A must on any trip to Singapore is to visit a hawker center; a variety of food stalls under one roof. The hawker stalls are somewhere between street food and a restaurant, with lots of seating, eating utensils provided, and a wide variety of foods available.

Singapore has an extraordinary blend of local delicacies to sample, from Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Rojak, Beef Kway Teow and Fish Head Curry. And then there’s the Peranakan, Indian, and Malay cuisine! It’s a foodie’s paradise, with tasty, fresh food available all day and long into the night.

Find a hawker center – there are lots, including Tiong Bahru, the Esplanade, Maxwell Road and Changi Village – and ‘chope’ (reserve) a table by leaving something small on it (a packet of tissues is a favorite).  Find a tasty stall and order your dish. Tell them your table number and they’ll bring your food and drinks to you. Pay when the food arrives (cash only!).

Even if you’ve been street-food shy in the past, hawker centers are are a wonderful and safe experience.

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Singapore Peranakan Trail Food Tasting Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

A culture tour of the unique "Peranakan" people in Singapore. Take the Singapore Peranakan Trail with food tasting tour and look into the history and ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.18

Singapore Chinatown Food Tour

Explore one of Singapore’s most unique neighborhoods on foot during this 3.5-hour Chinatown food tour. Located in the heart of the cosmopolitan city, Chinatown ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

Singapore's Chinatown Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Discover the diverse flavors and cuisines of Singapore’s Chinatown on this morning food tour. Walk to the Chinatown Complex Food Center and sample food from ...  Read more

Location: Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $22.17

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