Joo Chiat Food
Foodies rejoice – Joo Chiat is your next food destination!
This vibrant and colorful neighborhood is one of Singapore’s most bustling, and it’s no surprise that it’s home to an array of fantastic local food. From hawker stalls to hipster cafes, there’s something for everyone in Joo Chiat.
Not sure where to start? Check out our food guide for the best restaurants and cafes in the area. Bon appétit!
Key Consideration Factors
Before getting into the best Joo Chiat food, here are some consideration factors to remember:
- Food Variety: Joo Chiat is well known for its diverse range of food, from Chinese to Malay and Indian.
- Authenticity: Many restaurants in the area strive to maintain their traditional and same recipe and techniques, giving you an authentic taste of Singapore’s culinary culture.
- Price Range: Whether you’re on a budget or splurging, you can find something that suits your needs.
- Menu Items: What kind of food can you find in Joo Chiat? Read on to find out!
Best Joo Chiat Food Restaurants
1. The Cheese Shop
|Key Services||Cheese shop|
|Address||East: 267 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, 427521|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday : 11.00am to 7.00pm|
Saturday and Sunday : 11.00am to 8.00pm
We won’t be deterred by any diet from going into this store.
From the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, and Holland comes a range of artisanal cheese that has been recognized for its excellence. This is the spot to go if you’re looking for something IG-worthy cheeses.
- Gift Vouchers
- Meat and Ready Meals
- Different types of cheeses
Best cheese store in the east. You get a great selection of hard cheese and soft cheese. If you are looking for specific french cheeses such as the mimolette, you will likely find it here. Folks here have good knowledge of the items on sale, I highly recommend The Cheese Shop.Cer S.
2. Blue Smoke
|Address||5 Mandai Link, #05-02, Mandai Foodlink, Singapore 427515|
|Operating Hours||by appointment|
Who would’ve guessed that two of the best craft beverages in Singapore go so well together with Teochew dishes?
The 1925 Brewing Company serves contemporary Teochew cuisine with a nod to its own craft brews. Garlic fried rice with wagyu fat, crispy chicken cartilage, and other delectable dishes are on the menu.
- Smooth creamy foam head
- Originally brewed beer
- Brewed primarily with the hops
Always love the creative brews they have over at 1925 Brewing Co! Couldn’t remember any by name, but I know each time I’m there, there’ll always be something new to try! 🙂
And who knew, they serve fantastic food there as well!! The duck and fish dishes that we ordered were so delicious, me and my partner contemplated for so long whether we should order another portion haha!
Looking forward to the next visit, to try something new up their sleeves again! ^^Azizan Azhar
3. Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice
|Key Services||Chicken restaurant|
|Address||191 East Coast Road,|
|Operating Hours||Daily: 10am – 2am after midnight|
It’s impossible to dispute the finest chicken rice in Singapore without Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice getting a shoutout. The answer to all easties’ chicken rice desires is Five Star’s East Coast restaurant, which is located on the island’s eastern shore.
- Melts in your mouth
- Aromatic, fork-tender
- True taste of chicken without synthetics
Kampung chicken porridge, if you are craving for mid night supper or gonna have a late night dinner, this will be a good place, and their chicken is really smooth and delicious, we added additional dishes like 东坡肉 and spinach, yum yum also especially the 东坡肉PS Yeam
4. Birds Of Paradise
|Key Services||Ice cream shop|
|Address||63 E Coast Rd, #01-05, Singapore 428776|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday to Sunday: 12–10PM|
What’s better than ice cream? On East Coast Road, there is a gelato shop that sells super-smooth gelato, that is guaranteed made fresh daily.
What sets them apart, though, is their wide selection of distinct tastes – the gelato here is made with natural and botanical components like basil and blue ginger and is influenced by Southeast Asian palates, resulting in a refreshing gelato experience with fragrances that are familiar.
With its pandan-flavored gelato, you can get the real flavor of Singapore!
- Finest quality
- Inspired by the botanical flavours of nature
- Own range of signature flavours
Pretty good. Basil and strawberry was well balanced. Vanilla and fig was on the sweeter side. Pandan was good too. No inside dining (Covid rules), so had to eat outside. But lots of other ice cream folk with us for company.SR
5. Lower East Side
|Key Services||Mexican restaurant|
|Address||19 East Coast Road|
|Phone||+65 6348 1302|
*last Order 10pm
Take on the Lower East Side’s utmost taco hotness challenge, at the risk of your taste buds (yes, that spicy). We’re intrigued by this Mexican restaurant, which hand-pickles its chilies, provides a variety of unique salsas and guacamole, and even has homemade churros on the menu.
- Mexican-Inspired concept
- Airy and rustic
- Spicy Mexican fusion food
- Craft beer
One of the better Mexican food around!J Song
Various promos are also great!
6. Baba Chews Bar & Eatery
|Key Services||Asian restaurant|
|Address||86 E Coast Rd, Katong Square, Singapore 428788|
|Phone||(+65) 6723 2025|
|Operating Hours||Weekdays: 11:30AM–9:30PM|
The restaurant is located within the Joo Chiat Police Station, which was formerly the Joo Chiat Police Station. The building retains much of its 1920s colonial charm.
The modest restaurant is off the lobby and has a couch with slender tables for two. The dimly lit area comes alive with brightly painted walls, giving it an airy feel. Standout dishes include the chicken buah keluak burger, beef short rib rendang, and assam curry mackerel soup.
- Western comfort dishes
- Vibrant modern color palette
- Natural light
- Locally influenced design and decor
I like the ambience – spacious, clean, bright and the nice wooden furniture. Service was top notch – extremely friendly, attentive and professional. Menu contained mainly fusion items, which was pretty exciting but the chendol was innovation getting out of control. Price was reasonable too. This place appears to be popular among families.CK C
7. Smokey’s BBQ
|Address||73 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427790|
|Operating Hours||Weekdays: |
In 2009, true-blue Americans opened this restaurant and its meats are smoked in handcrafted smokers utilizing a one-of-a-kind combination of hickory and mesquite wood chips. Baby back pork ribs and buffalo wings are two of the best main courses on the menu.
On Wednesdays, the wings are $1 each – order a half dozen to get them all!
- Friendly Service
- Original Recipes
- Convenient Location
Go on Thursdays for their $10 burgers (update, now it’s $12) that comes served with fries and happy hour all day! Baby back ribs were not too shabby though my dining companion thinks they were a touch tough. Corn bread was a surprise. Fries were great, onion rings a lil too greasy for me though my companion thinks otherwise. Real onion rings :p
Overall, will be back for sure. Service was excellent too.
P.s $1 buffalo wings on Wednesdays!Daphne Xiao (mitsueki)
8. Long Phung
|Key Services||Vietnamese restaurant|
|Address||159 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427436|
|Phone||+65 6440 6959|
|Operating Hours||Weekdays: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM|
Weekends: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Long Phung is a name that comes up when it comes to Vietnam cuisine in Singapore. With its modest, yet flavorful selection of classic Vietnamese foods, the restaurant transports you to Ho Chi Minh’s bustling eateries.
The pho tai is a winner for us, with the flavorful broth and glassy noodles, which are very chewy. It’s proper down-home cooking.
- Available in Foodpanda and Grab
- Offer island wide delivery with no min spending
- Self collection available
One of the most authentic Vietnamese food stores in Singapore. There are many food options on the menu. Recommend – beef stew with bread. The price is reasonable and definitely worth the journey to go there.Reach
9. Mr and Mrs Mohgan
|Key Services||Coffee shop|
|Address||80 Circuit Rd, market, Singapore 370080|
|Phone||+65 9794 3124|
|Operating Hours||Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun: 6:30AM–1PM|
Singapore’s pervasiveness of prata eateries makes it difficult to determine our country’s top. Mr and Mrs Moghan, on the other hand, comes pretty close.
Mr and Mrs Moghan, who run a coffee shop in Goa’s Anjuna Beach, have been working their magic for more than 30 years, specializing in what they call a “super crispy prata,” which is skillet-cooked to produce a crispy outer shell and fluffy interior.
- Crispy Roti Prata
- Local favorite
- Highly raved upon
Finally after 3 attempts to try their prata! Even then, waited for almost 45 mins for the prata. It was certainly one of best prata around. It’s crispy and tasty even on its own.
The fish gravy was so so though. What really was the icing on the “prata” was the sambal chilli. It’s a little spicy and goes well with the crispy prata!
And despite their busyness, Mrs Mohgan was still friendly.Choon T.
10. Hjh Maimunah
|Key Services||Traditional restaurant|
|Address||20 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427357|
|Phone||65 6348 5457|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday to Sunday: 8AM–8PM|
Hjh Maimunah, a name that covers several of Singapore’s most well-known nasi padang, is on the Bib Gourmand list of the Michelin Guide, and for good reason.
The restaurant’s menu reflects the diversity of the farm and its surrounding region, with locally sourced components adding to the local flavor. Regional ingredients enhance the eatery’s localized identity while also providing extra richness to some of its most popular dishes, such as the wonderfully charred meats cooked on a charcoal grill.
- Mouth-watering traditional Kuihs and Desserts
- Fine selection of Signature Dishes
- Daily meals, functions and events
Passed by this place for years and always wondered what the queue is about. I understand now!
First, it’s air-conditioned to stay cool despite the spicy food . Next, the varieties are crazy. There are probably 50 different kind of dishes to choose from. Talking about spoilt for choices. Lastly, the flavours are as good as its prices. As the saying goes, cheap and good! Very good especially with the sambal chilli.
I’ll be backChoon T.
Best Joo Chiat Food Cafes
1. Sevens Cafe
|Address||29 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427753|
|Phone||+65 8585 7777|
|Operating Hours||Monday – Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:30pm|
Thursday – Saturday: 8:30am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
The Sevens Cafe was designed to provide a meeting place for clients and consumers as well as a quick drink. The interior is influenced by sand dunes with waves that mimic the rough surface of the sand seen on the ceiling, walls, and customized lighting in the main dining area.
- Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant
- Dessert Shop
Considering the quality and the ambience, the price is reasonable. we really LOVE the mac and cheese. Kudos to the team for being prompt especially Mr Jim Wong who was attentive and he took extra step to ask for our feedback to ensure the food quality is good.
Thank you very much Jim!
We had a very pleasant Saturday afternoon in Sevens Cafe and will certainly come back again even we are staying in West.
2. Petit Pain
|Address||315 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427566|
|Operating Hours||Daily: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
There is a new bakery that’s making waves in the Katong neighborhood. While they began as a small sit-down cafe, they eventually changed to a take-away-only model owing to increased demand.
Baking is limited to small quantities resulting in the limited supply of breads and pastries, all of which are without enhancers, preservatives, and artificial tastes.
- Limited supply of pastries
- Small bakery
- No preservatives added
Possibly the best pastry you’ll find in Singapore. We’ve tried everything from the shop and every single item is painstakingly made with the highest quality ingredients and attention to details. The baguette is chewy with crisp crust. The raisin escargot is flaky, rich, with the right level of sweetness and glaze making you want more after each bite.
The croissant is buttery, flaky and yet so light and airy. We initially dropped by to check what’s with all the hype and the long queues, and now a regular patron of the shop!! To avoid disappointment and frustration from sold out and long queues best to come by when they’re open, place your order and come back to collect at 12:30 or 2:30pm bakes.nopparat yokubon
3. Tigerlily Patisserie
|Key Services||Pastry shop|
|Address||350 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427598|
|Phone||+65 8887 0988|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday to Sunday,|
9am to 5pm
The bakery cafe is located directly adjacent to the colorful three-story Black Earth Art Gallery, which has received a lot of acclaims.
It’s run by Maxine Ngooi, the former head of Vianney Massot Restaurant on Hong Kong Street, who was formerly a Michelin-starred chef.
The elegance of their recipes comes from the variety of herbs included in them, such as Chitose Strawberry & Elderflower Tart, Lemon Thai Basil Tart, The Beehivewith lemon thyme, and Pink Guava & pear made with elderflower mousse, and so on.
- Refined techniques
- Fresh daily in limited quantities
- Radiant flavours
Best cafe I’ve been in a while – everything was great! Love the interesting spin that Tigerlily gives to typical cafe food such as sandwiches and danishes, and all the cakes I tried both looked and tasted amazing. The guava and pistachio in particular were super yummy and unique. Also digging the botanical decor – love the vibes that Tigerlily is bringing to Joo Chiat!Kevin Ng
4. PRAIRIE by Craftsman
|Address||462 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427674|
|Phone||+65 6972 9142|
|Operating Hours||Sunday to Thursday: 8:30 AM – 9:30 PM|
Friday & Saturday: 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Craftsmen’s PRAIRIE must be one of the quickest restaurants to expand in Singapore. The brand has quickly expanded its presence in River Valley with a second outlet and a third location in Joo Chiat, having opened its first shop at Cluny Court Bukit Timah only last month.
The name “Prairie” refers to a sort of habitat that is mostly grassy and fragrant, with rare trees and shrubs. It can be seen in various areas of the room.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee provides the coffee, so you can anticipate interesting tastes.
- Pets are allowed at the al-fresco area
- Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
- Outdoor alfresco dine-in concept
5. C Cafe
|Address||477 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427683|
|Phone||+65 8875 1122|
|Operating Hours||Daily: |
The “C” in C Cafe represents Cards, Choices, and Connections.
The interior of the 40-seater cafe is white and basic, with a Magic Table in the center for the magic-enthusiast owners to perform a trick or two to entertain the customers.
- Freshly brewed coffees
- C’erious Sundays
- Close up magic
Lovely staff who are really welcoming and place is always clean and ready for the next customer. Food is also very decent. The fried chicken burger and lobster roll were made to order and everything from the shoestring fries to the chicken patty were freshly fried. Our visit is consistent will the good review this place gets from most customers.Teck Boon
6. Ambling Turtle
|Address||66 E Coast Rd, #01-01 The Flow, Singapore 428778|
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The Flow, a boutique shopping mall along East Coast Road, is home to two floors of dessert cafés. Its name – Ambling Turtle – suggests the rich Peranakan heritage, but it’s all brought into sharper focus by its cuisine.
Their croissants are the main attraction, with tasty fillings like Nyonya curry chicken and pulled-beef rendang bursting out. Traditional sweet items, use ingredients such as coconut milk and palm sugar, and are evident throughout the menu.
- Artisanal Tart Cafe
- Uniquely flavoured tarts baked daily
- Refreshing goods
The food are special and very nice. They change tarts and waffles’ flavour for special occassions. We had cheng teng waffle during cny.Qili Chong
It’s a lovely and cozy cafe. The staff is friendly and cheerful.
7. Good Intentions
|Address||45 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428765|
|Phone||+65 8611 8897|
|Operating Hours||Open daily:|
10:00 – 22:30
Good Intentions, a cafe that focuses on both coffee and craft beers, is located in Singapore’s little neighborhood. It’s by the same owners as Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall and Good Luck Beerhouse, two popular bars that have made their mark in Singapore’s bar scene.
You may enjoy a variety of craft beers on tap at their first-floor bar counter, but for café food, go up to the second floor. It’s a mix of brunch and excellent coffee.
- All-day dining
- Coffee & libations where flavour and textures are harmonised
- Empowering interaction through daily exchanges
Lovely cafe with cozy set up.Moe Moe
Love the smiles of staff and food quality!
Recommend for family, friends gathering and couple’s moment ❣️
|Address||237 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428930|
|Phone||+65 6970 7305|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday to Saturday: |
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Neptune, which is owned and run by the same people who brought you Atlas Coffeehouse and Apollo Coffee Bar, has just as much street cred. It’s Instagrammable, to be sure, but we’re mostly there for their coffee and food.
The menu is certainly something to get excited about. For brunch, the “Big in Japan” savory scone is a crowd-pleaser with its yuzu jam and cold shrimp and salmon in dill sauce; for dinner, try the crab and scallop tagliatelle, which is served in a miso broth
- Specialty Coffee
- Funky Natural Wines
- Good Food for Day & Night
Great spot for afternoon coffee time on East Coast road. They have good food and good coffee with some interesting options on the menu. Their food is made with premium ingredients, which can be easily told based on the visual and great natural taste. Coffee options are solid, though I’d prefer my mocha less sweet. The cafe has amazing glass door and window front, which makes outside seats a good option for a cloudy afternoon. The inside is a little simple and it can be crowded and noisy with the dining crowd. And of course the queue as usual for a popular cafe – so try to avoid the peak hours.HuyenLy Nguyễn
9. The Brewing Ground
|Key Services||Light-filled coffeehouse with a patio & a playground serving upmarket global breakfast & lunch fare.|
|Address||406 Joo Chiat Pl, #01-24 The Yards, Singapore 428084|
|Phone||+65 8313 6092|
|Operating Hours||Daily: 7:30AM–5PM|
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more popular café than The Brewing Ground in Telok Kurau, but it’s now an established institution on the old Telok Kurau Primary School grounds.
The café provides guests with a beautiful view of the courtyard, which is complemented by white walls. It’s airy and bright, thanks to plenty of natural light streaming in. Their specialties are kept basic for the most part. The majority visit here for their tartines, which makes excellent use of fresh fruits like tomatoes and avocados.
- TASTY BREAKFAST & BRUNCH
- SWEET TREATS
- FRESH COFFEE
A charming restaurant in an unassuming corner of Joo Chiat, it’s relatively small and cozy atmosphere belies a menu that includes your classic brunch dishes such as their Eggs Benjamin (their spin on Eggs Benedict), grilled cheese sandwich, and quite a bit more! Though prices are a little on the steeper end, the quality shines in presentation, taste, and friendly service. If you find yourself in the area, it’s a great place to have some coffee and you might even catch a glimpse of one of your local politicians tooGabriel Tay
10. The Whole Kitchen
|Address||11 E Coast Rd, #01-16, Singapore 428722|
|Phone||+65 8128 3562|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
Thursday & Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
The Whole Kitchen may have a CBD spin-off along Robinson Road, but their first brick-and-mortar location is in Katong. It might be difficult to start eating healthier, but this café makes it simple – their cuisine is both delectable and nutrient-dense.
Anne Swain and Susan Soulard, the cafe’s owners, are totally behind the healthful food movement with hearty sandwiches.
- Gluten Free
- Low in Natural Sugars
- 100% Natural
Healthy breakfast menu as you can see from the pictures. Nice cozy place with really good service. Everything served was fresh. The extra hot cappuccino was also good. It was a good change from the usual English breakfast places. The outside seating area is pretty cool. Will try their other items in the menu next time.Toms Arackal
11. Sinpopo Brand
|Key Services||Singaporean restaurant|
|Address||458 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427671|
|Phone||+65 6345 5034|
|Operating Hours||Daily: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
Sinpopo Brand is a café that endeavors to tickle nostalgia with Singapore’s history, from the décor to the menu, which includes a variety of familiar hawker dishes.
The cakes are the main attraction at Sinpopo, with its pastries being the ideal teatime treat on a lazy weekend afternoon.
- Handcrafted Cakes
- Delicious Bakes
- Gift Sets & Hampers
Had a wonderful lunch catch up at Sinpopo @ Joo Chiat. Food was great especially the desserts. What impressed us a lot was the service we received. Terence Cruz was excellent. He anticipated our needs and served us with a genuineness that I don’t often observe in many eateries in Singapore. He is definitely an asset to the Sinpopo brand.Chuan Kit Foo
12. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe
|Address||131 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428816|
|Phone||+65 6345 2190|
|Operating Hours||Daily: |
The fact that ‘Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe has completely conquered Singapore’s shopping malls reveals that it is not simply a chocolatier.
It’s all about the chocolates. Awfully Chocolate is a Singaporean cafe chain that specializes in sweets and offers several chocolate-themed dishes. The brand has its own café in Joo Chiat called Ninethirty, which is exactly what you’d expect an Awfully Chocolate bistro to be like.
- Casual dining bistro
- Hearty brunch plates
- Affordable dinner sets
I wait to visit those places which deserve full five stars. All I can say is I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of Nutella chocolate tart and cauliflower tart with craft beer and a glass of fine merlot wine. It was the excellent service with smiling faces and great food along with vibrant ambience that just enhanced our experience. My only regret is that I couldn’t order the dinner menu because by the time I reached, the kitchen was closed.Dee World
Joo Chiat Food
Thank you for reading our Joo Chiat Food Guide!
We hope you enjoyed learning about all the delicious things to eat in one of Singapore’s most bustling neighborhoods. From noodles and dumplings to desserts and drinks, Joo Chiat has something to offer everyone. So go out and explore all the colors and flavors this vibrant neighborhood has to offer. Who knows, you may just find your next favorite spot.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you have any questions about Joo Chiat food in Singapore, you can refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the best Joo Chiat Food below:
What are some of the best local dishes in Joo Chiat?
Joo Chiat is a vibrant and bustling neighborhood in Singapore with a variety of delicious local food. From the classic dishes like chicken rice, nasi lemak, and laksa, to specialty dishes like mee siam, and bah kut teh and hokkien mee. There are many mouthwatering local dishes, from traditional favorites like rojak, satay and laksa to more modern fare such as dumplings and boba tea.
Don’t forget about the dessert options either – you can find some of the best ice cream, cakes, waffles and other sweet treats here. Do not forget to check out Dickson nasi lemak, the angus sirloin steak, poached eggs, etc!
What are the most popular cafes in Joo Chiat?
Joo Chiat is home to an abundance of cafes, each with its own unique personality. From popular brunch spots like Sinpopo and Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe to cozy coffee hangouts like Forty Hands and Toby’s Estate, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant neighborhood.
Are there any vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Joo Chiat?
Joo Chiat is home to a variety of vegetarian-friendly restaurants that are sure to satisfy everyone’s dietary needs. From traditional Indian and Chinese vegetarian fare such as dosa, mee goreng and tandoori dishes to more modern offerings like tofu burgers and vegan ramen, you can find something delicious in this vibrant place!
What are other places to visit in Joo Chiat?
Do not forget to walk through Joo Chiat Terrace from East Coast Road for a good scenery after your food trip!
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