On the day Pokemon Go launched in Singapore, I had other things on my agenda (as most adults do) and only got around to exploring the game sometime in the evening. By then, some friends and acquaintances were already at level eight or higher, and I was feeling the FOMO a little. Unfortunately, it turned out that there was only a single Pokestop near my house, and it was a three-minute walk around the corner, which seemed like too much effort. I activated an incense and found it a large waste of time, though discovered later that incense should only be used when you’re on the go to get the most Pokemon you can.
One of the slightly maddening things about Pokemon Go that makes it so addictive is the competitiveness or fear of getting left behind that it incites. When your siblings, parents, aunts and uncles and significant others are all playing the game, you don’t want to risk being left in the dust. It’s become almost acceptable to be sitting at a meal together, phones out and waiting for pokemon to arrive. On a positive note though, everyone around me who’s playing it is at least 200 percent more physically active than they were before, taking walks in the evenings or going to nature parks.
There are hundreds of Pokestops out there, many of which seem to have lures on them at all hours (lures are items you attach to Pokestops to attract more Pokemon to the area), but if you’re someone who doesn’t happen to have the time to take evening walks, visit a hotspot like Orchard Road or USS or the Zoo or Marina Bay Sands, it’s going to be a little difficult to catch them all (or even a fraction of them all, let’s be real).
So for those of you who (like me) might prefer to fit in some Pokemon catching during a nice meal, these are some restaurants that will put you within range of Pokestops. That said, I highly recommend against catching Pokemon on a date – unless the other person is down with that, too.
#1 Nihon Mura
If sushi is your thing, this chain welcome you to four of their outlets with a good proximity to Pokestops.
Kallang Leisure Park 5 Stadium Walk, #03-03 Singapore 397993
Rivervale Mall 11 Rivervale Cres, #02-10, Singapore 545082
The Cathay 2 Handy Road, #B1-04, Singapore 229233
Yew Tee Point 21 Choa Chu Kang North 6 Singapore 689578
Nearby Poke Stop: Available and reachable from restaurants
#2 Eat At Seven @Suntec
It’s all things Japanese at this specialist concept at Suntec’s Sky Garden. Suntec City has also been said to be a great hunting ground for two rare Pokemon, Dragonite and Onix. You can even spend some time fighting it out at the Poke Gym.
Visit: 3 Temasek Boulevard # 03-307 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Nearby Poké Stops:
Water Fountain at Sky Garde
The 4 Men Statue
Silver Polyhedron Jaguars
Fountain of Wealth
#3 Oceans of Seafood @ PasarBella Singapore
If you’re down for some seafood with your Magikarp, Oceans of Seafood is having a free appetiser promo till the end of the month with every Chirashi order. You can check out their Facebook page for more details, though we don't recommend hunting for Pokemon while eating with your hands!
Visit: 200 Turf Club Rd, The Grand Stand, #02-06/K4-K11, Singapore 287994
Poké Gym: PasarBellar
#4 Mo’mor Izakaya
If you’re in the Tanglin area, and hankering for some fusion tapas, check this place out. It’s got both indoor and alfresco dining, which can be great on a cool evening.
Visit: 56 Tanglin Rd, #B1-01 Tanglin Post Office Singapore 247964 (Opposite Tanglin Mall)
Nearby Pokestop: 4 Ring
#5 Steam Box Steam Hotpot Specialist
An influx of wild Pokemon has invaded Steam Box! So if you're trying to catch Pokemon on your lunch or dinner stop, it's no brainer where to find us! We are located at 68 Serangoon Garden Way. Do note that we are closed on every Monday, because our team is going to the "gym" for training. See you peeps soon!
Serangoon Gardens is always overrun with crowds at meal times, but if you’ve been meaning to eat clean at the recently opened Steam Box, you’ll be that much more motivated to check the place out, seeing as it’s in a prime Pokestop location.
Visit: 68 Serangoon Garden Way Singapore 555964
In a rather genius move, Pezzo is one of the places on this list offering customers special Pokemon promotions. They are giving 10 lucky customers 2,500 pokecoins ($30 worth of iTunes card) each with a minimum order of one full pan pizza (visit https://pezzo.foodpanda.sg)! Alternatively, if you have too many Caterpies, you can evolve them to get a special price on your pizzas. From 2pm to 5pm on weekdays until August 31, 2016, show a Metapod you’ve caught on your app to get three slices for $10.90 (UP $12.90), or a Butterfree to get six slices at $19.90 (UP $24.90).
Visit: Pezzo Pizza has a total of 29 kiosks islandwide, and are located in major shopping malls which are Pokestop lure hot spots, including ION Orchard, Woodlands, Lot 1 and more!
#7 Crave Nasi Lemak & Teh Tarik
Last but not least, another promotion to reward your journey as a Pokemon trainer! Show the friendly Crave staff a Pidgeotto to get 10 chicken wing pieces at $11.90 (UP $18.00). Pidgeot will land you an even bigger discount of 10 pieces for $9.90! Similar to Pezzo, redemption is available on weekdays from 2pm to 5pm, until August 31, 2016.
Visit: Eight outlets located in major shopping malls with Pokestops nearby (including ION Orchard, Vivocity, Punggol Waterway Point).