Spiffy cafes, authentic Thai and Japanese restaurants, and gourmet ice cream parlours have set up shop here.
Bedok residents have much to love about their neighbourhood, now that it’s home to hipster coffee houses, gourmet ice-cream cafés, quaint restaurants, two shopping malls filled with kick-ass tenants, as well as long-standing family-owned bakeries and supermarkets. Bookmark this guide for when you make a trip down to the charming district…
EAT & DRINK
The unpretentious coffee joint, which recently expanded, stocks a decent range of coffee beans from all over the world including Workshop Coffee Co. London. Go there for brunch and have a buttery croissant filled with either egg mayo, curry chicken or smoked salmon.
Percolate, 136 Bedok North Ave 3, Singapore 460136
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee
Whether you’re looking for a classic latte or more delicate brews like V-60, Chemex, siphon or a cold brew, they’ve got it all. Budding baristas can get their shopping done here; the cafe stocks a decent range of coffee brewing equipment and accessories, along with single-origin beans from Brazil, Honduras, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sumatra, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, #01-06 Eastwood Centre, 20 Eastwood Road, Singapore 486442
This perpetually-crowded supper joint has built a reputation for its quality, value-for-money authentic Singaporean, Thai, Indian, Western, and Mediterranean grub. Head here during match days for a mean plate of chicken wings and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.
Spize, 336 Bedok Road, Bedok Shopping Complex, Singapore 469512
Momoya Japanese Restaurant
Using only the freshest ingredients, this cosy Japanese restaurant is always packed with Easties looking for quality Japanese fare in a casual setting. Expect the usual suspects like sashimi donburi, katsu don and sushi.
Momoya Japanese Restaurant, 16 Jalan Pari Burong, Picardy Garden, Singapore 488682
Incredibly delicious and affordable, it’s no surprise there’s always a winding queue waiting to get into Nakhon Kitchen. Every dish is practically flawless in this authentic Thai eatery. Mango salad, prawn cakes, tom yum, green curry, mango sticky rice… we’re not sure where to begin with the recommendations!
Nakhon Kitchen, #01-162, 136 Bedok North Ave 3, Singapore 460136
Wake up early and swing over to charming coffee house Refuel for a generous yet affordable brunch. The pancakes served with scrambled eggs only costs $9.90!
Refuel, #01-3029, 744 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470744
It may be small, but this quaint, muslim-owned café nestled behind Simpang Bedok serves a wide array of cuisines. We’re talking about shakshuka, steak, carbonara, ayam bakar and oyster donburi all under one roof.
Badoque, 298 Bedok Road, Singapore 469454
FatCat Ice Cream Bar
Deconstructed strawberry cheesecake, martini cocktail spheres and chocolate jardin; these are just a few of FatCat’s fancy menu offerings. This chi-chi café even offers interesting ice-cream flavours like butterbeer and watermelon soju!
FatCat Ice Cream Bar, 416 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-25, Singapore 460416
Burp Kitchen & Bar
If you think that all the good drinking spots are only in the city, think again! Serving up a vast selection of fare such as burgers, pastas and tacos, Burp Kitchen & Bar is our go-to in the East when our tummy starts rumbling – and don’t get us started on the affordable tipples.
Burp Kitchen & Bar, #01-3165, 740 Bedok Reservoir Rd, Singapore 470740
Fengshan Market and Food Centre
Fengshan Market and Food Centre or more affectionately known as 85 Market, is another oldie – but always a goodie – on the supper scene. Must-tries include bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) from Xing Ji, barbequed chicken wings from Chong Pang Huat, sambal stingray from Chan BBQ and steaming congee from Chai Chee Pork Porridge.
Fengshan Market and Food Centre, 85 Bedok North Street 4, 460085.
Hua Yu Wee
Housed in a grand mansion along Upper East Coast Road, Hua Yu Wee is the only 1970s seafood restaurant that stayed along the stretch and did not relocate to East Coast Park like the others. Snag a table at the open-air backyard and be transported back to the yesteryears of Singapore. Must-orders are the chilli crab and crispy baby squid.
Hua Yu Wee, 462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466508
If you’re in the East (specifically around the Bedok area) and need some house-brewed coffee, red velvet waffles and honey lavender ice cream to perk you up, pop by RouteSixtySix. Named after the well-known US highway, this industrial-inspired café offers coffees, teas and waffles with flavours such as buttermilk, sweet potato and red velvet.
RouteSixtySix, #01-122, 412 Bedok North Ave 2, Singapore 460412
Angalias Halal Patisserie
If you aren’t paying attention, you might just miss this small Halal bakery hidden amongst the plethora of neighbourhood shops. Choose from a selection of handmade cupcakes, or customise your own wedding cake here!
Angalias Halal Patisserie,#01-525, 537 Bedok North Street 3, Singapore 460537
Borobudur Snacks Shop
With decades of kueh-making experience under its belt, this traditional pastry store has got its kuehs down to tee. Sample the astounding array of local snacks, including ondeh-ondeh, kueh lapis, and rainbow kueh. Don’t forget to try the award-winning ang ku kueh (red tortoise shaped snack)!
Borobudur Snacks Shop, 537 Bedok North Street 3, Singapore 460537
Jing Long Seafood Restaurant
Coming from humble beginnings as a hawker store, the restaurant earned its stripes through its lip-smacking zi char and seafood that have kept customers coming back for more. Try the chilli crab and the ever-so-popular salted egg prawns.
Jing Long Seafood Restaurant,#01-152, 412 Bedok North Avenue 2, Singapore 460412
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
Another hidden gem near the famous Block 85 hawker centre, Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery offers a multitude of handmade Nyonya kuehs for discerning customers to sample; try Halal-certified snacks such as pulut inti (turquoise glutinous rice with gula Melaka), kueh salat (pandan layered with rice), and kotoh ubi (tapioca kueh).
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery,#01-21, 84 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460084
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Need we say more about this chicken rice store that’s received rave reviews from Ramsay, Bourdain, Michelin and pretty much everywhere else?? While its main branch is located at the well-known Maxwell hawker centre, Easties who finds it a tad too far can head down here for a taste of their famous chicken rice (without the queues)!
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, 12 Jalan Pari Burong, Singapore 488678
Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House
Halal dim sum places are as rare as hen’s teeth; is it any wonder why Muslim diners craving these Chinese snacks flock to Bedok? Located right beside Spize, Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House serves these rarities; order a plate of xiao long bao and siew mai, made with chicken instead of pork, as well as the prawn-filled har gao.
Enak Enak Hongkong Tea House, 340 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469520
Milk and Honey
Furnished with plastic stools and foldable tables, this tiny ice-cream shop may not look like much, but in fact, they churn out foodgasmic handmade gelatos and fluffy waffles. Order a tub to go – Milk and Honey’s gelatos make for the perfect movie night companion.
Milk and Honey, #01-179, 86 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460086
Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe
Another place in Bedok to satisfy that late-night dim sum craving, Tang Tea House offers a plethora of handcrafted bites at reasonable prices; go ahead and pig out without fear of breaking the bank. This supper spot is Halal too, so no one will have to be left out!
Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe, 357/358 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469545
Soak in the sights and sounds of Bedok Reservoir Park at Wawawa Bistro. The menu is pretty decent and includes grub like pizzas and donburis. Looking for a late-night swig? The place closes at 1am on Friday and Saturday.
Wawawa Bistro, 901 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479266
AND THEN SOME…
Love being outdoors? Get your thrill fix at Forest Adventure Singapore. The grand course will send your pulse racing as you manoeuvre through 44 obstacles across three loops. You can read more about our review here. Bring your kids along as there’s a kids course – family day out anyone?
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir Park
Have a sing-off with your mates in a private room Cash Studio. The budget-friendly karaoke studio is a favourite among chirpy youths and families alike.
Cash Studio, 445 Bedok North Street 1, Djitsun Mall @ Bedok, #03-03, Singapore 469661
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city is this oasis with serene views. It is also a hotspot for water sports such as kayak, dragon boat and wakeboard. Or a little cardio maybe?
Bedok Reservoir, along Bedok Reservoir Road
Soon Seng Heng
East siders, take note. Reliable and affordable, Soon Seng Heng is a family-run business specialising in re-upholstery, curtains, and blinds. With over 30 years of experience in the business, these are the guys you can trust to turn your furniture pieces from sad to rad.
Soon Seng Heng, Blk 117 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-56, Singapore 470117, By appointment only
Zenn Audio Electronics
Crate diggers, this hole-in-the-wall establishment is the place to be if you’re on a supper hunt in Bedok Simpang. This one might be a little out of the way for non-Easties, but we’d reckon a trip to this quaint shop is well worth a post-prata visit for its treasure trove of old-school records and vintage turntables.
Zenn Audio Electronics, Bedok Shopping Complex, 292 Bedok Road, Singapore 469448
French mega sports retailer, Decathlon, is a great hit amongst fitness enthusiasts. Head over to its massive store in Bedok for an extensive array of sporting goods, clothing and accoutrements at shockingly affordable prices.
Decathlon Singapore, #01-01, 750A Chai Chee Road, Singapore 469001
Founded by the Fitlion, an online distributor of supplements and fitness supplies in Singapore, you can find Gymmboxx outlets at several suburban estates like Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Batok and Jurong. These heartland gyms are equipped with premium fitness machines and a decent shower facility. On top of offering inexpensive membership rates for a good duration, Gymmboxx also provides one of the city’s more affordable PT sessions with its 10-Session and 20-Session packages.
Gymmboxx, 799 New Upper Changi Rd, #04-08/19, Bedok Point, Singapore 467351