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10 Peranakan Restaurants in Singapore Including Michelin-Star Award Winners

10 Peranakan Restaurants in Singapore Including Michelin-Star Award Winners

Whether you’re a local or new to Singapore, you simply have to try Peranakan food!

Peranakan cuisine is defined by a mix of flavours and ingredients used in Chinese and Malay cuisine.

If you’re craving the nostalgic tastes of childhood, or you’re simply curious to learn and experience a bit of local culture, what better way to do so than through food? Check out the 10 best and authentic Peranakan restaurants around the city!

1. Housed in an 1928 building and started by a skilled nyonya: Rumah Bebe

We love places with a bit of history behind them, and this special spot is more than just a restaurant with so much more to discover. Explore the small store selling traditional handicrafts, shoes and clothing, or check out the Nyonya crafts or baking courses available too!

Photos: @yuniqueyuni, @zephyrskitchenette, @rumahbebe on Instagram

Pull up a seat around the table (which feels like you’re visiting your nenek’s house) and feast on home-style dishes, no frills, no fuss, and all prepared the “old-fashioned way”.

Photo: @rumahbebe on Instagram

Rumah Bebe

Price: From SGD 1.50

Address: 113 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428803 (Map)

Contact: +65 6247 8781

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun from 9:30am to 5:30pm

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2. The oldest Nonya restaurant in the city: Straits Chinese Nonya Restaurant 

First opening their doors back in 1953, you could say these guys have mastered their cuisine – plus their secret recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.

Photos: @oddleeats, @nook_tham, @pearleatz on Instagram

Oh, and did we mention they’re Michelin-Star winners too? Things just keep getting better! Enjoy one of their ala carte buffets, or choose a set menu instead!

Photo: @straitschineseon Instagram

Straits Chinese Nonya Restaurant

Price: Buffet from SGD 29.90

Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #02-21 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802 (Map)

Contact: +65 6339 3683

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Website

3. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional spices: Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant has been around for over 70 years, and the restaurant has never changed it’s focus on Peranakan dishes. 

Photos: @hazeldiary, @dianaongmuses on Instagram

On the menu they serve appetisers, mains, and even dessert. Munch down on Otak Otak, enjoy a steaming bowl of Ikan Kepala Assam Curry, and finish off with Bo-Bo Cha-Cha (which can be ordered either hot or cold)!

Photo by @guanhoesoon on Instagram

PS: Check out their takeaway menu to indulge in their delicious sets, bento boxes and single dishes at home.

Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

Price: From SGD 2.50 

Address: 40, 38 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427764 (Map)

Contact: +65 6344 2761

Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 3pm (lunch); Mon-Fri from 6pm to 9:30pm (dinner), Sat & Sun from 5:30pm to 9:30pm (dinner)

Website

4. For Peranakan cuisine on the fancier side: Violet Oon

You may want to put on a nice outfit for this next stop. You’ll notice the sophisticated interiors, and the food follows suit. 

Photos: @violetoonsingapore, @fanellechua on Instagram

There’s much to choose from, including a variety of Nyonya bentos and gourmet delicacies (like pineapple tarts, cookies, gula melaka tea cakes, and their own branded kaya jam).

Photo by @yongweikai on Instagram

Ordering off their ala carte menu you can choose from salads, meat dishes, seafood, vegetarian options, and more! 

Photo by @violetoonsingapore on Instagram

PS: They also offer an Afternoon Tea set at select branches!

Violet Oon (Ion Orchard)

Price: From SGD 11.95

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #03-22 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 (Map) (Visit their website for full listing of locations)

Contact: +65 9834 9935

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 10pm

Website

5. Frequented by many celebrities and international government officials throughout the years: House Of Peranakan Petit

The area of Katong is famous for its pastel-shaded old shophouse buildings that still line the streets today and it’s a mega tourist attraction – especially for photos. 

Photo by @houseofperanakan on Instagram

Housed inside one of the original buildings, feel all the authenticity whilst you enjoy traditional cuisine and local favourites. Some of the dishes are created by the chef and founder, and others are secret recipes brought from home.

PS: After gaining much popularity they have opened a few other branches but we suggest checking out the original! 

House Of Peranakan Petit

Price: From SGD 10

Address: 42 Eng Hoon St, Estate 169785 (Map) (Visit their website for full listing of locations)

Contact: +65 6222 1719

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 3pm (lunch), 6pm to 10pm (dinner)

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6. Another Michelin Star Winner since 2013: True Blue Cuisine

A room filled with traditional antiques, take a seat at the long shared dining room table and enjoy authentic foods and flavours, family-style (or so it’s recommended).

Photos: @madame_exotique, @luviannel, @glow_youngar on Instagram

Apart from the warm and friendly ambience, and stories that you’ll hear along the way, it’s located right next door to the Peranakan Museum too. 

Photo: @alainlicious on Instagram

Their menu ranges from savoury offerings like Ayam Buah Keluak (this editor’s favourite!) and their offerings are loaded with seafood options too! 

True Blue Cuisine

Price: From SGD 2

Address: 47/49 Armenian St, Singapore 179937 (Map)

Contact: +65 6440 0449

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 2:30pm (lunch), 5:30pm to 9:30pm (dinner)

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7. They serve a traditional ‘Tok Panjang’ (grand Peranakan feast): The Peranakan

Colourful plates of food grace the table, served on banana leaves and accompanied with bright, patterned decor and utensils. 

Photos by @zlishameow on Instagram

But it’s not just the wallpapers and presentation that pops. The food here is layered and filled with authentic flavours passed down for three generations from the nonyas and babas of head chef, Raymond Khoo’s family. 

Photos: @bigtreeandkoala, @kenpgl on Instagram

Choose from a variety of menu options including ala carte, a vegan menu or opt for their 6 to 8 course degustation menu.

The Peranakan

Price: From SGD 15

Address: 442 Orchard Rd, Level 2 Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879 (Map)

Contact: +65 6262 4428

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 9pm

Website

8. One of the most famous Peranakan restaurants in town, bring your family, or visiting guests here: The Blue Ginger

Completely unassuming from the outside, once you step through the red entrance front, you’ll find a restaurant that celebrates a mix of the old and new. 

Photos: @mariajessicas96, @the.blueginger on Instagram

Although a contemporary-styled restaurant, it still feels homely and authentic, set up like an old-school diner. 

Photos: @juliuslim, @the.blueginger on Instagram

Order Kerabu Timun as an appetiser, fill up on Babi Pong Tay or try their famous Ayam Panggang “Blue Ginger” – oh and they’re also winners of the Michelin, three years running! 

The Blue Ginger

Price: From SGD 8

Address: 97 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088518 (Map) (Visit their website for full listing of locations)

Contact: +65 6222 3928

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm

Website

9. The world’s first-ever Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant: Candlenut

You’ll find yourself gasping at the interiors of this gorgeous restaurant (wait till you get a view of the many stunning hanging lanterns).

Photos: @princessssah, @jonlimys, @jiasinnnnnn on Instagram

Things definitely feel modern and a bit more upper class here, and we love the big and bright open space! 

Photo by @mamian1021 on Instagram

Raking up the rewards, they’re also Michelin Winners for four consecutive years in a row, and you can choose from a set Lunch and Dinner Menu, or choose from their Ala carte options. 

Candlenut

Price: From SGD 14

Address: 17a Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249676 (Map)

Contact: +65 1800 304 2288

Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

Website

10. A restaurant housed inside a pagoda: Museum Cafe

Focusing not just on savoury dishes as mains, this cafe actually heroes the sweeter side of life, and by that we mean traditional and delicious Peranakan desserts!  (Do try their dessert set!)

Photos: @dorimingo813, @ansel_hsh, @yongweikai on Instagram

We especially love the Peranakan-tiled tabletops, walls and floors, but the old-fashioned authenticity doesn’t stop there. If you’re after something on the savoury side, they have a few local Peranakan dishes on the menu too, many of which feature huge prawns!

Photo by @mandyyy.co on Instagram

Museum Cafe

Price: From SGD 10.80

Address: 168 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068619 (Map)

Contact: +65 9864 6021

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri from 9am to 5:30pm; Sat -Sun from 11:30am to 5:30pm

Website

You’ll feel right at home at any one of these authentic Peranakan restaurants with traditional food and flavours.

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