Maxwell Food Centre
Maxwell Food Centre
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8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
How to get there
  • Telok Ayer • 6 min walk
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  • Rebecca O
    England, United Kingdom151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food!
    We decided to go to this Hawker Centre on our first night in Singapore purely because this centre had my husband's name (Maxwell). It was a great experience and good introduction to Singapore! There were lots of people here for dinner (it was around 7.30 pm) and so much to choose!! We ended up getting naan bread with tandoori and butter chicken sauce and the Tin Tin Hainanese Chicken Rice (the queue was less than 10 minutes). For dessert we could NOT go past the Souffle Pancakes, these were incredible. Top tip, if you want to save a table (hard to secure) take a packet of tissues with you to put on an empty table whilst you are getting your food, a packet is required per person for your table. Whilst tourists might not understand, the locals will! On a tour around the city the next day, the local guide recommended this as one of the better Hawker Centres, so would definitely recommend to anyone!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Tom B
    Carmarthen, United Kingdom227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good food court.
    Maxwell Food Court was just over the road from our hotel. We looked at the next nearest, Chinatown, but it simply wasn't as good. The Maxwell is in a much nicer building, what was once a wet market rather than something like a multi -storey car park. Open sided it is well ventilated. A range of food is provided, more than one Hainanese Chicken Rice stall.. Murtabak, Singapore Laksa and so on. The craft beers are not cheap but really are very good. The sugar cane water also recommended. We had been in Penang earlier, plenty of good food but this the better court
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Prue P
    Newcastle, Australia69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Average
    Food is good and cheap but nothing out of the box. If you find a food court closer to you it will probably be the same. We read reviews and got a taxi here but it really wasn’t worth travelling a long way to. We went for the famous chicken and rice but it was sold out. Meals are about $8AUD which is great but there are heaps of good food courts in Singapore.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Jameshil
    Darwin, Australia200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit when I Singapore
    Whenever coming through Singapore CDB I always try to come past Maxwell or Newton Circus for some great food and amazing atmosphere. You'll see lines at the more well known stalls made famous by TV shows or YouTube however it's worth trying different stalls for unique tastes. Worth a visit
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2023
  • AFAK25
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia3,711 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food court in the CBD
    Like an oasis in the middle of expensive CBD, Maxwell Food Court offers affordable, no frills food for the office workers and visitors alike. There's an appam stall at the far end of the food court. People were raving about the appams. Unlike other food courts, stalls here close later and even after all office workers have left the area, the food court is bustling with diners.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 July 2023
  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,479 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the well known Hawker Centers
    This place was made famous by Anthony Bourdain's adoration of Tian Tian Hainaise Chicken Rice hawker stall. Open between 8 am to 2 am, you can get any type of street food you want for most of the day. Very similar offerings to other hawker food centers. This place is pretty clean. If you are coming here for the chicken rice, expect a long, long lineup.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Bargain Bin Bec
    Sydney, Australia541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favourite hawker centre I visited in Singapore!
    This was my favourite hawker centre I visited. You can try the chicken and rice and oyster pancake Anthony Bourdain had when he visited. We went at peak hour and it was busy. Expect to wait for the famous Tian Tian chicken rice. We ate at heng heng chicken and rice and it was lovely. So many options of things to try at extremely affordable prices. Such a fun experience running around trying to decide what to eat. Everything we tried was delightful!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Mike Swallow
    Brisbane, Australia343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food, food and more food!
    These are the spots to eat in Singapore. Cheap, great quality authentic Singaporean food. No you wont have the nice white table clothes and padded chairs with Barry Manilow music in the background but you will get delicious food served by locals who have been doing it for decades and doing it great every time. You can wander around China town and get great food but you will get everything at these Hawker centres and cheaper than everywhere else. We had just watched an episode of Somebody fed Phil on Singapore and our goal was to have a Chicken Rice and it did not disappoint washed down with a couple cold Carlsberg’s.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • lucycan
    San Diego, California3,508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great options
    We visited here on a street food tour with Monster Tours. We tried several different foods from the Hawkers here. The satay was easily the best. Maybe 50 different stalls to choose from. Something for everyone!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Olly M
    Rye, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    So much to choose from, and the stall owners are all very friendly. The price is the main plus - much much cheaper than many other parts of Singapore, with most main meals being around S$5 per portion. Would recommend for anyone wanting some good Asian food!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
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dk61
Melbourne102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Dropped in for a late lunch and being Chinese New Year not everyone was open and it was busy. I couldn’t be bothered queuing so I got the rice paper rolls from the Vietnamese place and they were the tastiest I have ever had. Also had a lime sugar cane drink which was very refreshing.
Rice paper rolls were so good I bought some more to take away.
Written 11 February 2024
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FoodieSelma
Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Spoilt for choice here with the local food. From chicken rice to oyster cake and the local dessert called Appam. Along this district and Chinatown, I can say we enjoyed the Maxwell Food Centre the best.
Written 10 February 2024
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Lauren C
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Convenient and clean with plenty of choices. I saw another reviewer say there aren’t handwashing stations but there are hand basins right in the center, as well as public restrooms. The napkin packets people leave to reserve seats are available to buy at some stalls. We had hainanese chicken, roast duck with noodles, bean sprouts, greens, dumplings, fresh sugar cane, coconut, and a couple of beers. All very cheap. Stall holders at all the shops we visited were nice. Was easy enough with a baby. Very hot day and the tables on the outer edges were nice and breezy. Recommend.
Written 7 February 2024
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Donna T
Auckland, New Zealand331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This place is fantastic. Sit with the locals and enjoy a large range of dishes. Yes, there are hawkers everywhere - but this one is right in the heart and surrounding restaurants cost lots of $$$. Very reasonable prices - average $6-$10SGD. The place is clean and tidy - but you might like to use a wipe or napkin to wipe the table, as it is very busy and can get a little messy with so many change overs. After eating you take your trays and plates to the drop off point. Of course no air conditioning, but it is all under cover and really not that bad at all. This is an experience in itself and I really enjoyed coming here. You need to be quick if you see a empty table - grab it, no time to choose, then go choose your food. If you see a table with tissue packet, it is taken, this is how some reserve the tables. Also there are tables outside along the side, did not see these until we left :). Also this is right next to a MRT -Maxwell Station brown line TE. Sorry only one pic of food - was so good I ate the other dish before thinking of a picture :)
Written 3 February 2024
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Kirby
Yeppoon, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What can I say? Delicious fresh food at great prices. We tried so many different foods - the family just loved the black pepper crab and my son's highlight was surprising me with a giant coconut water. Loved the kids could wander and order on their own.
Written 29 January 2024
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Jennie A
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Came for lunch and it was packed, very hard to grab a seat at a table. The market is massive with 3-4 rows of stalls that span the length of the building. We enjoyed the chicken rendang from Old Nyonya as well as the duck noodles from Duck Noodle Oriental Stall Duck Rice. We did not enjoy the Oyster cake (tasted very fishy and was too heavily fried for our liking). We also had some pork buns which were good and tried mee goreng from one of the halal stalls close to the end of the market (maybe 3rd from the end) but it was disappointing. The chicken rendang was outstanding though and we would recommend going there just to try it.
Written 15 January 2024
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Wanderlustaustralia
Sydney, Australia150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I enjoyed my visit here. We bought three dishes and drinks, and all were very tasty.

Really appreciate how the stalls ask if you want chilli instead of just putting it on (perhaps because I’m a foreigner they did that - but it was much appreciated!)

Would go there again.
Written 9 January 2024
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Odyssey51844128015
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I had the most unfortunate instance of ordering from this stall,'Marina South Delicious Food' Stall 35.
I ordered hokkien mee and was served rudely.It appeared that the hawker was unhappy and so was their attitude.
The noodles I ordered was tasteless and not as what their name indicated ("delicious).
I would avoid this stall completely.
Written 3 January 2024
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Merryheart
Singapore, Singapore969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a hawker centre representing well the diverse Singapore hawker fare that is frequented by both locals & tourists who want to experience the UNESCO hawker food culture of Singapore. Comparing to Lao Pa Sat that is too touristy & pricey, Maxwell Food centre houses many well known stalls amongst them is Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken rice which has been listed in the Michelin guide & recommended by the late celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. There are several chicken rice stalls competing head to head with Tian Tian, eg Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken rice operated by a previous employee of Tian Tian; the chain stall 东风发 Tong Fong Fatt & Heng Heng. There are many other things to go for besides chicken rice, 石年pig trotter rice; fried oyster cake; Hum Jin Pan; beers etc.
Written 1 January 2024
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Hans O
Helsingborg, Sweden296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
If you're looking for cheap and good asian food, look no further.
Small foodstalls with a lot of choices for everyone. Go for it!
Written 29 December 2023
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