Eat and meet
What is the norm?
To tip or not to tip? When dining in a foreign country, that is often the question. In Singapore, the short answer is no – the country does not have a tipping culture. For the long answer, keep reading. Restaurants & bars: If you’re eating or drinking at the kind of place where a server ... read more
Tips from the expert.
Recently we had the chance to pose some questions to Singapore’s most famous critic of hawker food – KF Seetoh of the Makansutra guide. Instead of asking where to get the spiciest chili crab or the most savoury char kway teow, we kept it simple and asked just one question: If you had just ... read more
Don't eat without it.
Who says you need a lot of money to eat like a king? Singaporeans have applied the foodie mentality to their beloved hawker stalls where the best meal of your life can cost only a couple bucks. There are hundreds of blogs and guides rating Singapore’s thousands of food stalls, but the most ... read more
Surfing for the stomach.
To quote Singaporean food blogger Leslie Tay, "Never waste your calories on yucky food!" This is even more important for visitors to Singapore who have a limited number of meals to sample the city's diverse and delicious cuisine. Thankfully, there's no shortage of food apps to direct ... read more
Need not be expensive.
Singapore is an expensive city to spend time in as a tourist, but you can trim some fat from your budget when it comes to meal time. Thanks to the city’s abundant hawker centres, you can get three square meals for around S$10 without sacrificing taste or variety. ... read more
So much to sample.
No self-respecting food lover would come to Singapore without trying the famous chilli crab, but local cooks have plenty of other delicious tricks up their sleeves for dealing with prawns, squid, cockles and even stingrays. If you’re a fan of fresh seafood, you won’t want to miss out on these. ... read more
Cafes and coffee houses
Go for the cold brew150 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
Warming bellies since 191967 Killiney Rd
T: 6734 9648
This local cafe has been warming bellies with their famous kopi and curry since 1919. This local cafe has been warming bellies with their famous kopi and curry since 1919. The menu reads almost exactly the same as it did back then with hot drinks, charcoal-grilled toast slathered with kaya ... read more
Antiques, tradition and tea9A Neil Rd
T: 6226 1175
Experience a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at this antique-filled cafe on the outskirts of Chinatown. 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 ... read more
For a perfect cuppa96 Somerset Road, Pan Pacific Hotel
T: 6238 8348
Oriole was one of Singapore's best kept secrets until 313 @ Somerset Mall opened and linked it to Orchard Road. Oriole was one of Singapore's best kept secrets until 313 @ Somerset Mall opened and linked it to Orchard Road. Though it's now much busier, Oriole's award-winning baristas still ... read more
Multiple traditional breakfast options.
One thing you learn from travelling is that what people like to eat for breakfast varies wildly by culture. This means that in multi-ethnic Singapore there are multiple traditional breakfast options available at hawker centres across the island. ... read more
Breakfast of champions.
Singapore’s traditional breakfast of kopi or teh with kaya butter toast and eggs has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with local chain Ya Kun even branching out abroad. If you’d like to get nostalgic and take a step back into Singapore’s culinary past, where should you head? ... read more
Come for a coffee and more.268 South Bridge Road
T: 6100 3450
The traditional method of brewing Singapore-style coffee is alive and well at Nanyang Old Coffee in the Chinatown neighbourhood. Come for a cup of kopi-o, handmade dim sum and to browse the mini-museum of antique coffee-making equipment. ... read more
Melbourne-inspired cafe#01-12, Blk 78 Yong Siak Street, Singapore
T: 6225 8545
Tiong Bahru is quickly becoming known as one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Singapore, and one of the reasons is the presence of cafes like Forty Hands. This Melbourne-inspired cafe has an artsy atmosphere, fantastic fair-trade coffee and makes one of the best breakfasts in Singapore. ... read more
Kopi shops not coffee shops!
Having already covered the best coffee shops in Singapore, I now turn my attention to the caffeinated brew known as kopi. Though it starts with the same beans, Singapore-style coffee has a culture and caramelised flavour all its own. Try a cup at one of these top kopi shops and you might just ... read more
Some of the best.
UPDATE, December 2012: While Palheta coffee still exists, it’s now being served at Chye Seng Huat Hardware and the address below is no longer current. Instead head to 150 Tyrwhitt Road, or contact them on 6396 0609.Many months of travelling in Southeast Asia on a budget may lead you to believe ... read more
A local tradition.
Singapore is so westernised that it’s easy to forget you’re in Asia, but one local tradition that’s holding strong is the kopitiam. Found in every hawker centre, these local breakfast joints are more than just a place to satisfy your caffeine cravings. Given that most Singaporeans live in ... read more
Authentic Middle Eastern fare39 Arab Street, Singapore
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
Colonial style on the cheapBeach Rd, Raffles Hotel
It is possible to treat yourself to a spot of tea at Raffles Hotel without going into debt. It is possible to treat yourself to a spot of tea at Raffles Hotel without going into debt. A much more affordable alternative to The Tiffin Room, Ah Teng's Bakery offers a similar colonial setting with ... read more
Popular for chili crab414 Geylang Rd
T: 6842 3415
Once a nameless shack, this seafood restaurant has grown into one of the most popular spots in Singapore for chilli crab. Once a nameless shack, this seafood restaurant has grown into one of the most popular spots in Singapore for chilli crab. Though Sri Lankan crab in spicy gravy continues to ... read more
Don't wear white51 & 216 East Coast Rd
T: 9732 8163
You can get a bowl of laksa, a spicy seafood noodle soup, at any hawker centre, but Singapore's east coast lays claim to katong laksa. In this variant the broth tastes more of curry than coconut milk and noodles are diced so they're easy to scoop up in the spoon with cockles, fishcake and bean ... read more
A great spot to sample Singaporean dishes.Balestier Road
Named after Joseph Balestier, the first US Consul to Singapore, Balestier Road runs alongside what used to be his sugar-cane estate. While no traces of sugar cane remain, Balestier today is a great spot to wander and sample a range of traditional Singaporean dishes. Strap in! ... read more
Family recipes never change.95 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore
T: 6344 2875
In most cases Singapore’s delicious hawker food is best enjoyed at open-air hawker centres, but there are rare exceptions to this rule. One of them is Kway Guan Huat, a simple shop in eastern Singapore that has been following the same family recipe to make their popiah for more than 70 years. ... read more
A good zi char keeps everything going.
Kopi and Tiger beer flow as Singaporeans sit back and loosen their belts after a day’s work. The auntie-in-charge hustles about, spare change clinking in her fanny pack. Sizzling ‘wok breath’ fills the air as white-clad chefs saute with an agility that rivals the pro footballers on the house ... read more
Revamped deliciousness335 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
Best smashed chicken in town#01-45 / 04-25 Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road
T: 6235 6390
Ayam penyet (literally “smashed chicken”) may technically be an Indonesian dish, but you’re more likely to find it on the menu in Singapore than in Bali. Singapore is wild for this dish of fried chicken, rice, tofu and spicy sambal, and Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant on Orchard Road is the ... read more
Meal of a lifetime for a song11 & 15 Jalan Pisang
T: 6297 4294
Just point at whatever looks good and it'll be loaded onto a plate with white rice. 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 ... read more
Singapore is not only savoury101 Upper Cross Street, #02-48 People's Park Centre
T: 6533 1137
Singapore is famous for spicy, savoury foods like chilli crab and laksa, but what’s for dessert? To satisfy your sweet tooth, head to Dessert Hut where you can sample Singaporean concoctions like mango sago and peanut soup at bargain prices. ... read more
Sample Peranakan cuisine97 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
Perpetually busy11 New Bridge Rd
T: 6533 6128
Opposite Clarke Quay MRT, Song Fa is a perpetually busy spot specialising in bak kut teh — literally pork bone tea. Fatty pork ribs, a secret blend of herbs, and many hours of boiling result in a soup so flavourful you'll want to eat a large bowl despite the heat. The soup is eaten with ... read more
Authentic Burmese food.#B1-07A Peninsula Plaza, 111 North Bridge Road
T: 6333 5438
Singapore's own "Little Myanmar", the basement of Peninsula Plaza is full of small restaurants like Inle serving authentic Burmese food. The oily curries taste like a failed fusion of Thai and Indian food, but signature dishes like mohinga (noodles and chickpea fritters in fishy broth) and ... read more
Pho plus49 Circular Rd
T: 6536 1847
Go with the pho at this authentic Vietnemese joint near Boat Quay. If the beef broth with fresh herbs, springy noodles and generous slices of meat isn't flavourful enough for you, add even more zing with sliced chilies and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you find Singapore is too hot for soup, ... read more
Midrange Vietnamese standards and twists73 Killiney Rd
T: 6732 8032
Just five minutes away from Orchard Road, the Orange Lantern serves modern Vietnamese in a cosy shophouse setting. Just five minutes away from Orchard Road, the Orange Lantern serves modern Vietnamese in a cosy shophouse setting. While you can't go wrong with standards like summer rolls and ... read more
Affordable and authentic28 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 cooked ... read more
The real Isaan deal5001 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. 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 ... read more
The real Thai deal5001 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. 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. ... read more
A nightly meat festival44/46 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
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! This legendary Kampong Glam restaurant has been serving tasty Malay food since 1908 — well before Singapore was an independent country! Though they make a ... read more
Heritage Chinese cuisine3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-059 Suntec City Mall
T: 6333 9886
It's all about the broth at this restaurant specialising in heritage Chinese cuisine. It's all about the broth at this restaurant specialising in heritage Chinese cuisine. Simple ingredients like pork, ginseng and mushrooms are cooked low and slow to develop flavours so complex you'll be ... read more
You're never far from sushi in Singapore.
With its cosmopolitan population – including many Japanese expats – you’re never far from a sushi restaurant in Singapore. Whether you just want a couple of California rolls in a take-away container or a Michelin-starred dining experience, Singapore has something to satisfy sushi cravings on ... read more
Thai classics on a budget in the Quays16 Circular Rd
T: 6536 1646
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant amid the bars on Circular Road does many of the standard Thai classics. Expect fried rice, spicy soups and phad Thai plus some not-so-Thai dishes like steamboat — a do-it-yourself meal of meat and veggies cooked in soup broth. The tom yum goong contains a generous ... read more
Go for the ramen177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Shopping Centre
T: 6338 3186
Though the huge menu covers everything from Japanese curry to sushi, Tampopo has made a name for itself with its ramen. This noodle soup is nothing like the stuff you forced down in college or uni and has rich broth, springy noodles and generous portions of meat or seafood. Their signature soup is ... read more
Samples from around Malaysia#B3-10 313@Somerset Mall, 313 Orchard Rd
T: 6634 1123
Sometimes it's hard to draw the line between Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine, but The Old Malaya Cafe makes it clear by specialising in the signature dishes of different Malaysian towns. Sometimes it's hard to draw the line between Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine, but The Old Malaya Cafe makes ... read more
Great late night choice76 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
Real Thai toned down for tourists32/34 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. 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 ... read more
Dim sum the old-fashioned way20 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. This Chinatown favourite is known for its dim sum, which they still serve the old-fashioned way from pushcarts that the servers wheel around ... read more
Some of our favourites.
To outsiders Singapore is one sprawling city, but to its residents there are two distinct divisions: town and the heartlands. Often the only part of Singapore that visitors experience is Orchard Road, Raffles Place to Marina Bay and other central areas where you find five-star hotels and people ... read more
Iconic and delicious18 Raffles Quay, Singapore
T: 6220 2138
Iconic Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, nestled into the heart of Singapore’s financial district and a great spot to sample local cuisine as well as international dishes, reopened in mid-2014 after a nine-month renovation that left it bigger, brighter and better than ever. The makeover gave the food ... read more
Follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain505 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. 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 ... read more
Great for seafood1220 East Coast Parkway
The best way to enjoy Singapore's East Coast beach isn't a dip in the ocean but an al fresco dinner at the hawker centre. The 50-some stalls serve staples like chicken satay, fish curry, duck rice and fried noodles, but most people make the trip out especially for the barbecued seafood. Choose ... read more
Handpicked by the Makansutra team8 Raffles Avenue, #01-15
T: 6438 4038
Enjoy $5 dishes and a million-dollar view of Marina Bay at this outdoor hawker centre beside the Esplanade Theatre. Enjoy $5 dishes and a million-dollar view of Marina Bay at this outdoor hawker centre beside the Esplanade Theatre. Each stall has been handpicked by the Makansutra team — ... read more
Great seafood.121 Pasir Panjang Road
If you consult a Singapore travel guide to find out which hawker centre serves the best seafood it will likely recommend Newton Circus, which is also known for touting and overcharging tourists. Instead, ask a Singaporean living on the west coast and they’ll point you in the direction of Pasir ... read more
Upmarket hawker centres...
Singapore may be a shopping mall nation, but that means you’re never far from an easy, affordable foodcourt meal. If you’re from the West the word ‘foodcourt’ may evoke images of burgers and pizza slices, but in Singapore this couldn’t be further from the truth. Singaporean foodcourts ... read more
A quick, cheap breakfast.
Though they’re best known for spicy foods like chilli crab and char kway teow, Singapore hawker centres also serve up a quick, cheap breakfast. One of the most popular local breakfast items is kaya toast, a tropical twist on toast and eggs with enough calories to last you through lunch. ... read more
A steaming bowl of goodness.
A Singapore hawker dish of Chinese origins, wonton mee takes two of our favourite things – noodles and dumplings – and combines them into one steaming bowl of goodness. Add a generous serving of roasted pork and you’ve got a delicious meal that will set you back only S$3-4. ... read more
Nothing too exotic.
If you want to try Singapore hawker food but nothing too exotic, Cantonese roasted meat is the perfect introduction. For only a few dollars, you get a complete meal with rice, soup and your choice of roasted duck, pork or chicken. The stalls are easy to identify too — just look for the display of ... read more
A love of barbecue.
If there’s one thing that’s universal about the human race it’s our love of barbecue. At Singapore hawker centres, this frequently takes the form of satay – bite-size morsels of grilled meat served with a peanut sauce so good you’ll be licking the bowl. ... read more
Some of the best fried noodles out there.
If you think fried noodles don’t get any better than phad Thai, it means you haven’t tried char kway teow. This popular Singapore hawker dish combines rice noodles, seafood, Chinese sausage and lard into one sinfully savoury dish. We hope you’re not counting calories. ... read more
Many flavours in one delicious bowl.
Spicy, sour, sweet and savoury – the popular Singapore hawker dish of laksa blends many flavours into one delicious bowl. Once you try it, you may just find yourself craving hot soup in spite of the tropical heat. ... read more
A healthy soup.
If you’re a fussy eater who likes to know every ingredient that goes into your meal, this healthy soup is the perfect Singapore hawker dish for you. Every bowl of yong tau foo is custom-prepared with the diner choosing the ingredients and even the flavour of the broth. ... read more
A must eat.
If there’s one dish that tops the “must-eat” list of visitors to Singapore it’s chilli crab. Whether you eat it in a hawker centre or a posh seafood restaurant, digging into a whole crab swimming in sweet and spicy sauce is the most memorable (and messy) meal that Singapore has to offer. ... read more
Sometimes simple is best.
Sometimes simple is best. Roti prata, a popular Singapore hawker dish imported from South India, is a deliciously buttery flatbread served with a bowl of curry. It’s equally popular for breakfast or a midnight snack, and is one of the few hawker dishes that is easily made vegetarian. ... read more
Simmered for hours.
Lor mee is a hawker dish of Hokkien heritage. The lor or gravy is simmered for hours, with spices, meat stock, egg whites and corn starch to give it its sticky consistency; served with flat yellow noodles and some crunchy additions, it’s dish worth seeking out while you’re in Singapore. ... read more
A must try.
There are steamboats — and then there are fish-head steamboats. If you don’t already know, a steamboat is an Asian hotpot of a simmering stock in which one cooks meat and vegetables. While the steamboat scene in Singapore is a hodgepodge of Thai, Sichuan, Japanese and Korean buffet varieties in ... read more
So you really want to try a classic Singaporean hawker dish? Kway chap isn’t for beginners, and will perhaps only suit those brave enough to lust after, say, haggis in the West, but it’s well worth seeking out for its rich soy sauce-based gravy, delectable flat noodles and tender pork offal. ... read more
Healthy and tasty.
Teochew porridge or ‘muay’ is so healthy that it doesn’t seem like a typical hawker dish — in fact, it’s likely as close as one will get to home-cooked food outside your home. Pretty much every food court or hawker centre in Singapore will have an ‘economy rice’ stall — a ... read more
More than a mixture.
Rojak is a Malay word meaning ‘mixture’. But if you hear it used in conversation in Singapore, it’s probably referring to what’s for lunch. Rojak is the name of not one but two hawker dishes, and both are delicious and completely different. ... read more
Singapore's national dish?
Forget chilli crab — if Singapore has a national dish it’s definitely chicken rice. First of all, this simple but tasty dish is something that Singaporeans genuinely eat all the time. No hawker centre is complete without a chicken rice stall and it’s a balanced meal – carbs, protein, chilli ... read more
Carrot cake? Really?
Placing an order for “carrot cake” with a wizened man with a wok, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would expect a slice of cake with cream cheese icing. The name of this classic Singapore hawker dish isn’t meant to deceive; it’s simply the result of a direct translation from Mandarin. ... read more
A staple of hawker centres.#01-126 Albert Centre Blk 270 Queen St, Singapore
Fishball noodles are a Singapore staple found in almost every hawker centre and coffee shop. The simple combination of noodles in soup or chilli oil and balls of minced fish means that there is little variation for a stallowner to make their dish a cut above the rest. Hock Lee Fishball Noodles, ... read more
Chinese cuisine reigns supremeCorner of Maxwell & Neil Rds
Chinese cuisine reigns supreme at this hectic hawker centre between the business district and Chinatown. 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 ... read more
Ignore the touts500 Clemenceau Avenue
Just one MRT stop from Orchard Road, Newton is as famous for overcharging tourists as it is for seafood. Ignore the touts who try to direct you to a table near their stall — you're free to sit anywhere — and browse the catch of the day displayed on ice in front of each stall. While chilli crab ... read more
Cooked with love8 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. 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 ... read more
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. Who says fast food can't be healthy? Fortune Centre is more of a collection of quaint cafés than a food ... read more
Great food, pay what you can#01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Rd
T: 6339 9993
Don't be confused by the absence of prices, elegant Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant operates on an "eat what you want, pay as you feel" philosophy. Don't be confused by the absence of prices, elegant Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant operates on an "eat what you want, pay as you feel" ... read more
A tasty bargain140 Serangoon Rd
T: 6296 3070
You can trust this vegetarian restaurant opposite the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple for tasty Indian food at prices even religious pilgrims can afford. You can trust this vegetarian restaurant opposite the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple for tasty Indian food at prices even religious pilgrims can ... read more
Great value sets109 North Bridge Rd, B1-01 Funan Digital Mall
T: 6336 6404
For vegetarian food outside of Little India this small restaurant by Funan IT mall is a solid choice. Excluding meat from their menu hasn't limited the selection and there's North and South Indian style soups, flatbreads, curries, tandoori vegetables,and paneer (cheese) prepared every way ... read more
Follow your nose665 Buffalo Rd
Follow your nose to this multi-purpose market building in Little India. Follow your nose to this multi-purpose market building in Little India. While the upper floors sell everything from saris to CDs, the ground level is largely a hawker centre with stalls turning out curries, briyani rice, ... read more
This is the original76-78 Serangoon Rd
T: 6293 6980
Get acquainted with idli, vadai, dosai, poori, bhattura and other South Indian snacks at this long-running restaurant in the heart of Little India. Get acquainted with idli, vadai, dosai, poori, bhattura and other South Indian snacks at this long-running restaurant in the heart of Little India. ... read more
North Indian for all kinds of diners166 Serangoon Rd
T: 6299 0300
If you can forgive their touts who annoy pedestrians on Serangoon Road, Khansama really is a great spot for North Indian food. If you can forgive their touts who annoy pedestrians on Serangoon Road, Khansama really is a great spot for North Indian food. Chicken, fish, and mutton kebabs emerge ... read more
Kerala classics6 Dalhousie Lane
T: 9237 5739
If you're starting to think all South Indian food is vegetarian, try this hidden gem specialising in the seafood of Kerala state. If you're starting to think all South Indian food is vegetarian, try this hidden gem specialising in the seafood of Kerala state. With the liberal use of fresh ... read more
Go on, dig in54 Race Course Rd
T: 6293 8682
Forego any formalities and even the cutlery for one of the most satisfying Indian meals in Singapore — banana leaf curry. Forego any formalities and even the cutlery for one of the most satisfying Indian meals in Singapore — banana leaf curry. A swatch of banana leaf serves as your plate ... read more
A million ways with mutton52 Race Course Rd
T: 6293 6003
The real Kashmir may be off-limits to most travellers, but you can experience the region's distinctive cuisine at this midrange restaurant in Little India. The real Kashmir may be off-limits to most travellers, but you can experience the region's distinctive cuisine at this midrange restaurant in ... read more
Good value.#328-332 Serangoon Road
T: 6299 4464
There’s lots of competition for tasty food and good value in Little India, so the fact that Komala’s has been open more than 50 years and is always busy speaks for itself. This South Indian restaurant has implemented a fast food-style ordering system to deal with the steady stream of customers, ... read more
For the perfect briyani#01-232 Tekka Centre, 665 Buffalo Rd
So this isn't exactly a restaurant — just a stall in Tekka Centre serving one dish — but it warrants a listing all its own. So this isn't exactly a restaurant — just a stall in Tekka Centre serving one dish — but it warrants a listing all its own. The recipe for Allaudin's famous ... read more
Our best so far.#02-58/59 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road
T: 6836 3352
Far East Plaza is known as a hang-out for Singapore’s teenage ah lians and ah bengs who flock there for cheap, flashy fashions. Since a meal at this mall usually means KFC and bubble tea, I was sceptical when I heard there was a good Turkish restaurant tucked away inside. ... read more
Try the mutton briyani745 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. 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 ... read more
A near-Boat Quay bargain20 Circular Rd
T: 6536 1672
This 24-hour greasy spoon near Boat Quay is popular with the post-bar crowd and its full tables attest that nothing soaks up alcohol like roti prata and curry. If you need more to sate your appetite try the mee goreng (fried noodles) or chicken briyani leftover from lunch — it's amazing when it's ... read more
Budget French544 Serangoon Rd
T: 6299 3544
The location leaves much to be desired, but to get a multi-course French dinner for $25 a person we won't complain. The location leaves much to be desired, but to get a multi-course French dinner for $25 a person we won't complain. The menu is small and changes with what the chef finds fresh ... read more
Start at Casa Latina.
There’s no question that Singaporean food is delicious, but this cosmopolitan city is also a great place to satisfy any cravings for food from far-flung countries. The fact that all food in Singapore is imported from overseas means you can get any ingredient here, including the tomatillos, ... read more
With the opening of Singapore’s new casinos has come a slew of celebrity chef restaurants. If you’re a foodie or fan of ‘Top Chef’ you’ll certainly recognise names like Wolfgang Puck, Joel Robuchon, and Guy Savoy. While Singapore is already an expensive city for a formal meal, these ... read more
Taste like they were grilled in your own backyardOrchard Youth Park, 121 Somerset Rd
T: 6735 0225
You can feast on every kind of Asian food imaginable in Singapore, but sometimes nothing satisfies like a burger. Restaurants in trendy areas like Clarke Quay charge upwards of S$20 for a burger and fries, but it is possible to satisfy your Western craving for much less at a hawker centre.While the ... read more
Bars and nightlife
Clarke Quay's only live music#01-03 Blk 3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
T: 6337 7859
Even if it weren't the only live music bar at Clarke Quay the Crazy Elephant would still be the best. The resident blues band takes the stage at 22:00 and on weekends the soulful songs draw such a crowd the bar overflows and people line the Singapore River to listen. Once the music starts even a ... read more
Come for the views, stay for the sakeLevel 2, The Jewel Box, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore
T: 6276 0609
Atop Mount Faber, the second highest hill in Singapore, is a glass-walled dining complex called the Jewel Box. Inside you’ll find three fine-dining restaurants plus Moonstone, a casual al fresco bar serving up Japanese nibbles and stunning views of Sentosa Island. ... read more
Small concert specialists45 Armenian Street (Timbre @ Substation)
T: 6338 8030
What started as a student hang-out showcasing local bands has grown into Singapore's premiere venue for small concerts with three locations in the city centre. What started as a student hang-out showcasing local bands has grown into Singapore's premiere venue for small concerts with three ... read more
Refreshingly unpretentious422 Orchard Rd
T: 6493 6952
Hosting small concerts, singer-songwriter sessions and the occasional comedy night, newish TAB has filled the void of an alternative entertainment venue on Orchard Road. Hosting small concerts, singer-songwriter sessions and the occasional comedy night, newish TAB has filled the void of an ... read more
Reliable live music joint51 Boat Quay
T: 6536 9697
At their second location beside the river the Prince of Wales feels less like a backpacker bar and more like an Aussie pub. At their second location beside the river the Prince of Wales feels less like a backpacker bar and more like an Aussie pub. Like the Little India location it's a reliable ... read more
Eclectic with varied performances11 Bali Lane
T: 9199 0610
Eclectic is the word to describe this Kampong Glam café and lounge. 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" ... read more
Great or terrible13A-15A South Bridge Rd
T: 6535 3270
If you've always wanted to perform for a crowd but were held back by your lack of talent, this is the bar for you. If you've always wanted to perform for a crowd but were held back by your lack of talent, this is the bar for you. In their own words, "While the rest of the bars in Singapore ... read more
Handcrafted brews30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point
T: 6438 7438
Singapore's best known microbrewery handcrafts its beer at this huge restaurant at Clarke Quay — the al fresco area alone can seat 300. Some beers, like the golden ale and European-style pilsner, are always on the menu while more experimental brews, like one flavoured with dragonfruit, may not ... read more
More than just spectacular views.8 Raffles Avenue, #04-01 Esplanade Theaters on the Bay, Singapore
T: 6336 9366
Set on the roof terrace of Singapore’s Esplanade Theatres, Orgo offers more than just spectacular views of the bay. The bar’s cocktail menu is out of this world featuring original creations like vanilla dragonfruit martinis and spicy strawberry margaritas. ... read more
For countless reasons – cheap food, a central location – the Little India neighbourhood is home to Singapore’s highest concentration of hostels. Since it’s no secret that backpackers like to drink, backpacker bars have popped up to keep them full of Tiger Beer. Here’s a rundown of where ... read more
Fun without spending the earth.
There are many reasons why Clarke Quay is Singapore’s top spot for an evening drink: the views of the sun sinking over the Singapore River, the eclectic crowd, and the fact that nearly every bar has a happy hour drink special! Here’s a quick guide to finding the cheapest drinks at Clarke Quay. ... read more
Singapore does have a sense of humour.69 Circular Road
T: 8525 7414
With a record that includes banning chewing gum and censoring slapstick comedies like Borat, it’s fair to say that Singapore is not known for its sense of humour. But that doesn’t mean Singaporeans don’t enjoy a good laugh. To see the city-state at its silliest and most politically incorrect, ... read more
Now that is a view1 Raffles Place, 63rd floor
T: 6438 0410
On the rooftop of the tallest building in Raffles Place, 1-Altitude isn’t just the highest bar in Singapore it’s the highest al fresco bar in the world. The bar is completely uncovered and there’s nothing but a five-foot glass wall to keep you from walking off the edge and plummeting 282 ... read more
The classic1 Beach Road
T: 6412 1816
Sipping on a cherry-red Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel is perhaps the most iconic thing to do in Singapore; we last tried it in August 2014. Though it won’t score you the cultural points of say a visit to the National Museum, you may not feel too upset about spending an hour or ... read more
A spot for every night.
It doesn’t take long to realise that drinking in Singapore is an expensive habit, but drink promotions can make an evening out a little more affordable. While we have already covered Singapore’s best happy hours, here are my latest suggestions for getting the most booze for your buck every day ... read more
Just for the gals.
As a modern, independent gal I’d normally turn my nose up at the thought of drink prices depending on gender… but, given Singapore’s expensive nature – especially when it comes to drinking – I’ll take all the deals I can get!Many Singapore bars combat the mid-week lull with a ... read more
Don’t let your brain turn to mush.
Don’t let your brain turn to mush while you travel – flex those neurons at one of Singapore’s pub quizzes. By my count five bars reliably host a weekday trivia night with prizes and a drink special to accompany it.By the very British nature of pub quizzes there tends to be a UK-leaning to ... read more
A few spots to kick off the night.
Drinking in Singapore is infamously expensive, but you can get most booze for your buck during happy hour. Most bars and lounges offer drink discounts from 17:00 to 19:00 or later to attract the after-work crowd, and this is a great opportunity to try the trendy bars at half the price. These are my ... read more
Time for Guinness.
No matter where on earth you travel, you can always find two things to quench your thirst: Coca-Cola and Guinness beer. In Southeast Asia Coke is served in all manners including plastic bags filled with ice, but the best way to enjoy a Guinness remains at a traditional Irish pub. With St Patrick ... read more