They say that the favorite pastime of Singaporeans is food. We bet it’s true! Singapore is a foodie destination. From Michelin start restaurants to the best (and cheapest) local and traditional food market where you can find almost any cuisine in the world.
Locals and travelers all over the world go to the Hawkers centres in Singapore (also known as food courts) These are affordable culinary destination where you can find a wide variety of local and international dishes.
Despite the cheap prices (from S$2.50 to S$5.00), the quality of food is good or in some of them, really good. A lot of food connoisseurs in Singapore frequently visit the best food courts in town for their favorite indulgence.
There are hundreds of food courts with thousands of food stalls in Singapore that you shouldn’t miss. We have picked the 5 worth trying eating places for you to eat like a local.
1. CHINATOWN COMPLEX FOOD CENTRE
You can find all the must-try local foods here: It is the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 food stalls. Chinatown Complex Food Centre offers foodies a full range of local dishes. Here is where you can find the World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant. The stall has become so popular that Chan Hon Meng has now opened a restaurant near the original location, with air conditioning and sit-down tables where you can enjoy his iconic Michelin Star Chicken dish for $2.
2. TEKKA CENTRE – Little India
If you love Indian food as much as we do, this is definitely your place. It’s crowded, chaotic and hot!
From Tandoori breads to South Indian tiffin dishes, the top eats at Tekka Food Centre are from North and South India. Our recommendations on what to eat are all tried-and-tested. Most of the stalls are ‘hidden gems’ that have not received awards or made it to popular hawker guides.
3. OLD AIRPORT ROAD FOOD CENTRE
It’s one of the Singapore’s iconic hawker centre. It’s the oldest and largest food court in the island city.
It serves authentic delicious local food to many generations of Singaporeans. Here you will find all the popular Singaporean dishes.
It is home to some of the best soya beancurd stalls in the city. You will always see long queues at Lao Ban Soya Beancurd and 51 Soya Beancurd. Two of the most famous stalls that you should try.
4. NEWTON FOOD CENTRE
Have you seen the movie “Crazy Rich Asian”? This is one of the location where the Hollywood movie was filmed.
It’s a bustling late-night outdoor market where the food stall vendors, serve them a dizzying array of steaming satay sticks and made-to-order chili crabs.
5. CHOMP CHOMP FOOD CENTRE
If you are hungry and want to have good hawker food at late hours, head to Chomp Chomp Food Centre. It opens from 18:00 until late every day.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre is a satay mecca. Pork, beef, chicken and mutton satay are all available.