(Updated Jan 2017) What to eat in Orchard Road Singapore? There must be a thousand restaurants and places to eat in the Orchard Road area. To help our readers to narrow the choices and decide where to eat, here is our list of ideas on where to eat in and around Orchard Road Singapore. These are the restaurants and food outlets (sorted by price range) that we enjoyed patronizing and where we are happy to go on repeat visits.
New restaurants in Orchard
The new kid on the block is Prive Orchard cafe which opened in Wheelock Place in January 2017. Casual dining place with the best sidewalk cafe location on Orchard Road. Read our review here.
The large dining space that opened on Orchard Road in November 2016 was the Picnic food hall in Wisma Atria. Food trucks offer food from a diverse range of cuisines – Italian, Korean, Japanese etc. Eat in an environment decorated to feel like having a picnic in a park. Read our review here.
Spanish restaurant Pim Pam by FOC opens at Claymore Connect, Orchard Hotel. Read our review here.
Cheap and good places to eat at Orchard ($10 and below per person)
Orchard Road is a glitzy and glamorous place for eating and shopping. The great thing about it is that the stores cater to all budgets. The same goes for the food. You can have a $5 meal or a $500 feast. Low budget food need not be bad food. In fact you can find very decent food in air-conditioned, comfortable surroundings in the food courts that exist in many of the malls. The ones that we like are:
Tang’s Market in Tang’s Department Store (basement 1) – very good local food in a pleasant setting. Read our review here.
Food Republic food courts in Wisma Atria and in Shaw Centre. Interesting and wide array of food available in these food courts. Read our compilation of the food outlets in Shaw Centre here.
Food Hall in Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Basement 2 Ngee Ann City. This place has so much choice that deciding what to eat is the main difficulty. A great place for a quick pit stop in the course of your intensive shopping trip.
Plaza Singapura is a mall that lies at the other end of Orchard Road. Apart from shopping, it is also a food paradise. There are restaurants, cafes and food stalls selling food for all budgets and tastes. Read our compilation of Plaza Singapura food outlets here.
Centrepoint is a mall that is right in the middle of the Orchard Road stretch. After a long period of renovations, it has almost completed its makeover. If you have stopped going to Centrepoint after Robinson’s moved out, you might want to check out the updated Centrepoint mall. Read What to eat at the new Centrepoint restaurants.
Affordable Orchard Road restaurants ($10 to $25 per person)
The downside to food courts is that they are self-service places. When we are too lazy or tired, we would choose to dine in comfort in full service restaurants. What to eat in Orchard Road when we want some place nice but still affordable? Here are some Orchard Road restaurants which serve good food from around $15 per person.
Crystal Jade Kitchen is one of the many restaurants that have opened in the newly renovated Centrepoint. Expect the usual good quality Chinese dishes and dim sum at this outlet with a bright colour scheme. Read our review here.
Hard Rock Cafe has re-opened in August 2016 after months of renovations. We miss the suspended Cadillac de Ville which has been removed but the interior has a refreshed look. Read our review here.
Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria is a new dining concept that opened in July 2016. A collection of 16 Japanese restaurants representing different types of Japanese cuisine and for all budgets will open their outlets in Singapore. Read our summary of the restaurants here.
Dutch Baby Cafe at Paragon is a new cafe (opened in April 2016) serving a variety of Dutch baby pancakes, sometimes referred to as German pancakes or Dutch puffs. Especially suitable for families with young children. Boring dads can have their curry rice, health conscious mums can have salads and kids should take easily to the colourful Dutch baby pancakes. Read our review here.
The menu of The Assembly Ground Cafe at The Cathay is simple – all-day-breakfast type of food, burgers and pasta dishes. Big portions, good coffee and friendly service are reasons to visit. Read our review here.
House of Robert Timms in Wheelock Place is a casual bar and bistro that is worth checking out for its coffee and pancakes. We also like having brunch there. Read our review here.
The Coffee Academics in Scotts Square is a must try place for those who appreciate good coffee and shoes. The coffee part is self-explanatory. As for shoes, that is because it is situated next to the most interesting ladies shoe store in Singapore. Read about the food and shoes here.
Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery is a cosy cafe in the Forum Shopping Mall. Perfect for a light meal or to take a break from shopping with some over the top milkshakes.
Jing Hua Xiao Chi 京華小吃 in Palais Renaissance serves Chinese dumplings and noodles in a contemporary setting. Read our review here.
Hock Lam Beef Noodles at Ion Orchard – delicious beef noodles by an establishment that has been in business since 1911. They have moved from their humble stalls to the glamorous Ion Orchard Mall. Read our review here.
IndoBox Indonesian Restaurant at Ion Orchard – Indonesia cuisine in a pleasant restaurant. Read our review here.
Saveur located in Far East Square is probably the most value for money French restaurant in the whole of Singapore. Read our review here.
They have a more upmarket outlet, Saveur Art in Ion Orchard – read our review here.
Sanpoutei at Shaw Centre serves our favourite Japanese ramen in Singapore. Read our review here.
I Want My Noodles at Shaw Centre serves delicious hand-made egg-noodles. Read our review here.
Mak’s Noodle at The Centrepoint is a branch of the famous noodle shop from Hong Kong. Read our review here.
Yonehachi at Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City serves tasty yet healthy Japanese food at the basement of this famous Japanese Department Store. Read our review here.
Hanamidori at Plaza Singapura is a Japanese restaurant specialising in Mizutaki chicken hot pot. Read our review here.
Blackbird Bistro & Bar located along Handy Road near Cathay Cinema serves casual bistro food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere. Read our review here.
Three Little Pigs in Ngee Ann City has a menu dominated by pork items. Their interesting pork chops are the signature items.
Y-Cafe, a cafe in the YMCA is located at the eastern end of Orchard Road. It serves a mix of Western and local food – all at prices below $15. Read our review here.
Milagro Spanish Restaurant in Orchard Central is a casual Spanish restaurant that serves good Spanish food without the frills.
Moderately pricey Orchard Road restaurants ($25 to $50 per person)
Kyoaji Dining is another new Japanese restaurant in Centrepoint. The set lunch options (some below $20) are good value for money. Read our review here.
The Peranakan is a new Peranakan restaurant that opened in late May 2016 in Claymore Connect, the shopping arcade of the Orchard Hotel. Good food in a beautiful Straits Chinese setting. Read our review here.
Paradise Teochew Restaurant is a new Teochew restaurant that opened in June 2016 in Scotts Square. Dim sum is served during lunch. Read our review here.
PS Cafe has been at the Paragon shopping mall for the longest time. It isa hip cafe that appeals to many with its consistently good quality food and wide selection of magazines. Recently the cafe has replaced its fashion retail area with a large wine collection, adding another reason to visit. Read our review here.
Angela May Food Chapters was opened by American-Thai Culinary TV Host Angela May. This new restaurant (opened April 2016) at Robinsons The Hereen offers food which reflects her Western and Asian influences. Read our review here.
Mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Hotel is a open kitchen concept restaurant that caters for diners who wish to sample dishes from different types of cuisines. Read our review here.
If you fancy roast duck, there are two restaurants in the Orchard area that might interest you. Imperial Treasures Super Peking Duck which is also in Paragon and London Fat Duck at Scotts Square. Read our reviews here and here.
Putien restaurant in Ion Orchard serves Fujian cuisine from Southern China.
Lokkee Restaurant in Plaza Singapura serves Chinese food with a modern twist.
Hungry at night? Mitzo Restaurant and Bar at Grand Park Hotel is a Chinese restaurant with a difference and serves a supper menu till midnight. It is worth a visit just to see the disco-like interior.
Gyoza Ya is a Japanese restaurant specialising in dumplings in a casual and relaxed restaurant in the basement of Robinsons Department Store in the Heeren.
Ginza Kuroson is a izakaya styled Japanese restaurant in Ngee Ann City. Good value set lunches, the grilled fish and wide sake selection are reasons to visit.
Magosaburo Wagyu Dining is a Japanese restaurant in Ion Orchard specialising in grilled beef (yakiniku). The lunch menus are good value for money.
There is a bunch of European restaurants that are located in Shaw Centre which are worth trying: La Strada Italian restaurant, La Taperia Spanish restaurant, Bistro du Vin French casual dining and Caveau Bar, a wine bar that has an interesting selection of international dishes.
Mon Bijou is a cafe located in Orchard Connect, the new shopping arcade of Orchard Hotel. We like their burgers and friendly service.
Supply and Demand is an Italian restaurant in Orchard Gateway that serves Italian classics with a local touch.
Angus Steak House in Ngee Ann City serves not only steak dishes but also other items such as pasta dishes.
Yantra is a North Indian restaurant located in Tanglin Mall at the start of Orchard Road. Its buffet lunches, in particular, offer good value for money. Located in the same mall is Patara Thai which we think is the best Thai restaurant on Orchard Road.
Expensive Orchard Road Restaurants ($50 and above)
When other people are paying, we would like to go to these places.
Aoki Japanese Restaurant is a traditional Japanese restaurant in Shaw Centre known for their high quality sushi. Their lunches are more affordable.
Joie by Dozo is situated on the top floor of Orchard Central. It is a glamorous restaurant serving meatless cuisine.
Shinji By Kanesaka in the St Regis Hotel is arguably the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. Read our review here.
Jiang Nan Chun in the Four Seasons Hotel is one of our favourite Chinese restaurants in the Orchard Road Area. It is technically on Orchard Boulevard, but can be accessed through the Hilton Hotel which is linked to the Four Seasons. Read our reviews here and here.
Wan Hao in the Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is another Chinese restaurant that has not failed to deliver good food and friendly service each time we have visited them.
Tenshin is a Japanese tempura restaurant in the Regent Hotel which is just off the start of Orchard Road. Their tempura is arguably the best in town.
Fat Cow is located slightly off Orchard Road, in Camden Medical Centre (next to Tanglin Mall) is a Japanese steak restaurant that serves good (and expensive) steak.
Coffee Tea and Desserts in Orchard Road
We hope this post has helped you decide what to eat in Orchard Road. We leave you with some dessert, tea and coffee places which we think stand out from the many places in Orchard Road. These are pleasant places to take a break, to meet friends or just to have tea and cake. Here are some options.
Tarte by Cheryl Koh in Shaw Centre serves scrumptious tarts and eclairs.
Arteastiq Boutique Tea House in Mandarin Gallery is another place for a quiet tete-a-tete.
Lady M Cafe at Orchard Central – a beautiful cafe overlooking the busy Orchard Road.