After spending 4 days in Singapore on a stopover to Australia, I can admit it was a little tricky at first to find gluten free dining. Despite most speaking perfect English, it was common to meet a confused face when using the words gluten free or coeliac, however being a little more descriptive and asking if foods contained wheat, soy sauce etc. made the conversation much easier. (It may be helpful to carry some restaurant cards in Chinese, Malay and Tamil just in case.)
Singaporeans are very friendly and keen to help so it wasn’t too much of a struggle to find gluten free eats everywhere we went, we even managed in the wet markets in Little India which on first impression seemed like an allergen nightmare.
Just be wary as yet there is no gluten free certification board in Singapore. Proceed with caution as food allergens are not well understood, possibly due to rice being the main grain used, and ask lots of questions.
For an easy gluten free trip to Singapore here are my top dining selections by area:
Central Gluten Free Restaurants and Eateries
- Soi 60 – Fantastic Thai restaurant on Robertson Quay, with a lovely riverside atmosphere. Their menu is marked up GF (gluten free) and GFA (gluten free available) for super easy ordering. Do always check with your wait staff though. Try the delicious Duck Pancakes and Salt and Pepper Squid to start and the Pad Thai and Gai Nang (chicken with green curry cream) for main.
60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 6635 6675
- Super Loco – Mexican street food restaurant next door to Soi 60, you’re spoilt for gluten free choice along Robertson Quay. Their menu is also labelled up with gluten free choices making for an effortless ordering experience.
60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 6235 8900
- Raffles Hotel – A trip to Singapore would not be complete without sipping a Singapore Sling and tossing peanut shells on the floor of the famous Long Bar at Raffles. Given 24 hours notice they also provide a gluten free version of their afternoon tea.
1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Tel: +65 6337 1886
- The Soup Spoon – Outlets exist throughout Singapore and they clearly state which of their soups, salads and stews are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegetarian.
Tel: +65 6835 7086
- All Good Things – This cute little bakery has a small selection of freshly baked gluten free cakes available. The favourite is the flourless chocolate cake. These guys are currently moving location stay tuned…
7 Rodyk Street, #01-30 The Watermark, Singapore 238215
Tel: +65 6238 1086
Coeliac Friendly China Town
- Artemis Grill – A mediterranean roof top restaurant has a good selection of gluten free options marked up on its menu and a spectacular view.
138 Market Street, #40-01 CapitaGreen (Rooftop), CapitaGreen – Office Space, Singapore 048946
Tel: +65 6635 8677
- Tiann’s Bakery – Cafe just west of China Town, serving gluten free savoury waffles, cakes, ice cream and fresh juices.
71 Seng Poh Rd, Block 71, Singapore 160071
- The Soup Spoon
120 Maxwell Rd, TG Pagar MRT Stn, Singapore 069119
Gluten Free Eats in Little India
- Jonathan’s – Singapore’s first completely gluten free kitchen, specialising in cakes and bread. They also serve breakfast and brunch.
17 Dalhousie Lane, Singapore 209685
Tel: +65 6291 3396
- The Tekka Centre (wet market) is a must visit in Little India. However it is tricky for gluten free diners, the nature of the markets means there is likely to be an element of cross contamination. My advice would be watch how the stands prepare the food and what sauces they use. We stuck to Hainanese (chicken rice) or duck rice and asked for no sauce. Dosa is usually a good gluten free option from the Indian food stalls but again be wary of cross contamination in the cooking process. If in doubt there is always the fresh produce stalls.
Tekka Centre, Bukit Tina Rd, Singapore
- Crust Pizza Bar – This well-loved Australian pizza franchise has gluten free pizza bases available. Not all pizza toppings and sauces are gluten free though so it’s best to chat with the staff prior to ordering.
1 Maju Avenue, My Village @ Serangoon Garden #B1-23/24, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6636 7666
- Delcie’s Deserts – A little further out from Little India is this baker of organic, allergen free, diabetic friendly and vegan goodies. Awarded the Health Promotion Board’s Healthier Choice Bakery Certification, they even make customisable cakes to order.
34 Whampoa West #01-83, Singapore 330034
Tel: +65 9789 2309
A little further from the centre:
- The Line – A little further from the city, not too far from the Botanic Gardens, this buffet style restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel has a gluten free section.
Tel: +65 6213 4275
- Baker & Cook – Claim to have the best gluten free bread in Singapore… baked fresh on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. However you can still pick up frozen gluten free bread on other days.
77 Hillcrest Road, Greenwood, Singapore 288951
Tel: (+65) 6469 8834
- Crust Pizza Bar
34B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277691
Tel: (+65) 6467 2224
215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
Tel: (+65) 6456 1555
Gluten Free Dining at Singapore Changi Airport
Eating gluten free in any airport is a always a nightmare, although I recently experienced Wondertree at London Heathrow which served a great gluten free breakfast/brunch and even had a separate gluten free menu.
Needless to say we struggled to find gluten free options at Singapore Changi Airport and we were stuck their for 6 hours! Here is what we found:
- Nandos (Terminal 2) – International Portuguese PERi-PERi chicken restaurant chain originating from South Africa.
- Boost (Terminal 2 Departures) – Australian juice and smoothie bar
- I wouldn’t usually recommend these two but worst case scenario the chips at Burger King are gluten free and you can get grilled chicken and chips at KFC.
It is easy and quick to travel between terminals for free using the Skytrain.
And a quick mention about Singapore Airlines, we flew with them from London Heathrow to Singapore and the gluten free meals on board were the best I’ve had by far. They have a really good range of meals for different religious and dietary requirements.
Coeliac friendly self catering options:
- Major Supermarkets – FairPrice, Market Place, Isetan and Cold Storage all carry their own ranges of gluten free produce usually in the health food sections but sometimes on the same shelves as the non gluten free options.
- Little Farms – Stocks organic, farm fresh produce as well as gluten free and refined sugar free snacks.
491 River Valley Road #01-20, 248371
Tel: +65 6262 0619
- Brown Rice Paradise – A great store for healthy foods and catering for food intolerances in general, you can find all your gluten free flours, cereals etc. here.
163 Tanglin Rd, Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
Tel: +65 6738 1121
- Ryan’s Grocery – 99% of their over 1000 products are gluten free but they also stock other allergen free, free range, organic, and antibiotic free foods. The owners are two parents who wanted to cater for their son’s dietary requirements. Plenty of GF cooking and baking ingredients.
29 Binjai Park, Singapore 589831
Tel: +65 6463 3933
- SuperNature – Very expensive but has a wide range of gluten free goodies.
21 Orchard Boulevard, #01-21/23 & 27 Park House, Singapore 248645
Tel: +65 6304 1336
- Mustafa Centre – Open 24 hours and offering a wide range of gluten free products including pastas, quinoa, grains, lentils, and pre-mixes.
45 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
Have you been to Singapore? Do you have any recommendations for great gluten free eats?