They don’t call us the Garden City for nothing! Singapore’s parks have become the perfect place to dine away from the city lights. Escape from the hustle and bustle to the lush greens.
Changi Beach Park
Bistro @ Changi is where it’s at. Relax by the beach at this laidback, no frills spot. Chill out over a couple of beers and snacks, or sit down with that special someone for sunset dinner.
Bistro @ Changi, 260 Nicoll Drive, Changi Beach Carpark 1, Singapore 498991, p. 6546 5229. Open Mon-Thu 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 10am-11pm.
Located in the heart of Punggol Park, Wild Oats is the brainchild of celebrity chef Wilin Low. What better way to spend those precious weekends than beside a lake, under trees lit with fairy lights.
Wild Oats, 1 Punggol Park, 97 Hougang Ave 8, Singapore 538792, p. 6858 2087. Open Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 4pm-12am.
Tucked deep inside the park, the colonial-styled Beaulieu House earns major points for ambience. While it might not be the most accessible place, the unobstructed view of the open sea sure makes up for it.
Beaulieu House, Sembawang Park, 117 Beaulieu Road, Singapore 759837, p. 6257 9234. Open Mon-Sat 11am-230pm, 6-11pm, Sun 11am-11pm.
Nestled amidst the greenery of HortPark is Vineyard, a charming restaurant with a focus on French cuisine. If it’s something else you’re after, fret not, they’ve crafted Thai and Italian menus too. Bonus point: they have a well-stocked wine cellar!
Vineyard, Hortpark, #02-02 33 Hyderabad Road Singapore 119578, p. 6479 7977. Open Mon-Thu 12-3pm, 6-11pm, Fri 11am-3pm, 6pm-1am, Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12-11pm.
We’ve raved about Tamarind Hill before but that’s not stopping us now. Get your fix of Thai classics amidst the beautiful greenery. If you prefer a place that’s more laidback, The Labrador is as uncomplicated as it gets. Simple food in a gorgeous environment – what more could a park-lover ask for?
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Labrador Park, Singapore 119189, p. 6278 6364. Open daily 12-3pm, 630-1030pm. Eco Gourmet Cafe, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Labrador Park, Singapore 119189, p. 6479 8885. Open Mon-Fri 12-3pm, 630-1030pm Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 630-1030pm. The Labrador, 8 Port Road, Singapore 117540, p. 6273 2779. Open daily 11am-1230am.
This place is a mandatory stop for locals and tourists alike so once you’ve got that down, take your pick of food stops. From Food for Thought, an all-day breakfast spot, Casa Verde, a casual dining eatery, Au Jardin, the French fine dining establishment, to Halia, a restaurant offering European and Asian cuisines with a twist, Botanic Gardens is sure to satisfy.
Food for Thought, Tanglin Gate, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6479 1080. Open Mon-Sun 8am-9pm. Casa Verde, Visitor Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6467 7236. Open Sun-Thu 730-11am, 1130am-6pm, 7-11pm, Fri-Sat 730-11am, 11am-6pm, 7-11pm. Halia, Ginger Garden @ Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 8444 1148. Open Mon-Fri 12-4pm for lunch, Mon-Sun 630-11pm for dinner. Sat-Sun 10am-4pm for brunch, 3-5pm for tea. Au Jardin, EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6466 8812. Open Tue-Fri 12-2pm for lunch, Tue-Sun 7-1015pm for dinner, Sun 11-1pm, 1-3pm.
Mount Faber Park
Dine under the stars at Jewel Box atop Mount Faber. Housing Black Opal, Sapphire, and Moonstone, each restaurant allows you to indulge in a range of gourmet cuisine, while taking in the hilltop views. Note that Black Opal and Sapphire are undergoing a makeover right now though, so you’ll have to wait till they reopen! In the meantime, check out Moonstone, which offers a range of Japanese sake, beers, and whiskeys, and yummy grilled bites.
Also, just a stone’s throw away is Faber Bistro, which offers international favourites in an equally beautiful yet casual setting.
Moonstone, Level 2 The Jewel Box, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203, p. 6276 0609. Open Mon-Thu 430-11pm, Fri-Sat 430pm-1am.
Faber Bistro, Upper terrace of Jewel Box, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203, p. 6377 9688. Open Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am.
East Coast Park
You’ll never run out of dining options at East Coast Park. With a standalone seafood centre, a lineup that includes the likes of Jumbo Restaurant, Long Beach Seafood Restaurant, Red House Seafood Restaurant, and more, this is the place to-go for all your seafood cravings.
Not a seafood fan? Not a problem. Make your way to Playground @ Big Splash, where you can find eateries like 1 TwentySix, a seafront dining spot, Brussels Sprouts, where you can get Belgian beer and mussels, and many more. Enjoy the sunset while you eat or take a stroll when you’re done.
Red House Seafood Restaurant, #01-05 Blk 1204 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449882, p. 6442 3112. Open Mon-Fri 12-11pm, Sat-Sun 1130am-11pm.
Long Beach Seafood Restaurant, #01-04 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449811, p. 6448 3636. Open Mon-Thu 2pm-1215am, Fri 130pm-1215pm, Sat 1130am-115pm, Sun & PH 1130am-1215am, Eve of PH 230pm-115am.
1 TwentySix, #01-26 Playground @ Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874, p. 6348 2126. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 3pm-3am, Sun 11am-3pm, 5pm-12am.
Brussels Sprouts, #01-27 Playground @ Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874, p. 6346 4344. Open Tue-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 10am-12am.
Fort Canning Park
A trek up the hill to Hotel Fort Canning will take you to Gattopardo Italian Restaurant & Pizzabar for some amazing Sicilian food. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!
As one of the biggest and most popular parks in Singapore, it should come as no surprise that Grub is equally popular. Surrounded by lovely garden landscapes, tuck into some comfort food and while away your afternoon. Over at Canopy Dining, sit back and relax outdoors with comforting Australian-style café food. The Cornerstone serves great western food and it allows pets too! Vegetarians and vegans, Green Room Café is the place for you!
Grub, 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 1, Singapore 569983, p. 6459 5743. Open Tue-Fri 530-1030pm, Sat-Sun 9am-230pm, 530-1030pm. Canopy Dining, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park II, Singapore 569931, p. 6556 1533. Open Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. The Cornerstone, 1380 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park II, Singapore 569930, p. 6554 7230. Open Tue-Sun 12-11pm. Green Room Café, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park II, Singapore 569931, p. 6556 1533. Open Mon-Fri 12-3pm, 6-1030pm, Sat-Sun 12-1030pm.
Pasir Ris Park
If you love the sun, sea, and sand, head over to Beach Culture at Pasir Ris Park. Work up an appetite with water sports and end your day with hearty meals. Hidden within leafy surroundings is 5 Drunken Rabbits Bistro & Bar, serving up pasta, pizza, and sandwiches that kick it up a notch from the usual café fare. Otherwise, duck into The Place for family-friendly time out with nature.
Beach Culture, 131 Pasir Ris Road, Pasir Ris Beach Park, Singapore 519148, p. 6584 0080. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 9am-1am.
5 Drunken Rabbits Bistro & Bar, 201 Pasir Ris Road, Alng Elias Road, Singapore 519147, p. 9159 9600. Open Mon-Fri 330pm-2am, Sat-Sun 1130am-2am.
The Place, Delihut at 61 Pasir Ris Green, Pasir Ris Park, Singapore 518225, p. 9098 8898. Open Mon-Fri 3-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm.
Top image: Vineyard at Hort Park