While the west of Singapore may sometimes get a rep for being far from the bustle of the city centre—taking approximately 30 minutes to an hour via public transport—the myriad food options you’ll find there make it well worth a visit.
From Halal eats to hip cafes and hawker centres, here’s a guide to popular dining spots in neighbourhoods across Singapore’s West side.
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Start your gastronomic journey in the charming neighbourhood of Holland Village, where you’ll find rows of charming shophouses and a variety of food options. Tuck into delicious vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine at Original Sin at Chip Bee Gardens—choose from a wide range of salads, traditional Middle Eastern Mezze sharing platters and all the falafel you can eat.
Then, make your way to Sunday Folks (brought to you by the folks behind local favourite ice cream and sorbet chain Creamier) to satisfy your sweet tooth. We’re talking handcrafted soft-serve ice cream creations that are truly Instagram-worthy, in an array of flavours such as roasted pistachio, Madagascan vanilla, and good old dark chocolate.
Located near Botanic Gardens MRT station, Atlas Coffee House has become a beacon for pancake-lovers, with their signature pancakes that are highly lauded by local food critics. There are savoury delights on the menu too, such as cereal prawn pasta and summer chicken stew.
For authentic Singaporean comfort food, head to My Cosy Corner at Coronation Plaza. Tuck into their classic local dishes such as kueh pie tee (a Peranakan snack of deep fried pastry cups filled with shredded turnip and prawn) and their famous and vegetarian-friendly popiah (spring rolls), which they’ve been serving since 1998.
Or, head to Adam Road Food Centre for delicious Halal local fare. Try rojak (spicy Indian salad) from Adam’s Indian Rojak, mutton broth with chunks of tender meat and rich soup at Bahrakath Mutton Soup King, or tuck into hearty nasi lemak (fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied with an array of side dishes like omelette, fried fish and anchovies) from one of the many nasi lemak stalls there.
Swing by urban food hall Timbre+ at night and be greeted with live music, bustling crowds and casual specialty food. Gourmet highlights at this gastropark include a range of flavours from across the globe, from Filipino street food and burgers to Thai delicacies and scrumptious Japanese rice bowls.
If you’re hankering for Western comfort food with a twist, drop by DewGather Coffee House at The Star Vista. This charming café servers up a range of Western comfort food like fried chicken and waffles and French toast.
Known for its delicious, Halal-certified chicken rice, Evertop Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice has a handful of outlets islandwide, making it one of the more well-known chicken rice eateries in the city. Head to the one at Clementi Avenue 2 for an authentic taste of Singaporean fare within the heartlands.
For more hawker fare, make a beeline for Clementi 448 Food Centre—popular dishes here include fried carrot cake and curry puff (opt for the classic filling with potato and curry chicken!). You’ll find these dishes at stores #01-45, #01-31 respectively.
Another favourite of residents in the West, Muslim-owned Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak serves up highly-sought after, fragrant coconut rice, with crispy deep-fried chicken wings, delectably spicy otah (grilled fish paste), sambal chilli and other toppings—bring a big appetite for this one.
For more hawker delights, Jurong West 505 Food Centre is a regular stomping ground of Singapore’s West-side residents. Slurp up the noodles from Kok Kee Wanton Mee or Wen Guang Hand Made Fish Ball Noodle, or indulge in classic comfort food with fish soup from Heng Heng Cooked Food.