With black and white bungalows converted into gorgeous restaurants and cool cafes for chilling outdoors, Seletar is a neighbourhood worth checking out.
If you’re wondering where Seletar is, you’re not alone. Sure, it’s one of Singapore’s more well-kept secrets, but a cluster of lovely hidden eateries in the area has definitely put a spotlight on the ‘hood. It has an interesting heartland history as Singapore’s first air base, with a mix of new developments, low-rise and landed houses (including gorgeous heritage black and white bungalows that were once the homes of Royal Air Force staff). Plus, its untouched greenery offers a respite from the concrete jungle of Singapore. Time to make the trip up north!
Guide to Seletar: Eat and drink
Spot open lawns, fairy lights and massive alfresco dining areas in this beautifully restored colonial bungalow. It’s true, Wheeler’s Estate is an Instagram-worthy fave, but the menu is worth a shout-out too. Best for a laidback dinner with friends while you enjoy live music, the grub at Wheeler’s Estate is designed for communal dining. Think pizzas, sharing platters and rounds of cold beer under the stars.
Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
The closest you can get to imagining living in a black and white colonial bungalow is by having a long weekend lunch or dinner at The Summerhouse. Settle into the airy dining rooms with high ceilings; or for something more intimate, dine in the garden… in your own air-conditioned igloo. With its nature-inspired French cuisine made with fresh, seasonal produce, farm-to-table dining has never looked so good. Brunch is a charming afternoon affair, while dinner brings on the romance in a tranquil setting.
The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
Fancy a quaint cafe experience where you can do some plane-watching or admire the golden hour? Pop by this rustic spot for an affordable meal and dine in a space decked out with bicycles and bike accessories on the walls. The food is pretty standard, but it’s the excitement of being so close to a runway with private jets that makes it unique.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe, Maj Aviation Building, 80 Seletar Aerospace View, Singapore 797563
5 by Sans Facon
A lesser-known hangout at Seletar Aerospace Park, the new French eatery offers a tranquil experience with home-style dishes. If you want to avoid the crowds at The Summerhouse and Wheeler’s Estate, make this peaceful place your go-to. It’s all about charming vibes as it makes its home in the black and white colonial building.
5 by Sans Facon, 5 The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 797863
Situated within an aircraft hangar, this quiet aeroplane-themed cafe brings you up close and personal with private planes at the Seletar Airport runway. Dine on Western grub and take a peek at the helicopter in the space, then head to the outdoor area to watch the sun go down the horizon.
Hangar66 Cafe, #01-01, WOA Aviation Hangar66, 66 Seletar Aerospace View, Singapore 797509
Youngs Bar and Restaurant
While other joints keep it simple, this resto is all about the luxe. For instance, you’ll find cushioned walls, marble tabletops and wood details all around for that elegant and modern feel. Expect to dine on modern European cuisine while you enjoy its alfresco ambience or air-conditioned comfort in the colonial building.
Youngs Bar and Restaurant, 3 Hyde Park Gate, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 799531
Slightly outside the Seletar Aerospace area, Jalan Kayu is home to many established prata joints… and most of them serve up delicious variations of the dish. Thasevi is one of the area’s more famous prata shops and it takes that accolade pretty seriously. Best of all, it’s open 24 hours so you know where to go when the craving hits.
Thasevi Food, 239 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799463
Wildseed Cafe and Bar
Rustic and casual, Wildseed is a lush green cafe nestled within the dining enclave of The Summerhouse. It’s all about lazy Sunday vibes with hearty brunch bites, sandwiches, cakes, pastries and freshly roasted coffee. It gets better: Wildseed transforms into a bar at night, with a chill environment where you can enjoy grilled dishes and garden-to-bar cocktails.
Wildseed Cafe and Bar, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
Tang Tea House
Everyone knows Jalan Kayu for prata and teh tarik, but if you’re in need of something different, Tang Tea House offers dim sum, noodles, chicken rice and giant glasses of the signature drink, Super Cooler (young coconut with a shot of wheatgrass).
Tang Tea House, 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466
Guide to Seletar: Things to do and explore
Hampstead Wetlands Park
For a green day out, lace up your walking shoes and head to this undisturbed nature spot at Seletar Aerospace Park. Featuring boardwalks, view decks and a trail for adventurers to admire the area’s flora and fauna, the untouched sanctuary is home to butterflies, dragonflies and even birds like the white-throated kingfisher.
Hampstead Wetlands Park, 1 Baker Street, Singapore 799977
Seletar Aerospace Park
Once a home for Royal Air Force personnel and their families, the black and white bungalows of Seletar Aerospace Park have been conserved and redeveloped as part of their transformation into a lifestyle enclave. The place houses plenty of eateries, with relaxed crowds thronging the area on weekends. Take a stroll around the green site, watch the planes fly by and have a spot of fun at the aeroplane-themed playground.
Time to put on your explorer cap and make your way to Seletar!