A night of hard partying. Overslept and missed dinner. Studying or working late. Stomach with a mind of its own. In my experience, those are the most common reasons Singaporeans find themselves hunting for food in the middle of the night.
So, I burned the midnight oil to find the best late night restaurants and cafes for when your stomach is growling at the moon. Here they are in no particular order (but with the reasons why they made my list).
1. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Marine Cove)
For an island, Singapore has surprisingly few all night cafes by the sea. If you want your midnight snack a stone’s throw from the soothing sound of the waves, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Marine Cove (along ECP) is the pick of the lot.
Brightly lit, it is quite conducive to late night eating while studying or working. Beware, though, it can get a tad noisy with some groups.
2. Cafe de Muse
Spread across 2 floors in the heart of Orchard Road, Cafe de Muse brands itself ‘Specialty coffee, tea, meal & dessert’. That means they have you covered, whatever mood your stomach is in any time of night or day. We are talking everything from their Full Breakfast (S$21) to Kimchi Fried Rice – Pork or Vegetarian (S$20) to Duck Confit (S$21) to Bulgogi Pasta (S$23). That’s apart from the salads, pizzas, bingsu, specialty coffee and tea, ice-cream, and wines. Phew!
Fancy a very early (or really, really late) breakfast in the middle of the night? Coffeesmith is the place to be with popular European and Korean options, as well as beers and cocktail coffees.
The South Korean chain has 4 branches in Singapore of which 3 are open 24 hours: Orchard Gateway on Orchard Road, Northpoint in Yishun, and Westgate in Jurong East. My pick is the Orchard Gateway branch for its central location and the best view.
4. Shah Alam Restaurant
Floundering around near Boat Quay after a hard night of err… ummm…. Duck Tour-ing? Shah Alam Restaurant has been a tried and trusted transit point in the pre-dawn hours for over 20 years. Simple and unassuming, it is the best of the late night restaurants in the area if you want affordable Malay/Indian food. Some of the favourites you can’t go wrong with are the prata, briyani, and mee goreng.
20-21 Circular Road, Singapore 049376
+65 6536 6781
Daily: 8am – 6am
5. Gloria Jean’s Coffees
One of the world’s top 10 international coffee chains, Gloria Jean’s Coffees is beginning to make a mark on the Singapore late-night scene, too. If you’re one of the unfortunate few who still hasn’t got their hands on a GJC brew, there is no better place to start than their flagship outlet in West Coast Plaza.
Carefully designed for work and study, this 88-seater is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Stay awake all night with their 3 special drinks in hand— the Rocky Road Specialty Chiller, Irish Nut Crème Latte and Voltage Espresso Chiller.
Rocky Road Specialty Chiller is chocolate, mini marshmallows and a hint of raspberry, all topped with whipped cream. Irish Nut Crème Latte is a simply delicious blend of Irish Creme, hazelnut and white chocolate with fresh espresso and steamed milk. It’s finished off with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles for good luck. Voltage Espresso Chiller combines vanilla and espresso beans, blends them smoothly together and serves it topped with fresh, hot espresso shots.
If you tend to get the munchies at night as I do, you’ll be glad to know that Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlets also serve a selection of muffins, cakes, items and savoury items. You can find out more about them here. Gloria Jean’s Coffees is currently applying for Halal certification.
6. 89.7FM Supper Club
Didn’t plan your chalet getaway well enough and ran out of food, huh? Popular also with the men of the nearby Commando camp, the 89.7 FM Supper Club is here to save the night! Their fare is as varied as can be and includes Western, Indian, Malay, zi char and seafood.
Not quite the budget 24-hour supper restaurant but you can get popular options such as Cheese Fries (S$7.20), Kebab Cheese Chicken (S$7.20), and Fried Prawn Ball (from S$22.20) whenever you like.
89.7FM Supper Club, #01-2035, 5 Changi Village Road, Singapore 500005
+65 6214 1897
Daily: 24 hours
7. 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi
If it is authentic Chinese cuisine that you crave in the middle of the night, there are few better places than 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi. Take your pick of dim sum fare, including Chicken Feet (S$5.30), Siew Mai (S$5.30), Fried Prawn Dumplings (S$6.70), and BBQ Pork Chee Cheong Fun (S$5.60). Note, the Geylang Outlet is open 24 hours but not the Boon Keng one.
8. D’ Rubinah Restaurant Thai Muslim & Seafood
What the…? 40 types of prata and thosai? I didn’t even know they had that many in India, let alone at a 24-hour restaurant in Singapore. But there I was at D’ Rubinah Restaurant Thai Muslim & Seafood in Sembawang and spolied for choice.
Talk about affordable, their Plain Thosai (S$2) seems to be immune to inflation. The Masala Rava Thosai ($4) is good, too, and a 2-piece Plain Prata Kosong (S$2.50) will hardly put a dent in anyone’s wallet.
592 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758451
+65 6752 9947
Daily: 24 hours
9. The Hainan Story (Hotel Boss)
My OCD almost cannot take the intentionally-mismatched chairs around the marble tables of The Hainan Story at Boss Hotel but I have to – it is their only 24-hour branch! I put up with it because the food is absolutely scrumptious. Choose from Singapore favourites such as Kaya Toast (from S$1.80), Fried Chicken Rice with Hainanese Chicken Cutlet (S$11.80), and Pork/Chicken Satay (S$15 for 10 sticks) to Homemade Waffle With Ice-Cream (S$8.90) to more exotic fare such as the intriguingly-named Hainanese Father-In-Law Banana Leaf Grilled Stingray (200g) (S$18.80).
10. Mosanco Enchanted Cafe
Mosanco Enchanted Cafe has 5 locations across Singapore, 3 of which are open 24 hours. They have a very similar vibe to the big coffee chains with bright lighting and made-for-laptopping furniture. The vibe here is urban chic and the menu plays along. You will find the standard all-day brunch selections and one of my favourites is the simple but delicious Croissant with Stuffing (S$9.90). They also have dishes with Korean and Japanese twists. If you have the capacity, go for the gigantic MEC Mega Burger with Korean Chicken (S$25.90).
The Fairytales Garden
88 Rangoon Road, #01-04, Singapore 218374
39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295
11. Cafeela Roti Prata & Seafood Restaurant
When you can’t decide between Chinese, North Indian, Malay and seafood, there’s always. Cafeela Roti Prata & Seafood Restaurant. Located at Jalan Kayu, they are pretty accessible for a middle-of-the-night but deliver all night across the island. The Kuey Teow Goreng Thai (S$7), Satay Chicken (S$13.50 for 10 pieces), and Nasi Goreng Ayam (S$8.50) consistently make the favourites list of regular customers and for good reason.
254 Jln Kayu, Singapore 799481
+65 6483 5477
Daily: 24 hours
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