Paya Lebar is home to a great number of delicious eats, with the newly-opened SingPost Centre, Paya Lebar Square, as well as familiar names like Haig Road Food Centre and Geylang Serai Market located nearby too.
But if you don’t want to rack your brains over what to eat, we’ve rounded up 10 yummy places to dine at, all within a five-minute walk from Paya Lebar MRT station.
1. 99 Bistro
99 Bistro‘s Bamboo Briyani ($24) is a must-try and comes with a side of three condiments and two choices of free-flow drinks. Available all day, we went for the lamb shank briyani that was theatrically knocked out of its bamboo container upon arrival at our table.
The meat was extremely tender and did not have any ovine smell, and the rice was fluffy and fragrant. The dish comes in a pretty big portion too, so do gather some friends to share it with!
99 Bistro: Lifelong Learning Institute, 11 Eunos Road 8 #01-02, Singapore 408601 | Tel: +65 6745 9958 | Opening Hours: (Mon to Sat) 11.30am – 3.30pm, 5.30pm – 8pm | Website
2. Poon Nah City Ban Mian
One of Singapore’s best-known ban mian stalls, Poon Nah City Ban Mian serves up delicious bowls of handmade noodles in a light, clear broth, along with a variety of different seafood toppings to choose from.
We decided on the Razor Clam U-Mian ($5.50), that came with minced meat and plenty of vegetables. Don’t forget to add some of their extra spicy chilli sauce into your noodles – it really amps it up quite a bit!
Poon Nah City Ban Mian: #05-02 City Plaza, 810 Geylang Road, Singapore 409286 | Tel: +65 6741 4221 | Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Sat), 10am – 7pm (Sun)
3. Yaki Ramen
Speaking of noodles, Yaki Ramen is another joint that serves up comfort food on a chilly day. We tried the Pork Yaki with Collagen Soup ($12.80) and it hit all the right notes.
The rich tonkotsu broth is simmered for a number of hours, resulting in a lovely, silky soup, topped off with plenty of veggies and perfectly chargrilled pieces of pork belly. It came in a bubbling cast iron bowl, and the fried noodles retained its chewy texture even after being left in the bowl for quite a while.
Yaki Ramen: Platform M by MOF, Level 2 SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road, Singapore 408600 | Tel: +65 6747 3585 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
If you’re at SingPost Centre for a meal, head to HeeTea after to try the popular Hamimelon Cheese Tea ($6.90). This beverage offers up a soft, delicate sweetness from the inclusion of snow melon. What really stole the show here was the cheese topping, which was light and creamy, albeit with a touch of savouriness; beating LiHo’s cheese tea hands down.
I also recommend trying the mango or the strawberry flavours from this cheese series. You won’t regret it!
5. Cafe Mama
Fans of Hallyu will love Cafe Mama‘s cute lunchbox offerings, as well as their fried chicken platters and bubbling Jjigae hotpots. We picked the Beef Bulgogi Dosirak ($9.90), which was served in a traditional Korean brass lunchbox.
We had lots of fun trying to pick up and shake the box to mix up the contents inside (kinda like bibimbap). We were particularly impressed with how tasty the marinade on the spicy beef was, and it came together wonderfully with the fried egg, kimchi and fluffy rice.
For those who love to interact with your food, this one’s for you!
Cafe Mama: Platform M by MOF, Level 2 SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road, Singapore 408600 | Tel: +65 6747 3585 | Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Nuodle, one of SingPost Centre’s latest dining outlets, brings its famed Lanzhou beef noodles franchise to Singapore. Be prepared for long queues at this popular joint during peak lunch and dinner times.
We tried the Signature Beef La Mian ($8.80, regular) with a choice of thin noodles. The spicy broth was spectacularly rich and complemented the springy noodles and beef slices really well. Top up $3.50 for a set meal, and you’ll get a choice of side dishes and a drink as well. Pretty worth it I’d say!
Nuodle: #01-136 SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road Singapore 408600 | Tel: +65 6747 1588 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 10pm (Daily) | Website
Grove, a new venture by modern vegetarian dining concept Elemen, presents itself as a casual dining joint, offering up DIY bentos, Dry Truffle Ramen ($8.80) and a range of speciality drinks. For your bentos, choose from either sesame or brown rice, along with your pick of one main and two side dishes for $7.80.
We recommend that you try the Steamed Pumpkin with Goji Berries and the Rendang Mushrooms while you’re there. That being said, the mains and side dishes rotate regularly, so you’ll never run out of choices!
Grove: #01-151 SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road Singapore 408600| Tel: +65 9892 4421 | Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Daily) | Website
8. Glacier Frozen Yogurt Cafe
Fancy something healthy for dessert? Head on over to Glacier Frozen Yogurt Cafe, situated at level one of Paya Lebar Square.
Check out their guilt-free Yogurt Parfaits ($6.90) – choose from a variety of seasonal yogurt flavours and have your pick of three fruits, two dry toppings such as granola and cornflakes, as well as one sauce to top it off.
This froyo joint also serves up fluffy Belgian Waffles (from $3.90), a selection of fruit and yogurt Smoothies ($5.90 each) and yogurt cups starting from $3.30 per 100g. At such an affordable price point, this place is sure to be a hit with students and adults who are looking to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Glacier Frozen Yogurt Cafe: #01-29 Paya Lebar Square, 60 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409051 | Tel: +65 6702 1477 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10.30pm (Daily) | Website
9. Blocs Inc.
Blocs Inc. is extremely accessible, located right outside Paya Lebar MRT station. If you’re not so keen on travelling away from Paya Lebar station, this spot is perfect for some downtime.
Look out for the waffle bowls such as the Yuzu Smoked Duck ($9.90), Homemade Roast Pork ($9.90), salads, and more. Paninis are available as well. As a bonus, you can request for latte art with the coffee you order!
Blocs Inc. :#01-71, 60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051 | Tel: +65 6385 6449 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon to Thurs), 7.30am – 10pm (Fri), 9.30am – 8pm (Sat & Sun) | Facebook
10. Wok Hey
Get your fix of stir-fried dishes, served in an American-Chinese-style takeaway box at Wok Hey‘s kiosk in Paya Lebar Square.
Choose from four types of noodle or rice bases, before pairing that with a protein (beef, pork or chicken) of your choice, and finish with extra toppings such as veggies or a sous-vide egg if you’d like.
This would be a great place to grab something quick for dinner before heading home, or if you want to beat the lunch crowd with a dapao-ed meal back to the office.
Wok Hey: Level 1 Paya Lebar Square, 60 Paya Lebar Road Singapore 409051 | Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm (Daily) | Website