It’s always refreshing to escape Singapore for a bit. But, you don’t even need to leave town to “get away” at these one-of-a-kind eateries!
We’d love for this to be our dining room – and it’s this very playful yet homely ambiance of this Australian restaurant, decked in pretty pastel hues and whimsical murals, that we love.
It’s got the food to match, too – try the melt-in-your-mouth Slow-Cooked Mangalica Pork and the Slow-Roasted Beetroot Salad with homemade duck ham, fresh plum, rosella jam and Tasmanian pepper berry.
#01-26/27 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria St, 187996
NEXT: Kombi Rocks ?
Old school is the new cool, and this diner knows best. Cute Volkswagen Kombis (which are also available for hire) are parked at its doorstep; step inside where retro floor tiles and whimsical touches like rotary dial telephones, memorabilia, and even vintage barber chairs carry on the theme.
Even the food, mostly Thai and Chinese fare, are prepared with recipes passed down for three generations. Have we mentioned it’s old school?
66 Yio Chu Kang Rd, 545568
NEXT: Sushi Airways →
This casual Japanese restaurant doesn’t feel like Singapore – unless, that is, you happen to be on a plane above Singapore land. Boarding passes, airplane windows and waitresses dressed as airline stewardesses add to your unique dining experience at this aircraft-themed restaurant.
Don’t worry, there’s no sub-par airline food here, only the freshest sashimi and sushi flown in straight from Japan four times a week. We’re all aboard!
20a Baghdad St, 199659
NEXT: Knots Cafe & Living →
What would a cafe opened by a florist look like?
Like this: woody furniture accented by plants, with terrariums and bunches of roses, orchids and sunflowers adorning the space.
The cafe even doubles as a furniture shop – you can even buy the very chair you’re sitting on!
#01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, 409022
NEXT: Antoinette ?
Elevated by an elegant Parisian boudoir look, this French-inspired cafe is certainly worthy of its reference to Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen of France.
Food fit for royalty: regional French savoury specialties as well as luxurious pastries and confectionery. C’est délicieux!
#02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, 238897
NEXT: Punggol East Container Bistros ?
Love the hipster food scene of Los Angeles or London? You’ll love these off-the-beaten-track container bistros that don’t quite feel like anywhere else in Singapore – scratch that, they don’t feel much like Singapore at all.
Except they’re got local and Asian-inspired grub like Sambal Stingray, Korean Fried Chicken; plus, comfort food like Fish and Chips, cheap craft beers and more.
50 Punggol East, 828826
NEXT: Central Perk →
This isn’t the set of the hit TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ok, it kind of is – it’s a cafe that’s designed exactly like so, from the iconic orange sofa to the brick walls, and even Chandler and Joey’s foosball table.
Even the menu is inspired by representative food items on the show as well, from Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken to Phoebe’s “I Can’t Eat Meat” Steak.
#01-01 Central Mall, 1 Magazine Rd, 059567
NEXT: Brasserie Les Saveurs ?
Stepping into the plush Brasserie Les Saveurs, you’d expect an epicurean experience of refined French cuisine, and that’s exactly what you’re given.
Free your afternoon and tuck into a lavish spread of scones, sandwiches, desserts and more at Afternoon Tea, while the resident pianist serenades you with a live performance.
The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd, 247911
NEXT: Overeasy →
Overeasy is half American diner, half cutesy Williamsburg cafe – cinematic fixtures and iconic diner booths transport you right back to NYC. The only giveaway: the splendid view of Marina Bay at this riverside hotspot.
Here, trade up your cheat day for classic diner fare like their crowd favourite Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese.
#01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, 049213
NEXT: Nox – Dine In The Dark ?
Abandon all concern about your surroundings on this mysterious sensory journey – stripped of your sight, savour a 3-course dinner as your personal guide brings you on a gourmet journey of discovery in a completely dark dining room.
With your amplified sense of taste and smell, discover the subtleties of flavour and the art of cuisine, along with signature cocktails customised to your palate.
269 Beach Rd, 199546
NEXT: Hungry Heroes ?
This one’s for your kids. The first superhero themed cafe and restaurant in Singapore, Hungry Heroes displays countless original and licensed superhero memorabilia from Marvel & other comics, including life-sized statues, head busts, figurines and movie posters.
The restaurant specialises in Western fare, like its Meat Fury’s BBQ Pork Ribs and unique Spider Pig Burger.
33 Tessensohn Road, 217656
NEXT: The White Rabbit→
Housed in a restored old chapel along the stretch of Dempsey Hill, The White Rabbit attempts to bring you to another magical world with its unique ‘Alice in Wonderland’ concept and theme. The white walls, animal-shaped shrubs and even an outdooir bar with a ‘Drink Me’ motif just like the potion in the original novel is sure to delight fans of the novel.
The setting is romantic and elegant, and it is said that service there is impeccable.
39C Harding Rd, 249541
NEXT: Sum Yi Tai→
Sum Yi Tai translates to “third wife” in Cantonese. The Chinese-Cantonese Tapas Bar is conceptualised to pay tribute to the 1980s glamour of old Hong Kong, so expect lots of old Cantonese music floating through the speakers, dim red lantern lights and even a mahjong wall.
Consisting of a tapas bar on the ground floor, a mona lounge and private room karaoke on the second floor and a rooftop bar on the third floor, Sum Yi Tai definitely transports you out of Singapore and into old Hong Kong.
25 Boon Tat Street, 069622
By Pinky Chng / Additional reporting by Cheryl Lim, last updated March 2018
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