15 Places To Eat In Singapore with Free Parking
With a land scarce city like Singapore, parking lots are often a nightmare to find. Free parking is even more so a luxury and possibly a rare commodity. Still, we managed to rummage for 15 places in Singapore with free parking all day long– this list does not include the shopping malls that offer free parking during lunch hours from 12-2pm. No more having to be on your guard or look out for the “summon auntie” while dining or worrying about the value your CashCard reader is going to reflect when you drive out of the carpark. Simply park the car, stay as long as you want and enjoy your meal.
In alphabetical order:
Boufe Boutique Cafe
308 Tanglin Road
The amalgamation of the words “boutique” and “cafe”, Boufe is all about white-washed walls, clean lines and vases of baby’s breath. With a corner space dedicated to selling clothes from online women’s boutique- Ohvola, it is possibly any girl’s dream come true as the ladies can shop while waiting for their food to arrive- one stop shop and cafe. For food, Boufe offers two menus- Brunch (10am-3pm) and Dinner (6pm-10pm). All prices here are nett.
Getting here: Take the left turn from the entrance of Phoenix Park and drive all the way in, you will soon spot block 308. Parking lots are all around the block.
Opening hrs: 10am – 10pm (Tue-Sun), closed on Mondays
One of the more well-known lifestyle destinations in Singapore to offer free and an abundance of parking lots, the Dempsey area is home to eighteen blocks worth of dining establishments. From The Disgruntled Chef to Bécasse, The Wine Company, Long Beach Seafood, HOUSE, jones The Grocer, The Prime Society, RedDot BrewHouse and many many more, it is not surprising that Dempsey Hill is such a popular spot for both locals and foreigners alike to wine, dine and let their hair down on any day of the week.
Five & Dime Eatery
297 River Valley Road
Located along River Valley road, this charming white-washed two-storey shophouse is almost hard to miss, and surprisingly accessible with the bus-stops strategically situated nearby. For those who drive however, the carpark is conveniently located just behind the cafe. With a minimalist bar where the cocktails are concocted and lacquered wood tables with matching chairs of brown and seafoam, it is no wonder that this place packs in the crowds especially on weekends. Their Mentaiko Pasta and Golden Lava Custard Cake are must try items on the menu.
Monday – Thursday : 12pm – 10pm
Friday : 12pm – 12am
Saturday : 10am – 12am
Sunday : 10am – 10pm
INDOCAFE – the white house
35 Scotts Road
INDOCAFE – the white house along Scotts Road is a rare breed of its own. Both a restaurant and cultural centre, this establishment seeks to preserve our heritage and tradition through food and appreciation of the arts. The main restaurant serves authentic Peranakan food for lunch and dinner while the Arts & Cultural centre next door hosts their daily High Tea experience, which is complimented by dance & music performances and coffee appreciation workshops as well.
Daily, 12pm – 3pm (lunch), 3pm-6pm (high tea), 6pm – 10.30pm (dinner)
60 Tampines North Drive 2
Though they did start out as a furniture store, IKEA has fast earned its reputation for selling really good comfort food of Swedish Meatballs with boiled potatoes and Chicken Wings, even their cakes are scrumptiously good and affordably priced. Unfortunately, the free parking all day only applies to their Tampines outlet and not the Alexandra one. The good news though is that this outlet offers halal meatballs made with chicken instead of pork and beef so our Muslim friends staying in the east can also enjoy this well-loved dish.
9.30am – 10pm (Weekdays)
9am – 10pm (Weekends, PH)
Marmalade Pantry @ The Stables
55 Fairways Drive
The second branch of its flagship outlet at ION Orchard, Marmalade Pantry @ The Stables offers a completely different experience with its lush greenery, random whiffs of manure and within earshot of the horses galloping. We recommend sitting at the al fresco area especially if you are there in the evenings and enjoy the breeze alongside a cocktail or two. Food wise, we especially adore their Crab Caesar Salad, Spicy Crabmeat Pasta, Cupcakes and all their desserts. Do not leave without a bite of the Sticky Date and Toffee Pudding.
12.00pm to 11.00pm (Tue-Fri)
10.00am to 11.00pm (Weekends)
Closed on Mondays
Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar
56 Tanglin Road
Located just next door to the Tanglin Post Office, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar has earned a reputation for being one of the more legit artisan bakeries in Singapore since it first opened in 2012. With the bakery section helmed by Head Baker Audrey Tan of Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux, you know that you are definitely in for a treat where the breads and baked goods are concerned. But not just that, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar also has the longest happy hour in town which starts at 8am and lasts all the way till 8pm. From apple cider, draught beers and signature cocktails, it is a great place for both food and drinks.
Do note that parking lots here are limited!
Opening hrs: 8am-11pm (Tue-Sun), closed on Mondays
Parkland Green @ East Coast Park
920 East Coast Parkway
Easties will be very happy to know that Parkland Green at East Coast Park is now open! With cafes, restaurants, even a laser tag arena and many carpark lots, this place is fast becoming a huge hit with the families. Dining establishments here include Atmosphere Bistro, Pick Me Up Cafe, Killiney Kopitiam, Starbucks, St. Marc Cafe and Patro Sports Bar and Restaurant- mostly with al fresco dining. Extremely ideal for the little kiddies as they play out in the open lawns while the adults enjoy their meal barely steps away.
Ply Baked Goods
95 Soo Chow Walk
Started by 3 good friends, Ply Baked Goods, located obscurely behind the row of shop houses along Upper Thomson Road and within the housing estate, specialises in cakes and pastries that are freshly baked daily. Though their savoury food menu of quiches, truffle fries and pasta are decidedly modest, the taste and portions make up for it. A great tip would be to call them (6451 1866) and place your order beforehand because these made-to-order quiches and baked pastas take approximately 40 min to prepare but trust me, they are worth the wait. Parking is at the open space just next to the cafe and it is only for patrons of the cafe.
11.30am – 9pm (Mon-Sun except Wed)
11.30am – 6pm (Wed)
380 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Rail Mall along Upper Bukit Timah Road looks deceptively small but it is packed with eateries. From healthy options such as Organic SunnyChoice cafe, Cedele and Subway, to 24hr EAT for your fix of Bak Chor Mee at 2am and BLooiE’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill for a night out with the boys, Rail Mall has got you covered. There is even a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Toast Box for a cup of old-school kopi or atas Frappuccino; and a Cold Storage for some grocery shopping.
51 Fairways Drive
One of the most popular brunch spots on our little island, it is amazing how reservations here are still so difficult to get despite its inaccessibility. Not hard to understand why though because its appeal is in its food and boy is it really good and hearty. With its open concept allowing natural light to flood the place in the day, all your photos- of food or people will turn out really great. Reservations are highly recommended and at least 2 weeks in advance if you are planning to come by for weekend brunch.
8am – 9pm (Tue-Thur, Sun)
8am – 10pm (Fri-Sat)
Closed on Mondays
SPRUCE @ Fire Station/Phoenix Park
260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01/ 320 Tanglin Road
First opened in 2009, Spruce at Phoenix Park has won many loyal customers with their Modern American cuisine and Happy Hour specials with an extensive drinks list. Choose from either the rustic feel of dining in a tree house at their flagship outlet or the floor-to-ceiling glass windows at the space that used to once be a fire station with its distinct bright red doors that are hard to miss when you drive along Upper Bukit Timah Road; either way both outlets offer free parking.
Assumption Pathway School, 30 Cashew Road
The Assumption Restaurant for Training, also known as The ART, is essentially a training restaurant which provides a realistic working environment for Assumption Pathway School students to train and put into practise, their skills and knowledge in Hospitality. Serving mainly Western cuisine, its attractive $12 nett set lunch for 3 courses (coffee/tea included) draws many regulars everyday to this restaurant on a hilltop along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Portions are huge and items on the menu change every 2 weeks. The restaurant is also open for booking for events, parties, weddings and can take up to 100 pax indoors and 20 pax outdoors.
Getting there: Due to ongoing construction of the Downtown line along Upper Bukit Timah road, entry into the school is only via the Cashew Road entrance. Tell the security guard that you are going to The ART and he will show you where the parking lots are.
Opening hrs: 12-2pm, 2-4pm (Mon-Fri), not including public and school holidays.
The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road
If you are ever up for an adventure, we would recommend driving all the way out to Netheravon road which is really far east- near Changi Village. Nonetheless, the appeal of its old-school charm is hard to resist as the casual dining restaurant is practically like a museum of trinkets and items that only your grandparents would recognise. Rustic and chilled, it is the perfect getaway from the city. Park either in the compound itself or at the public carpark at Turn House road; both places are free!
10.30am – 12.00am (Tues-Sun), closed on Mondays
200 Turf Club Road
The Grandstand has been getting increasingly bustling on the weekends especially since the opening of PasarBella (our first and biggest indoor Farmers’ Market) and home to a huge array of gastronomic delights such as Omakase Burger, Dancing Crab, TungLok Xihe Peking Duck, Ristorante Da Valentino, VeganBurg and many more. Not forgetting the GIANT hypermarket which offers an affordable stop for your groceries, a trip to Bukit Timah’s lifestyle hub is nothing short of an adventure.
The best part is that there are more than 3800 parking lots around the area for you to choose from. Just remember to choose a lot near your desired restaurant or you might find yourself walking one big round to get there because the premises are really huge!
Do feel free to drop a comment below if you have more hidden parking gems up your sleeve and share it with everyone!