Birds of Paradise opens ice cream cafe in Mandai Wildlife West with exclusive grilled sandwiches, botanical gelato sundaes & more

by Christabel Tan

Birds of Paradise in Bird Paradise? They just had to.

The home-grown gelato brand has established itself as one of the most exciting F&B options in the public dine-&-play area outside Singapore’s Bird Paradise, Mandai Wildlife West.

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Photo: @bopgelato/instagram

Instead of the usual takeaway kiosks, this fifth Mandai outlet features a casual all-day dining concept, Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique & Sandwich Bar.

Photo: Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique

The stunning space, which was designed with sustainability in mind, features both a campervan-inspired silver bullet food truck and dine-in tabletops made of upcycled botanical waste material and pink marble.

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Photo: Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique

If you’re feeling peckish, hit up the special Sandwich Bar serving up shakes, coffee and comforting rye-sourdough sandwiches with a botanical twist.

Photo: Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique

Choose from Egg Mayo Sourdough (S$10.80), paired with a curious combination of coriander and pistachio; Grilled Triple Cheese (S$12.80) with rojak flower; and Tuna & Gouda (S$12.80), complemented with dill and slow-roasted tomatoes.

The kids can go for either the Egg Mayo Toastie (S$9.80) or Double Cheese Toastie (S$10.80).

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Photo: Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique & Sandwich Bar (Mandai Wildlife West)

Pair your sandwiches with a Strawberry Basil (S$9.80) or Chocolate Shake — they’re made with just two ingredients, so they’re healthier than usual (right?)

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Alternatively, bakes like Banana Cake (S$5) or Cookies (S$4.50) from Mother Dough Bakery are available.

But if you’ve got nothing but the brand’s well-loved gelato on your mind, signatures include the likes of Midnight Gianduja, White Chrysanthemum, Lychee Raspberry, and my personal favourite, Sea-Salt Hojicha (that I crave for on a weekly basis).

Photo: @bopgelato/instagram

However, you can also take your pick from an expanded range of dairy-free gelato in outlet-exclusive flavours like Cucumber Mint, Banana & Coconut Caramel, and Smoked Chocolate. From vegans to the lactose-intolerant, there is something for everyone here!

As a matter of fact, why not take it up a notch by enjoying your scoop with a shot of espresso à la the classic Affogato (S$9.50)?

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Photo: Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique

Sundaes are also on the menu — I’ve got my eye on the Strawberry Basil and Pandan Sundae topped with coconut flakes, pomegranate seeds, and coconut blossom nectar.

Photo: @bopgelato/instagram

Now you know where to cool down after a spot of wildin’ and birdwatching!

Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique & Sandwich Bar
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📍 20 Mandai Lake Rd, #02-03, Singapore 729825
🕒 9am–8pm (Daily)

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