Orchard Road might be Singapore’s famous shopping belt but it's also home to top-notch cafes, restos and bars!
Think of shopping in Singapore and you’ll likely find yourself along Orchard Road, our most iconic street for retail therapy. In these sprawling malls, you can find nearly everything you need (or want) – from fab beauty products to fashion must-buys to books that’ll keep you entertained. But it’s not just about the shopping. Some of the best food hotspots can be found right smack along Orchard Road. Besides, dining and shopping is one of the most perfect combinations, no?
Orchard Road food guide: Best cafes
1. Tiong Bahru Bakery
This recognisable stalwart has just landed in The Centrepoint, which means we don’t have to travel to its namesake enclave for its artisanal bakes. (We still love you, Tiong Bahru.) The menu features beloved brunch faves, sandos, hearty nourishments, and more. Get your hands on the dessert croffle, which comes with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce, and almond flakes. Sounds heavenly!
Tiong Bahru Bakery, #01-01/06, The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
2. Baker’s Brew
Head to the baking studio and cafe set up at Paragon. Sign up for baking lessons and get started on your path to baking greatness, or opt for savoury dishes and sweet treats. 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, #05-46, Paragon Shopping Centre, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Hailing from Copenhagen, Leckerbaer puts out an amazing selection of Danish butter cookies. Look forward to classic and creative flavours like chocolate, lychee, passion fruit and vanilla. Also expect to see a collection of tarts and cakes including almond raspberry cake, lemon and sea buckthorn tart, and salted caramel brownies. Yum!
Leckerbaer, #01-K2 and #01-K3, Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868
4. Tarte by Cheryl Koh
If you’re a fan of desserts, this name will be a familiar one. Initially, it operated mainly as a takeaway store serving artisanal tarts and confectionaries. Now the space has expanded to include a cosy dining area where you can quietly enjoy the famous tarts with coffee or tea. Check out the seasonal offerings for a surprise each time you visit!
Tarte by Cheryl Koh, #02-05, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
5. PS.Cafe Palais Renaissance
There’s no denying: we’re big fans of PS.Cafe. It serves 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, #02-09A, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
6. Oriole Coffee + Bar
If you’re a fan of cold brew, Oriole is one place you defo need to visit. Try one of the signature in-house cold brew coffees, which comes in black, with milk or with cold-pressed nut milk made of macadamia, almonds and dates (the team calls it M.A.D. milk). Brunch lovers will also be delighted with all-day breakfast dishes and a wide selection of mains including the Oriole Truffle Burger, sweet soy pork ribs, and sweet treats such as the decadent gula melaka lava cake.
Oriole Coffee + Bar, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163
7. Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
Tucked away in the Tanglin Post Office building, this bistro is located at the edge of Orchard Road. It 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 alongside pasta plates. We recommend the chilli crab pasta which certainly delivers a spicy kick.
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, #01-03, Singapore Post – Tanglin Branch, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964
8. Plain Vanilla Bakery
Tucked away at In Good Company is a small and cosy Plain Vanilla cafe space where you can indulge in 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 that shopping rush.
Plain Vanilla Bakery, #B1-06, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
As a tea room, its menu certainly is no letdown. 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. All-day brunch dining is also available, featuring the likes of steak panini muffins and farmer’s breakfast comprising scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, kernel corn, jam and toast. Looking for something more? Get involved in some art jamming at the studio.
Arteastiq, #04-14/15, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
10. Walking on Sunshine
Where else can you get a haircut and cafe nosh, all in one place? This IG-worthy salon slash cafe is giving lush green life thanks to the beautiful blooms, potted plants, and natural lighting. Leaf through the menu and take your pick from its all-day brunch, pizzas, pasta, and burgers. Don’t forget the coffee and tea! This is a nice, tranquil spot to just hang and while the day away.
Walking on Sunshine, #03-07, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
France’s largest chain bakery is great if you’re hankering for country-style bread like pain croquet fruits and – obviously – baguette Charlemagne. But there’s also a selection of sweet pastries to enjoy over a pot of tea or cuppa at one of the lush tea rooms. For those who grab and go, takeaway service is available as well.
Paul, multiple locations including Paragon and Tanglin Mall
12. Paris Baguette Cafe
You’re likely to be spoilt for choice here, with plenty of fresh bread and pastries to choose from. Ever since this Korean cafe and bakery chain made its way to Singapore, it’s gained quite a following. Grab a seat and sip on coffee with your bread, or try the royal pudding, which has just the right amount of silky sweetness.
Paris Baguette, #B1 – 15B, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Eggslut’s entrance on Orchard Road gives cafe enclaves like Tiong Bahru and Amoy Street a run for their money. Start your day with a selection of egg-centric dishes like Fairfax, fluffy scrambled eggs served with caramelised onions, cheddar cheese and sriracha mayo sandwiched between brioche buns; or Gaucho, a glorious burger with seared wagyu tri-tip steak, a medium egg, chimichurri, red onions and arugula.
Eggslut, #01-12, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
14. Wild Honey
These travel-inspired brunches are nothing short of delicious. Judging by how there’s almost always a queue during brunch, everyone 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 French toast with baby bananas, salted caramel mascarpone, toffee hazelnuts and salted caramel sauce. Check out the spacious and brightly-lit Scotts Square outlet and choose to dine in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy a breezy morning in the balcony area.
Wild Honey, multiple locations including Scotts Square and Mandarin Gallery
15. 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 whipped cream! We 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, #B1-37, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
16. Maccha House
Located in the basement of Orchard Central, Maccha House serves up plenty of unique matcha desserts that’ll have you transported to Japan in a sec. Have a go at parfaits and traditional sweets, or check out the monthly dessert specials. Do keep an eye out for special offerings including exclusive ramen dishes!
Maccha House, #08-09/11, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Late-night owls, take note of this Korean coffee chain. Its opening hours go as late as 3am or even 24 hours round the clock. Located on the ground floor of Orchardgateway, this cafe offers plenty of coffee and casual fare, including all-day breakfast and croissant specials. We say it’s a great spot for a quick catch-up with the pals!
Coffeesmith, #01-09/09A, Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
18. Lady M
Looking for outstanding mille crepes? You can find them all at Lady M. Besides signature and traditional flavours such as green tea and chocolate, you can also try seasonal offerings or store exclusives. Get a window seat at the Orchard Central branch for a bout of people-watching as you tuck into one of the delightful dishes. Or pair its fantastic confectionaries with a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar in Ion Orchard.
Lady M, multiple locations including Orchard Central and Ion Orchard
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 a wide array of cakes in flavours like matcha azuki, red velvet, and chocolate lava.
Hvala, multiple locations including 111 Somerset and Takashimaya
20. Nana’s Green Tea
This Japanese cafe serves 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 off 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, #03-80/82, The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238891
21. Cafe&Meal Muji
This is an extension of the minimalist brand, keeping things clean and homely. Food is ordered at the counter as single dishes or pairings with rice. Seasonal ingredients are used to ensure the freshness of the items, and don’t forget to end your meal with a side of dessert.
Cafe&Meal Muji, #01-10 to 17, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
22. Bacha Coffee
Bacha Coffee boasts more than 200 single-origin coffees, flavoured coffees, fine blended coffees and even naturally decaffeinated coffees. While we recommend you sit down and soak in the opulence of the cafe, you can also choose to pick out several bags of coffee beans at the retail area to take home. While you’re at it, nab a couple of freshly baked croissants in flavours like raspberry and cinnamon.
Bacha Coffee, #01-15/16, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
23. Halcyon & Crane
From the good people that gave us Birds of a Feather, 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 more.
Halcyon & Crane, #03-09, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
24. The Assembly Ground
Regular patrons of The Cathay won’t be unfamiliar with this hip cafe on the ground floor. Founded by the folks behind Benjamin Barker, it’s an extension of 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. Special brunch items include chicken and waffles with salted egg yolk sauce, rosti benedict and a hearty Assembly brunch to satisfy any roaring stomachs. The kitchen also serves delish pasta – we suggest you go for the truffle carbonara.
The Assembly Ground, #01-01, Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
25. Joy Luck Teahouse
Calling all Hong Kong street food lovers! Robert Chua, who gave us Tim Ho Wan and Kam’s Roast, has brought three iconic Hong Kong brands under one roof at Joy Luck Teahouse. Treat yourself to two types of egg tarts (puff pastry and butter cookie) from Hoover Cake Shop, creamy Hong Kong-style milk tea and pineapple buns from Kam Kee Cafe, and curry-flavoured fish balls from Tak Hing Fishball Company.
Joy Luck Teahouse, #B4-61, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
26. % Arabica Coffee
This minimalistic cafe needs no introduction since it’s been conquering one city at a time with its amazing brews. The beans are sourced from all over the world in countries such as Ethiopia, Brazil and Japan, depending on the season. A popular choice is the Spanish latte: mixed with condensed milk, it balances out the acidity with a mellow sweetness.
% Arabica Coffee, #01-14/15, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
Orchard Road food guide: Best restaurants
27. Ishinomaki Grill & Sake
If you’re looking for teppanyaki, sashimi, and robatayaki under one roof, this multi-faceted restaurant is the place to be. It showcases the finest catch and seasonal produce cooked in various methods. Pair your meal with artisanal sake that’s been sourced from all across Japan.
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake, #B1-01/02/03 & #B1-08/09/10/11, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
28. Luke’s Lobster
The famous American seafood specialist invites you for a lobster feast. We’re talking wild-caught lobster served in a buttered bun with mayo, secret seasoning and lemon butter. That’s right, Maine-style rolls. Go for Luke’s trio to sample all three varieties: lobster, crab and shrimp. Wash it all down with a pint of Little Creatures craft beer for a satisfying meal.
Luke’s Lobster, #01-K4, Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868
Hop on a culinary adventure to the Philippines with Inasal at Lucky Plaza. You might just discover Singapore’s best chicken inasal (barbecued chicken) from Bacolod. 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
30. Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ
This Korean BBQ joint makes a good post-shopping meal. Located in Dhoby Ghaut, Seorae specialises in tender galmaegisal pork which comes in three flavours: original, garlic and spicy. Opt for a moat of melted cheese around the barbecue plate to go along with your grilled meats – cheese lovers, rejoice!
Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ, #02-01, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Although you can get both Kyushu- and Hokkaido-style ramen here, the bowl worth guzzling down 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 an onsen egg in while you’re at it; this one has bliss oozing out of it.
Tampopo, #B2-33, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391B Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
32. Ayam Penyet Ria
Affordable and hella authentic, Far East Plaza’s Ayam Penyet Ria is on everyone’s Orchard Road ‘fave food’ list. Especially famous for penyet (smashed) food, it 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 everything… we love it!
Ayam Penyet Ria, #01-45/46/47, #04-25/26/27, Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863
33. 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 is takeaway-friendly and the service is fast, so you’ll be in and out in no time.
Guzman Y Gomez, #01-03, Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858
34. Violet Oon Singapore
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 beef rendang and ngoh hiang. And leave room for dessert – the gula melaka tea cake with coconut ice cream is to die for. Apart from lunch and dinner, the flagship at Ion Orchard also does high tea.
Violet Oon Singapore, #03-22, #03-28/29, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 23880
35. Koh Grill and Sushi Bar
If you haven’t heard of “shiok maki”, perhaps you’ve been living under a rock. Located on the fourth floor of Wisma Atria, this fast food-style sushi bar serves the aforementioned maki-style roll. There are two versions and we must say, both are equally lip-smacking. The secret is in the sauce – it’s all kinds of creamy and savoury!
Koh Grill and Sushi Bar, #04-21, Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
36. Les Amis
A three Michelin-starred dining experience awaits in the heart of Orchard. Using French culinary techniques, Les Amis whisks you on a gastronomic journey with artfully plated dishes. Think wild salmon, roasted challans duck breast and beef tenderloin with bearnaise sauce, wrapped up in a romantic ambience of chandeliers, artworks and red velvet accents.
Les Amis, #01-16, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
37. The Marmalade Pantry
Need comfort food? The Marmalade Pantry has got you covered. On the menu: wholesome pasta, delicious cupcakes and desserts, great weekend brunches and tea accompaniments to fuel you on your shopping spree.
The Marmalade Pantry, #04-11A, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tendon chain restaurant Tenya specialises in tempura. It sources ingredients directly from Japan and uses Japanese Aomori rice and a secret recipe for its tempura batter, but the prices are pretty wallet-friendly. Go for the titular tendon, which features tempura prawn, red fish, squid, pumpkin and French bean. Or try the seafood tendon – it’s similar to the former but with a replacement of squid for eel and scallop. Other munchies include truffle fries, tomato salad and the must-try Hokkaido soft serve.
Tenya, multiple locations including Orchard Central and Ion Orchard
39. 8 Korean BBQ
This upscale Korean barbecue restaurant takes its name from its signature 8 Colour Set. It features 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 the only cut of meat worth having. Don’t miss out on top-notch beef selections alongside Atlantic salmon and Korean squid on the grill. Plus, crispy pancakes, kimchi fried rice and steamed egg.
8 Korean BBQ, #04-20/21, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
Tuck into an all-Italian spread at this swanky restaurant in Conrad Singapore Orchard. Pad your stomach with all the pasta, cold cuts, meats and gelato you can eat. But don’t forget to check out highlights like the rotisserie, espresso bar and walk-in wine cellar.
Basilico, Level 2, Conrad Singapore Orchard, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
41. 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, #04-01, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
42. Social Place
When we’re hankering for yum cha, this is one of our go-to spots. Tucked away in Forum The Shopping Mall and decked out in Art Deco aesthetics, Social Place puts a playful spin on its dim sum dishes, making it a feast for our eyes and stomachs. For instance, the small pig pudding comes in the shape of a – wait for it – wobbly pig. Adorable! Other novelty delights include mahjong jelly, steamed rose floret buns and truffle shiitake buns.
Social Place, #01-22, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884
43. Five Guys
Get a load of juicy burgers, glorious milkshakes and a side of retro diner vibes at this American burger chain. Picky eaters will love that all orders can be customised according to your taste. Just choose from a variety of toppings, which include mayo, grilled mushrooms and onions, tomatoes, pickles and so on.
Five Guys, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Ion Orchard
Orchard Road food guide: Best bars
44. No.5 Emerald Hill
For the longest time, this cocktail bar has been synonymous with Emerald Hill. Imbibers love laundry list of glorious martinis, cocktails, and premium house pours. It also serves a mean plate of chicken wings and pizzas. Plus, which other bar lets you throw peanut shells on the floor and get away with it?
No.5 Emerald Hill, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289
Having been open for over 20 years at Emerald Hill, Alleybar needs no introduction. With pretty gleaming lamps and a 15-metre long brass bar, this gorgeous spot has a slew of stellar cocktails inspired by local flavours and history.
Alleybar, Peranakan Place, 2 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229287
Conrad Singapore Orchard’s luxurious bar offers 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. If you’re savvy with your bar buzz, you’ll also know that Manhattan is one of the world’s best bars.
Manhattan, Level 2, Conrad Singapore Orchard, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
47. Acid Bar
If there’s one thing we love about this Peranakan Place fixture – aside from being a rowdy hangout to appease our post-work thirst – its al fresco area is the perfect place to people-watch with a drink (or two) in hand. Plus, enjoy happy hour deals all day from Monday to Thursday. Think $12 cocktails and 1-for-1 on spirits and beers at $15.
Acid Bar, 180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846
48. KPO Cafe Bar
Craving local food and pocket-friendly pints of ice-cold beers? Sit down to local favourites like Hokkien mee and nasi lemak while enjoying draught beers like Carlsberg and Kronenbourg.
KPO Cafe Bar, 1 Killiney Road, Singapore 239518
49. The Other Room
It might take you a minute or two to spot this discreet speakeasy at the Marriott. 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, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
50. 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’ll make you wanna stay for hours. From chicken karaage to bigger bites like pasta 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
51. Tanuki Raw
After you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, fuel up at Tanuki Raw. The Orchard Central branch’s 3pm to 8pm happy hour includes martinis and cocktails ranging from $14 to $18. Feeling peckish? Order $3 freshly shucked oysters, $7 for 5 slices of sashimi and $10 for 11 grams of uni (what the what!).
Tanuki Raw, #04-01, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Now you know where to find all the best food spots and bars along Orchard Road!
[This article was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2023 by Sufyan Saad.]