Enjoy a whole plethora of dining restaurants, drinking holes, nightlife and beauty services at the swankiest – SOUTH BEACH AVENUE.
Talk a walk through this trendy enclave to discover a diverse and exciting spectrum of local and international restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as beauty providers.
South Beach Avenue has a unique appeal – the 32,000 sq ft venue features heritage buildings such as the old Beach Road Military camp and the modern multi-tiered courtyards, walkways and iconic wave-like microclimatic canopy that help keep the whole of South Beach Avenue cool and protected from tropical elements.
South Beach Avenue is also a foodie’s paradise – Expect 11 new-to-market players include Atmastel, Black Cow, Caffe Vergnano 1882, Vatos Urban Tacos, and other unrivalled dining options.
I’ve put together a list of dining and lifestyle concepts in South Beach Avenue which are unique and varied – there is surely something you would like to check out. So read on and find something to tempt yourself on your next visit, just try not to drool on your keyboard.
DINING – CAFES
CAFFE VERGNANO 1882
In a nutshell: Established in 1882, Caffé Vergnano is a global coffee chain with a long and prestigious history. It is also known for producing the world’s finest Italian coffee brews. The legendary Caffe Vergnano has opened its 100th outlet at South Beach Avenue, offering coffee connoisseurs an authentic taste of Italian espresso.
Besides coffee, Caffe Vergnano also serves small bites and main courses to satisfy the hungers of the customers. Coffee lovers can take it one step further by participating in latte art workshops and coffee making sessions in Accademia Vergnano.
Must try beverages: 1882 Espresso ($3.50) – a world famous espresso that folds a brew of strength, flavour and a fine Italian taste; Caffe Gianduja ($6 hot / $7 cold) – a Turin concoction of espresso and cocoa topped with whipped cream; Cioccolata ($5.50 hot / $6 cold) – luxuriously rich and decadent Italian hot chocolate for every chocolate lover’s dream; Espresso Shakerato ($5.50) – a refreshing drink that can be enjoyed anytime of the day, comprises a shot of espresso lightly sweetened with syrup and shaken with ice and capped with foam.
CAFFE VERGNANO 1882
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #B1-17 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6385 5579
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8am to 9pm, Sat to Sun 10am to 6pm
In a nutshell: Originated from Australia, Dimbulah Coffee serves only fine Arabica beans grown on their own Dimbulah Mountain Estate plantation in Northern Queensland. The coffee is rich with a sweet chocolate-caramel body and a long finish on the palate.
Open early from 7am supplying good coffee and delicious bites to get you moving, Dimbulah Coffee is ideal for a morning caffeine fix and works well as a quick lunch option too.
Must try dishes and beverages: Downunder Slices ($2.50) – sweet fudge-like slices in coffee macadamia and white chocolate flavours; Lamingtons ($3.50) – Australian sponge cakes in raspberry and chocolate rolled in desiccated coconut; Big Aussie Toastie ($6.90) – Australian style sandwiches; Dimbulah Affogato ($5.90); Dimbulah Piccolo ($4.50); Dimbulah Flat White ($5.50).
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #01-14 Singapore 189768
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 7:30am to 7.00pm
DINING – BARS
ALCHEMIST BEER LAB
In a nutshell: Alchemist Beer Lab is Asia’s first and only beer infusion bar, which houses 16 sophisticated beer infusion towers that are new to the beer scene. This interestingly unique concept is brought to you by the same people behind microbrewery-pub Little Island Brewing Co. at Changi Village.
Alchemist Beer Lab takes craft brews to the next level by introducing special and exclusive flavours like Obama – a stout that’s been infused with toasted marshmallows, vanilla pods and mint leaves; Passionista – a well balanced and refreshing cider with passionfruit and duku (a tropical fruit in South East Asia).
The food here is pretty much straightforward European-style bar food, but done really well by Executive Chef John Edwards who has spent over 20 years working in the kitchen abroad countries include Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore.
Must try dishes and beverages: Falafel ($15); Charcuterie ($18 small / $28 large); Ale Battered Sea Bass ($15.90); Obama ($12 happy hour / $15 after happy hour); 50 Shades of Pink ($12 happy hour / $15 after happy hour); Passionista ($12 happy hour / $15 after happy hour).
ALCHEMIST BEER LAB
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #B1-16 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6386 4365
Opening Hours: Mon to Thu 12pm to 12am, Fri to Sat 12pm to 1am, Closed on Sun
In a nutshell: Started in 1992 with its first flagship outlet set against the scenic Boat Quay, Harry’s is no stranger to the bar scene – serving awesome beer, great grubs, music and fantastic live entertainment in a relaxed setting.
Currently operating 19 outlets in key business districts and suburban areas, Harry’s has grown to be one of the most recognised F&B brands in Singapore. Harry’s raises the bar with a revamped menu by adding on more flavours to its current offerings, while keeping its prices accessible and appealing.
Must try dishes and beverages: Harry’s Signature Wings ($13 – 6 pieces / $19 – 10 pieces); Harry’s Jazz Burger ($19.90); Mushroom & Truffle Oil Flatbread ($23.90); Harry’s Premium Lager ($7 half pint / $12 full pint); Harry’s 1992 ($16); Bank Breaker ($16 a shot / $60 for six).
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #01-18 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 63866306
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11.00am to 11.00pm
In a nutshell: Quaich Bar, pronounced as ‘Quake’ bar is one of the best spots in the city for whiskies. This whisky institution boasts an impressive collection of over 500 different labels with 95% of them being Scottish – this cozy watering hole is the go-to place for serious whiskey connoisseurs and collectors.
Quaich Bar was awarded the “Great Whisky Bar of the World” accolade by the international Whisky Magazine and “Top 10 Best Unique Bars” by Epicure Magazine. The dedicated whisky bar also has another outlet at Waterfront Plaza.
Must try beverages: Flavours of Single Malt tasting set (From $45 for 4 tasting portions); Kilkerran 2006 Calvados Cask (exclusive Singapore edition); 12-years old Cadenhead Bowmore (exclusive Quaich Bar bottle). Prices by glass $17 to $416, prices by the bottle $200 to $32,000.
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #01-16 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6386 5366
Opening Hours: Mon to Thur 5pm to 1am, Fri to Sat 5pm to 2am, Closed on Sun
In a nutshell: Once used as a military armoury to store weapons in the 1960s, the facility space has been revamped and turned into a dining establishment, aptly named The Armoury. The contemporary gastropub offers eight international craft beers and five branded beers on tap, as well as other crowd pleasers including a comprehensive wine list.
The array of craft ales on offer protrude from the tiled wall behind the bar counter with intriguing designs around the taps. The Armoury also offers an eclectic mix of local, classic European and Japanese cuisine. If you’re gunning for something around South Beach Quarter, it’s a great place to stop for a pint and to cool down your body.
Must try dishes and beverages: Lobster Satay Capellini ($29.50); Royal Armoury Burger ($19); Pork Belly Confit ($15); Rogue Hazelnut Brown ($10 half pint / $16 full pint); Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA ($10 half pint / $18 full pint); Maisel Landbier Lager ($10 half pint / $15 full pint).
Location: 36 Beach Road, South Beach Quarter #01-01 Singapore 189677
Tel: +65 6385 3173
Opening Hours: Mon to Thu 11.30am to 11.00pm, Fri to Sat 11.30am to 1.00am, Sun 11.00am to 9.30pm
DINING – RESTAURANTS
In a nutshell: For a taste of authentic Italian with the finest and freshest ingredients, seek out Atmastel – Cucina Italiana, a vibrant casual restaurant with a lively atmosphere, serving a good range of classic Italian dishes that uses only freshest artisanal ingredients air-flown from Italy.
Exceptional examples of modest and heartfelt cuisine include the Zuppa di Pesce and Black Ink Seafood Tagliolini, meticulously crafted by Italian Chef Andrea Tarini who comes with a 3-Michelin-star background.
The restaurant also features a pizza bakery, Crudo (cold cuts and cheese), drinks bar and a well-stocked retail section with over 70 varieties of artisanal cold cuts, cheese, wines and condiments.
Must try dishes and desserts: Zuppa di Pesce ($68 for two); Black Ink Seafood Tagliolini ($34); Black Truffle Pizza ($48); Nutella Pillow ($22); Tiramisu ($14.90); Passionfruit Creme Brulee ($12.90).
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #B1-22 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6581 0085
Opening Hours: Mon to Thur 11.30am to 10.00pm, Fri to Sat 11.30am to 11.00pm, Closed on Sun
In a nutshell: Combining a few elements together to create a fun and fusion concept, FASTA is a casual pasta joint that serves up innovative and gourmet pasta in a quick service environment. The pasta dishes comes with unique sauces and dressings accompanied by a variety of seafood and meat toppings such as teriyaki chicken, scallop with crab meat, tuna and roasted pork.
FASTA gives diners an option to customise their own pasta bowls from the selection of pastas, grains, seafood, meats, and sides. You wouldn’t believe that each dish takes up to only five minutes to prepare – so that you can have more time to enjoy and don’t have to wolf down your food.
Must try dishes: Scallop Wallop ($16); Tuna Poke ($14); Siow Ba Mee ($13).
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #B1-23 Singapore 189768
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am to 9pm, Closed on Sun
In a nutshell: A cozy atmosphere and a huge menu showcasing global flavours and classic favourites makes FYNN’S one of the best dining options in South Beach Avenue. This casual Modern Australian restaurant dishes out a lively affair of fresh pasta dishes to homemade burgers and meat plates for lunch, while dinner gets you working your way into seared and grilled meats or robust homemade pastas, and then let loose on the weekend – indulge in decadent brunch fare full of savoury and sweet dishes from homemade corn fritters, chia seed pudding and fluffy vanilla pancakes all complemented with a Common Man Roasters specialty coffee.
Must try dishes and desserts: Spanish Polpo ($17); Iberico Pork ($32); Homemade Cavatelli Pasta ($25); Chocolate Semifredo ($13); Coconut Mascarpone Cream ($13); Molten Milk Chocolate ($13).
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #B1-21 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Opening Hours: Tue to Fri 9am to 10pm, Sat 11am to 10pm, Sun 11am to 5pm, Closed on Mon
In a nutshell: REAL FOOD is a organic vegetarian-friendly cafe that makes food free from processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and trans-fat. Expect to get healthy by digging into their range of guilt-free plates – take for instance, the Baked Stuffed Portobello stacked with fresh greens and organic vegan mayonnaise, and the signature dumplings is freshly steamed upon order or can be fried to a golden crisp.
The offerings on the menu are so appealing, healthy and tasty that will make many carnivores convert to the green side.
Must try dishes: Dumplings ($9.80 for eight); Baked Stuffed Portobello ($11.80); Curry Soup Noodles ($12.80).
Location: 26 Beach Road, South Beach Avenue #B1-19 Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6384 2206
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 10am to 9pm
VATOS URBAN TACOS
In a nutshell: VATOS URBAN TACOS is a Korean-Mexican restaurant and bar that won the votes as being one of the “10 Best American Restaurants Outside of the States” by The Daily Meal, and also named by CNN as the “Hottest New Restaurant in Seoul”.
This highly raved Ko-Mex restaurant chain has made its appearance in Singapore last year in January 2016, serving a menu influenced by Mexican street taco culture in Los Angeles combined with homely classic Korean dishes.
Must try dishes and beverages: Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($18); Honey Tequila Chicken Wings ($18); Galbi Short Rib Tacos ($13 for two / $18 for three); Vatos-ritas ($29); Makegeolitas ($26); Bloody Mary/Maria ($20).
VATOS URBAN TACOS
Location: 36 Beach Road, South Beach Quarter #01-03 Singapore 189677
Tel: +65 6385 6010
Opening Hours: Sun to Thu 12pm to 11pm, Fri to Sat 12pm to 12am
OTHER DINING AND SERVICES
Dining – BLACK COW (#B1-20), LADY M (#01-17)
Lifestyle and Beauty Services – AESTHEA (#B1-24), HAIRPAGE UNDERGROUND (#B1-25)
SOUTH BEACH AVENUE
Location: 26 Beach Road Singapore 189768