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Discover the culinary delights of Singapore’s Chinatown on a walking tour that includes a hawker center and other food sites. With a guide, visit the Chinatown Complex to sample authentic dishes like Singaporean chicken rice and spring rolls. Try sugar cane juice, ‘pulled’ tea and 'chwee kueh' (water rice cake) and pass by temples and other cultural sights while learning about the neighborhood’s diverse culinary heritage. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour Chinatown hawker center food walking tour in Singapore
  • Experience the fascinating culinary world of a hawker center with a food-loving guide
  • Feast on delicious goodies like poh piah, Singaporean chicken rice and more
  • Discover the charms and diversity of traditional Chinatown on foot
  • Learn all about the origins of Singapore’s Chinatown and its cuisine
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a guide on a small-group tour limited to 12 people

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What You Can Expect

Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

Your walking tour starts in Chinatown, where you’ll meet your guide and head to your first stop, the Chinatown Complex, the biggest  hawker center in the city (hawker centers are a type of indoor or outdoor Asian food market where different stalls sell a variety of dishes).

Follow your guide through the center’s maze of 220-plus stalls to find the best food items on offer, such as poh piah (fresh spring rolls) or Singaporean chicken rice, accompanied by fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice. While you eat, learn how hawker centers began in Singapore from your guide, who can answer any questions you may have about the food you’re sampling and how it’s made.

Next, walk down the streets of Chinatown, listening to stories about the neighborhood's early immigrants, and pass by religious sites like Hindu temples and mosques. Cool off with a stop at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) gallery, where you'll learn how city planners transformed Singapore from a fishing village to a cosmopolitan city.

Finally, enjoy a sample of kopi tarik or teh tarik—‘pulled’ coffee or tea made with condensed milk and poured between two cups until it’s super frothy. You’ll sip it with tasting of roti prate (pancake-style bread) before returning to your starting point, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Carolyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is so much more than a food tour. Rene was an excellent guide who gave us a huge amount of interesting information and showed us lots of places of interest. We had a great selection of food to try - make sure you are hungry when you go! We would highly recommend this tour.

Nicole K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We did the Singapore Hawker centre food tour of Chinatown. It was a wonderful experience. Rene is a fabulous and informative host, sharing his extensive knowledge of both the food, but also the history, culture and political life of Singapore. Don and #39;t eat before this tour! The food is generously supplied. I highly recommend this tour. You will have a wonderful time.

Mark Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A very informative tour.
Not only for the Chinatown history, culture and food, but also Singapore more broadly with a visit to the impressive City Gallery.
Guide spoke excellent English and was eager to help and answer any questions.
Highly recommended.

Kaye United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour is great fun! Our guide navigated us through the stalls, picking out interesting dishes and explaining the food and history as we chowed down. Speaking of history, the tour includes lots of information about Singapore and its evolution. A trip across the street to the Singapore City Gallery supplied interesting visuals to historic facts. The guide was knowledgeable and I was amazed how much more I learned and enjoyed the stalls, than when I went on my own. Highly recommend.

Rebecca J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a wonderful tour! Rene was such an informative guide and taught us so much about the history of Singapore. We expected the usual, walking through hawker centers and trying local fare, but this tour was so much more. Highly suggest this tour!!

Gerry A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour!.. our guide was personable, fluent in English language, and knowlegeable about the food and culture of Singapore. He escorted us through the Hawker Center and explaind the variety of food and food preparation. Then he fund a table for us and went in search of a variety of dishes which he rought to us for tasting. As we ate, he continued to describe the food and its place in the cultur.

Ian J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very know knowledgeable guide which made for a wondering tour

Marama P New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic tour and tour guide highly recommend.

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide was great. We learned so much about the history of Chinatown and the city of Singapore. He took us around to many food stalls and fed us a lot more than we ever imagined. This tour was five star.

Sarai M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic introduction to life in Singapore. We thought it was simply a food tour but were treated to lots of information on modern Singapore. After the tour we felt confident enough to try Hawker centres on a daily basis. Thanks!

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