Originally, way back in the day, Raffles Place was known as Commercial Square, a name that makes it a little easier to assume the nature of the area. Alas, this part of Singapore is the country’s centre of commerce, retail and business. It’s where deals are agreed and money is made. It’s also where damn good food is made, and then eaten, obviously, not just by business and men and women of Singapore but by anyone with a taste for high-end dining and truly international eats. Many restaurants in Raffles Place are therefore of a certain, rather high standard, but don’t think that’s the only way to roll, no, no, because Raffles Place also has restaurants for those on a budget. Tuck in your napkins, folks, hold on to your forks – the lowdown starts now.
We’re not going to try and claim that Raffles Place and its restaurants are the only place you’ll find a bit of glam in Singapore. Because, well, you can find glam just about anywhere. What we do claim, however, is that in the central square, around the interchange, towards Clarke Quay or at many places along this part of the riverside, high-end restaurants in Raffles Place are relatively highly-concentrated. Try Osteria Art for exquisite Italian or Stellar Restaurant atop 1-Altitude (62 floors high, to be precise) to dine on modern Australian cuisine that we’re quite sure will surpass anything from Down Under that you’re likely to have tried before. These aren’t Raffles Place restaurants that you’re going to visit every week, but they are Raffles Place restaurants to move your jaw somewhat closer to the floor.
So, high-end dining, that box is ticked. But as we alluded to just now with a little mention of Australian food, restaurants in Raffles Place also cover cuisines from every corner of the globe, giving all of us the opportunity not just to dine high, but to dine wide as well. Osteria Art, as we said, is a winner for Italian, but don’t even consider overlooking other Italian options like Zafferano or Monti At 1-Pavilion. Meanwhile, Artemis Grill is unmissable if you desire flavours slightly more Mediterranean, Super Loco is your bet for Mexican, Joah is great for Korean, The Clifford Pier for a big old mix up of everything international or, for a humble, wonderfully British afternoon tea, The Landing Point is a must. Goodness, we’re almost out of breath, but moral of the story: restaurants in Raffles Place vary a lot, as you can see.
All this talk of Raffles Place, restaurants and high-end dining means it’s time for one thing: cheap and cheerful. Business and finance and commerce doesn’t have to mean pricey food, so you’d best believe there are cafes and restaurants in Raffles Place that serve breakfast for a budget or dinner for a dime. Many serve the old Singapore favourites – chilli crab, chicken rice, all kinds of laksa – and don’t forget to go looking in the shopping malls. Malls, as locals well know, are great for cheaper eating and with so many of them in Raffles Place, restaurants for you will not be hard to find. Speaking of finding restaurants for you, Quandoo is good for that. Browse, reserve, eat, review, heck, maybe even repeat. There’s fun to be had at restaurants in Raffles Place, folks, so get online, get the app, get out there. Go on, go!