Everyone loves celebrating hump day with some midweek drinks or food in Singapore by going to a restaurant or bar. But sometimes it gets a little uninteresting when you and your friends keep going to the same hang-out spots over and over again to the point that the staff at the restaurant or bar recognises you. So why not try something new and go to some place that doesn't look or even feel like Singapore?
I know you're skeptical, but keep your mind open and you will start to see the beauty of what's actually around you. Singapore is absolutely littered with gems from the East to the West and we, at GET.com are going to share with you our 6 favourite drinking and eating places that don't feel like Singapore. Whether it's an old European feel, or a nature feel you're a fan of, there's bound to be something for you on this list.
1.The White Rabbit
Image Source: The White Rabbit
Beyond the glitz and glam of Dempsey Hill, there is a space of serenity and chill that's pretty out of this world. Inspired by the fairy tale 'Alice In Wonderland', The White Rabbit and its selection of craft gin gives off some vintage European vibes that really takes you out of Singapore. Even the interior of the restaurant remains as enchanting as when it was used as a chapel in the 1930s.
39C Harding Road
Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday: 6pm – 11:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 12:30am
2. Bollywood Veggies / Poison Ivy Bistro
Image Source: Bollywood Veggies via Facebook
Tucked away from the concrete jungle of Singapore's CBD, is Bollywood Veggies - one of the few local farms in Singapore. With fresh produce at their disposal, Poison Ivy has become the go-to place for people who are looking for a farm-to-table experience. Over the years, as the farm grew to sprout more different types of edible plantations, they have come to be experts on one particular fruit - bananas.
Even though they're not open till late, you can still take a drive down from work and have lunch there, or even check it out on a weekend. Make sure you try their to-die-for banana cake while you breathe in the fresh scent of nature's luscious greenery.
100 Neo Tiew Road
Singapore 719026 (Kranji)
Wednesday to Friday: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & PHs: 8:00am – 6:30pm
Monday to Tuesday: Closed (except for PHs)
3. Whisk And Paddle
Image Source: Whisk & Paddle
The thing that makes Whisk And Paddle feel like you're out of Singapore, is the view that overlooks its veranda. It's easier to play pretend like you're out of Singapore and the view of the river and the greenery helps make this real. Since they pride themselves on their coffee, the next time you're up for a villa-esque escape, put some sunglasses on and chill out at their veranda with a brew in hand.
10 Tebing Lane, #01-01
Tuesday to Friday: 3:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday, Sunday & PH: 9:30am-10:30pm
Closed on Mondays except PH
Image Source: OverEasy
The details of OverEasy's interior can only be described as straight up American. Complete with checkered flooring, ketchup and mustard bottles, and seating booths, OverEasy is your one-way ticket to a classic American diner.
Of course they don't just look the part; they've also got some of the best burgers, mac and cheese, and American inspired cocktails in town. If you've been to the US (or not), OverEasy is as close as it gets to the US of A.
1 Fullerton Road #01-06
Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch)
Monday to Thursday: 5pm – 1am (Dinner)
Friday to Sunday: 5pm – 3am (Dinner)
541 Orchard Road
#01-01 Liat Towers
Monday to Friday: 11am – 12am
(5pm – 12am every 3rd Monday of the month)
Saturday to Sunday: 10am – 12am
5. Spathe Public House
Image Source: Spathe Public House
Iconic brick walls, amber lighting, red PVC-covered seats and an overall rustic feel that never escaped Singapore's pre-war days. The European feels in Spathe hit you the moment you enter the shop. If you want to escape the bright lights of the city and retreat to a somewhat romantic European space to grab some grub with a bunch of friends, then look no further, Spathe Public House is where you want to be.
8 Mohamed Sultan Road
Monday to Friday: 12.00 pm to 11.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10.00am to 11.00pm
6. Open Farm Community
Image Source: Open Farm Community
Open Farm Community looks like one of those cafes that you come across in the middle of a road-trip in Australia. Surrounded by herb gardens and vegetable patches, it's quite a surreal experience to be dining out in the open and know where your food comes from.
This whole concept of urban farming has really changed everything we know about cafes and restaurants for the better. Take a drive down to Minden Road and check out this cafe when you feel like being somewhere remote.
130E Minden Road
Monday to Friday: 12pm - 10pm
Saturday, Sunday & PH: 11am - 10pm
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