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Fuel Up For Museum-Hopping In SG With These 30 Amazing Halal Eateries In The Civic District

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Shasha Dania  •  Aug 28, 2020

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Marina Bay and Orchard Road are familiar to Singaporeans and visitors to Singapore alike, but did you know that they intersect in Singapore's Civic District? Stretching from Fort Canning and Bencoolen to Marina Bay, the Civic District is full of museums, war memorials, and historic buildings like the old Parliament House (now The Arts House), the former Supreme Court (now the National Gallery Singapore), and of course the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall which has retained its colonial grandeur with some indoor renovations to make it suitable for modern audiences. If you're hoping to explore Singapore's rich history and cultural landscape, then the Civic District should be number one on your list! To help you out, here are 30 halal eateries in Singapore's Civic District for you to fuel up before your day out, grab a snack midway, or chill out and enjoy a leisurely dinner at the end of the day. 😊
1. Dutch Colony Coffee Cafe
Dutch Colony Coffee Cafe's UE Square outlet is much smaller compared to their Frankel Avenue spot but you can definitely pick up something yummy to get you ready for a day of urban exploring. 😁 The Guacamole & Egg Toast is quick and easy, and has a refreshing and light taste! Don't forget to try their range of coffees and teas before you go - they have everything from Ethiopian filtered coffees to classic Earl Grey tea. ☕️ Halal status: We spoke to a Director in the company who confirmed that the company is partially Muslim-owned, and all espresso brands are halal-certified by MUIS. All ingredients used across all outlets are halal-certified, and items including cakes and pastries are from halal-certified kitchens and/or halal-certified sources. No alcohol, pork, or lard is served at all. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion. Average price: $9 Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM - 6PM Address: 81 Clemenceau Ave, UE Square Mall #01-21, Singapore 239917 Contact: +65 69044522 or Whatsapp +65 88737916 Getting there: 5-minute walk from Fort Canning MRT Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. - 6. Plaza Singapura
If you're looking for an eatery to dine with your family during a day out, Plaza Singapura has several halal options you can check out! From casual chains like 4Fingers (#B1-07) to moderately-priced restaurants like Manhattan Fish Market (#06-07), Secret Recipe (#03-18), and Nando's (#04-10/11) you'll definitely something everyone can enjoy. 😄 The MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice  (#03-24) even opened an outlet there recently! Halal status: Listed eateries are halal-certified. Opening hours: Mall is open 10AM-10PM, individual hours may vary. Do check the store directory for individual eatery details. Address: 68 Orchard Rd, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839 Getting there: Connected to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. - 9. The Cathay
This historic cinema is so much more than just a place to watch movies! If you're not planning on visiting the silver screen anytime soon, The Cathay still has a handful of shops and eateries where you can enjoy a casual meal out with friends. 😊 Customize your own sushi roll or salad at Maki-San (#B1-17/18) or sink your teeth into mouth-watering Louisiana fried chicken at Popeyes (#B1-21). Head upstairs to The Tree Cafe (#02-12/14) for all-day breakfast items like Breakfast Pancakes and Eggs Benedict, or Western-Asian dishes like Mac and Cheese or Hamburg Steak! 🤤 Halal status: Listed eateries are halal-certified. The Tree Cafe has informed us that they are in the process of renewing their halal certification, but their ingredients and recipes have not changed. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Maki-San: Sun-Thurs; 11.30AM-9.30PM, Fri-Sat & PH Eve; 11.30AM-10PM Popeyes: Currently closed for dine-in  The Tree Cafe: Sun-Thurs; 12PM-10PM, Fri-Sat; 12PM-10.30PM Address: 2 Handy Rd, The Cathay, Singapore 229233 Getting there: 5-minute walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Website | Facebook | Instagram
10. The Big Cheese
Have you heard of The Big Cheese yet? Blink and you might miss this small eatery at Sunshine Plaza, but their DIY Make-A-Mac menu is something you've got to try! Customise your own mac and cheese with everything from the pasta to cheese base to toppings. They even have premium toppings like smoked duck, chicken floss, and salted egg crumbs. 🤤 Plus prices start from just $6.50 so it'll fill you up without emptying your wallet! Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: $7 Opening hours: Mon-Sat; 12PM-9PM (Closed Sundays) Address: Sunshine Plaza #01-59, 91 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189652 Contact: +65 81192664 Getting there: 5-minute walk from Bencoolen MRT, 7-minute walk from Bras Basah MRT or Rochor MRT Facebook | Instagram
11. MacKenzie Rex Restaurant
Established in 1966, MacKenzie Rex (sometimes also known as Rex MacKenzie) has years of history and plenty of loyal fans to show for it. Their menu is full of zi char dishes perfect for sharing like Hotplate Tofu and Steamed Garoupa, but their Hainanese chicken rice is a definite must-try! 😁 Make sure to have some of their chilli with the chicken - the sour tang adds the perfect touch to the dish! Halal status: Halal-certified Average price: $5 Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM - 10PM Address: 66 Prinsep Street #01-01, Singapore 188668 Contact: +65 63361702 Getting there: 5-minute walk from Bencoolen MRT, 7-minute walk from Bras Basah MRT Website
12. - 16. Raffles City
This sprawling shopping center is perfect for soaking up some cool air-conditioning on a hot day, and for fuelling up with a yummy meal too! Raffles City is home to a handful of fast food and casual to mid-range eateries for a quick fix. Make your day out special with the selection of fish and chips at Fish & Co. (#B1-63/64), or see what's brewing over at The Soup Spoon Union (#B1-61/62)! The Soup Spoon Union also has burgers, steaks, and salads so you're not limited to soup. 😁 Or grab something quick at Subway (#B1-36), Wok Hey (#B1-72), or McDonald's (#01-49/50). Halal status: Listed eateries are halal-certified. Opening hours: Mall is open 10AM-10PM, individual hours may vary. Do check the store directory for individual eatery details. Address: 252 North Bridge Rd, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103 Getting there: Connected to City Mall MRT  Website  | Facebook | Instagram
17. - 20. Funan Mall
Now that it's been recently renovated, Funan Mall is the latest and trendiest place to be in town! 😄 You can find all sorts of electronics stores here, and there's even the flagship LINE FRIENDS store filled to the brim with your favourite LINE and BT21 characters. Casual is the name of the game here, with options like Delibowl Express (#02-06) and Saap Saap Thai (#B1-33) for a quick meal. If you have time to sit down, you can check out the Western options at The Tree Cafe (#02-33) or chow down on some local hawker fusion at Hawkerman (#B2-18). Halal status: Listed eateries are halal-certified. The Tree Cafe has informed us that they are in the process of renewing their halal certification, but their ingredients and recipes have not changed. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Mall is open 10AM-10PM, individual hours may vary. Do check the store directory for individual eatery details. Address: 107 North Bridge Rd, Funan, Singapore 179105 Getting there: 5-minute walk from City Mall MRT Website | Facebook | Instagram
21. Little Myanmar
Credit: Little Myanmar Restaurant on Facebook If you've ever wanted to try traditional Burmese dishes, this is the place to be! Little Myanmar is a tiny eatery tucked away in the basement of Peninsula Plaza. The menu includes Dum Biryani and classic Burmese dishes like Fried Cat Fish, Chicken Curry, and Samosa Salad. 😋 Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: $7 Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM - 8.30PM Address: Peninsula Plaza #B1-07C, 111 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179098 Getting there: 5-minute walk from City Hall MRT Facebook
22. - 23. Marina Square
Marina Square is where you can treat yourself to halal KBBQ in the city after a day out! 🤩 Yup, there's a Seoul Garden (#03-210) in the mall so you can grill your own marinated meats and more and sit down for a fun and casual meal with your family. There's also a Beyond Pancakes (#03-131A) if you're looking for something new. Their menu includes both sweet and savoury pancakes so you can have both dinner and dessert! That's not all Marina Square has to offer - click here to see what else you can look forward to in Marina Bay! Halal status: Listed eateries are halal-certified. Opening hours: Mall is open 10AM-10PM, individual hours may vary. Do check the store directory for individual eatery details. Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Getting there: 10-minute walk from City Hall MRT Website | Facebook | Instagram
24. - 26. Suntec City
Suntec City is another huge mall in the Civic District that's full of halal choices! Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen's (North Wing, #B1-135) first outlet is located here, and the bowls of rich, hearty broth are an ideal wet-weather plan if your explorations get interrupted by any rain. 😁 If you're just stopping by for a snack, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (East Wing, #02-603/604) is a reliable source of yummy drinks and delicious cakes - and there's also bubble tea from TP Tea (West Wing, #01-312)! Halal status: Listed eateries are halal-certified. Opening hours: Mall is open 10AM-10PM, individual hours may vary. Do check the store directory for individual eatery details. Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, Suntec City, Singapore 038983 Getting there: Connected to City Mall MRT, Esplanade MRT, and Promenade MRT Website | Facebook | Instagram
27. NOOSH Noodle Bar & Grill
One highlight of NOOSH is their amazing variety of fusion food which combines familiar dishes with unexpected flavours. Ever tried Creamy Smoked Duck Lemak Chili Padi Pasta or Sambal Bali Chicken? Well here's your chance! 😍 Their cozy yet energetic ambience is great for a special occasion or date night out, and you can stroll along the Marina Bay boardwalk once you've eaten your fill. Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: $20 Opening hours: Open daily; 12PM - 10PM Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #01-13B, Singapore 039802 Reservations: Online or Whatsapp +65 90606536 Website | Facebook | Instagram
28. Jiak Modern Tze Char
Yup, it's possible to get homecooked-style zi char at an affordable price while in town! 😁 Jiak Modern Tze Char is a must-visit for those who want to sample Asian recipes with a modern twist. Their plates are perfect for sharing, with the must-try signature dishes including Fish Head Curry, Salted Eggs Prawns, and Grandpa's Chilli Crab! Halal status: Halal-certified Average price: $18 Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM – 9.30PM Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #02-14 The Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802 Reservations: +65 62528765 Website | Facebook | Instagram
29. Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Makansutra houses a variety of street vendors that celebrate the best of Asian food - and highlight Singaporean dishes in particular! From chicken rice to prawn paste chicken to freshly-grilled satay, you can sit down to an outdoor hawker centre experience and enjoy a casual meal with your friends. 😁 Halal status:  Matahari Chicken Rice, Syifa' Satay and Old Satay Club Mee Goreng stalls are Muslim-owned  Opening hours: Tues-Thu; 3PM-10.30PM, Sat-Sun; 1PM-10.30PM Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #01-15, Singapore 039802 Delivery via: Online Website | Facebook | Instagram
30. Satay By The Bay
Sandwiched between Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay, Satay by the Bay boasts spectacular views of the Marina Bay landscape against the backdrop of lush greenery. And of course, the delicious mix of local street food. Contrary to its name, Satay by the Bay has more than just satay, but an array of food such as briyani and even Turkish cuisine! Make sure to try the popular Marina Bay BBQ Steamboat Buffet (Stall 12-15), where you can get your seafood and steamboat fix! Pick fresh crayfish, crabs, salmon, and much more, grill them to your liking, and sit back to enjoy the waterfront breeze. 😎 Halal stalls at Satay by the Bay:
  • Mediterranean & Turkish (Stall 6)
  • Thai Spize (Stall 7)
  • Fried Carrot Cake (Stall 8)
  • Makan By The Bay (Stalls 9 & 10)
  • Mini Pot (Stall 16)
  • Black and White Jumain Satay (C8)
Halal status: Halal-certified or Muslim-owned Average price: $15-$30 Opening hours: Open daily; 10.30AM - 10PM Address:  18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens By the Bay 19 #01-19, Singapore 018953  Website | Facebook Time to start planning your day out in this historic neighbourhood! 😁