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GUIDE TO WET MARKETS

Whether you’re a foodie or just someone who wants to get a glimpse into Singaporean life, a visit to a Singapore wet market is one of the definitive Singaporean experiences and something to place on the top of your Singapore itinerary. With lower prices, fascinating sights and an atmosphere you won’t forget, Singapore wet markets are in a league of their own. Here are some of the best wet markets in Singapore, what you can find, and how to get the most of your shopping experience. 
Fresh Seafood Market

Chinatown Wet Market

Chinatown Wet Market is located in the basement of the Chinatown Complex. Here, you’ll find a whole range of fresh Asian vegetables, live seafood, spices, dried goods and tofu. It’s also a great place to see something a little more exotic — like frogs, turtles and even eels!

While you’re there, you can take the opportunity to have an authentic local meal at the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 stalls selling delicious Asian and international dishes.

Indian Market Spices

Tekka Wet Market

Located in Little India, Tekka Complex houses Singapore’s largest indoor wet market, which means you’ll be able to find a huge range of spices, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, and ingredients for Indian cooking. You can even buy a chilled fresh coconut to sip from while you browse the various market stalls.

The complex also has a food centre, as well as shops selling Indian clothing. Take a step outside to find a range of Indian restaurants and more gold jewellery merchants than you might ever have seen on a single street. 

Vegetables Market Stall

Tiong Bahru Wet Market

The Tiong Bahru Wet Market offers a range of local and international fresh produce. Beef from Australia and New Zealand can often be cheaper than what you’d find in the supermarket, and there's also a range of cheeses.

On the way out, pick up some beautiful and reasonably priced orchids, Singapore's national flower. While you're in the stylish Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, take some time to explore – it's a great place to hunt down independent bookstores and chic cafés.

Wet Market Tips

Yes, the smells and sounds may be overwhelming – but it’s all part of the experience. Come early as most wet markets close by around noon, and the freshest produce gets snapped up early. Most wet markets are closed on Mondays, and you’ll need to bring cash.

Many locals bring their own little trolley with them, which is a better option than carrying heavy bags. Wet markets are called ‘wet’ for a reason: the floor is constantly being hosed down. So wear covered shoes with non-slip soles.

And finally, be prepared to experience this unique community experience fully. Don’t be afraid to haggle, and form relationships with the vendors – you may get samples, cooking advice, and even discounts. Talk to people, smile, laugh, and make friends!