Singapore is also home to hidden culinary gems that offer unique dining experiences away from the urban rush. The Car Rental Market size is evaluated at USD 132.10 billion in 2024 and is anticipated to reach USD 220.10 billion by 2029 (Mordor Intelligence). It’s evident that more people are seeking the freedom to explore these off-the-grid destinations. These hidden gems guarantee an escape from the ordinary, blending delectable cuisine with natural aesthetic surroundings.

Here's a guide to some of the captivating off-the-grid dining destinations in Singapore as chosen by the Drive lah team. Remember if you are looking to enhance your journey, consider renting a car from Drive lah to make the experience even more pleasurable.

1. Open Farm Community: Farm-to-Table Freshness

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Open Farm Community (OFC) redefines the farm-to-table concept in Singapore. Located in the heart of the city yet feeling worlds away, OFC sits on a 35,000-square-foot plot that includes an urban farm, restaurant, and event space. Their menu is crafted with ingredients sourced directly from the farm and emphasizes sustainability and freshness. Diners can indulge in dishes like roasted pumpkin salad and prawn agnolotti while appreciating the surroundings. Their farm-to-table experience is further enhanced by the opportunity to participate in gardening workshops and farm tours. 

2. Wheeler’s Estate: A Nostalgic Retreat

Wheeler’s Estate combines culinary delight with a touch of nostalgia. The estate’s colonial-era buildings have been beautifully renovated to house a multi-concept dining space. From having brunch in the alfresco garden to an elegant dinner in the grand dining hall, Wheeler’s Estate offers a multifaceted dining experience. Their menu features modern European cuisine with a local twist, ensuring a delightful surprise with each bite. The sprawling grounds with recreational areas, complete with a live music stage, make it a perfect spot for family outings or romantic evenings. 

3. Privé Keppel Bay: Waterfront Dining Escape

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Privé Keppel Bay, on the exclusive Keppel Island, offers relaxed waterfront dining with views of the marina in a tranquil atmosphere. The menu is eclectic, featuring both international and local cuisine such as Eggs Royale, Truffle Mushroom Pizza, and the iconic Privé Signature Burger. With both indoor and alfresco dining areas, this is a perfect setting for romantic dinners or casual brunches with friends and family amidst the calming sound of the waves and light breeze. 

4. Dempsey Hill: A Gastronomic Hideaway

Situated amidst lush greenery, Dempsey Hill is a sanctuary for food lovers looking to dine in serenity. This former British military barracks has been transformed into a chic lifestyle enclave, boasting a variety of exquisite restaurants. Here, diners can enjoy a diverse mix of international dishes, all while surrounded by nature. The area’s history and its evolution into a dining hotspot adds a layer of intrigue to your experience, making Dempsey Hill a must-visit for those in search of culinary adventure. If you’re preparing a visit, you can rent a car from Drive lah as a convenient option to explore with ease.

5. The Coastal Settlement: A Beachside Sanctuary

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If you are looking for a laid-back vibe, The Coastal Settlement is a perfect for you. Tucked away in the Changi, this restaurant oozes rustic charm with its vintage decor and eclectic furnishings. The proximity to the beach adds to the appeal, allowing diners to enjoy their meals with the comforting sounds of the sea. The Coastal Settlement is ideal for a leisurely brunch or a casual dinner, providing a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. 

6. The Halia: Botanical Bliss

The Halia, which means ginger in Malay, is situated within the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Halia is a sanctuary for those seeking a composed dining experience. The restaurant’s open-air setting seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, offering a tranquil backdrop for a meal. Halia’s location in the Botanic Gardens makes it an excellent spot for a relaxing lunch or an intimate dinner, providing a perfect escape into nature while still being close to the city center. 

7. Wildseed Café & Bar: A Garden Getaway

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Wildseed Café & Bar at The Alkaff Mansion in Telok Blangah is an idyllic garden destination for relaxed meals or casual drinks, (they have 2 more branches in Singpore). Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the greenery at Wildseed with a garden-to-table concept offering an all-day casual dining experience, serving up fresh, best-for-the-season picks. On the exquisitely designed breakfast and dinner menus lie signature dishes such as Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and the Wildseed Garden Salad, reflecting the creativity and quality which Innkeepers deem a top priority. Situated at Alkaff Mansion, the establishment includes a luxurious garden with a rustic setting, rendering your dining experience a picturesque affair. Also this is a pet friedly chain of resturants! 

8. Smith Marine: A Floating Restaurant

This floating resturant is an experience not to be missed, Smith Marine is famous for its fresh seafood, sourced directly from the surrounding waters. The restaurant allows diners to catch their fish from their 'kelong' or floating fish farm. This interactive experience is perfect for families and friends and creates everlasting memories as you reel in your catch of the day. Once caught, the restaurant’s skilled chefs will prepare your fish as per your liking, ensuring a meal that is as fresh as it gets. The menu also features a variety of other seafood dishes, from succulent chili crab to steamed prawns, each packed with flavor and cooked to perfection.


Singapore’s off-the-grid dining destinations offer more than just a meal; they provide an escape, a story, and an unforgettable experience. From the historical charm of Wheeler’s Estate to the farm-fresh flavors of Open Farm Community, each venue promises a unique journey for the senses. Take the road less traveled and discover these hidden culinary treasures. The drive is not just worth it; it’s an essential part of the adventure.

For an enhanced experience, use Drive lah’s car rental. Drive lah offers a convenient, flexible, and affordable way to rent a car, ensuring you can explore these dining spots with ease and comfort. With a wide range of cars available, from simple people movers to luxury sedans, Drive lah caters to all budgets and preferences. If you are a car owner you can also share your car with us safely and earn extra money. Enjoy the freedom to embark on your culinary journey with Drive lah, making every mile truly worthwhile.

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