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!
Located in the vast Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, GRUB sticks out among the many trees and plants. The café serves up food that is equally green for you too! Their dishes of pasta and burgers only use natural ingredients and no MSG or added preservatives. Those with a sweet tooth should try their unique Kaya Burnt Cheesecake for SG$10.50 a slice – a dessert with a local twist.
GRUB, 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983, +65 6459 5743, grub.com.sg
Bee’s Knees at the Botanic Gardens is equally beautiful indoors and outdoors. The colonial building houses the café on Level 1 and Botanico, its sister restaurant, on the upper level. You can even dine outside for an alfreso experience. Menu-wise, they’ve got plenty of Western-Asian fusion options, like the Truffle Carbonara (SG$20) or the Shrooms Bagel Eggs Benny (SG$16) from their all-day breakfast options.
Bee’s Knees, 50 Cluny Park Road, Level 1 Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488, +65 9815 3213, www.thegarage.sg/bees-knees
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 Café 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 Café, 1110 ECP, Singapore 449880, +65 6708 9288, www.pscafe.com/pscafe-east-coast-park
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-infuenced 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
Wander around Punggol Park and you’ll come across Five &2 café. Decorated with greenery indoors as well, the casual restaurant is a calm respite from the outside heat that serves plenty of Western-Asian cuisine. Not only do they have a special kids menu featuring yummy dishes like Karaage Chicken Pasta ($8.80), but they also have one for furkids – including Crispy Salmon Cube with Carrot Puree (SG$15.80) so pets can dine together!
Five &2, 97 Hougang Ave 8, Punggol Park, Singapore 538792, +65 6282 8801, www.fiveand2.co
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
The relatively new Jurong Lake Gardens is already a sight to behold on its own, but Fusion Spoon’s café layout will match up to it. It’s right next to a lake which you can admire as you dine! Plus, they have plenty of different cuisines to choose from so there’s something for everyone, such as Japanese, pizzas and pastas, as well as local dishes. Prices are wallet-friendly too – a pasta can cost just SG$4.80!
Fusion Spoon, 102 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618663, +6569691598, www.facebook.com/fusionspoon
Gardens By The Bay is home to plenty of flora and exotic insects, and a casual walk around can take up hours of fun. If you’re feeling hungry, pop into Café Crema near the Supertrees. Not only will you get to enjoy a spectacular view of the trees from inside the café, but you can also fuel up with their assortment of Japanese or Italian food like Wafu Hamburg Don (SG$15) and Chicken Guacamole Sandwich (SG$17).
Café Crema, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953, +65 6604 8826, www.cafecrema.com.sg
In the middle of the sprawling Changi Beach Park is where you will find The Seagrill. The restaurant has clear glass floor to ceiling windows so you can bask in the views of the outdoors while remaining cool under aircon. From starters like the Clam Chowder (SG$9) to the Grilled Seafood Platter (SG$38) which is perfect for sharing, you’ll be gastronamically delighted throughout.
The Seagrill, Changi Beach Park, 260 Nicoll Dr, Singapore 498991, +65 6935 0076, www.seagrill.com.sg
Mount Faber might not be an easy hike up, but the views from atop the park is worth the effort. And even better, you can dine there! At Arbora, you’ll sit with the panoramic skyline next to you, together with lush greenery and sights of cable cars going up and down. Not only is the location and ambience perfect for family gatherings, but they can also be used for birthday parties and wedding celebrations!
Arbora, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203, +65 6377 9688, www.onefabergroup.com/arbora
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