Strangely Wonderful – The Best Restaurants in Singapore for something extraordinary

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If there’s one thing Singapore does better than any other Asian city, its food! Whilst in Singapore I made a conscious effort of checking out (and rolling out of) the best restaurants in Singapore. If I could say just one thing about the whole experience it would be WOW. There were so many fantastic experiences that I had to write a post dedicated to my favourite restaurants in Singapore…. and here they are!

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The BEST Restaurants in Singapore (and other eats)

$1.20 SGD Icecream

Lets kick things off where they should always start and finish – with dessert. Yep, life is short… so take dessert first! You’ll find “one dollar” ice cream everywhere in Singapore – but nowhere more in abundance than in China Town. Its pretty simple: an icecream sandwiched between two wafers. However in the hot Singapore heat this little treat can go a long way and suddenly taste like it was sent directly from the heavens above! Although this is a far cry from a typical restaurant, it simply must make the list (and take its’ rightful place as #1) due to its simplicity, affordability… and hey, it’s ice cream.

2am dessert bar

2am dessert bar

When I asked my followers on instagram where I should go whilst in Singapore, a few suggested the highly popular 2am dessert bar. You had me at “Dessert”. So I went and checked it out, and I certainly didn’t leave disappointed. I’d definitely recommend the Purple Dessert (that’s the actual name), but there isn’t a thing on the entire menu I would have said no to. Lots of fun and a great evening haunt!

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I was pleasantly surprised when I made a quick lunch visit to Halia inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The restaurant was packed, which is usually a good sign. But what surprised me at Halia (‘ginger’ in Malaysian) was the abundance of flavour and the grasp the chef clearly had on the concept of balance. Each dish I tried was exceptionally well-balanced, all the while washed down with a to-die-for mocktail (ginger jive – ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange and honey). I’d definitely recommend the tower of silken tofu tempura for the vegetarians – you won’t be disappointed!


Mars Bar

****Mars Bar has now permanently closed.

Quirky with a capital Q. This place is oodles of fun. Set inside The Duxton Hotel, the Mars Bar menu is just the right amount of whacky. “Why is there a toasted nutella sandwich served with my drink?” I asked the bar owner. “Because toasted nutella sandwiches taste good”. Good answer. And damn good cocktails!


Wild Rocket

This was perhaps my favourite dining experience in Singapore. Nothing was as stand-out as the food. Oh, the food! Singapore has oodles of dinging options that will knock you off your feet, but if Wild Rocket is good enough for the President of Singapore, its good enough for me! And the best bit? It was so incredibly affordable! A mere $72 SGD for a four-course meal that was out-of-this-world!

40 hands cafe singapore

40 Hands

I have to throw an expat establishment into the mix, because the expat community is now such a big part of Singapore that it can’t go without mentioning. Plus, I absolutely adore this café! Its super affordable (under $20 SGD with a drink) and has some of the best coffee you’ll find in SG (yes, it tastes just like Melbourne coffee).

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PS Café

Just take a look around the clientele and buzzing atmosphere and you’ll soon realise this is where Singapore’s in-crowd hang out. Lots of socialites and expats but all the more important, some seriously great eats! Don’t skip dessert.

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Hawkers Centres

If there’s just one eatery you cannot miss whilst in Singapore, it’s a traditional Hawkers’ Centre. Its kind of like a contained street food market that is way cleaner, way too organised, but absolutely not to be missed. Be sure to try as many local dishes as you can carry back to your table — the cuisine will surprise you! If you visit in the mornings, don’t miss out of the half-boiled eggs with soy sauce (of which you slurp from the plate). There are plenty of Hawker’s Centres around Singapore, but I’d highly recommend a visit to Tiong Bahru.


World of Wanderlust was a guest of the Singapore Tourism Board. My opinion is as always my own and based on my personal experience!

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    March 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    The food looks so yummy !! 🙂


    S. J. Pajonas
    February 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

    And, now I’m hungry… 🙂

    Malia Yoshioka
    February 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Hawkers centers and chicken rice and chili crab…. I loved the week we spent in Singapore! Also, the Indian food! Yum!

    February 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

    PS Cafe is totally skippable 😉 Wild Honey is where ya’ll should go! And Din Tai Fung!

    February 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Lets kick things off – let’s*
    Its pretty simply – It’s*
    and its’ rightful place as #1 – its*

    I enjoy your blog but when I see things like this it’s like a musician repeatedly hitting the wrong chord and ruining what would otherwise be a great song.

    February 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Oh this makes me want to go to Singapore!!!!

    February 24, 2015 at 6:06 am

    I’m headed to Singapore on Sunday! As a fellow vegetarian (and dessert enthusiast), it’s great to see your recommendations. It looks like you had a great time! Much love, girl xx!

    A Life Passport
    February 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Yum! I’m hoping to get to Singapore this year to experience some excellent authentic meals, but I might just have to stop in at Mars Bar for a nutella sandwich or two!

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    February 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Yuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!! I am definitely going to check these places out nest time I’m in Singapore!!!

    February 23, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I think almost every Singaporean grew up eating the $1.20 ice-cream! (Did the price go up? It used to be $1!) Instead of an ice-cream van, the ice-cream vendor who tends to be an old Chinese man will drive to housing estates and sell them and my personal favourite is chocolate mint that’s smacked in between bread.

    The places that you went to aren’t really a good representation of local delicacies in SG. There’s brilliant Malay food at Hajah Maimunah, amazing Indian food at Islamic Restaurant and the list goes on. SG is really a food heaven and I can’t wait to go home during Summer to devour every. single. food. available.

    February 23, 2015 at 11:19 am


    February 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Singapore has been more or a stopover for my travels, but after seeing this it looks like I’m going to have to come stay a little while!!

    21 year old backpacker currently in Vietnam

    Ashley @ Ashley Wanders
    February 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Everything looks so delicious and I love that your drink was served with a nutella sandwich!

    Grace | The Beauty of Everywhere
    February 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love the sound of the silken tofu tempura. And Wild Rocket looks amazing! It all looks worth trying really, thanks for sharing!

    February 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Aww! Singapore!!(: I’m from Singapore and awesome recommendations, really! You should totally throw in some authentic Singaporean food – Singaporean Chinese/Indian/Malay. Geylang Serai is a good place for amazing Malay food – so delicious. Gotta try A&A restaurant for delicious Indian food. The Chinese bean curd from the Selegie Road is awesome!(: It was so nice to see Singapore here – feeling super proud!(;

    February 23, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Many more reasons to visit Singapore 🙂

    February 23, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Getting hungry looking at all this good food! A lot of them I recognize from you vlogs

    February 23, 2015 at 7:30 am

    My good friend visited Singapore last week. I wonder if she had any of these treats…

    February 23, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Oh! Singapore must have some incredible restaurants with exotic but so delicious food! I wish I could go there right now and try them all, I hope you had a lot of fun in that wonderful city! With love,

    February 23, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Just today my husband told me that I must visit Singapore soon and therefore I thank you for your helpful tips!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Michelle Marie
    February 23, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Very much support the “dessert first” position. And Purple Dessert reminds me of my old favorite bar in Chinatown, NYC that served a drink called… Blue Drink. Great minds? Naturally I’ll never have the guts to order either!

    Michelle Marie