Cafes and casual eateries are always a good escape with the whole family to have a nice meal and even nicer conversations. But if you’re looking to dine out with nature all around you for a refreshing change of scenery, you can do so at the many options available in parks and reservoirs around Singapore. From beachside eateries to cafes surrounded by lush greenery, check out where to head to next on your next cafe-hopping day out!
This list has been updated for 2022!
You might be familiar with Canopy located within Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, but did you know there’s another outlet at Hortpark as well? Featuring plenty of lush greenery as decor and wood furniture, the restaurant provides a natural setting to make you feel like you’re immersed in the great outdoors. Classic brunch menu items are on the menu here, such as Truffle Pizza (SG$24) and Crabmeat Aglio Olio (SG$21). It’s pet-friendly to boot, so feel free to bring your pup along!
Canopy Hortpark, #01-01, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578, +65 6556 1533, www.canopygardendining.com
Many head to East Coast Park for the sun, the sea and the sand. But if you’re feeling hungry in between your beach activities, PS.Cafe is the perfect spot to unwind at. The waterfront café is right next to the footpath facing the beach, so you can sit outdoors and feel the natural breeze on your face too. Aside from their signature Truffle Fries, go for their desserts like the Sticky Date Pudding and Ultimate Fudgy Brownie.
PS.Cafe, 1110 ECP, Singapore 449880, +65 6708 9288, www.pscafe.com/pscafe-east-coast-park
Corner House at the Botanic Gardens exude luxurious vibes – it’s a double-storey conserved colonial house after all! The one-Michelin star restaurant offers French-Asian fusion dishes while guests can choose to dine alfresco or sit indoors. Opt for their 3-course lunch (from SG$78) or 5-course dinner (from SG$168), and complete your experience by toasting together with a glass of wine. Cheers!
Corner House, 1 Cluny Rd, E J H Corner House Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, +65 6469 1000, cornerhouse.com.sg
Located away from the crowds, Wildseed Café at The Summerhouse is hidden away at Seletar Aerospace Park, which can be slightly inconvenient to get to. But for the outdoor vibes, it’s worth it. Their weekend brunch menu has everything from Quinoa Salad (SG$13) to Atas Kaya Toast (SG$8) that’s served with a sous vide egg. If the little ones get restless, bring them to the colorful playground that’s just a stone’s throw away from the restaurant.
Wildseed Cafe, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387, +65 8809 5840, www.thesummerhouse.sg
Hortus isn’t quite located within a park – it’s within Gardens By The Bay instead, which means you will be sheltered and in aircon while still getting to admire plants and flowers of all different species from your seat. Whether to dig into Mediterranean-inspired dishes like Fremantle Octopus With Green Harissa Sauce (SG$32) for lunch or a slowed-down afternoon with some high tea (SG$55 per pax), it’ll make for an unforgettable time.
Hortus, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-09, Level 2 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953, +65 6702 0158, hortus.com.sg
Le Jardin literally translates to “garden” in French, which is exactly what you’ll find yourself in when you visit this floral-themed cafe in Fort Canning Park. Find yourself being washed in shades of green when you sit indoors, or sit under the alfresco terrace if you have your fur kid with you. Grub here includes both sweet and savory, ranging from Portobello Mushroom (SG$16.90) to Fig & Salted Caramel French Toast (SG$21.90).
Le Jardin, 5 Cox Terrace, Level 2, Fort Canning Arts Centre, Singapore 179620, +65 8338 8281, www.lejardin.com.sg
The next time you have time to spare before a flight overseas or are cycling along the Changi Airport Connector, make a pit stop at Hub & Spoke. The glasshouse cafe is near Terminal 2, and is right next to a large open field where pets or kids can play. The usual all-day brunch fare will delight all ages, like Eggs Benedict (SG$9.90), Honey Butter French Toast (SG$4.40) and Yam Buns (SG$4.50). They even have bicycle parking lots and shower facilities to freshen up before your next adventure around Changi!
Hub & Spoke, 60 Airport Boulevard, #01-T2S-02, Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 819643, +65 9894 2859 www.facebook.com/hubandspokecafe
Mylo’s is a pet-friendly cafe at Gardens By The Bay, right next to the Active Garden. Fancy satisfying your sweet tooth? Take comfort with the range of pastries and confectioneries available – there are even over 23 flavors of gelato (SG$5 a scoop) to choose from! What we especially like is how the Active Garden right outside is home to a musical playground and fitness corner, so your after-dining plans are pretty much settled.
Mylo’s, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-01, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore 018953, +65 6970 8553, www.mylos.com.sg
Nestled in the heart of Yishun Park, Slow Bakes is a casual cafe that boasts tranquil views of a pond and plenty of flora while you dine. With both indoor and outdoor seating, it’s suitable for a family meal together or quiet enough to catch up on some work alone. Their breakfast set ($6.50) will be the perfect way to rise and shine, which includes toast, soft-boiled eggs and a drink of your choice. Vegetarian options are also available!
Slow Bakes, 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796 +65 9456 2370, www.realfoodgrocer.com/slow-bakes-menu
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Make yourself cozy at Bedok Reservoir’s Wawawa Bistro, situated right next to the main water body in the popular park. If you head down in the evenings, you’ll enjoy sights of the sunset, cyclists passing by and dogs walking about with their owners. Dishes are German-influenced with dishes that will introduce you to unique creations such as the Salsa Sausage Baguette (SG$10.80) and Spam Pizza (SG$16.80). To cool down, they even have a Red Bull Float (SG$8.50) to try!
Wawawa Bistro, 01 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479266, +65 6285 8038, wawawa.com.sg
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