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  • Good Morning Nanyang Cafe
    4.5 stars

    Traditional and cheap

    20 Upper Pickering Street, Hong Lim Community Centre

    Try this hidden Chinatown gem for a local-style cuppa brewed the traditional way and strained through a (clean) sock. The menu may be small, but everything from the raisin scones to the creamy kaya spread (coconut egg jam) is house-made. Good Morning Nanyang is best known for their crispy ciabatta ... read more

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    Dessert Hut
    4 stars

    Singapore is not only savoury

    101 Upper Cross Street, #02-48 People's Park Centre, Chinatown
    T: 6533 1137

    Need something sweet after chilli crab or laksa? Dessert Hut offers distinctly Chinese desserts that are great both for satisfying the sweet tooth and adventurous eater in you. The original no frills shop is located in the People's Park Complex, a not-so-glamorous shopping centre in Chinatown, but ... read more

  • Ci Yan Organic Vegetarian Restaurant
    4 stars

    Cooked with love

    8 Smith St
    T: 6225 9026

    If you’ve ever wondered what a monk has for lunch, check out this Buddhist vegetarian restaurant beside the Tooth Relic Temple. Inside, Ci Yan is practically a shrine to the Dali Lama and the healthy food — braised tofu, steamed veggies, herbal soups, brown rice — is cooked with love. ... read more

  • Blue Ginger
    4 stars

    Sample Peranakan cuisine

    97 Tanjong Pagar Rd
    T: 6222 3928

    Singapore is one of the few places to sample Peranakan cuisine — a fusion of Malay and Chinese ingredients and techniques — and Blue Ginger is an elegant but affordable place to do so. Extensive descriptions on the menu make ordering traditional dishes like udang ketak (crayfish in pineapple ... read more

  • Xi Yan Private Dining
    4 stars

    Almost in the home of a celebrity chef

    38A Craig Rd
    T: 6220 3546

    Tucked away in an inconspicuous shophouse near Chinatown, Xi Yan is as close as most people will ever get to dining in the home of a celebrity chef. All meals are by reservation only and chef Jacky Yu plans the menu around whatever's fresh at the market that day. The cuisine is fundamentally ... read more

  • Yummy Viet
    4 stars

    Affordable and authentic

    28 Smith St
    T: 6222 5191

    Singapore's most authentic Vietnamese restaurant is also one of the most affordable. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Yummy Viet offers healthy rice paper rolls, bánh mì (baguette sandwiches), noodle salad with barbecue pork and herbs and steaming bowls of pho bo (beef noodle soup) all ... read more

  • 2D1N Soju Bang
    4 stars

    A nightly meat festival

    44/46 Tanjong Pagar Rd
    T: 6227 6033

    Known as Singapore's "Korea Town", Tanjong Pagar is home to a handful of Korean restaurants and 2D1N Soju Bang is one of the best. The reason for the perpetually long queue is their nightly barbecue buffet, a meat-centric affair with marinated pork, beef, chicken and prawns cooked right at your ... read more

  • Tea Chapter
    4 stars

    Antiques, tradition and tea

    9A Neil Rd
    T: 6226 1175

    Experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at this antique-filled cafe on the outskirts of Chinatown. Pots of tea range from S$10 for classic Oolong to S$15 for fragrant Eight Treasures with dried fruits and flowers. Staff are happy to explain the benefits of each blend and the traditional way ... read more

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    Chinatown Food Street
    3.5 stars

    Revamped deliciousness

    335 Smith St, Singapore (Nearest MRT: Chinatown)

    After a S$5 million revamp, much-loved Chinatown Food Street finally re-opened at the end of February 2014. Occupying a 100-metre stretch of Smith Street, the new Food Street features 24 excellent hawker stalls — more than double than in the past — with many of them new ones selected from among ... read more

  • The Wok & Barrel
    3.5 stars

    A bistro spin on the classics

    19 Duxton Hill
    T: 9107 3028

    Started by a hawker from Maxwell Road Food Centre, this new restaurant gives a bistro spin to Singaporean classics. The spicy rendang pizza and char siew pork sandwiches on homemade bread are guaranteed pleasers and the nasi lemak, the dish that launched chef Madam Tan's career, is a steal at $8 ... read more

  • Maxwell Road Food Centre
    3.5 stars

    Chinese cuisine reigns supreme

    Corner of Maxwell & Neil Rds

    Chinese cuisine reigns supreme at this hectic hawker centre between the business district and Chinatown. Many people say that Singapore's best chicken rice — practically the national dish — comes from Tian Tian Chicken Rice stall and it'll only set you back $3. Other popular dishes include ... read more

  • Golden Chopsticks BBQ Steamboat
    3.5 stars

    Great late night choice

    76 Smith St
    T: 6835 7626

    Where better to get acquainted with steamboat, a do-it-yourself meal cooked right at your table, than in the heart of Chinatown? The first step is to choose your soup — spicy, chicken, fish, or Thai-style tom yam — and a vat is placed at the centre of your table. For a fixed price of S$19.80 ... read more

  • Sawasdee Thai Food
    3 stars

    Real Thai toned down for tourists

    32/34 Pagoda St
    T: 6327 1733

    In the chaos of the Chinatown street market the sound of the waitresses saying "Sawasdee kha!" rings out like an angel. The servers and cooks are the real Thai deal, but the spiciness of the papaya salad, curries, soups and seafood are toned down for the tourists who make up the bulk of the ... read more

  • Yum Cha
    3 stars

    Dim sum the old-fashioned way

    20 Trengganu St
    T: 6372 1717

    This Chinatown favourite is known for its dim sum, which they still serve the old-fashioned way from pushcarts that the servers wheel around the restaurant. Though it's the prawn fritters, pork siew mai, pumpkin cake, and egg tarts that draw a crowd to Yum Cha for the afternoon high-tea buffet, ... read more

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