A foodie guide to Singapore’s local gems

With a dizzying array of cuisines to try, Singapore is a foodie paradise like no other. Live like a local and dine at the bustling hawker street food markets and discover up-and-coming eateries that put heaven on a plate.  

Chinatown hotspots

From cool cafés to the cacophony of fiery, sizzling hawker pans, Chinatown boasts an intoxicating dining scene. The Maxwell Food Centre has more than 100 street food-style stalls under one roof, including Michelin Bib-toting Tian Tian: one of the best in town. Tian specialises in fragrant chicken rice – costing only a few dollars – though locals debate whether the Lee Kuan Yew stall is superior, so you may have to try both to decide!

At the Chinatown Food Centre, the Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle hawker stall is a Singapore institution and the cheapest Michelin-star-graced restaurant in the world. Its iconic chicken rice is legendary and there’s now an eat-in offshoot of the humble hawker stall called Hawker Chan. For a cracking fried oyster omelette, head to Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters on Chinatown Food Street. Vegetarians will find flavoursome dishes aplenty at local favourite, the basement dining hall of the Buddha Tooth Temple.

Discover Lau Pa Sat

The historic food market in Lau Pa Sat dates back to the 1830s and is a tantalising mix of awe-inspiring colonial architecture, old-world charm and sizzling stalls. Follow your nose and choose from the variety of cuisines or head to neighbouring Satay Street, where locals consider Stalls 7 and 8 to peddle the best chicken and beef skewers with tangy peanut sauce

Little India uncovered

Close your eyes in the middle of Little India and the sights, sounds and alluring smells will transport you straight to the bustling streets of Delhi. In the heart of Little India, the Tekka Centre has some of the best biryani and Indian rojak stalls in town. For Bengali and Punjabi cuisine, Mustard on Race Course Road is well regarded for its flavour-packed curries; for north Indian delights, head for a belly-busting feast at Jaggi’s. Fancy a mouthwatering mélange of north and south Indian delicacies? No problem – Banana Leaf Apolo, also on Racecourse Road, is a local favourite thanks to its mouth-watering masalas, fish-head curry and exquisite tandoor dishes – all served on banana leaves.

On the water

The East Coast Lagoon Food Court is set right next to the beach so diners can feast with waterfront views (some stalls close during the day). If you can’t decide which stall to plump for, choose local favourite Kampong Rojak for excellent rojak: a traditional fruit and salad dish served with dough fritters. In recent years, the East Coast foodie scene has really bloomed, with a plethora of street food stalls and hip ‘hawkpreneurs’ serving reimagined classics. Check out Geylang Serai Market for authentic Malay cuisine, Katong for old-meets-new kitchens, Bedok 85 Food Centre for bountiful street food and the Bedock Marketplace for young restaurateurs and hawkpreneurs.

Top off your foodie adventure with a trip on a traditional bumboat to Smith Marine. Located off Changi, patrons here fish for their dinner – hooking a bass, grouper or snapper before it’s cooked to perfection by the chefs. Dine with the sea breeze and the freshest catch in town.

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· Accommodation for one night at hotel in applicable price category

· Unlimited rides on the SIA hop-on bus

· Entry to over 20 top attractions

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