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.
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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 on Toasted Sourdough ($13++ for single) and Fresh 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
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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, where the South American raw fish dish is spiced up with assam laksa paste, and their Australian Striploin served with a green sriracha sauce in place of salsa verde. Do note that the restaurant mainly has set menus, starting at $40++ for three courses if you choose the vegetarian option, or $48++ for the option with meat for lunch. 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-Fri 6pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 9831 1106
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 ($10) and Basil Pork Rice ($9). The dishes offer value for money given the big portions. If Thai food isn’t your thing, they serve Western fare as well. 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 9:45pm
Tel: 8228 7394
4. Micro Bakery & Kitchen
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 famed sourdough ciabatta ($5) is known for being dense yet moist and moreish. Other highlights include their Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($12), 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
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 Full House ($4.90), which consists of an egg, fried chicken wing, otah, 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
6. The Affogato Bar
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 chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks, and chocolate pieces, 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 like Eggs & Onion ($11), and Deli Beef ($15).
Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court, Singapore 5258748
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 6pm
Tel: 9238 9005
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 ($26) or Curry Fish Head (from $26) with your clique and end off the meal with a bowl of refreshing Aloe Vera with White Fungus ($4).
Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-04, Coronation Arcade, Singapore 269406
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6464 8878
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 Stir-Fry Prawn Omelette ($6) and Hor Fun ($4.50). The dishes have a strong wok hei, and do look out for the chef who cooks the dishes skillfully over a large flame.
Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-02, Coronation Arcade, Singapore 269406
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 6pm
Tel: 6468 9859
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 ($1.85). 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
10. Hom Aroy Thai Food
Originally located at a market in Toa Payoh, Hom Aroy Thai Food opened their second branch last year at Coronation Plaza. Nestled in a corner on level three, they serve up a variety of Thai dishes. Try their delicious Pineapple Fried Rice ($6) 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 ($8).
Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, #03-01, Singapore 269707
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3:30pm, 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 9727 7446
11. Fat Belly
Fat Belly and Sugarhaus are two eateries that share the same location. However, the former opens at night, while the latter opens during the day. For a special occasion, get your hands on dishes such as Icon Wagyu Marble Score 4/5 Petit Tender ($30++) and USDA Short Rib & Foie Gras Melt ($32++), the matter of which is only available for lunch. If you are a fan of desserts, there are items like the Sticky Date Pudding ($12++) and Tiramisu ($12++) to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can also order their items for takeaway and delivery via their website too.
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
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. The popiah 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 Cozy Corner sells other classic dishes such as Mee Siam ($5) and Laksa ($5) as well.
Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, #02-02, Coronation Plaza, Singapore 269707
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 7pm, Sun 10am to 4pm
Tel: 6463 8286
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: Daily 8am to 7pm
Tel: 6314 2674
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 ($20), with sourdough toast and the full monty of breakfast items: pork sausages, bacon, eggs, and eggs, or the Shredded Duck Pasta ($23), coated in a luscious cream cheese. For drinks, their Dirty Matcha ($8) 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: Sun-Thurs 8:30am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6972 9142
15. Elixir Boutique Coffee Roasters
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 $8++, for small plates, and go up to $27++ for The Breakfast Works, an upgraded full English breakfast. There is a wide array of coffee roasts you can pick from to go in your brew too, and 250g bags of coffee beans are available for take-home too.
Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 2:30pm
Tel: 6314 2247
16. Bee’s Knees
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.
Address: 50 Cluny Park Road, Level 1, Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 9815 3213
A variety of food 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.
This article was originally written on 4 June 2018.