Neil Road cafe

Is Neil Road the new Joo Chiat? Join us as we explore the best cafes, restaurants and bars along Neil Road.

Not sure where to eat when you’re hanging around Tanjong Pagar or Chinatown? Head down to Neil Road.

What are the best things to eat at Neil Road?

Neil Road cafes
1. Acoustics Coffee Bar — pet friendly cafe at Neil Road
2. Tomo Cafe — Neil Road cafe popular for their chuffles
3. The Glasshouse — second outlet of the glasshouse cafe in CHIJMES
4. The Coffee Code — known for their crazy bak kwa waffles
5. The Populus — Muslim-owned cafe famous for their brunch
6. Apiary — perfect for that late night pistachio gelato runs

Neil Road restaurants
7. Noa by Olivia — modern mediterranean bar and restaurant
9. Pastaria Abate — authentic Italian restaurant with amazing tiramisu
9. Shinmanbok Restaurant — authentic Korean restaurant at Neil Road
10. Shake Shack — US burger chain

Neil Road bars
11. The Store — a relaxing and welcoming bar to chill with your friends
12. Sidedoor — homely cocktail bar with private omakase dining
13. Slate Bar — Asian-inspired cocktails at Neil Road

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Here are more cafes near Neil Road.

Best cafes in Neil Road

1. Acoustics Coffee Bar

brunch spread at Acoustics Coffee Bar, neil road cafe
Brunch spread at Acoustics Coffee Bar

Don’t be confused. Acoustics Coffee Bar isn’t a music cafe.

Acoustics refer to the properties of a room that affects how sound is transmitted in it. You might have visited noisy cafes with lots of echos. The food there might have been good, but it must have been hard to enjoy the experience. Meanwhile, Acoustics Coffee Bar prides themselves on their specially-designed acoustics, ensuring that noise is kept to a minimum.

As the name suggests, this cafe in Neil Road specialise in coffee, with single origins from The Community Coffee, and their latest creation: a single origin from Sidamo, Ethiopia. Roasted by the team, this coffee promises notes of orange, jasmine and milk chocolate and extracted as an espresso. 

Their food should not be missed too, with affordable lunch sets from $12 on the weekdays. We recommend the Breaded Pollock Fish ($12) for its light and crispy fillet.

Acoustics Coffee Bar is also pet-friendly.

Acoustics Coffee Bar

Location: 61 Neil Rd, Singapore 088895
Opening hours:
8:30am-5:30pm

2. Tomo Cafe

Signature chuffles at Tomo Cafe Neil Road
Photo: Tomo Cafe / Instagram

Exclusively available at the Neil Road cafe, don’t miss Tomo Cafe’s new sensation of Chuffles, a mix of churros and waffles.

Their best-seller variations are the scrumptious Chuffle Breakie ($19) and Chuffle with Single Scoop Ice Cream ($13). Alternatively, you can opt for popular hearty mains such as Duck Rose Udon ($21) and Mentaiko Scallop ($13) to share.

Pair your order with the outlet’s exclusive signature drink Iced Gula Melaka Latte ($8) or popular Iced Tiramisu Latte ($9)

Tomo Cafe

Location: 57 Neil Rd, Singapore 088893

3. The Glasshouse

Photo The Glasshouse / Instagram

Enjoy classic brunch offerings with a welcoming ambience at The Glasshouse. The cafe is popular due to its modern aesthetic and instagrammable space.

While their second location may not have the all-glass storefront of the CHIJMES outlet, this cafe in Neil Road still boasts ample natural lighting and a serene ambience. The Glasshouse at Neil Road offers an extensive hearty brunch menu to try. Crowd favourites are the Build Your Own Breakfast for a personalised option, with prices differing based on your order. Alternatively, for a fuss-free brunch, simply get their smoky Roast Beef Sanger ($30). 

The Glasshouse

Location: 136 Neil Rd, #01-01, Singapore 088865

4. The Coffee Code

Bak Kwa waffles at The Coffee Code Neil Road cafe
Bak Kwa Waffles at this popular Neil Road cafe. Photo: @foodiegoh / Instagram

Elevate your waffle game to new heights. 

Originating from Sarawak, The Coffee Code is a pet-friendly cafe along Neil Road. 

What sets it apart from any other cafes is their best-selling unique combination — Bak Kwa Waffles ($18). To make it even crazier, you can top-up an additional $1 to add nian gao or black rice in your waffle base. Although it’s unconventional, the savoury taste of Bak Kwa and chicken floss blends harmoniously with the creamy whipped cream and cornflakes. 

Don’t sleep on their hand-brewed and nitro-brewed coffee specialtiy. While you’re at this Neil Road cafe, pair your order with the Nitro Whiskey Cold Coffee Brew ($9).

The Coffee Code

Location: 37 Neil Rd, Singapore 088822

5. The Populus

Buttermilk Waffles with ice cream and bananas at The Populus, one of the most famous cafes in Neil Road
Photo: The Populus / Instagram

The Populus is a vibrant Muslim-owned cafe at Neil Road that’s famous for their gorgeous brunch dishes.

Their delectable sweet offerings steals the show, with popular picks like Populus French Toast ($20) and Buttermilk Waffles (additional $6) adorned with The Populus Cereal Milk Sundae ($16)

Additionally you can also opt for hearty mains like flavourful Seafood Linguine ($28) and Roasted Halibut & Soba ($25). The Populus’ meats and poultry are halal-certified.

The Populus

Location: 146 Neil Road, Singapore 088875
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 9am-6:30pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-9:30pm
Sunday: 9am-6:30pm

6. Apiary

Pistachio gelato at Apiary, ice cream parlor at Neil Road
Sicilian Pistachio single scoop at Apiary

The ice cream store that everyone knows and loves, Apiary is a quaint ice cream shop that features a selection of homemade ice cream and waffles.

They’re most well known for their Sicilian Pistachio — intensely nutty, slightly astringent. But, their Blue Milk, which is a milk-flavoured ice cream dyed with blue pea flower, as well as Hojicha, are also highly-acclaimed.

A single scoop costs $4.2, while premium flavours like the Sicilian Pistachio costs $5.5.

Apiary

Location: 84 Neil Rd, Singapore 088844
Opening hours: 
Mon-Thu: 12-10pm
Fri-Sat: 12-11pm
Sunday: 12-10pm

Best restaurants at Neil Road

7. Noa by Olivia

Noa by Olivia modern Mediterranean bar and restaurant at Neil Road
Photo: Noa by Olivia / Instagram

Noa by Olivia presents a modern Mediterranean style bar, boasting a contemporary look with touches of North African interior. This bar along Neil Road infuses the vibrant flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean, Southern Europe, and North Africa into both its cuisine and ambiance. 

Kick off your culinary journey with their tantalising Falafel served with Za’atar Yogurt ($18), followed by the rich and smoky Barbecue Scampi Rice, Spanish style ($65)

Complement your meal with one of their signature artisanal cocktails, such as the refreshing and zesty Calypso ($29), or opt for a classic like The 1940s Moscow Mule ($28).

Noa by Olivia

Location: 83 Neil Rd, 01, #01-02-03, 089813
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm-1am
Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am
Sunday: Closed

8. Pastaria Abate

Authentic tiramisu in Singapore, located at Pastaria Abate, one of the best restaurants at Neil Road
End the meal with their authentic Tiramisu. Photo: @jayeats/Burpple

For authentic Italian food in Singapore, you have to dine at Pastaria Abate.

Using old family recipes that have been handed down over many generations, this restaurant at Neil Road focuses on authentic homestyle cooking — “just like how grandma made it”.

Pastaria Abate pride on their handmade pastas, with four different shapes of egg pasta, and five other speciality pastas that include Spinach, Squid Ink and Saffron.

Among their 27 pasta sauces, the Oxtail Tagliatelle ($24.8) features deep, earthy flavours from braising the meat in red wine for 16 hours. Meanwhile, Carbonara Roma ($26.8) showcases how it’s possible to create a creamy and robust sauce without any cream.

Pastaria Abate

Location: 86 Neil Rd, Singapore 088846
Opening hours:  

Mon-Wed: 11:30am-11pm
Thu-Sat: 11:30am-11:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am-11pm

9. Shinmanbok Restaurant

Tanjong Pagar is also known as Korean town, given the sheer number of authentic Korean restaurants they have in the area. But if you were to walk a few streets down the main road, you’ll come across Shinmanbok Restaurant, an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue along Neil Road.

From $29, diners can order unlimited portions of pork belly, marinated pork short ribs, beef brisket, and marinated chicken. Each diner are also given one portion of Korean fried chicken, and either a stew or pancake to share.

Location: 116 Neil Rd, Singapore 088853
Opening hours: 6pm-6am

10. Shake Shack

One of the most aesthetically pleasing Shake Shack outlets in Singapore is located at Neil Road
One of the most aesthetically pleasing outlets in Singapore. Photo: Shake Shack / Instagram

Shake Shack is a beloved fast-casual restaurant from the US, renowned for its mouthwatering burgers, crinkle-cut fries, and creamy shakes. While their typical outlets offer a casual and inviting atmosphere, the Neil Road outlet stands out with its classy and contemporary design. 

Stop by to unwind and indulge in the iconic Shackburger (from $9.2) and Cheese Fries ($5.9), while treating yourself to Singapore’s exclusive Pandan Shake ($8.3), featuring a blend of vanilla, pandan, coconut and flaky gula melaka.

Shake Shack

Location: 89 Neil Rd, #01-01, Singapore 088849
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30pm
Sunday: 11am-19pm

Best bars at Neil Road

11. The Store

Entrance of The Store, cocktail bar at Neil Road
Photo: The Store

“Your friendly neighbourhood hangout!” their Instagram bio says.

Tucked away in the neighbourhood, The Store is an casual and welcoming bar at Neil Road with an understated charm. Here, you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere with imaginative drinks.

For cocktails, their Umezu Highball ($25) and Coffee Kombucha Espresso Martini ($25) are the obvious standouts for those who are spoiled for choice. Meanwhile, for food, you can opt for shareable bites such as the Roasted Mid Wings ($16) and Gambas ($30).

Truly an underrated cocktail bar in Singapore.

The Store

Location: 11 Neil Rd, Singapore 088809

12. Side Door

Side Door at Neil Road
Photo: Side Door

Getting a drink at Side Door is like getting a drink at your friend’s place. It feels as casual and cosy as getting a cold one from their fridge.

Opened by a top chef and an award-winning mixologist, this bar at Neil Road is feels like a home away from home. You can get a cocktail or two, alongside some small bites. Highlights from the menu are their cocktails collection such as Holy Moly Mary and Non-Fruit Beer.

But this establishment stands out with its more exclusive omakase experience. Simply make a reservation in advance, and head into the clandestine back room.

Side Door

Location: 3 Neil Rd, #01-01, Singapore 088805
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sat: 3pm-12am
Sunday: Closed

13. Slate Bar

Pandan Pornstar at Slate Bar at Neil Road
Photo: Slate Bar / Instagram

Slate Bar is a renowned modern Asian-inspired cocktail bar along Neil Road.

Their signature cocktail, the Pandan Pornstar ($25), features a pandan vodka mixed with passionfruit, sweet vanilla caramel, and Botter Prosseco. Another star of Slate Bar’s menu is Straight Out of Bangkok ($25) a mix of Thai spiced Ketel One with red tom yum and citrus oleo.

Don’t stop at the drinks though. Get some light bites, such as the Nama Platter ($38) and Seafood Platter ($78), to share.

Slate Bar

Location: 83 Neil Rd, #01-06, Singapore 089813
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 5pm-12am
Fri-Sat: 3pm-1am
Sunday: Closed

Cafes near Neil Road

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