Restaurants in parks
Singapore’s name as “The Garden City” isn’t an unfounded one. Besides being recognised by UNESCO for our very own Botanic Gardens, we’re also blessed with some of the most beautiful parks amidst our concrete jungle. Apart from the greenery, some of these parks also house gorgeous dining options, some of which are happy to accommodate your paw friends too! To help you along, here are 10 restaurants in parks that will transport you out of Singapore.
1. Canopy Bishan
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This beautiful, pet-friendly restaurant feels like a greenhouse, with its surrounding glass windows and gorgeous alfresco dining area. Canopy Bishan, located in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, is a perfect spot for sitting back, with a book in hand and coffee on the table. The diverse menu here includes pasta, burgers, pizzas, and a daily brunch till 2pm.
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Go for their signature Crabmeat Aglio Olio ($21++), or try a Black Angus Cheeseburger ($23++) laced with truffle mayonnaise. If you’re here with vegetarian friends, there’s an Impossible Burger ($23++) that’s got a patty made with the meat alternative. It’s kid-friendly here too, with options such as the evergreen Ham & Cheese Toastie ($9++).
Address: 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931
Tel: 6556 1533
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 12am, Sat-Sun 8am to 12am
Yet another eatery in the sprawling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, GRUB serves bistro food at pocket-friendly prices. If you plan to dine here on a weekend, be sure to come early so you can chope the best seats in the house. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, or in this case their English Breakfast Plate ($15++).
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Another enticing main is the Har Cheong Fried Chicken with Waffles ($16++), which sees the popular zi char dish marrying a brunch staple, paired with your choice of sambal mayo, or plain mayo. Grab a plate of Mentaiko Fries ($6++) on the side for an extra sinful treat, or go big with a Chilli Crab Pasta ($19++), another locally-inspired dish.
Address: 510, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan–Ang Mo Kio Park, Pond Gardens, Singapore 569983
Tel: 6459 5743
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 10pm
3. WAWAWA Bistro by the Reservoir
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WAWAWA Bistro by the Reservoir joins our list of restaurants in parks, overlooking the calm waters of Bedok Reservoir. It’s perfect in the evening when you can sit back, with your four-legged friend by your side, and watch as the sun sets on the horizon. New to the menu are donburi bowls starting at $13.80++ for a Chicken Katsu Don. They’ve also got other international options such as their Signature German Pork Knuckle ($26.80++), as well as a Soft Shell Crab Laksa ($13.80++) for a local favourite.
Address: 901 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479266
Tel: 6285 8038
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm to 12am, Sat-Sun 11am to 12am
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Five&2 is a social enterprise bistro located in Punggol Park. They’re known for their Spicy Oyster Scallop Omelette Pasta ($19), a take on our local hawker favourite, oyster omelette.
Five&2 takes local inspirations for a further spin in Spicy Salted Fish Pasta with Sliced Pork ($18.80), where pasta is zhnged-up with bits of the addictive preserved fish. They’ve even got dishes for your furry friends, with human-grade ingredients made into Crispy Salmon Cube with Carrot Puree ($15.80). This also comes in a beef option.
Address: 97 Hougang Avenue 8, Punggol Park, Singapore 538792
Tel: 6282 8801
Opening hours: Daily 4pm to 11pm
5. Bee’s Knees
Close by to the Cluny Court exit of Botanic Gardens is Bee’s Knees. This pet-friendly restaurant is situated on the ground floor of dining hub The Garage. They’ve revamped their menu, with Asian-inspired dishes. We loved the Spicy Duck Loaded Fries ($17++), loaded with Sriracha cream and mozzarella, as well as the Seafood Stew ($28++), packed with a medley of seafood in a piquant, full-bodied broth.
Read 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
6. Casa Verde
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Yet another dog-friendly mainstay in the Botanic Gardens is Casa Verde, located right at the Gardens’ main visitor centre. Whatever your dining preference, Casa Verde has something on the menu for you. They’ve got Western-styled Gourmet Breakfast ($20+), local heritage items such as Nasi Lemak ($15+), and even selections of pasta and pizza. Prices here veer on the most costly side, but you’re dining in a UNESCO-recognised conservation area!
Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6467 7326
7. East Coast Commune
If you’re a regular at East Coast Park, give East Coast Commune a shot when you’re there next. This newish cafe easily wins top spot for prettiest hangout in ECP to date, with a menu that includes sourdough waffles, sandwiches, and pasta.
Give the “CharMee” ($16+) a try when you’re there, flecked with house-smoked barramundi from Ah Hua Kelong. We also have a soft spot for the Oat Masala Chai by The Chai Baba ($6+).
Read our East Coast Commune review!
Address: 1000 East Coast Parkway, #01-03, Singapore 449876
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 9am to 6pm
8. Wildseed Cafe @ The Alkaff Mansion
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Set in a colonial black-and-white, Wildseed Cafe @ The Alkaff Mansion has all sorts of feels that brings me back to a sultry summer afternoon I spent at Kew Gardens in London. This pet-friendly floral cafe has a charming conservatory that you’ll love for the ‘gram, but maybe not the heat. Don’t let this put you off yet, because there are also air-conditioned seats indoors.
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You’ll find your usual brunch suspects here, but for something different, give the Wagyu Beef Pie ($14+) a shot. It’s baked to order, so expect to wait a little for this. Otherwise, there’s also a Kelong Prawn & Scallop Pizza ($25+) that features local kelong seafood, and cherry tomatoes from the Cameron Highlands.
Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 109178
Tel: 8126 8484
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 4pm
9. Canopy HortPark
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Taking over from where Vineyard used to be is another Canopy Garden Dining outpost on Singapore’s Southern Ridges. The stunning decor reminds us of Balinese resorts, especially apt in today’s travel-starved world.
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The Western-centric menu here has brunch and all-day dining options, headlined by a Cold Angel Hair Pasta ($42++) that’s tossed in white truffle oil, and looks almost too good to eat. There’s also a Rosemary Chicken ($25++), praised for being a well-prepared rendition of the chook. What’s more, Canopy HortPark is also dog-friendly!
Address: 33 Hyderabad Road, #01-01, HortPark, Singapore 119578
Tel: 6556 1533
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10:30pm
10. Fennel Cafe
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Rounding up our list of restaurants in parks is an option to literally dine inside one of the domes at Gardens by the Bay. Head to Fennel Cafe for a Mediterranean lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner one day, and score entrance into the dome, without having to actually pay for a ticket.
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The all-day menu includes a Tuna Melt with Cheddar Cheese ($12++) panini, and large dishes such as Shakshuka ($22++) and a Moroccan Lamb Tagine Cooked with Prunes and Spices, Served with Bulgur Wheat ($30++). Alternatively, there’s the daily Afternoon Tea ($45++) that includes sweet and savoury items, as well as homemade scones with clotted cream.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Level 2 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
Tel: 6702 0158
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Restaurants and cafes in parks
Singapore is known for her food, and for her greenery─we’ve shortlisted 10 restaurants and cafes in parks where the two converge. If you’re after a respite from the busy city life, get some fresh air and sustenance at any one of these spots, and bring your pet along too!
For more IG-worthy dining destinations, read our Sweetea Caffe review, a hidden balcony cafe in Chinatown with retro vibes. Alternatively, check out our Atrium Lounge High Tea review, where we dine in a stunning bird’s cage pavillion at PARKROYAL Marina.