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Singapore is famous for the variety and quality of Hawker Centres that offer a multitude of inexpensive and market-style food offerings. There are hundreds of hawker centres across the island, with each stall-holder vying for your travelling hospitality. Affordable yet tasty food cooked hygienically and quickly, hawker centres are frequented by Singapore residents as well as tourists.
Lau Pa Sat Downtown
Lau Pa Sat is a historical and popular hawker centre located in the heart of the CBD. During the daytime, CBD workers come in large numbers for the famous cuisine in the hawker style setting. By night, the area (and street) transforms to a younger, party scene. Cheap alcoholic drinks are enjoyed by large groups amongst the bright lights and market vibes in the outdoor setting. Satay, prawns and BBQ chicken wings are some of the favourite dishes sold by vendors as they approach customers for table-service.
Maxwell Road Chinatown
Described by many foodies as a must-see hawker centre, Maxwell Road has over 100 stalls in this culturally dynamic and bustling location. Chicken rice, congee and char kway teow are some of the favourite regional and local dishes here. Fresh juices and Chinatown market trinket finds are also just around the corner. Wind chimes, durian fragrances and open-air courtyards throughout Maxwell Road transport you from modern Singapore to a bygone village era.
Newton Food Centre
Also known as Newton Circus, Newton Food Centre is a hawker centre gem that comes up in nearly every foodie’s Singapore highlight list, and is frequently packed with tourists and residents alike. Satay and seafood and fish ball noodles are favourite dishes here, favoured by large groups enjoying eating together outside as late as 4am. A Singapore icon, the Newton Centre has developed a strong following since opening in 1971.
Tiong Bahru 83 Seng Po Road
Tiong Bahru centre is located at the site of one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates. Favoured by expats and foreigners, a variety of cuisines including Indian and Mediterranean give Tiong Bahru a modern, vibrant feel. Lor Mee (with shark meat), Tiong Bahru Pau (dim sum), and oyster omelette are just some of the recommended meals to try.