6 Dining Spots with a View in Singapore and Malaysia

31 May 2020

While others are paying to enter observation decks or climbing mountains to witness the world under their feet, the rest of us can get impressive views for just the price of a cup of coffee.

In the mood for bagels with a side of the marina? How about having an afternoon tea with an unobstructed view of Penang? Or maybe you’d prefer to sip on a margarita overlooking a golf course and the sea?

We’ve gathered 6 of the best dining spots with a view to take your meals to new heights.

Fennel Cafe by Pollen | Singapore

the entrance of a cafe
Take in the scents of botanicals and florals at the Fennel Cafe by Pollen. Photo from Pollen

Fennel Cafe is nothing short of spectacular. Located at the Flower Dome of Gardens by the Bay, the cafe gives tourists and families the perfect respite from a walk around the gardens.

With its open atmosphere and sweeping views of Marina Bay and the Singapore Flyer, the vibe is relaxed, comfortable and exceedingly well-decorated.

Fennel Cafe offers an all-day dining experience, ranging from small plates for afternoon tea to large sharing plates for groups. From confit duck leg to beef tartare and cheese platters, the beautiful cafe serves a mouth-watering menu of French-Mediterranean style cuisines.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Level 2 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953


Panamericana | Singapore

a view of the ocean from an outdoor restaurant during sunset
Panamericana is a grill and bar restaurant that gives a panoramic view of a golf course and the sea. Photo from Panamericana

Located within the Sentosa Golf Club, Panamericana is the ideal date spot with such an expansive view of the ocean and the sunset.

The secluded colonial-styled restaurant-bistro doesn’t only serve up an authentic plate of grilled Pan-American cuisine, but also a fully-stocked bar that keeps the night going.

Aside from the liquor list, Panamericana makes a good brew from Common Man Coffee Roasters, a local roaster that was featured in our coffee bean subscription list.

With a food menu inspired by the rich culture and cuisines of 14 countries stretching through North, Central and South America, there’s no better reason to head down to Sentosa with the sole intention of grabbing a meal.

Address: Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, 099892


Schmear | Singapore

smoked salmon bagels
Schmear serves authentic New York delicatessen such as their homemade bagels. Photo from Schmear Facebook

Known as one of the most premium neighbourhoods in Singapore, Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove offers a diverse range of international dining establishments with a view of the marina at ONE°15.

Nestled in the middle of this private island is Schmear, a cafe that bakes New York-style bagels every morning. As you sip on your morning coffee and “schmear” cream cheese on bagels, enjoy the sights of luxury yachts entering and exiting the berth.

For those who love juicy, tender, perfectly seasoned meat, Schmear makes a “nasty” two-kilo platter of fall-off-the-bone ribs, steak, lamb, roast beef, chicken and more. If you feel guilty about that meal, cleanse the palate with their selection of healthy smoothies and acai bowls.

Make sure to leave room for afters because Schmear’s super fudgy brownie with ice cream is the perfect sweet finish to your meal.

Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-03, 098375


David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace | Penang, Malaysia

the view of penang from a restaurant on a hill
David Brown’s sky terrace offers one of the most impressive dining experiences in Penang with its unparalleled views of the town. Photo from David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces

How does it sound to have your next tea break at the highest restaurant and tea terrace of Penang?

David Brown is perched atop Penang Hill, providing an unbeatable view of the town, stunning sunsets, and perfect ambient dining for couples and families alike.

The colonial-styled terrace serves lunch and dinner set meals in addition to an afternoon tea and ala carte menu. Indulge in a variety of hors d’oeuvers, traditional roasts, western cuisines and desserts.

Although David Brown provides both indoor and alfresco seating, be sure to choose the latter to get an obstructed view as well as to enjoy the cooler climate.

Address: Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill, Bukit Bendera, 11300 Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia


Birch | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

the interior of a cafe
Birch serves up a hearty brunch during the day and turns into a cozy restaurant-bar at night. Photo from Silver Kris

With an innovative menu and a photo-perfect interior, the view here is Birch itself. Decorated with plants dangling from its ceilings and shelves, this dining spot is a gem at the bustling Damansara City Mall.

During the day, stop by the cafe to savour a broad list of delicacies and flavours inspired by new American cuisine and the world. With its glass floor-to-ceiling windows, bask in natural sunlight that lights up the entire cafe.

By nightfall, the cafe transforms into a restaurant-bar that takes on Latin, Nekkei and Neo-Asian cuisines. For those who need a drink, enjoy Birch’s cocktail list under its warm-ambient lighting.

On the other hand, coffee-lovers, you’ll be delighted to know that Birch has more than 10 variations of coffee. Plus, add RM2 if you want to try their special guest bean.

Address: Ground Floor Jalan Damanlela Lot G10/11 Damansara City Mall, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Botanica & Co at Bangsar South | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

the interior of a cafe
Dine amongst botanics and the natural beauty of flora and fauna. Photo from Eat Drink KL

Botanica & Co is possibly the closest version of an oasis in a cafe setting. Its greenhouse-themed interior has a captivating pastoral design that stands out amongst other eateries.

This cafe-meets-garden is a sanctuary for the food-loving community. From sharing plates to pizzas, and heavenly desserts, this cafe is idyllic. The menu features an array of cuisines, covering local food, Korean dishes, American burgers and Italian pastas.

Many have not only raved about the ambience and food, but also the drinks. Botanica & Co creates unique drinks such as the Assam Boi Mojito and the Big Daddy’s Weekender that contains hints of star anise and nutmeg.

Whether you are looking for a space to have a date, family meal or a business meeting, Botanica & Co fits all occasions to the tee.

Address: G5, 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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