Local flavours at Old Airport Road Food Centre
This food-focused hawker centre is one of the oldest in the city. Locals consider it to be Singapore's best food court. Among the many tables and food sellers you can taste authentic regional cuisine such as char kway teow, a popular rice noodle and shrimp dish usually served on a banana leaf. For dessert, try the rojak, a delicious salad of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also find some of the most famous tofu stands on the island there, including 51 Soya Beancurd. Savoury and sweet options abound with flavours like almond and strawberry. Those with adventurous palates will be pleased.
Old Airport Road Food Centre
51 Old Airport Road
+65 6225 5632
Chinese food at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
Located in the centre of the Chinatown, Maxwell Road Food Centre is the perfect place to enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine. Settle in at one of the colourful tables in the centre aisle and order one of the most popular dishes: Hainan chicken rice, fried oyster omelette or a crunchy carrot cake. Afterwards, visit the magnificent Buddha Tooth Relic Museum across the street from this hawker centre. Admire the facades with their hundreds of fascinating tiny statues representing the famous spiritual figure.
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
1 Kadayanallur Street
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
288 South Bridge Road
+65 6220 0220
A taste of India at Tekka Centre
Love Indian cuisine? Go straight to Tekka Centre for dishes from the subcontinent. There, the focus is on biryani, a spicy rice-based recipe, served with papadums made from black gram flour, while the perfectly spiced red lentil dal is a delicacy you will not want to miss. Next, take a stroll through the upper floors of this complex, where you can immerse yourself in a Bollywood-inspired world of clothing shops and fabric stores as traditional Indian music plays all around.
Bukit Timah Road
Sweet and savoury at Tiong Bahru Market
This hawker centre is known across Singapore for its breakfast and brunch fare. On the menu? Crispy toast with coconut jam called kaya, usually served alongside peppery scrambled eggs. You can also try the roti prata, small flatbreads that look a bit like crepes but which are traditionally served with curry. If you are feeling particularly gluttonous, stop in at Jian Bo Shui Kueh and try the tasty steamed rice cakes called chwee kueh.
Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road
Food prepared before your eyes at Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Chomp Chomp is well known among Singaporeans. It is considered to be the temple of satay, a must-try spicy marinade sauce. This foodie centre stands out from the crowd for another reason: contrary to most hawker centres, it does not open until 4pm. Watch as chefs prepare your dinner before your eyes: grilled stingray, noodle soup, chicken wings and beef skewers, all served with creamy satay sauce. How could you possibly say no?
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
20 Kensington Park Road