Hearty meals all day
Regardless of your dietary preferences or restrictions, Singapore’s extensive gourmet offerings makes it a paradise for foodies of all stripes. Muslim friends visiting our sunny island will be chuffed to find a whole range of hip cafes, serving up everything from Western cuisine to delicious bakes.
Read on for the lowdown on hip Halal cafes in the Lion City.
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With a menu that boasts generous portions of Western food at affordable prices, Oliyve Café is a favourite haunt of hungry locals in Eastern Singapore. Dig into a medium-rare ribeye steak, or choose from a range of fish, pasta and chicken dishes.
Be sure to loosen your belt buckle for their freshly-made gelato selection with 12 flavours to choose from. If you’ve yet to try durian, you can sample the ‘king of fruit’ by ordering the durian-flavoured gelato here.
Olivye Café. Block 5 Changi Village Road #01-2009, Singapore 500005. +65 9062 8726.
The Great Mischief
The restaurant’s beautiful interior looks like a scene right out of The Great Gatsby, so be sure to feed your ‘gram before digging into the restaurant’s Hispanic-inspired menu.
Much like Spanish culture of eating and being merry with friends, the cafe offers hearty, comforting food from the Catalan region. Order sharing plates of patatas bravas (fried potatoes) and croquetas (dumplings stuffed with a savoury filling) to sample a bit of everything, or indulge in their big plates, which include spaghetti with chorizo and fried chicken and waffles.
The Great Mischief at National Gallery Singapore. 1 Saint Andrew’s Road #01-17, Singapore 178957. +65 8721 3150.
The Mad Sailors
Paying homage to the spirit of discovery from old seafarers, The Mad Sailors offers British classics inspired by voyages across both land and sea. Choose from fresh seafood, hearty potato-based dishes, and mains including their signature Fish N’ Chips.
Round off the meal with home-made desserts—like their decadent tart made with Valrhona Chocolate—before you head off to explore the colourful district of Kampong Gelam.
The Mad Sailors. 24 Haji Lane, Singapore 189217. +65 8768 0465.
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat & Sun 10am-11pm.
(working title) Burger Bar
Chomp down on classic American comfort food at (working title) Burger Bar. The juicy burgers here are stacked with ingredients to keep your hands and mouth full, while the cosy ambience provides the perfect backdrop to catch-up with friends till late.
Throw in their signature milkshakes to complete the meal, or order some snacks for sharing— crowd favourites include the Truffle Tater Tots and Ribena Wings.
(working title) Burger Bar. 783 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198751. +65 8768 0463.
Breakfast and Brunch
A favourite breakfast haunt of east-siders for nearly a decade, Penny University is known to offer nothing short of top-quality fare—with delightful brunch dishes and aromatic cup of joes.
Indulge in breakfast classics such as the Full English and Eggs Benedict, or unique offerings like their Moroccan baked egg or macaroni with green curry. If you’re hankering for a sweet treat, be sure to sample their waffles with maple syrup and butter.
Penny University. 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997. +65 6345 9055.
Mother Dough Bakery
You’ll be greeted by the comforting scent of fresh baked goods the moment you step in the door of Mother Dough Bakery. While only take-away options are available for now, this haven for lovers of baked goods is well-worth the pit stop.
Owner and baker Naadhira studied at The International Culinary Institute in New York City, and worked in various bakeries there before returning to Singapore.
Sourdough breads, Brioche Loaves, Lemon Cake, Fruit Loaves and Croissants are just some of the options that’ll leave you spoilt for choice—Try not to walk out with a week’s worth of breakfast!
Mother Dough Bakery. 3 Jalan Kledek, Singapore 199259. +65 6909 6604.
Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro
Fika—which refers to the Swedish custom of a laidback, midday teatime— is a great name for a café, and this cosy spot certainly delivers on its promise. The menu here includes a range of Swedish comfort food and classic dishes, including meatballs with lingonberry jam, pickled herring and herb-crusted salmon.
Decadent desserts here include their salted caramel waffle, kladdkaka (Swedish chocolate cake with) and apple crumble pie.
Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro. 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539. +65 6396 9096.
All Things Delicious
True to its name, All Things Delicious offers tasty, rustic pastries that make for a great tea-time snack. Must-try items which are best for sharing include the Gula Melaka scones, sticky toffee pudding, and orange-infused Sugee cake.
Single-serving portions are available in-store, and hungry visitors can also opt for their main dishes, which include breakfast staples, soups and grain bowls.
All Things Delicious. 34 Arab Street 01-01, Singapore 199733. +65 6291 4252.