TL;DR – Hipster cafes no more.
If you are sick of the typical hipster cafes sprouting up all over the island, then here are some alternatives you need to check out pronto.
1. SuperTree by IndoChine
Perched atop the tallest of the SuperTrees at Gardens by the Bay, SuperTree by IndoChine offers stunning views of the entire Gardens by the Bay on one side and the city skyline on the other. They serve up a fusion of Indochinese and Western cuisines and you can enjoy their chef specialties whilst sipping martinis under the starlit skies.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #03-01 Gardens By The Bay, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 12:30am
2. TongKang Riverboat Dining
Ever eaten on a traditional riverboat? And did you know that you can eat on the last surviving pair of tongkangs along the Singapore river? The TongKang Colonial Bar & Restaurant is housed on two such historic tongkangs. These small wooden boats were originally used to transport goods in the early 19th century and you can now dine on them. One comes with a gin bar, and the other with a restaurant serving delectable dishes such as sashimi, Kurobuta pork, wagyu beef and seafood.
Address: 3D River Valley Road, #01-06, Singapore 179023
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am
3. Salt Grill & Sky Bar
Located on the 55th and 56th floors of Ion Orchard, Salt grill & Sky bar by celebrity chef Luke Mangan offers picturesque views of the cityscape right in the heart of the Orchard Road. Take time to savour the finer things in life with modern Australian cuisine paired with quality New World wines whilst being on top of the world.
Address: #55-01 & 56-01 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: Food: 11.00 am – 1:45pm; Dinner: 6pm – 9:45pm; Sky bar Drink: Daily 11am – 11pm
This tops our list of the most extraordinary dining experience you’ll ever visit. ANDSOFORTH creates theatre experiences with a feast, inspired by the underground dining sub-culture in London. The locations are pop-ups which means the location changes every time. You will only be informed of a meeting location on the very day of your dinner. Then you will have to follow clues to uncover your secret dining location. Cool or what?!
5. Open Farm Community
Open Farm Community is a restaurant for those who enjoy dining amid horticulture. With expansive urban farms and gardens, OFC lets you get more in touch with the food you are eating in an edible garden. Providing an idyllic setting with outdoor and indoor spaces, sophisticated rustic chic aesthetics with recycled timber flooring and bespoke ceiling lightings, you can indulge in cocktails with friends while the children enjoy the farming workshops. Perfect for families!
Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 11pm
Friday: 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 12am
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Saturday: 6pm – 12am
Sunday: 6pm – 11pm
6. Singapore GOURMET bus
Created by the people behind the Duck and Hippo Tours, the unique Singapore Gourmet Bus is the first of its kind dining concept in Asia, combining scenic city tours with only the best local fare. Featuring our Michelin Bib Gourmand Hawkers, you enjoy your favourite hawker food while you sit back in comfort and take in the views of the iconic landmarks of Singapore.
Address: Duck & Hippo Hub, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #01-330, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 1pm. Check-in 30 mins prior (duration 2 hours)
7. NOX Dine in the Dark
As the name suggests, this restaurant is all about dining in darkness. At NOX, you can experience how it feels like to be visually impaired, therefore opening your mind to a deeper realisation of the value of sight. You will be guided and served by visually impaired individuals who have been specially trained. It will truly be a memorable experience when the roles are reversed and the blind becomes your eyes.
Address: 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 6pm – 12am; Saturday: 5pm – 12am; Sunday: 5pm – 11pm
8. Chong Wen Ge Cafe
Chong Wen Ge Cafe’s location is so unsuspecting, you would not guess that there is a cafe here. A quaint cafe that is part of a Chinese temple, Chong Wen Ge Cafe shares the same building as Singapore’s first music box museum and Peranakan tile gallery. Upon entering, you will be greeted by the traditional Peranakan tiled flooring and old-school furniture that will take you back to Singapore in the early 20th century. Enjoy the usual dishes like Nyonya Laksa, Curry Chicken, Otah and finish off your meal with some Kueh kuehs.
Address: 168 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068619
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 6pm