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The 15 Best Restaurants in Singapore

These are Singapore’s best restaurants for affordable eats, fine dining, and everything in between.

You’ll always find something delicious to eat in Singapore, although there’s a downside to being in a relatively small country packed to the rafters with fantastic restaurants–working out which ones to put at the top of your hit list can be tricky. Thankfully, our insatiable appetite for Singaporean cuisine is about to pay off because it has allowed us to put together the ultimate guide to Singapore’s best restaurants.

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WHERE: Raffles Avenue

This Michelin-starred restaurant in downtown Singapore was founded by LG Han, a Singaporean chef who wanted to change people’s perceptions of his country’s cuisine while creating modern takes on the dishes his grandmother once made for him. Don’t miss this dimly lit restaurant’s art-like display of cooking utensils hanging from the wall–items you’ll see include his grandmother’s pans. It’s not cheap–the tasting menu comes in at S$298 (US$220)–but you’ll struggle to find a more thoughtful, spectacular tribute to Singaporean cuisine. Top picks include the fish noodle soup (laced with a shot of Flor de Caña rum) and the satay, presented on its own miniature grill.


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Shang Palace

WHERE: Shangri-La Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Rd

This fine-dining Chinese restaurant, the star of the show at the Shangri-La Singapore Hotel, was established in 1971. It’s currently helmed by Daniel Cheung, a chef with 37 years of Cantonese cooking experience under his belt. The food–like the tableware, which includes beautiful red lacquer plates and porcelain bowls that wouldn’t look out of place in the National Gallery Singapore–is beautiful, flavorful, and delicious. Try the double-boiled ginseng soup with abalone or the chilled conch with garlic.

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Fysh at Edition

WHERE: Singapore Edition, 38 Cuscaden Rd

The head chef at Fysh at Edition is Australian Josh Niland, who chose Singapore as the location for his first restaurant outside of Australasia. Fysh is–as you’ll probably guessed – all about seafood, although meat (much of which is cooked over a josper grill) also features heavily. The décor is spectacular–there’s a bespoke marble bar, a huge show kitchen, and beautiful velvet banquettes. But back to the food. Josh is best known for his innovative twists on seafood dishes, including the Mooloolaba Swordfish Schnitzel and the Aquna Murray Cod on Potato Scales. We’re also suckers for the sides, particularly the Padron peppers with barbecue salsa and the (insanely delicious) salt and vinegar onion rings.

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Banana Leaf Apolo

WHERE: 54 Race Course Rd

You’ll find Indian restaurant Banana Leaf Apolo in Little India, one of our favorite spots for South Indian cuisine in Singapore. The restaurant was founded in 1974 by former fruit seller Chellappan S Suppiah, whose USP was his decision to serve food on banana leaves (still used to this day). This is where you’ll find some of Singapore’s tastiest Indian dishes, including fish head curry (trust us, it’s delicious) and the tangy Masala crab. Make sure you sample the homemade bread (the Kashmiri naan is to die for).

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WHERE: 6B Orange Grove Road

Michelin-starred Candlenut specializes in Peranakan cuisine, otherwise known as Straits-Chinese cuisine. Executive chef Malcolm Lee is passionate about local ingredients, and a meal here is a great way to gain a deeper insight into Singapore, whether it’s via the blue swimmer crab with chicken tofu balls, the deep-fried bean curd skin with shitake mushrooms, or the fabulously fragrant rendang curry, made with caramelized coconut. Feeling brave? Try the delicious buah keluak (a poisonous fruit made edible by fermentation) ice cream.

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Burnt Ends

WHERE: 7 Dempsey Road

Burnt Ends is another Michelin-starred restaurant (as you’ll probably have gathered, there are quite a few in Singapore), in this case, one which has held its coveted star since 2018. You’ll find it in Singapore’s chic Dempsey Hill neighborhood (more specifically, a beautiful heritage building), and its owner is chef Dave Pynt, an Australian chef with a passion for meat. Although there’s a focus on barbecuing, there are dishes for all palates here–carnivores will love dishes such as the Japanese A5 striploin, while lighter dishes include the burrata with fennel and orange and the smoked quail with caviar. There’s also some fantastic comfort food, including a heavenly steak sandwich.

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2am Dessert Bar

WHERE: 21A Lor Liput

Got a sweet tooth? You’ll love 2am Dessert Bar, founded by award-winning Singaporean chocolatier Janice Wong. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this place is all about desserts, but we’re not just talking about chocolate cake. Browse the menu, and you’ll find some of the world’s most delicious desserts and every single one, whether it’s the Chocolate H20, made with salted caramel, yuzu sorbet, and dark chocolate, or the Strawberry Caprese, made with Sakura lychee pearls and Chartreuse jelly, comes with detailed tasting notes and are a recommended wine pairing. The 2am Dessert Bar opens between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., making it a great destination to round off a night on the town.

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WHERE: Capella Hotel Singapore, Sentosa Island

This Italian restaurant was founded by Chef Mauro Colagreco, who’s bagged three Michelin stars. Fiamma feels both luxurious and rustic–think vast expanses of wood, sculpture-like stacks of logs (Mauro’s passionate about open-flame cooking, and the restaurant has a wood-fired oven), and gorgeous tableware. The homemade pasta is to die for, as is the burrata, served with a 50-year-old vinegar. Fiamma is all about authentic Italian flavors, and this is one of the best places to try dishes you’ll struggle to find elsewhere (even, dare we say it, in large parts of Italy). We recommend the cured Parma ham with Parmigiano Reggiano and aged balsamic vinegar. And, to be honest, every single other dish.


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Tiffin Room

WHERE: Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road

Say hello to one of Singapore’s swankiest Indian restaurants–in this case, one that has been serving up authentic Indian fare since 1892. Kuldeep Neg is known for his love of pairing traditional Indian cooking techniques with ancient spice blends, and the result is deliciously fragrant cuisine that pays homage to the fabulous diversity of India. The Tiffin Room is also incredibly Insta-friendly–dishes are presented in beautiful tiffin boxes and served with rainbow-hued collections of spices. For extra authenticity, opt for the Royal Mera Dabba experience–a series of dishes inspired by celebratory meals once prepared by Indian mothers for their loved ones.

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Newton Food Center

WHERE: 500 Clemenceau Ave N

This is a hawker center, not a restaurant, but we guarantee it’s a worthy addition. Hawker centers are collections of street food stalls that are brilliant places to try the various cuisines that shaped Singapore’s food scene. Dishes are delicious and cheap, and several hawker center stalls have Michelin stars (additionally, the concept of hawker centers was given UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status in 2020). There are dozens throughout Singapore, although the Newton Food Center is our favorite. If it looks familiar, it’s because it had a starring role in Crazy Rich Asians, but this isn’t why it’s made the cut. Founded in 1971, the sheer diversity of the delicacies is mind-blowing. You’ll find everything from oyster omelets to braised duck, and it’s one of the top places to try Singapore’s national dish–chili crab.

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Blue Smoke

WHERE: 261 Joo Chiat Rd

Blue Smoke is owned by the team behind Singapore’s 1925 Brewing Co. Founded by Singaporeans, it’s a great place for some local comfort food, and the beers are pretty legendary, too–the restaurant’s most famous hop-based thirst quencher is a beer made with durians. These pungent fruits are banned from public transport on account of their smell (weirdly, the beer is surprisingly delicious, and its taste bears no resemblance to the fruit’s odor). Come here for simple Singaporean classics prepared with love–dishes such as crispy chicken skins and curry with green lip mussels.

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WHERE: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road

Dishes at Odette are lovingly prepared works of art made by chefs known for giving French classics an Asian twist. They’re also famous for vetting every single supplier–whether it’s the vineyard owners or the butchers–with a laser-like focus, and everything, whether it’s the food or the décor, is designed to be easy on the eye. Singaporean artist Dawn Ng, for example, was tasked with designing a main dining room that reflected key ingredients, while garnishes such as edible flowers were chosen not only for their taste but for their aesthetics.

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Great Nanyang Heritage Café

WHERE: Craig Road

This homely café, tucked into a Tanjong Pagar shophouse, is a great spot for a caffeine fix, although it’s also a magnet for locals keen to feast on Singapore classics such as nasi lemak (fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk). It’s another spot where there’s an emphasis on local ingredients–the eggs used for the soft-boiled Kampung egg, for example, come from a Malaysian farm that delivers supplies to the café twice a week. Make sure you take a moment to appreciate the décor–the stars of the show include antiques collected by the owner, and the overall look pays homage to the kopitiams (coffee shops) found throughout Singapore and Malaysia in the 1950s.

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Central Beach Bazaar

WHERE: Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island

Full disclosure: the Central Beach Bazaar encompasses some wonderfully retro arcade-style games and a boutique filled with beach essentials (including some seriously chic inflatables), although the highlight is International Food Street, where stacks of colorful shipping containers and a handful of retro food trucks serve up delicious street food from around the world. It makes the cut for several reasons–its location, which means you can enjoy your food on nearby Siloso Beach (ideally while watching the sunset), and because it’s great value. Feeling famished? Opt for the Giant Bites–supersized versions of classics such as hot dogs.

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Old Chang Kee

Old Chang Kee is an institution–a homegrown brand of cafés that specializes in curry puffs, often referred to as the country’s national dish. These flaky parcels date back to British colonial times, when Singaporean cooks gave the traditional British pie an Asian twist by adding delicious spices. The first Old Chang Kee, which opened in 1956, was a humble Singaporean street stall, although there are now dozens of outlets throughout Singapore, along with a handful in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and the UK. But don’t panic–the recipe (which is so secret that it’s locked in a vault) remains the same. The most popular fillings are chicken, although you’ll also find ones containing seafood and vegetables. Keep an eye out for Old Chang Kee’s bright yellow cafés when in Singapore–you’ll see them throughout the country, and in the majority of its malls