The end of the school year vacation is finally upon us. With summer just around the corner, why not use your new found freedom to enjoy a taste of what Singapore’s restaurants can offer? Located in the prime location of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, this open air café and restaurant is an idyllic spot for park goers, joggers, and diners alike. The clean white building, a historic art-deco structure from the 1920s, is shrouded by a lush facade of tropical trees and plants. Inside, aromas of freshly baked croissants and wood fire pizzas float between the walls that are ornamented with trilateral blue tiles. Families, tourists and friends sit in the intimate leather booths or outside under the shade of overhanging umbrellas and towering trees.
Bee’s Knees is a spacious café and restaurant that recently opened last November. A self-service, free seating café, Bee’s Knees “draws inspiration from the highly social, evolved behaviour of bees. ” It’s aim: to spread warm hospitality, and sincere service from its cozy corner of the Gardens. The café’s atmosphere is fun, easy going and family friendly – their mottos being “Bee Social” and “Bee Connected”.
However, lush greenery and exuberant flowers in the backyard of a café would have made little difference if the cakes and pastries served there are not up to expectations. Like bees to honey, many people flock to the delicious desserts and treats on the menu, such as these decadent ‘Crispy Cereal Waffles’ ($14) topped with chocolate and rum and raisins. Other items include Honey-Lemon Rosemary Tarts, Peanut Butter Nutella shakes, and Red Velvet Cupcakes – all at reasonable prices.
If you are thirsty for a drink, Bees Knees will gladly serve one of their refreshing concoctions. The homemade Lemon Ice Tea is a perfect blend between sour and sweet, and the Iced Chai tea is a swirl of unique spices and flavours. Both drinks are served in large, ice cold mason jars, for just $5. It also serves a wide variety of imported coffees, along with popular cold brew selections. It’s bestsellers are the Flat White coffee ($4.5) and the nutty and rich Hazelnut Latte ($5).
From breakfast items to mains, the restaurant serves foods that fulfill and satisfy your hunger. Not only do they have reasonable portion sizes, Bees’s Knees never fails to impress with its wide rage of pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. Take the Lamb Ragout for example, a tagliatelle pasta consisting of juicy, slow cooked lamb, parmesan cheese, fresh tomatoes, and sage ($16). The Veggie Goat Salad ($18) is a more healthy and light-weight vegetarian option, filled with goat cheese, pine nuts and crisp greens. To go big, be sure to order a pan of their pizza – perfect to split with a friend! The preparation time is very brief, only 15 minutes of talking with friends and enjoying the view and then your tasty meal will be ready.
Bees Knees is the perfect place for a memorable brunch date with your friends, family, or even a quick bite to eat in the park. With a calming green views, comfortable dining areas and welcoming service, this café tucked away inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens is definitely worth your visit.
50 Cluny Park Road , Singapore Botanic Gardens
- Sunday to Tuesday: 8AM – 6PM
- Wednesday to Saturday: 8AM – 8PM
Written and Filmed by Chloe Venn and Mi Le Jang