Exploring Farrer Park? We’ve got plenty of hip cafes, under-the-radar eateries and brunch spots to recommend!
Farrer Park isn’t the most well-known of neighbourhoods in Singapore. It’s not quite like the trendy Tiong Bahru or buzzing Robertson Quay. But we love its amazing variety of hip cafes and great local eats all the same. Surrounded by the vibrance of Little India, the heritage shophouses of Jalan Besar, and the old and new contrast of Novena and Balestier, it’s a real gem of its own. You’ll never run out of good food at Farrer Park, thanks to its plethora of restaurants and cafes.
Farrer Park food guide: Where to eat and drink
Pop into Syip to admire the Farrer Park cafe’s white minimalistic decor. Serving all-day brunch and coffee, its popular menu items include mentaiko scallop linguine and ikura kombu capellini. We also love treating ourselves to the hearty big breakfast with a side of tater tots on cheat day. Pair your order with unique drinks like matcha yuzu, strawberry lemonade or black sesame latte.
Syip, 79 Owen Road, Singapore 218895
2. Daizu Cafe
A minimalist two-storey cafe with an alfresco deck, Daizu is one of our fave food spots in Farrer Park. It blends Japanese and Western flavours for a menu that’ll give the neighbourhood’s veteran cafes a run for their money. The place is perfect for brunch, thanks to its abundance of natural light, complemented by dishes like chicken sando and lobster mayo croissant. If you’re feeling peckish, order sides like tempura dumplings or mentaiko fries to share. For dessert, don’t miss out on the lime meringue tart to go with your coffee of choice.
Daizu Cafe, 129 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218407
3. Old Hen Coffee Bar & Kitchen
With two locations situated just a street apart, you’d be forgiven for doing a double take every time you walk past Old Hen. Both are pretty similar, though Old Hen Kitchen is the newer and bigger (but more hidden) outlet. These folks specialise in coffee, with black, white and cold brew varieties alongside Japanese teas, craft beers and kombucha on the drinks menu. As for the food, expect to see cafe brunch dishes like avo toast, French toast, toasted muesli bowl, and maple bacon mac and cheese on the line-up.
Psst: those in-the-know will have dined at Old Hen Kitchen’s neighbour, Chooby Pizza. Available for reservations every Monday at noon, this coveted spot for Napoletana-style pizzas opens only from Wednesdays to Fridays for dine-in.
Old Hen Coffee Bar & Kitchen, #01-03, 88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374 and 127 Owen Road, Singapore 218931
4. The Bakehaus
If you’re looking for freshly baked sourdough bread and pastries in the ‘hood, make this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it artisanal bakery your go-to. From croissants and tarts to bread in all glorious forms, it supplies your every carb need. Each visit offers new and unique flavours to discover, including sourdough loaves in variations like avo, pecan and cheese, or garlic, cheese and sun-dried tomato.
The Bakehaus, 130 Owen Road, Singapore 218934
5. Cherry and Oak
Love a good meal of wood-smoked meat? Pop by this halal Asian smokehouse for a hearty meal of beef brisket, beef short rib, lamb cutlets, chicken, all-natural sausages, and seafood like mussels, scallops, prawns and crabs. Everything from the smoked section also comes with complimentary nasi lemak bakar. Oh, and choice paralysis is real here, ‘cos the menu is huge. From pasta plates like laksa linguine to all-day brekkie dishes such as smoked toast and baby Dutch pancakes, you’ve got plenty to choose from.
Cherry and Oak, 95 Owen Road, Singapore 218907
6. Wooly’s Bagels
Bagels, anyone? We love stuffing our faces with this loaded carb-tastic delight. The no-frills store doles out donut-shaped goodies stuffed with meat, eggs and more. Try the GTF for chicken ham, scrambled eggs, hashbrown and truffle mayo, the Pastramania for beef pastrami, scrambled eggs and house-made mustard, or the classic smoked salmon with garlic herb cream cheese. Make it a meal with tater tots or mac and cheese and a drink, or go nuts with a s’mores dessert featuring – you guessed it – bagels.
Wooly’s Bagels, #01-03, 89 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218375
7. Jia Bin Klang Bak Kut Teh
If you enjoy the herbal Malaysian-style bak kut teh, you’ll love the food from this casual eatery in Farrer Park. The ever-popular spot gets crowded at meal times, so you’ll want to head over early for the signature bak kut teh paired with plates of steamed herbal prawns, braised chicken feet, spicy pork belly and more.
Jia Bin Klang Bak Kut Teh, 62 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218352
8. Mirage The Parlour
A craft beer oasis, Mirage serves drinks that are perfect for winding down the day. Try its Japanese and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to pair with your beverage of choice. We’re eyeing the yakitori and donburi selection, with skewers of chicken thigh, miso eggplant, tamago, pork belly, smoked duck and more.
Mirage The Parlour, 140 Owen Road, Singapore 218940
With Singaporean chef Tariq Helou at the helm, Fleurette blooms as a standout restaurant amidst its neighbours on Rangoon Road. Enter the enigmatic space and dine around a dark wood counter that surrounds the open kitchen. The experience is exquisite, enhanced by chef’s amiable personality and the fine, fresh ingredients in each dish. Tasting menus change with the season, but the flavours and creations are always impeccable. Intrigued? Check it out for yourself!
Fleurette, 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451
10. Ordinary Burgers
A humble stall tucked away in the basement of City Square Mall, this burger joint is anything but ordinary. Just look out for its bright neon signage! These burgs can rival any fancy big brand, and prices are oh-so-affordable. You’ll find fish fillet, ebi prawn, portobello mushroom, Impossible, beef and buttermilk chicken options on the menu. Pair your order with a side of fries for a satisfying meal.
Ordinary Burgers, #B1-K11/K13, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
11. Sushi Jin
A restaurant concept by the Les Amis Group, Sushi Jin lies in a quiet corner of Farrer Park, tucked out of sight in an air-conditioned walkway next to One Farrer Hotel. The elegant, warmly-lit dining destination regularly imports ingredients from Tokyo’s famous Toyosu Fish Market for optimal freshness. To try a bit of everything, opt for any of the omakase menus.
Sushi Jin, #01-11/12, Owen Link, 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562
12. Brunches Cafe
If the combination of vintage goods and brunch sounds like your dream come true, add this to your list of weekend hangouts. The eclectic Farrer Park cafe serves all-day brekkie, pancakes, coffee and tea, and it’s filled with old school furniture and collectables… that you can purchase! Everything with a price tag is for sale, so retro shoppers, you know what to do.
Brunches Cafe, 96 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218381
13. Mosanco Enchanted Cafe
It’s all about comfort food plus warm and welcoming vibes at this Farrer Park cafe. The lush space will transport you straight to fairyland! Its leafy decor, mismatched furniture and mirror hangings add a dash of quirk to the experience, but the menu is a familiar one. Think all-day brunch offerings like almond butter on toast and stuffed croissants, plus burgers, light bites, cakes, coffees and cold brews.
Mosanco Enchanted Cafe, #01-04, 88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374
14. Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh
This area is home to countless bak kut teh shops, but Ng Ah Sio is one of the OGs, having been here since 1988. The old school eatery serves Teochew-style pork ribs soup that’s perfectly peppery, using a family recipe that dates back to the 1950s. It has two outlets in Singapore, but the Rangoon Road one still has a special place in our hearts for its comfort food and retro vibes.
Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building, Singapore 218453
15. Legendary Bak Kut Teh
With a name like this, it’s almost impossible not to be curious about the brand’s confidence in its food. This bak kut teh eatery keeps it in the family, generation after generation, serving its signature peppery pork rib soup paired with dishes like braised pig’s trotter, tau pok and abalone. Don’t forget to order the Chinese-style steamed fish!
Legendary Bak Kut Teh, 154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431
16. Mrs Pho House
It’s all about authentic, traditional Vietnamese food here – pho real. Hidden at the end of Rangoon Road, the pocket-friendly casual joint serves classics like beef pho, banh xeo (crispy crepes) stuffed with your choice of meat, seafood spring rolls and grilled lemongrass beef. Just like how your mum (or friend’s mum) makes it.
Mrs Pho House, 221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218549
17. Tingkat PeraMakan
For authentic Peranakan cuisine in a casual setting, Tingkat PeraMakan will make you feel right at home. The Nonya flavours are impeccable, and it’s a great place for fuss-free lunches or dinners with the entire fam. Best of all, the menu features affordable sets that spotlight crowd favourites such as sambal satong (squid cooked in satong), ayam buah keluak (braised chicken) and beef rendang (beef in coconut gravy). These all come with your choice of two sides and a dessert. Totally worth it!
Tingkat PeraMakan, 119 Owen Road, Singapore 218924
18. Suk’s Thai Kitchen
Keep an eye out for the modern resto’s neon sign that’ll grab your attention at the cross junction. Newer to the neighbourhood, Suk’s Thai Kitchen is all about authentic Thai grub whipped up from the chef’s family recipes. You’ll find all kinds of classics on the extensive menu, which means you can easily satisfy your cravings for pad Thai, minced pork basil rice, green curry chicken and tom yum prawn soup here.
Suk’s Thai Kitchen, 136 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217699
19. Pek Kio Market & Food Centre
A bustling hawker centre with its own unique charm, Pek Kio isn’t as famous as other places in town. But it still has its share of popular stalls and their loyal followings. Dreaming of prawn noodles? You’ll find two well-known names here: Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Noodles and Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles (also infamous for its irritable owner). If you have the patience to join the queue, look out for Pin Wei Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun. This beloved stall sells its freshly made signature dish in plain, char siew, prawn and scallop varieties.
Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, 41 Cambridge Road, Singapore 210041
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