Ask any Global Citizen here and chances are, they will agree that one of the best perks living in the Lion City is its endless variety of cuisines. For a real Singapore dining experience, make your way to one of these bustling hawker centres. Here's a tip: don't forget to chope (reserve) a seat with a packet of tissue!
Lau Pa Sat
Also known as Telok Ayer Market, this refurbished heritage site boasts a stunning colonial structure, as well as a long and storied history stemming from the early 19th century. Today, it is a popular lunch spot for office workers who swarm this food centre for its international and local fare.
18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Amoy Street Food Centre
This CBD gem, located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar, houses a slew of award-winning hawker stalls. Join the queue at the Michelin-approved A Noodle Story, or grab a snack from J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff, listed in Michelin's Bib Gourmand 2017 roundup. From affordable and hearty pasta to decent Thai food, choices are aplenty here.
7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
Maxwell Food Centre
Home to over 100 food stalls, this is undoubtedly one of Singapore's most well-known hawker institutions. Tourists and locals flock here for the popular Tian Tian chicken rice - an Anthony Bourdain favourite - and five-spice prawn fritters from Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guan Chang, a long-standing stall with a loyal following.
1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Those with adventurous taste buds may find the selection here intriguing. Some dishes worth braving the queues for include mee siam and laksa cooked with fruit juice from Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa, and curry chicken noodles from Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon. But don't let that restrict your dining experience there - take your time to explore all this two-storey food centre has to offer. You will be glad you did.
531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
One of Singapore's oldest neighbourhoods and a gentrified hipster hang-out, the Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre has remained relatively untouched by the fast-moving developments. You won't regret making a trip down just for Jian Bo's savoury chee kueh (steamed rice cakes topped with pickled radish) or lor mee (braised noodle dish in thick gravy) from Tiong Bahru Lor Mee.
30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Forget Newton Hawker Centre, Chomp Chomp is where you should go for your barbecued seafood fix. No dinner spread here is complete without a steaming plate of Hokkien noodles from Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles and a super-sized mug of sugarcane juice. Other local favourites from this smoky joint include satay, barbecued chicken wings, and carrot cake.
20 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557269
Old Airport Road Food Centre
This 42 year-old hawker food mecca is a huge favourite with most Singaporeans, and it's not hard to see why. Affordable and delicious options are everywhere; Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun, Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee and Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow are just some names to have on your lunch roster.
51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051
East Coast Lagoon Food Village
If you have friends visiting, impress them with a barbecued seafood dinner at this beachfront cluster of stalls. You will be spoiled for choice, as there are tons of seafood and satay options to check out - most of them are Halal-certified, too.
1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960
As seen in TheHoneycombers.com. Reproduced with permission.