
The whole place is like an ode to the colour pink. Add in some lush greenery and you have a backdrop to your Instagram shots that you couldn’t make up even in your wildest dreams. Pietro Nolita is pure photogenic perfection.
One of the prettiest cafes you are ever likely to step foot inside. Covered with post-it notes from other previous visitors, you can read strangers’ messages as well as add your own. One of the most Instagrammable cafes and unique concepts you’ll ever come across.
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This café feels more like entering a mystical nature park than a coffee spot. The rainforest gardens of waterfalls and winding trees are straight out of a fairy tale – you’ll half expect pixies and elves to emerge from the shadows while enjoying your coffee.
Bondi is one of the most iconic beaches in the world, so having such an incredible place as Speedos just a short stroll away from the water is a real treat. Speedos serve some of the most beautiful food you’ll ever see – all hues of the rainbow feature on the menu. An absolute explosion of colours and a scenic waterfront location make this one of the most Instagrammable cafes in the world, hands down.
There are few places in the world more Instagrammable than Cappadocia. Take in the spellbinding scenery of fairy chimneys, the Red Valley, the colourful houses of Göreme Town, and of course, the rising hot air balloons from this rooftop terrace. Whether you’re sipping on a coffee and tucking into a traditional Turkish breakfast in the morning or visiting to catch the sunset, the photo-taking opportunities are endless.
Coffee with a mountain view – what could be better? Escape the noise of Canggu and Seminyak and find total peace in Montana del Café, where the air is fresh and the coffee is delicious. This place doesn’t just rely on its outstanding views – you’ll find a great selection of beautiful food, from slow-cooked pork katsu sandwiches to furikake rice bowls. A combination of excellent food, drinks, and of course, scenery, makes Montana del Café the most Instagrammable café in the world.
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