Bugis is home to some of the best restaurants and eateries in Singapore, which is why sieving out the true gems in the area that are worth the stomach space can be a real headache.
Instead of always heading to Bugis Junction or Bugis+ to look at the food directory, you can now look at this list instead to identify eating places that fit your palate and budget!
Best restaurants in Bugis
1. Madame Fan
Indulge in the most luxurious Chinese fine-dining at Madam Fan, where traditional Chinese dishes are given a facelift with premium ingredients cooked to bring out their best flavours.
Must-try dishes here include the Wook-Fried Crispy Duck (tender duck meat fried to perfection), White Pepper Crab (less spicy than the iconic Singapore dish), Claypot Japanese Rice With Japanese Sweet Potato (perfect for carb lovers!), and the customer-favourite Lobster Cantonese with Wanton Noodle with the juiciest lobster meat.
2. Xiao Long Kan Hotpot (Bugis)
When all else fails, tuck into fiery-hot mala soup at Xiao Long Kan Hotpot, a brand from Chengdu that is the brainchild of F&B veteran Lao Wu.
Besides the array of top-quality ingredients such as tender beef slices, ladyfinger wrapped pork, and freshly-made tofu, the warm and attentive customer service is also what keeps customers coming back for more addictive mala sessions.
Serving up nostalgic flavours, Folklore seeks to bring back fond memories for the older generation and remind the young of Singapore’s colourful food heritage. Here, you’ll find a menu of dishes that reflect the culinary traditions from all five of Singapore’s major ethnic groups: Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan, and Eurasian.
If you can’t decide on what to order, you won’t go wrong with the Sambal Buah Keluak Fried Rice, a fragrant and savoury dish that will leave you craving for more. Remember to end off your meal with the Kueh Kosui, a sweet steamed tapioca kueh sprinkled with freshly grated coconut flakes.
Address: 700 Beach Rd, Level 2 Destination Singapore, Singapore 199598
To make a reservation: Chope
4. Man Fu Yuan
Man Fu Yuan offers some of the finest Cantonese food in Singapore, with an extensive menu covering a la carte, buffet, and dim sum options.
The Deep-Fried Scallops with Sugar Cane is the restaurant’s speciality – the cubed scallops mixed with minced prawns coated with golden breadcrumbs are a sinful delight to indulge in. For dim sum, diners highly recommend the Wok-fried Radish Cake, Prawn Dumplings, and Minced Pork Dumplings.
5. Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons
This famous ramen chain is most well-known for its award-winning pork broth, where preparation of the broth starts a day prior by simmering the pork bones on high heat for 11 hours to extract all of its flavour, fats and collagen, resulting in a strong full-bodied creamy tastiness.
What makes the branch at Bugis special is the fact that it is actually inspired by the four seasons, so you can get ramen made with different seasonal ingredients. The most popular is the Autumn Ramen, made with three assorted mushrooms to reflect the abundance of mushrooms during the season.
Address: 158 Rochor Rd, Bugis Village, Singapore 188433
To make a reservation: Telephone
6. One Bowl Restaurant & Bar
Instead of fancy fare, One Bowl focuses on serving food that feels like a home-cooked meal comprising of your favourite local delights – great for those looking for delicious and reasonably-priced cuisine in the comfort of an air-conditioned restaurant.
Here, you’ll get to try twists on Singaporean favourites such as the aromatic Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing & Special Otah, the hearty Claypot Rice, and the comfy Braised E-Fu Noodles. The Chendol here is also highly-raved about for striking the right balance between gooey sweetness, fragrant beans, and smooth coconut milk.
Address: 101 Jln Sultan, #01-01, Singapore 199002
To make a reservation: Chope
7. Flying Monkey
If you are looking for a place to chill on Friday nights and lazy weekends, Flying Monkey will do just the trick.
This Indian tapas restaurant and bar serves mouthwatering pan-Indian cuisine served tapas style, as well as classic cocktails with an Indian twist on flavours.
Their best-selling small plate dish is the Galouti Kebab, made with meat minced no less than 13 times and marinated with certain spices and unripe papaya. You can also order hearty bites such as the Tandoori Chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices, Tulsi Cod, Calamari, and Truffle Naan, all of which go down well with their bespoke cocktail concoctions.
HolyCrab used to be a private dining concept but has since been converted into a restaurant after a collaboration with the owners of Joo Bar.
Its speciality is in the different types of Singapore-style crabs – the signature Holy Crab with thick vermicelli in rich crab broth, Succumb Crabs cooked with fine vermicelli, Devil’s Crab in butter sauce, Balsamic Crabs; Singapore Chilli Crabs, and of course the Orgasmic Crabs (salted egg yolk).
9. Taliwang Restaurant
Serving a mixture of Indonesian and Western dishes, Taliwang Restaurant strives to provide variety to the diners with different preferences. Popular dishes are the Ayam Bakar Taliwang, Ikan Bakar Taliwang, steaks and Satay Rembiga.
10. Sing Ho Hainan Chicken Rice
Bugis is home to an award-winning, authentic Hainanese chicken rice specialist called Sing Ho, which has been around since the 1980s.
The succulent chicken, flavourful rice, and addictive chilli are such an amazing combination that it has even won the Top 100 Singapore Special Commendation back in 2013!
11. Xian De Lai
Family dinners and gatherings are best done over hotpot, and one of the best places in Bugis to have authentic Chinese steamboat is Xian De Lai.
You get to pick from nine different soup bases and over 80 different ingredients, so you can really customise and create your ideal hotpot meal. All the bases are brewed daily to guarantee freshness and the best possible flavours, which is why this restaurant has been so well-loved since its opening in 2013!
12. Tanuki Raw
Tanuki Raw combines the best of Japanese cuisine and American street food to create flavourful dishes that you won’t be able to resist.
Its most popular offering is probably the Truffle Yakuniku Donburi, a heady bowl of sushi rice topped with strips of seared Angus short rib, doused in truffle sauce, and crowned with an Insta-worthy onsen egg and shavings of fresh truffle.
Their signature daily raw bar is also a hit with diners – the brand’s initial claim to fame is a super-affordable selection of raw oysters that are freshly shucked for you to indulge in without hurting your wallet.
Address: 111 Middle Rd, #01-05, National Design Centre, Singapore 188969
To make a reservation: Chope
13. Akira Back
Named after the Michelin-starred celebrity chef who helms the kitchen, this is where you will get fine Japanese cuisine with Korean accents.
Aside from the splendid interior, Akira Back is well-loved among foodies for their Tuna Pizza, where the luscious tuna is arranged delicately in the shape of a wheel.
If you are more of a meat person, you can also try their 48 Hours Sanchoku Short Ribs, which is made with premium Wagyu short ribs that are slow cooked to tender perfection.
14. Una Una
Can’t get enough of unagi?
This Japanese restaurant encourages you to dig into your favourite unagi cuisines, slathered with the in-house sweet & savory tare and grilled over hot charcoal to create the most decadent unagi you’ve ever eaten: think a crispy exterior, tender interior, and a fragrant smokey aroma, all paired with your favourite sake!
15. Rocku Yakiniku
This traditional Japanese grilled meat experience, coupled with live Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin pop-rock music every Thursday to Saturday, definitely beats out any other KBBQ joint that you frequent.
If it’s meat that you want, there’s wagyu beef, Iberico pork, Nagano pork biblets, Kurobuta short ribs, Australian boneless short ribs and pork jowl. Sizzling meat is best complemented with refreshing alcohol – take your pick from an Asahi Beer Tower, a classy glass of Nikka Black Special, or some Gekkeikan Josen.
16. Teppan Chef’s Table
Get up close and personal with the chef over a teppanyaki communal table. With a menu that changes according to seasonality, you’re always guaranteed the freshest produce and diverse offerings.
If you think that dining experiences like these are bound to be expensive, Teppan Chef’s Table is happy to prove you wrong: their ‘Weekday Donburi Lunches’ start from just SGD22++ for a hearty Japanese donburi (rice bowl) that comes complete with a salad, miso soup and fresh fruits.
Address: 5 Fraser St, Level 25 Andaz Singapore, Singapore 189354
To make a reservation: Chope
17. Sawadee Thai Cuisine
One of the pioneers of Thai cuisine in Singapore since more than two decades ago, Sawadee Thai Cuisine serves both traditional Thai cuisine as well as Thai food with a playful and modern spin.
Look out for the Thai Style Otah, made with blended mackerel fish with spices, and accompanied with homemade chilli sauce. The hallmark of a good Thai restaurant is definitely the soups, and you’ll surely be delighted by their Thai Coconut Chicken Soup – served in a coconut, no less!
Address: 9 Tan Quee Lan St, Singapore 188098
To make a reservation: Chope
18. Saveur (Purvis)
French cuisine was synonymous with fine dining – that is until Saveur entered the scene.
This restaurant chain is popular for serving tasty French cuisine at wallet-friendly prices – you’ll be really surprised at the quality of French fare you can get without breaking the bank.
Begin with a starter of Saveur’s Pasta before moving on to main plates like Beef Bourguignon, Chicken Roulade, and the signature Duck Confit. Those with a sweet tooth should also check out the Panna Cotta to end the meal on a sweet note.
19. Salted & Hung
Salted & Hung is a contemporary Australian restaurant with a menu that has a strong focus on in-house curing and grilling.
Their ‘minimal-waste’ menu revolves around creative usage of the ‘whole hog’ — be it pig, cow, bird or fish — from protein to innards, skin to bone, coupled with elements of smoking, curing, pickling and grilling in every dish. You’ll marvel at the ingenuity employed in creating such mind-blowing dishes!
Address: 12 Purvis St, Singapore 188591
To make a reservation: Chope
20. Xin Yuan Ji
Those working in the vicinity would surely have heard about this famous fish soup in Bugis – it’s extremely difficult to get seats here during lunchtime despite the decently big seating area. The 4.2-star rating and over 700 reviews on Google are also a clear nod to this shop’s popularity with Singaporeans.
If you are in a rush or looking for simple comfort food, order Xin Yuan Ji’s fish soup with bee hoon or rice. For the ones gathering here on weekday nights with colleagues or friends, we highly recommend the Assam Fish Head curry that comes with a flavourful kick.
Address: 31 Tan Quee Lan St, #01-01, Singapore 188117
Korean fried chicken places are aplenty in Singapore, and if you are craving for the crispy and spicy snack in Bugis, Bonchon is where you should go to satsify your cravings.
Bonchon’s chicken is cooked-to-order, made using zero trans-fat meat alongside with savoury sauces that come only from South Korea. While their chicken is pretty amazing, there are also other authentic Korean food options on the menu, including rice meals, seafood, bulgogi, and noodles.
Best cafes in Bugis
22. Clinton Street Baking Company
Chicken and waffles that hail all the way from New York City? Yes, please!
On top of its award-winning blueberry pancakes, the menu at Clinton Street Baking Company features the best New York staples, ranging from crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken to hearty Huevos Rancheros.
Remember to save room in your tummy for decadent milkshakes, rich layer cakes, seasonal fruit pies, and old-school hot fudge sundaes!
23. The Malayan Council (Bussorah Street)
Can’t decide between Western and Malay food? At the Malayan Council, you don’t even have to choose!
Here, you can dig into a variety of Malay dishes bearing Western influences such as Lemak Chili Padi, Asam Pedas, Soup Tulang, and Masak Merah. They also make sure that they use only premium ingredients such as King Prawns, Scallops, Soft Shell Crabs and Angus Rib-eye in their traditional recipes.
Another reason why customers keep coming back for more? Compared to restaurants who charge you for a glass of water, The Malayan Council is well-loved for being a breath of fresh air with its generous complimentary starters and cake!
Situated in the heart of Kampong Glam, Symmetry brings a slice of the Australian cafe scene with its comforting cafe food.
It offers delectable brunch delights such as eggs benedict, crisp waffles and pancakes piled with various toppings, but you can also hop in during dinner for premium cuts of meat such as the Five-Spiced Duck and Lamb Shank.
25. (working title)
Forget fast food chains – (working space) is where you should go to in Bugis for delectable burgers that you can really sink your teeth into.
They have burgers with a regional touch: the Dengerous is a combination of grilled beef patty, beef dendeng, gouda, sunny side up, and satay sauce, all served in toasted brioche with crispy fries on the side. Other burgers (with fancy names to boot!) worth ordering include the Killing Me Softly, Mighty Mozza, and Fish Of Fury.
Even if you are not a fan of burgers, you will still love (working space)’s brunch options, pizzas, snacks, and desserts.
P.S. The Masala Fries and the Smoked Duck Pizza are customer favourites!
26. The Mad Sailors
Muslim-owned The Mad Sailors serves halal British food that tastes as amazing as it looks.
The extensive menu features classics like the Fish and Chips and the Good Ol’ English Fry Up which has the works- sausages, baked beans and eggs. We know you can’t order everything on the menu even though it looks good, but here’s a recommendation from the regulars: have a go at their House Butter Beer, a novel beverage that tastes like an ice cream soda but looks like it came straight out of Harry Potter!
Address: 24 Haji Ln, Singapore 189217
To make a reservation: Chope
27. Afterwit – Mexican Taqueria
The guys behind (working title) also opened a cafe selling gourmet tacos with artisanal coffee.
Born from their love for halal Mexican food with an indie cafe setting, Afterwit sets itself apart from other Mexican restaurants by marrying Mexican classics with flavours from all over the world.
Their Cajun Chicken Nachos, Beef Brisket Biryani Burritos, and Mud Crab & Avocado Quesadillas are a must-try, but don’t forget to order the classic margaritas, Mexican sodas and other mocktails to wash down all that spice!
28. Crossings Cafe
Give back to society while indulging in comfort food at Crossings Cafe, an establishment that gives back to charity and provides employment opportunities for the disadvantaged.
The Crossings Laksa is a top favourite for its thick rice noodles in a rich coconut curry gravy, packed with plump fishcakes, springy taupok, prawns, and crunchy bean sprouts.
They also feature other classic and unique fare like the Miso Pork Burger, Fish & Chips, and Truffled Mac & Cheese – all guaranteed to leave you feeling full and happy!
29. Hashtag Cafe
At Hashtag Cafe, fusion food is their forte: the Kesom Olio is a local take on the classic aglio olio, with Laksa leaf pesto, chilli flakes, mushrooms, and a generous helping of parmesan cheese.
Seafood enthusiasts are bound to enjoy the Boston Lobster (buttery fresh lobster baked with cheese), and meat lovers the Korma Beef Steak, made with premium beef steak and korma aioli.
No meal is quite complete without dessert, and the indulgent D24 Durian Molten Lava Cake is the perfect way to end off your satisfying meal here.
30. The Glass Onion
The Glass Onion has different facades to it, much like an onion: it works as a bistro in the day, and transforms into a bar at night.
The menu here revolves around Western and Japanese flavours, which is why you’ll find mouthwatering options such as F1 Wagyu Ribeye, The “Glass Onion” Rings, and Molten Lava Chocolate Cake.
You are also encouraged to bring your family and friends down to make the most out of the space’s offerings – think Live Football Screening, Happy Hour, free Wifi, and plugs available for use!
31. Cranky Cats
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Cranky Cats is sure to put even the crankiest of diners in a delightful mood!
The Cranky Cats waffles are crisp on the outside yet fluffy on the inside – top with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and a slight drizzle of salted caramel sauce, and you have the star of the show. If it sounds too vanilla for you, check out the aptly named Whoa-ffles, where a scoop of fragrant pandan ice cream and gooey gula melaka sauce replaces the vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.
Other magical desserts on the menu include the Guinness tiramisu, To Arthur with Love, as well as the Kick Lai Liao, a chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake that is every dessert connoisseur’s dream.
Best hawkers in Bugis
32. Guan Kee Carrot Cake
Every hawker centre and food court has its own carrot cake stall, but if you’re on the hunt for the best carrot cake in Singapore, it lies in a humble stall located within Albert Centre.
The snaking long queues are a dead give-away – you have to be prepared to queue for at least half an hour, no matter which time of the day you visit. Many people are in love with the carrot cake for its soft and smooth textures, crispy edges, intense wok hei, and of course the friendly uncle who serves with smiles despite always being busy.
Can’t decide between the white (salty) or black (sweet) carrot cake? Go ahead and have half portions of each to enjoy the best of both worlds!
33. Eleven Finger (Eu Kee) Scissors Curry Rice
Nothing about the food here screams Insta-worthy, but the foodies will have you know that it’s the taste that counts when it comes to this simple and messy scissors curry rice.
A few of must orders are their stewed cabbage, breaded fried pork chop, curry chicken wings, all generously doused with the signature curry and braised gravy over the entire plate.
Address: 269B Queen Street, #01-235, Singapore 180269
34. New Rong Liang Ge Cantonese Roast Duck
This stall was actually a “Michelin Plate” recommendation in 2019, so you know there must be something truly amazing about this.
They have a pretty extensive menu with all items priced very affordably. You get to choose from classic favourites such as Char Siew Rice (SGD2.50), Roasted Duck Rice (SGD3), Char Siew and Roasted Pork Rice (SGD3), Pork Ribs Rice (SGD3), and Roasted Pork Rice (SGD2.50).
What keeps customers coming back (and likely their secret to the international accolade!) is the special braising sauce – it is mildly thick and sticky, and matches very well with the meats and noodles.
Address: 269B Queen St, Singapore 182269
35. Seng Huat Bak Chor Mee
How good can bak chor mee be? Well, you need to try this one in Bugis to find out!
Springy egg noodles, fresh fishballs, fragrant mushroom sauce, coupled with a good splash of quality black vinegar, this bak chor mee is best described as a perfect symphony of flavours that will leave you wondering how a simple hawker dish can taste so good.
Address: 492 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188737
36. Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu
The Bugis area is home to a lot of fantastic hawker food, and Albert Centre is where you’ll find most of them.
Many people are willing to queue for a humble bowl of yong tau foo, but it isn’t just any bowl of yong tau foo – these are freshly handmade at the stall, and have no MSG added to their sweet soup made from dried anchovies and soybeans.
Although their yong tau foo is sold in a fixed set, they actually use different fish pastes to make each item in it so that you get a harmonious set of flavours that you’ll love.
Address: 3270 Queen Street, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, #01-106, Singapore 180270