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The best birthday treats and freebies in Singapore

Who says no to free sashimi, lobster, and bubble tea?

Pailin Boonlong

In a blink of an eye, it’s another year – another birthday. But this time, make it a memorable birthday bash by taking advantage of the many birthday promotions and membership perks out there. From a free Japanese lunch buffet to free dumplings, here are the best 11 birthday treats and freebies around Singapore. 

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Birthday treats and freebies in Singapore

Shin Minori – free Japanese lunch buffet

Buffets are done right at Japanese restaurant Shin Minori, with everything from nigiri sushi to mixed sashimi platters. During your birthday month, head down for a free Omizu A La Carte Lunch Buffet (worth $74). It’s best to go on an empty stomach since you’ll be feasting on hand rolls, aburi sushi, and even unique sushi tacos with a crisp nori shell. You can also claim a free pint of Asahi Super Dry, as well as a sushi cake lit up with a candle to make that once-a-year wish.

Boost - one free juice

It’s free to sign up for a Boost membership, so there’s every reason to do so. Plus, you’ll get a free birthday Boost juice – that you can use to redeem within the period of two days before or after your birthday. It’s any original-sized juice, and you can choose from favourite flavours like Immunity or Wild Berry. 


Tanuki Raw - free salmon sashimi slices for every year

This is the one scenario when the older you are, the better. At Japanese-inspired restaurant Tanuki Raw, you’ll get a free slice of salmon sashimi that’s the equivalent of your age. So if you’re turning 40, you’ll get 40 slices – perfect for sharing with friends and family. There are some limitations though: this promotion is only available at the Jewel Changi Airport or Cross Street branches and there's a cap of 40 slices. You’ll also need to purchase a bottle of wine or sake, but you’re bound to be toasting to your birthday anyway.

Mr. Coconut - free drink or ice cream

These ice-cold coconut shakes are perfect in Singapore’s sweltering weather, especially when you get a free Mr. Coconut drink or ice cream during your birthday month. While the crowd-favourite is the signature coconut shake, they do also have other unique drinks like gula melaka coconut latte and coconut strawberry shake.


Koi - two free bubble teas

When it comes to the best bubble tea in Singapore, Koi consistently ranks near the top. You’ll need to sign up for a Koi membership, with an initial top-up of $10, but you do get two free medium-sized bubble teas during your birthday month.

McDonald’s - free 20 McNuggets with a $10 spend

Start your birthday month right with a free round of 20 McNuggets. All you need to do is download the McDonald’s app and spend a minimum of $10 to make the most of this birthday promo. 


Cajun on Wheels - free lobster

At Louisiana seafood restaurant Cajun on Wheels, you get a free lobster with a purchase of an Olympian Bucket ($230). This seafood bucket serves five to six people, and comes with a generous load of Sri Lankan crab, Boston lobster, prawns, white clams, and blue mussels. The free lobster? Just the icing on the cake. 

Ikkousha Hakata Ramen - free gyoza dumplings for every year

This ramen joint has us sold with its birthday promo: free gyoza dumplings to match our current age. Ikkousha Hakata Ramen has outlets in both Chijmes and Tanjong Pagar, serving up bowls of hearty tonkotsu ramen. Since this members-only promo is available for both dine-in or takeaway, you can choose to have the dumplings either fresh or frozen. 


Sephora - free birthday gift set

This is a beloved hack for every beauty junkie – a Sephora membership not only lets you rack up points, but also gives you a free birthday gift set during your birthday month. Whether it’s an Ouai haircare set or Glow Recipe skincare set, it’s an extra bonus that comes with the rest of your shopping haul. 

Lawry’s The Prime Rib - free birthday dessert and instant photo print

There’s nothing like a fine-dining steakhouse to celebrate your birthday at, especially when Lawry’s The Prime Rib offers a free birthday dessert and instant photo print. When you order a main, you can also get 50 percent off the second main course, or if you’re in a larger group, order two mains and get the third for free. 


Starbucks - free cake with a handcrafted drink purchase

This birthday promotion is ideal for those who need a daily shot of caffeine. Now, you can enjoy a free slice of cake from Starbucks too during your birthday month. All you need to do is purchase a handcrafted drink, and you can choose from sweet treats like a cookie crumble cheesecake or red velvet cake. 

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