Located in the centre of Singapore’s art and historical district, South Beach Avenue is the trendiest place to be for great food and drinks, as well as sprawling nightlife and lifestyle concepts. Access is also easy through the connecting walkways from Esplanade and City Hall mrt stations. Expect to find something for everyone, from brunch places to snazzy bars. We bring to you food and drink highlights from South Beach Avenue, so read on to find out more!
Singapore’s first dedicated whisky bar, Quaich Bar, has pioneered the whisky appreciation culture here since 2006. Expect indulgent drinks and excellent service here with their Flavours of Single Malt set (from $45 for 4 tasting portions). Don’t miss out on the Cadenhead Bowmore 12 years old bottled exclusively for the bar as well. Prices start from $17 per class and $200 per bottle. #01-16, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6386 5366
Alchemist Beer Lab is Asia’s first beer infusion bar. Specializing in unique craft brews, don’t miss out on house favourites such as the Obama ($12 for happy hour, $15) a dark and smoky brew which features Little Island Black Magic stout with toasted marshmallows, vanilla pods and mint leaves, and 50 Shades of Pink ($12 for happy hour, $15) a tangy pink guava cider, a hit among the ladies. Their charcuterie ($18 small, $28 large) features a plethora of cold cuts, terrines and pickles, and goes well with the brew of your choice. #B1-16, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6386 4365
Dimbulah Coffee provides the perfect place to relax after a hectic day, getting together with friends and family, or just simply enjoying a casual meal. Enjoy Aussie favourite like lamingtons($3.50), these pillowy cakes come in raspberry and chocolate flavours, and are generously coated with desiccated coconut. Try one of their Downunder slices($2.50)– a family recipe of the owner’s, these fudge-like slices come in various flavours including coffee macadamia and white chocolate. Have a cup of their Dimbulah piccolo($4.50)– a ristretto shot with warm milk, to go with your sweet treat. #01-14 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road.
Your coffee experience can’t get any more authentically Italian than at Cafe Vergnano. Established in 1882, this establishment is Italy’s oldest family owned roaster, and its Singapore outlet imports all its products directly from Italy. Their Caffe Gianduja ($6) is an indulgent drink from the city of Turin, featuring hot chocolate and espresso topped with whipped cream. If you want something rich but yet simple, go for their Cioccolata ($5.50)– this thick, Italian-style hot chocolate is every chocolate lover’s dream. The cafe also offers various types of coffee courses for interested customers. #B1-17 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6385 5579
South Beach Avenue’s Harry’s outlet promises the same kind of homely atmosphere that frequent customers are familiar with. This popular dining and watering hole is home to many sports fanatics and family gatherings, and is also an ideal place to grab an after work drink. Don’t miss out on Harry’s signature wings ($13 for 6), an all-time favourite of crispy wings dressed with a house blend of spices, as well as the mushroom and truffle oil flatbread ($23.90), generously spread with garlic mayonnaise and truffle oil. wash it all down with a Harry’s premium lager ($7 for half pint) that’s full of rich floral notes. #01-18 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6386 6306
Casual modern Australian restaurant, Fynn’s, serves up global flavours and classic flavours, surround by their upmarket contemporary interiors. Expect your dining experience to be a lively affair with fresh pasta dishes, burgers and brunch offerings on the weekends. We loved their Spanish Polpo ($17)— pan-seared octopus with lemongrass and spicy apple slaw as well as their heart homemade Cavatelli pasta ($25) made with fresh pasta, red wine braised octopus and pork sausages, in a tomato sauce. #B1-21, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6384 1878
Satisfy your cravings for Italian food at Atmastel. The culinary team is helmed by Andrea Tarini, an Italian chef with a 3 Michelin-star background. The menu uses only the fresh ingredients such as San Daniele ham and San Marzano tomatoes. For seafood lovers, tuck into their Zuppa di Pesce ($68) an umami-filled seafood stew, filled with fresh Barramundi, shellfish and prawns, and is great for sharing between two. Don’t miss their black truffle pizza ($48), a cheese pizza topped with generous slices of Italian black truffle and fresh burrata. #B1-22, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6581 0085
Affordable, fresh and fast– that’s what Fasta is all about. Indeed, they do live up to their fun fusion concept. Drawing inspiration from different culinary traditions, the Scallop Wallop ($16) is a pasta dish that is tossed in a flavourful sauce with bacon an crab meat, and topped with juicy seared Hokkaido scallops. Another dish not to be missed is their Siow Ba Mee ($13)– aglio olio pasta with a hint of yuzu dressing, served with crispy caramelised pork belly. #B1-23, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 9111 1245
With the unique privilege of being housed within the beautiful conservation building that was formerly the military armoury of Beach Road Military Camp, The Armoury offers diners an eclectic fusion of Singaporean, European and Japanese cuisine. Such as their lobster satay capellini ($29.90)– a twist on the local satay beehoon with the pasta being tossed in a rich peanut sauce with cuttlefish and beansprouts, topped with half a grilled lobster and a side of papadums, as well as their Royal Armoury Burger ($19) which features a hefty wagyu beef patty slathered with onion jam, gruyere and the works between a brioche bun. The dining establishment also offers a line up of eight international craft beers and five branded beers on tap, as well as a pretty comprehensive wine list, to suit any palate and budget. #01-01, South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6385 3173
One of Korea’s hottest restaurants, Vatos Urban Tacos, has made its way to the sunny shores of Singapore! The menu is influenced by the Mexican street taco culture in Los Angeles, combined with classic Korean dishes, such as the Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($18)– a Vatos original, featuring seasoned french fries smothered in braised pork carnitas, sauteed kimchi and melted cheese. It is topped with cilantro lime crema, Vatos hot sauce, fresh cilantro and onion. Don’t miss out on their Galbi short rib tacos ($13 for two, $18 for three) that comes with short ribs with ssamjang aioli, slaw, cilantro, onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Wash it all down with a Vatos-rita ($29) a delightful marriage of the margarita cocktail and beer, a signature of Vatos. #01-03 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road. Tel: 6385 6010