2019 has been a pretty good year to be a senior citizen in Singapore. Not only is there a shiny new Merdeka Generation package from the government, it seems like private businesses are also trying to woo the 55+ crowd.
Cue all kinds of gimmicky discounts like free durian buffets, $0.54 chicken rice and the ill-fated $54 Huawei phones.
But not all of these are marketing flops — there are some genuinely good senior citizen deals out there too. Here are some legitimate discounts you can get at restaurants, eateries and kopitiams in Singapore.
26 best senior citizen dining discounts in Singapore (2019)
|Restaurant||Minimum age||Senior citizen discount||Valid days|
|18 Chefs||55||$2 off main course||Daily|
|Buffet City||55||$22.80++ buffet lunch||Mon to Fri|
|Buffet Town||60||$25 buffet lunch||Mon to Fri|
|Cafe Oriental (Amara Hotel)||60||50% off main course||Sat & Sun|
|The Carvery (Park Hotel Alexandra)||60||15% buffet lunch & dinner||Mon to Fri|
|Coca Restaurant||60||$24++ buffet lunch||Mon to Fri|
|Escape (One Farrer Hotel)||60||1-for-1 buffet lunch / dinner||Mon to Fri|
|[email protected] (Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel)||60||$33 buffet lunch / $38 buffet dinner||Daily|
|Fish & Co.||60||1-for-1 main course||Mon to Wed|
|Food Exchange (Novotel on Stevens)||55||$21++ buffet lunch||Mon to Fri|
|Gelare||60||Free coffee / tea with purchase||Daily|
|Gim Tim / Imperial Court Restaurant||60||10% off + 2 free desserts||Mon to Fri|
|Hot Tomato||60||30% off from 3pm to 5.30pm||Mon to Fri|
|I Am…||60||1-for-1 pizza||Daily|
|I’m Kim Korean BBQ||60||$12.90++ buffet lunch||Mon to Fri|
|Kopitiam / NTUC Foodfare||60||$0.50 kopi / teh||Wed|
|Koufu||60||$1.50 kopi + kaya bun set from 3pm to 5pm||Mon to Fri|
|Pizza Hut||55||50% off from 1.30pm to 5pm||Mon to Fri|
|Sakura International Buffet||60||Discounted buffet pricing||Mon to Fri|
|Seoul Garden||60||20% off buffet lunch||Mon to Fri|
|Spices Cafe (Concorde Hotel)||55||$29++ buffet lunch / high tea||Daily|
|Straits Cafe (Rendezvous Hotel)||60||50% off buffet lunch / dinner||Sun to Thu|
|Straits Wine Company||60||15% off||Daily|
|Tiffany Cafe (Furama Hotel)||60||$25 buffet lunch / $30 buffet dinner||Mon & Tue|
|Window on the Park (Holiday Inn)||60||1-for-1 buffet + free drink||Daily|
|Yum Cha||60||20% off weekday high tea buffet||Mon to Fri|
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Casual Western eatery 18 Chefs may be packed with noisy schoolkids, but it also offers a discount for senior citizens: $2 off main courses all day, every day.
The discount is available to anyone 55 years old and up, you just need to flash a valid ID (no need NRIC, Merdeka Generation or Pioneer Generation card).
Buffet City is an international buffet restaurant located at Tanjong Pagar Community Club, and its target audience appears to be older folks. Not only does their website have Chinese text, they also have senior citizen pricing (55 years old and above) for all their buffets.
The cheapest one is $22.80++ for weekday lunch buffet, but there are also discounted rates for dinner and on weekends.
The more well-known Buffet Town is my very assertive grandma’s go-to buffet place, and I like to imagine that she intimidated the restaurant into offering a $25 nett buffet lunch for seniors aged 60 and up.
The deal is valid from Mon to Fri, except for public holidays and eve of PH. Show a valid identification card upon request.
Cafe Oriental (Amara Hotel)
If you’re feeling fancy, Amara Hotel in Tanjong Pagar is offering 50% off main courses all day on weekends at their 1950s-style restaurant, Cafe Oriental, which serves local fare. The offer is valid for senior citizen card or Pioneer Generation card holders.
Most items on the Cafe Oriental menu are $18, so after discount they’d be $9++. You still have to pay service charge + GST on discounted items so it should be closer to $11 per pax.
The Carvery (Park Hotel Alexandra)
Fans of meat can enjoy a 15% discount off the daily buffet at Park Hotel Alexandra’s The Carvery restaurant. Flash your PAssion Silver Card to get the deal.
The buffet is usually $42++ at lunch ($35.70++ after discount) from Mon to Sun. For dinner, it’s $58++ from Mon to Thu ($49.30++ after discount) or $62++ from Fri to Sun ($52.70++ after discount).
Steamboat restaurant Coca Restaurant practices senior citizen pricing for all its buffets, as long as you visit on a weekday. The discount is valid for those 60 years old and above; bring your NRIC for verification.
The cheapest deal is their $24++ buffet lunch from Mon to Fri. If you can’t make it then, you can also get weekday dinner buffet at $38++. Premium versions of both buffets are available, but they cost more of course.
Escape (One Farrer Hotel)
Another hotel offering cheaper buffet prices for senior citizens is One Farrer Hotel. At their Escape restaurant, seniors can get 1-for-1 buffet lunch or dinner from Mon to Fri.
The usual price for lunch buffet is $50++, while the dinner buffet is $70++ (Mon to Thu) / $78++ (Fri). You need to show your PAssion Silver Card to enjoy the deal.
Fish & Co.
Lucky senior citizens can get 1-for-1 a la carte main courses at Fish & Co. if you flash your PAssion Silver card from Mon to Wed — no time constraints!
[email protected] (Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel)
Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel in Katong has a heritage-themed buffet (think laksa and durian) at its in-house restaurant, [email protected], and there are special prices for senior citizens.
Flash your Merdeka or Pioneer Generation card and you can enjoy a buffet lunch at $33 nett or dinner at $38 nett. Without a card, it’s $38 nett and $40 nett respectively.
Food Exchange (Novotel on Stevens)
One of the most affordable hotel buffet lunch deals for senior citizens is at Novotel on Stevens’ Food Exchange restaurant. Seniors aged 55 and up get 50% off for buffet lunch from Mon to Fri, which makes it $21++ after discount.
If you have a sweet tooth, you might be familiar with Gelare cafe, which serves ice cream and waffles (famously half-priced on Tuesdays).
For seniors age 60 and up, just flash the PAssion Silver Card to get a free hot coffee or tea to wash down your a la carte dessert. If you spend at least $40 in the same receipt, you can get 10% off as well.
Gim Tim / Imperial Court Restaurant
Chinese restaurant group Gim Tim Group of Restaurants (Gim Tim and Imperial Court, both in Ang Mo Kio) is offering 10% off their a la carte menu for seniors who show their PAssion Silver Cards.
That’s not exactly spectacular, but to sweeten the deal, you’ll also get 2 free desserts.
Casual eatery Hot Tomato is known for cheap Western food, but it gets even cheaper for senior citizens, who get 30% off main courses from 3pm to 5.30pm on weekdays.
There’s no age specified but the common minimum age to qualify as senior citizen is 60 years old; bring an ID for verification just in case.
This popular halal cafe on Haji Lane isn’t just for the young — I Am… cafe also offers senior citizens 1-for-1 pizzas daily plus 10% off the bill on top of it. Flash your PAssion Silver card to get the discount.
I’m Kim Korean BBQ
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Hands down, the cheapest buffet deal for senior citizens is I’m Kim Korean BBQ’s $12.90++ buffet lunch from Mon to Fri.
Actually, seniors aged 60 years and above get the same price as students daily. If you prefer to dine during dinner or on the weekends, it’ll set you back $22.90++ or $23.90++.
Kopitiam / NTUC Foodfare
This one is pretty well-known already — seniors can get 50 cents kopi or teh every Wednesday at Kopitiam food courts and NTUC Foodfare. The offer is also available at coffee shops islandwide, but there isn’t a list of it, so just look out for the poster.
You need to flash your Merdeka or Pioneer Generation card for this one.
Competing food court chain Koufu also has a deal for seniors: $1.50 kaya butter bun + kopi / teh set from Mon to Fri, 3pm to 5pm. It’s normally $2.20 to $2.50 per set. Show your PAssion Silver Card to redeem this.
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Not many seniors I know are fans of pizza, but if you’re so inclined, you can get 50% off on Mon to Fri 1.30pm to 5pm at Pizza Hut.
The offer is valid on pizzas, main courses and entrees, but it’s limited to 1 order per customer. You need to be 55 years old and above, and show either your NRIC or senior citizen EZ-Link card when ordering.
Sakura International Buffet
Another contender on the cheap buffets front is Sakura International Buffet. Senior citizens aged at least 60 enjoy a few dollars off the usual buffet prices.
At the Admiralty and Yio Chu Kang outlets, weekend brunch and weekday dinner buffet costs $29.90++ and weekend dinner costs $32.90++. Weekday lunch buffets are $22++, the same as for regular adults.
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Halal Korean buffet joint Seoul Garden offers seniors 20% off buffet lunch from Mon to Fri. It’s normally $21.99++ so you’ll pay $17.59++ instead.
Seniors need to be at least 55 years old to qualify. You can also get 10% off on all other buffet timings.
Spices Cafe (Concorde Hotel)
Like some of the F&B establishments on this list, Concorde Hotel practices senior citizen pricing on all its buffets at its restaurant, Spices Cafe.
Seniors aged 55 years and up can get a special rate of $29++ for their weekday buffet lunch and weekday afternoon tea buffet. The dinner buffet is more expensive at $38++ (Mon to Thu) and $40++ (Fri to Sun)
Straits Cafe (Rendezvous Hotel)
The heritage-themed Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel gives seniors aged 60 years old and above a straight-up 50% discount on buffets from Sun to Thu.
After discount, buffet lunch would cost $23++ (Mon to Thu) or $26++ (Sun). Dinner is $30++ (Mon to Thu) or $34++ (Sun).
Straits Wine Company
If you’re looking for a bottle to go with your zi char, head to Straits Wine Company for discounted wines. Seniors with a PAssion Silver card can get a sweet 15% off, but note that it does not apply to liquor e.g. gin, whiskey.
Tiffany Cafe (Furama Hotel)
Finally, Furama Hotel has “Senior Appreciation Days” at its in-house buffet restaurant, Tiffany Cafe.
Every Mon and Tue, senior citizens enjoy $25 nett buffet lunch and $30 nett buffet dinner. Furama does not specify the age so we would assume you need to be at least 60 years old to enjoy the discount.
Window on the Park (Holiday Inn Singapore)
With the PAssion Silver Card, seniors are entitled to 1-for-1 buffet lunch or dinner at Holiday Inn Singapore’s Window on the Park, plus free coffee or tea, and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink.
The buffet lunch (Mon to Sun) is usually $65++ per pax, while buffet dinner costs $78++ (Mon to Thu) or $96++ (Fri to Sun).
Seniors who have the PAssion Silver Card can get 20% off at dim sum restaurant Yum Cha’s weekday high tea a la carte buffet from 3pm to 6pm.
It’s usually $24.90++ so after discount it’ll be $19.92++. The offer is valid until 30 Sep.
Did we miss anything out? Share your senior citizen deals with us in the comments!