You know that one friend who seems to live so far away that when they ask to share a Grab or cab home, everyone just laughs? That’s me. Living all the way in Pasir Ris is both a blessing and a curse, but being just 15 minutes away from some of the best-kept food in Singapore definitely leans towards the former.
I’ve spent a huge bulk of my time in Changi Village and can expertly navigate through the jungles (since that’s what everyone thinks Changi is), so it’s probably a good thing that I’ve put together this beacon of hope. If you’re planning a pilgrimage to this hidden food paradise, here’s your ultimate Changi Village food guide of 20 best eateries and cafes.
There’s more to Changi Village than just its famed hawker centre. Hence, this list will be a little different as I will be starting off with the surrounding eateries where all the action is at.
What is this list without Dil’B Restaurant? That’s right, nothing. If you’re ever in the area and craving an aromatic plate of fluffy basmati rice and mutton so soft it melts in your mouth—this is the place for you.
The thought of hiding this gem away from people has crossed my mind several times but sharing is caring especially when it comes to this place. While there are other contenders in the area, nothing beats the homely feeling you get when you’re here. All I can say is, once you go Dil’B, there’s no going back, baby.
Blk 1 Changi Village Road, #01-2026, Singapore 500001
Wed to Sun: 11am – 10.30pm
Closed on Mon & Tue
2. Mr. Mamak
From South Indian dishes to North Indian, Malay-Muslim food to Thai-Muslim seafood, you can trust Mr Mamak to have it all in their quaint outlet. Frequented by many especially during lunch and dinner times, they truly serve up a medley of delicious dishes.
I can never get enough of briyani, and Mr Mamak serves a mean plate of Hyderabadi Dum Briyani Mutton (S$10). For those of you who don’t know, there are almost up to 30 varieties of briyani. Hydrebadi briyani is India’s most popular and well-known biryani, and is as good as a crown dish of the Hyderabadi Muslims. Besides, look at that pretty presentation.
3. 89.7 Supper Club
I can’t be the only one who loves going to 89.7 Supper Club for, well, supper. I mean seriously, where else can I get so much bang for a buck?
The restaurant serves a variety of halal local and international cuisine, in a very relaxed setting and at extremely reasonable prices. There’s probably something for everyone here, so you know no one’s going to be complaining and leaving with a full tummy.
27 Changi Village Road, Singapore 509925
Daily: 24 hours
When you think of chicken rice, I’m sure a slew of famous names will come to mind. For me, however, Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice located at Changi Village is the one.
Seriously, where else can you get S$3 chicken rice with the option of free-flow soup? You’ll also love the convenience of having the traditional chicken rice condiments placed on the table itself. Skip the crowd at Changi Village Hawker Centre and head on over here for a hearty plate of chicken rice.
Block 5 Changi Village Road, #01-2037, Singapore 500005
Daily: 10.30am – 9pm
5. BamBooze Bar & Bistro
BamBooze Bar & Bistro is another local Changi area haunt with its own steady stream of regulars. The friendly staff will make you feel like you’ve been coming here for years and conversation is never short amongst the chatty patrons.
Knock back a pint or two with their delectable bar bites while watching footie with your mates here.
6. Jacob’s Cafe
Jacob’s Cafe always has rave reviews and the local and Western fare is a hit with customers.
I’ve heard great things about the German Pork Knuckles (S$43.90, subject to availability) and some have even claimed that they’re the best in Singapore.
7. Al Capone’s CSC @ Changi
If you love affordable booze, tasty grub and beautiful views, you’d definitely love Al Capone’s located at Civil Service Club @ Changi. This restaurant and bar is officially my favourite place to unwind with a couple of sundowners while chowing down a slew of Italian-fusion dishes.
Best not to miss their extremely popular thin-crust pizzas— named after infamous gangsters— and Mafia Wings (S$10.90 for eight pieces) when you’re here. Honestly, I’d bring along my sleeping bag and live here if I could.
8. Kibar Japanese Grill + Bistro
Also located in Civil Service Club @ Changi lies another hidden gem. The swanky-looking Kibar Japanese Grill + Bistro is an all-day bistro serving modern French and Japanese fare during the day and transforms into a bar for modern Japanese tapas-style dining in the evenings.
If that’s not enough, they also have an alfresco dining area that boasts an unblocked view of the sea.
9. Tang Tea House (Kampung by the sea)
You may already be familiar with the Tang Tea House at Simpang Bedok, but their outlet at Changi Village is just another one under their belt. With over four outlets around the island, the halal eatery features a quaint kampung-like setting with cute murals.
From a spread of zi char dishes to delicious local delights, dining at Tang Tea House will guarantee a wave of nostalgia!
10. Little Island Brewing Company
Here’s another one of my favourite hangout spots in Changi Village— Little Island Brewing Company. Yes, you read that right. There’s a little microbrewery right here in Changi. Apart from the great ambience and amazing live band, their Sunday roasts and brunches are phenomenal!
Of course, if you’re a huge lover of house-crafted brews, you have to give this amazing place a visit. Usually crowded over the weekends, this is also a popular pit stop for cyclists to grab n go.
11. Chock Full Of Beans
It wasn’t that long ago that these 3D latte art creations by Chock Full of Beans were making their rounds on Instagram and I can totally see why. Cuteness overload! Customers happily partake in the 20-minute waiting time just to be surprised by a Hello Kitty or Totoro version.
Cuteness overload! Customers happily partake in the 20-minute waiting time just to be surprised by a Hello Kitty or Totoro version.
The hype is clearly still present, so get there early on a Sunday if you want a table.
12. Pranakorn Thai Food
Pranakorn Thai Food isn’t the oldest kid on the block but it’s been making waves in the area for serving pretty authentic Thai food.
The flavours here differ slightly from your usual Thai joints in Singapore, and is probably more comparable to the real deal in Thailand. Definitely worth a try!
13. Phat Chic Forever
Taking over A Spoonful of Sugar is none other than Phat Chic Forever. Surrounded by a very Instagrammable interior, this is one ice cream cafe you wouldn’t want to miss especially with a medley of fun rotating flavour choices that include: Cotton Candy, Hokkaido Milk, Blue Cookies Monster, Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Banana, Mint Chip, and Milo Dinosaur.
A single scoop goes for S$3.50, a double scoop at S$6.50, and premium flavours will cost you an additional S$1. The absolute kicker is that their waffles are freshly-made in a lovely shape of a flower, and unlike many places, it leaves quite the impression. This is one cafe you can’t miss if you have a sweet tooth.
14. Ciclo e Caffè
Popular amongst the cycling community is Ciclo e Caffè, which translates to cycling and coffee. Adorable, right? The quaint cafe, located opposite Changi Village Hawker Centre, is fully decked with vintage bicycle frames and cycling memorabilia, and their seats come coupled with pedals too!
Here, you can find beverages like Espresso (S$3.50), two types of Hot or Iced Chocolate (from S$6): Creamy & Milky and Valrhona Dark, Artisanal Tea (from S$5), and Refreshing Beverages (from S$4).
If you’re hungry, they also have various kinds of Pastries (from S$3.50), Wraps (from S$6.50), Pasta (from S$9), and more. Of course, what’s an Italian joint without Gelato (S$5) right?
15. Makan Melaka
Do you know what’s good about living so near Changi Village? I don’t have to go to Malacca to look for a good bowl of authentic cendol. I’m not much of a dessert fan but let me tell you something; when you’re here after a good time spent under the sun, a bowl of this fantastic concoction is the real deal.
Conveniently located right next to Changi Village Hawker Centre, Makan Melaka will get you coming back for more, especially at only S$1.50 for a bowl. Apart from the traditional Cendol Asli Melaka, you can also choose from an array of other flavours to indulge in.
If this doesn’t tempt you, I don’t know what will.
Block 1 Changi Village Road, #01-2046, Singapore 500001
Daily: 8am – 10pm
16. The Coastal Settlement
Are you a lover of all things vintage and good food? Then you already know The Coastal Settlement is one place you have to visit when you find yourself over in this part of the island. Sit down here and embrace yourself in that bit of nostalgia you were yearning for.
They also whip up a storm over the weekends for their breakfast and brunch menu. However, they can get filled up pretty quickly so remember to make a reservation a few days before.
Also, parking here’s free!
17. Changi Village Hawker Centre
I couldn’t possibly leave out Changi Village Hawker Centre, right? From Nasi Lemak to Carrot Cake to BBQ Wings and Goreng Pisang, trust them to have it all!
A few stalls that I’d recommend trying here is Mizzy Corner Nasi Lemak, International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak, Sari Bistari Changi Village Famous Nasi Ayam Penyet, Weng Kee Ipoh Hor Fun, Changi Village Best BBQ Chicken Wing, Changi Village Carrot Cake, Jason’s Place for yummy satay, and more!
2 Changi Village Road, Singapore 500002
Mon to Thu: 6am – 2am
Fri: 6am – 12am
Sat & Sun: 24 Hours
18. Charlie’s Corner
If you’re looking for a friendly hangout and a promising selection of beers (and craft beers), you have to visit Charlie’s Corner.
They’re also known for their reasonably priced western fare so the next time you’re around, order the Famous Fish and Chips (S$12.90) or the Pork Chop (S$12.90).
Blk 2 Changi Village Road, #01-13, Singapore 500002
+65 6543 1754
Tue to Fri: 2.30pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 12.30pm – 11pm
Closed on Mon
19. The Seagrill
If you’re all about the sun, sand and sea, you’d love The Seagrill. Located right in the heart of Changi Beach, this is one charming bistro bar that’ll promise tranquillity and delicious food.
Enjoy a laid-back seaside dining experience while indulging in fresh seafood and grilled fare. This is also a perfect place for the family over weekend brunches or a first-date spot.
20. Debonaires’ Bistro
New kid on the block is Debonaires’ Bistro. Located along the same stretch as 89.7 Supper Club, this joint is where you ought to go to quench your thirst after a seemingly endless journey to Changi Village.
Think comfort food meets casual watering hole. Expect to find affordable alcohol and homemade Mains like Pizza or bar bites like Mozzarella Sticks (S$10) with a side of tangy sauce or Tatter Tots (S$10). Besides, nothing screams lepak like imbibing in casual wear, right?
Changi may seem like Malaysia to anyone not living near the vicinity but I seriously think it’s an underrated part of Singapore. Grab a few of your best buds and head on down over the weekend but please don’t just come for the famous nasi lemak.
This Changi Village food guide is by no means comprehensive enough just yet, so let me know if I’ve missed out on a gem or two.
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