Whether you love starry night skies, breezy beaches or quiet nature, these open-air spots offer a dining experience you won’t soon forget.
After being cooped up indoors for hours on end, heading out for some fresh air, sunny rays and cool breezes – all while having a delish meal and a cold tipple or two in hand – sounds like the perfect remedy for cabin fever. If you’ve ticked off all the rooftop restaurants in the city, fret not. We’ve scoured the island for the best alfresco restaurants and unearthed these gems amongst forestry and by the sea and quay.
Dine amidst lush greenery
The Rabbit Hole
Hop into the Alice in Wonderland-esque stomping ground, set within the lush greens of Dempsey. Whether it’s a birthday party you’re planning, an intimate dinner date, a spot of tea, or a boozy sesh armed with its specially curated craft gins and house-made tonics, nothing beats unwinding at this whimsical garden of a wonderland just outside its sister restaurant, The White Rabbit.
The Rabbit Hole, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541
The Summerhouse and Wildseed Cafe
The quiet countryside of Seletar is where you’ll find farm-to-table restaurant The Summerhouse. Going the romantic route? Opt for a dining experience in its air-conditioned Garden Domes, where couples can clink glasses in an intimate setting surrounded by twinkling fairy lights in a lush edible garden. If you’re looking for something on the casual side, pop by Wildseed Cafe on the same premises for a chill weekend brunch with the fam over cups of coffee.
The Summerhouse and Wildseed Cafe, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
With spectacular views overlooking a landscape of towering trees and glistening waters, this Mount Faber spot is best experienced at sunset. As you nibble on European-style tapas and sip on cocktails, you’ll be enjoying panoramic sights of Sentosa and its surroundings from your perch on the hilltop. Oh, and pop by on Friday and Saturday evenings for happy hour drinks and groovy live band performances.
Dusk Restaurant, Level 2, Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
Little Island Brewing Co
Got a taste for locally-brewed craft beers paired with smoked meats? Head to Little Island Brewing Co, a rustic, 400-seater microbrewery at Changi Village, for ice-cold pints and good grub. Come in a big group for a casual night out with live music or swing by for the weekly Sunday roast – it’s bound to be a good time under the stars, no matter when you visit!
Little Island Brewing Co, 6 Changi Village Road, Singapore 509907
Take a break from urban life and make your way to this secluded cafe (which is, in our opinion, the best thing you can get if you’re thinking of a short ‘country-style’ escape). Hidden within Bukit Timah Saddle Club (yes, there are adorable horses all around), this peaceful spot is great for any meal of the day. Feast on brioche French toast, smashed avo and eggs or homemade rosti and sausage if you’re here for brunch, or treat yourself to steak frites and roasted sea bass for dinner visits.
Riders Cafe, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965
The Coastal Settlement
Those residing in the east would know where to take a sojourn. Surrounded by lush greenery and a peek of Changi Beach, The Coastal Settlement gives off major resort-like vibes. It is, after all, located amongst your chalets, as well as yacht and golf clubs. The interior also has a mishmash of retro memorabilia, vintage vehicles and antique furniture, adding a touch of nostalgia along the way. Prepare to leave feeling fully relaxed and satisfied from a menu full of local flavours with contemporary twists.
The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
This one’s a bit of a twist since the restaurant is located in the air-conditioned Flower Dome, which sits amidst the blooming beauty of Gardens by the Bay. Still, in a tropical country like Singapore, a meal in 20-degree weather, surrounded by a landscape of petals, is always welcome. The kitchen delivers modern French fare with a Mediterranean spin, but if you’re not about to splurge on multi-course menus with sights of the Marina Bay skyline, you can always pop into Fennel Cafe on the second floor for afternoon tea.
Pollen, #01-09, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Luxuriate in old-world charm – think high ceilings, candle-lit wall lamps and exquisite antiques galore – at this elegant Thai resto perched atop Labrador Nature Reserve. Housed in a stand-alone restored colonial bungalow amidst garden greenery and quiet waters, Tamarind Hill serves up a mix of traditional and contemporary Thai dishes.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
For some undeniably good nosh, stop by Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park for Grub, a cafe with wholesome comfort food like pastas, burgers and craft beers on tap. The entire restaurant is surrounded by glass, leaving the interior bright and cheery. But the alfresco dining area is where all the action’s at. Order up a coffee and a breakfast plate, and feel yourself unwind within the soothing surrounds of the park.
Grub, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569983
Hidden in the Ginger Garden of the Botanic Gardens, The Halia’s proximity to the city and tranquil setting make it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Through full-height glass windows, guests can wine and dine over brunch while enjoying the warmth of the sunlight in total air-conditioned comfort. Post-sunset, head to the terrace, where majestic palm trees surround the facade of the restaurant.
The Halia, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Open Farm Community
Sitting on 35,000 square feet of leafy grounds, Open Farm Community is a sprawling horticultural hub. At its centre is a farm-to-table restaurant and a small retail store that’s also a coffee, juice and cocktail bar. Surrounding these two rustic spaces, the garden brims with herb and vegetable produce, which are used to create stunning European-fusion dishes in the kitchen. Grab a seat on the timber-decked patio in the back of the restaurant, or park yourself on the colourful terrace for sweeping garden views. As for post-meal entertainment? Wander the grounds and you’ll find play areas for kids.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Tucked within the historic grounds of Gillman Barracks lies the Italian-inspired Masons. Situated in a black and white bungalow from 1935 and surrounded by ample greenery, the resto is a sweet venue to kick back, relax and enjoy signature hand-made pasta or thin-crust pizza dishes.
Masons, 8 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108936
The Green Door
Kick back and laze your weekends away at The Green Door’s outdoor garden patio. The food here is unabashedly hearty – tuck into pizzas, burgers and seafood baskets, and guzzle it all down with cocktails like margaritas, martinis and mojitos. Bonus: Your furry friends are allowed here too.
The Green Door, 13A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247694
Dine by the waters
PS.Cafe East Coast Park
The newest PS.Cafe outlet, tucked away in East Coast Park, boasts one of the best seaside views. In a chic space surrounded by shrubs of green, it’s pretty much the perfect spot for a little drinking and chilling after a day of fun in the sun. Come through for brunch and savour cold-pressed juices, spritz cocktails and ice cream shakes with pizzas, pastas and those famous shoestring truffle fries – all without a care in the world.
PS.Cafe East Coast Park, #01-05/06/07, Cyclist Park, 1110 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449880
Right by the edge of Siloso Beach, this freshly revamped seaside haven serves up grilled fare, frozen cocktails and roast meats from its relaxed alfresco space. When you’re done dipping your toes into the water, cuddle up under blue skies and lounge the day away with sublime views of the sun going down over the horizon.
Sand Bar, 52 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099012
Stretched out along Sentosa, FOC boasts an airy beachfront spot with bright interiors, panoramic views and a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, including a pool deck and beachside sunbeds. The menu is no runner-up either, with satiating, contemporary Mediterranean dishes as the main star.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943
Shoes are mostly optional at the sandy shores of Coastes, which ideal for catching a sunset at Siloso Beach with live music in the background. You can recline on sunbeds for a laidback afternoon or gather the fam to feast on crowd-pleasers like burgers, pizzas and desserts. The blue and white decor here is striking, giving you a charming experience dining steps away from the sea.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
Luxuriate to the tune of tropical beachside vibes without getting your toes sandy at the riverfront restaurant that is Summerlong. Lined along the stretch of restos at Robertson Quay, the Mediterranean eatery is all about good vibes and vibrant nights. Tuck into Greek-inspired dips, mezze plates, skewers and meats, but save space for the desserts and the fab cocktails.
Summerlong, #01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Casual Italian eatery Trapizza is one of our fave spots for kicking back with a couple of beers after a (thoroughly exhausting) day of sun-soaking. Located on Siloso Beach, the seaside restaurant serves up wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, pastas, snacks and desserts.
Trapizza, 10 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098995
Sabio by the Sea
This powerhouse of Spanish food offers everything we love about the cuisine: Salty jamón ibérico, flavour-packed chorizos, tasty paella, crisp churros… oh heck, yes. The swanky Sentosa Cove outlet promises relaxing afternoons over lavish spreads, ice-cold jugs of sangria and endless plates of hot and cold tapas.
Sabio by the Sea, #01-02, Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098373
Dine in the city
A chic hangout for after-work cocktails, weekend brunch catch-ups and romantic dates overlooking the glittering Marina Bay waters, Caffe Fernet specialises in terrific Italian fare. Order a couple of pasta dishes and large plates like the veal parmigiana and New York sirloin to share, then toast to the picturesque alfresco ambience with spritz, negroni and frosé drinks.
Caffe Fernet, #01-05, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
This popular neighbourhood gem is always worth checking out – especially if you’ve got a weakness for killer guac made fresh on the spot (who doesn’t?). Pair that with a steady supply of tortilla chips and hearty burritos washed down with potent frozen margaritas, and you’ve got your night made. Remember to pick the outdoor seats – they’re the perfect base to people-watch the crowds and listen to the live band get their jam on.
Piedra Negra, 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Merci Marcel’s latest outlet is a breath a fresh air to the usually quiet premises of Palais Renaissance. Sprawling with swoon-worthy boho-chic decor, the lovely space has a 180-degree view of Orchard Road with alfresco seats, a mix of new dishes and fan faves, and a gorgeous bar centrepiece. Curl up on a sofa and order classic French fare, then visit the retail space next door, which holds over 800 lifestyle and home decor items from boutique brands around the globe. Of course, OGs will know that the Club Street outlet also has outdoor dining spots at the front.
Merci Marcel, #01-03/04, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871; 7-9 Club Street, Singapore 069403
Lucha Loco & Super Loco
With its lovely garden bar and buzzy vibes, Lucha Loco on Duxton Hill is our go-to place for a tequila party. You can’t leave without enjoying a couple of tacos and margaritas under the fairy light-flecked sky! Alternatively, head over to the Mexican taqueria’s sister restaurant Super Loco Customs House for a fancy time with amazing waterfront views of Marina Bay.
Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, 089598; Super Loco Customs House, #01-04, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
L’Entrecote The Steak & Fries Bistro
The stunning alfresco L’Entrecote Bar at Customs House offers sweeping views of the Marina Bay skyline and Singapore River. Its strategic location means you can wind down and enjoy the breeze after a long day. The bar offers a hearty mix of small bites like an indulgent charcuterie platter (la planche de charcuteries et fromages), deep-fried frog legs and refreshing French aperitifs.
L’Entrecote The Steak & Fries Bistro, #01-01, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
Latteria Mozzarella Bar
This restaurant has a soft spot for cheese – particularly of the mozzarella variety – which is no surprise that it lives up to its name. The menu boasts various cuts of fresh mozzarella cheese in varying shapes and sizes, all flown in directly from Italy’s artisanal producers. But cheese isn’t the only star here; the outdoor area, decorated with fairy lights in a tranquil setting, beckons lovey-dovey dates and intimate gatherings.
Latteria Mozzarella Bar, 40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618
A household name in the cafe scene, Prive has multiple locations for alfresco dining, each with its own unique experience suited to every mood. The outlet at Chijmes gives off enchanted garden vibes, the one at Wheelock Place perfectly captures the bustling streets of Orchard Road, and Marina at Keppel Bay is where you should be if you’re looking to unwind and watch the world go by.
Privé, various locations including Chijmes, Wheelock Place, Marina at Keppel Bay, Clark Quay and Asian Civilisations Museum.