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Best Food in Singapore

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Tips on some of the best food experiences in Singapore, whether you're looking for an authentic local dish or for Singapore's take on gourmet global cuisine.

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  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

9 Places

8 City Tips

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9 Places

Lau Pa Sat

Restaurants

Killiney Kopitiam

Restaurants

Mellben Seafood

Restaurants

Ding Dong

Restaurants

Moosehead Kitchen-Bar

Restaurants

Burnt Ends

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Restaurant Andre

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Common Man Coffee Roasters

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Lindene C's City Tips

  • Getting around is a breeze. The public transport system is well connected across the island, and if all else fails, taxis are inexpensive and plentiful (except when it rains!).
  • It's worth buying a Singapore Tourist Pass for unlimited bus and train rides for 1-3 days. Grab one at Changi Airport or TransitLink Ticket Offices, or purchase online.
  • Hawker centres get very busy at the usual meal times, so when you find an available table, reserve ("chope") it by placing a packet of tissues on it. Then explore the stalls!
  • Singapore is a very safe country, but take the usual precautions with your personal belongings, just to be sure.
  • Most restaurants include service charge and GST – check your bill, and if nothing is listed, leave a tip at your discretion. It's not necessary to tip in hawker centres.
  • Hawker centres and local coffee shops are not air-conditioned, and are mostly outdoor (but often shaded). Singapore is hot and humid year-round, so be prepared!
  • It pays to make a reservation at restaurants and cafes if you want to eat during standard meal times. At hawker centres, just show up and join the search for a table.
  • Alcohol is expensive in Singapore, so be sure to check the price list before ordering to avoid nasty surprises.
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    Lau Pa Sat
    Restaurants (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Seafood, Fast food, Barbecue, Asian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Bangladeshi)
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    Lindene C Says:

    This Singapore icon is a great place to start if you've never had the quintessential hawker experience. At Lau Pa Sat, you'll find a huge range of choices, such as dumplings, prata, chicken rice, fish ball noodles, and even pizza for those less adventurous. Don't forget to wander outside and check out 'Satay Street', as it is known locally, for a classic open-air dining experience. At night the street is closed off and filled with hawkers selling fresh sizzling satay sticks and 'aunties' peddling cold beer. Once you've finally settled on a few dishes to try, kick back and admire the charm of this beautiful old building, which recently received a multi-million dollar facelift, or grab a seat on Satay St. and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Singapore at its favourite time of day: dinner time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Satay Street opens at 7 pm, and no. 7 is my pick of the stalls for the best satay. Easy to remember!
    • Place a tissue packet on your chosen table in order to "chope" (reserve) it. Hawker stalls don't provide napkins, so packing tissues is a must.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So many cuisines and cultures under one roof 16/11/2017
    • Good food 15/11/2017
    • Lau Pa Sat
    Address:
    18 Raffles Quay Telok Ayer Festival Market
    #01-94 Lau Pa Sat Festival Market
    Singapore 048582
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6220 2138
    Other:
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    Killiney Kopitiam
    Restaurants (Cafe, Asian, Singaporean)
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    Lindene C Says:

    Jam-packed and no-frills, Killiney is a great breakfast spot. For me, a visit here is all about the kaya toast, a local breakfast treat that is simple but oh-so-delicious. Lashings of coconut (kaya) jam and a creamy wedge of butter are sandwiched between white toast, which you then dip into fresh soft boiled eggs garnished with pepper. Wash it all down with a local coffee, which is sinfully sweet but also very tasty. Not the healthiest option, but hey, you're on holiday!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are several branches of Killiney around Singapore, including at Changi Airport. The Killiney Road branch is the original, founded in 1919.
    • Other dishes are available (eg. curries) for those not interested in kaya toast.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #543 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    • Singapore History in a Cup and Saucer 14/10/2017
    • Packed with locals before work 03/09/2017
    • Killiney Kopitiam
    Address:
    67 Killiney Road
    Singapore 239525
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6734 9648
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun
    06:00 - 18:00
    Mon
    06:00 - 23:00
    Tue
    06:00 - 18:00
    Wed - Sat
    06:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Mellben Seafood
    Restaurants (Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean)
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    Lindene C Says:

    While I'm not a huge fan of crab, any Singapore food guide would be a little lacking without a recommendation for chilli crab, so this is my pick of the bunch. Mellben is more challenging to get to than your standard tourist staples, but it's worth the effort if you're a fan of seafood. If you have room, try both the butter crab and the crab bee hoon (rice vermicelli noodles), and don't forget to dip your mantou (Chinese steamed buns) in the delicious sauce!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To get to the Ang Mo Kio branch, a taxi from the city will take about 20-25 mins, or the 851 bus is about an hour. Not quick, but you'll get to see some local sights along the way.
    • There's another Mellben Seafood at Toa Payoh, which is a little closer to the city (a 15-20 minute taxi or a 35-40 minute train and walk).
    • If you really can't bear the journey out of the city, try the chilli crab at Jumbo Seafood in Dempsey Hill, which is a little closer.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #229 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Food worth raising your cholesterol for...... 29/10/2017
    • Thank you 12/10/2017
    • Mellben Seafood
    Address:
    232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Kebun Baru Palm View
    Singapore 560232
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6285 6762
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Ding Dong
    Restaurants (Asian, Singaporean, Fusion)
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    Lindene C Says:

    Ding Dong is the place to go to sample a modern interpretation of a wide range of Asian cuisines. On the menu you'll find influences from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan, which makes for a richly varied and fun meal. Coupled with an equally interesting cocktail menu and top-notch service, Ding Dong is perfect for a fun night out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • To get the best variety, ask for the "Feed Me" tasting menu - the chef decides while you sit back and enjoy yourself.
    • My pick of the cocktails is the Golden Mile. Dangerously "more-ish".
    • Ding Dong is located in a lively area known as Club St/Ann Siang Hill. The streets close to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights, creating a fun atmosphere. Make a night of it!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #233 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    • Delicious 10/11/2017
    • Beautiful food 08/11/2017
    • Ding Dong
    Address:
    115 Amoy Street
    Singapore 069935
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6557 0189
    Price range:
    US$40 - US$60
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 15:00
    Mon - Sat
    18:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Moosehead Kitchen-Bar
    Restaurants (Mediterranean)
    Lindene C Says:

    Moosehead is an unassuming, unpretentious Singapore restaurant – and that's exactly why I like it. The food is classified as Mediterranean, but it's really just a menu of good quality, well thought through modern dishes that aren't trying too hard. Don't go here for a typically 'Singapore' experience, just go for very good food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It's a small venue, so definitely book ahead.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #162 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just when you think the food can’t get any better, the next dish arrives and leaves you speechless 08/11/2017
    • Excellent food 30/10/2017
    • Moosehead Kitchen-Bar
    Address:
    110 Telok Ayer Street
    Singapore 068579
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6636 8055
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$30
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 14:30
    Mon - Sat
    18:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Burnt Ends
    Restaurants (Barbecue)
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    Lindene C Says:

    Perhaps I love this place because it reminds me of home – but considering it's consistently packed with diners, there's clearly a little more to it than a longing for an Aussie barbecue. Burnt Ends is sophisticated but casual dining, with the emphasis on the food rather than flashy interior design or cocktail lists. Having said that, the atmosphere is stylish and inviting, and the drinks are excellent, so there's certainly nothing lacking in the overall experience. Go here for a top-notch meal that could compete with some of the best in Sydney, London, or New York.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • They only take bookings for 6 pm and 6.30 pm, so either make a reservation well in advance, or rock up, put your name down, and go for a drink at one of the good bars nearby.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • GO NOW (but don't forget your pocket book!) 14/11/2017
    • Nice experience . . . 09/11/2017
    • Burnt Ends
    Address:
    20 Teck Lim Road
    Singapore 088391
    Singapore 088391
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6224 3933
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    11:45 - 14:00
    18:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Restaurant Andre
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Lindene C Says:

    The price tag at Restaurant Andre is certainly one you might like to forget, but the experience is highly memorable if you appreciate fine dining. Located in a charming shophouse, Andre serves up a degustation menu with impeccable craftsmanship and service to match. Consistently (and deservedly) ranked on the world's best restaurants lists since 2011, this is a special experience for any visitor to Singapore hoping for an evening to remember.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Obviously, reservations are necessary.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food. Could be better. 11/11/2017
    • Dining experience at Restaurant Andre 07/11/2017
    • Restaurant Andre
    Address:
    41 Bukit Pasoh Road
    Singapore 089855
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6534 8880
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    19:00 - 23:00
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Common Man Coffee Roasters
    Restaurants (Cafe)
    Lindene C Says:

    Since Singapore has experienced a coffee revolution in the past few years, it would be remiss of me not to give a recommendation for the best western-style coffee in town. There are plenty of great options out there, but Common Man provides the total package – excellent coffee, good quality brunch/lunch, and a cool, buzzing atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are no reservations, and weekends are always busy, so get there early or be prepared for a short wait (it's a big venue).
    • Also check out Forty Hands in nearby Tiong Bahru, the original western-style cafe in Singapore, which spawned Common Man.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #220 of 8,458 restaurants in Singapore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A coffee haven 08/11/2017
    • The quality of this store is unbelievably awful 01/11/2017
    • Common Man Coffee Roasters
    Address:
    22 Martin Road
    #01-00
    Singapore 239058
    Singapore
    Phone:
    +65 6836 4695
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    07:30 - 17:30
    Sat - Sun
    07:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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