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The Only Bugis Halal Food Guide You’ll Ever Need

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Shasha Dania •  Sep 21, 2022

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When it comes to finding halal food in Singapore, you can usually find an eatery or two around every corner (or you can check out our food guides for more ideas!). But if you really want to keep your options open, then the Bugis area is definitely one of the best places to head to for anything you're craving! Historically, the Bugis area was where Arab and Muslim traders flocked to set up their stalls and shops, and the area has remained one of and most convenient places to grab a halal bite today across all sorts of flavours and cuisines. Fancy some authentic Italian, home-cooked Indonesian, or desserts? From Bugis Junction to Beach Rd, and to ever iconic historical landmark Kampong Glam, our Ultimate Bugis Food Guide has got you covered! Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://bit.ly/3LnFN1F

Halal Eateries You Can Enjoy On The Kampong Gelam Trail

1. Wakuwaku Yakiniku (Bali Lane)
Credit: @noahbourgeoisie on Instagram It's difficult to find authentic halal Japanese cuisine in Singapore but Wakuwaku is one of the latest additions serving up authentic halal yakiniku! Their Beef Platter is loaded with different cuts of mouth-watering wagyu you can grill to perfection. They also have various Donburi with toppings such as Karaage Chicken that will leave you feeling satisfied by the end of your meal!
Credit: Soul Food Collective We're turning up the satisfaction even more for our HWWT readers! You're getting a chance to indulge their Mala Ramen Set served with Peach Ice Tea ($16+)! Treat yourself to a slurp-worthy big bowl of mala ramen, cubes of beef tongue and some local chili padi for that kick of heat, then wash it all down with the specially made drink that comes with the set!
Credit: Soul Food CollectiveHalal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT2. Rumi The Poet's Cup (Haji Lane) 
Credit: Rumi The Poets CupRumi The Poet's Cup has returned at their new location at 64 Haji Lane! Since their grand opening at their previous location, they've always been popular for their delicious drinks and now you can satiate your cravings of their signature drinks again! Halal status: Muslim-owned InstagramFind out more on Tribes by HHWT3.  The White Label (North Bridge Road)
Credit: The White Label Grab a seat at The White Label and indulge in must-try French fusion signatures like Fusion Pasta, Squid Ink Spaghetti, Smoked Duck Spaghetti as well as their newly launched brunch menu! Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT4. Broti (Baghdad Street)
Credit: BrotiBroti has come a long way, from a bazaar stall to a flagship store at Baghdad Street. For anyone who enjoys having something refreshing on a hot day, you’ll love their Thai Milk Tea, Gula Melaka Milk Tea, Taro Milk Tea, and more. Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT5. MILK (Near Bussorah Street)
Credit: MILK If you’re a huge fan of bubble teas, look no further than MILK, a Muslim-owned bubble tea store in Kampong Gelam. Brimming with unique flavours, make sure to try their Matcha Mascarpone, Grape Cream Cheese, and Ice Kachang. Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

Bugis Junction and Bugis+

The easiest way to get to Bugis is via the MRT - and the easiest meals to get once you're there are definitely the ones at the connected malls! Whether you're shopping for shoes and apparel in Bugis Junction or popping over to Bugis+ to catch a movie, these eateries will leave you feeling satisfied and ready for more shopping. 6. WOK HEY (Bugis Junction)
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If you're looking for a quick meal on-the-go, there's nothing better than some freshly stir-fried noodles or rice with toppings of your choice. WOK HEY's stalls are an up-kept versions of hawker stalls, where a glass-viewing screen stands in between the chefs and customers so you can witness the satisfying mixing of ingredients without having wok fumes lingering all over you on the way back to the office! Choose from Egg Fried Rice, Shanghai-style Fried Rice, Ramen and Udon, and then customize it with toppings such as Braised Beef to Sous-Vide Egg! If you're in a rush trying to score some sweet end-of-year deals, simply order through their website and they will send an SMS once your order is ready! Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT7. Soup Spoon (Bugis Junction)
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Some days, you just crave a delicious, savoury bowl of soup that will comfort and warm you up from the inside - and Soup Spoon is the place to go to satisfy those cravings! Choose from classics such as Boston Clam Chowder or Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff and add on a side salad, sandwich, or flatbread if you're really hungry. They also have a rotating menu of SouperChef Specials that focus on particular cuisines such as Japanese, Bhutanese, or meat-free! There's definitely a soup available here for everyone. Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

8. Tuk Tuk Cha (Bugis Junction)

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This Thai cafe chain was finally granted halal certification by MUIS in 2019, giving us yet another place to sink our teeth into a quick bite and catch up with friends over a refreshing cup of Thai Milk Tea. Their signature mains include everything from noodles such as the Yammama (Dry stir-fried instant noodles with chilli and seafood) to rice bowls including the Tom Yum Chicken Ricebowl. End your meal with their sweet Shibuya Toast topped with ice cream!

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

9. Boat Noodle SG (Bugis Junction)

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If you're craving Thai food but looking only for a small nibble, head up to Level 2 of Bugis Junction to get your hands on some boat noodles instead. Each bowl here only costs $1.30 meaning you can get a small snack at an affordable price, or eat till you feel full! Their Pathumthani (sweet-and-sour dark soy sauce) and Ayutthaya (creamy and rich coconut) soup bases are delicious in their own ways, and their Flame Grilled Ayam is the perfect mix of crunch and flavour to top it all off.

Halal Status: Halal-certified Opening Hours: 11.30am - 8.30pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun); 11.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat) Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

10. Big Fish Small Fish (Bugis Junction)

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Big Fish Small Fish, or BFSF, is the place to head to for juicy cuts of salmon, dory and sea bass, dipped in a light and crispy batter and paired a portion of freshly sliced potato crisps cooked to perfection. Or you can try out their Battered Dory & Onion Fritters burger to get all of that flavourful goodness squeezed within 2 buns. Rice lovers, they even have rice dishes including a special Spicy Unagi rice platter on the menu that you can't miss!

We've got some updates for you! First off, they have added three specials that you can't miss: Battered Snow Cod with Garlic Butter Sauce, Spicy Thai Grilled Seafood and Grilled Snow Cod with Pilaf Rice! Word on the street is that Snow Cod tastes like Wagyu, so tell us your verdict!

Another special addition to their menu is their Mala range! There are 6 items for you to choose, including Mala Grilled Sea bass and Mala Shaker Fries! Think you got what it takes to handle the heat? Be our guest!

P.S. For more quick supper eats, check out our picks for some of SG's top supper spots!

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

11. Eighteen Chefs (Bugis Junction)

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Right opposite Big Fish Small Fish is another well-known local halal restaurant chain that serves up a Western-style menu full of grilled meat, pasta, burgers, and snack platters that are affordable and will fill you up for a day around town. One of Eighteen Chef's signature dishes is their Heart Attack Fried Rice which you can order with a side of Angus Beef, Grilled Chicken, or even Lamb Rack! Their pasta selection even includes locally-inspired fusion dishes such as Thai Green Curry Grilled Chicken Pasta and Salted Egg Prawn Pasta.

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

12. Jinjja Chicken (Victoria St)

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Just a short walk from Bugis+ is this Korean fast-food chain, which has 3 outlets in Singapore at the moment. Here's one of the few places in Singapore you can get halal Jjajang Myeon (black bean noodles) and Bibim Myeon (bibimbap noodles), and we can't forget their Korean Fried Chicken that comes in 3 flavours - Soy Garlic, Yangnyeom spicy, and Monster spicy!

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

Bali Lane, Haji Lane, and Arab St

A short walk away from Bugis MRT station is the Kampong Glam area, beginning with the three streets of Bali Lane, Haji Lane, and Arab Street. The eateries here are mostly located within renovated shophouses, but don't mistake their small sizes - the cuisines all pack a punch! 13. I am… (Haji Lane-North Bridge Rd intersection)

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If you're looking for a halal cafe along Haji Lane, this is probably one of the first cafes to have popped up a few years ago and really kickstarted the trend. Its location right at the start of Haji Lane means it's always a vibrant and energetic space - even before you bite into a slice of their signature 7 Layers Rainbow Cake! The alfresco-style seating of I am... is what sets it apart - perfect for people-watching!

Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

14. The Halal Corner (Haji Lane)

If you have never heard of The Halal Corner by now, well, you're missing out! Known for serving up Singapore's 1st (and only!) Carbonara Beef Steak Roti John and other tantalizing Western fusion dishes, we're happy to report that there's now one more outlet in Haji Lane for you to check out! The first thing to try is definitely the Carbonara Beef Steak Mr John which deservingly went viral.  Beefsteak is cut into bite-sized cubes before being specially marinated till it's juicy and tender. Then it's loaded onto the bread and fried with 2 eggs before being drenched in homemade carbonara sauce and drizzled with chilli and cheese sauce 😋 The soft and fluffy bread goes so well with the creamy sauce, and the tender beef is different from the usual minced meat! 😍
Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

15. All Things Delicious (Arab St)

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Located in a conservation shophouse in the historic Arab Street, All Things Delicious is a bustling bakery cafe serving freshly-baked goods, hearty breakfast sets and the most delicious rice bowls! They serve up an all-day breakfast (until 5.30pm) that includes the unique Shashouka (a North African stew), and of course lunch courses such as an amazing Soy-Glazed Salmon. Make sure to try their pastries and cakes too, especially the Bread and Butter Pudding that's creamy yet light on your tongue. There's a special festive promotion at All Things Delicious, and no, it's not for Christmas! Welcome the year of the tiger and pre-order their Chinese New Year promotion! Dishes range from Prosperity Poké Yu Sheng, Miso Salmon with Quinoa Crust, Fried Rice with Smoked Duck and more! If you're in need for some halal CNY dishes to share with your colleagues or you're still in the festive mood, check out their website now! Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

16. Le Bliss Kitchen, formerly Bakeology_SG (Arab St)

Director/founder and chef Ms Asliza is known for her decadent bakes under her own business Baking Co.Sg. Now, she has expanded her venture into the food industry with Le Bliss Kitchen, formerly known as Bakeology_SG, where she cooks up classic dishes she's grown up with a little unique twist of her own.In February 2022, the restaurant has its first opening at Arab Street with a unique yet familiar menu that's designed to elevate your tastebuds 😋 Try out delicious, unique dishes such as Tauhu Begedil which is stuffed with minced wagyu bits and more! Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

17. Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro (Arab St-Beach Rd intersection)

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It may be rare to get a taste of authentic and halal Swedish cuisine in Singapore other than at the well-known Fika. Beyond getting your meatballs fix, head down to try out fascinating Swedish dishes with intricate names (don’t worry, the menu states what to expect ?). Fika has a static menu, and one that rotates with the seasons - ensuring you'll be spoiled for choice year-round! Make sure to try some Räksmörgås(shrimp and egg sandwich) or Swedish Lamb Stew while you're there, as well as their cakes and pies! Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

18. Jason Niang Dou Fu (Beach Rd)

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Niang Dou Fu (also called Yong Tau Foo) is a traditional dish that usually consists of a DIY selection of vegetables, fishcakes, and other ingredients with rice or noodles. But this small stall one street down from Fika takes it to the next level by offering up not just the traditional Yam Rice to eat with your chosen ingredients, but gravies in local flavours such as Laksa and Mee Goreng! They even offer Chee Cheong Fun (a type of Chinese rice cake) as another carbs option apart from the usual egg or rice noodles.

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

19. Meatmymeat (Arab St) While most of us may have grown to have a rather localised palate, the idea of a good old’ loaded sandwich can tempt even the pickiest eaters among us. Meatmymeat is a halal-certified eatery located in Arab Street that sells New York style Philly Cheesesteaks that are HUGE! 😃 The store has only recently opened but is already garnering a buzz for their generous portions and playful storefront aesthetics. You can’t exactly sit down and eat at this eatery because of its takeaway window concept. But think of it as if you’re getting the real street food experience. 🤗 Stand around the corner and tuck into their Original Philly Cheesesteak ($8). Or if you’d like something even more fancy, go for their Mozza Philly Cheesesteak ($10) that’s topped with melted mozzarella cheese for that extra salty pull! 😋 Halal status: Halal-certified Address: 114 Arab Street Opening hours: Open daily; 3PM-10PM Instagram | Facebook

Bussorah Street, Kandahar St, and Baghdad St

Walking further down from Arab St, you cross over into Baghdad St which then opens up into Bussorah St and leads right to the famous Masjid Sultan (Sultan Mosque)! On the other side of the shophouses of Bussorah St is Kandahar St, which is a popular mealtime spot for those working in the area too. This area is always busy with foot traffic no matter what time of day, and the many halal eateries around it are perfect for catching a bite before or after popping by the mosque to do your prayers!

20. Julie Bakes (Baghdad St)

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At Julie Bakes, you can look forward to local- and kueh-inspired slices of cake every day, with flavours such as Ondeh-Ondeh and Cempedak that will truly remind you of home. If you prefer more modern flavours, try out their Speculoos Cookie Butter or Peppermint Dark Chocolate to get a taste of how versatile this tiny bakery really is! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

21. Overrun (Baghdad St)

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It’s always a good time for soft serve ice-cream right? Here at Overrun, you’ll be overwhelmed with the flavours they have to offer. One of the most popular flavours is the Chendol which comes with coconut shavings, gula Melaka and green jelly toppings. Other rotating flavours include local inspirations such as Ovaltine and Bandung, as well as kitschier options like Cotton Candy. You could probably share a cup of the ice-cream with a friend as the portions are quite generous! Or you can opt to order in some of their 16oz pints for delivery, to indulge in the comfort of your own home. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

22. Positano Risto (Bussorah St)

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When it comes to finding the best Italian food in town, it’s pretty hard to find an authentic one, what more a halal one. And then came Positano Risto, a quaint restaurant along the busy streets of Bussorah that serves 100% halal Italian cuisine and became a sensation overnight! Try out their Chili Crab Pasta for that perfect fusion twist packed full of juicy crab meat, spicy chili-infused sauce, and fresh tomatoes for an added kick. Or split the classic Margherita pizza with your friends to really kick-start your journey into Italy. The roma-style thin crust pizza is nicely-browned and topped with slices of fresh tomato, melted mozzarella, fresh basil and Italy’s most-loved grana padano cheese. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT P.S. Check out other 7 halal Italian restaurants you absolutely have to try!

23. Malayan Council (Bussorah St)

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The Malayan Council is a cosy café to chill out with your friends, especially during a long weekend holiday. Known best for their Ondeh-Ondeh Cake (served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream!), this is the ideal hangout for delectable eats while catching up with a loved one. The Malayan Council mainly serves Malay-Western fusion food, and in generous portions at that! You can easily save costs by sharing a meal with someone, so be sure to try their astounding Roti Kirai Beef Ribs. The juicy, tender ribs drizzled with savoury sauce are served alongside Malay net pancakes and salad – a feast fit for a king! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

24. LePak @ RAYZ/Rayz Bistro (Bussorah St)

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With a chic 1960s kopitiam interior, Lepak At Rayz brings you down memory lane and has the perfect ambience for a great chill out makan session with your loved ones. You might never want to leave once you’re here! They serve up a mix of modern, Asian, and familiar comfort foods, making it the perfect spot to visit with your family so everyone can pick out something they'll love. Their Lobster Briyani and Kebab Platter are great for sharing, and when it comes to dessert you'll be spoiled for choice with their halal gelato. Flavours range from the more normal like Dark Chocolate and Teh Tarik to unique stand-outs including Passion Fruit and Salted Egg Yolk! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT25. Konditori (Bussorah St) 
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If you've been to Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro and enjoyed the food over there, you'd be pleased to know that Konditori is opened by the same people. ☺️ Konditori's gorgeous treats are baked in-house without artificial flavouring, colouring, and preservatives. Try their Semla Bun, a best-seller that looks like a choux puff but with slightly thicker pastry and cream that isn't as cloyingly sweet. Their Sausage Croissant is a savoury bite that's large enough to be a whole meal, and their sweet Chouquettes will be the perfect afternoon snack to share around the office! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT26. Talking Stage (Bussorah St)
Credit: By Harmoni on Facebook Up your modest fashion shopping game with this little pink store in Bugis! The latest brand by Siti Aisyah Ahmad, the founder of fashion brands By Harmoni and Modestly, Talking Stage is a fashion boutique that doubles up as a halal gelato and coffee spot 😍 From speciality coffees and drinks to premium gelatos, your energy won’t run out while you’re shopping for your favourite modestly pieces. At just $3 a scoop of gelato and $4 for a cup of classic coffee, prices are affordable, too! You definitely won’t break the bank here 😉 Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

27. K's Keria (Bussorah St)

K's Keria, the first mini Kuih Keria store in Singapore, was initially a home-based business! But after an overwhelming response from their followers, they opened their first outlet in Tampines Hub just a few months later. Now, they've opened a new store in Bugis, too 😍 Much more accessible for anyone who's dropping by for a cafe date or a shopping spree! Selling these little doughnuts in packs of 10-50, you'll be spoiled with these mouth-watering almost bite-sized treats. And they're affordable, too! Bulk order some with your loved ones every Friday and receive 10 boxes of 10 for just $60 total... With free delivery 🤩 Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT28. The Straits Teppanyaki (Bussorah St)The Straits Teppanyakiis a halal teppanyaki eatery in Singapore that cooks up some of the most interesting Japanese fusion meals. Paying homage to the Singaporean taste and lifestyle, this eatery utilises the many flavours that make up the Singaporean palate while staying true to Teppanyaki tradition. Unique yet familiar, any serious foodie or Japanese food lover has to try this place out for themselves 😍 What's teppanyaki without succulent meats? 🤤 If you're dining in as a group, you have to try The Wagyu Tomahawk ($289). Made with Carrara 1.2kg-2kg worth of 100% full blood wagyu beef, this dish is served with sides of Thunder Crunch FriesBroccolini, Vine Cherry Tomatoes & a choice of 2 sauces. Your stomach will be thanking you by the end of the meal! Halal status: Muslim-owned Instagram

29. Tash Tish Tosh (Kandahar St)

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Nestled in a line of shophouses along Kandahar Street is the ambient Tash Tish Tosh! Known best for their Buffalo Wings, this cozy cafe serves American food with a Malay twist. If you're a meat lover you're definitely going to enjoy their Tash Toolang Stew, a mutton bone marrow stew rich with local herbs and spices. And if you can’t miss out having eggs in your meal? Order the Tashookah to have a runny egg crown atop your stew. They also have a couple of ribeye steaks you can dig into. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

30. Sanobar (Kandahar St)

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Looking for authentic Lebanese food? Look no further and head on to Sanobar! Their grill platters are a must-try, if you're unsure where to start. Doesn't their Sanobar Grill Platter look good?! You and your foodie buddy will wolfing down until it's COMPLETELY clean!

Halal Status: Muslim-owned Instagram

31. Bumbu (Kandahar St)

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Bumbu's unassuming exterior along Kandahar St belies its gorgeous interior, with its traditional fixtures and finishings that will take you back to the Singapore of several decades ago. Serving up a fusion of Thai-Indonesian cuisine, this place is perfect for large get-togethers with old friends where you can sit back and reminisce about good memories over large plates of Green Curry BeefGado-Gado, or Tom Yum Seafood Soup.

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

32. Taliwang SG (Kandahar St)
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This eatery only opened in April 2019, making it one of the newest additions to the area! Taliwang serves up traditional Indonesian fare such as Ayam Bakar Taliwang (char-grilled chicken marinated in their special Taliwang spicy sauce) and Satay Rembiga marinated with a mouth-watering spice mix. Even their pastas come with an added kick - try out the Beef Bacon Pasta with chilli padi that'll leave you with a mouth-numbing burn. (If you're not good with spice don't worry - just let the staff know!) Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

33. Rumah Makan Minang (Kandahar St)

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This restaurant specialises exclusively in Indonesian Minangkabau cuisine. They serve a wide range of traditional Indonesian dishes from the ever popular tahu bakar and rendang, as well as other delicacies like botok-botok (fish marinated in a medley of ground spices and then steamed in banana leaf wrap). With a setup similar to nasi padang, you can pick and choose the dishes you want to have before finding a seat and enjoying your meal. We recommend visiting with your friends or family just so you can try a little bit of everything as it's all too good to pass up!

Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

North Bridge Rd, Jln Pisang, and Aliwal St

We definitely can't forget North Bridge Rd behind the mosque, and the smaller streets that branch off from it. You'll pass a halal eatery at every corner of this busy road serving up every cuisine imaginable, from small homegrown bakeries to international fare such as Japanese ramen and Chinese dim sum. Just a short walk down this road will give you an endless number of ideas, and you'll be spoilt for choice! 34. Sinaran Suria Cafe (Victoria St)
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The Golden Landmark Hotel is located along Victoria St, right before the beginning of North Bridge Rd. While the hotel itself has its own restaurant and buffet on the top floor of the building, you may not know of the hidden gems located on its lower floors! This small cafe may look unassuming, but its menu of local 'kampung' style dishes including Mee SotoNasi Rawon, and Mee Kuah amongst other favourites are some of the most affordable and delicious options you can find in town. You can get a meal here for less than $5! Our office particularly likes their sweet Jemput-Jemput (fried banana dough balls) too, which we highly recommend buying as a snack while you wander around the shophouses nearby ? P.S. Do note that some dishes such as the Nasi Rawon or Laksa may only be available on certain days of the week! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT35. Dahlia Cafe (Victoria St)
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Right next to Sinaran Suria Cafe is another hidden gem of the Golden Landmark. The Dahlia Cafe also serves up local fare including Chinese dishes such as Horfun and Fried Kway Teow, and Malay and Indian dishes such as Nasi PattayaNasi Goreng With Fried Chicken, and their signature Ayam Penyet. The dishes here are another wallet-friendly secret of the area - you can get a full meal for $10 or even less! Halal status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT36. Limaa Cafe (Victoria Street)

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Limaa Cafe serves hearty AND healthy meals which are guaranteed to satisfy your tummy without all the guilt ? Choose from their wide range of breakfast sets, sandwiches, pastas and yummy sides! Their Open-faced Avocado Toast is a light and great way to start your day, but if you're feeling more indulgent there's always a heavier selection including Mussels In Tomato Sauce and Lamb Racks to choose from. They've moved from their old location in Haji Lane to Golden Landmark so it's still not too far off from the Kampong Glam area!

Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

37. Singapore Zam Zam (North Bridge Rd)
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It wouldn't be possible to make a list of Bugis eateries without including Zam Zam. Famous for its Murtabak (as well as its friendly rivalry with its neighbour - #36 on this list) this restaurant has been around since 1908 and is one of the most popular Indian Muslim restaurants in the country. Its Deer Murtabak is its signature dish, but the menu also includes varieties of BriyaniPrata, and other Indian dishes in generous portions. Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT38. Victory Restaurant (North Bridge Rd)
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Located right next to Zam Zam, this restaurant was first established in 1910 - meaning their rivalry has been ongoing for more than a century now! Their Deer Murtabak is also a signature item on the menu, along with local Indian Muslim fare such as BriyaniMee GorengTandoori Chicken and so much more. There are definitely fans who have strong a favourite between Zam Zam and Victory, but we think the best way to decide where you stand is to just try out both places and just enjoy how good their food is ? Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT39. Al-Tasneem (North Bridge Rd)
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Rounding up this trinity of Indian Muslim restaurants is of course Al-Tasneem! Their Murtabak is a signature item, but make sure to try their Roti Canai and Mee Goreng too. If you're looking to treat yourself, we've heard that their Lamb Shank Briyani is one of the best around! P.S. Do note that they only accept cash payments. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

40. Chix Hot Chicken (Jln Pisang)

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Co-owned by our first Singapore idol, Taufik Batisah, this cafe prides itself in being the first to offer halal Nashville Hot Chicken! It’s not just fried chicken as their Nashville Hot Chicken is breaded and coated with one of the world’s “spiciest peppers”, the ghost pepper, and has a crispy hot finish. It’s served with white bread and pickle chips. There are 3 levels of spice you can choose from for your chicken – mild hotness, extra hotness and insane hotness. So spice lovers, you’d definitely want to challenge yourself to this! You can also have your chicken in a burger with their Soul Sliders – 2 boneless chicken burgers served with slaw, pickles and pink mayo. If their spicy chicken is not for you, get the milder version, The Original – buttermilk fried chicken made from spices inspired from New Orleans!

Credit: @foodb4bies for Instagram Office workers, rejoice! Weekday lunches have gotten better with their new lunch promotion! From 12pm to 4pm every Monday to Friday, choose either one of the five burgers: Soul Slider⁠, Pepperjack Slider⁠, The Dip⁠, Comeback Boy⁠ or Meat Free, and you're only playing $9.99! The price includes a side of fries and a cool soda!

Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

41. Fluff Bakery (Jln Pisang)

Credit: Fluff Bakery on Facebook With a rotating menu of desserts weekly, you almost never know what to expect when you visit this bakery at Jalan Pisang. Selling locally-inspired desserts is a big trend amongst these small bakeries (and we think it's a trend that works!) and Fluff is definitely no exception with their range of cupcakes (their signature) and some sliced cakes. Some of their flavours have included Ondeh-Ondeh, Apam Balik Sweetcorn, and Triple Milo alongside familiar flavours such as Red Velvet. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

42. Lina’s Cafe (Jln Pisang)

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A visit to Lina’s Café at Jalan Pisang is more than just having a delicious meal – it’s a sign of solidarity for friends with autism. Branding itself as an autism-friendly eatery, Lina’s Café aims to raise awareness about autism visibility by providing a safe space for children with autism and their families and employing autistic individuals. Inclusivity is a key feature here where special needs children will never be judged or be faulted for if they become “disruptive” or break anything in the café ? One of their crowd-favourites is this Mak Timah’s Special Mee Rebus! Is this Mee Rebus with pasta, you might wonder? Yes! The cafe serves fusion Malay-Western food that’ll make you feel warm and cosy all over. Here's another place for you to look for some Chinese New Year bakes! From a range of traditional favourites such as Pineapple Tarts, to gourmet cookies such as Cranberry Biscotti, you'll be spoilt for choice! Check out their social media page for more information. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

43. Hjh Maimunah's (Jln Pisang)

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If you're craving some familiar comfort food amongst all these hipster offerings, head over to this eatery in Jln Pisang that serves up a huge menu of local kampung (traditional village) favourites throughout the day – and many of the dishes are inspired by Indonesian cuisine too! ? Hjh Maimunah’s is often touted as one of the best Malay food in the country, and we can definitely understand why. Their signature siput sedut lemak (needle snails in coconut gravy) and beef rendang will keep you wanting more – and their assortment of traditional kuih and desserts will be the perfect end to the meal!

Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT44. Koh Nangkam (Jln Kledek)
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Located in a street off North Bridge Rd is a halal Southern Thai restaurant that's another hidden gem in the area. Kohnangkam's fried Hatyai ChickenPahd Si'yuTom Yum Soup and more will leave you surprised at just how authentic and delicious they taste. Plus the dishes come in various serving sizes, making it perfect for splitting a meal with friends! We would also recommend their Pandan-wrapped Chicken which is an office favourite. It can get very crowded here even during weekdays, so we recommend booking a table ahead of time if you're planning to visit in a big group! Here's one more reason why you should visit Koh Nangkam. If you love discounts, claim a FREE voucher to enjoy $5 off on all Sea Bass Family Set Meals! To impress your loved ones, ask the staff for their secret menu to enjoy Yam Khai Sep (Crispy Chicken Salad) worth $10! Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT45. Mother Dough (North Bridge Rd)
Credit: @aprilyap on Instagram Mother Dough is a relatively new artisanal bakery situated along North Bridge Road. Prior to setting up Mother Dough bakery here in Singapore, their baker, Naadhira spent 4 years in New York perfecting the art of bread-making! Some of the must-try delights here include their signature Almond Croissant. If you’re a chocolate lover, then you should definitely go for their Chocolate Almont Croissant – our office’s personal favorite! ? There isn't much seating available here, but if you're able to grab a space make sure to try out their Lemon Cake too and pair it with a small but good cup of coffee to brighten your day. At the time of writing, they are currently closed from 24th December to 3rd January. They will reopen on Tuesday 4th January. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

46. Afterwit (North Bridge Rd)

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Halal Mexican cuisine is difficult to find in Singapore, meaning that this small cafe serving up a variety of unique tacos, cheesy quesadillas and ever so filling burritos is definitely a must-visit if you're in the area! ? What’s really interesting about Afterwit is that they infuse local flavours into classic Mexican cuisine. Some flavours include Nasi Lemak (chicken, coconut rice, sambal), Beef Briyani and even Dendeng tacos! Though a little on the pricey side, the rich and unique flavours totally make up for it. ? Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT47. (working title) burger bar (North Bridge Rd)
This cafe used to be located at Arab St, but moved to its current spot along North Bridge Rd in early 2019, with a revamped menu too! The small space is cosily decorated, making it a great space to just hang out with your friends and enjoy the ambience while you dig into your meal. One of the burgers that we really enjoyed was the Baaa-ger. The lamb patty is flame-grilled and topped with provolone cheese, garlic aioli sauce and more! On the lighter side, their Truffle Tater Tots and Bandung Latte are favourites from the old location that remain on the menu and will definitely pique your appetite for later. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

48. Tipo Gnocchi (North Bridge Rd)

We all know and love Tipo's halal, fresh handmade artisanal flavoured pasta - now it's time to try Tipo's new venture, Tipo Gnocchi! Gnocchi actually isn't a type of pasta, but this Italian delicacy that uses dough and potatoes will be a favourite soon! Don't leave without trying the Creamy Crab, made with creamy aglio olio sauce prepared in-house daily! In tru Tipo fashion, you'll get to customise your own gnocchi as well! P.S.They are currently having a masterclass as part of HHWT's first-ever food festival, Together At The Table; you can check out our experience below! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT49. The Ramen Stall (North Bridge Rd)
Credit: @fluorescentkidz on Instagram Offering authentic Japanese food altered to suit the local palette, The Ramen Stall is a halal Japanese restaurant tucked away in North Bridge Road. The restaurant’s name is enough to give away its speciality dish but that’s not all it’s known for! Spice-lovers will love their Volcano Ramen which has 3 levels of spice for you to try out! Their Kimchi with Chicken Ramen is a Japanese-Korean fusion dish that you should try at least once too - the sourness of the kimchi adds a kick to the soup you can't get anywhere else! There is also an amazing range of sushi for you to choose from at this restaurant! Apart from commonly found sushi such as the California Roll, indulge yourselves in torched salmon sushi and torched beef sushi. Since they open so late, they're also perfect for any late-night supper cravings you may have! Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

50. The Dim Sum Place (North Bridge Rd)

Credits: @syxhd on Instagram Halal Chinese food can be difficult to find in Singapore - thankfully The Dim Sum Place makes it so much easier with its huge menu! Dim sum is known for its wide range of small servings - making them perfect for any type of meal from a light brunch to a heavier dinner! From cute little Siew Mai to Molten Salted Egg Custard Buns, there are lots of yummy choices available here. If you’re looking for more carbs to fill you up, this place has entrees too like their Beef Brisket Noodle Soup, Beef Congee and Crispy Coffee Chicken with Rice. Halal Status: Halal-certified Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

51. Soulfood Catering (Pahang Street)

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This small eatery located between North Bridge Rd and the Aliwal Arts Centre may look unassuming, but their speciality nasi lemak packs a punch! Their affordable meals are full of flavour and will leave you feeling satisfied after your last bite. Try out their classic Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak for a taste, or if you're more adventurous why not order the Smoked Salmon Nasi Lemak or BBQ Boneless Thigh Nasi Lemak? Their Seafood Platters are also perfect for sharing, and come loaded with generous servings of rice as well as salmon, shrimp, and smoked salmon!

Halal Status: Muslim-owned Find out more on Tribes by HHWT

And that's our list so far! If you want to enjoy exclusive discounts when you're in Kampong Gelam, remember to download the IPLUS Locomole app on iOS and Android, and explore our FREE self-guided Have You Met Kampong Gelam today! Don't forget to check out Visit Kampong Gelam's website or stay updated on their Facebook and Instagram.

Let us know if we missed out any of your favourite Bugis spots, and happy eating!