Gimme Sum! Here’s where to find the Best Dim Sum in Singapore
There are few better comfort foods in Singapore than dim sum. Whether handed out from a Hawker centre, gobbled down at Chinese New Year or delivered on trolleys at lunchtime in one of Singapore's best Chinese restaurants, an array of heart – and stomach – warming dumplings can cure almost any ailment.
Originally brought over from Hong Kong, these days dim sum in Singapore is a mishmash of cultures, including a local influence on the flavours.
Many places still keep with the yum cha vibe and serve dim sum at lunch, so always check opening hours and whether dim sum is served on the dinner menu. However, nowadays there are plenty of modern dim sum restaurants in Singapore that dish out dumplings long into the night, meaning that even night owls can get their hands on some xiao long bao.
If you’re wacky for wontons or crazy for char siu bao, grab your friends and get your dumpling fix at one of our picks for the best dim sum in Singapore.
The Best Dim Sum in Singapore
Red Star Restaurant
Red Star Restaurant still keeps things traditional and delivers dim sum to hungry guests on pushcarts. The place is steeped in history and both the decor and recipes have barely changed in 40 years. A Singapore institution, the har gao and char siew sou are particularly good here. This is a great choice for early birds as the restaurant opens at 7am.
Come for: An authentic experience with dim sum served via pushcarts Price: $25 Dim sum served: 07AM – 3PM Address: 54 Chin Swee Road, #07-23, Singapore 160054
Tim Ho Wan
It might have a Michelin star, but Tim Ho Wan is still one of Singapore’s most affordable dim sum joints. The quality of the dumplings here is no secret. The popularity and queues have led to multiple outlets, so it’s easier to get your hands on Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum nowadays. Everything here is good quality and affordable.
Come for: Top-quality dim sum at a great price Price: $20 Dim sum served: Mon – Fri: 10 – 10PM / Sat – Sun: 09 – 10PM Address: Tim Ho Wan – Aperia, Aperia, 12 Kallang Ave #01-01/02/03, Singapore 339511
Peach Garden’s success has led to it opening a number of outlets in Singapore. Service is attentive and the restaurant is modern. Prices are generally in the middle, but it’s the set menus and high-tea buffet that bring the customers in at the Chinatown restaurant. At $20.80 the high-tea dim sum buffet served on weekends is a very affordable price for some quality dim sum.
Come for: The high-tea dim sum buffet is great value Price: $28 Dim sum served: Sat – Sun: 11 – 2.30PM (Buffet Sat & Sun: 3PM – 5PM) Address: #01-02, 331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
Another classic dim sum restaurant, Asia Grand have updated their interior and menu in recent years. That means some new and original dumplings, as well as other dishes, yet all the food retains an authentic feel. The place gets busy, especially on weekends, so it’s best to reserve in advance. You can also find some of Singapore’s tastiest Peking duck here.
Come for: An authentic experience with dim sum served via pushcarts Price: $28 Dim sum served: Mon – Sat: 11.30 – 2.30PM / Sun: 10 – 2.30PM Address: #01-02, 331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720
The Dim Sum Place
One of the few places to serve halal dim sum in Singapore, The Dim Sum Place does a banging xiao long bao. There are loads of dumplings, other Cantonese dishes and even some Malay options on the menu too, all of which are halal.
Come for: The best halal dim sum in Singapore Price: $26 Dim sum served: Mon – Sun: 11 – 2.30PM Address: 791 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198759
Hua Ting has a former Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year at the helm, but it still offers affordable dim sum. The restaurant itself has also received numerous awards since opening in 2012. These factors result in the place always being packed. But you should still book a table! A refurb last year has given the restaurant a very modern vibe, but underneath it all remains a commitment to serving authentic Cantonese dishes.
Come for: A classy dim sum experience that won’t break the bank Price: $33 Dim sum served: Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 2.30PM / Sat – Sun: 11 – 2.30PM Address: 442 Orchard Rd, Level 2 Orchard Hotel, Singapore 238879
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Alongside classic Cantonese dishes, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant does some very decent dim sum out of the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Chefs cook up dim sum at lunch on weekdays and also for a buffet on weekends that costs $68. We’re fans of the crispy mango prawns in rice rolls. The restaurant was recently given a makeover and the new black and gold interior provides a dramatic backdrop to a meal.
Come for: The weekend dim sum buffet Price: $68 for the buffet Dim sum served: Mon – Fri: 12PM – 3PM / Sat – Sun 11.30 – 3PM Address: 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865
Swee Choon is one of the best known Hawker places for dim sum in Singapore. Situated on Jalan Besar, Swee Choon has grown over the years and is now unmissable thanks to its size. A favourite for local party-goers, Swee Choon ignores the lunchtime opening hours and instead opens from 6PM. There are loads of dumplings available, but the signature Swee Choon Mee Suah Kueh, a fried carrot kueh with mee suah, is a cult Singapore dim sum. The prices are not as cheap as in previous years, but the quality has remained and the prices will definitely not have you emptying out your pockets.
Come for: Late night post-drinks dim sum! The signature Swee Choon Mee Suah Kueh and Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun are the most popular items Price: $10-$15 Dim sum served: 6PM – 6AM Address: 191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
Victor’s Kitchen may be a Hawker dim sum but prices have risen over the years. While the lack of service charge and GST helps keeps things affordable, the dim sum themselves are not as cheap as other Hawker places. Customers haven’t been deterred by the higher prices and Victor’s remains one of the most popular lunch spots in Sunshine Plaza and dim sum is served until 10PM.
Come for: The the best Liu sha bao custard buns in Singapore Price: $20 Dim sum served: Mon: Closed / Tue – Sun: 10.30 – 10PM Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza, #01-21, Singapore 189652
Yan Ting is one to indulge your palette and empty your wallet. It’s easily the most expensive dim sim restaurant on our list, and perhaps in the whole of Singapore. The quality does match the price though and everything here from the food to the decor screams fine dining. You can go a la carte, but we’d recommend going for the weekend dim sum bottomless brunch that includes champagne! You might as well splash out in style, right?
Come for: Singapore’s best Champagne dim sum brunch Price: $114 for the champagne dim sum brunch Dim sum served: Sat & Sun: 10.30 – 12.30PM & 1PM – 3PM Address: 29 Tanglin Rd, St.Regis Hotel (Level 1U), Singapore 247911
Man Fu Yuan
Another Singapore dim sum slinger housed in a swanky hotel, Man Fu Yuan comes a close second to Yan Ting when it comes to high prices. Once again though, you get what you pay for. The vibe is classy and the dim sum fancy. Take for example the dumpling with foie gras. The buffet brunch is the winner and is an all-round immersive experience.
Come for: Singapore’s second best high-end dim sum brunch buffet Price: $58 per person for the dim sum brunch (Min. 2 people) Dim sum served: Mon – Sun: 11.45 – 2.30PM Address: 80 Middle Rd, Intercontinental Hotel (2nd floor), Singapore 188966
Traditional applies to both the vibe and the food at Cherry Garden. The chair siew pau here is a particular highlight, but with premium ingredients used throughout, this is some of the best traditional dim sum in Singapore. The restaurant is designed like an old Chinese courtyard which brings another level of authenticity and fun to the dining experience. The dim sum brunch is served at weekends and is a reasonable $68.
Come for: Quality dim sum in a beautiful, traditionally-designed restaurant Price: $68 Dim sum served: Mon – Sun: 11 – 1PM (Weekend dim sum brunch is served Sat & Sun: 1.30PM – 3.30PM Address: 6 Raffles Blvd, Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Level 5), Singapore 039797
We think Jade might have one of the best-value dim sum buffets in Singapore. That doesn’t mean there is a compromise on quality however! Jade is known for having great fried dim sum, such as the char siew sou, which is served on weekends as part of the brunch buffet. Value for money is high, especially with such great service and a lovely ambience. As a result, Jade gets busy, so booking comes recommended.
Come for: The best value dim sum buffet in Singapore Price: $55 Dim sum served: Sat – Sun: 11 – 12.45PM & 1.15PM – 3PM Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Fullerton Hotel (Ground floor), Singapore 049178
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