Here’s why they call Singapore a “Garden City” – both inside and out.
The indoor garden in this restaurant, including the dramatic Dracaena Reflexa (Song of India plant) centrepiece, set a soothing dining ambience.
And necessarily so, as the dishes here are anything but “soothing” – in a good way, of course. Sichuan elements – the spice, we mean, marry inventive Western twists in dishes like Find The Chicken In The Chillies ($16). For something milder, go for the Oriental Bolognaise of angel hair pasta in pork ragout with onsen tamago, mizuna and sakura ebi.
#01-01, 115 Amoy St, Singapore 069935
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A whimsical feature wall plastered with leaf- and fruit-shaped cutouts greets customers at this gelato parlour. And customers sit at a leaf-shaped counter table, on which are placed bouquets of dried flowers.
The botanical theme extends to its desserts as well. Natural ingredients like flowers, herbs and spices are used to concoct flavours such as white chrysanthemum, pandan and lemongrass ginger. The ice-cream cones, which are also made in-house, are flavoured with thyme.
#01-05, 63 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428776
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What would a cafe opened by a florist look like?
Like this: woody furniture accented by plants, with terrariums as well as bunches of roses, orchids and sunflowers are placed on the tables.
Opened by florist chain Xpressflower.com, the plants in the 2,600 sq ft cafe are changed every two days. But more than just being a cafe in a nursery, it also doubles as a furniture shop – diners can buy the tables and upholstered chairs that they sit on.
#01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409022
NEXT: Picnic →
At indoor food truck park Picnic, vines twine around galvanised mesh sprawled across the pillars and ceiling, while pots of live flowers and ferns hang under canopies of artificial creepers.
The cluster of food stalls offer an international array of cuisines, from Taiwanese Beef Rib Noodles to Korean Tacos.
The dynamic space also hosts flea markets, workshops, events and music performances. Hence the name of this convivial space, “Picnic”.
#03-15 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238877
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Named after a plant itself, pots of green dot this glass-roofed, floral-scented cafe.
Its food is conceptualised as such as well – this terrarium dessert is actually constructed with chocolate sponge cake sculpted to look like a piece of rock, sitting on a bed of chocolate soil and adorned with edible flowers, apple compote and mint custard.
47 Neil Rd, Singapore 088827
NEXT: Nosh →
Sat amidst the enchanting Rochester Park, dine al fresco at The Greenhouse – no prizes for guessing why; indoors, the botanical theme continues with a touch of vintage, befitting of the colonial bungalow in which it’s housed.
The eponymous Nosh Burger, a juicy beef patty with locally-inspired sambal béarnaise sandwiched between pillowy-soft buns, doesn’t use the bistro’s name in vain. Alternatively, their vegetarian-friendly menu – more than half of its menu items are either vegetarian or can easily accommodate vegetarian palates – is perfect for the herbivores or health-conscious.
9 Rochester Park, Singapore 139220
NEXT: Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Cafe →
The colourful orchids hanging from the cafe’s canopies was no afterthought – the design of the space was inspired by Singapore’s national flower, and designed specially to reflect our “Garden City” vibe.
As you’d expect, the food is Hello Kitty-themed, with waffles so shaped and dish names like “Kitty Goes Fishing”. But it’s not all gimmicky – definitely worth a try!
#01-22, Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 3, 65 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819663
NEXT: Pollen →
Sat in the Flower Dome in Gardens By The Bay, Pollen can’t possibly not be garden-themed.
Modern European fare here comes with a Mediterranean twist, with dishes like Pan-Seared Salmon with Saffron Potato Puree. Or, indulge in their afternoon tea – with free flow of Codorniu Cava, no less!
Bonus: After your meal, enjoy complimentary access to the Flower Dome!
#01-09 Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
NEXT: Birds of a Feather →
By Pinky Chng, adapted from The Straits Times, last updated October 2017
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