Well-loved food chains, spiffy cafes, authentic Thai and Japanese restaurants, and gourmet ice cream parlours have set up shop here
Bedok residents have much to love about their neighbourhood, now that it’s home to hipster coffee houses, gourmet ice-cream cafés, quaint restaurants, two shopping malls filled with kick-ass tenants, as well as long-standing family-owned bakeries and supermarkets. Bookmark this guide for when you make a trip down to the charming district…
EAT & DRINK
The unpretentious coffee joint, which recently expanded, stocks a decent range of coffee beans from all over the world including Workshop Coffee Co. London. Go there for brunch and have their buttery croissant filled with either egg mayo, curry chicken or smoked salmon.
Percolate, 136 Bedok North Ave 3, Singapore 460136, p. 8259 0316
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you’ll love D’zerts Café. The spacious cafe serves a wide array of pastries and pastas as well as gelatos. They also do a satisfying cuppa java. We recommend ordering their Deliciously Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake and Mango Passion.
D’zerts Café, 30 Jalan Pari Burong, Singapore 488696, p. 6448 6707
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Whether you’re looking for a classic latte or more delicate brews like V-60, Chemex, Siphon, or a cold brew, they’ve got it all. Budding baristas can get their shopping done here; the cafe stocks a decent range of coffee brewing equipment and accessories, along with beans from one of our favourite local roasters – Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, #01-06 Eastwood Centre, 20 Eastwood Road, Singapore 486442, p. 9658 0769
This perpetually-crowded supper joint has built a reputation for its quality, value-for-money authentic Singaporean, Thai, Indian, Western, and Mediterranean grub. Head here during match days for a mean plate of chicken wings and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Spize, 336 Bedok Road, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore 469512
Slake Bar & Kitchen
Slake your thirst at this restaurant-bar, nestled in the little-known Opera Estate of Bedok. This hip gastrobar incorporates slow-cooking techniques to serve up Asian-influenced Western delights. Sink your teeth into their har cheong (shrimp paste) pork knuckle and lime leaf lamb leg, and don’t forget to complement your meal with a curated choice of bubblies and spirits!
Slake Bar & Kitchen, 15 Swan Lake Ave, Singapore 455711, p. 9245 0184
Momoya Japanese Restaurant
Come here on an empty stomach (and stretchy pants) and stuff yourself silly at Momoya’s popular all-you-can-eat, ala-carte buffet. Using only the freshest ingredients, this cosy Japanese restaurant is always packed with Easties looking for quality Japanese fare in a casual setting.
Momoya Japanese Restaurant, 16 Jalan Pari Burong, Picardy Garden, Singapore 488682, p. 6245 3303
Incredibly delicious and affordable, it’s no surprise there’s always a winding queue waiting to get into Nakhon Kitchen. Every dish is practically flawless in this authentic Thai eatery. Mango salad, prawn cakes, tom yum, green curry, mango sticky rice… we’re not sure where to begin with the recommendations!
Nakhon Kitchen, #01-166, 136 Bedok North Ave 3, Singapore 460136, p. 6245 5548
Wake up early and swing over to charming coffee house Refuel for a generous yet affordable brunch Its pancakes served with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs only cost us $9.90!
Refuel, #01-3029, 744 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470744, p. 6448 0015
It may be small, but this quaint, muslim-owned shoebox café nestled behind Simpang Bedok serves generous portions of Mediterranean dishes like salmon spaghetti, Beef Bongo, and pan-fried salmon with mashed potatoes. Their 5cm thick, succulent beef ribs slathered in creamy brown sauce is totally worth getting your hands dirty for.
Badoque, 298 Bedok Road, Singapore 469454, p. 64466928
Fried chicken and beer is possibly the best combo in the world, don’t you think? Pronounced chi-ruh chi-ruh, this Korean establishment’s signature fried chicken (which are fresh; not frozen) is available in three flavours: crispy, garlicky, and spicy. There’s also a variety of less-sinful plates, like a honey grape salad and roasted chicken. Be sure to order a round of Chir Cream Beer (topped with freshly whipped cream) to go with the tasty bites.
Chir Chir, #02-05/06, Bedok Point, 799 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467351
FatCat Ice Cream Bar
Deconstructed strawberry cheesecake, mojito cocktail spheres and chocolate jardin; these are just a few of FatCat’s fancy menu offerings. This chi-chi café even host degustation sessions. Upmarket bites in the ‘burbs – save us a table!
FatCat Ice Cream Bar, 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-25, Singapore 460416, p. 6241 0830
Located within walking distance to four local schools is To-gather Café, which offers simple western dishes (seafood aglio olio and grilled pandan chicken) that are affordably priced. Fans of green tea will love its signature dessert: a matcha lava cake.
To-gather Café, 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-25/27, p. 6445 1011
Burp Kitchen & Bar
If you think that all the good drinking spots are only in the city, think again! Serving up a vast selection of Mexican fare and drinks, Burp Kitchen & Bar is our go-to in the East when our tummy starts rumbling – and don’t get us started on the affordable tipples. Get your hands dirty with tongue-in-cheek dishes like the Sausage Fest and Mother Clucker tacos, or opt for their signature Burp Kitchen wings to go with your +65 Mojito cocktail.
Burp Kitchen & Bar, #01-3165, 740 Bedok Reservoir Rd, Singapore 470740, p. 9711 9030
Fengshan Market and Food Centre
Fengshan Market and Food Centre (85 Bedok North Street 4), or more affectionately known as 85 Market, is another oldie – but always a goodie – on the supper scene. Must-tries include bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) from Xing Ji, barbequed chicken wings from Chong Pang Huat, sambal stingray from Chan BBQ, and steaming congee from Chai Chee Pork Porridge.
Fengshan Market and Food Centre, 85 Bedok North Street 4, 460085.
Hua Yu Wee
Housed in a grand mansion along Upper East Coast Road, Hua Yu Wee is the only 1970s seafood restaurant that stayed along the stretch and did not relocated to East Coast Park like the others. Snag a table at their open-air backyard and be transported back to the yesteryears of Singapore. Must orders are the chili crab and crispy baby squid.
Hua Yu Wee, 462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466508, p. 6442 9313
If you’re in the East (specifically, around the Bedok area) and need some house-brewed coffee, red velvet waffles and honey lavender ice cream to perk you up, give RouteSixtySix a go. Named after the well-known US highway, this industrial-inspired café offers specialty coffees ranging from $3.50 to $5.50, and waffles with flavours such as buttermilk, charcoal and red velvet.
RouteSixtySix, #01-122, 412 Bedok North Ave 2, Singapore 460412, p. 9752 0054
Angalias Halal Patisserie
If you aren’t paying attention, you might just miss this small Halal bakery hidden amongst the plethora of neighbourhood shops. Choose from a selection of handmade cupcakes, or customise your own wedding cake here!
Angalias Halal Patisserie, 537 Bedok North Street 3, #01-525, Singapore 460537, p. 9047 9385
Borobudur Snacks Shop
With decades of kueh-making experience under its belt, this traditional pastry store has got its kuehs down to T. Sample their astounding array of local snacks, including ondeh-ondeh, kueh lapis, and rainbow kueh. Don’t forget to try their award-winning ang ku kueh (red tortoise shaped snack)!
Borobudur Snacks Shop, 537 Bedok North Street 3, Singapore 460537, p. 6442 7637
Jing Long Seafood Restaurant
Coming from its humble beginnings as a hawker store, the restaurant earned its stripes through its lip-smacking zi char and seafood that’ve kept customers coming back for more. Try their thousand island crepe stuffed with duck and seafood blend, or the ever-so-popular salted egg prawns.
Jing Long Seafood Restaurant, 412 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-152, Singapore 460412, p. 6442 9398
Village Nasi Lemak
As per its name, this minimalist eatery serves up good ol’ nasi lemak reminiscent of the kampung days in Singapore. Tuck into a hearty meal of fluffy coconut rice and double-battered chicken, or go a la carte with side choices such as sayur lodeh (vegetables in coconut milk) and mutton rendang.
Village Nasi Lemak, 308 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469469, p. 6443 0400
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
Another hidden gem near the famous Block 85 hawker centre, Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery offers a multitude of handmade Nyonya kuehs for discerning customers to sample; try Halal-certified snacks such as pulut int (turquoise glutinous rice with gula Melaka), kueh salat (pandan layered with rice), and kotoh ubi (tapioca kueh).
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery, 84 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460084, p. 6449 0815
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken rice
Need we say more about this chicken rice store that’s received rave reviews from Ramsay, Bourdain, Michelin and pretty much everywhere else?? While its main branch is located at the well-known Maxwell hawker centre, Easties who finds it a tad too far can head down here for a taste of their famous chicken rice (without the queues)!
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, 12 Jalan Pari Burong, Singapore 488678, p. 6448 0120
Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House
Halal dim sum places are as rare as hen’s teeth; is it any wonder why Muslim diners craving these Chinese snacks flock to Bedok? Located right beside Spize, Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House serves these rarities; order a plate of xiao long bao and siew mai, made with chicken instead of pork, as well as the prawn-filled har gao.
Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House, 340 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469520, p. 6246 1211
Affordable seafood is the catch of the day at Fish Tales, with a reasonably priced menu that doesn’t compromise on the quality of its fish & chips. Select from four different fish & chips with flavours of garlic butter, sambal, and cheese; aside from that, Fish Tales also serve up pastas such as seafood marinara and creamy lobster bisque too.
Fish Tales, 351 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469539, p. 6636 3966
Milk and Honey
Furnished with plastic stools and foldable tables, this tiny ice-cream shop may not look like much, but in fact, they churn out foodgasmic handmade gelatos and fluffy waffles. Order a tub to go – Milk and Honey’s gelatos make for the perfect movie night companion.
Milk and Honey, #01-179, 86 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460086, p. 9786 9754
You’ll be hard-pressed to find cheaper Italian meals outside Saizeriya. This family-style restaurant puts out creations like pasta for $6 on average, and steak dishes for approximately $8.
Saizeriya, Bedok Point, #02-07/09, 799 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467351, p. 6337 9001
Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe
Another place in Bedok to satisfy that late night dim sum craving, Tang Tea House offers a plethora of handcrafted bites at reasonable prices; go ahead and pig out without fear of breaking the bank. This supper spot is Halal too, so no one will have to be left out!
Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe, 357 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469545, p. 6445 9100
East Village Shopping Mall
A buzzy addition to the food scene at Simpang Bedok, this heartland mall is a veritable culinary stop that caters to rumbling tummies. Stop by the Timetable cafe for brunch with their selection of lattes, cakes, and pastas; Watsub for customisable sub sandwiches; and Chulop by the Syarifs will make your day with their pandan churros and gula Melaka (palm sugar) dip.
East Village Shopping Mall, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048, p. 8383 0865
It may look (somewhat) like a hawker centre, but Bedok Marketplace isn’t quite your average eating spot. Here, local favourites like chicken rice, roti prata, and nasi lemak take a backseat, and in its place are modern food concepts, helmed by young culinary talents, with offerings like premium yakitori, decadent meatballs, flaky pies, and even a wine bar. Check out our top picks at this hip new hawker centre Bedok Marketplace.
The Bedok Marketplace, 348 Bedok Road, Singapore 469560.
Soak in the sights and sounds of Bedok Reservoir Park at Wawawa Bistro. The menu is pretty decent and includes grub like pizza, French toasts, pancakes, as well as your usual mains like chicken corden bleu and Angus rib-eye. Plus, you can even build your own breakfast during brunch! Looking for a late night swig? The place closes at 1am on Friday and Saturday.
Wawawa Bistro, 901 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479266, p. 6285 8038.
AND THEN SOME…
Love being outdoors? Get your thrill fix at Forest Adventure Singapore. The treetop obstacle course has recently undergone a massive makeover and is now larger with 69 crossings and six zip-lines across the park — it’ll send your pulse racing as you manoeuvre through death-defying obstacles. If you’re fond of helmets, here’s some good news: adventurers can ditch the helmets at the Junior and Grand Course.
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir Park, p. 8100 7420
Musee Platinum Tokyo
Touted as Japan’s number one hair removal salon, Musee uses a state of the art hair removal technology called Smooth Skin Control, which delays and eventually ceases the dreaded hair re-growth process. If you’re looking for a no-fuss long-term solution, consult the no-nonsense professional therapists here.
Musee Plantinum Tokyo, #03-17/18 Bedok Point, 799 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467351
Ladyfinger the Nail Spa
This award-winning Eco Spa Manicure features uses nail elixirs and lacquers that are free of toluene, formaldehye, and DBP from SpaRitual. Step in for an oh-so relaxing journey to the world of Slow Beauty, where the body’s full Chakra system is balance.
Ladyfinger, 799 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467351, p. 6241 2214
Have a sing-off with your mates in a private room Cash Studio. The budget-friendly karaoke studio is a favourite among chirpy youths and families alike.
Cash Studio, 347 Bedok Road, Singapore 469534, p. 6244 4164
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city is this oasis with serene views. Rent a kayak from the People’s Association Water-Venture and paddle away into the sunset.
People’s Association Water-Venture (Bedok Reservoir), 911 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479311, p. 9710 1697
Soon Seng Heng
East siders, take note. Reliable and affordable, Soon Seng Heng is a family-run business specialising in reupholstery, curtains, and blinds. With over 30 years of experience in the business, these are the guys you can trust to turn your furniture pieces from sad to rad.
Soon Seng Heng, Blk 117 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-56, Singapore 470117, p. 9182 8292. By appointment only
Crate diggers, this hole-in-the-wall establishment is the place to be if you’re on a supper hunt in Bedok Simpang. This one might be a little out of the way for non-Easties, but we’d reckon a trip to this quaint shop is well worth a post-prata visit for its treasure trove of old-school records and vintage turntables.
Zennaudio Electronics, Bedok Shopping Complex, 292 Bedok Road, Singapore 469448
French mega sports retailer, Decathlon, is a great hit amongst fitness enthusiasts. Head over to its massive stores in Bedok for an extensive array of sporting goods, clothing and accoutrements at shockingly affordable prices.
Decathlon Singapore, #01-01, 750A Chai Chee Road, Singapore 469001
Founded by the Fitlion, an online distributor of supplements and fitness supplies in Singapore, you can find Gymmboxx outlets at several suburban estates like Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Batok and Jurong. These heartland gyms are equipped with premium fitness machines and a decent shower facility. On top of offering inexpensive membership rates for a good duration, Gymmboxx also provides one of the city’s more affordable PT sessions with its 10-Session and 20-Session packages.
Gymmboxx, seven locations islandwide