12 Best Hawkers And Food Courts In Singapore

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Singapore is known for two things: food and shopping. This country/city is one of the must stop locations in South East Asia, especially if you’re a foodie. Singapore is known for its hawker centers or food courts. These food courts contain a wealth of vendors each of who specialize in one dish. You can find all your favorite dishes at these food courts. It’s the best way to sample Singapore’s food, which is known for being a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian. During your food trip, consider staying in one of the famous hotels or boutique hotels in Singapore. Here are best food courts in Singapore.

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1. East Coast Lagoon Food Village, East Coast Park

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An adventurous day on the beach calls for a big meal thereafter, and East Coast Lagoon Food Village is exactly the place for it! This beachfront food center in East Coast Park is a feast not just for the stomach but for the eyes too. This hangout spot with tropical views boasts an array of classic Singapore food stalls and shaded, open-air seating, great for chilling out with friends and family after swimming or strolling around the park.

Some of the local favorites here are fried oysters, Hokkien mee, chicken satay, and Teochew-style noodles.

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Address: 1220 ECP, Singapore 468960

Website: East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Opening hours: Mon: 4pm - 10:30pm; Tue - Thu: 4pm - 10:45pm; Fri: 11am - 10:45pm; Sat: 10am - 10:45pm; Sun: 10am - 10:30pm

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2. Changi Village Hawker Centre, Changi District

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Serving quality meals in one of Singapore’s busiest districts, Changi Village Hawker Centre has proven time and time again that it is one of the best food courts in the country. Slurp on some soupy seafood white bee hoon brimming with prawns and fish when you order from Woon Woon Pek Beehoon. Nasi lemak lovers can’t go wrong with Mizzy Corner. Barbecue satay and fried banana are also some of the favorites here.

You might have the queue up for some time, but surely, that’s a testament to the unbelievably delicious meals that await you here!

Changi Village Hawker Centre

Address: 2 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500002

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6am - 2am; Fri: 6am - 12am; Sat - Sun: 24 hours

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3. Adam Road Food Centre

Your foodie adventure in Singapore will definitely not be complete without visiting Adam Road Food Centre. This popular food court was built in 1974 to house the street hawkers that used to sell their tasty goods along Bukit Timah Canal. Throughout the years, the place has garnered a whole lot of loyal customers, which even include the Sultan of Brunei whenever he’s in town.

Today, this Singapore food court continues to amass followers, so expect long queues, especially during lunch and dinner times. The place features 32 stalls that offer tasty Malayan, Indian, and Chinese dishes including nasi lemak, rojak, mutton soup, bee hoon, mee soto, and more.

Adam Road Food Centre

Address: 2 Adam Rd, Singapore 289876

Website: Adam Road Food Centre

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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4. Amoy Street Food Centre

Hong Kee Beef Noodle / Amoy Street Food Centre
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Amoy Street Food Centre, a famous food court in Singapore, is considered one of the top places to enjoy tasty street food not only by locals but by many tourists as well. Located in the vibrant Central Business District, the food center draws in a huge crowd every day as this two-story food center houses a whole lot of hawkers that offer a wide array of sumptuous dishes.

Some of the favorite dishes include spinach soup, fish ball noodles, mee siam, bee hoon, beef fried rice, curry puffs, char quay teow, ban mian, nasi lemak, and more.

Amoy Street Food Centre

Address: 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111

Website: Amoy Street Food Centre

Opening hours: 6:30am - 9pm (daily)

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5. Glutton's Bay, Esplanade

Makansutra Gluttons Bay
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Glutton’s Bay by the luxurious and iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel is exactly what you would want in a Singapore food court. Each stall has its speciality, and the quadfecta of Singapore food is represented here. There are Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, and Malay delicacies to choose from. Chili crab and shaved ice are a delicious, but messy, combination that go well together.

Glutton's Bay

Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #01-15, Esplanade Mall, Singapore

Website: Glutton’s Bay

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6. People's Park Complex, Chinatown

Shophouses along Temple Street, Singapore
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The lower level of the People’s Park Complex is devoted almost entirely to food. Foodies will enjoy gorging themselves on duck heart, BBQ pork, and delicious sausages. You will certainly be in a meat coma after you visit this awesome hawker centre. Watermelon juice is tasty if you want something slightly more healthy to wash down those piles of meat. After eating all that food you can do some splurging in the shopping mall. There are plenty of clothing and electronic shops, and you can also get a deal on tickets to Singapore’s theme parks here. There are Chinese medicine shops here too where you can purchase the bizarre zombie caterpillar known as cordyceps. Of course, this will cost you thousands of dollars compared to the 5 SGD (3.70 USD) to 15 SGD (11 USD) price tags of those delicious foods at the hawker centre.

People's Park Complex

Address: 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108

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7. Tekka Centre, Little India

Tekka Centre, Wet Market
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If you are into Indian food then this is the hawker centre you must visit in Singapore. There are delicacies from all over the Indian subcontinent to try here from Punjab all the way to West Bengal. Your table will be filled end to end with pakora, roti, naan, pilaf, biryani and tandoori chicken to name just a few. Want to experience Singapore’s Little India? This is where you must go. Many people overlook Indian food on a trip to Singapore, but that is a huge mistake. The Indian influence on Singapore is just as important and delicious as the Chinese influence.

Tekka Centre

Address: Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore

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8. Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Tiong Bahru Food Centre
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This hawker centre is a great place to sample the signature dish of Singapore: Hainanese boneless chicken and rice. There are many options to choose from here, and this Singapore famous food court is newly renovated, so it’s also a great place to escape the heat. There’s also a large fresh market here in case you want to get some ingredients for some home cooking.

Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Address: 30 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore 168898

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9. Lau Pa Sat, Raffles Quay

Lau Pa Sat
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In addition to your list of things to do in Singapore, make sure that you visit Lau Pa Sat, Raffles Quay. This historical site is home to one of the best hawker centers in Singapore. The food here goes just beyond what you find at many other hawker centres. Obviously the staples of Indian, Malay, Chinese and Indonesian are here, but you can also find Vietnamese, Latin American and Filipino dishes at this famous hawker centre.

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre

Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582

Website: Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre

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10. Old Airport Road Food Court

Old Airport Road Hawker Centre
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Crowds flock to this hawker centre, so you know it must be good. If you have to wait in line for some delicious food it has to be amazing. Your belly and your wallet will be full because the food is both amazing and affordable. You can find strange items here like swordfish, but also enjoy staples like satay.

Old Airport Road Food Court

Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, Singapore 390051

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11. Maxwell Road Food Court, Chinatown

Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown, Singapore
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The Maxwell Road Food Court is a must visit for foodies in Singapore. The go to cuisine here is Chinese, and there are delicious dumplings, noodles and congee dishes to taste here. It’s all extremely affordable at around 3 SGD or approximately 2.20 USD.

Maxwell Road Food Court

Address: Maxwell Road, Singapore 069113

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12. Newton Circus Food Centre

Newton Food Centre
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The Newton Circus Food Centre is located right next to the Newton MRT, so it is easily accessible. You’ll really be glad you stopped here because the food is amazing. The sting ray is some of the best in all of Singapore, and the wide variety of dishes from numerous cuisines will keep you busy eating for hours. It’s very lively in the evening, so if you want something less stressful you can visit at lunch time because all the stalls are open then, too. The fish ball noodle soup stalls are prevalent at this hawker centre, so you can’t go wrong having that for lunch.

Newton Circus Food Centre

Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 229495

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Singapore food courts are heaven for foodies

Food court in Clementi, Singapore - 20070116-01
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The number one thing to do in Singapore is eat. Among other famous things and attractions, it’s the main reason people visit Singapore. While it’s not as cheap as street food in other Southeast Asian countries, Singapore still offers very tasty and affordable dishes thanks to the huge plethora of food courts in the city. You can taste many different cuisines, but Indian, Chinese and Malay are the main focus at most of these food courts. Be sure to check out one of these food courts the next time you are in Singapore. You will become addicted.

Frequently asked questions about food courts in Singapore

  • What food is Singapore famous for?

    Some of the food Singapore is famous for are Hainanese chicken rice, nasi lemak, barbecue satay, and chili crab. Be sure to visit the best hawkers and food courts listed above to get a taste for yourself!

  • What is the price to have a meal in a food court in Singapore?

    These food courts cater to all budget types. For the typical price range, most of the main dishes at Amoy Street Food Centre are around 5.90 SGD (4.32 USD). The price range for other hawkers is more or less similar, depending on the meal size.

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