More than just a bustling metropolis, Singapore is chockfull of local farms providing sustainable food and produce, and restaurants offering farm-to-table dishes.
The farms are located in the less-explored countryside, which offers fresh air, tranquillity, and an opportunity to escape from endless news cycles and the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Discerning foodies planning a vacation to Singapore in the near future should check out this guide to urban farms, sustainable dining and countryside jaunts in the Lion City.
Do remember to adhere to social distancing measures, check in with the SG Secure or Trace Together App and keep your masks on unless you’re chowing down on the delicious nosh featured in this guide.
Kranji Farmers Market
It’s also home to the Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market, a lively affair that happens four times a year, and showcases the freshest produce of our passionate local farmers such as bottled goat’s milk from Hay Dairies, artisanal gelato from Butter Knife Folk and locally grown vegetables from Quan Fa Organic Farm.
Although the market is not open during this period where movement is restricted, be sure to check out the establishment’s Facebook group for updates on the market’s calendar should travel be made possible in the future.
Kranji Countryside Farmers Market. 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898. +65 6430 8330.
For a multisensory jaunt into nature and rustic farm life, consider adding Bollywood Veggies to your vacation itinerary as you plan your next trip to Singapore.
You’ll be able to engage in a spot of farming, learn about the nuances of sustainable farming, and purchase some of the farm’s produce like bananas, bitter gourd and long beans. This charming establishment is on a mission to be as Earth-friendly as possible, and its crops are made without chemical fertilisers, pesticide or growth hormones.
Located on the same grounds as the farm is Poison Ivy Bistro, a no-frills restaurant serving popular dishes such as nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk, served with an array of side dishes). This locally-inspired dish is a feast for both the eyes and stomach, with striking blue rice coloured with organic pea flowers.
Other delectable dishes that are bound to sate your appetite include, farm herb pesto-baked chicken, ayam masak merah (traditional chicken dish braised in spicy chilli) and the to-die-for banana bread, made with bananas grown on the farm.
Bollywood Veggies. 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026. Call +65 6898 5001 to order.
Wed-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat & Sun 7am-7pm.
If you’re planning a trip to Singapore with the entire family, this next destination is bound to be a hit with your little ones.
Singapore’s only goat farm—Hay Dairies— is home to over 800 goats of mixed breeds. Besides selling a range of flavoured goat’s milk, the farm also organises educational tours and visits, which will allow your kids to better understand the tender loving care that goat farming requires.
Be sure to drop by before 1030am to catch the milking process.
Hay Dairies. 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859. +65 6792 0931.
Mon, Wed-Sat 9am-4pm.
Housed in a charming colonial-style bungalow, The Summerhouse is a unique dining destination that sits on a former air base. Located in the north-eastern part of Singapore, this rustic establishment can be a little difficult to find, so we suggest looking into either a taxi or private-hire car when planning for your trip.
By supporting a farming collective of growers, producers and kelongs (traditional offshore platforms built for fishing), the establishment promotes sustainable practices and ensures that fresh seasonal produce are used in every dish such as the fresh red snapper served with vine ripe tomatoes or risotto made with locally-farmed mushrooms.
You can also take a leisurely stroll in their sprawling garden curated by Edible Garden City, an urban farming social enterprise, which champions the ‘Grown our Own Food’ movement in Singapore.
Their comprehensive all-day menu boasts a wide selection of breakfast, salads, snacks, pizzas and pastas. Opt for their kelong prawn and scallop pizza, soft-shell chilli crab linguine and coconut peat flower shortcake.
The Summerhouse. 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387. +65 8809 5840.
Wed-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm.
Open Farm Community
Set amidst the lush foliage of Dempsey Hill, Open Farm Community prides itself on the freshness of its Western-inspired cuisine focusing on locally sourced and seasonal produce. The restaurant supports a large network of local and Southeast Asian organic growers and herders in agriculture.
The dishes here—including Tiberias Barramundi and Mushroom Tortellini—are made with produce sourced from local growers like Kin Yan Agrotech and Kuhlbarra Farm, or are harvested from the establishment’s edible garden.
Other dishes include their signature beef burger, garden pesto pasta and whole spatchcock kampong chicken (literally translates to ‘village chicken’, in reference to free-range chicken bred in the region).
Open Farm Community. 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819. +65 6471 0306.
Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6-9pm; Sat & Sun 11am-3.30pm, 6-9pm
Ah Hua Kelong
Ah Hua Kelong is a seafood restaurant in Singapore that owns two fish farms located along the northern and eastern coastlines of the island. Thanks to the fish farms where they grow their own seafood on the kelongs, the ingredients used in their dishes are remarkably fresh.
At Scaled, one of their two restaurants, the menu consists of simple delights like mussels cooked in homemade curry and cockles served in yuzu chilli.
Choose from an assortment of their popular dishes such as sea-caught mud crabs, flower crabs, lobsters, prawns, mussels and steamed clams.
Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong. 8 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209179. +65 9830 0117.
Wed-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.