With no shortage of new cafes and restaurants sprouting up these days, Singaporeans are spoilt for choice when it comes to good food and ambience. But rather than the same copy-and-paste concept being repeated over and over again, we tried to find the more unique concepts in Singapore that will spice things up.
Here is a list of 14 themed eateries that stand out from the rest with their quirky concepts.
1. The Restored Chapel: The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is housed in a restored old chapel along the stretch of Dempsey Hill. The historical establishment itself is the main motivation for creating a unique ‘Alice in Wonderland’ concept of The White Rabbit, attempting to bring you to another world.
Following the Alice in Wonderland theme, the restaurant has white walls, animal-shaped shrubs, and even an outdoor bar with a “Drink Me” motif just like the potion from the original novel. The stained glass and high ceilings give off romantic vibes, which makes this place a great eatery for dinner dates.
The White Rabbit: 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541 | Opening Hours: 11.45am – 2.30pm & 6.15pm – 10pm (Tue to Fri), 11am – 3pm & 6.15pm – 10pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Mon | Tel: + 65 6473 9965 | Website
2. Journey to the Woods: Windowsill in the Woods
The green-framed, wooden door and the forest wall decal at the entrance already give hints to the theme of this café.
When you enter, it feels like you have just stepped into a forest, with a couple of trees in the corner, wooden furniture everywhere and even a bear smack right in the middle of the café. I mean a plush toy bear of course; a real one would eat all the pies.
Windowsill in the Woods: 17 Haji Lane, Singapore 189210 | Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Sun to Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri & Sat) | Tel: +65 9772 5629 | Website
3. Lego Mania: Bricks’N’Cubes Café
Initially opened at The Cathay, this café is every child’s dream. Over the years, Bricks’N’Cubes Cafe moved out of The Cathay to Joo Chiat Road. Remember when Lego used to be the “in” thing for us kids? That’s exactly why this is a great eatery for both adults and children.
Colourful, primary colours are a recurring sight and Lego models are scattered around. There is even a play area with Lego and Duplex blocks for kids aged two to six years old. Lego fans and children rejoice, because here you can eat and play to your hearts’ content.
Bricks’N’Cubes Café: 350 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427598 | Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun to Thu), 9am – 10pm (Fri & Sat) | Tel: +65 9737 7571 | Website
4. An Alternative Library: The Reading Room
I remember being very fond of the large rooms in mansions that were filled with books. All seen from the movies, of course. I mean, we have libraries, but it doesn’t feel the same, you know?
The Reading Room, though, somehow reminds me of those marvellous rooms—filled with books, couches and large framed portraits hung up on the walls. And better yet, you can order a meal or a cup of coffee while enjoying your book.
The Reading Room: 19 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089833 | Opening Hours: 11am – 11.30pm (Mon to Thu), 11am – 1.30am (Fri), 9.30am – 1.30am (Sat), 9.30am – 11.30pm (Sun) | Tel: +65 6223 1608 | Website
5. Cantonese Gangster Bar: Sum Yi Tai
Sum Yi Tai translates to “third wife”, and is a Chinese-Cantonese tapas bar. If you happen to make your patronage there, expect ’80s and ’90s Hong Kong oldies floating through the speakers, lantern lights and a mahjong wall, as well as cocktails and food following the theme.
Head up to their gorgeous rooftop bar to enjoy the booze and Cantonese-themed tapas like the Siew Yoke Roast Pork, Crispy Salmon Skin with Salted Egg Yolk and Maple-Glazed Char Siu.
Sum Yi Tai: 25 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069622 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 1am (Mon to Fri), 7pm – 1am (Sat), Closed on Sun | Tel: +65 6221 3665 | Website
6. Welcome to Hogwarts: Platform 1094
Specially and uniquely designed, Platform 1094 is where Potterheads go to satisfy their deepest wizard desires. The interior takes on a warm shade of brown with wooden floors and tiled walls, with sturdy furniture reminiscent of a particular popular (and unfortunately fictional) wizarding school.
Try out their Goblet of Fire, guaranteed to pick you as the champion of Platform 1094’s Triwizard Tournament. The Goblet of Fire includes blue curacao liqueur and lime juice, torched up with Bacardi 151 rum by the staff, giving you a magical moment—it’s basically a more aesthetically-pleasing Flaming Lamborghini.
Platform 1094: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon | Tel: +65 6204 6003 | Website
7. Friends: Central Perk Singapore
Started by a group of six men, Central Perk Singapore was initially a crowd-funded project. Housing up to 80 to 100 diners, the cafe is decorated with various props from the 1994 hit TV show, Friends.
A nearly perfect replica of Monica’s kitchen is also situated in the cafe, giving diners the perfect Instagrammable moment. Head down to the adorable cafe to feel like you’ve been transported to the set of Friends and enjoy Joey’s Fisherman Stew, Oh My God Baby Back Ribs and Chandler Green With Milk.
Central Perk Singapore: 1 Magazine Road, #01-01, Central Mall, Singapore 059567 | Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Wed to Mon), 11am – 10pm (Tue) | Tel: +65 9025 2524 | Website
8. Super Heroes To The Rescue: DC Comics Super Hero Cafe
Step into the world of the Justice League at this cafe at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. If you’re looking for a place to let your inner comic book lover shine, you should pop by the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe.
Fans of superheroes will love this place—it is decked out in all sorts of themed memorabilia, such as statues, framed pictures and figurines. And just as its name suggests, they serve generous portions of meat, perfect for fueling you to fight crime with a satisfied tummy.
DC Comics Super Hero Cafe: 2 Bayfront Avenue Bay Level, #01-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11pm (Mon to Thu), 11.30am – 11.30pm (Fri), 11am – 11.30pm (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun) | Tel: +65 6688 7610 | Website
9. Down The Rabbit Hole: Hatter Street
Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice and see this Wonderland materialise in front of you as you walk into Hatter Street. Guessed the theme yet? Yes, it’s Alice in Wonderland! On the walls are huge stickers of creatures having tea, referencing the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Figurines and props on the shelves also give off a bright, whimsical feeling. Be sure to check out their waffles—a little birdie told us they taste like heaven. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life to the cheerful, quirky Hatter Street and Alice’s Wonderland.
Hatter Street: 212 Hougang Street 21, # 01-333, Singapore 530212 | 1pm – 10.30pm daily | Tel: +65 6988 4591 | Website
10. Into A Magical Land: Mosanco Enchanted Cafe
Stepping into Mosanco Enchanted Cafe feels as though you’re stepping into a whole different wonderland.
Decked out in quirky decor like oddly-sized picture frames (with no pictures in them) and all sorts of foliage, the cafe sports mismatched furniture in an aesthetically-pleasing way.
Head down to enjoy a whimsical brunch or just chill on your own at this cosy little cafe.
Mosanco Enchanted Cafe: 88 Rangoon Road, #01-04, Singapore 218374 | Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon to Fri), 9am – 8pm (Sat & Sun) | Tel: +65 8813 1086 | Website
11. The Biker’s Choice: Handle Bar
This biker-themed restaurant is located at an ulu corner of Alexandra Road, down a small path which might be difficult to get to without a car.
If you do make the effort to head down to Handle Bar, however, be wow-ed by the design and the biker props there. Bikes are all around the shop, and even regular bar furniture has been spruced up. They have Vespa bar stools and a pool table that looks like a car! Certainly worth a visit even if you are not a biker fan.
Handle Bar Original: 10 Lock Road, Singapore 108938 | 12pm to 12am (Sat to Sun, Tue to Wed), 12pm – 1am (Thur to Fri), Closed on Mon | Tel: +65 6268 5550 | Website
12. Dine in Pitch Black Darkness: NOX – Dine in the Dark
Ever wondered how life would be if you were blind? While it may sound ominous, Nox – Dine In The Dark gives you a dining experience just like that, where you try to put food in your mouth in pitch-black darkness. The servers working here are also visually-impaired as an initiative to provide jobs for them.
Open up to a whole new sensory experience without the use of your eyes, and see how you cope and manage in the dark. Prices aren’t cheap, but worth the completely unique experience.
NOX – Dine in the Dark: 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546 | Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm (Daily) | Tel: +65 6298 0708 | Website
13. Modern Asian Art Deco: Ding Dong
This modern Asian restaurant puts a twist on traditional Southeast Asia Cuisine. Ding Dong serves up dishes such as the Beef Rendang with Rice Puree & Crispy Herbs and Vietnamese Scotch Eggs. The items on the menu cover many different Asian countries; there certainly would be something for everyone.
If not, check out their cocktails and have a drink surrounded by the lovely Oriental decorations, which include red patterns on the walls that resemble Chinese paper cut-outs.
Ding Dong: 115 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069935 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 11.30pm (Mon to Fri), 6pm – 11.30pm (Sat), Closed on Sun | Tel: +65 6877 4878 | Website
14. Ahoy, Captain: Eaglewings Loft
All aboard the captain’s ship! Eaglewings Loft presents an all-day nautical-themed cafe to make you feel like you’re at sea. With neon lights resembling that of cruise ships, it’s the perfect maritime dining experience on land.
If you’re heading down to Eaglewings Loft, be sure to try out their signature dish, the Lobster Risotto, guaranteed to give you a burst of flavour from both land and sea.
Eaglewings Loft, 9 King Albert Park, #01-14/33/34/56/57, Singapore 598332 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 12am (Mon to Thu), 10.30am – 1am (Fri), 8.30am – 1am (Sat), 8.30am – 12am (Sun) | Tel: +65 6264 7787 | Website
Now that you’re more familiar with these eateries, you can take your pick. Grab your friends and head down to one of these places for a whole new dining experience together!