There are tons of places in Singapore to grab bevvies and bites next to the water, but Robertson Quay and the neighbouring River Valley ‘hood are at the top of our list for the laid-back vibes and fab food and drink offerings. Over the years, we’ve hit up Rob Quay for everything from easy-going brunches to healthy lunches, after-work vinos, and late night eats, and this is our definitive list of the coolest cafes, tastiest restaurants, and buzziest bars in the area.
Lobby Bar at The Warehouse Hotel
The Warehouse Hotel has gone through a number of incarnations, and these are reflected in the cocktail menu at the very cool Lobby Bar. Step back in time to the spice trade era with exotic cocktails infused with nutmeg, pandan, and demerara. Give a nod to the time of illicit distilleries with harder hitting concoctions, or get into the disco spirit with a selection of fun fruit-forward tipples. The Asian-inspired bar snacks are also worth a sample.
The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628. p. +65 6828 0000. Open Sun - Thurs 7am -11:30pm, Fri - Sat 7:30am - 12:30am
Publico is part deli, part ristorante, and part Italian cocktail bar set next to the river in the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay. If you're looking for laid-back easy bites like pizzas to share, this is your place. We recommend sitting on the terrace and starting with a refreshing Aperol Spritz. Once the bar at Publico closes, head behind the restaurant to Marcello for a nightcap.
Publico, 1 Nansen Road, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909. p. +65 6826 5040. Open Mon - Thurs 4pm - 11pm, Fri 4pm - 12am, Sat 1pm - 12am, Sun 11am - 11pm
13% Gastro Wine
The wine list at this chic spot in River Valley is a labour of love put together by oenophile owners Bruno Vaillant and Geoffrey Weckx, who have meticulously sought out top bottles from their favourite vineyards in places as diverse as France, Australia, Portugal, and Italy. Glasses start at just $10++, which is reason enough to visit alone. Adding to the appeal is a counter set aside specifically for Iberico ham and cheese and an array of modern European comfort food dishes.
13% Gastro Wine, 117A Killiney Road, Singapore 239554. p. +65 6291 6816. Open Mon - Sat 5pm - late
Jones the Grocer at Great World City
Jones the Grocer is best known as a cheerful gourmet shop where you can grab goodies to take home and a cafe offering up modern Australian eats like the avocado and pesto scrambled eggs, roasted pumpkin and feta salad, and slow-cooked honey ribs. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: this is also a hot after-work drinks spot where you can get one-for-one house wines every day after 5pm.
Jones the Grocer, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #01-66/67, Singapore 237994. p. +65 6820 0930. Open daily 9am - 10:30pm
La Maison Du Whisky
Bone up on your whisky knowledge over a dram or two at this classy bar and retail shop where you will find over 700 labels of fine spirits from around the world. Settle in at the square bar in the centre of the shop and let the experts here hook you up with a smoky scotch, spiced rum, or a custom cocktail tailored to your mood or taste. If you like what you’re sipping, purchase your own personal bottle to keep behind the bar.
La Maison Du Whisky, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, p.+65 6733 0059
Step into this cosy Japanese sake den and peruse the extensive menu of over 400 labels including rare bottles. They offer single cups, bottles, or sampler sets based on the categories of refreshing, rich, sweet and dry. The bartenders will tell you all you need to know about your selection, and you can soak up all that sake with tasty bar snacks like yakitori, smoked stingray and edamame.
Orihara Shoten, 11 Unity Street, #01-02 Robertson Walk, p.+65 6836 5710
Say hello to Marcello; the latest addition to the Intercontinental's growing collection of great F&B offerings that also includes Publico and Ishi. Marcello is an Italian cocktail bar with the largest selection of Amari in Singapore. But you'll also find top Aperol Spritz's, a divine signature Smoked Black Olive Negroni, and a great selection of bar bites.
Marcello, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238989, p. +65 6826 5041, Open Sun - Wed, 7pm - 12am and Thurs - Sat, 7pm - 1am
Cook your own Japanese yakiniku dinner at this popular BBQ restaurant where each table has its own sunken charcoal grill. The menu offers a plethora of à la carte options including chicken, beef, lamb, pork, seafood, and veggies, although the sets are the best value as they come with different cuts of meats like melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu or various types of seafood. Sides include soup, salad, rice or kimchi, and you can wash it all down with sake or an ice cold Asahi.
Find Aburiya on Facebook, #01-03 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, p. +65 6735 4862
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Set in a century-old shophouse on Mohamed Sultan Road, Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse is a temple of style paying homage to succulent steaks. Dark wood, exposed brick, and leather booths give it a rustic chic vibe, while the menu boasts enticing antipasti, punchy pastas, and premium cuts of grain-fed beef. The pièce de résistance is the thick-cut Fiorentina 1.1kg T-bone steak chargrilled over a wood fire to give it a lovely crust and a luscious centre. Be sure to bring a friend though, because this bad boy is made for sharing.
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse, 26 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238970. p. +65 6735 6739. Open Tues - Sun 12pm - 2:30pm, daily 6pm - 10:30pm
The menu may be limited at Butahage, but the few dishes it focuses on are done to perfection. The speciality here is Hokkaido-style butadon bowls topped with tender marinated and grilled pork doused with a secret sauce that has been passed down through the generations for over 80 years. It also does starters like Hokkaido crab croquettes, plus rice bowl and udon sets, but we suggest enjoying the star of the menu on its own and in all its glory.
Butahage, 177 River Valley Road #02-32/33, Singapore 179030. p. +65 6268 4821. Open daily 11:30am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
This cute little bodega type spot in River Valley is one of our go-to's for easy Italian eats, imported artisanal Italian products to stock our shelves at home, and very reasonably priced wine that starts at just $12++ a glass. Try one of the pasta dishes made from scratch like the ravioli with ricotta and spinach or the to-die-for lasagna. Be sure to have a look at the specials board as well for seasonal eats like braised lamb shank with seared veggies or porcini pizza with black truffle paste.
Cibo Italiano, 428 River Valley Road, Singapore 248749. p. +65 6385 1310. Open Mon - Fri 10:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 11pm, Sat - Sun 10:30am - 11pm
The ambience at Dabbawalla is not what we’d call spectacular, but the food is the reason to visit. Think delicious modern takes on Mumbai street food and classic Indian dishes. Start with an Indian-inspired tipple like The Kashmiri with prosecco and rose syrup, then whet your appetite with some small plates like the onion bhajis and Punjabi samosas. Standouts for mains include the Malabar fish curry and the cardamom-spiced keema matar curry with minced lamb and peas.
Dabbawalla, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252. p. +65 6235 6134. Open Mon - Thurs 5pm - 10:30pm, Fri - Sun 12pm - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11:30pm
D.O.P owner Luca Iannone hails from the Campania region of Italy where the world-famous Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP is made, so he knows a thing or two about this silky smooth Italian cheese. At D.O.P he showcases mozzarella sourced from the very best farms in his hometown, and he serves it up alongside other regional Italian dishes. Try the deep-fried Mozzarella Ball stuffed with Parma ham, sundried tomatoes and basil or the Stewed Italian Octopus in a light tomato sauce paired with a glass of fine Italian wine.
D.O.P, 60 Robertson Quay #01-04A , p. +65 6908 0830
Decker Barbecue is the result of a collaboration between Min Chan of Club Street Social and the guys behind Smokehouse BBQ in Bali, and the concept here is Texas-style barbecue meats like beef brisket, spare ribs, and pulled pork all priced per 100 grams. The meats can also be accompanied by a range of sides like creamy mac n’ cheese, kale salad and fries, as well as a selection of great craft beers.
Decker Barbecue, 60 Robertson Quay, Te: +65 6635 8565
Located on the second floor at Robertson Quay, Himono-ya focuses on fresh fish flown in from Japan and prepared using traditional Japanese cooking techniques. Their signature dish is the Himono Hokke, a mackerel filet grilled until crispy and golden on the outside, and rich and chewy on the inside. They also offer a variety of other grilled meats, seafood and veggies which are fresh and delicious. Order up a bucket of cold Asahi's to cleanse the palate between bites.
Himono-ya, 1 Unity Street, #02-14 Robertson Walk, p. +65 6235 9110
If you’re looking for a chill place for an easy pizza or pasta on a Sunday night, head to Limoncello at Robertson Quay. The interior here is warm and homey, while the terrace offers al fresco seating next to the water. The menu may be a tad pricey, but they have got solid stone-baked wood-fired pizzas in a great setting.
Visit Limoncello's website, 95 Robertson Quay, #01-19/20, p. +65 6634 5117
Intimate Japanese dining awaits at Ishi, a zen-like spot offering up 12 seats at the bar and 16 more seats spread out over three private dining rooms. Chefs behind the open kitchen and bar slice and dice seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan to create delicately seasoned sushi and sashimi spreads, tender grilled wagyu with freshly grated wasabi, and vibrant chirashi rice bowls packed with colourful ingredients like thick slabs of tuna, sea urchin, and salmon roe.
Ishi, 1 Nanson Road, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay #02-06/07, Singapore 238909. p. +65 9829 8239. Open daily 12pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
When you’re craving an awesome bowl of ramen, Ippudo should be your go-to spot. We highly recommend the Ippudo Original Ramen, Tao Aka with Chashu, which includes a heady mix of savoury Tonkotsu soup blended with Ippudo’s miso paste, springy ramen noodles, thick slices of Chashu (pork belly) and a sprinkling of spring onions, all accented with fragrant garlic oil. And if that doesn’t fill you up, add a side of Pork Buns or Pan-Fried Gyoza to round off your meal.
Ippudo Ramen, 207 River Valley Rd, #01-55/56 UE Square, Entrance on Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238275, Open Mon - Thurs: 11:30am - 3pm and 5:30pm - 12am and Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm and 5:30pm - 11pm and Sun: 11:30 am - 11pm
The Japanese word kuriya refers to a kitchen in a noble’s house where important guests are served, which is a fitting name for this fine dining spot that has played host to guests like former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and David Beckham. Here chef Tsuzuki makes his own dashi and homemade sauces to serve up alongside exquisite Japanese dishes prepared with panache. Monthly rotating dishes include ultra-fresh ingredients flown in from Japan like firefly squid, sea bream, and uni.
Kuriya Dining, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #01-28, Singapore 237994. p. +65 6736 0888. Open daily 11am - 2:30pm, 6pm - 10:30pm
Les Bouchons Rive Gauche
It’s easy to imagine you’re at a quaint cafe somewhere in France at Les Bouchons Rive Gauche with its pretty patio overlooking the Singapore River and rustic French bistro fare. Starters include classics like escargot dripping in garlic butter, assorted charcuterie, and bone marrow on toast. For mains, you can’t go wrong with the signature entrecote steak with free-flow homemade French fries (FYI: the potatoes are imported from France) and a bottle of very affordable house wine.
Les Bouchons Rive Gauche, 60 Robertson Quay #01-02, Singapore 238252. p. +65 6733 4144. Open Mon - Thurs 12pm - 2pm, 7pm - 10pm, Fri 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 10:30pm, Sat 6pm - 10:30pm
Little Farms Cafe
Hello all-day breakfast and brunch; how we love you so, especially when you’re made with fresh produce sourced from stellar farms in Australia and Europe. Little Farms started as a speciality grocery store with online ordering and island-wide delivery, and they now have a lovely little cafe for in-house eats. It may be a bit pricier than your average cafe serving avo toast, granola, and hearty big breakfasts, but you can be sure everything is fresh, organic, and ethically sourced.
Little Farms Cafe, 491 River Valley Road, Valley Point Shopping Centre #01-20, Singapore 248371. p. +65 6262 0619. Open daily 7:30am - 6pm
Masa Steak and Hamburg
With a sleek looking exterior, an enticing softly-lit interior and a menu boasting primo cuts of Wagyu beef flown in directly from Japan, how could you go wrong, If you’re a steak lover, you definitely need to get in on this. There are so many ways to get your meat fix here from the beef carpaccio and foie gras starters to the hamburg steaks (basically hamburger patties without the bun), and the various cuts of Wagyu A5 grade steaks charcoal grilled to perfection.
Masa Steak and Hamburg, 11 Unity Street #01-03, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995, p. +65 6836 2529, Open daily: 6pm - 11:30pm
You’ve got to love easy-going spots where the owner mingles with customers and makes them feel right at home. At Pizza Art chef-owner Donato Mazzola brings his Roman personality and culinary heritage to the tables with authentic pizzas and pasta made to order. Opt for signature creations from the menu or get Donato to whip up custom eats according to your particular tastes. As you wait for your antipasti, pizza, or pasta, settle in with a cold Peroni beer and soak up the views of the river from the breezy terrace.
Pizza Art, 7 Rodyk Street, Watermark @ Robertson Quay #01-33, Singapore 238215. p. +65 6238 8380. Open Mon - Fri 5pm - 12am, Sat - Sun 11:30am - 12am
There are PS. Cafes all over Singapore, but we particularly like the Martin Road location for its cosy ambience with comfy black sofas and its lovely patio awash in greenery. They do all-day dining here, so you can swing by in the morning for fluffy pancakes and egg and bacon bunwiches, pop in at lunch for a fresh superfood salad, or come by in the evening for thin-crust pizzas, pasta, and burgers. It also has a great selection of wines, craft beers, and spirits.
PS. Cafe, 38 Martin Road, Singapore 239072. p. +65 8818 6191. Open daily 9:30am - 11pm
A very easy and approachable go to for Italian in Robertson Quay, Rosso Vino will have what you're looking for. We especially love the fresh pasta they offer and they even cater to gluten-free eaters. There is ample amount of seating outdoors, making it a great spot for a relaxed dinner. Best of all, they are open until 1am daily.
Rosso Vino, 15 Merbau Road, Singapore 239032, p. +65 6733 7735, Open daily 3pm - 1am
If Persian food is your thing, here's your spot. Especially since there is a lack of this delicious cuisine in Singapore. Indulge in their delicious platters and kebabs cooked with fragrant Iranian spices and sit outdoors by the river. You'll have a super chilled evening.
Shabestan, The Pier at Roberston, #01 - 13, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, +65 6836 1270
A combination sake bar and yakitori joint, Shirokane Tori-Tama garners rave reviews for their delicious chicken skewers that include the usual morsels of chicken breast, thigh, and minced chicken balls, chicken liver and more. Besides chicken yakitori, they also offer grilled pork belly, leeks, shitake mushrooms, and ox tongue, as well as primo hot and chilled sake.
11 Unity Street, #01-02 Robertson Walk, +65 6836 5680
Perfect for rainy days or those times when nothing but a steaming bowl of noodle soup will do, Tamoya Udon specialises in seriously good sanuki udon from Kagawa prefecture in Japan. Created by master udon maker Tamotsu Kurokawa in 1994, the restaurant now has branches all over Asia that consistently win accolades for their smooth and springy noodles in ultra-flavourful broth. Variations include beef sukiyaki, spicy pork, triple egg, and even a coriander pesto version.
Tamoya Udon, 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court 1F #01-32, Singapore 179030. p. +65 6337 0301. Open daily 11am - 9:30pm
To get to Tsukune Ichigo, head to River Valley Road and search for the unassuming building with huge medieval-looking wooden doors. Once inside you will be privy to some of the city’s best yakitori skewers including the namesake Tsukune chicken balls. The Mixed Set allows you to try the Tsukune with a range of delicious toppings like cheese, chopped shiso leaves, and creamy avocado.
399 River Valley Road, Tel: +65 6736 1340
If you got a craving for great quality beef and Japanese cuisine, get yourself down to Yakiniku Yazawa where you can sample delicious Kuroge Wagyu beef grilled just the way you like it because you actually cook it yourself. Of course, the staff will suggest cooking times for the meats so it turns out just right. Chicken, pork and vegetarian options are also available.
11 Unity Street, #01-01 Robertson Walk / +65 6235 2941 / Japanese Cuisine
2it & Drink
2it & Drink is brought to us by the same owners as Otto Ristorante, so the food is authentically Italian, yet the vibe is much more casual than it is at the flagship fine dining spot. We love winding down our Sundays here with an easy-going feast of classic dishes like the light and crispy calamari fritti, linguine vongole, and white and red pizzas. Be sure to ask about the specials, there are always tempting new eats and wine promotions going on.
2it & Drink, 491 River Valley Road, Valley Point #01-01, Singapore 248371. p. +65 6737 3001. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 10pm, Sat - Sun & PH 12pm - 3pm, 5:30pm - 10pm
LATE NIGHT DINING
After a night of partying in Clarke Quay, Spize is a late-night dining lifesaver with a buzzy atmosphere and an eclectic menu that offers up a myriad of options including Thai, Singaporean, Indian, Mediterranean, and Western bites. From nasi goreng to New Zealand steaks, they’ve got something to help you soak up the booze. Our favourite is the roti prata, which comes with your choice of savoury or sweet fillings like cheese, onion, bananas, chocolate, or honey.
Spize, 409 River Valley Road, Singapore 248307. p. +65 6337 7493. Open Sun - Thurs 12pm - 5am, Fri - Sat 12pm - 6am
If there’s anything more homey and comforting for a late night feed than chicken rice, we don’t know what it is. Five Star makes some of the best in town using flavourful kampung chickens marinated in herbs and spices, cooked until falling off the bone and served with homemade chilli and ginger sauces. Even better, the River Valley location stays open until the wee hours of the morning, so even night owls can get their fix.
Five Star, 419 River Valley Road, Singapore 248318. p. +65 6235 6760. Open Sun - Thurs 11am - 2am, Fri - Sat 11am - 5am
Brunch & Fuel Up
Common Man Coffee Roasters
This hip Robertson Quay cafe is brought to us by Harry Grover of 40 Hands, 5 Senses Coffee and the Spa Esprit Group, and it features a speciality eight-meter coffee bar, an in-house coffee roaster and seasoned baristas who serve up high-quality unconventional blends. Breakfast is served all day long, so you can brunch any time on dishes like the Organic Eggs Benedict, Croissant Croque Monsieur, or Common Man Churros.
Common Man Coffee Roasters, 22 Martin Road #01-00, +65 6836 4695, Daily: 8am - 7pm
Dutch Colony Coffee
Here's another roastery and cafe that all coffee fanatics need to head to. Dutch Colony Coffee now has opened their third outlet in UE Square. Pop in here for pastries, smooth coffee in a relaxing and laid back atmosphere.
Dutch Colony Coffee, UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave, #01-21 Singapore 239917, Open Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:30pm and Sat - Sun: 8am - 4pm
Grounded by Common Man
What do you get when you combine Singapore’s best coffee roasters with a stylish yoga studio? The answer is Grounded by Common Man, a cool cafe on top of Common Man Coffee Roasters that shares a space with Yoga Movement. The menu here features excellent cuppas made with freshly roasted beans, cold-pressed juices, and wholesome organic fare. In our opinion, this sunny space makes for the perfect spot to refuel and get your caffeine fix after a body-moving asana session.
Grounded by Common Man, 22 Martin Road 02-00, Singapore 239058. p. +65 6836 4695. Open daily 7:30am - 6pm
Jewel Coffee at Great World City
If coffee culture is your thing, then Jewel Coffee is a must-try spot. It’s all about artisanal third-wave brews here with an ever-rotating list of single origin beans from all over the world that are roasted in-house and expertly prepared by the baristas with your choice of Chemex, V60, or syphon manual pours. Not into the ritual and just want a regular espresso-based drink? Not to worry, they’ve got that too, along with silky cold brew coffees and tasty breakfast and lunch bites.
Jewel Coffee, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #02-25, Singapore 237994. p. +65 6836 6166. Open daily 8am - 10pm
It’s all about easy-going beachy vibes and Mediterranean cuisine at Summerlong, a new riverside spot at Robertson Quay. The decor features lots of blonde wood and neutral tones, and the comfy canvas-backed chairs invite you to come in and chill for a while. Order up some plates to share with the table like creamy dips with housemade flatbread, avocado toast, fried chicken with harissa and delicious dips. They also serve up some great coffee and have a great selection of summery drinks.
Summerlong, 60 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238252, p. +65 6235 1225, Open Mon - Fri 5:30pm - midnight and Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 3pm and 6pm - midnight
If you already know of Lucha Loco, a fun and funky taqueria serving vibrant Mexican street food, then you know what to expect at their sister restaurant Super Loco. You will find the same authentic dishes here like ceviche with tender octopus, tacos with chipotle beef cheek, fresh cactus salad, and stuffed Poblano chiles, plus icy cold cervezas and quality tequilas. Ole!
Super Loco, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay #01-13, +65 6235 8900
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