Hang out at these nice cafes in parks
Singapore is a garden city, as much as it is a concrete jungle, and a day out in the many Nparks is a surefire recipe for fun in the Sun. With it, however, comes post-activity weariness which is why it’s important to fuel up ASAP. Thankfully, there are many cafes and restaurants that are opening up in many of Singapore’s parks including Botanic Gardens and Punggol Park. Whether you’re looking for a garden brunch date or a romantic al fresco dinner with your beau, these nice cafes in parks are a must to check out.
1. GRUB (Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park)
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Hidden in the serene Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, GRUB is the go-to spot for a post-workout meal. On Friday nights, there’s even live music you can jam to. Go for their sinful Har Cheong Fried Chicken with Waffles ($14++). Succulent chicken thighs are marinated in prawn paste and deep-fried to a gorgeous golden brown. Paired with waffles and maple syrup, this comforting dish is simply sublime.
Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569983
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 10pm
Tel: 6459 5743
2. Whisk & Paddle (Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk)
Whisk & Paddle is perched by the river, overlooking the tranquil Punggol Promenade. It’s also a great place to take your #ootds, with loads of lush greenery acting as a backdrop.
Opt for the cafe-essential Eggs Benedict ($14.80++). Poached eggs sit on a bed of honey baked ham, and are then lathered in a luscious blanket of hollandaise sauce.
You can also go all out with the Whisk Breakfast Pan ($20.80++)—a decadent assortment of eggs, meat, mushrooms, and greens that will make all that exercise in the park worthwhile.
Address: 10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, Singapore 828836
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6242 4634
3. Five &2 (Punggol Park)
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Five &2 is a chic cafe in Punggol Park with a beautiful organic interior design that’s accentuated by hanging plants that drop from the ceiling.
The Spicy Oyster Scallop Omelette Pasta ($19++) is chock-full of scallops and battered oysters. It’s also cooked in a tomato sauce which complements the seafood flavours of the scallop.
For something more local, try the Mee Siam ($7.80++). It’s seasoned with soybean paste and assam so there are tons of flavour packed into the bowl of noodles. It even comes with shrimp, eggs and nuggets of tofu to complete the meal.
Address: 97 Hougang Avenue 8, Singapore 538792
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm to 1am, Sat 4pm to 1am, Sun 4pm to 12am
Tel: 6282 8801
4. Bee’s Knees at The Garage (Botanic Gardens)
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Housed in an old colonial building at the Botanical Gardens, Bee’s Knees at The Garage is a great spot to plop yourself down after a stroll at Singapore’s breathtaking UNESCO heritage site.
Their Kurobuta Ham Croissants ($14++) are an absolute treat. We liked how the rich and porky ham complemented the mellow, yet umami-packed Emmental cheese.
But if you’re vying for something heartier, get the Beef Cheek Bolognese ($16++). This comforting dish features tender beef cheeks that are braised in tomatoes and herbs before being slathered over ribbons of pappardelle.
Address: 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257488
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 9815 3213
5. The Fabulous Baker Boy (Fort Canning Park)
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The Fabulous Baker Boy sits at the foot of Fort Canning Park, complete with serene garden vibes. Here, you can expect chill vibes and lots of natural light that flow through glass-paned windows, giving you the perfect shot for the ‘gram.
Be sure to get their coconut-laden Big Lub’s Carrot Cake ($9++) and classic Red Velvet ($9.50++) if you’re a sweet tooth. For something heartier, the Chilli Crab Mac and Cheese ($18++) or classic Duck Confit ($22++) will leave you feeling satisfied.
Address: 70 River Valley Road, #01-15. Singapore 179037
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 8:30am to 6pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am to 10pm, Sun 8am to 5pm
Tel: 6694 8336
6. Coastal Rhythm (East Coast Park)
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Coastal Rhythm overlooks Singapore’s only cable-ski park, providing a pit stop for water sports goers after an afternoon of diving into adrenaline-pumping activities.
As you soak in the view, tuck into their Coastal Angus Beef Burger ($18++) that’s loaded with a gooey layer of melted cheddar. A more indulgent dish would be the BBQ Pork Ribs ($22++). Baby pork ribs are slow-cooked for 24 hours in a barbecue marinade, resulting in fall-off-the-bone tender meat.
Address: 1206A East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449891
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 5pm to 11pm, Fri 5pm to 1am, Sat 10am to 1am, Sun 10am to 11pm
Tel: 6636 3705
7. Camp Kilo Charcoal Club (Kallang Riverside Park)
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Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is tucked under a derelict industrial warehouse by Kallang Riverside Park. It’s a hip hangout place for the weekend, with an open barbecue pit that releases smoky and meaty aromas into the air.
Their Pork Ribs ($15++ half rack, $30 full rack) is an absolute crowd-pleaser, with fork-tender ribs that are well-seasoned in sweet barbecue marinade. If you want variance in texture, try out the Boneless Lechon ($12++ per 100g). Its crispy skin shatters in the mouth, accentuated by juicy chunks of well-marinated pork.
Address: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level 1, Singapore 338987
Opening hours: Fri 5:30pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 11pm
Tel: 9830 6252
8. Eat Talk Drink (Pasir Ris Park)
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Tucked in the lush vegetation of Pasir Ris Park, Eat Talk and Drink is located right beside a horse stable. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see adorable ponies and mighty horses galloping on the field.
For food, try their Bangers and Mash that’s affordably priced at $12. It comes with two seared sausages and a large side of house-made mash. There’s also the Fish & Chips ($14) that’s fried to a gorgeous golden brown. The crunchy crust crackles open to reveal a flaky fish fillet inside.
Address: 51 Pasir Ris Green, Singapore 518225
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5pm to 12am
Tel: 9828 9555
9. The Seagrill (Changi Beach Park)
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At The Seagrill, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of Changi Beach as you dine. The beaches here are unadulterated by jarring skylines or container ships, so you’ll be fully immersed in the beachside holiday vibes.
The Weekday Lunch Set ($21.90++) features a salad or soup of the day, choice of steak and eggs or wild barramundi for entree, and a selection of desserts. Alternatively, get the Clam Linguine in White Wine ($19++). This pasta dish is loaded with seafood goodness, packed with the beautiful perfume of white wine and fresh clams.
Address: 260 Nicoll Drive, Singapore 498991
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12pm to 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 11pm, Sun 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6935 0076
10. Fusion Spoon (Lakeside Garden)
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The newly refurbished Lakeside Gardens is home to Fusion Spoon. This restaurant not only looks slick and modern, but also sports a beautiful view of the lake.
The food here is rather affordable. Their Seafood Aglio Olio costs only $4.80, but it features both shrimp and squid. For those with a larger appetite, get their hot pot buffet (from $22.80) that offers prawns, sliced beef, and even beef tripe.
Address: 102 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618663
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 10pm
Spend a day at these cafes in parks
It’s an absolute joy to have a hearty brunch right after a fun morning in the park. With beautiful parks dotted around the island, there’s a unique selection to suit every taste.