The Best Restaurants in Singapore
Collected by Heidi Sarna , AFAR Local Expert
The best food in Singapore is often the cheapest. Try Wee Nam Kee’s incredible chicken rice or Ya Kun Kaya Toast’s coconut-infused breakfasts. For fine dining restaurants, nothing beats the work of the celebrated chefs at National Kitchen by chef owner Violet Oon, with its upscale Chinese-Malay fusion, or Wolfgang Puck's Spago.
1 St. Andrew’s Road #02–01, National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Set in City Hall, now part of the National Gallery Singapore, this lovely dark-wood-paneled restaurant reflects the country’s rich Peranakan Chinese heritage in both design and fare. Traditional tile floors, marble-topped tables, nostalgic...
172 Race Course Road, # 01-01/05 Soho @ Farrer, Singapore 218605
Raj is one of Singapore’s most popular stops for Indian vegetarian food. Its rice-and-black-lentil crepes, dosas, come in dozens of variations from onion to cheese, and there are nearly as many vegetable and paneer (Indian cheese) kebabs and...
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, 228221, Singapore 228221
You can find one of Singapore’s finest Japanese restaurants inside the early-20th-century Goodwood Park Hotel on Scotts Road; just look for its distinctive pointy tower. The menu changes every two weeks, but you can count on fresh,...
5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216
There are two Min Jiangs in Singapore, and both are set in lovely heritage buildings: one in the early-20th-century Goodwood Park Hotel, and the other in Rochester Park, a cluster of colonial-era black and white bungalows repurposed into...
76-78 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217981
For more than half a century, this two-story, largely South Indian vegetarian joint on busy Serangoon Road has pleased palates with its tasty array of dosas—black-lentil-and-rice crepes designed to be ripped into pieces and dipped into...
40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618
Finding good Italian food in Asia can be as daunting as Monty Python’s quest for the Holy Grail, which is which why Latteria Mozzarella Bar is so special. The Duxton Hill restaurant boasts nearly a dozen varieties of mozzarella to try, from...
126 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088534
The pleasure of dining in a small family-run restaurant is all yours at Buko Nero, an intimate fusion spot with no more than 20 tables. Chef Oscar Pasinato (originally from Italy) helms the kitchen, while his wife Tracy Ng Pasinato attends to the...
17D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Set in a gorgeous space with high ceilings and a relaxed colonial vibe, Cookhouse operates under the guidance of renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The focus is on intense flavors and textures from vegetable juices, herbal vinaigrettes, and...
7 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 039595, Singapore 039595
Founded nearly 50 years ago, the elegant Rang Mahal offers fine dining with prices to match—a bowl of cauliflower soup runs S$20, and it’s S$40 for a plate of chicken tikka. (The lunch buffet available Sundays through Fridays is more...
101 Thomson Road, #01-08 United Square, Singapore 307591
Considered Singapore’s national dish, Hainanese chicken rice is a beloved staple for many. It’s made up of a fragrant bowl of chicken broth, a pile of fluffy rice, and tender poached chicken (skin on), as well as condiments like ginger...
#40, 138 Market St, 01 CapitaGreen, Singapore 048946
Artemis Grill literally takes patrons to new heights—the elegant restaurant hovers 40 stories above Singapore’s glittering skyline. Kick off your meal with a drink or two on the outdoor garden terrace, then dive into the flavorful...
5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex #01-67/68/69, Singapore 199588
This no-frills restaurant started out as a food truck serving packed lunches to Thai workers at construction sites around Singapore. Then, in 1985, Diandin Leluk opened as a proper restaurant in the Golden Mile Complex, a quirky mall on Beach Road...
10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Sands Skypark Tower 2, Singapore 018956
It’s a crime not to order a cocktail (boozy or virgin) at Spago’s terrace bar, situated next to the famous infinity pool on Marina Bay Sands’ breezy veranda. The drink menu is just as beautifully curated as the decor, featuring...
01, Far East Square, 18 China St, 01, Singapore 049560
The Ya Kun experience is a must for foodies looking for an authentic Singaporean breakfast. Ya Kun Kaya Toast started as a humble coffee shop in Singapore’s business district, but it’s since morphed into a café chain with an impressive number of...
2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 ION Orchard Mall, Singapore 238801
For a special occasion, Luke Magnan's restaurant Salt at the top of ION Orchard is a great choice. The views are impressive and the food, an Aussie take on modern cuisine, is impeccable. Fresh Australian and local produce is showcased on an...
#01, 1 Kadayanallur St, 04 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Devout foodies flock to the hawker stands in Singapore, one of the world's cleanest cities. Check out the tasty Hainanese Chicken Rice at the famous Maxwell Food Centre; you'll want to find the Tian Tian stall. Explore the other stands and...
18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Every night the street next to Lau Pa Sat in downtown Singapore is closed to traffic. Satay sellers set up their grills, put out folding tables and chairs, and hawk their offerings to anyone drawn in by the fragrant clouds of smoke. You can't go...
391 Orchard Rd #05-12/13/14 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874
The tried-and-true Imperial Treasure chain of high-end Chinese restaurants includes an outlet in Ngee Ann City, a booming office and shopping complex anchored by the popular Takashimaya department store. Imperial focuses on the clean flavors of ...
32 Maxwell Road #03-01, Singapore 069115
You know when the elegant maître d’ greets you at the door like a VIP—even if you’re not—that you’re in a first-rate Italian restaurant. Owned and operated by Italians, Otto is located in a restored heritage building, and its decor is a fusion of...
#02, 20 Trengganu St, 01 Chinatown, Singapore 058479
An evergreen Chinese favorite, dim sum is great to snack on when visiting Singapore’s famed hawker centers or exploring the city’s Chinatown. Dim sum literally means “touch the heart,” and the authentic local offerings are...
8A Marina Boulevard B2, 05, Singapore 018984
Din Tai Fung is not a Singaporean chain—it originated in Taiwan—but outposts of this restaurant have flourished all over the city, thanks to its addictive dumplings. (Seriously: addictive.) Making the perfect soup dumplings (xiao long bao) is a...
21 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069620
Nestled on a side street off Telok Ayer in Chinatown, this unassuming 40-seat restaurant with exposed-brick walls and funky local art earned a Michelin star in 2017 for its creative and very modern Australian fare. The ethos is simple:...
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
When the original Clifford Pier opened in 1933, floating hawkers sold their wares out of sampans (flat-bottomed wooden boats) docked there. Today, a namesake restaurant occupies the space once given over to the pier, and it celebrates this hawker...
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