So, are there wheelchair-accessible food places in Singapore?

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Last month we wrote about how wheelchair users face barriers in eating out at Singapore. Today we follow up with some wheelchair-accessible place recommendations from Be Inclusive app users. We also have an exclusive offer for our app users!

“Wheelchair users don’t go out, do they?”

This refrain is often heard from business owners and service providers in Singapore and many parts of the world. The sentiment is keenly felt in accessible entrances located in back alleys, toilets used as storage spaces or a simple lack of accessible entrances altogether.

Nonetheless, this idea of wheelchair users not going out was proven false in Be Inclusive’s campaign last year, where app users were asked to explore the inclusive side of Singapore. Most of them - counting wheelchair users amongst them - turned up in droves to cafes, hawker centres and other local food places.

 Be Inclusive app user Judy enters a coffee shop at Chinatown via a narrow sidewalk.

Be Inclusive app user Judy enters a coffee shop at Chinatown via a narrow sidewalk.

During the 'Explore The Inclusive Side of Singapore' campaign, over ¼ of our app users were made up of wheelchair users. This statistic shows that wheelchair users do, indeed, go out. But they know better than to go to places that do not welcome them. After all, as Be Inclusive app user Judy said in our last piece, “If we know [a place is] not accessible, we won’t even bother to try. Because it’s a waste of time.”

Always the same old places

Looking beyond government-initiated solutions such as a 'Find a Friendly Building' portal run by the Builder and Construction Authority (BCA), our user research with people with disabilities in Singapore and Manila shows that peer recommendations ranks highly in the criteria for deciding where to go. These users expressed a strong desire for exploration - however, their efforts to discover new places are inevitably plagued by the lack of accessible establishments.

Judy, for instance, “will always call up [her] friends to check if a place is accessible.” Even doing research in advance may also prove inaccurate, as another app user Theresa attests to: “I remember looking around this place’s website, which said it was accessible. But when I went there, it wasn’t accessible at all.” All of this feedback often gets shared in personal chats, but fails to reach the businesses and organisations that can make things better.

People shouldn't have to put up with inaccessibility when looking for a meal. As an app platform, Be Inclusive can ease the process of finding out where to go. The app helps users decide and recommend places with their peers, as well as enables these peer communities to participate in the dissemination of knowledge.

From our users: Favourite wheelchair-accessible food places

In particular, Be Inclusive app users have been rating some of their favourite wheelchair-accessible places. Here’s some of the places they recommend other wheelchair users and their friends to check out!

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Block 226D Market and Food Centre

 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Block 226D Hawker Centre is a common food destination for residents nearby.

Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Block 226D Hawker Centre is a common food destination for residents nearby.

One of the more popular hawker centres in the stretch of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, this bustling food outlet has been serving the neighbourhood for decades. From your grandma’s favourite Teochew soon kuehs to the humble nasi lemak, there’s something for everyone.

Accessibility: The main entrance, alighting and boarding bay are all accessible. Accessible toilets, seating facilities and parking lots can also be found in Level 1.

 

Professor Brawn Cafe

 Professor Brawn serves up affordable comfort food in an inclusive setting.

Professor Brawn serves up affordable comfort food in an inclusive setting.

Founded by a couple who wants to make a difference to the special needs community, Professor Brawn is a social enterprise that provides affordable good food by an inclusive quality workforce comprising people of different abilities, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. The namesake, Professor Brawn was created with the founders’ child, who has a learning disability.

Accessibility: As this cafe is located at Velocity @ Novena Square, the main entrance, alighting and boarding bay are all accessible. There are lifts on every level. Accessible toilets can also be found on every level. Accessible amenities such as a basketball court and interactive directory are located at Level 1.

 

Camp Kilo Charcoal Club

 The 120-seater eatery is all open air seats, a garden bar, a DJ booth and a self-made spit.

The 120-seater eatery is all open air seats, a garden bar, a DJ booth and a self-made spit.

Located by the Kallang River, this restaurant offers the perfect setting for a slow weekend with friends with hearty food and drinks. One of its signature drink, the Punchbowl is the perfect thing to share with some good company.

Accessibility: This place offers open air, outdoor seating and is located at Level 1.

 

Offer for Be Inclusive App Users

Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is now offering Be Inclusive app users a free boozy Punchbowl of your choice with the purchase of any food item. Download the app now, click on Latest News and find out how to redeem this offer. 

Offer ends 12 Apr. Other terms and conditions apply.

Editor