Restaurants in Singapore
The residents of Singapore love to eat out. By one estimate there are 20,000 restaurants feeding its population of 5 million. Some of the best restaurants in Singapore are white glove, gourmet destinations while more humble options include countless street food stalls—with its rigorously enforced health codes, you can dine at them without fear. Singapore restaurants run the gamut of cuisines—at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, you'll find Thai, Malay, Indonesian and other options, while the country's large Indian population has the subcontinent's cuisine covered. Unique to Singapore, and a few cities in Malaysia, is Peranakan cuisine, a hybrid of Chinese and Malaysian cuisines.
To experience the full range of the city's culinary scene, check out Singapore restaurants that are a once-per-trip splurge, like Saint Pierre, as well as the food stalls. In Saint Pierre's formal central business district dining room, the kitchen serves dishes that are a unique combination of Japanese and French. The selection of foie gras is one of its specialties. When it's time to check out some of the more wallet-friendly options, Hainanese chicken is an unofficial national dish—chicken poached in stock and served with a chili and garlic sauce.
"Sin Huat is a wonderland of fresh seafood—notably the Crab Bee Hoon. The service, however, could be described as borderline hostile, and the decor? Nonexistent. Grab your own Tiger beer from the case, and hopefully, eventually, someone will bring mugs and ice. Yes.
Originally founded in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung is a casual Chinese restaurant serving traditional dim sum, rice, and noodle dishes. The popularity of the restaurant’s steamed dumplings launched a global enterprise with locations in the United States, Japan, China, and Korea.
The eponymous chef's kaiseki restaurant serves not-to-be-missed dishes that mimic the seasons.
Showcasing its own brand of ready-made pastas and sauces amid vibrant orchid-accented décor, this full-service fast-food joint’s menu runs the gamut of Singaporean cuisine, including an exceptional soup selection.
This casual, Italian chain has several locations throughout Singapore and has earned a loyal following with its selection of specialty, wood-fired pizzas.
The Dutch colonizers of Indonesia put their own spin on the local nasi padang feast, an array of small dishes served with a helping of rice. Today, the toned-down rijsttafel is more popular abroad than in Indonesia itself.
Changi’s newest hotel houses a stylish eatery spotlighting an international team of chefs in two show kitchens.
Although Buko Nero loosely translates to “hole in the wall,” the small restaurant often books out a month in advance thanks to its inventive Asian-Italian fusion cuisine.
One of the oldest restaurants in the Chinatown district, this classic Cantonese eatery was first established in 1928. The two-story dining room is simple but inviting, with wooden floors and large windows that overlook the neighborhood’s busy streets and markets.
Contemporary Chinese fusion in an artsy setting (with great people-watching).
This quick-stop coffee shop—an outpost of a 65-year-old chain—specializes in “toast sets,” or mini-sandwiches.
Housed in a colonial-style shophouse, Oso Ristorante serves authentic Italian cuisine crafted by renowned chef Diego Chiarini.
Housed inside the chic Hotel 1929, Ember serves an innovative menu of Asian-influenced European cuisine crafted by chef Sebastian Ng.