8 Best Food Courts & Hawkers In Singapore

food courts in Singapore

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. Here’s the 8 food courts you have to visit on your next trip to Singapore.

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1. Glutton's Bay, Esplanade

Makansutra Gluttons Bay, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore - 20140215-03
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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

2. People's Park Complex, Chinatown

People's Park Complex in Chinatown
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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 shopping in the 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

3. 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

4. Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Tiong Bahru Market and 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 it 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

5. Lau Pa Sat, Raffles Quay

Lau Pa Sat
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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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

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. 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.

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Rob Cramer is a Canadian writer and travel enthusiast who loves to sample exotic food from all over the world. He spends most of his time traveling throughout Asia sampling bizarre delicacies like...Read more

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