The redevelopment of the former British military airbase in Seletar stretches back to 2007, when plans to revitalise the area were unveiled. Fast-forward to today, and the Airbase is now an established place for foodies to head to.

Black-and-white colonial bungalows currently house restaurants in a pastoral setting, making it — like Dempsey — a go-to enclave to dine in. And with the $80 million Seletar Airport set to begin catering to chartered flight passengers as well as to budget travellers, we’ve no doubt that this quaint area is set to become much more bustling.

Ready to travel up north? Here are all the cool cafes to eat at in Seletar Airbase — for now.

1. Wheeler’s Estate

If you’re into the cafe scene, Wheeler’s Estate should already be familiar to you. The sister restaurant of Wheeler’s Yard in Balestier, Wheeler’s Estate is a multi-concept establishment comprising a restaurant, cafe and bar that opened in 2017. The two-storey colonial bungalow — once the home of a tech wing commander of the Royal Air Force — has a grill house downstairs and a restaurant upstairs where pizzas, sharing platters and rounds of cold beer are served in Instagrammable surrounds. Want to move outdoors? You can have an outdoor picnic at The Lawn on the first floor.

Wheeler’s Estate is at 2 Park Lane. Tel: 6262 0001

Image: Wheeler’s Estate


2. The Summerhouse

Across from Wheeler’s Estate stands The Summerhouse, a 45,000-sq ft conserved bungalow that’s home to Poppy Flora Studio, Nomad the Gallant (an on-site coffee roasting facility), Wildseed Café & Bar and the Summerhouse Dining Room & Balcony Bar, the main restaurant on the second floor. Dining at the resto is an otherworldly experience. Besides the grand white interiors, the restaurant also focuses on a healthy and sustainable menu with its farm-to-table concept that supports its “farming collective of growers, producers and kelongs”. The Wood-fired Free Range French Poulet from Toh Thye San Farm here in Singapore costs $28, while the 24 Hours Tajima Chuck Tender steak from New South Wales in Australia served with a Shiraz reduction is $45.

Want to dine outdoors? Book one of the three air-conditioned domes in the garden. You can also rent the area for wedding and events.

The Summerhouse is at 2 Park Lane. Tel: 6262 1063

Image: The Summerhouse

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3. Wildseed Café & Bar

Wildseed Café & Bar that’s on the ground level of The Summerhouse deserves a section of its own. All about the lazy Sunday vibes, this is a perfect place to chill around with a book in hand. The casual eatery serves hearty brunch bites, and you won’t want to miss its unique take on the classic Kaya Toast ($9, this atas version comes with a sous vide egg). Other items on the menu include cakes, pastries, waffles — it has a whole “waffle factory” section with each dish at $16 — and freshly roasted coffee. It transforms into a bar at night with delicious summer-minded cocktails on offer.

Wildseed Café & Bar is at 3 Park Lane. Tel: 9643 9116

Image: Wildseed Café & Bar Facebook


4. YOUNGS Restaurant and Bar

YOUNGS Bar and Restaurant serves modern European cuisine with mains that are surprisingly affordable (from $16 for a pasta to $34 for the beef tenderloin) compared to the other eateries in the area. We really like the mussel pots ($23 and up) where you can choose from three bases: white wine, tomato or blue cheese.

YOUNGS Restaurant and Bar is at 3 Hyde Park Gate. Tel: 6734 2850. 

Image: YOUNGS Restaurant and Bar Facebook