After the beauty of this sumptuous country, it is the food that attracts a huge number of tourists. Singaporeans are crazy about food and they know very well how to satisfy their tummies. But if you think that in order to taste the best local dishes in Singapore you will have to head to an expensive restaurant then, you are wrong.
There are myriad of food places and hawker centers all over Singapore that serves amazing local dishes. We have consolidated Top 10 food places and areas in Singapore that the locals frequent.
Chinatown Food Street
You might have surely heard about the Chinatown in Singapore. This place is famous among travellers as well as locals for various local food. But do not let the appearance of this food street fool you about its quality.
Although a food enthusiast will love the ambiance of the whole place and that is the most pivotal part. However, the food centers in Chinatown are near the Chinatown Night Market therefore it gives you the perfect opportunity to shop and enjoy the food at the same time.
Perhaps, if you are thinking about the food dishes, just as the name indicated, you should probably get the answer by now. Chinatown Food Street serves mainly Chinese cuisines but they do have other cuisines for satisfy the diverse travellers’ palates.
Directions and how to go to Chinatown Food Street
Liang Seah Street
This street is named after a wealthy Chinese Merchant, who was also the founder of Ngee Ann Kongsi, Seah Liang Seah, in the year 1927. It has a long history and it was one of the important streets in Singapore for trades and businesses. Locally, the street is currently famous for its wide steamboat choices. From Sichuan Mala Hotpot, Chong Qing Steamboat, Shabu Shabu to Korean BBQ, you name it.
Restaurants like “Fat Bird” and “Taan” along Liang Seah Street are popular among locals and travelers. Fat Bird is a perfect place to hang out with family and it is one of the first restaurant in Singapore that serves Sichuan Dish. Taan is famous for its 50 different varieties of Satay. Interestingly, you will find Chinese, Japanese, Korean and local satays too.
After your meals, do remember to head “Ah Chew Desserts” to have a taste of Singapore’s Local desserts.
Directions and how to go to Liang Seah Street
Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Makansutra Gluttons Bay is the best place to enjoy food with the best view. There are several food choices such as Oyster Omelette, Roti Prata and the famous Singapore Chilli Crab. Perhaps, the most sumptuous location of this food center is because it is just right beside the bay.
Locating the food street is a breeze as it is situated beside the iconic landmark, The Esplanade Theatre. Head to open theatre after your meals to enjoy some local performance by the bay. The Makansutra Gluttons Bay is an ideal place for supper if you are in town, as most of the stalls open till late-night on the weekends.
Directions and how to go to Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Old Airport Road Food Center
The Old Airport Road Food Center is definitely not the prettiest hawker centers in Singapore. But as much as food authenticity and food choices matters, it could well be one of the most suitable food center to try authentic local delicacies. Do not be surprised as you find yourself in a crowded pool of local Singaporean as this food center is situated outside the city center, which attracts fewer tourists.
This food center is most common among the locals and they consider it to be best in both value and taste. If you are on a tight budget then head to Old Airport Road Food Center for your Singaporean food craving and you won’t be disappointed.
Directions and how to go to Old Airport Road Food Center
Geylang in Singapore is famous for several things. Many people state that this area represents the uncovered part of Singapore as it is mostly surrounded by hidden delicacies only known by locals and also as the only red-light district in the country.
Having said that, this place is home to many cheap and worth visiting restaurants in Singapore. Head to “Tanjong Rhu Pao and Confectionary” who has been serving the best pastries and buns for the past 30 years or “Sin Huat Seafood Restaurant” that serves the popular seafood dishes in Singapore.
And if you want to have a taste of the popular fruit in Singapore, Durian, then you should not miss this place. Lined along the streets are stalls that sell durians. This king of fruit with the pungent taste and smell, was once highly praised by the famous food critic, Anthony Bourdain too.
Directions and how to go to Geylang Lorongs
Here the name does all the talking. This street is a slice of India with authentic Indian food stalls, jewelry, flower vendors, saree shops, handicraft stalls and even trendy cafes. You might have thought as if you are in India while you enter Little India.
There are many food options for you to choose from such as “Madras New Woodlands”, “Indian Express”, “Azmi Restaurant” and the list goes on. You should try out at least four to five places for a different variety of foods.
Directions and how to go to Little India
Chun Tin Road & Cheong Chin Nam Road
Chun Tin Road is one of the famous roads in Singapore that has a variety of food stalls and restaurants known to the locals. Both of the roads are named after two Chinese dentists who followed the footsteps of their father. These roads are located adjacent to each other and have the best cafes and restaurants that offer great Singaporean foods.
While you are exploring Chun Tin Road and Cheong Chin Nam Road do not forget to check out some famous restaurants like “Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice”, “Joo Seng Teochew Porridge”, “Koon Bak Kut Teh”, “Ng Kim Lee Confectionery” and “Al Azhar Eating Restaurant”.
Directions and how to go to Chun Tin Road & Cheong Chin Nam Road
Lau Pat Sat
Lau Pat Sat also known as Telok Ayer Market, is located at the center of Central Business District (CBD) and also walkable distance from the Chinatown, is a popular hawker center among tourists. The building holds rich histories as it was first built in 1824 as a fish market for early settlers in Singapore.
Due to the location of this food center and popularity among tourists, the dishes sold in this food center is generally more expensive compared to other Hawker Centers in Singapore. However, do not be displaced by this fact as you will still find many authentic dishes in Lau Pat Sat. Part of the road will be blocked off every evening as the place will turn into an open space satay street, which is a must-try experience when you are in Singapore!
Directions and how to go to Lau Pat Sat
Chinatown Complex Food Center
Well, this food center needs no much introduction. If you have been searching Chicken Rice or cheapest Michelin Food in Singapore, then you will definitely chance upon this interesting place. Chinatown Food Complex is the largest Hawker Center in Singapore with over 260 food stalls on a single level. It is the best place to find authentic local delicacies at a cheap price.
Visiting this food center during lunch time, will allow you to experience the local food context together with an interesting mix of elderly, corporates and travelers of different ethnics and cultures. You will not be disappointed with the arrays of food choices and must-try dishes listed in Michelin Guide
This food market is so famous among tourists even before it was featured in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” (although I love the book more than the movie). With approximately 83 food stalls, Newton Food Market might not be one of the cheapest hawker centers in Singapore, but it does offer you a wide variety of food options.
Located just 10 minutes away from the Singapore’s shopping district, Orchard Road, Newton Food Market is definitely a popular choice for travelers after a long day of shopping!
Directions and how to go to Newton Food Market
These are the topmost food markets and food streets that you should plan it in your itinerary if you are visiting Singapore for the first time. Traveling is all about exploring unknown lands, immerse yourself into foreign cultures, and enjoying local delicacies. Whereas in Singapore, food is not just part of everyday life but it is a blend of cultures and rich histories. Therefore, if you have the chance, do speak to these hawkers stall owners and find out the story behind these amazing dishes in Singapore.
Tags: Cheong Chin Nam Road, Chinatown, Chun Tin Road, Food Center, Food Street, Geylang Lorongs, Hawker Centre, Lau Pa Sat, Liang Seah Street, Little India, Makansutra, Newton Food Market, Old Airport Road