SINGAPORE'S BEST HAWKER CENTRES

Eating at a hawker centre is a must-do in Singapore. Apart from an extensive variety of cheap local food for your picking, you’ll also experience the casual, laidback culture that the city’s so well-loved for. A hawker centre in Singapore is a dining venue – usually outdoors – with tables set up in a large area surrounded by food stalls. In most hawker centres you'll find a good mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay food, alongside local drinks and desserts. This guide will prime you for some of the city’s best local desserts.
Lau Pa Sat

Lau Pa Sat

Lau Pa Sat – to mean ‘old market’ in Chinese – is a beautiful blend of history, architecture and delectable local cuisine. Set in the heart of the CBD, the hawker centre’s structure has stood the test of time (since the 19th century, no less) thanks to several restorations. Order up some mee rubus, chicken rice or Hokkien mee, then chow down your meal while revelling in the fact that you’re literally sitting on a piece of Singapore’s  history.

Lau Pa Sat. 18 Raffles Quay. Downtown MRT and Raffles Place MRT. 

 
Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Certain hawker centres are best known for a particular dish, and Chomp Chomp Food Centre’s one of them, set in a charming residential enclave called Serangoon Gardens. You’ll find ‘sambal’ barbeque stingray at most stalls – sambal’s essentially a shrimp paste flavoured with chilli, shallots and a touch of lime –  served atop a banana leaf, and finished with caramelised onion. Be sure to order tall glasses of sugarcane juice to go along with your meal. Crowds throng the poorly ventilated space nightly, so ‘chope’ (reserve) your seats the moment you spot an unoccupied table. (This guide to hawker centre etiquette should serve you well.)

Chomp Chomp Food Centre. 20 Kensington Park Rd. Serangoon MRT.  


Maxwell Food Centre

Maxwell Food Centre 

Not far off from Chinatown is Maxwell Food Centre – making it the best stop for local food after exploring the area’s storied past, whether in form of age-old temples or shophouses steeped in history. Whether you’re seeking a plate of one-Michelin-starred chicken rice, chewy peanut rolls, freshly baked bread or authentic Eurasian food, Maxwell Food Centre’s got you covered. Heading there for lunch? Go early – the office crowd descends upon the area from noon ’til two past.

Maxwell Food Centre. 1 Kadayanallur St. Telok Ayer MRT.


East Coast Lagoon Village

East Coast Lagoon Village

Waterfront dining gets new meaning at East Coast Lagoon Village, where the smoky aroma of barbequed seafood and satay intermingle with the smell of the sea. Tuck into barbequed chicken wings, Hokkien mee (a noodle dish comprising noodles and juicy shrimps) and satay (barbequed skewered meats), then hop on a rented bicycle from one of several rental outlets and make for East Coast Park. In need of thirst-quenchers? Fresh coconut water, sugar cane juice and frosty jugs of Tiger Beer are some options. Find out more about Singapore’s local drinks here.

East Coast Lagoon Village. 1220 East Coast Parkway. Bedok MRT.



Newton Food Centre

Newton Food Centre

One of Singapore’s most well-known spots for local food sits just outside the city’s shopping belt, Orchard Road. Touting is commonplace in Newton Food Centre, though, so you’d best arm yourself with these tips on hawker centre etiquette before making your way down. Fun fact: some hawkers have been in the trade since the ’50s!

Newton Food Centre. 500 Clemenceau Ave North. Newton MRT.

All done with your meal? Don’t forget to return your trays – look out for large signboards indicating so. If you're looking for more to do, try some of these things to do in Chinatown. It's just a five-minute train ride to Marina Bay Sands, with exclusive offers if you book direct on our site.


Rasapura Masters

Local food set within Marina Bay Sands.

Rasapura Masters and 1983 - A Taste of Nanyang are your go-to stops for local food, whatever you're after. If you're at Rasapura Masters, take the chance to admire Digital Light Canvas – a digital art installation comprising over 400,000 LEDs. 

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