The best restaurants in the Civic District of Singapore are all centred around the popular City Hall MRT Station. Drawing similarities to say, Marina Bay and the Financial District, restaurants here are sophisticated, often offer award-winning quality, and encompass a variety of flavours from around the world.
Our selection of the best places to eat in the Civic District includes some world-famous restaurants which consistently feature in critically acclaimed ‘Top 50 Restaurants in Asia’ lists, as well as a selection of eateries where you can feed the whole family for under S$40 and still leave happy.
This area is one of the most historic parts of the country, located right in the centre of the city. We’ve eaten our way through to bring you our 10 Best Restaurants in the Civic District Singapore.
Raffles Grill is one of the most celebrated and longest running restaurants at Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel, presenting guests with an unforgettable dining experience. Don’t be misled by the elegant colonial British inspired interiors; the menu at Raffles Grill leans towards contemporary French, where classic dishes evolve into extraordinary works of art on a plate. The multi-course degustation menu is worth a splurge, with Raffles’ favourites such as caviar, duck liver, lobster and fillet steak going hand-in-hand with the sophistication of the pianist playing in the background and impeccable service of some of the smartest waiters you’ll meet in Singapore. Pre-bookings, smart attire and a liberal holiday-food-budget are all recommended for this one.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00 (Lunch), Mon - Sat 19:00 - 22:00 (Dinner)
- Address: Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road
- Tel: +65 6412 1816
Shinji by Kanesaka
Shinji by Kanesaka is the perfect place for sushi lovers with some cash to splash. Dubbed as ‘the best sushi restaurant in Singapore’ (which in our book means Southeast Asia), this simple, almost sterile restaurant was named after the original owner, Shinji Kanesaka, a Michelin-starred sushi guru who once plied his trade in some of the best restaurants in Tokyo. Shinji by Kanesaka keeps the decor simple, paving way for the ultra-fresh and meticulously prepared dishes to take the much deserved limelight. Lunches start at S$75, while you can pay all the way up to S$300 for a full dinner set.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 - 15:00, Dinner 18:00 - 22:30
- Address: Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road
- Tel: +65 6338 6131
Jaan’s wow-factor(s) start well before you’ve even taken your first bite of their critically acclaimed food. As soon step out of the elevator onto the 70th floor of the Swissotel The Stamford, the panoramic views blow you away. However, this is'nt the main reason why Jaan has made our list – we’re even more impressed by the food. Jaan’s five or seven-course set menu brings the finest seasonal ingredients to centre stage, enhancing delicacies such as fresh oysters, langoustine, caviar, foie gras and pigeon. Each dish is good enough to eclipse that stunning view and restaurant critiques from around the world seem to agree, voting Jaan as a Top 50 restaurant in Asia year after year. The venue is relatively small with only 40 seats so bookings are advisable well in advance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30 (Lunch), 19:00 - 22:00 (Dinner)
- Address: 70th Floor, 2 Stamford Road, Swissotel the Stamford
- Tel: +65 6837 3322
Inle Myanmar Restaurant
The Peninsular Plaza opposite City Hall MRT has been described as a ‘vertical Burma in the centre of Singapore’, offering an enclave for the minority Burmese workers and migrants to meet, eat and shop. Where the Burmese go, you’re sure to find lots of tasty Burmese food, and the best place to sample it is at Inle Myanmar Restaurant in the basement of the building. There are lots of other cheaper vendors serving up food, but we think Inle Myanmar is the tastiest, cleanest and easiest to order if you’ve never experience this cuisine before. For the really adventurous, try Inle’s crispy eel or go for their devilishly spicy prawns in tamarind sauce. Most dishes are good for sharing, and you could come with your whole family and all leave with full stomachs for less than S$40.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Daily
- Address: 111 North Bridge Road, #B1-07 (A/B) Peninsula Plaza, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6333 5438
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe
We like this tiny slice of Bavaria so much that it has made both our ‘Best Restaurants in Bugis’ as well as our ’10 Best Restaurants in the Civic District’ lists. Why? Well, firstly it lies in the middle of both areas so it’s difficult to say exactly which ‘area’ Singapore it sits in. The German food is meaty and hearty – just as it should be – with their signature pork knuckle served with sauerkraut and potato salad a real highlight. Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe also creates the whole Bavarian vibe nicely with plenty of wooden features and servers clad in traditional German attire. You can also pop in just to buy their imported beer, German snacks or range of fine cigars. Walk to Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe from Bugis, City Hall or Bras Basah MRT Stations.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 21:30 Daily
- Address: #01-01 GSM Building, 141 Middle Road
- Tel: +65 6336 8675
Although not our number 1 steak house in Singapore, Wooloomooloo does come close. Don’t be put off by the eight ‘o’s in its name; this steakhouse is the real deal, with some lavish dining furniture as well as some huge glass panels allowing plenty of light in and offering modest views of the CBD in the background. Wooloomooloo has a fine choice of cuts, mostly Australian prime ribeye, serlion, and filet alongside some more expensive varieties such as Wagyu. The wine list as just as impressive as the food, and helpful waiters are able to make informed recommendations as to which will complement your meal best. Find Wooloomooloo Steakhouse on the third level of the luxurious Swissotel The Stamford.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00 and 19:30 - 23:00,
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 14:30 and 18:30 - 23:00
- Address: 2 Stamford Road, Level 3 Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6338 0261
Since its opening at the Swissotel The Stamford, the swanky Anti:dote has been making waves across Singapore for its inventive and downright delicious cocktails concocted by Tom Hogen, an internationally renowned mixologist. However, even if you’re teetotal and have no interest in cocktails, Anti:dote is worth a visit for its food alone. Their in-house Catalan-born chef produces some of the finest tapas in Singapore we’ve ever tried. The yellow fin tuna skewers (served raw) come from Japan every week, whilst their bite-sized chunks of rib beef are braised for 3 days before making it onto your plate. They also do a great pizza, which is pretty good value too at S$12. Most other dishes fall in the S$14-20 category. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Bar: 17:00 - 02:00 Daily, Dinner: Mon - Fri 18:00 - 23:00, Sat - Sun 18:00 - 00:00
- Address: 2 Stamford Road, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6338 8585 – Swissotel The Stamford
Standing Sushi Bar
Inspired by the table-less sushi joints all the way from the streets of Tokyo, Standing Sushi Bar at the Singapore Art Museum offers exactly what you would expect from a restaurant with such a name...kind of. You come in (bookings in advance are advisable), you order, then you eat your sushi, sashimi or whatever other Japanese delicacy takes your fancy - all whist standing up. However, Standing Sushi Bar have cheated a little bit. The restaurant has obviously realised that some diners, weary after their stroll around the Singapore Art Museum, would rather sit than stand. Therefore, you’ll find a range of seating options too. A word on the sushi: it’s some of the freshest you’ll find around and most dishes won’t break the bank either, hence the fact the Standing Sushi Bar has made our 10 Best list!
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 - 14:30, Dinner 18:00 - 22:30 Daily
- Address: Unit 01-03 Singapore Art Museum, 8 Queen St, Singapore 188535
- Tel: +65 6333 1335
Victor’s Kitchen claims to have the best custard buns in Singapore, and with this snug little restaurant getting packed-out every lunchtime, they may just have a point. Their signature, the golden egg yolk lava bun (liu sha bao) will certainly wow you, whilst the rest of their menu boasts some of the best dim sum you’ll find outside of Chinatown towards the west of the city centre. You can find Victor’s Kitchen in the Sunshine Plaza building on the outskirts of the City Hall area, walkable from Dhoby Gaut, Bugis or City Hall MRT Stations.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 20:00 Daily
- Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza, #01-49, Singapore
- Tel: +65 9838 2851
Salt Tapas & Bar
Conveniently located on the ground floor of Raffles City Shopping Centre, Salt Tapas & Bar has shrugged off the stigma of being a mall restaurant in a variety of ways. Their exquisite Spanish-inspired menu is full of hearty offerings like their thick Wagyu sausages (around $S12), as well as range of zesty salads and imported meats. Fitting to the name, Salt Tapas & Bar is no one trick pony, with the surprisingly sophisticated list of drinks helping you forget that you’re sat in the middle of a mall. At the bar, you’ll find a good range of imported beers, wines and they also mix a mean Sangria to wash down all that tapas.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00 (closes at 21:30 on Sundays)
- Address: #01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6837 0995