Ramadan is coming to a close soon. This means Hari Raya Puasa, or Eid al-Fitr, is just around the corner, and we’ve got you covered. Celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month at these Halal-friendly cafes, restaurants and bakeries in Singapore. Not only are they in keeping with Islamic dietary laws, these joints serve excellent nosh as well that will make the Ramadan feast worth the wait – and don’t worry, we’ve included a diverse assortment of cuisines so that you can satisfy every one of your cravings, both sweet and savoury.
A popular hangout known for its Muslim-oriented offerings, Spize serves Indian, Western, Mediterranean and Thai dishes as well – a wide array that will leave you spoilt for choice. But thanks to its late closing hours, you’ll have all the time in the world to decide what to eat. In fact, this local gem is open until 5am (6am on Fridays and Saturdays), so if you’re hit with those midnight hunger pangs or just fancy staying out late, Spize is the place to be.
Address: 409 River Valley Road, Singapore 248307
Opening hours: 12pm to 5am (Sunday to Thursday), 12pm to 6am (Friday to Saturday)
2. The Lab SG
Inspired by American crime drama “Breaking Bad”, this Muslim-owned alternative cafe is all about experimenting with food. Its industrial-style interiors look as enticing as its menu, which includes favourites such as the Heisenburger and Heisenberg Sparkler, a non-alcoholic drink with a syringe of Blue Curacao syrup plunged into the glass.
Address: 1 Jalan Pisang, #01-01, Singapore 199069
Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm (Monday to Saturday), 1pm to 10pm (Sunday)
3. Fix Cafe (Permanently Closed)
Feeling peckish for Mexican grub? Get your fix at Fix Cafe with a full menu of guilt-free, Halal options. A laid-back poolside joint that takes the classic cuisine up a notch by incorporating local flavours and ingredients, it serves chicken achar and beef kimchi fajitas, as well as bunuelos and ice cream drizzled with gula melaka.
Address: 31 Ah Hood Road, #01-06, HomeTeam NS, Singapore 329979
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Daily)
A top pick for sweet treats, Kumoya’s dessert menu (comprising of parfaits, eclairs, and cakes) is the stuff of dreams. It is a Japanese-French fusion eatery, the first of its kind to be Halal-certified, and is, for a brief period until 13 August 2017, collaborating with Japanese cartoon character Cinnamoroll to celebrate the Sanrio star’s 15th birthday. The result is a spread of the most adorable creations, of which the Cinnamoroll Berries Fantasy Parfait is an unquestionable must-try.
Address: 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Opening hours: 12pm to 9pm (Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday), 12pm to 10.30pm (Friday to Saturday), Closed on Mondays
Rejoice, all you dim sum fanatics! This traditional Chinese restaurant is a tze char paradise that caters to the dietary needs of its Muslim friends. From soup dumplings (xiao long bao) to Hong Kong-style egg tarts to steamed buns with flavours such as kaya and coffee, Tang Tea House has everything for a hearty feast. Its golden sand buns, oozing with molten salted egg yolk, are an enduring favourite among patrons.
Address: 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466
Opening hours: 12pm to 12am (Sunday to Thursday), 12pm to 2am (Friday to Saturday)
Take your tastebuds on a trip to Europe, or more specifically, Sweden, the land of all things hygge (warmth and joy). Fika’s halal Swedish treats have been highly raved about, with pastries such as the Kladdkaka (a fudge-drizzled brownie) taking the proverbial cake. The place also serves pasta, stew, crepes, sandwiches, as well as the traditional Scandinavian Smorgasbord, which is a platter of cold and hot dishes, including hard rye crispbread, cheese, pickled herring, and meatballs.
Address: 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11am to 11pm (Friday to Saturday)
Golden brown crusts baked to perfection, moist yet fluffy cupcakes topped with light icing, and the daintiest cakes designed to impress. Butter Studio is one of many bakery cafes in Singapore known for diabetes-inducing desserts that look too good to eat. Unlike those other joints, however, this rustic cafe is Halal-certified. While you’re there, look out for its local flavours and signature lychee rose cake.
Address: 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865
Opening hours: 12pm to 10pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday), 12pm to 12am (Friday), 10.30am to 12am (Saturday), 10.30am to 10pm (Sunday), Closed on Tuesdays
8. Fluff Bakery
Another Halal-friendly dessert joint is Fluff Bakery, where things get a little more experimental. The menu changes every week, which keeps patrons coming in for new discoveries. While its nutella red velvet and salted caramel cupcakes have proven to be customer favourites, Fluff Bakery never stops innovating with fresh cupcake flavours such as mango pop rocks, ondeh-ondeh, and bandung.
Address: 4 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199071
Opening hours: 12pm to 7.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
9. 21 On Rajah
A bright, colourful all-day dining spot situated at Days Hotel, 21 On Rajah is above your average buffet restaurant. It boasts both local gourmet options, as well as an inviting Mediterranean spread, all of which are Halal-approved. Going a step further, the restaurant has equipped itself with gender-segregated prayer rooms too.
Address: 1 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329133
Opening hours: 6am to 10.30pm (Daily)
10. I Am Cafe
Located at the mouth of the ever-edgy Haji Lane, I Am Cafe is the brainchild of three Muslim friends, and one of the pioneer “hipster” cafes in Singapore. While its Amsterdam influences can be seen most clearly in its decor, the outlet offers the usual assortment of Western comfort food (that is, burgers, pizza, fish and chips, and the like).
Address: 674 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188804
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm (Monday to Thursday), 11am to 1am (Friday to Saturday), 11am to 10pm (Sunday)
11. Working Title (Permanently Closed)
Not far from I Am is another cafe – one whose trademark is its variety of burgers. The mellow establishment, which has undergone a menu revamp, fronts a hostel located on the second floor. Any new visitor to Working Title needs to give the Bandung Latte and Hawaii Five-O burger a try.
Address: 48 Arab Street, Singapore 199745
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 11am to 11pm (Friday), 10am to 11pm (Saturday to Sunday)
12. Flavour Flings
If you live in the northeast part of the island, you have to drop by Flavour Flings – and not just because it caters to your Islamic dietary needs. This hole-in-the-wall eatery features a mouthwatering menu that includes salted egg yolk croissants (it’s the first cafe to offer the dish in Singapore), and dishes with the world-famous molten raclette cheese.
Address: 121 Hougang Avenue 1, #01-1348, Singapore 530121
Opening hours: 11am to 4pm (Monday, Wednesday to Friday), 9am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday), 5.30pm to 9pm (Wednesday to Monday), Closed on Tuesdays
13. Pho 4 U
As suggested by its name, this Halal-approved restaurant is all about Vietnamese fare, or rather, the unofficial national dish of Vietnam – pho. With a fairly affordable price tag, the modest establishment satiates hungry visitors with simple and honest home-cooked food that warms both the heart and tummy.
Address: 783 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198751
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm (Daily)
The Orange Lantern also serves pho with Halal-certified ingredients, except it’s a slightly more upscale eatery with a greater variety of dishes. Besides the standard Vietnamese noodle soups, it also has grilled squid, imperial rolls, as well as lunch bento boxes for takeaway and deliveries.
Address: 1 Maritime Square, #01-98 Harbourfront Centre, Singapore 099253
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm (Daily)
Pies & Coffee (Closed)
The last one our list is Pies & Coffee, situated in the west of Singapore along Rochester Drive. Although it looks like your run-of-the-mill Western-oriented cafe, the place serves pies inspired by local tastes that not just its Muslim friends, but every one of its local patrons will appreciate. Pies such as the Charcoal Crust Curry Chicken, and Beef Rendang are certainly hard to resist.
Address: 35 Rochester Drive, #01-02, Singapore 138639
Opening hours: 9am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 9am to 11pm (Friday to Saturday)