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Bugis And Kampong Glam

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Bugis and Kampong Glam

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    Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    Meal of a lifetime for a song

    11 & 15 Jalan Pisang
    T: 6291 3132

    Don't expect ambience or air-con at this nasi padang joint, just the meal of a lifetime for a few dollars. The food may be pre-cooked but it's mouth-wateringly delicious and most days there are more than 40 lovingly home-style curries, seafood, and veggies to choose from. Just point at whatever ... read more

  • Chye Seng Huat Hardware
    4 stars

    Go for the cold brew

    150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore
    T: 6396 0609

    You wouldn’t know it by walking past or from reading the sign outside, but Chye Seng Huat Hardware brews some of the best coffee in Singapore. This retro-chic cafe roasts their own beans and has a coffee bar where you can sample their different blends and brewing methods as well as some ... read more

  • Golden Mile Food Centre
    4 stars

    Follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain

    505 Beach Rd

    Many foodies make a pilgrimage to this Beach Road hawker centre to slurp up sup tulang — mutton bones cooked in spicy tomato sauce. Anthony Bourdain gave it a go when he visited Singapore, but the other offerings are equally good. Try the char kway teow (fried noodles), fish head curry, roti ... read more

  • New Century Food Paradise (Lavender Food Square)
    4 stars

    Cheap meals and beer

    380 Jalan Besar

    Still often known as Lavender Food Square, New Century Food Paradise is a typical Singaporean hawker centre that serves a wide array of food at bargain prices. ... read more

  • Fortune Centre
    4 stars

    Who says fast food can't be healthy?

    190 Middle Rd

    Who says fast food can't be healthy? Fortune Centre is more of a collection of quaint cafés than a food court, but everything is 100% vegetarian and affordable on the tightest of budgets. Most of the offerings are Chinese-Singaporean and the complexity of what they can do with bean curd will ... read more

  • Blu Jaz Cafe
    4 stars

    Eclectic with varied performances

    11 Bali Lane
    T: 6292 3800

    Eclectic is the word to describe this Kampong Glam café and lounge. The performance space seems equally suited for jazz ensembles or rap battles — they've hosted both — and once a month is the "Stand Up for Singapore" open mike comedy night. Food and drink prices are very reasonable (S$11 ... read more

  • dbl O
    4 stars

    Cheap drinks, close to backpacker cribs

    222 Queen St
    T: 6735 2008

    If your backpacker wardrobe won't make the cut at Singapore's top nightclubs, head to dbl O for an unpretentious night on the town. The music is eclectic with hip hop, R&B, house, and retro-throwback and ladies get free entry and drinks every Wednesday. Other nights there's a cover of S$15-25 ... read more

  • Koh Nangkam
    4 stars

    The real south Thai and Malaysian deal

    743 North Bridge Rd
    T: 6392 2172

    Don't expect any Singha at this Halal restaurant opposite the Sultan Mosque, just home-style southern Thai cooking. Favourites like tom yam goong, fried noodles and green curry come in individual or sharing-sized portions and taste authentic, but it's the unique massaman briyani that keeps us ... read more

  • Nong Khai Beer House
    4 stars

    The real Isaan deal

    5001 Beach Road, #01-73/74 Golden Mile Complex
    T: 9188 7221

    Join Singapore's Thai community for spicy salads and big bottles of Chang with ice cubes. The menu is limited but the Thai cooks turn out the most authentic Isaan food this side of the Lao border with every part of animal from the skin to the feet getting grilled then gobbled up with sticky rice ... read more

  • Diandin Leluk
    4 stars

    The real Thai deal

    5001 Beach Road, #01-67 Golden Mile Complex
    T: 6293 5101

    From the Thai-speaking staff to the portraits of King Bhumibol on the wall, this is as authentic as it gets without hopping on a plane to Bangkok. The menu is extensive and covers everything from stand-bys like tom yam goong and green curry to northern Thai specialties like larb and chicken feet. ... read more

  • Famous Islamic Restaurant
    4 stars

    Try the mutton briyani

    745 North Bridge Rd
    T: 6298 7563

    This restaurant near Sultan Mosque claims to be the first to serve briyani in Singapore and, considering it's more than 90 years old, it just might be true. Regulars swear by the mutton briyani which is so tender it melts in your mouth, but chicken, fish and vegetarian versions are also available. ... read more

  • Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant,
    4 stars

    Since 1908 - need we say more?

    697 North Bridge Rd
    T: 6298 7011

    This legendary Kampong Glam restaurant has been serving tasty Malay food since 1908 — well before Singapore was an independent country! Though they make a mean briyani, Zam Zam's signature dish is murtabak, an artery-clogging concoction of fried dough stuffed with mutton, diced onion and egg ... read more

  • Tepak Sireh Restaurant
    4 stars

    Malay elegance, amazing value

    73 Sultan Gate
    T: 6396 4373

    On the grounds of the Istana Kampong Glam, this yellow mansion has been converted into the most elegant Malay restaurant in Singapore. Meals are served buffet-style and are amazing value for the setting at $17 for lunch and $20 for dinner. The spread isn't quite fit for a sultan — expect about ... read more

  • Xing Hua Vegetarian Restaurant
    4 stars

    Hand-made noodle heaven

    190 Middle Rd
    T: 9732 2733

    Xing Hua does such amazing things with mushrooms and tofu you won't miss the meat in their South Chinese dishes. The handmade xinghua noodles are the signature dish and, even without the generous portion of stir-fried veggies and mock seafood, make a filling meal for just S$3.50. Attempts at ... read more

  • Mapo Doufu Eating House
    4 stars

    Lunch set bargains

    345 Beach Rd
    T: 6396 3132

    The name of this North Chinese restaurant is also its best dish — a sizzling plate of tofu and minced meat in chilli sauce. Sichuan cuisine is known for its bold flavours and other dishes like hot and sour soup, fried green beans with chili, and hotpot (a do-it-yourself meal of meat and veggies ... read more

  • Han's Cafe & Bakery
    4 stars

    Calories across cultures

    #01-01 National Library, 100 Victoria St

    We love that this home-grown chain serves both Singaporean and European cafe favourites. Whether you're in the mood for a kopi and curry puff or espresso and cake, you can get it here. The baked goods are great value but the taste can be hit or miss — try the Western carrot cake with cream cheese ... read more

  • Cafe le Caire
    3.5 stars

    Authentic Middle Eastern fare

    39 Arab Street, Singapore
    T: 62920979

    Singapore’s Arab Street is a charming hotchpotch of textile stores and cafes selling Turkish and Iranian food right next to watering holes and hip hostels. While many of these have come and gone over the years, the Cafe le Caire has been serving delicious well-priced Middle Eastern fare for more ... read more

  • Sakae Sushi
    3.5 stars

    Mmmm, Japanese high tea

    230 Victoria Street, 02-54 Bugis Junction
    T: 6334 9015

    Forget scones — during "high tea" from 15:00—18:00 all Sakae Sushi outlets in Singapore offer an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. For about S$20 per person you get a good variety of rolls, udon and Japanese-style dessert. Of course, the best sushi and sashimi, like dragon rolls and fresh hamachi, ... read more

  • Ya Kun Kaya Toast
    3.5 stars

    A long-time favourite

    Bugis Junction, 230 Victoria Street #B1-11.
    T: 6238 8904

    Since 1944 Ya Kun has been a favourite for the classic Singapore breakfast of kopi and kaya toast — sweet coconut-egg jam and thick slabs of margarine sandwiched between toasted bread. The drinks aren't for calorie-counters either and, by default, coffee and tea are served with sweetened ... read more

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