Tanjong Pagar Cafes in Chinatown Singapore

Tanjong Pagar Cafes in Chinatown Singapore

Best Tanjong Pagar Cafes to Visit Near Chinatown Singapore 

Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown are rich in heritage and have the best bars, boutique hotels, and restaurants in Singapore. There are plenty of historic buildings, monasteries, and temples. This makes Tanjong Pagar the center of attractions to lots of tourists from different parts of the world.

Tanjong Pagar’s original name is Salintar or Salinter. In Malay, Tanjong Pagar means “cape of stakes”. There are a series of buildings of Korean restaurants that serve K-BBQ. So, it’s also popular by the name mini Korean town. You can find plenty of restaurants and cafes that serve food worth the money and time you spend in the queue.

Tanjong Pagar attracts tourists and potential business people to set up a food business in Singapore. It’s the perfect destination for starting a food business. 

In this article, you can look out for some of the promising and best cafes and Korean BBQ restaurants in Tanjong Pagar.

Must-Visit Cafes in Tanjong Pagar

Bearded Bella

You can find it at 8 Craig Road, Singapore 089668. Bearded Bella’s cuisine is Melbourne-influenced. The seating area is spacious, making the place ideal for family, friends gathering on special occasions and events like New Year, Christmas, and other festivals. 

Not only the interiors are impressive at this cafe, but also the food menu. Their bestseller is crab croissant for $24, which entertains both your taste buds and eyes. It contains crab meat, scrambled eggs, and scorched asparagus. All are topped by butter croissants, which makes the dish richer and more filling.

If you are a dessert lover, then you must give it a try at this cafe. You won’t return in low spirits, that is for sure. The presentation of food is eye-catching and worth a shot. You can try their signature dessert pancake, “Bacon. Flight. Magic,” for just $23. It’s the blend of bacon strips and pancakes drenched with maple syrup. Both savory and sweet lovers would love this dish.

Gangsta Ramen

The first ramen booth in Singapore is Gangsta Ramen, located at 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 082001. You can enjoy the ramen dishes at affordable prices ranging from $10 – $16. You can entertain with true Japanese flavor ramen, which comes with two long pork belly pieces and tonkatsu broth costing only $10. Spicy ramen is also there for the people loving spices which costs only $12. This comes with a generous spoonful of sambal that gives a pungent aroma to the broth.

Overall, the food is affordable and comes in big delicious portions, enough to make your tummy happy.

As mentioned earlier, Tanjong Pagar is famous by the name “mini Korean town”. And aside from kimchi, what makes Korean food stand out? It’s a barbecue, of course! Here are some of the famous Korean BBQ restaurants in Tanjong Pagar.

Yakiniku-Oh Goen

Yakiniku-Oh Goen is located at 83 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088504. Iron plate seafood is the premium dish of this cafe whose price starts from $24.80. It’s the heart of the seafood treat. A combination of salmon, prawns, vegetables, and squid rings make this dish taste magnificent. Special fresh beef and cattle is the next special dish at a price starting from $19.80. The meat lovers enjoy the delicious mouth-filling juice of this dish that has the same pleasing taste as wagyu.

Locals are pleased with the quality and price of meat. The services are friendly, and it’s a go-to place to try Japanese flavored dishes.

Tendon Ginza Itsuki

Located at 101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088522, it is the first restaurant in Singapore that focuses on Japanese tendons. You can enjoy the tendon rice set at a reasonable price. A  bowl of chawanmushi and miso soup ($15) is served with a tendon rice set, making this dish enticing. You can have both vegetable tendons starting at $12.90 and special tendons beginning at $13.90. It comes in huge pieces, a thick layer of Japanese white rice above which crispy tempura are piled up that lifts your mood instantly.

The place is worth eating, and you receive a huge portion of food at such a price.

Well-known Restaurants For K-BBQ Area In Tanjong Pagar

Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant

Being one of the expensive restaurants in Tanjong Pagar, it is well known for its quality foods. The foods are awesome and delicious with fascinating premium cuts, such as Kurobuta Belly at S$37 and Wagyu Ribeye at S$52. The services are excellent, and the food presentations are eye-pleasing. The meats are grilled in charcoal that gives it a smoky taste. For the people not having enough time to visit the restaurant, they offer delivery services.

Super Star K

Many locals and foreigners visit this restaurant more often than not to enjoy sublime food and hospitality. The smell of scorched meat and its divine taste is guaranteed never to disappoint. Meat is of decent quality and comes at reasonable prices: Pork belly at S$19 and Seasoned beef ribs at S$36.

Nanta Korean BBQ

This restaurant serves Korean BBQ with traditional elements. You must not miss Cheese Deng-galbi at this place. Its price is S$59 and is served with melted mozzarella cheese and spicy pork spare ribs on a flaming hot plate.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ

Meat-lovers must visit this restaurant to savor every bite of the delicious meat dishes. The buffet is immensely popular and available at a price starting from S$22. Take note, though. You need to book the place in advance and be prepared to get into long queues. But the food is worth the reservation and wait. You can also visit the Novena outlet, an alternative to this place, but still, you have to get in the queues before you get a chance to treat your palette.

Kim’s Family Food

Kim’s Family Food is definitely for families and large groups who want to try authentic Korean BBQ dishes. Though the menu looks extensive, there are fixed BBQ sets to choose from if you’re just in the mood for a good barbecue. The most recommended dish is the meat platter set at S$40. People serve it with marinated pork collar and belly and beef short ribs that are enough to satisfy two adults’ hunger. If you want to celebrate your birthday and other occasions with your family, then this is the place to visit.


These are the best cafes and restaurants at Tanjong Pagar that never fail to win Singaporean foodies and even foreign tourists’ hearts. These are the ideal places to hang out with your friends and relatives at a reasonable price. You can celebrate any occasion, festival, or event around Chinatown at these cafes and restaurants for prices that don’t break the bank at all! And if you are looking for affordable stays in Chinatown, check out Chinatown Hotels in Singapore.