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The best waterfront restaurants and cafés in Singapore

Easy, breezy, beautiful – these scenic dining spots offer a meal with a view

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo
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See the line where the sky meets the sea? It is calling out to you? Staring out at the sea or river can be a scenic, soothing experience. That, coupled with some great food and drinks, is surely a great way to unwind. For those that are tired of staring at the four walls, escape the concrete jungle and seek out these waterfront eateries instead, where the views come as part of your meal. And post-meal strolls by the beach or river are a-must.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Marine Parade

East Coast Commune is a charming café at East Coast Park, with an inviting interior that taps onto the surrounding landscape as design inspiration. Inside, the high-ceiling pitstop comes decked with rattan-backed chairs, wood-panelled counters, and potted foliage to echo the outdoors. A teal-white colour scheme and marine paintings by a local artist also help lend a tropical, seaside touch to the space. The concise menu features sourdough sandwiches, pasta, and sides of fries and granola.

  • Restaurants
  • Bedok

You hear gentle waves crashing and the calls of distant seagulls as you step into PS.Cafe by the Sea. But the sounds aren’t coming from the nearby beach of East Coast Park; it’s from the café’s speakers. Still, the beachside outlet of PS.Cafe is just as soothing – spacious, airy, with plenty of light to lend a touch of a tropical holiday vibe. The waterfront location also calls for a seafood-focused menu, with highlights that include chargrilled octopus ($21), lemongrass mussel and clam spaghetti ($29.50), and chorizo and calamari stew ($30).

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  • Restaurants
  • Changi 

Offshore Bar and Grill, located at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, offers a scenic escape from the city. Peep the sea view through a fenced gate (erected in the name of national security), and tuck into a menu of fresh catch and prime cuts. With buffet-style prices that start from $69 per pax, choose to char-grill slices of pork and chicken, or have the beef shabu shabu-style. The extensive spread also includes slipper lobster, oysters, prawns, and other seasonal highlights.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Raffles Place

Go loco for tacos and all things Mexican at Super Loco Customs House. Located in The Fullerton Heritage precinct, the contemporary Mexican restaurant offers stunning views of Marina Bay Sands and the waterfront, alongside a menu filled with traditional delights. For the best experience, grab a seat outdoors under the fairy lights and order a selection of hearty plates to go around. Signature dishes on the menu include tacos topped with slow-roasted pork shoulder ($12) and crispy chicken ($9), and Ceviche de Mango ($18) made with sustainably farmed seabass.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Sentosa

Its location within Sentosa Golf Club offers a pocket of scenery that cannot be found on the mainland. The restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows, is flanked by relaxing greenery from the golf course, and glittering vistas of the South China Sea. You’d want to head out and dine al fresco at the breezy verandah, or grab a seat out at its manicured lawn for a closer view of the water. The food at Panamericana is well worth the travel, too, with a colourful menu that pulls from 14 different countries found along the Pan-American Highway. Tuck into Argentinian empanadas ($10 for two), a hearty tostada ($16), or lamb ($55) and other meats charred on the asador.

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Raffles Place

Zorba is designed to transport you to the coastal Santorini islands. Enjoy its riverfront locale, which overlooks the Singapore River and brings to mind the soothing breeze from the scenic holiday destination. There’s also the azure blue-white interior that draws reference to the Mediterranean Sea. Its menu is one that’s rooted in traditional Hellenic cuisine, which dishes of slow-grilled octopus ($30) and beef striploin souvlaki ($28) – all of which are best washed down with a cold Mythos ($12), the nation’s famous lager. 

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  • Clubs
  • Sentosa

Tanjong Beach Club provides intimate access to the sea, along with refined plates inspired by coastal cuisine from around the world. Soak up the sun, sip on refreshing thirst-quenchers, and slurp up hearty options that include beer-battered fish and chips ($28) and a tropical acai bowl ($21). Want a change in scenery? Grab a gourmet picnic basket from Tanjong Beach Club and hop over to a tranquil spot of your choice on Sentosa Island.

  • Restaurants
  • Bistros
  • Punggol

Boasting a large outdoor veranda that looks out at Punggol-Serangoon Reservoir, Whisk and Paddle is a tranquil oasis that's perfect for a leisurely meal. Its comprehensive menu includes an all-day breakfast selection, burgers, pastas, pizzas and mains that include the duck confit ($28.80) and lamb shank ($30.80). 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Harbourfront

Away from the Singapore mainland, Privé at Keppel Bay provides a mini escape from the crowd in town. Immerse yourself in its tranquil atmosphere as you dine in the company of yachts and sea views. The family-friendly café even has an outdoor playground to keep the young ones happy as you chow down on all-day classics like eggs Benedict ($18), pancakes ($15) with peanut butter and jelly, and avocado toast ($18).

  • Restaurants
  • Punggol

Located near the Punggol Point Jetty, the Punggol Settlement is a dining destination that overlooks the sea. The two-storey building houses a range of dining options, from the famous White Restaurant to barbecued meats from Siam Square Mookata. For the best, unobstructed views, we’d recommend heading up to the second floor and dine al fresco. Head there during dinner time, and you’ll be able to enjoy views of the sun setting as you enjoy a meal.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Bedok

This seafood chain might have outlets around Singapore, but you’ll want to visit its flagship location at East Coast Seafood Centre for maximum vibes and enjoyment. Its al fresco seating is just a mere few steps away from the fringe of the sea, making it convenient to take a scenic stroll after stuffing yourself silly with plates of chilli crab, salted egg prawns, and fragrant yam rings.

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