17 Bugis Junction food spots to dine at

By Gaelmaine Hoong October 17, 2023
17 Bugis Junction food spots to dine at
Photo: (From top left in clockwise direction) Shinfuni/Instagram, Fu Xiao Xian/Instagram, San Ren Xing/Instagram

Not sure where to start when it comes to Bugis Junction food options?

We’ve all heard of Bugis Junction. Boasting an indoor space that’s complemented by an outdoor shopping street, this iconic 28-year-old mall is the go-to spot for many Singaporeans’ youths, who flock to its trendy, independent boutiques and wallet-friendly eateries after school or on weekends.

Although its appearance is relatively more unassuming compared to its glitzier mall counterparts, Bugis Junction houses an admirable number of eats — including some you might not have heard of before. 

From traditional Chinese cuisine to fresh handmade pasta, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Bugis Junction food.  

1. Xiao Long Kan Hotpot 

Bugis Junction, 02-54, 200 Victoria Street
Open: 24 hours

Multiple stores islandwide

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Xiao Long Kan/Instagram

Why visit? If you’re a fan of all things mala, you might have heard of Xiao Long Kan. This Bugis Junction hotpot place features traditional style hotpot from Cheng Du. 

If you’re always looking to challenge your spice threshold, regulars of this restaurant swear by its butter spicy hotpot (pricing depends on order). We also recommend the pork bone soup (pricing depends on order) as a lighter, more nutritious companion.

Price range: $$$

Crowd favourites: The meats served at Xiao Long Kan are reasonably priced and of high quality. It serves items such as the Australian prime beef slice (S$10 for half a portion, S$20 for the full portion) but also things such as duck gizzards (S$5 for half a portion, S$10 for a full portion) for those looking for more interesting items. 

One item that’s sure to be a crowd favourite is the glutinous rice cake with brown sugar (S$8), a bouncy and chewy rice cake that provides a sweet start to your meal. 


2. Miam Miam

Bugis Junction, 02-14, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Thursday (11.30am to 9.30pm), Friday (11.30am to 10pm), Saturday (11am to 10pm), Sunday (11am to 9.30pm)

Multiple stores islandwide

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Miam Miam’s souffle de nauge. Photo: Miam Miam/Instagram

Why visit? This French-Japanese fusion restaurant located in Bugis Junction recently had a revamp and is welcoming diners once again. Miam Miam combines Japanese flavours together with French dishes for a little twist on its menu — think items such as matcha souffle (S$11.80).  

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Walking past this Bugis Junction restaurant, you’ll likely be drawn in by the delectable desserts on its tables. Items such as the matcha pancake (S$13.80) or the kuro goma souffle (S$10.80) are classic Japanese flavoured desserts that most can appreciate. 

Of the many mains on the menu, the souffle de nauge (S$17.90) appears the most enticing — mainly because it looks like a dessert. The dish features a tomato sauteed rice with bacon that’s topped with cloud-like eggs and cheese. 


3. Big Fish Small Fish

Bugis Junction, 04-05, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9pm) 

Multiple stores islandwide

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Photo: Big Fish Small Fish/Instagram

Why visit? This specialty fish and chips stall had humble beginnings at the Punggol East Container Park. In a short span of time, Big Fish Small Fish expanded to multiple locations islandwide, which is a rather impressive feat for any F&B spot. 

It’s one of the halal Bugis Junction food options you’ll be able to find in the mall, making it a convenient and fuss-free choice for larger groups.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Big Fish Small Fish is best known for its variety of dishes on the menu. It goes from the basic fried dory (S$13.90) to the more unique fried haddock or fried salmon (S$18.90 each). Each serving comes with a generous portion of thinly sliced chips and free flow sauces and dips. 

For adventurous eaters, the sauces and dips come in unique flavours such as salted egg and curry sauce – perfect if you want to give your tastebuds a little kick. 


4. Bilimbi

Bugis Junction, 01-63/63A, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)

Wisma Atria, B1-40A/40B, 435 Orchard Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Bilimbi/Instagram

Why visit? You don’t often see gourmet candy stores in malls around Singapore anymore, which is precisely what makes Bilimbi stand out. If you’re looking for Bugis Junction desserts, consider this gourmet candy store that houses a variety of sweet candies, all flown in from Spain or Belgium.

With its colourful interior and dozens of candies on display, your inner child would feel right at home in Bilimbi. 

Price range:

Crowd favourites: The candies here are priced at S$10 per 100g. You can mix and match gummies, souffles, handmade caramels or more during your purchase. Just be careful not to grab too much and accidentally spend S$30 on your candy — a warning based on personal experience. 

There are almost too many candies available to name a favourite, but if you are a fan of sour sweets, Bilimbi may be your new favourite spot. 


5. Buta Kizoku

Bugis Junction, 02-48, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Monday to Thursday (11.30am to 9.30pm), Saturday and Sunday (11.30am to 10pm)

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Buta Kizoku/Instagram

Why visit? Buta Kizoku is the newest addition to the Bugis Junction Japanese food scene. This locally owned yakitori restaurant opened its doors in April 2023 and has already gathered a solid fan base for its value-for-money eats. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: While Buta Kizoku serves up dons (rice bowls) and bentos for lunch, it’s best known for its skewers (from S$2) and alcohol selection. It’s got classics such as the shio belly (pork belly, S$2) along with more unique items such as the avocado tartar collar (S$3.50). 

Something else we really appreciate is the grilled char siew or salmon mentaiko onigiri (S$4 per piece). It’s brushed with a dark sauce and grilled on both sides to create a crispy and flavourful crust.  


6. Fishball Story 

Bugis Junction, 01-71/72, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Fishball Story

Why visit? Looking for classic local dishes? Of all the Bugis Junction foods, you can’t go wrong with Fishball Story. It started out at the Army Market along Beach Road and was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016, three years after it launched.

It moved to a few locations, such as Timbre+ and Circuit Road, before opening its Bugis Junction outlet in 2022.

The signature fishball recipe was diligently perfected by Douglas Ng (founder) based on his grandmother’s recipe. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: Unsurprisingly, its signature fishball noodles (S$6.50 a la carte) is the go-to dish for most people. These fishballs are handmade with 100% yellowtail fish with no additional flour added, giving it its wonderful texture and flavour. Diners have also recommended the crispy fish fries (S$4) for its addictive and savoury flavour. 


7. Nunsaram

Bugis Junction, 01-70, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Westgate, 04-37, 200 3 Gateway Drive  
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 10pm)

Plaza Singapura, 04-69 A/B, 68 Orchard Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Nunsaram/Instagram

Why visit? Remember the days when bingsu (milk-based Korean shaved ice dessert) was the ‘it’ dessert? These days, it’d be difficult to find a bingsu shop that’s affordable and of good quality, which is why I was excited to chance upon Nunsaram on the Bugis Junction food directory. This Korean dessert cafe has been around for a while and claims to be one of the pioneers of Korean bingsu in Singapore. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: The injeolmi (roasted soy bean flavour, from S$11.90) is a classic that everyone loves. Another crowd favourite is the local-inspired milo bingsu and the oreo bingsu (from S$11.90 each). Nunsaram also serves gimbap (Korean hand roll, from S$10.90) and tteokbokki (Korean rice cake, from S$7.90) that are perfect as snacks. 


8. Joy Luck Teahouse

Bugis Junction, B1-K25, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)

Multiple stores islandwide

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Joy Luck Teahouse/Instagram

Why visit? This mini cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafe) made waves in the local foodie scene back when it first opened in 2020. Back then, many debated if Joy Luck Teahouse had one of the best egg tarts in Singapore. 

While we don’t have a clear answer, there’s no denying that Joy Luck Teahouse is a fail-proof Hong Kong snack option when you’re feeling peckish. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: One thing we appreciate about Joy Luck Teahouse is the different egg tart options available. Fans of rich and buttery bases can opt for the cookie egg tart (S$2.30 each), while those who enjoy a more pastry-like base have the option of a flaky egg tart (S$2.50 each). For another classic but decadent option, we always recommend the pineapple bun with butter (S$3)


9. LeNu Chef Wai’s Noodle Bar

Bugis Junction, B1-22, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Friday (11am to 10pm), Saturday and Sunday (10.30am to 10pm) 

Multiple stores islandwide

Bugis Junction food
Photo: LeNu Chef Wai’s Noodle Bar

Why visit? If you’re a fan of Beauty in the Pot’s collagen soup, LeNu Chef Wai’s Noodle Bar is a hidden gem waiting for your discovery. Both brands are under the Paradise Group and its signature pork bone soup is a fantastic dupe for Beauty in the Pot’s collagen soup at a fraction of the price. 

It’s the perfect go-to Bugis Junction food when you’re looking for something simple and comforting after a long day. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: The noodle menu can be split into three: Braised beef broth, signature pork bone soup and dry noodles. You can’t go wrong with either soup — they’re both delicious in their own way. 

To get the best of both worlds, you can order a braised beef shank noodle (S$14.90) and the vegetable pork wonton in pork bone soup (S$11.90). If you’re a fan of beancurd, give the braised beancurd in beef broth (S$3.70) a try, too. 



10. Malaysia Boleh!

Bugis Junction, 03-30, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)

Multiple stores islandwide

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Malaysia Boleh!/Facebook

Why visit? If you’ve never given Malaysia Boleh! a try, you’re seriously missing out. It’s akin to a food court housing lots of delicious Bugis Junction food choices, such as chilli ban mian noodles, bak kut teh and claypot rice. 

While there may be a ton of local stores at hawker centres serving these dishes, it’s the accessibility and convenience of having all these decent food options located a stone’s throw away from each other that makes Malaysia Boleh! a worthy place to visit. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: While the char kway teow (from S$5) and signature noodle (S$6.50) from the Dang Gui Duck stall are some of the most popular items, we always recommend the claypot chicken rice (from S$5.50). You don’t often find claypot rice readily available at air-conditioned food courts, so having it with such ease at Malaysia Boleh! is a treat. 


11. Fu Xiao Xian

Bugis Junction, 01-88/89, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10.30pm)

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Fu Xiao Xian/Instagram

Why visit? This is a Bugis Junction restaurant for those who really love to eat fish. Fu Xiao Xian prides itself on using a Yunan-style cooking method to serve its diners healthy steamed fish that nourishes the body. Supposedly, a bamboo hat is used as a lid to cover the work while the fish is cooking — a rather interesting method indeed. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: The paper wrapped fish (for two to three persons, from S$33.10) is a signature you should try. It has different flavours and spice levels to choose from, ranging from garlic (mild spicy) to mala (extra spicy).


12. San Ren Xing

Bugis Junction, 03-30A, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Sunday to Thursday (11am to 9pm), Friday and Saturday (11am to 9.30pm) 

Bedok Mall, B1-40, 311 New Upper Changi Road 
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9pm) 

Thomson Plaza, 01-122/123, 301 Upper Thomson Road 
Open: Monday to Thursday (11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm), Friday and Saturday (11am to 4pm, 5pm to 9.30pm), Sunday (11am to 4pm, 5pm to 9pm)

Bugis Junction food
Homemade popiah with shredded lean meat. Photo: San Ren Xing/Instagram

Why visit? San Ren Xing serves up classic Fujian and Sichuan dishes, which seems to be all the rage these days. Across its three outlets, the restaurant has earned stellar ratings that is a testament to its delicious and homey dishes. The biggest bonus just might be the frequent discounts San Ren Xing rolls out. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: The braised Nanping noodles (S$13.10) is one of San Ren Xing’s signature dishes served with homemade noodles in a broth that has been boiled for six hours. It’s packed with seafood such as clams and prawns, which is rather value-for-money, in our opinion.


13. Shinfuni

Bugis Junction, B1-K04, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Sunday to Thursday (9.30am to 9.30pm), Friday and Saturday (9.30am to 10pm)

Bugis Junction food
Shinfuni’s signature Hokkaido apple pie. Photo: Shinfuni/Instagram

Why visit? Shinfuni is an artisanal bakery serving Taiwanese pastries and bakes. It’s the sister brand to Kazo, so expect lots of cream-filled pastries. The bakery is another Bugis Junction dessert or snack option with a huge variety to choose from. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: The Shinfuni signature Hokkaido cream apple pie (S$4.80) gets a special mention for being only available at this bakery. It features a flaky, puff pastry exterior with a rich cream and apple chunk within. Kazo’s popular Kazu Kazu is also here, where you can get your hands on seasonal flavours such as cookies and cream (S$5). 


14. Tangled Fresh Pasta To Go 

Bugis Junction, B1-K10, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9pm) 

Multiple stores islandwide

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The Truffle Shuffle Shrooms. Photo: Tangled Fresh Pasta To Go/Instagram

Why visit? Who doesn’t love freshly made pasta? Something about the texture is just superior to store bought ones. Thankfully, you don’t have to lift a finger or pay an arm and a leg for it anymore. Tangled Fresh Pasta To Go’s selling point is its affordable and freshly made pastas. It exists in Bugis Junction as a food stand, so no dine-in is available. 

Its pastas come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. Tangled emphasises that these are made with natural ingredients, which makes it a healthier option. As healthy as pasta can be, anyway. 

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: If you aren’t satisfied with any of the fixed flavours on its menu, you can always build your own pasta. You’ll first choose from five bases: Aglio olio (S$6.90), tomato sauce (S$7.90), cream sauce (S$8.90), pesto sauce (S$9.90) and mentaiko sauce (S$9.90). 

Following that, you’ll select your choice of pasta, add-ons and proteins to create your own unique pasta dish. 


15. Tanyu

Bugis Junction, 02-45, 200 Victoria Street 
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 10pm) 

Multiple stores islandwide

Bugis Junction food
The grilled fish with seven ingredients. Photo: Tan Yu/Instagram

Why visit? A well-known restaurant specialising in Chongqing grilled fish, Tanyu has more than three hundred outlets in China across 72 major cities. The restaurant has a rather wide selection of different varieties and flavours of fish for you to choose from, so you can customise it to your liking. 

Price range: $$$

Crowd favourites: Tanyu’s signature is its grilled fish with fresh green pepper (from S$47.90), which features the classic numbing flavours China dishes are known for. If you aren’t too hot for spice, you can always opt for the grilled fish with soy sauce (from S$47.90), a non-spicy flavour that still leans towards the savoury side. 


16. Bulgogi Syo

Bugis Junction, 02-49, 200 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 9pm) 

The Woodleigh Mall, 01-33, 11 Bidadari Park Drive
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 10pm)

Bugis Junction food
Photo: Bulgogi Syo

Why visit? If you’re looking for Bugis Junction Korean food options and want something a little different, Bulgogi Syo is a new entrant to the Korean food scene that promises both a great meal and an entertaining show. Its syo specials (from S$20.90), which include beef and pork options, come with a flambe show that not only lights up your food right in front of you, but gives it a nice smokey finish. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Its duroc pork belly syo special (S$20.90) includes thick slabs of Korean pork belly that can be glazed in either a non-spicy apple sauce or a spicy pork one. If you’re in the area for lunch and want to enjoy the same but at a discount, it has weekday syo lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm starting from S$12.90 and includes rice, seoul and free-flow side dishes. 


17. Pancake Cafe Belle Ville 

Bugis Junction Towers, 01-01B, 230 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (9am to 8pm)

Multiple outlets islandwide

bugis junction food
Photo: Pancake Cafe Belle Ville/Instagram

Why visit? You might have seen a quaint looking pancake cafe that looks somewhat cutesy, somewhat French located on the outside of the mall. Pancake Cafe Belle Ville is an overseas offshoot of a popular Japanese pancake cafe. Its French vibes are not without reason — its speciality are its millefeuille pancakes. Despite having been open for a few years now, the cafe still commands a healthy crowd, so if you’re craving pancakes, definitely prepare for a slight wait for both your seats and the goodies! 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Pancake Cafe Belle Ville Bugis Junction is well-known for its stacked pancakes. Its towering strawberry and mix berry pancake (two pieces for S$12.90, four pieces for S$16.40) and matcha millefeuille pancake (four pieces for S$9.90, 8 pieces for S$14.90) are popular menu options, with some even saying that the pancakes are so light and fluffy that downing a few isn’t a problem.

Sarah Chua contributed to this article. 

Looking for more eats around Bugis? Check out our full-day feasting guide all around Bugis and our take on viral cafe The Padangton near Kampong Glam. 

All Bugis Junction food places featured here, except Bilimbi, Buta Kizoku, Fu Xiao Xian, and Bulgogi Syo, are on the GrabFood Delivery Service and offer free delivery (up to S$3 off) with GrabUnlimited. 

Alternatively, book a ride to Bugis Junction.

Do explore the new GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

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Gaelmaine Hoong


Gael comes from a family of picky eaters and she also likes to talk a lot. So, writing about food seems like a reasonable pastime for her.

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