Singapore prides itself in being a foodie’s paradise, offering a myriad of different cuisine. From sweet to savoury, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Luckily, these 8 food tours will help bring you around to some of the city’s top eateries, introducing you to Singapore’s unique culture and its delicious food.
Historically, Kampong Glam was home to Malay and Arab communities and merchants. Now, you can still find a number of traditional carpet, textile, and Turkish lamp merchants here, alongside quaint independent designers, yoga studios, galleries and more. The same eclectic mix of old and new is reflected in Kampong Glam’s food scene, too. Nestled side by side are traditional stalls, serving freshly prepared dishes of Malay, Indonesian, and Chinese influence, small cafes, and even craft beer and cocktail bars.
Most of the eateries are also Halal-certified, which makes finding food easy for Muslim visitors. You’ll have a wonderful day exploring this intriguing quarter of Singapore and feeding yourself with yummy snacks at affordable prices.
Singapore Food Tour in Kampong Glam
Duration: 3 hours
Pack some sunnies or a cap and get ready for an exciting day out in the sun! This tour brings you on a scenic path along the Singapore river, stopping by numerous cafes, restaurants and hawker centres, for mouth-watering nibbles and drinks. Along the way, you will likely pass the popular Boat Quay area, which is often frequented by Singaporeans for brunch by the river and a round of drinks, at night.
Other possible stops on your route include Tiong Bahru, an old neighbourhood where many young entrepreneurs are now setting up their own unique cafes and shops. You’ll be spoilt for choice at Tiong Bahru Market, which has umpteen stalls, many of which are still run by older folks humbly serving up traditional recipes. Be sure to also stop by Bak Kut Teh, for a peppery bowl of broth and tender pork ribs over fluffy rice. For dessert, you can’t miss out on grabbing some iced coffee and a warm Kouign Aman from Tiong Bahru Bakery.
Full-Day Bike and Food Tour of Singapore
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Hawker Centers are open-air complexes in Singapore, housing up to a hundred or so food vendors. Hawker Centers were established around the 1950s, as the country moved toward tighter hygiene standards and licensing requirements for food vendors. Now, they can be easily found in almost every neighbourhood, which means you can find a whole variety of local dishes, wherever you may be!
This tour will bring you around some of Singapore’s Hawker Centers, especially those made famous because of certain exceptional vendors. Expect some queuing (locals are very willing to queue when it comes to good food), a bit of humidity and stickiness, but lots of incredible food at relatively inexpensive prices.
Singapore Hawker Food Tour and Neighborhood Walk
Duration: 4 hours
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During this tour, you will get to experience life in a residential area of Singapore. Visit a Housing and Development Board flat (usually referred to as “HDB flat”), a type of lower-cost public housing that many locals live in. The tour also includes a tasty and nutritious home-cooked meal by a friendly local family, who will be happy to answer any questions you have about life in this island state and provide recommendations for the rest of your stay.
One of the dishes which you may get to try is Singapore’s famous Nasi Lemak, a flavorful rice-based dish, usually topped with a piece of crispy fried chicken or fish, egg, cucumber slices, and aromatic chilli sauce. It’s absolutely delicious!
Traditional Home-Dining Experience in Singapore
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Chinatown, in Singapore, is a bustling hub of activity all year round, but especially during the Lunar New Year. Once the designated settlement area for Chinese immigrants, there are still plenty of eateries offering traditional Chinese-style cooking. Some of these eateries are unfortunately tourist traps, with exorbitant prices for what is essentially street food and hawker fare. But, with a guide, you will be able to weave through the maze of alleys and streets to authentic cuisine at reasonable prices, including Tong Heng Bakery, with its freshly baked pastries.
Aside from traditional Chinese fare, Chinatown is also home to numerous hole in the wall bars and cafes, including industrial bar Lepark, located on top of a carpark of an old shopping mall.
Singapore's Chinatown Food Tour
Peranakan food is a delicious type of cuisine, combining both Malay, Indonesian and Chinese tastes. Dishes are usually complex, with layers of spice, sweetness, and umami. Your guide will help to point out and identify the unique ingredients in your food during your visit to a spice garden - Peranakan dishes commonly incorporate lemongrass, tamarind, kaffir lime and other herbs found in the region.
Afterward, walk off your meal by exploring Singapore’s fascinating Peranakan Museum. This is definitely an informative (and filling) tour, not to be missed!
Singapore Heritage Tour: Peranakan Museum, Spice Garden and Food Tasting
Tiger Beer is one of the key brands in the Heineken family and has the proud reputation of being the first beer that was commercially brewed in Singapore, on a large scale. Expect to learn lots about the history and process of making this beer while getting a buzz on from samples of this famous pale ale. Photo opportunities with kitschy and charming tiger and beer related props are available.
Also, did you know that the novelist Anthony Burgess’ “Time for a Tiger” is named after an advertising slogan for this beer?
Tiger Brewery Tour with Beer Sampling in Singapore
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Geylang is well known as Singapore’s red-light district. While it does have a fair share of brothels and other merchants dealing in rather questionable trades, there are also a good number of mechanics and businesses in the construction industry in the area. Here, you will also have a chance to visit some of Singapore’s best preserved pre-World War 2 shophouses, which housed the first immigrants.
Food-wise, Geylang is a haven for traditional fare and hole in the wall eateries. Feast your way through rich beef noodles, dim sum, fantastic stir-fried seafood, and more. Adventurous visitors will also be highly encouraged to give frog porridge and durian a go (but not simultaneously). While the thought of nibbling on a frog leg may put some off, frog meat is actually exceptionally tender and goes well with the silky smooth porridge. As for the durian - put aside any misgivings about its smell and try it for yourself to see why it has been called the King of Fruits!
Geylang Food Tour at Night
Duration: 3 hours
Singapore: A vibrant country of culture and cuisine
Explore Singapore’s incredible eats and meet some of the people who have worked hard to build Singapore’s culinary scene - from generations of hawkers to young entrepreneurs and immigrants - with these tours. We hope this list has been useful in planning your trip to Singapore!
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