11 Makan Places That are 10 Mins from MRT Stations That S’poreans Should Try in 2018

In Singapore, the most convenient way of traveling is via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). As such, commuting along Singapore’s MRT lines is a daily affair for most of us. After a long day at work, I am sure all of us look forward to replenishing or energy with some grub. And where else to fill up our growling bellies other than eating places located a stone’s throw away from an MRT Station. Finding an excellent eating place near an MRT station is a gem, this is so as they are easy to get to and you save on parking as well as petrol!

As such, we are introducing 11 great eats conveniently located along the five respective MRT lines. Whether you are looking for a place to eat at within your area or keeping an eye out for new food places, this list will act as a helpful guide to get you started. So don’t wait and embark on this station-hopping culinary adventure with us!

East-West (Green) Line

1. Big Mama Korean Restaurant (Tiong Bahru Station)

Bigmama korean restaurant
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Nestled within the residential estate just opposite Tiong Bahru Plaza, Big Mama Korean Restaurant is the place to go to for authentic Korean cuisine. The place itself seems unassuming with minimal decor, giving off a no-frills vibe. However, the food is far from no-frills and will blow you away with its taste. Here the food is reminiscent of home-style cooking, making you feel as though you are eating a meal lovingly cooked by a Korean mother. Additionally, the food contains absolutely no MSG, meaning that all that flavour comes straight from the ingredients used in the dishes. Apart from the usual Korean fare, Big Mama carries dishes such as Suyuk boiled pork belly and Gamjatang (Potato/pork rib soup), that are not as commonly found in Singapore. Judging by the number of native Korean diners dining here, you can be assured that the Korean food here is as good as they come!

Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru Station (4 mins walk)

Address: 2 Kim Tian Rd, Singapore 169244

Opening Hours:  11:30 am–3.00 pm5:30 pm–11.00 pm (Mon-Sun)

Contact Number: 6270 7704

2. Tai Hwa Pork Noodles (Lavender Station)

Tai Hwa pork noodles
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You may be thinking, what’s so special about a bowl of Bah Chor Mee (Minced Pork Noodles)? Well for one, this Pork Noodles store has managed to bag itself a one Michelin star rating 2 years in a row (2016 and 2017). Now known as the best Teochew-style Bah Chor Mee in Singapore, this humble coffee shop store somehow managed to join the haloed ranks of Michelin-starred restaurants. The noodles here are first cooked to perfection, giving off a springy, al dente texture. Then, they are tossed in a savoury vinegar sauce and topped off with tender pork and liver slices, minced pork, dumplings, and a sprinkling of fried sole fish. At $6, this can be considered one of the cheapest Michelin starred meal you can get your hands on. That being said, if you are hungry, this is not the place for you as the waiting time in the queue is rumored to be up to 2 hours long. However, if you would like to find out what makes this Pork Noodles so special, challenge the queue and try them!

Nearest Station: Lavender Station (7 mins walk)

Address: 466 Crawford Lane, #01-12, Singapore 190465

Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 9.00 pm

Contact Number: 6292 7477

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3. Tolido’s Espresso Nook (Lavender Station)

Tolido's expresso
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Located on the ground floor of Block 462 at Crawford Lane lies a gem of a cafe. Sitting next to an old hardware provision store is Tolido’s Espresso Nook. Though it’s location is somewhat uncanny, the food and the coffee are most certainly not. Best known for its artisan coffee and latte art, the cafe is usually packed even on a weekday. Using a coffee blend from Yahava Koffeework, the coffee here is smooth, creamy and not overly bitter or acidic. In other words, DELISH! Apart from coffee, Tolido’s also serves all-day breakfast, rostis, pasta as well as sandwiches. As such, if you are feeling peckish, the food here will be more than sufficient to fill you up. If you ever hit up Tolido’s for breakfast or brunch, do not forget to order a cup of coffee to end a delightful meal.

Nearest Station: Lavender Station (9 mins walk)

Address: #01-63, 462 Crawford Lane, Singapore 190462

Opening Hours: 8.00 am – 6.30 pm (Tues-Fri), 9.00 am -6.30pm (Sat, Sun), Closed on Mondays.

Contact Number: 6648 0178

North-South (Red) Line

4. Newton Food Center (Newton Station)

Newton food center
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When in Newton, how can anyone pass over the famed Newton Food Center? Newton Food Center houses close to 100 hawker stores and is a collection of the best hawker food in Singapore. Filled with stores selling Penkang (BBQ) seafood, oyster omelette, Hokkien Mee, Chilli crab and many many more. Newton Food Center is a food lover’s paradise. Featuring cheap, affordable and delicious hawker fare Newton food center is a must visit if you are in the vicinity. So visit Newton Food center today to satisfy your hawker food cravings!

Nearest Station: Newton Station (4 mins walk)

Address: Newton

Opening Hours: 12.00 pm – 2.00 am

5. Yishun Station: 928 Yishun Laksa

928 laksa
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Named after the block that it is located at, 928 Yishun Laksa can be counted amongst the ranks of the best laksas in Singapore. With the popularity of this dish, any self-respecting Singaporean knows that though laksa stores are aplenty, good Laksa stores are hard to find. And the Laksa store here is a gem that any Laska lover will appreciate and treasure. The Laksa gravy here is savoury and full of flavour but, at the same time, it goes down easily and is not too jelak (excessive). Additionally, instead of just the usual topping of prawn and fishcake, 928 Yishun Laksa is also topped with an egg as well as crabmeat sticks. So for a good hearty bowl of Laksa, pop by 928 Yishun Laksa!

Nearest Station: Yishun Station (9 mins walk)

Address: 928 Yishun Central 1, Singapore 760928

Opening Hours: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm, Closed on Sunday

Contact Number: 9731 9586

North-East (Purple) Line

6. Brunches Cafe (Farrer Park Station)

Brunches Cafe
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Located along Rangoon Road, Brunches Cafe is a chic vintage-themed cafe that serves up a mean all-day Breakfast menu, gourmet sandwiches, and waffles. Located in a furniture store, this cafe is filled with character. Decorated extensively with vintage furniture and pieces, the interior of the cafe is a sight to behold. In fact, it would not be a stretch to call it one of the prettiest cafes in Singapore.

What more, all the pieces of furniture and lights are for sale, as such, if you fall in love with a particular chair or lighting fixture, you most certainly can bring it home for a price. Apart from the interior decor, the food is as good. Their all-day breakfast menu is reasonably priced with each dish going for approximately $16. They also carry an extensive dessert selection which has all-time favorites like apple crumble and Molten lava cake. This coupled with the beautiful interior of Brunches cafe makes for a unique cafe experience!

Nearest Station: Farrer Park Station (5 mins walk)

Address: 96 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218381

Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10.00 am – 10.00 pm (Sat, Sun), Closed on Tuesday

Contact Number: 8685 8488

7. Lola’s Cafe (Kovan Station)

Lola's cafe
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Lola’s Cafe is well known to any cafe lover. Lola’s cafe first opened back in 2013, and since then it has been one of Singapore’s most popular cafes. Famed for their delicious truffle fries and honey paprika wings, these sides come in huge portions and are made for sharing. As such, Lola’s cafe is perfect for gatherings and meetups with friends and family. If you prefer sweet over savory, do not fear for Lola’s cafe serves up a wide range of dessert. Do try their highly rated Seasalt Chocolate Tart with Coffee Cream, whose name itself makes my mouth water. With such high recommendations, Lola’s cafe is a must-visit if you are ever in the Kovan area.

Nearest Station: Kovan Station (3 mins walk)

Address: 5 Simon Rd, Singapore 545893

Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 11.30 pm (Sun, Tues-Thurs), 10.00 am – 12.00 pm (Fri, Sat), Closed on Monday

Contact Number: 6284 0349

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Circle (Yellow) Line

8. Jai Thai restaurant (Marymount Station)

Pad Thai at the Jai Thai Restaurant at Marymount
Image credit: Jai Thai Restaurant

Nestled in a quiet residential estate opposite Raffles Institution lies the original Jai Thai restaurant. Famed for its authentic, affordable and no-frills Thai food, Jai Thai has steadily gained popularity and has expanded to 6 branches all over the island. However, this branch is special. This was where it all started. The Jai Thai here offers the exact same selection as the other branches but the original store ought to be better right? Regardless, you can be assured that you will be able to find excellent Thai food that will hit the spot here!

Nearest Station: Marymount Station (6 mins walk)

Address: 7 Clover Way, Singapore 579080

Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm (Mon-Thurs), 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm (Fri-Sun)

Contact Number: 6258 0228

9. Atlas Coffeehouse (Botanic Gardens Station)

Altas coffeehouse
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Located a short walk away from Botanic Gardens Station is Altas Coffehouse. Also known as Assembly coffee’s sister cafe, Atlas cafe promises to be as good and more. Altas stands for At-Land-Air-Sea and this is clearly reflected in their decor and their food. The full-length glass window gives off an illusion of air and space, while the cement walls with blue wavy accents reflect land as well as sea. The food at Altas Coffehouse is a step away from the usual cafe fare. Here, they serve hearty, filling food that pleases all senses. From their refreshing Salmon Soba Noodles to their hearty Summer Chicken Stew, there is a dish for you regardless of your palate preference. If you think their mains are delicious, wait till you try their desserts. The ATLAS Butterscotch Banana Pancake is fluffy and sweet and resembles ricotta hotcakes. Topped with caramelised bananas, housemade Butterscotch & Honeycomb ice cream, it is to die for. With such delicious fare, Atlas Coffehouse is sure to be a hit!

Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens Station (7 mins walk)

Address: 6 Duke’s Rd, Singapore 268886

Opening Hours: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm (Tues-Sun), Closed on Monday

Contact Number: 6314 2674

Downtown (Blue) Line

10. The Tea Party Café (Sixth Avenue)

The tea party cafe
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The Tea Party Cafe is a laidback, two-storey cafe located at Sixth Avenue. It is a favorite amongst families as well as students due to its offerings of affordable meals, magazines as well as board games. Its cosy environment makes it an ideal place to kick-back and relax. Additionally, they offer a decent selection of western fare such as pizzas, pasta, fish, and chips as well as burgers. If you have a sweet tooth, they serve a delicious carrot cake as well as a mean blueberry cheesecake. If you are looking for a quiet homey cafe to chill out at, The tea party cafe is the place for you!

Nearest Station: Sixth Avenue (3 mins walk)

Address: 05 Bukit Timah Road #01-07 Sixth Avenue Centre, Singapore 279883

Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30am – 1:30am (Fri-Sat), 11:30am – 12.00 am (Sun)

Contact Number: 6462 3563

11. HillV2 (Hillview Station)

hillV2 shopping mall
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A stone’s throw away from Hillview Station sits the swanky new lifestyle mall HillV2. Filled with many delicious restaurants and eating places, there is something for everyone at HillV2. Its wide collection of F&B outlets includes Joyden (Cantonese cuisine), iO Italian Osteria (Italian cuisine) and the famed DEAN & DELUCA from NYC (Brunch and Dessert). As such be it a for a quick bite, high tea or a sit-down meal at a restaurant, HillV2 has got you covered!

Nearest Station: Hillview Station (4 mins walk)

Address: 4 Hillview Rise #01-01 Singapore 667979

Opening Hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm (Mon – Fri), 9.00 am – 10.00 pm (Sat-Sun)

Contact Number: 6593 3274

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