SINGAPORE — The Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Friday (19 May) launched a new portal to help members of the public locate HDB coffee shops offering budget meals.
The BudgetMealGoWhere website, launched in collaboration with the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), will allow anyone to search for HDB coffee shops offering budget meals near their location. Users can also view the budget meals and drinks available at these coffee shops.
The website contains a search bar that allows members of the public to insert their postal code, which the website then returns with a list of coffee shops, starting with those located within 2km of the inserted postal code.
More budget meal offerings by 2026
In March 2023, the government announced that all coffee shops leased from HDB would have to offer budget meal options upon their tenancy renewal starting May 2023. All rental coffee shops due for renewal will need to provide four budget meals and two budget drinks as a condition for renewal of their tenancy.
Operators were also encouraged to offer budget meals at prices which are sustainable and competitive to prices of surrounding F&B options.
With this change, the government aims to have budget meals be progressively offered at all 374 HDB rental coffee shops by 2026.
"For a start, about 40 coffee shops are currently listed on the BudgetMealGoWhere website, with more being progressively added," said HDB in a statement.
Participating stalls will display the budget meal decal stickers on their food display signage, indicating the budget meals on offer.
To ease the transition for coffee shop operators and stall holders, HDB said it would be offering a small rental discount of five per cent off the renewal rents – which are market-based – for a period of one year from the time the tenancy is renewed. This will be subject to verification that the new budget meals and drinks have been implemented.
HDB also revealed that it had completed 37 new coffee shops in the last five years and will continue to build new ones to serve new HDB developments. Another 34 coffee shops are slated for completion in the next five years.
Members of the public can visit the website here, or access the platform via the LifeSG app and website.