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25 Botanic Gardens Food To Fuel Up At After Exploring The UNESCO Site

26th August 2022

Singapore Botanic Gardens food 

Singapore Botanic Gardens has always been a popular spot for families to have a picnic at on a weekend afternoon, or for long strolls to pass time. If you are feeling lazy and don’t want to whip up a meal, there are many hidden food gems nearby as well. From spots for your romantic date to cheap food for students on a budget, here is a list of Singapore Botanic Gardens food places that will be able to fill you up.

1. Halia

halal restaurants Chope - The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
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Opened in 2001, Halia is a mainstay at the UNESCO park. The halal-certified restaurant is best known for being one of the best garden restaurants in Singapore, as it is surrounded by the lush greenery of Singapore Botanic Gardens. On the menu are your usual brunch fare of Smashed Avocado Toast ($18++) and Raspberry Yoghurt Pot ($8++) comprising locally handcrafted cow milk and a medley of fruits. They also have plenty of fusion creations, and a famous one to get is their Halia’s Singapore-Style Chilli Crab Spaghettini ($26++) that’s both sweet and tangy, with a slight kick of spice. They also offer takeaways and deliveries, with deals over lunchtime. You can order off their website here.

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 9pm
Tel: 8444 1148
Halia is a halal-certified eatery.

2. Botanico

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Situated at The Garage, Botanico focuses on using fresh produce, especially local herbs. Their menu is spotted with Western classic dishes, twisted with Asian flavours. This is reflected in dishes like their Assam Laksa Ceviche ($17++), where the South American raw fish dish is spiced up with assam laksa paste, and their soy-glazed Wagyu Beef Cheek ($38++) served with barley risotto and Asian pesto. Do note that the restaurant mainly has set menus, such as a four-course Brunch Set ($60++ per person) and a five-course Dinner Set ($88++ per person). They also have home delivery for their platters, though these are seasonal. You can order on their website here.

Address: 50 Cluny Park Road, Level 2, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 6pm to 10:30pm, Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 9831 1106
Botanico is not a halal-certified eatery.

3. LeWu Cafe

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Located a stone’s throw away from Botanic Gardens MRT Station is a hidden gem—LeWu Cafe. Although this may appear to be an unassuming stall, LeWu Cafe sells delectable Thai dishes such as Pad Thai (from $10) and Tom Yum Fried Rice (from $9). The dishes offer value for money given the big portions. They also offer affordable student meals from $5 that will definitely not break the bank.

Address: 551 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269692
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 8228 7394
LeWu Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.

4. Micro Bakery & Kitchen

Micro Bakery and Kitchen grilled cheese sandwich

Taking over where The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough used to be is Micro Bakery & Kitchen. This hidden gem near Singapore Botanic Gardens offers a variety of baked goods. From toasts to sourdough bread, carb enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice! Their Fig and Cream Cheese Sourdough Ciabatta ($5.50+) is known for being a harmonious blend of sticky fig and tangy cream cheese. Other highlights include their Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($15+), which comes with tangy sauerkraut and house-made tomato jam. The tanginess from both ingredients blend well with the Brie de Meaux, mozzarella, and cheddar blend.

Read our full review of Micro Bakery & Kitchen!

Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-05, Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8:30pm to 5pm
Tel: 8339 4133
Micro Bakery & Kitchen is not a halal-certified eatery.

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5. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

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Nasi lemak lovers will definitely be familiar with Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak. You can get the Royal Flush ($5.50), which consists of an egg, fried chicken wing, otah, bergedil, ikan bilis, basmati rice and fragrant sambal chilli. PM Lee personally hosted Indonesian President Joko Widodo here in 2014, and the Sultan of Brunei never fails to dapao this nasi lemak when he is in Singapore! Be prepared to queue as there is always a long line at the stall.

Address: 2 Adam Road, #01-02, Adam Road Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Opening hours: Sat-Sun 7am to 3pm, Mon-Thurs 7am to 5pm
Tel: 9843 4509
Selera Nasi Lemak is a halal-certified eatery.

6. The Affogato Bar

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If you are looking for a cosy cafe to have dessert at, make your way down to The Affogato Bar. This cafe serves up decadent affogato desserts. Chocolate and coffee lovers will love their specials such as Banana Ramble ($15) and Death by Chocolate ($15). The latter consists of a scoop of dark chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks, and chocolate streusel, accompanied by a glass of aromatic espresso. They offer takeaway and delivery too, which you can order on via WhatsApp at 9238 9005. Their takeaway menu includes bagels, in flavours such as Eggs & Onion ($11), and Deli Beef ($15).

Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court, Singapore 5258748
Opening hours: Fri-Tue 8am to 10pm, Wed-Thurs 8am to 6pm
Tel: 9238 9005
The Affogato Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.

7. Curry Wok

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Curry Wok is a homey place for you and your friends to have zi char along Bukit Timah Road. Their traditional dishes are a hit among both working adults and students due to their affordable prices. Share their Braised Pork Knuckle ($29) or Curry Fish Head (from $28) with your clique and end off the meal with a bowl of refreshing Cheng Tng ($4).

Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-04, Coronation Arcade, Singapore 269406
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6464 8878
Curry Wok is not a halal-certified eatery.

8. Yong Chai Chicken Rice

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Bukit Timah is known for being an atas neighbourhood with expensive food. However, there are many affordable options that are suitable for those on a budget as well! Located right beside Curry Wok is another zi char contender—Yong Chai Chicken Rice. Besides chicken rice, they serve other zi char dishes such as Prawn Omelette ($5) and Hor Fun ($4). The dishes feature strong wok hei; look out for the chef who cooks the dishes skillfully over a large flame when you’re there!

Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-02, Coronation Arcade, Singapore 269406
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 6pm
Tel: 6468 9859
Yong Chai Chicken Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.

9. Simply Bread

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There are several bakeries near Botanic Gardens MRT Station, and Simply Bread is one that is not to be missed. Once you enter the shop, you will be pleasantly greeted by the aroma of baked goods wafting in the air. My personal favourite is their Sticky Buns ($2.50). The fluffy buns are coated evenly with thick cinnamon glaze. Even so, these goodies aren’t overly sweet, making them a great afternoon treat. If you aren’t a fan of desserts, do try their bread loaves, which are very popular!

Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-07, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6763 2628
Simply Bread is not a halal-certified eatery.

10. Hom Aroy Thai Food

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Originally located at a market in Toa Payoh, Hom Aroy Thai Food opened their second branch in 2020 at Coronation Shopping Plaza. Nestled in a corner on level three, they serve up a variety of Thai dishes. Try their delicious Pineapple Fried Rice ($5) for a filling meal. Their Thai Green Curry ($8) is creamy and smooth, making it a great addition to the rice. Pair it with a refreshing glass of Thai Milk Tea ($1.50) to soothe your throat while digging into their spicy Tom Yum Soup ($6).

Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, #03-01, Coronation Shopping Plaza, Singapore 269707
Opening hours:  Daily 11am to 8:30pm 
Tel: 9272 7446
Hom Aroy Thai Food is not a halal-certified eatery.

11. FBG

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FBG, previously known as Fat Belly, is a steakhouse hidden within Serene Centre. For a special occasion, get your hands on dishes such as charcoal-grilled Black Opal F1 Wagyu Onglet (200g) ($45++) and Auskobe Wagyu MS 4 / 5 Deckle (250g) ($65++). If you are a fan of desserts, there are items such as the Banana Valrhona Chocolate Tart ($12++) and Tiramisu ($15++) to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can also order their items for takeaway and delivery via their website too.

Check out our Fat Belly review! 

Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A/04, Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3:30pm, 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 6314 2247
FBG is not a halal-certified eatery.

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12. My Cosy Corner

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Tucked away in a corner of Coronation Shopping Plaza, My Cosy Corner has been selling their renowned popiah since 1988. As someone who once studied along Bukit Timah Road for six years, I would often order the Popiah ($2.50) after school to satisfy my cravings. It is always packed tightly with ingredients, including crispy garlic bits that add a crunch to it. Beneath the thin layer of skin is fragrant chilli sauce that never fails to add a kick. My Cosy Corner sells other classic dishes such as Mee Siam ($5) and Laksa ($5) as well.

Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, #02-02, Coronation Shopping Plaza, Singapore 269707
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun 11am to 4pm
Tel: 6463 8286
My Cosy Corner is not a halal-certified eatery.

13. Atlas Coffeehouse

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Atlas Coffeehouse is a highly popular cafe for brunch near Botanic Gardens MRT Station. Treat yourself to the likes of their Summer French Toast ($22.50++), where house-made vanilla brioche is topped with whipped honey ricotta, tea-poached pears, and a rosewater coulis. For savouries, a range of pasta is available, from Aglio Olio ($18.20++) to a Mushroom Bacon Carbonara ($20.90++). To order their dishes for takeaway or delivery, visit their website.

Address: 6 Duke’s Road, Singapore 268886
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6314 2674
Atlas Coffeehouse is not a halal-certified eatery.

14. PRAIRIE By Craftsmen

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PRAIRIE By Craftsmen is an idyllic courtyard cafe styled like a glasshouse. Lush, yet minimalistic, the beautiful decor is matched by the hearty brunch fare. Choose from the likes of the Prairie Breakfast ($21++), with sourdough toast and the full monty of breakfast items: pork sausages, bacon, eggs, and eggs, or the Shredded Duck Pasta ($26++), coated in a luscious sage and cream sauce. For drinks, their Dirty Matcha (from $7.50++) is a must-order, a unique combination of matcha and coffee. They offer takeaway and delivery when you order via their website too.

Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, Cluny Court, #01-05C, Singapore 259760
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 9:30pm 
Tel: 6972 9142
PRAIRIE By Craftsmen is not a halal-certified eatery.

15. Elixir Boutique Coffee Roasters

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Another cafe in the Botanic Gardens area is Elixir Boutique Coffee Roasters, where modern brunch food meets delicious roasted coffee. All-day breakfast starts from $5++, for small plates, and go up to $27++ for The Breakfast Works, an upgraded full English breakfast. There is also a wide array of coffee roasts you can pick from to go in your brew, and 250g bags of coffee beans are available for take-home too.

Check out our Elixir Boutique Coffee Roasters review! 

Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A, Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 8:30am to 4pm
Tel: 6314 2247
Elixir Boutique Coffee Roasters is not a halal-certified eatery.

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16. Bee’s Knees

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Bee’s Knees is the casual sibling to Botanico. Here, casual European fare is given an Asian upgrade, and all items are available at nett prices to boot. Highlights include their Spicy Duck Loaded Fries ($17), topped generously with a duck fat spicy mayonnaise, and Bee’s Knees “Heart Attack” Burger ($26), where a fatty, calorific double beef patty is layered with bacon, confit onions, and many more flavourful goodies. They offer delivery and takeaway via their website too.

Check out our Bee’s Knees review! 

Address: 50 Cluny Park Road, Level 1, Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 9815 3213
Bee’s Knees is not a halal-certified eatery.

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17. Relish by Wild Rocket  

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Relish by Wild Rocket may have expanded to Japan and Taiwan, but we’re lucky to still be able to enjoy their modern-fusion take on Singaporean cuisine. Some examples of the dishes served here include a Hae Bee Hiam Spaghettini ($22.80+), Iberico Secreto Satay ($13.80+), and a Fish Collagen Broth Udon ($17.90+).

Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-01, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6763 1547
Relish by Wild Rocket is not a halal-certified eatery.

18. Crown Bakery & Cafe 

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Appropriately named after its location in Crown Centre, Crown Bakery & Cafe’s menu is nothing short of extensive, with sandwiches, brunch plates, mains, pasta, and even desserts. If flipping through the menu after your exercise has got your head spinning, go straight for their Eggs Royal Rumble ($16.50+), where a serving of poached eggs and brown butter hollandaise sauce with smoked salmon and honey-baked ham sit atop their signature buttermilk waffles. 

Address: 557 Bukit Timah Road, #01-03, Crown Centre, Singapore 269694
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 7:30am to 7pm, Fri-Sat 7:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6463 3066
Crown Bakery & Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.

19. Corner House

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Corner House, a Michelin-starred French restaurant, is definitely one of the fancier places in the area. Their location within the Botanic Gardens means that you’ll be able to enjoy the omakase-style four-course Discovery Lunch ($128++), five-course Indulgence Lunch ($168++), and six-course Signature Dinner ($228++) with a scenic view of the Gardens’ flora and fauna. Their omakase menu is not fixed, but several dishes you may have the luck of tasting include wagyu with yuzu kosho and a curry cauliflower with dahl aioli. 

Address: 1 Cluny Road, EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 6:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 6469 1000
Corner House is not a halal-certified eatery.

20. Piccante Pronto 

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If you and your friends feel extra famished after a walk through Botanic Gardens’ various gardens, stop by Piccante Pronto and share their Roman-style thin-crust pizzas. This halal-certified store at Cluny Food Court offers pizzas in three sizes—Medium, Large, and XXL, a whopping 21-inch pie. With more than 10 pizza flavours available, including Diavola ($12.50/$17.50/$48), Suprema ($12.50/$17.50/$48), and Burrata ($17.50/$22.50/$60), as well as a variety of baked pasta and antipasto, there’s no way you leave with anything but a full stomach. 

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Address: 1J Cluny Road, Cluny Food Court, Singapore 259597
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 8940 3884
Piccante Pronto is a halal-certified eatery.

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21. Little Spot

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Parents with little ones can visit Little Spot, a family-friendly cafe with a kid-friendly menu. The prices here are also affordable—a Cafe Latte costs $4.25 while a BLT sets you back $9.50. You can also snag a bagel or two, including the Plain Bagels ($2.50) or the Breakfast Bagel ($5) with butter, egg, and cheese.

Address: 1H Cluny Rd, #01-K1, Singapore 259604
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am to 5pm
Tel: 6338 4848
Little Spot is not a halal-certified eatery.

22. Choupinette

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A cosy french cafe that’s been around since 2022, Choupinette serves up quintessential brunch food including sandwiches, egg dishes, and pasta. If you can’t decide what you want, head straight for the Weekly Lunch Set ($26), which comes with soup or salad and your choice of main: Croque Monsieur, Eggs Benedict, or the Daily Special. You also get a cup of coffee or tea with your meal.

Address: 607 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269708
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8am to 10pm, Sun-Mon 8am to 4pm
Tel: 6466 0613
Choupinette is not a halal-certified eatery.

23. Pangium

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Hidden within the Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension is Pangium, a tasting menu-only restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Malcolm Lee. The Peranakan restaurant only offers Lunch ($198++) or Dinner ($258++), with dishes including zhng-ed up ngoh hiang, mee suah kueh, and bolo buns. Reservations are necessary as Pangium is often fully booked up to a month in advance!

Address: 11 Gallop Road Gallop Entrance, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259015
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 6:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 8940 3884
Pangium is not a halal-certified eatery.

24. Fusion Spoon

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If your posse has a diverse palate, Fusion Spoon will satisfy everyone’s cravings with their variety of local, Western, and Japanese offerings. The extensive menu is affordably priced with most mains below $10 nett including Nyonya Laksa ($7.30), Chicken Yaikiniku ($8), and seafood Pizza ($9). There’s also a Korean ice kiosk where you can enjoy a generous bowl of bingsu from $7.30 with flavours such as Kiwi and Chocolate Banana.

Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Rd, #B1-00, 259569
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6255 5110
Fusion Spoon is not a halal-certified eatery.

25. S’Mao Barbecue

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S’Mao Barbecue has gained a loyal customer base with their hearty burgers and meat plates that are inspired by Texas-style BBQ. Most burgers are below $10 including the Smoked Pulled Burger and Bacon Burger, which are both served with a side of fries, coleslaw, and their signature BBQ Sauce. For a pure-protein meal, go straight for the All In Plate ($24) and stuff yourself silly with their pork ribs, honeyed pork belly, and pulled pork.

Address: 1J Cluny Road, Cluny Food Court, Singapore 259597
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 9615 4917
S’Mao Barbecue is not a halal-certified eatery.

Dining at Singapore Botanic Gardens

The next time you are around Singapore Botanic Gardens and don’t know where to eat, fret not! There are many options for you to choose from and you will definitely find something suitable for your taste buds. For more food in the area, check out our Bukit Timah cafe guide.

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This article was originally written on 4 June 2018.

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