Best Hawker Centers in Singapore | Local Food in Singapore

Written By Priyadarshini Nandi

October 15, 2020

If you want to try amazing local flavours of Singapore, then hawker centers’ are the right place to go. Don’t know what are hawker centers? Hawker Centers are humble stalls in food courts or an open-air space and they serve Asian culinary from snack to meals and drinks as well. If you come to Singapore these hawker centers’ are a must-visit. The range of cuisine you find here will blow your mind as the chefs in these stalls whip up some mean delicacies with Singaporean touch. These hawker centers’ offer cheap prices and are hustling & bustling with vibrant energy and packed tables. We have compiled a list of the best hawkers centers’ in Singapore, for you to try!

Chinatown Food Street

You will find typical Chinese delicacies here and this is one of the largest hawker centers’ in the country with more than 260 stalls. The stalls are up cycled shop houses and stand in a row, one beside the other. Foodies will have a gala time in the Chinatown food complex trying local delicacies. Popular items on the menu are roasted duck with noodles or rice, grilled skewers of seafood and meat, chili crab, barbecued stingrays, and much more. The prices are reasonable and the crowd is touristy.

Tekka Centre

Sitting inside a 3-storied building is Tekka center, and it is considered as one of the best places to find local cuisine in Singapore. This food complex is very popular with Indians as the Biryani served here is delectable. Prices are cheap and the quantity served is generous. We recommend you try the Biryani in Tekka Centre which is served with various sauces and a poppadum. Both Chicken & Mutton Biryani are popular with the crowd so, come here and dig in!

Chomp Chomp Singapore

This is one of the best hawker centers in Singapore and is also colloquially known as the Serangoon Gardens Food Centre. It is located close to the city Centre so; you may find your local tourist guide including this place on your tour. As a hawker center the place usually remains busy and packed with a crowd. So, we recommend you visit this place in the evening and enjoy dishes like grilled stingray, satay, noodle broths, barbecued meat, and much more. The place is buzzing with woks & grills and the vibe here is to hustle.

Tiong Bahru Market

If you are looking for typical breakfast and brunch items, come to this food complex. The stalls here offer delectable local cuisine and open early in the morning. It’s a good idea to catch a local breakfast here. Tiong Bahru Market is one of the best hawker centers in Singapore and the roasted duck served here is like none other. We also recommend you to try the local favorite Hainanese chicken rice and pork ribs. Prices are extremely affordable and you can find something for as less as $3.

Old Airport Road Food Centre 

The Old Airport Road Food Centre is located on the outskirts of the city and is very popular among the locals here. Food in this complex offers great value and taste. We recommend you try char kway teow and rojak here. Prices are reasonable and the quality of food is standard, as compared to other hawker centers in the city. Old Airport Road Food Centre is easily one of the best hawker centers to try local cuisine.

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