Known for its diverse range of foods, Singaporeans enjoy a comprehensive range of good food at affordable prices. Hawker centers, which are the backbone of the Singaporean way of life, each offer amazing and variety of cuisines. Just find the best hawkers to live like a local and be privy to the best eats in town.
1. Lau Pa Sat
This traditional market was crafted by George Coleman in the 1830s. It is home to local favorites and global cuisines like North Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, is the go-to location for best hawker fare in the Central Business District. You will find the famous Satay Street of Singapore runs parallel to Lau Pa Sat, where you will find Stalls 7 and 8 that offer the best-grilled beef and chicken skewers (satay).
2. Maxwell Food Centre
Located next to the pre-war shophouses and places of worship, Maxwell Food Centre can be found at the foot of Club Street and Ann Siang. In this hawker, you will find local foods like chicken rice by Tian Tian Chicken Rice along with Eurasian meals like shepherd’s pie and devil’s curry, which (spicy curry flavored with candlenuts and vinegar) by Popo & Nana’s Delights.
3. Tiong Bahru Market
Tiong Bahru Market is situated in a heritage neighborhood of Art Deco style apartments and great eats. You can enjoy the local delights like delicious wanton mee (egg noodles with dumplings) and chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes dashed with preserved radish). You can also find here the popular roasted pork buns at Tiong Bahru Pau. Heading to one of the many modern cafes in the area for coffee and dessert can also be a great treat.
4. Tekka Centre
Tekka Center is the heart of Little India in Singapore which was also earlier known as “Kandang Kerbau” for its buffalo pens and is now rechristened after the bamboo that is grown in this area. At Tekka centre, ethnic garments and accessories are sold on its upper storey and dum biryani (an Indian spiced rice dish with meat or vegetables) and Indian rojak (mixed fritters of dough, potato and shrimp) of its food stalls are found below which are the some of the best in the country.
5. ABC Brickworks Food Centre
ABC Brickworks Food Centre is located just at a walking distance from Henderson Waves bridge, Hort Park, and the art galleries of Gillman Barracks. It is named after the Archipelago Brewery Company and the brickworks factories that are located nearby. Started in the 1970s, ABC Brickworks Market is a modern and popular area today, whose claypot rice, having chicken, preserved sausages, vegetables and rice charred and is served in a claypot, and Bib Gourmand-winning Ah Er herbal soup are the major attractions for the foodies from across the country and abroad.
6. The Bedok Marketplace
Earlier termed as Simpang Bedok Marketplace, The Bedok Marketplace is a recently renovated hawker centre where you will find good mee pok (flat egg noodles served with fish balls and minced meat). It is run by young chefs and restaurateurs, where home-baked bread, ramen and seafood are the most popular and are must-tries. You must also try out the Burning Oak’s Wagyu steaks along with the Caribbean and Japanese dishes of Mike’s Caribbean food and KoKoRo Ramen. Now renames as The Bedok Marketplace, this marketplace is a located at a ten-minute walk from Tanah Merah MRT station, and is fifteen minutes from Changi International Airport on a taxi.
These are some of the popular and widely loved hawker centers where you can enjoy several cuisines and spend quality time.