20 Top Restaurants & Cafes in Dhoby Ghaut for Delicious Delights
It’s an undeniable fact that eating is Singapore’s national pastime— whether it’s waiting over two hours for the grand reopening of A&W at Jewel Changi, or having food delivery apps on your phone for handy takeaways. With the wide range of cuisines located in close proximity to each other, you’d be hard-pressed to find another city that has this much food options to offer.
But if you’re ever stuck for choice, why not consider heading down to Dhoby Ghaut? Located right in the heart of town (which means that no one has any excuse not to join the group feast), this little area is definitely no small feat when it comes to the food scene. Be it a casual lunch with your friends or a fun night in town, read on for our list of 9 dining places in Dhoby Ghaut that won’t disappoint you!
Adding a unique twist to the traditional Chinese cuisine they had been known for, Tung Lok Group added Lokkee to their repertoire to meet with the growing demands of evolving taste buds. Drawing inspiration from Westernised Chinese takeout that fills the streets of cities like New York and Sydney, Lokkee adds their own spin with premium ingredients and skills you would expect from a Tung Lok establishment. Still not quite sure what to expect? Well, kai lan has now been pimped up with the addition of Angus beef, their peppercorn fried chicken have little pockets of mango-puree that visually looks like an egg yolk (but is such a good reprieve from the spiciness), and their bacon salad is decorated with a rack of bakkwa hanging over it. Admittedly, this may be something new for those used to more traditional fare. However, if you’re up for a cheeky reinterpretation of Chinese food, Lokkee would definitely not disappoint.
Address: 68 Orchard Road #03-01, Plaza Singapura, 238839
Monday-Sunday: 11am–3pm, 5.30pm–10pm
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Matchaya may not be a stranger to matcha enthusiasts, and indeed that’s what they specialise in. Their recently revamped concept store located in The Cathay goes above and beyond, serving a range of food including mains, beverages and their signature desserts.
Dedicated to innovating new flavours and textures while staying true to the artisanal ingredient at hand, one can look forward to a host of dishes that are perfect no matter what time of the day you visit. With options like Osaka Fluffy Pancakes, Dashi Chicken Stew Tokyo Beef Short Ribs and more, whether you’re headed to Matchaya to grab a quick meal or looking for a relaxed brunch, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Address: 2 Handy Road, #01-08/09, The Cathay, Singapore 229233
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Source: Arteastiq Bistro
Renowned for their fantastic tea menu, Arteastiq Bistro located in a quiet spot at Plaza Singapura is just the place for a casual and wholesome dining experience. Featuring a range of hearty, comforting dishes that promise to hit all the right spots, behind the eclectic menu is the passionate Chef Yip who endeavours to bring fresh combinations of flavours to the table.
Perhaps the most distinctive quality of Arteastiq is their social painting studio, where you may indulge and let your creative juices flow during a relaxed art jamming session. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil place to unwind, to release your inner artist or both, Arteastiq Bistro gives you the best of both worlds.
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
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4. Slappy Cakes
Source: Slappy Cakes
Breakfast food lovers, this is for you. Slappy Cakes takes all-day breakfast to a new level, boasting a unique DIY concept where diners can look forward to customising their own pancakes with built-in griddles at the tables. Pick a batter of your choice, squeeze them onto the griddle in any shape or pattern then smother them in maple syrup, fruits or other toppings to your heart’s content!
Not a very big fan of pancakes? Not to fret, for Slappy Cakes also boasts a wide range of other options that might suit your palate, ranging from pasta, breakfast platters and even steak. Grab your pals, charge your cameras and prepare for an engaging and interactive meal!
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-02, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Saturday-Sunday & Public Holidays: 9.30am-10pm
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Source: Food For Thought
Fiercely driven by a burning passion to create a community space and causes they support, Food For Thought is nestled within the National Museum of Singapore and aims to carve out a space where people can come together to experience our little red dot’s past, present and future.
Putting local-inspired bistro fare featuring Southeast Asian flavours with a global, contemporary twist, expect to find classic brunch options featuring scrambled eggs, bacon and the works on the menu alongside exciting dishes like the Soft Shell Chilli Crab Linguine.
Bask in the relaxed atmosphere and soak up all the natural light streaming in from the glass windows as you fuel up and catch up with loved ones!
Address: 93 Stamford Road #01-04/05, National Museum, Singapore 178897
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In Plaza Singapura and craving ‘pho some Vietnamese flavours? NamNam is here for you, as it offers piping hot bowls of pho that’ll whisk you right to the streets of Vietnam. The extensive menu is full of healthy, affordable and mouth-watering street food with a creative modern twist. Go for their quintessential Vietnamese pho with your choice of meat including Wagyu Beef Slices or Pork Balls, or for a quick grab-and-go meal, the crispy Banh Mi is also a great choice.
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #01-55, Singapore 238839
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Source: The Assembly Ground
With its stylish interior and cozy atmosphere, it’s no wonder that the founders of The Assembly Ground were the brains behind Benjamin Barker. And while there’s no beautifully-tailored apparel made specifically for the dapper gentleman here, the team has brought forth the same level of attention and class into their dining venture which is sure to inspire. Drawing inspiration from the cafes that colour Melbourne’s streets, the industrial-chic styling of the cafe serves as a brilliant backdrop to their platter of yummy food.
If you’re spoilt for choice, their hearty mains consist of pastas, pizza and chicken! Go for their Spicy Pomodoro Crab Pasta and Truffle Carbonara. Pizza enthusiasts may gravitate towards their Umami Roasted Chicken Pizza. To wrap up the meal wonderfully, don’t miss out on their extensive selection of beverages that’s sure to delight— whether you’re looking for a matcha cold brew or a deliciously addictive berry milkshake.
Address: 2 Handy Rd, #01-21 The Cathay, Singapore 229233
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In the nook of Prinsep Street around the Dhoby Ghaut area lies Stage, a restaurant bar that livens up the spirit with a live band and trendy music. Your taste buds are in good hands at Stage, where they whip up some of the best pizzas and pastas around.
For seafood lovers, their Chilli Crab Pizza is a must try! If you’re hanging out with some pals and the night is still young, why not order some bar bites to go along with your drinks? Indeed, good food and good music makes for a most memorable night out.
Address: 60 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188664
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Inspired by the comforting dishes made by Ajummas (aunties) in the market alleys of Seoul, Ajumma’s was born. Serving up piping hot Korean delights that are flavourful, hearty and comforting all around, this casual dining spot located in Dhoby Ghaut promises to fill you right up with authentic Korean fare including steamed eggs, fried chicken, bubbling stews, the crowd favourite toppoki and more. Grab a pal and make a trip down to Ajumma’s for your fix of Korean fare, whether it’s ramyeon or deliciously marinated bulgogi!
Address: 2 Handy Road, #B1-23, The Cathay, Singapore 229233
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Situated in Rendezvous Gallery in the Dhoby Ghaut area, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill is as its name suggests- the spot to visit for your fix of Mexican flavours. Firmly believing in the importance of fresh and handmade food packed with nutrition, you can fill your tummy up with some of the best Mexican fare in town.
From tacos to burritos and salad bowls, pick and customise your ideal meal whether it’s filled with grilled shrimp, chicken or steak. Eat the rainbow with their vibrant salads, complete with a heaping scoop of guacamole and some fresh lime for that tangy goodness!
Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Gallery, #01-03, Singapore 189559
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Heading up to the National Museum to explore the artwork showcased in one of their exhibitions? Well, consider dropping by fine-dining establishment, Flutes, to wrap the day up as perfectly as it had started. Although it may be housed in the oldest museum in Singapore, the innovative flavours it bring to the table acts as a beautiful contrast to its locale. With different menus for different occasions (be it for a relaxing brunch or an executive set lunch), there’s surely something for everyone here at Flutes. We are definitely fans of their special menu, the Seasonal Taste of Flutes Menu, that brings in delicious flavours brought together by the freshness of the different produce.. But, if that’s not quite up your alley, we’re recommending the grilled rack of dorper lamb or their marron bolognese from their a la carte menu.
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, #01-02 National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897
Monday-Friday: 11.30am–2pm, 6.30pm–10pm
Saturday: 10.30am–2.30pm, 6.30pm–10.30pm
Treat yourself with a gastronomic feast here at Flutes today.
12. Hair of the Dog
Source: Hair of the Dog
Playfully named, Hair of the Dog is the new bar in town to head to for wines, whiskeys and bar bites that aren’t too harsh on the wallet. With a cosy interior that welcomes all who enter, one can look forward to forging memorable bonds and holding conversations over a plethora of food options.
Pizza, pasta and grilled meats are some items one can expect on the menu for a more filling meal. Looking for a spot to knock back some drinks instead? Hair of the Dog delivers, with an impressive selection of red wines, white wines, whiskeys, gins, cocktails and more. Pair these with their perfectly curated bar bites that include truffle fries, garlic prawns in chilli oil and classic onion rings that’ll make for a delectable experience.
Address: 2 Handy Road, #01-11/12, The Cathay, Singapore 229233
Monday-Friday: 12pm-2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm
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Source: Cajun on Wheels
Louisiana-style seafood is the specialty at Cajun on Wheels, and they do a fantastic job of whipping up a delectable range of seafood done to whatever way you prefer it- steamed, deep-fried or even baked. If you’re in Dhoby Ghaut and craving some seafood, treat yourself and your tastebuds to their vibrant and full platters bursting with rich flavours! Sink your teeth into succulent flesh drenched with buttery sauces, spiced and gleaming with seasonings that’ll leave you salivating and ordering more.
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #03-92, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
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Source: L'éclair Pâtisserie
Proudly holding the title of the first éclair specialty store and cafe in Singapore, L'éclair Pâtisserie was born out of creativity and a burning passion to change up the world of eclairs. With up to ten unique flavours of fresh eclairs everyday, one can look forward to an exciting range of creative and interesting combinations such as rose with lychees and strawberries.
The elegantly decorated interior alongside enticing presentations of the eclairs makes for an Insta-worthy and memorable tea time in the heart of Singapore.
Address: 190 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-28, Singapore Shopping Centre, Singapore 239924
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Source: Nanjing Impressions
For a joint serving up authentic and memorable Nanjing flavours, Nanjing Impressions at Dhoby Ghaut is the perfect spot to visit. This outlet marks their first foray into Singapore and they’ve certainly made a splash with their menu offerings of classic Chinese style dishes.
Expect to dig into dishes native to Nanjing like the Poached Lion's Head Meatballs alongside other flavourful items including the Jinling Roast Duck. Coupled with their impressive interior- think hanging lanterns, traditional wooden furniture, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable time here!
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #04-46, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
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The beautiful thing about Dhoby Ghaut is its proximity to Singapore’s Arts District, filled with interesting architecture and even more intriguing stories within the walls. At Artichoke, you get a blend of both in an almost intoxicating way. Helmed by Chef Bjorn Shen (who had previously risen to fame with Bird Bird in Kembangan), the MasterChef Singapore judge is ready to wow diners once again with his mix of skills and pizzaz. Drawing inspiration from the depth of flavours in Middle Eastern dishes, Artichoke is Chef Bjorn’s take on Middle Eastern classics. Not one for the faint of heart, Artichoke is proud to present their array of sharing platters with their reimagination of the dining experience. Our personal recommendation? Definitely their sinful Falafel Fried Chicken, paired with their burnt miso hummus and Lebanese beef rib stew.
Address: 161 Middle Rd, Singapore 188978
Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am-2.45pm, 4pm-9.45pm
Try out Chef Bjorn’s take on Middle-Eastern cuisine at Artichoke!
17. Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ
Source: Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ
There is something undoubtedly comforting in indulging after a long week— and you cannot go wrong with the luxurious (and, frankly, sinful) spread available at Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ. When you enter, be prepared to feel like modern-day Korean royalty with their fancy cuts of meat that has been diligently prepared with the most skillful of hands. To make the experience even more perfect, the ring of cheese surrounding the grill gives you the perfect dip for the well-marinated meats available. Don’t forget to place an order of galmaegisal, Seorae’s specialty pork skirt-meat marinated with their own blend of authentic spices. Feeling only slightly peckish? Check out the range of affordable Value Lunch Sets that come with free sides and soft drinks, all below the price of $15 per diner!
Address: 68 Orchard Rd, #02-01, Plaza Singapura, 238839
Friday-Saturday, Eve of Public Holidays: 11.30am-11pm
Look no further than with Seorae for both premium meat and great service.
18. Curious Palette
Source: Curious Palette
Frequent cafe-goers may be familiar with Strangers' Reunion, one of the more well-known and longer lasting eateries on this little red dot. However, for those who don’t frequent Outram Park much, their sister cafe located along Prinsep Street may be the perfect alternative. Located along a row of nondescript and unassuming shophouses, they have taken a clean-cut approach to the interior, allowing their delicious food to speak for themselves. Don’t take this the wrong way though: there’s still plenty of Instagram-worthy shots inside the cafe that would perfectly frame the shot of your Berry Ricotta Hotcake or the Soft Shell Crab Burger. Looking for more of a kick? Their Tiger Prawn Belacan Pasta would definitely hit the spot!
Address: 64 Prinsep St, Singapore 188667
Closed on Tuesdays
Make Curious Palette your next go-to cafe for brunches!
19. Kim Dae Mun Korean Food
Source: Kim Dae Mun
Kim Dae Mun is a household name amongst Korean food lovers. Serving up affordable, authentic and mouth watering Korean fare just a stone’s throw away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT, this no-frills restaurant offers piping hot stews alongside sizzling meats served on hot stones. If you’re in the Dhoby Ghaut area, satiate your Korean food cravings at Kim Dae Mun with their classic dishes that’ll guarantee to give you the boost of energy to finish the rest of the day!
Address: 100 Orchard Rd, #01-03D Concorde Shopping Mall, Singapore 238840
Closed on Monday
Head to Kim Dae Mun for your Korean food fix today!
20. HopHeads Bar
A hip underground bar, HopHeads is the spot to visit for Happy Hour. Boasting various attractive deals that allow you to enjoy their alcoholic beverages and delectable mains without having to burn a hole in your wallet, HopHeads is full of good vibes all around.
For the adventurous, you’ll be excited to know that their bottled and draft craft beers are always rotating, so you’ll always be in for a pleasant surprise each time you’re in the Dhoby Ghaut area!
Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, #B1-00 Haw Par Glass Tower, Singapore 239926
Closed on Sunday-Tuesday
Head to HopHeads for your fix of drinks tonight!
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