Tired of the same ol’ cafés and restaurants that you frequent? Think that the only best view of Singapore is from the Skypark at Marina Bay Sands? Well, think again. We’ve travelled around our sunny island to put together a list of 10 places to dine at, that all have beautiful views to boot. And to make it easier, we’ve categorised them according to their regions!
Many couples have gotten engaged or recited their vows on the premises of The Summerhouse, and it’s easy to see why. The property is essentially a countryside summer escape that’ll make you forget that you’re in Singapore. To really up the ante of your dining experience, ask for the charming Garden Domes, which provide a magical space for private dinner parties of up to eight diners, or a romantic dinner for two. These fully air-conditioned geodesic domes allow you to wine and dine, in the garden, under the stars, in absolute comfort.
The Summerhouse also has a strong focus on the farm to table experience, and sources ingredients from a farming collective of growers, producers, and kelongs. In fact, the garnishes and herbs that you see on your dinner plate might just be harvested from the in-house edible garden that surrounds the idyllic restaurant.
2. Whisk & Paddle
To be more precise, Whisk & Paddle is located in the North-Eastern part of Singapore, and is situated right next to the Punggol Waterway. It’s probably the closest thing we’ll ever get to a café by the river, but it’s no less scenic. Also, here’s good news for parents with kids or fur-kids: this establishment welcomes both humans and their furry friends.
Besides an all-day breakfast, Whisk & Paddle also offers a myriad of Western dishes like duck confit, fish & chips, pasta, as well as hand-stretched thin crust pizzas, so there’s definitely something here for everyone. If it’s not too hot out, we recommend sitting at the veranda; it’s the perfect place to relish in the tranquil ambience with a cuppa, and also the ideal chillout spot for an ice cold beer in the evenings.
Find it at 10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, Singapore 828836.
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You can find Tamarind Hill at Labrador Park, home to the only rocky sea-cliff on mainland Singapore that is accessible to the public. Housed in a colonial bungalow, the restaurant boasts both traditional and modern Thai and Burmese cuisine, as well as a picturesque view of the sea. Some of the must-tries include the home-style classic dishes like som tam (spicy green papaya salad), red tom yam seafood soup, and the moreish massaman beef curry.
After your meal, stop by the beautiful, black and white bar, and take your pick from a great selection of house-infused gins, signature cocktails, and fine wines curated from over 11 countries.
4. Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
For those wondering if that’s the actual view you’ll be getting when you dine at Ocean Restaurant. Yes, it is. After all, Ocean Restaurant’s main attraction is that it is Singapore’s first aquarium dining experience.
As the perfect accompaniment to this experience, Ocean Restaurant serves Mediterranean-Californian cuisine, executed with an Asian flair, that is also informed by Chef Cat Cora’s belief in sustainable seafood. This means that the menu uses local, sustainable seafood produce as well as seafood caught via sustainable methods, which makes the dining experience that much more satisfying.
Find it at 22 Sentosa Gateway, S.E.A. Aquarium, #B1-455, Singapore 098136.
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This entrant probably needs no introduction. One of Singapore’s most recognisable home-grown brands that is one of the must-go places for its famous Chilli Crab, Jumbo Seafood is also known for Fried Cereal Prawns, Crispy Baby Squid, and Golden Egg Salted Prawns. The East Coast outlet, which is the first restaurant of the Jumbo group, will always be a little special because that’s where most of us had our first “seafood by the sea” dining experience. It is the quintessential Singapore dining experience that is both loved by tourists and locals alike.
6. La Cantina in Venezia
Located on the rooftop of Changi Village Hotel is La Cantina in Venezia, an Italian restaurant that serves a wide array of robust, traditional dishes that are prepared simply and executed brilliantly. The restaurant has a good selection of antipasti, thin crust pizzas, and delectable pastas – most notably the Linguine Al Granchio. Think chunks of sweet crabmeat and al dente pasta, all coated in a smooth, tangy tomato cream sauce.
Equally stunning is the panoramic view from the establishment, where you can watch airliners make their final approach into Changi Airport. If you’re planning to make dinner reservations, ask for a window table and be there in time for the sunset.
Find it at Changi Village Hotel, 1 Netheravon Road, 8/F, Singapore 508502.
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7. The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar
West-siders fret not, for we’ve found The Bridge Bistro & Beacon Bar! It’s a nautical-themed restaurant, offering European staples with Asian influence and a pretty awesome view of the harbour. The al fresco dining area is perfect for a romantic night out with your significant other, or a relaxing get-together with friends.
Craving Italian? La Pizzeria, a new dining concept that offers wood-fired pizzas and pasta, is on the same premises. Some of their signature dishes include the Gnocchi Sorrentina (tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese), Ravioli Spinach and Ricotta, as well as an Italian classic, the Pizza Margherita.
Find it at 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Level 2, Singapore 126887.
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You know that sense of wonder Charlie felt when he walked into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Experience it firsthand at Pollen! A restaurant that sits inside an olive grove, surrounded by Amalfi lemon trees and plenty of lavender and thyme, it’ll definitely be a treat for the senses.
Pollen’s menu features modern European fare with a Mediterranean twist, made with fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the dome’s micro-climate. Vegetarians will be pleased to know that the restaurant also offers vegetarian tasting menus that are meticulously put together.
9. Riders Café
Grown weary of the same hipster cafés with dim lighting, flashy espresso machines, and avocado toast? Try some fresh air, horses, and the English countryside for a change! Well, it isn’t the actual English countryside, but the lush paddocks of Bukit Timah Saddle Club and Riders Café’s charmingly rustic ambience just might make you forget that you’re still in Singapore.
Go with the family or a group of friends because you’ll want to order everything. Just look at some of our favourites from the small, but well-executed menu: Bircher Muesli, fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with berry compote and honeycomb butter, and of course, the signature Riders Burger. When you’re done with your meal, kick back with some Grand Mimosas and laze away the afternoon, while the rugrats run wild and explore.
Cr: Luke Mangan & Company
At 55 floors above ground level in the middle of Orchard Road, it goes without saying that Salt grill & Sky bar offers a magnificent view. However, that’s not the only highlight of the establishment. Head Chef Jake Kowalewski’s menu has a strong focus on serving only the best Australian produce and is a perfect showcase of Asian classics, signature dishes, as well as premium Australian beef. Be sure to try the beautifully made desserts and hand-crafted cocktails as you take in the panoramic view.