If you’re traveling Singapore for the first time, allow us to give you one crucial tip: All good food can be found in hawker centers (food court) at a really cheap price! From the Fried Kway Teow, Chilli Crab, to Chicken Rice, you will never run out of choices. All you need to prepare is around $2.50 to $5.00 and you can have a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here are the top four best hawker centers in Singapore every traveler must know about.
1. Chinatown Complex Center
It is the largest hawker center in Singapore with over 260 food stalls to choose from. You can find all the local dishes that you must try from BBQ chicken, Hokkien mee, to prawn noodles. Considering the fact that there are many stalls selling the same food, the price is reasonable and unbelievably cheap. You can enjoy a bowl of laksa for only $3.00!
2. Maxwell Road Hawker Center
If you want to visit the infamous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice Stall and enjoy the best chicken rice in entire Singapore, head directly to the Maxwell Road Hawker Center—the home of popular food stalls and budget-friendly meals. You can also enjoy the Marina South Delicious Good, Zhen Zhen Porridge, Hoe Kee Porridge, and the China Street Fritters. You can easily find the hawker center because it is located just in front of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. It’s the perfect place to eat after roaming around the Chinatown.
3. Chomp Chomp Food Center
For those who are looking for late night diners and good beer, the Chomp Chomp Food Center is the perfect place for you. It opens daily at 6 pm and the rest of the morning. Have a good meal with your friends without having to deal with the rush during meal times by other local residents and tourists. Also, you could find the best satay in Chomp Chomp Food Center. Chicken, pork, mutton, beef—name it all and they have it ready to serve you!
4. Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Center
The food center had been renovated recently and offers a very spacious hawker center for every hungry traveler. Compared to other hawker centers, this is far the cleanest area that utilizes open air and great outdoor ambiance. You can find this hawker center on the second floor of Singapore’s Tiong Bahru Wet Market. Mouth-watering local Singaporean foods are lined next to each other. All you need to do is choose what you think the best for your meal today and enjoy the outdoor vibe and crisp air this hawker center has to offer.
The best way to explore Singapore is to take a bite of every Singaporean cuisine you’d run into. By eating their local cuisine and having a glimpse of their history, you can make the most out of your Singapore trip. Visit the aforementioned hawker centers above and enjoy yourself!