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Singapore Restaurants & Eating

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The food scene in Singapore has evolved drastically since yesteryears. In the olden days, hawkers used to line the streets, shouting and selling as they walked. Today, there are brightly-lit hawker centres, coffee shops, well-designed food courts and top-class restaurants.

Hawker Centres

Hawker centres are open-air and large halls, with rows of stalls totalling about 50 in a single complex. Food is at its most most affordable, S$0.80 for a cup of kopi or coffee and S$3-4 for standard street food rice or noodle dishes. While indoor food halls invariably come equipped with over-zealous air-conditioning units, hawker centres stick to the more modest fans. These are often high-powered and can get rather blowy.

Hawker centres are touted to serve the most authentic food, as stall holders are usually aunties and uncles who have decades of experience in cooking. The variety is also immense, with Chinese, Malay, Indian, Fusion and Japanese food stalls under the same roof. Lau Pa Sat and Newton Circus are popular, but somewhat touristy and rather expensive hawker centres in the Financial District and near Orchard Road, respectively.

Satay maker at Lau Pa Sat Festival Market..  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Coffee Shops and Food Courts

Coffee shops are a miniature version of hawker centres, with a central seating area. Food courts are the modern version of hawker centres, with air-conditioning, bright lighting, design elements and sometimes even a curry-stained sofa couch or two. Food courts have been morphing continuously into edgier concepts.

Food courts are a sterlised and squeemish-tourist friendly version of hawker centres. They come in two varieties; themed and non-themed and can be found in every shopping centre throughout Singapore. One of the more interesting themed food courts is the Food Republic at Wisma Atria shopping centre. In a non-themed food court, prices are from S$3, while the themed ones start from S$4.50.


Restaurants are typically air-conditioned, indoor and with the option of al fresco dining. Generally, the food is good and the area always clean and bright, like in Din Tai Fung and Spizza. Restaurants are abundant in the city center. Further afield, most districts host a number of good quality restaurants as well.

Alfresco dining next to the Singapore River at Clark Quay.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Holland Village, a vibrant expat area, and Dempsey Hill have fancier and more expensive restaurants such as Bistro Petit Salut and Samy's Curry, respectively.

If you do decide to opt for the restaurant experience be warned; there is a significant cost difference between eating at a hawker, coffee shop or food court and eating at a restaurant. Expect to pay around five times the price and factor in the 10% service charge and 7% GST that are whacked onto the final bill. Ironically, these jacked-up service costs often result in rather lacking service. You may decide this dining option isn't worth it; especially if travelling on a budget.

Children and Kids

Most eating venues provide high chairs, while several fast food chains sell kids’ meals. Japanese ramen chain Ajisen also has children’s meals served in an attractive airplane set.

Restaurants in Singapore

International Simpang Bedok
Simpang Bedok is a popular supper place among locals. The area is home to numerous Indian-Muslim eateries. Some like Spize also offers international cuisine. The price of the food here is relatively cheap and the quality o... more
 5 Fans, Low Budget, Expect to pay between S$4-10 per person, in East
Indian Banana Leaf Apolo
A popular dining place for both foreigners and locals alike, the Banana Leaf Apolo is a casual eatery still going on strong with their gracious hospitality and service, matched with delicious and scrumptious food served on... more
 5 Fans, Mid Range, Mains S$12-$22, in Little India
Asian Old Airport Road Cooked Food Centre
Old Airport Road Cooked Food Centre is a hawker centre located along Old Airport Road as its name suggests. It is a popular place and can get extremely crowded during lunchtime. Having undergone renovation work in 2007, th... more
 4 Fans, Low Budget, Mains from $4, in East
International The Book Café
Part café, part living room, The Book Café sits quietly at the end of Mohamed Sultan road. Its indoor area is divided into two sections- a cafe and a lounging area with plush sofas to sit about 15 people. Fro... more
 3 Fans, Mid Range, from S$8 - $16 per person, in River Area
International Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market  also known as Telok Ayer Market is located in the core of the Central Business District of Singapore and is easily accessible by MRT (5 minutes walk from Raffles MRT Station) or by public b... more
 3 Fans, Low Budget, Expect to pay between S$3-8 per person, in Chinatown & Financial District
French The French Stall
Singaporeans may find it ironic that The French Stall, with its serving of authentic French cuisine, cooked by a two star Michelin chef from Brittany, is located right beside a coffee shop. Adding to that idiosyncrasy is t... more
 3 Fans, Mid Range, Mains S$30-$45, in Little India
Asian Golden Mile Food Centre
Golden Mile Food Centre is a three-storey building that houses rows of cooked food stores on the basement and first level, and the Army Market on the second level. There is a wide range of local cuisine including Chinese, ... more
 2 Fans, Low Budget, in Kampong Glam
Asian Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Ya Kun Kaya Toast is a chain of cafes located all across Singapore. The branch at Far East Square is actually its flagship outlet. Ya Kun was started by Loi Ah Koon and two other Chinese immigrants to Singapore around 1930... more
 2 Fans, Low Budget, Expect to pay between S$2.50-7 per per person, in Chinatown & Financial District
Thai-Indonesian Bumbu
Bumbu is a two-storey restaurant on Kandahar Street serving Thai-Indonesian cuisine. It is popular with locals and tourists alike who would like a taste of Southeast Asian cuisine. The food is good and house specialties su... more
 2 Fans, Mid Range, Mains from S$7-S$21, in Kampong Glam
Asian Amoy Street Food Centre
This food centre located near to Tanjong Pagar MRT is a two-storey complex with about 40 to 60 stalls and also a cheap place to have a meal. On offer is local hawker cuisine like Chicken Rice, Teochew Porridge and Lor Mee.... more
 2 Fans, Low Budget, Expect to pay between S$3-7 per person, in Chinatown & Financial District
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Wide range of food options, from Asian to Western, and Fusion Cuisine in-between
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Food prices suit all budgets.
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Fishhead Curry is uniquely Singaporean and a must try
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Wide range of options for vegetarians.
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