Ice cream is great, but milkshakes are better.
Although milkshakes are just a concoction of ice cream and milk, the best milkshakes in Singapore turn two ingredients that are already pretty tasty into something new, that’s really worth the brain freeze.
Whether you prefer your milkshake classic American diner-style or wildly imaginative and topped with cotton candy and other sweet (and sometimes savoury) treats, you can count on these guilty milkshake pleasures to hit the spot.
In the mood for a milkshake? You’ll find these creamy dessert-drinks made with the best ingredients at these restaurants and diners in Singapore.
1. Shake Shack
When it comes to maximum milkshake madness in Singapore, Shake Shack is one diner not to miss. Apart from the classic milkshake flavours like vanilla, chocolate, coffee and salted caramel, you can find Singapore-inspired concoctions at this burger chain that was born in New York. When it comes to Singapore milkshake flavours, we’re talking local exclusives such as the Pandan Shake ($7.80) – vanilla custard blended with pandan and coconut topped with gula melaka palm sugar crumble – and Salted Egg Shake ($7.80), a salted egg yolk and vanilla ice cream shake topped with whipped cream and shortbread crumbs.
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website
2. Five Guys
Five Guys is known for juicy burgers and crispy fries, and a customisable menu. You heard that right – you can choose what goes into your burger at America’s favourite burger joint, so you don’t have to settle for lettuce, tomato and pickles, especially if you don’t like them. What’s more, the customisable option applies to the milkshakes, too. So you can order handspun vanilla shakes ($10), with or without whipped cream, complete with free toppings of your choice, including bacon, oreo cookie pieces, bananas and peanut butter. A bacon milkshake sounds weird, but it’s your call.
Addresses: 68 Orchard Rd., #01-32/33/34/35, Plaza Singapura, 238839 / 23 Serangoon Central., #B1-41/42/43, NEX, 556083
Tel: 6976 4385 / 6924 1453
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily) / 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)
3. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers
Originally from NYC, Black Tap is renowned for massive over-the-top milkshakes in Singapore – these giant towers of treats are aptly named the CrazyShake. It serves nine of these mouth-watering drinks in flavours like Churro Choco Taco ($24) – a cinnamon toast crunch milkshake topped with a choco taco, two churros, whipped cream and dulce de leche drizzle. Or try Cotton Candy ($24) – a strawberry milkshake decorated with blue, pink and pearl chocolates, topped with a lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and cotton candy. You can also have classic shakes ($12) if you prefer something less outrageous to go with your craft burger.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beers
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave., #L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 018972
Tel: 6688 9957
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daily)
Dubbed as the ultimate American diner in Singapore, OverEasy serves quintessential American food like bangin’ burgers, good ol’ mac and cheese, and of course, tasty milkshakes in Singapore. Unlike the rest of the places on this list, OverEasy sticks to classic, thick milkshakes in traditional flavours like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Oreo cookies and M&Ms – all at $12 each. OverEasy is located in the central business district of Singapore, so you can sip your milkshake while admiring sweeping views of the Marina Bay skyline.
Address: 1 Fullerton Rd., #01-06, One Fullerton, 049213
Tel: 9129 8484
Opening hours: 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.)
Reserve on Chope here.
5. 25 Degrees
Bringing signature West Coast flavours to Singapore is the famed LA burger and liquor bar, 25 Degrees. Other than dishing out juicy gourmet burgers and alcohol, its comfort all-American fare includes creamy milkshakes. You can stick to classic flavours like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ($10). But when it comes to milkshakes in Singapore, the restaurant has some unique Asian/local flavours like Bobalicious ($12) – an earl grey tea-flavoured shake topped with boba pearls. Or try Salted Caramel ($12), a salted caramel milkshake decorated with pretzels and salty potato chips.
Address: 200 Middle Rd., Hotel G, 188980
Tel: 6809 7990
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Daily)
6. Burger Bar New York
Burger Bar New York takes this part dessert, part drink to another level with boozy milkshakes ($15.80). For your boozy milkshake in Singapore you can try two flavours – Irish cream liqueur Baileys milkshake or sweet Italian almond liqueur Amaretto. Of course, it has the classic milkshakes like vanilla, chocolate, Oreo and strawberry ($11.80). Pair your milkshake with the restaurant’s famed 100 percent Nebraska beef burgers or made-to-order pastrami sandwiches to enjoy the full New York burger-shake combo experience.
Burger Bar New York
Address: 115 Amoy St., #01-03, 069935
Tel: 6221 8648
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sun.)
7. The House of Robert Timms
Who says you can only get indulgent milkshakes from American diners and restaurants? Saunter down to The House of Robert Timms in Suntec City for the ultimate Aussie version of milkshakes in Singapore. This Australian cafe cum milkbar serves gourmet coffee, premium Australian wines and beers and monster-sized milkshakes, topped with what looks like a Pick ‘n’ Mix explosion of doughnuts and biscuits ($16). These sweet treats come in four flavours – Vanilla Hazelnut Fantasy, Rocky Timms, Strawberry Party and Double Chocolate Surprise. They’re as big and bold as the Great Australian Bite.
The House of Robert Timms
Address: 3 Temasek Blvd., #01-608, Suntec City Mall (Tower 3), 038983
Tel: 6235 5176
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daily)
8. Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant
Another American diner hailing from the Big Apple, Clinton Street Baking Company is well-known for fluffy pancakes, chicken and waffles, and sinful milkshakes in Singapore. The meals come in family-friendly flavours but the presentation is a bit more grown-up and classic than some of the sugar explosions served elsewhere. For example, the menu features the two most classic flavours of milkshake – chocolate and vanilla – both priced at $10. Not to mention, the shakes are topped with airy chantilly cream.
Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant
Address: 31 Purvis St., 188608
Tel: 9654 6822
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Daily)
Reserve on Chope here.
9. The Benjamins
Formerly known as Benjamin Browns, this cafe is not only famous for over-the-top burgers and pancakes, but also for Instagram-worthy milkshakes. Expect epic towers of sugar, like the Unicorn ($16), a red velvet shake finished with colourful whipped cream and a spiralling unicorn horn, or try the latest additions to the milkshake menu in Singapore – creamy chocolate or matcha green tea boba milkshakes topped with a sugared waffle ($16). You can also opt for regular shakes ($14) for a less intense fix. These milkshakes come in all the classic flavours, plus Milo, coffee avocado and matcha.
Address: 583 Orchard Rd., #01-20/21, Forum Shopping Centre, 238884
Tel: 6887 4117
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Thu. and Sun.); 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
10. Citrus By The Pool
North-siders will be familiar with this Halal-certified cafe located right next to the Woodlands Swimming Complex. This retro-themed space cooks up western and Asian fusion dishes alongside fanciful milkshakes ($8.90). Its flavours of milkshakes in Singapore include Berry Sweet, Chocolove, Gummy Pop, Cookie Top and Mel My Heart – all served in mason jars and topped with ice cream and other sweets like marshmallows, chocolate bars and Oreo cookies.
Citrus By The Pool
Address: 3 Woodlands St 13., Woodlands Swimming Complex, 738600
Tel: 6366 6581
Opening hours: 11:30 to 6 a.m. (Daily)
Reserve on Chope here.
By Jayme Chong, August 2021
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