Orchard Road might be Singapore’s famous shopping belt but it is also home to top-notch cafes, restos and bars!
Think of shopping in Singapore, and it is likely that you will find yourself along Orchard Road, Singapore’s most iconic shopping street. Here in these sprawling malls, you can find nearly everything you need (or want), from the latest beauty products, to up and coming fashion must-buys, and books to keep you entertained on your daily commutes. But if you think Orchard Road is just about the shopping, you can’t be more wrong. In fact, some of the best cafes, restaurants and bars can be found right smack along this stretch – besides, dining and shopping is one of the most perfect combinations, no?
These travel-inspired brunches are nothing short of delicious, and judging by how there’s almost always a queue during brunch time, everyone else seems to agree. Our favourites include the Spanish, a dish of diced chorizo, Corned beef and potatoes with poached eggs on signature brioche, and the Brittany which comprises Panettone French Toast with baby bananas, salted caramel mascarpone, toffee’d hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce. Check out the Scotts Square outlet which is spacious and brightly-lit, and you can choose to dine in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy a breezy morning on the balcony area.
Wild Honey, locations at Scotts Square and Mandarin Gallery.
PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance
There’s no denying: we are big fans of the PS.Cafe brand. There’s great food, the decor in each outlet is unique and on-point, and the dining experience is fantastic. If you’re in town, opt for brunch at PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance, an iconic dining destination complete with high ceilings, classic decor, an outdoor eating area, and plenty of natural light for your perfect Instagram shot.
PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, #02-09A, Singapore 238871
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
Tucked away in the Tanglin Post Office building, this bistro is located at the edge of Orchard Road and may be an extra bus ride from the MRT station, but it’s definitely worth the extra journey for the food. The atmosphere is casual and good for group gatherings, and the menu is extensive, comprising all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options alongside desserts and drinks. Egg-lovers can indulge in a long list of egg dishes, but if you’re staying past 11am, we recommend the chilli crab pasta that certainly delivers that spicy kick.
Happy Hour: A daily happy hour from 9 am to 9pm, order house pours wines at $10 a glass, prosecco or rosé at $12 a glass and select draught beers are one-for-one. Ladies get complimentary free-flow prosecco and rosé for two whole hours for dinner every Wednesday and Thursdays provided you spend $35 on food and drinks.
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, 56 Tanglin Road, #01-03 Tanglin Post Office
The Coffee Academics
As its name suggests, these people sure know their coffee and it’s no wonder we keep going back for more. There’s the classics, the hand-crafted cold brew and nitro, and the signatures menu which includes our beloved Okinawa and Manuka – coffee with Okinawan brown cane sugar and honey respectively. All day dining and desserts are also available if you want to pair your coffee with some delicious grub.
The Coffee Academics, various locations at Scotts Square and Raffles City.
This traditional Japanese cafe serves plenty of Japanese and Western fusion dishes, meant to satisfy everything from your brunch to dinner cravings. Grab a Hokkaido Ogura Toast if you’re feeling like something sweet, or down a hearty Japanese Neapolitan for a taste of classic fusion. Their specialty coffees are made with high-quality Brazilian Cerrado beans that produce a low-acidity and balanced taste. Drip coffees are available for purchase in-store.
Watanabe Coffee, 350 Orchard Road Shaw House, #01-01 Isetan Scotts, Singapore 238868
France’s largest chain bakery is great if you’re hankering for some country-style breads, like the pain croquet fruits and – obviously – the baguette Charlemagne, though there is also a selection of dessert pastries to enjoy over a pot of tea or cuppa at one of their lush tea rooms. Takeaway service is available, too, for those who grab and go.
Paul, various locations.
Tarte by Cheryl Koh
If you’re a fan of desserts like we are, this name will be a very familiar one. For quite some time, they were operating mainly as a take-away store serving artisanal tarts and confectionaries, but recently they’ve expanded their space to include a cosy dining area where you can quietly enjoy their famous tarts with some coffee or tea. Check out their seasonal offerings for a surprise each time you visit!
Tarte by Cheryl Koh, 1 Scotts Road #02-12 Shaw Centre
Plain Vanilla Bakery at In Good Company
Tucked away at In Good Company is a small and cosy Plain Vanilla cafe space, where you can indulge in their signature bakes and cupcakes alongside a selection of coffee and teas. The design is chic and bright, and its hidden location means you get to enjoy your break in between all that shopping rush.
Plain Vanilla Bakery at In Good Company, 2 Orchard Turn #B1-06, Singapore 238801
Patties and Wiches
This cafe channels modern Japanese vibes, and the kitchen whips up premium American burgers, sandwiches and salads, alongside delectable Japanese desserts produced by famed Chef Yamashita. If you’re not feeling too hungry, it’s a great place to grab a sandwich and rest your feet before resuming your shopping activities.
Patties and Wiches, 391 Orchard Road, #03-10A Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872
D’Good Cafe at Takashimaya
You’re probably familiar with the iconic D’Good Cafe in Holland Village, with the rustic floral decor and indoor swings. Its second outpost at Takashimaya takes on a vastly different look, mainly inspired by the iconic London Underground. Stop by for a cake and coffee break, or go for their delicious D’Lobster Roll if you’re seeking something more filling.
D’Good Cafe at Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road, #B1-56 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872
Paris Baguette Cafe
You’re likely to be spoilt for choice here, with plenty of fresh breads and pastries to choose. Ever since this Korean cafe and bakery chain has made its way to Singapore, it has gained quite a following which only continues to grow. Grab a seat and sip on some coffee with your bread, or try their royal pudding which is just the right amount of silky sweetness.
Paris Baguette, #02-02/03 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road
Cafe and Meal Muji
Cafe and Meal Muji is an extension of the minimalist concept, keeping things clean and homely. Food is ordered at the counter as single dishes or pairings with rice. Seasonal ingredients are used to ensure freshness of the items, and don’t forget to end your meal with a side of dessert.
Cafe and Meal Muji, various locations.
Baker’s Brew Cafe
You can head over to their website if you wish to order some artisanal bakes, but now, they also have a baking studio and cafe set up at Paragon. Sign up for baking lessons and get started on your path to baking greatness, or you can opt for some savoury dishes or sweet treats to indulge in as you while your afternoons away. Cake flavours on the menu include the signature ondeh ondeh, a refreshing lychee mango, and a fluffy Dual Fromage featuring chilled mascarpone mousse on a creamy baked cheesecake.
Baker’s Brew Cafe, 290 Orchard Road, #05-46 The Paragon, Singapore 238859
Tsujiri at The Centrepoint
If soft serves and parfaits are what you need on a sweltering day, Tsujiri has them all, plus other magnificent Matcha desserts and drinks including ice blended teas, shaved ice desserts, and delicious floats. This popular Japanese chain was established in Uji, Kyoto, where you can find some of the best green teas around, and we’re certain you’ll be more than pleased with what they have to offer here.
Tsujiri at The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road #01-101 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
If you’re a fan of Korean dramas, you’re sure to recognise this familiar name that has appeared in various popular shows. The drink selection is extensive, going beyond traditional coffees to offer unique concoctions such as sweet potato latte, caramel mocha smoothies, and warm teas to soothe your hectic day. Pair your drink with a lovely piece of cake and be prepared to get comfortable at their cosy Centrepoint outlet.
Dal.Komm, 176 Orchard Road, #01-01/06 and #01-102/103 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Oriole Coffee + Bar
If you’re a fan of cold brew, Oriole is one place you def need to visit. Try one of their signature in-house cold brew coffees, which comes in black, with milk or with cold pressed nut milk made of macadamia, almonds and dates (they call it the M.A.D. milk). Brunch lovers will also be delighted with their all-day breakfast dishes and a wide selection of mains including an Oriole Truffle Burger, St. Louis Pork Ribs, and sweet treats such as the decadent chocolate fudge cake topped with French vanilla ice cream.
Happy Hours: draft beers, house wines, sangria and house pour spirits are at one for one from 3pm – 9pm every single day!
Oriole Coffee + Bar, 96 Somerset Road, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238163
Cafe de Paris
Hailing from Korea, this cafe is famous for its super Instagrammable Sweet Bonbons – just imagine a tall cup of sorbet overflowing with fresh fruits and non-dairy whip cream! We would recommend the mango cup, which makes a particularly refreshing treat and best shared in the company of friends. A selection of coffee and cakes is also available.
Cafe de Paris, 313 Orchard Road, #B1-37, Singapore 238895
Late night owls, you need to take note of this Korean coffee chain, with opening hours as late as 3am or even 24 hours round the clock. Located on the ground floor of Orchard Gateway, this cafe offers plenty of coffee and casual fare including all-day breakfast and croissant specials. We say it’s the perfect spot for a quick catch-up with the pals!
Coffeesmith, 277 Orchard Road, #01-09/09A Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Looking for outstanding mille crepes? You can find them all at Lady M. Besides the signature and traditional flavours such as green tea and chocolate, you can also try their seasonal offerings or store exclusive tastes. Head to the Scotts Square outlet for some delicious (and pretty) rose mille crepes, or get a window seat at the Orchard Central branch for some people-watching as you tuck into one of their seasonal delights (fancy any Sakura Berry mille crepes this March and April?) If you’re not a fan of mille crepes, Lady M also whips up some fantastic confectionaries including vegan chocolate tarts and eclairs.
Lady M, various locations.
Located at the basement of Orchard Central, Maccha House serves up plenty of unique Matcha desserts that will have you transported to Japan in a sec’. Have a go at their parfaits and traditional sweets, or check out the monthly dessert specials that are sure to wow you each time. Do keep an eye out for their special offerings, including some exclusive ramen dishes!
Maccha House, 181 Orchard Rd, B1-39-45/K1/K6 Orchard Central,, Singapore 238896
Nana’s Green Tea
This Japanese cafe serves up a fab selection of drinks and desserts. Matcha lovers, there’s a whole spread dedicated to matcha coffees and teas, or even slushies, which you can easily pair with something from its savoury menu. Round up your meal with a traditional Japanese dessert, or indulge your sweet tooth with a tall and rich parfait, stuffed generously with ice cream and numerous toppings.
Nana’s Green Tea, The Atrium @ Orchard, #03-80/82 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238891
As a tea room, its menu certainly is no let-down. You can find everything from fruit and gingers teas, to the more traditional Chinese and Japanese teas, to special Dessert teas which are light, sweet and refreshing. There’s also all-day brunch dining available, featuring creatively named mains such as Aphrodite Crabcake Breakfast and Boston Love Boat, a dish of salmon, scallops, octopus prawns served with enfeuillantine. Looking for something more? Get involved in some art jamming at the studio.
Arteastiq, various locations.
Boasting teas such as matcha and hojicha from different prefectures in Japan, this minimalist cafe lets you find your inner calm away from the bustling streets of Orchard. Sip on the matcha or genmaicha lattes for a quick pick-me-up. Looking to stay longer? Pair your drinks with the wide array of cakes in flavours like matcha azuki, red velvet and chocolate lava.
Hvala, 111 Somerset Road, 111 Somerset, Singapore 238164
Halcyon & Crane
From the good people that gave us Birds of a Feather and 51 Soho, Halcyon & Crane is a cafe and bar with a penchant for blending East and West with Sichuan flavours that you won’t see coming. Named after two birds, its menu includes coffees, healthy brekkies, all-day light salads and meals, sandwiches and such.
Halcyon & Crane, 290 Orchard Road, The Paragon #03-09, Singapore 238859
The Assembly Ground
Regular patrons of The Cathay will not be unfamiliar with this hip cafe on the ground floor. Founded by the folks behind Benjamin Barker, it’s an extension of the B Store next door, which stocks a wide range of unique and fashionable items. But if you’re here for the food and coffee, you won’t be disappointed too. Special brunch items include chicken and waffles with salted egg yolk sauce, Rosti Benedict and a hearty Assembly Brunch to satisfy any roaring stomachs. They also serve some delish pastas – we suggest you go for the truffle carbonara or Hae Bee Hiam Aglio Olio.
The Assembly Ground, 2 Handy Road #01-21, The Cathay, Singapore 229233
Plus Eight Two
As a Korean dessert cafe, the menu may be limited but it definitely remains a crowd-pleaser. Specialising in bingsus, go for the chocolate tiramisu – it is fine and silky, and you won’t have to worry about munching on ice chunks. Popping by for brunch? Grab a toast and pair it with the colourful ice cube soda, or a more intense ice cube latte – although everything here, from the food to the minimalist interiors, will ensure you leave with more than a handful of Instagram-worthy photos.
Plus Eight Two, 9, #01-02 Bras Basah Rd, Rendezvous Gallery, Singapore 189559
With over 10 locations dotting our sunny island, you can easily get your fix of breakfast and eggs. Don’t skip the specialty coffee, made with a unique Kith blend that is thick with underlying tones of fruits and cocoa.
Kith, various locations.
Opened by the good folks behind Strangers’ Reunion, you can be sure to get good coffee here at Curious Palette. Tuck into its comforting brunch fare, including the berry ricotta hotcakes and the hearty Curious Breakfast platter. The cafe is also very conducive for brunch gatherings, with well-lit interiors and a menu that offers unique, delicious choices.
Curious Palette, 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667
Ayam Penyet Ria
Affordable and hella authentic, Far East Plaza’s Ayam Penyet Ria is on everyone’s Orchard Road ‘fave’ list. Especially famous for penyet (smashed) food, it perhaps serves some of the best Indonesian halal food on the island. If you haven’t already tried it, order the ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken) first and work your way down the menu. Oh and the sambal belacan is all kinds of spicy and goes with errythang… we love it!
Ayam Penyet Ria, Lucky Plaza 304 Orchard Road #01-45/46/47 #04-25/26/27 Singapore 238863; Far East Plaza 14 Scotts Road #05-22/23 Singapore 228213
Hop on a culinary adventure to the Philippines with Inasal at Lucky Plaza. Here you might just discover Singapore’s best chicken inasal (barbecued chicken) from Bacolod in the Philippines. Feeling adventurous? Try its rendition of the sisig – the pleasantly messy dish made with chopped pig’s head and liver served on a sizzling pan and cooked with calamansi and chilli peppers. Hell yes.
Inasal, #04-49/50/51 Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863, p. 6733 2752
Although you can get both Kyushu- and Hokkaido-style ramen here, the bowl worth guzzling down here is Tampopo’s deluxe black pig shabu ramen. Thin, stringy, fatty and packed with intense flavour, the addition of kurobuta really accentuates this creamy broth. Please toss in an onsen egg while you’re at it; the one here has bliss oozing out of it.
Tampopo, #B2-33 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391B Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Guzman Y Gomez
Just ’cos you’re strapped for time doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on a hearty lunchtime feed. Pop by Guzman Y Gomez and order some gut-busting Mexican classics like burritos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas. You’ve got a modest selection of fillings to choose from, both spicy and non-spicy, but our firm favourite is the signature spicy chicken (in a burrito!). The food here is take away friendly and the service is fast, so you’ll be in and out in no time.
Guzman Y Gomez, various locations.
This new kid on the block serves up Korean-style burgers the likes of Korean Bulgogi Burger which has a sweet bulgogi sauce and cheese burger which sees a secret B+ sauce – all their burgers are sandwiched between a fluffy potato bun. If you’re feeling ravenous, make it a meal and opt for the truffle fries.
Burger+, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd, #01-37/38, Singapore 238877
This cosy bistro is a treasure trove of Nyonya cuisine. Helmed by renowned food connoisseur Violet Oon, her eponymous and chic eatery celebrates Singapore’s rich cultural diversity. Don’t miss Nyonya staples like ayam buah keluak ayam and ngoh hiang. And leave room for dessert – the durian cendol pannacotta is to-die-for. Apart from lunch and dinner, the flagship at Ion Orchard also does breakfast, high-tea and cocktails.
Violet Oon, various locations.
The Marmalade Pantry
Need comfort food? The Marmalade Pantry’s flagship at Ion Orchard has got you covered. On the menu are wholesome pasta, delicious cupcakes and desserts, great weekend brunches and tea accompaniments to fuel you on your shopping spree.
The Marmalade Pantry, 2 Orchard Turn, #04-11a ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
8 E!ght Korean BBQ
This upscale-than-most Korean barbecue restaurant takes its name from its signature 8 Colour Set ($98), which consists of thick, long strips of Mangalitsa pork belly flavoured in eight ways: original, wine, curry, garlic, miso, herb, kalbi and red pepper paste. But like any all-rounded Korean BBQ restaurant, that’s not that only cut of meat worth having here. There are also top-notch beef selections alongside Atlantic salmon, and Korean squid for charring on grill, as well as crispy pancakes, kimchi fried rice and steamed egg
8 E!ght Korean BBQ, #04-20/21 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
For the past 20 odd years, American dining establishment Lawry’s has been a meat eater’s haven. Its signature dish – the prime rib – is aged up to 28 days so it’s oh-so-tender, and packed with flavour. Fab food, old-world charm, grand chandelier and amazing tableside service (that little flourish as your spinning salad is served gets us every time), put this steakhouse on our list.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 333A Orchard Rd, #04-01 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Right next door to Wheelock Place, you’ll find OverEasy’s Orchard outlet. Like the original restaurant at One Fullerton, American comfort fare reigns supreme here with star dishes like the truffle burger and the Mac and Cheeks – crammed with beautifully braised beef cheeks. OverEasy also offers an interesting bar program which includes signature cocktails like the Strawberry Fields Mojito featuring rum, fresh strawberries, mint, and basil.
OverEasy Orchard, 541 Orchard Road, #01-01, Liat Towers, Singapore 238881
Picnic Urban Food Park at Wisma Atria
This is like no other food court you’ve ever seen. A sprawling 10,000 square feet space, Wisma Atria’s Picnic Urban Food Park is a lush garden themed communal dining concept. Apart from greenery, you’ll find several food trucks serving a variety of cuisines from French to Japanese. The space has been roughly segregated into four zones – picnic central garden, flower garden, beer garden and coffee & cocktail bar. Oh, did we mention it also houses the popular Omakase Burger!
Picnic Urban Food Park, 435 Orchard Rd, #03-15 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Where To Drink
Fancy a drink at restored 1900s property in the iconic Emerald Hill neighbourhood? Alley Bar is a great place to hand – we even hosted a Girls’ Night Out there! With pretty gleaming lamps, 15-metre long brass bar, this gorgeous spot has a Wednesday Ladies’ Night with free flow of bubbly (7pm – 9pm) and a happy hour that includes $7 house spirits, $8 house wine, $13 cocktails and $10 draught beer from 5pm – 8pm.
Alley Bar, 2 Emerald Hill Rd, Peranakan Place, Singapore 229287
Regent Hotel’s luxurious bar offers up a slice of 19th-century New York. Check out the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse – a workshop space featuring over 100 American oak barrels of imported whisky for experimentation. Manhattan also has a collection of unusual ingredients like wildcherry bark and shisandra berries. And, if you’re savvy with your bar buzz, you’ll also know that Manhattan was voted the 11th best bar in the world.
Manhattan, Regent Hotel, 2nd Floor, 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715
If there’s one thing we love about this Peranakan Place fixture – aside from being a rowdy hangout to appease our post-work thirst – it’s how it creates opportunity for budding singer-songwriters and cover bands. Instead of sticking to one or two resident bands, Acid Bar features a different performance outfit every day, giving patrons something fresh and musicians a chance to hone their chops.
Acid Bar, 180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846
Salt Grill & Sky Bar
This rooftop bar is taking happy hours to a whole new level with their everything for $10++ and under deal. From classic cocktails to wines (house red, white and sparkling) are at $10++ every single day (on weekends too but not public holidays) from 5pm to 7.30pm. Take in the view with a cold one at this modern Australian all-day restaurant and bar – Corona and Peroni beers are at $9++ as are spirits including Jim Beam, Broker’s Gin and Famous Grouse.
Salt Grill & Sky Bar, 55th and 56th floors of ION Orchard Mall, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
The Horse’s Mouth
Much like hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth, letting loose at this hideout on the fringes of Orchard feels just like dining at a raucous izakaya in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Inspired by these Japanese waterholes, The Horse’s Mouth sports sleek wooden furnishings, walls with motifs of autumn leaves, and a menu that’d make you wanna stay for hours. From sashimi soft shell crab, and even bigger bites like the rice burgers and rice bowls; this selection of plates will make sure you don’t stop at one!
The Horse’s Mouth, #B1-39 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884
After you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, fuel up at Tanuki Raw. They know how to have a good time. The Orchard Central branch’s 5pm to 8pm happy hour offers include $10 martinis and cocktails. Feeling peckish? Order $2 freshly shucked oysters, $7 for 5 slices of sashimi and $10 for 11 grams of uni (what the what!).
Tanuki Raw, 181 Orchard Road, 04-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
The Other Room
It might take you a minute or two to spot this discreet speakeasy at the Marriott Hotel in Orchard. This “drinking house for the discerning” offers expertly crafted cocktails that pay homage to classic drinks while adding contemporary twists.
The Other Room, #01-05, Marriott Hotel Singapore, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865