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Eat and meet

General

  • Are you supposed to tip in Singapore?
    4.5 stars

    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

  • Three meals with Singapore food critic KF Seetoh
    4 stars

    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

  • The Makansutra: Singapore's famous foodie guide
    4 stars

    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

  • The best Singapore iPhone food apps
    4 stars

    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

  • What to drink in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    Plenty of ways to stay hydrated.

    With the temperature in Singapore regularly hitting 35°C you’ll want to keep hydrated as you explore the city. When it’s time for a drink, try cooling down with one of these quintessentially Singaporean beverages. ... read more

  • Eating in Singapore on S$10 a day
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Must-try seafood dishes in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    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

  • 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

  • Killiney Kopitiam
    4 stars

    Warming bellies since 1919

    67 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

  • 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. 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

  • Oriole Cafe & Bar
    4 stars

    For a perfect cuppa

    96 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

  • Traditional breakfasts in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore's old-style cafes
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Nanyang Old Coffee & Museum
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Forty Hands Cafe
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore's best kopi shops
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore's best coffee shops
    3.5 stars

    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

  • How to order coffee like a Singaporean
    3.5 stars

    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

  • 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

  • Ah Teng's Bakery
    3.5 stars

    Colonial style on the cheap

    Beach 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

Singaporean

  • No Signboard Seafood
    4 stars

    Popular for chili crab

    414 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

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    328 Famous Katong Laksa
    4 stars

    Don't wear white

    51 & 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

  • Singapore's best vegetarian restaurants
    3.5 stars

    A selection of the best

    In many Southeast Asian countries being a vegetarian limits you to a boring diet of fried rice with veggies. This couldn’t be further from the case in Singapore. ... read more

  • Eating around Balestier Road
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Kway Guan Huat Popiah
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Zi char: The hearty food of Singapore's kopitiams
    3.5 stars

    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

  • 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

Other Asian

  • Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    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

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    Hajah Maimunah Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    Meal of a lifetime for a song

    11 & 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

  • Dessert Hut
    4 stars

    Singapore is not only savoury

    101 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

  • 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

  • Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
    4 stars

    Perpetually busy

    11 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

  • Inle Myanmar Restaurant
    4 stars

    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

  • Viet Inn
    4 stars

    Pho plus

    49 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

  • The Orange Lantern
    4 stars

    Midrange Vietnamese standards and twists

    73 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

  • 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 cooked ... 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. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 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

  • 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! 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

  • Soup Restaurant
    4 stars

    Heritage Chinese cuisine

    3 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

  • Sushi for every budget in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Tom Yum Kung Fu
    3.5 stars

    Thai classics on a budget in the Quays

    16 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

  • Tampopo
    3.5 stars

    Go for the ramen

    177 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

  • The Old Malaya Cafe
    3.5 stars

    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

  • 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. 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

  • 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. 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

Hawker Centres

  • Singapore's best heartland hawker centres
    4.5 stars

    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

  • Lau Pa Sat hawker centre
    4 stars

    Iconic and delicious

    18 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

  • 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. 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

  • East Coast Lagoon Food Village
    4 stars

    Great for seafood

    1220 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

  • 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

  • Gluttons Bay
    4 stars

    Handpicked by the Makansutra team

    8 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

  • Pasir Panjang Food Centre
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Great meals in malls: Orchard Road foodcourts
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Etiquette at Singapore hawker centres
    3.5 stars

    What you need to know before sitting down.

    Offering delicious food at bargain prices, hawker centres are one of our favourite things about Singapore. Here’s everything you need to know before sitting down for a meal at a hawker centre. ... read more

  • Singapore hawker dishes: kaya toast
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: wonton mee
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Thosai (dosa)
    3.5 stars

    Savoury and spicy.

    Thosai (also spelled dosa) is a savoury pancake served with a slew of spicy dipping sauces. Like so much of the Indian food popular at Singapore hawker centres, thosai are cheap, tasty and 100% vegetarian. ... read more

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Popiah
    3.5 stars

    Roll em up.

    Vietnam may be better known for fresh summer rolls, but at Singapore hawker centres you’ll find a comparable creation called popiah. Not only do popiah make a healthy snack, they’re a bargain at around S$1.50 per roll. ... read more

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Cantonese roast meat
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Satay
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Barbecue stingray
    3.5 stars

    Delicious!

    It’s wise to keep an eye out for stingrays when you’re swimming in shallow water, but you should also watch out for them at Singapore’s hawker centres – they’re delicious! ... read more

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Char kway teow
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Laksa soup
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Yong tau foo
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Chilli crab
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Roti prata
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Lor mee
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Fish-head steamboat
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Kway chap
    3.5 stars

    A classic.

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Teochew porridge
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: A tale of two rojaks
    3.5 stars

    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 hawker dishes: Chicken rice
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore hawker dishes: Carrot Cake (chai tow kueh)
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Hock Lee Fishball Noodles
    3.5 stars

    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

  • 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. 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

  • Newton Food Centre
    3 stars

    Ignore the touts

    500 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

Vegetarian

  • 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. 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

  • 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. Who says fast food can't be healthy? Fortune Centre is more of a collection of quaint cafés than a food ... read more

  • Annalaksmhi
    4 stars

    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

  • Suriya Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    A tasty bargain

    140 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

  • Nalan Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Great value sets

    109 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

South Asian

  • Tekka Centre
    4 stars

    Follow your nose

    665 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

  • Komala Vilas
    4 stars

    This is the original

    76-78 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

  • Khansama Tandoori
    4 stars

    North Indian for all kinds of diners

    166 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

  • Premaas Cuisine
    4 stars

    Kerala classics

    6 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

  • The Banana Leaf Apolo
    4 stars

    Go on, dig in

    54 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

  • Kashmir
    4 stars

    A million ways with mutton

    52 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

  • Komala's Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Samy's Curry
    3.5 stars

    A Singapore institution.

    25 Dempsey Road
    T: 6472 2080

    Serving up South Indian specialties in a casual colonial setting, Samy’s Curry is a Singapore institution. The fact that Samy’s has been around for 50 years is a testament to how good the food truly is. ... read more

  • Allaudin's Briyani
    3.5 stars

    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

Middle Eastern

  • Singapore's best Turkish kebab?
    4 stars

    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

  • 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. 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

  • Shah Alam
    4 stars

    A near-Boat Quay bargain

    20 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

Western

  • The French Stall
    4 stars

    Budget French

    544 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

  • Mexican food in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    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

  • (Relatively) affordable celebrity chef meals in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    Special splurges

    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

  • Botak Jones Burger Stalls
    3.5 stars

    Taste like they were grilled in your own backyard

    Orchard 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

  • Crazy Elephant
    4.5 stars

    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

  • Moonstone Bar
    4 stars

    Come for the views, stay for the sake

    Level 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

  • Timbre
    4 stars

    Small concert specialists

    45 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

  • TAB
    4 stars

    Refreshingly unpretentious

    422 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

  • Prince of Wales
    4 stars

    Reliable live music joint

    51 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

  • Blu Jaz Cafe
    4 stars

    Eclectic with varied performances

    11 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

  • Actors the Jam Bar
    4 stars

    Great or terrible

    13A-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

  • Brewerkz Riverside Point
    4 stars

    Handcrafted brews

    30 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

  • Orgo Bar
    3.5 stars

    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

  • The bars of Emerald Hill
    3.5 stars

    Skip the bland hotel bars and head here.

    Looking for a place to wet your whistle in the Orchard Road area? Skip the bland hotel bars and head to historic Emerald Hill for a tipple among the palm trees and Peranakan architecture. ... read more

  • The backpacker bars of Little India
    3.5 stars

    Traveller hangouts.

    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

  • Happy hour drinking at Clarke Quay
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Comedy Masala at Home Club
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore's best microbreweries
    3.5 stars

    Anything but Tiger!

    Though Tiger is undisputedly the official brew of Singapore, if you’re looking for a locally-brewed beer with a little more oomph there are some fine options. ... read more

  • 1-Altitude
    3.5 stars

    Now that is a view

    1 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

  • Long Bar at Raffles Hotel
    3.5 stars

    The classic

    1 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

  • 7 days of drinking in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Ladies' nights in Singapore
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Strain your brain at a Singapore pub quiz
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Singapore's best happy hours
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Irish pubs in Singapore
    3 stars

    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



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