If you’ve already tried all our local cuisines, take your taste buds on an adventure at these themed restaurants that will rouse all five of your senses. We’re talking about food courts that resemble a lush English garden, cafés modelled after TV show hangouts, and even restaurants with dishes that bear the likeness of your favourite superheroes and cartoon characters.
Here are a dozen eateries where you—and your palate—will never be bored.
Dine with Hollywood stars
Central Perk is a stunningly accurate replica of the café found in F.R.I.E.N.D.S., down to the plush orange couch where the gang from New York would gather. In fact, you’ll see Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross all over the décor and menu. Dishes here borrow references from the hit TV show, so fans will be able to spot the Moist Maker sandwich and that famous cheesecake.
Central Mall. 1 Magazine Road #01-01, Singapore 059567. +65 9025 2524.
It’s not an official Harry Potter café, but it won’t take a diehard fan to spot the many references to the wizarding world in Platform 1094. Long wooden tables, chandeliers, wands and witches’ hats adorn the space. The menu is equally magical, with dishes like Bloodberry —a dessert of tomato mousse, passion fruit and white chocolate soil—and mocktails such as Elf’s Dream, a potion of orange, pineapple, ginger and banana.
Platform 1094. 1094 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328192. +65 6204 6003.
While you may not get to drink tea with the Mad Hatter or play croquette with the Red Queen, Wonderland Savour is still an enchanting jaunt down the rabbit hole for Alice In Wonderland fans.
The décor here pays homage to the most recent remake of this literary classic by Tim Burton, and you’ll be having your meal while admiring the whimsical portraits of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Besides its range of classic Western dishes—like carbonara pasta and duck confit— the restaurant also boasts a well-stocked bar if you’re hankering for an after-meal tipple.
Wisma Atria. 435 Orchard Road #02-08, Singapore 238877. +65 6369 1357.
Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10.30pm.
Feasts for comic book and cartoon fans
DC Comics Super Heroes Café
If you lean more towards Gotham and Metropolis, then DC Comics Super Heroes Café might be more up your alley. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, among others, are heavily featured here. Order the Batman’s Dark Knight to really get into the heroic mood—the burger comprises a charcoal bun that’s crowned with melted cheese in the shape of the Bat Signal.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-03, Singapore 018972. +65 6688 7610.
Mon-Thu & Sun 10.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 10.30am-11.30pm.
With its evolving line-up of popup themes featuring beloved cartoon characters, Kumoya Singapore is bound to enchant both the young and the young at heart.
Previous themes included the iconic muppets from Sesame Street and everyone’s favourite beagle Snoopy from Peanuts. The current theme features the adorably awkward trio of stars from We Bare Bears.
The restaurant’s menu evolves to match the café’s theme, but visitors can expect to indulge in Western comfort food like fries, sundaes and burgers.
Kumoya Singapore. 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320.
Tue-Thu & Sun noon-9pm; Fri & Sat noon-10pm.
All roads lead to good food
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafè
Two-wheelers, of a different sort, are the stars of Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafè. Handsome vintage bikes hang on the walls of the café, which also serves as a meeting point for local cycling enthusiasts.
Thanks to its location further out from the city centre, you’ll be able to spot planes taxiing across the Seletar Airport runway while you tuck into a medley of Western, Japanese and local dishes.
MAJ Aviation Building. 80 Seletar Aerospace View #01-01, Singapore 797563. +65 6659 6124.
Tue-Thu & Sun 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat 10am-11pm.
Go on a wild ride at Handlebar, a restaurant, bar and biker’s wonderland. This hangout is fitted with modified vehicle parts, like a pool table fashioned out of a used car body, and bar stools made from parts salvaged from Vespa scooters.
The highlight here is the frozen margaritas—Handlebar shakes these up with a repurposed motorcycle engine. But of course, nothing screams “biker bar” more than the brotherhood of burly, leather-jacketed men who frequent the joint.
Gillman Barracks. 10 Lock Road, Singapore 108938. +65 6268 5550.
Tue-Thu & Sun noon-midnight; Fri noon-1am; Sat noon-2am.
Cafés caught in time
Revisit a Singapore of yore in this vintage-themed restaurant. The dining area is reminiscent of a living room from the 1960s, with antique décor and furniture littered around the comfortable space. The food at Sinpopo, likewise, harks back to a simpler time—try the Nonya Kiam Chye Arg!, a take on itek tim (salted vegetable duck soup), and the gula melaka (palm sugar) jelly.
Sinpopo. 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671. +65 6345 5034.
Mon-Thu & Sun noon-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-1am.
Everything about Colbar café is old-fashioned—and that’s because it genuinely is. The Hainanese eatery served as a canteen for British troops back in the day, and has retained much of its rustic charm. Nestled in the lush foliage just off Portsdown Road, Colbar’s al fresco area is perfect for whiling away a lazy weekend over craft beers and local nosh.
Wessex Estate. 9A Whitchurch Road, Singapore 138839. +65 6779 4859.
The Coastal Settlement
With traditional ice kachang (local shaved ice dessert made with red beans, jelly and syrup) machines, Vespa motorcycles and typewriters on display, The Coastal Settlement can easily double up as a vintage museum. The food is worth travelling to the eastern end of Singapore, with the Big Breakfast, steak and eggs, and roasted chicken with truffle fries among its signature dishes.
The Coastal Settlement. 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529. +65 6475 0200.
Tue-Thu 10.30am-11pm; Fri 10.30am-midnight; Sat 8.30am-midnight; Sun 8.30am-11pm.