Last Updated: May 29, 2017
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 then same copy and paste concept being repeated over and over again, we seeked out the more unique concepts in Singapore that will spice things up.
Here is a list of themed eateries that stand out from the rest with their quirky concepts.
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 a spacious and romantic vibe, which makes this place a great eatery for romantic dates.
Read our review on The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit: 39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541 | Tel: 9721 0536 | Website
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 had 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: 95 Soo Chow Walk, Singapore 575382 | Tel: 9004 7827 | Website
Hidden away at The Cathay, this café is every child’s dream. Remember when Lego used to be the in thing for us kids? Which is 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 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: 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233 | Tel: 6735 7571 | Website
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 does not quite feel the same, you know?
The Reading Room, though, somehow reminds me of those marvelous 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 | Tel: 6220 9019 | Website
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 | Tel: 62213665 | Website
When I first stepped into this place I got a shock (in a good way). There was a fake turf on the ground, and pillars that looked like tree trunks and white flowers were everywhere, entwining the different props in the restaurant, which included several fences and a white carriage. Having entered from a regular shopping mall, I found myself feeling a little lost and confused at the beginning.
This fairy tale-like place is based on a story of two lovers who ran away to escape their enemies. After braving many dangers and obstacles, they discovered the beautiful Garden of Eden, which Blisshouse is modelled after. This restaurant is a touch too girly for me, but will probably be popular to most ladies. So guys, do you know where to go for the next date?
Blisshouse Singapore: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-21, The Central, Singapore 059817 | Tel: 6225 5532 | Website
This vintage-themed cafe is not just old telephone props, typewriters and patterned plates. Right outside are several awesome looking rides that look like they can bring you back to the past if you took trips on them. Kombi Rocks not only serves food, but also provides a service which they rent out their vintage automobiles for photo shoots or events.
Moving on to the inside of the shop, where the walls are green-tiled and have a number of Beatles merchandise hanging from them. Spot something you like? The several vintage items you find round the shop are actually for sale! This time, you get to take some vintage vibes back with you.
Kombi Rocks: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568 | Tel: 6288 1206 | Website
Step into the world of Ironman, Captain America, Thor, and many other superheroes at this restaurant. If you have not been to the toy museum yet, you might as well just pop by this place.
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 our hungry superheroes to fight crime with a satisfied tummy.
Hungry Heroes: 33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656 | Tel: 6295 5401 | Website
Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice and see this Wonderland materialise in front of you as you walk into this café. Guessed the theme yet? Yes, Alice in Wonderland! On the walls are huge stickers of creatures having tea, big hints referencing to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Figurines and props on the shelves also give off a bright, whimsical feeling. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life to the cheerful, quirky Hatter Street or, at Alice’s Wonderland.
Hatter Street: 212 Hougang Street 21 # 01-333 | Tel: 6988 4591 | Website
Stepping into Antoinette has all the regal as having tea with Queen Marie-Antoinette herself, the last Queen of France often revered for her sophisticated fine taste. The outlet at Palais Renaissance especially brings Parisian luxury to Singapore with an excellent selection of classical French fare prepared by Chef Pang.
The elegant boudoir of Antoinette’s atrium sets the benchmark for French class and old royal standing. As the queen would say, “Let them eat cake!”.
Antoinette Palais Renaissance: 390 Orchard Road, #B1-08/09/10C, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871 | Tel: 67356392 | Website
This biker-themed restaurant is located at an ulu corner of Sembawang, down a small road which might be difficult to get to without a car. If you do make the effort to go down however, be wowed by the design and the biker props there. Bikes are all around the shop, and even regular bar furniture have 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: 57 Jalan Mempurong, Singapore 759057 | Tel: 6475 9571 | Website
Ever wondered how it would be if you were blind? While it may sound ominous, Nox 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.
Read our review on NOX.
NOX – Dine in the Dark: 269 Beach Rd, Singapore 199546 | Tel: 6298 0708 | Website
This modern Asian restaurant puts a twist on traditional Southeast Asia Cuisine, serving up dishes such as the Beef Rendang with Rice Puree and Crispy Herbs and Vietnamese Scotch Eggs. The items on the menu vary through so 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 are mainly the red patterns on the walls that resemble Chinese paper cut outs.
Ding Dong: 23 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069703 | Tel: 6557 0189 | Website
This bistro exudes an old charm with dark woof furniture and shelves, ancient looking maps and leather couches. Located at the Central Business District (CBD), this place is great to chill after a long week on Friday nights. If not, visit on the weekends, when you can have breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
Parents who want to bring their children along will be pleased to know that this is a child-friendly restaurant, which has a playroom to keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy a leisurely meal.
The Bank Bar + Bistro: 1 Shenton Way, One Shenton #01-01, Singapore 068803 | Tel: 6636 2188 | Website