Singapore follows two seasons – hot and hotter. To say this town is humid is an understatement and you can pretty much expect to be sweaty 24/7. Sigh. Thankfully there’s plenty of a/c indoors to keep you cool. Ladies – we suggest you perfect your up-styles!
Foodies will love that Singapore is a melting pot of eclectic cuisines from street food to fine dining to some of the best bars in the world. She’s lush, she’s green and she’s cleaner than a hospital floor. It’s easy (and cheap) to get around whether by taxi, Uber or the MTR. What’s not cheap however is wine. Thank goodness for Happy Hours! Oh, and don’t forget to add ++ to everything you eat and drink.
Follow my foodie tips below for a locals guide to a taste of the best eating and drinking Singapore has to offer, lah.
Singapore’s Best Restaurants, Bars, Cafes and Hotels
Singapore’s Best Coffee
These days it is possible to get a decent cup of coffee in Singapore. Here are some of my favourite spots for a caffeine fix:
Well and truly off the tourist track this ‘Melbournian’ is bringing Australian coffee culture to Singapore. You’re sure to feel right at home. Take an Uber.
9 one-north gateway, #01-51 one-north residences, 138643 / +65 6777 8470 / website
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Excellent baked goods and a good cup of coffee to boot. Choose your most convenient location.
#01-70, 56 Eng Hoon Street, 160056 / +65 6220 3434 / Sun – Thurs – 8am – 8pm / Fri – Sat – 8am – 10pm / website
#B1-11/12 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, 179103 / +65 6333 4160 / Mon – Sun – 8am – 10pm
#01-16B TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Road, 238864 / Mon – Sat – 8am – 10pm / Sun – 8am – 9pm
Neighbourhood cafe serving up stellar free trade coffee.
#01-12, 78 Yong Siak Street, 163078 / +65 6225 8545 / website
Common Man Roasters
An extensive coffee selection is offered alongside an all day brunch menu.
#01-00, 22 Martin Road, 239058 / +65 6836 4695 / website
Singapore’s Best Brunch Spots
Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch – brunch is a favourite past time in Singapore. On Sundays locals love relaxing for hours filling their bellies with gourmet goodness and quenching their thirsts with bottomless glasses of bubbles.
Check out my top Sunday brunch picks:
Raffles Bar & Billiards Room
The iconic Raffles Hotel puts on a popular Champagne Brunch on Sundays, including free flowing Billecart-Salmon and a European style buffet. Note: Raffles is also the home of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail!
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, 189673 / +65 6412 1816 / Sun – 12 – 3pm / website
Brasserie Les Saveurs
Brasserie Les Saveurs, located in the lobby of the St Regis Hotel hosts a French inspired brunch spread including bottomless bubbles (Krug!)
St Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Road, 247911 / +65 6506 6860 / Sun – 12 – 3pm / website
Colony, located inside the Ritz-Carlton Millenia puts on a Vintage Champagne Brunch on Sunday’s with a full buffet.
Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel, 7 Raffles Avenue, 039799 / +65 6434 5288 / Sun – 12 – 3.30pm / website
Singapore’s Best Lunch Restaurants
Ladies (and gentleman) love to lunch in Singapore. Here are my top picks:
Charming cafes set in various locations serving hearty classics. Our pick is Harding Street set in lush green gardens.
Harding Road – 28b Harding Road, 249549/ +65 9070 8782 / Mon – Thurs – 11.30am – 11pm / Fri – 11.30am – 1am / Sat – 11.30am – 1pm / Sun – 9.30am – 11pm / website
Bread Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay’s Singapore venture located inside Marina Bay Sands and serving British cuisine.
Bay Level, L1-81, Marina Bay Sands / +65 6688 5665 / Tues – Sun 9.30am – 6pm / website
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Get your yum cha fix at this local favourite.
Paragon Shopping Centre / +65 6734 6866 / Mon – Fri – lunch 11.30am – 3pm / Dinner – 6 – 10.30pm / Sat – Lunch – 11am – 3pm / Dinner – 6 – 10.30pm / Sun – Lunch – 10.30am – 3pm / Dinner – 6 – 10.30pm / website
Singapore’s Best Hawker Food Outlets
No visit to Singapore is complete without trying the local fare at a Hawker Centre. Hawker Centres are surprisingly clean, but beware lack of air-conditioning, fluorescent lights, plastic plates and don’t forget to BYO napkins!
Lau Pa Sat (Telok Ayer Market)
24 hour Hawker Centre set with a charming colonial building. Note: tourist central.
18 Raffles Quay, 048582
Maxwell Food Centre
Huge variety of fare at bargain basement prices. Try the Hainanese Chicken Rice.
#01-04, 1 Kadayanallur Street, 069184 (Corner Maxwell Road & Southbridge Road)
East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Street food served with sand and sea views.
1220 East Coast Parkway, 468960
Singapore’s Best Dinner Restaurants
You are spoilt for choice with restaurants in Singapore. In fact, the only difficulty can be narrowing down your choices.
Check out my top picks for dinner, whether you’re looking for a more casual bite or a night to remember (long after you have forgotten the price – ouch – I warned you!).
Kensington Street Social Chef Jason Atherton’s funky, intimate modern Spanish tapas bar.
16 Jiak Chuan Road, 089267 / +65 6221 5343 / Mon – Fri – Lunch – 12 – 2.30pm / Dinner – 6 – 10.30pm / Sat – Dinner – 6 – 1.30pm / website
Pizzeria Mozza & Osteria Mozza
Seriously good slices are served at US Chef Mario Batali’s pizza joint, Pizza Mozza with his modern Italian restaurant, Osteria Mozza located just next door.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, 018956
Pizzeria Mozza – +65 6688 8522 / 7 days – 12pm – 11pm / website
Osteria Mozza – +65 6688 8868 / Dinner daily 5pm – 11pm / Brunch Sun – 12pm – 2.30pm / website
Long Beach at Dempsey
Top spot to try the local delicacy ‘Singapore Chili Crab’, however it’s widely known here the ‘Black Pepper Crab’ is its close rival. Bibs provided!
25 Dempsey Road, 249670 / +852 2810 0860 / 7 days – Lunch – 12 – 3pm / Dinner – 5pm – 1am / website
Chef Andre Chiang brings French technique and Mediterranean influences to his award winning degustation only restaurant.
41 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089855 / +65 6534 8880 / Wed – Fri – Lunch / Tues – Sat – Dinner / website
Intimate modern French restaurant boasting an impressive view that is out-shined only by the food.
70F, Swissotel, The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882 / +65 6338 8585 / Mon – Sat – Lunch – 7 days – Dinner / website
Tetsuya Wakuda’s modern Japanese restaurant, with its private Teppanyaki rooms and your own chef is an experience to remember.
Level 2 Dining, L2-01, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore / +65 6688 8507 / Dinner daily at 5.30pm or 8pm / website
The Tippling Club
Fancy pants modern gastronomy is served with an experimental edge and a touch of theatre. Offering both a restaurant and a bar.
38 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088461 / +65 6475 2217 / Lunch – Mon – Fri – 12 – 3pm / Dinner – Mon – Sat – 6pm – late / Bar – Mon – Fri – 12pm – 12am / Sat – 6 – 12pm / website
Singapore’s Best Bars
From glitzy rooftop bars to hidden laneway gems, Singapore has bars to suit everyone and every mood. Here are my top picks to get you started:
Stunning rooftop pool and bar offering spectacular waterfront views and excellent cocktails.
Rooftop, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326 / +65 6333 8388 / Sun – Thurs – 8am – 1am / Fri – Sat 8am- 2am / website
The World’s highest craft micro brewery offering a stunning birds-eye view of Marina Bay.
#33-01, 8 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 018981 / +65 6834 3133 / Mon – Wed – 11.30am – 12pm / Thurs – Sat – 11.30am – 2am / Sun – 12pm – 12am / website
Skybar, Ce La Vi
Rooftop bar offering 360 degree panoramic views of Marina Bay. Photo central.
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, 018971 / +65 6508 2188 / Daily 12pm – 12am / website
28 Hong Kong Street
Swanky underground speakeasy serving serious cocktails.
28 Hong Kong Street / +65 6533 2201 / Mon – Thurs – 5.30pm – 1am / Fri – Sat – 5.30pm – 3am / website
New York style, grown up dimly lit den with chesterfields galore.
1 Cuscaden Road, Level 2, Regent Hotel, 249715 / +65 6725 3377 / Daily 5pm – 1am / website
Tiny hidden yakitori bar by day and cocktail bar by night serving Japanese inspired cocktails and specialising in Japanese whisky, sake and shochu. The setting is intimate.
#01-19, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, 162078 / +65 6438 4567 / Lunch – Tues – Sat – 12 – 3pm, Dinner – Tues – Sun – 6pm – late / website
Mix it with the beautiful people at this long standing late night hot spot.
#B1-02, Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Street, 069535 / +65 6225 6001 / Wed – Fri – 9pm – late / website
Part of Zouk. High end club offering dance and lounge areas and the hottest DJ’s.
17 Jiak Kim Street, 169420 / +65 6738 2988 / Fri – Sat – 10pm – late / website
Singapore’s Best Hotels
Booking.com is a great website to find the best hotel deals and also provides handy traveller reviews, photos and detailed information. Click here to find the best prices and more details for hotels in Singapore.
To get you started, here are a few suggestions of our favourite Singapore hotels:
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Elegant and luxurious waterfront boutique hotel with a spectacular rooftop pool and bar.
Read our full review of The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collier Quay, 049326
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Parkroyal on Pickering
Impressive hotel with lush gardens and a stunning skyline infinity pool.
3 Upper Pickering Street, 058289
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Well there you have it! Pretty much all you need to know to eat and drink your way around this fine town in style and like a local.
Oh, and just maybe you might discover a new hot spot along the way. Be sure to let me know if you do!
Cheers and happy travels, lah!