Shaken, not stirred you say? From freakshakes to American diner creamy classics, we source out Singapore's best milkshakes - guaranteed to bring the boys (and everyone else) to the yard
What is it about a good milkshake that makes people swoon? For sugar fiends like us, ice cream‘s always great (as are traditional local desserts), but nothing beats the simple yet unapologetic decadence of an ultra thick shake. Whether you like yours classic diner style (alongside bangin’ burgers and crispy fries) or topped with monstrous sweets, these are our 10 best places for milkshakes in Singapore.
When The Benjamins (formerly known as Benjamin Browns) first opened, our feeds were flooded with Insta-impressive shots of its milky monsters. Despite its 11 “Over the top” mega shakes (ranging from $14 to $16), cocoa is clearly king here. Popular chocolatey goodies include the Black and White, a creamy chocolate milkshake topped with vanilla bean ice cream, fudge pops, wafers and bars, and the Nutella and Banana, made with banana flavoured shake and smothered with moist Nutella cake, fresh banana slices, pretzels and chocolate wafers.
The Benjamins, The Forum, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884.
Not a fan of mega milkshakes? This American diner-style restaurant serves up classic creamy shakes in timeless flavours like Chocolate, M&Ms and chunky Oreo. But for something a little more unconventional, try the Smokey The Bear shake, which melds maple syrup and bacon – a classic breakfast duo – into a strangely scrumptious savoury-sweet concoction.
Overeasy, Outlets at Liat Towers and One Fullerton.
Milkshakes stacked with chunks of melt-in-your-mouth cakes? Now we’re talkin’. If you’re on a girls’ day out, order up the Unicone Cakeshake: A frou frou vanilla masterpiece topped with red velvet cake, swirls of candy floss, rainbow wafer cookies and bathed in rainbow sprinkles. *cue theatrical oohs and aahs* While calories should be the last thing on your mind here, the Matcha Azuki Cakeshake is a tad lighter on the the sin factor thanks to its use of health-giving Azuki red beans and anti-oxidising matcha flavours.
Cake Spade, 83 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088504.
The Refinery’s monster shakes
The Refinery receives top marks for its unique milkshake flavours, particularly, The Chendol Mendo; this milkshake is the stuff of dreams for anyone with retro tastebuds. Made with gula Melaka (palm sugar), coconut cream, red beans, green jelly and topped with vanilla gelato and ondeh ondeh (a traditional sweet, glutinous rice cake), this heavenly shake is a nostalgic throwback to simpler foodie times. Also worth mentioning is the Everyday is Christmas milkshake, a year-round yuletide dessert bursting with citrus, peppermint and chocolate.
The Refinery, 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561.
The Lab SG takes its motto of “we experiment” pretty seriously with its heavy use of science lab elements in everything from decor and food to cutlery. Aside from its crowd-pleasing Nutella, chocolate and strawberry shakes, mad props must be given to these experimental pros for perfectly melding two uber rich flavours in the Durian Caramel monster shake, with nary a hint of overbearing sweetness.
The Lab SG, 1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069.
Once a fave hangout spot for young students, this homegrown shop has impressively outlasted many of its now defunct competitors and expanded as far as Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea. Despite its use of premium quality ice cream and other ingredients, the milkshakes are surprisingly affordable and closely keep to the brand’s policy of “strictly no ice”. What’s amazing is its whopping number of flavours – 30 to be exact – with gloriously decadent choices like durian madness and cookie butter.
once upon a milkshake, Outlets in Capitol Piazza and Waterway Point.
Can’t decide between a donut or a milkshake? Who says you have to? At The House of Robert Timms, the Vanilla Bon Bon – the supposed “milkshake to end all milkshakes” – serves up both delights on a pretty platter (or rather, glass). Comprising a vanilla shake, marshmallows, chopped almonds, generous lashings of chocolate sauce and topped with a glazed donut, this is an indulge-worthy treat we’d gladly give up a year’s worth of diets for.
The House of Robert Timms, Outlets in Wheelock Place and Suntec City.
Mr Avocado Exotic Fruit Juice
Expect no frills at this popular milkshake stall in Alexandra Village Food Centre. If calorie-laden milkshakes creations aren’t for you, head to Mr Avocado, a treasure trove of healthy (and crazy affordable) shakes. Thick, creamy and full-flavoured, the gula Melaka (palm sugar)-infused avo shakes go at only $2.50 a pop.
Mr Avocado Exotic Fruit Juice, Alexandra Food Village, 40A Commonwealth Ave, Singapore 140040.
Booze and milkshake? Sounds like a dream team. Iconic New York eatery, Clinton Street Baking Company & Co., hit Singapore streets last year with a lineup of old-school diner fare (buttermilk chicken and waffles anyone?), including a knockout spiked shake. The wickedly delish Boozy Salted Caramel boasts a lip-smacking sweet and salty combination of vanilla and salted caramel, elevated by the slightly woody char of bourbon.
Clinton Street Baking Company & Co., 31 Purvis Street, Singapore 188608.