A staple of Singaporean culture, hawker centres are a quintessential component of a true-blue native experience for both locals and foreigners alike. That is why aspiring homeowners are considering HDBs near hawker centres.
Known as being the go-to option for those looking for affordable, tasty and convenient meals, the wide range of cuisines offered by hawker centres caters to all demographics, leaving you spoilt for choice. Don’t let its modest prices fool you though, as many dishes served there are worth way more in terms of culinary satisfaction.
If you’re one of the many who are looking to try the best of the best, here are some crowd favourites to get you started:
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre
18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582 Image Source
Heartily featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, the Lau Pa Sat hawker centre is both well-known and well-loved for a reason. That’s because it serves a multitude of purposes; more than merely a great place to grab a bite, it’s also an amazing architectural marvel to behold.
Backed by decades of history reflected in its distinctive octagonal shape and colonial design, Lau Pa Sat provides a magnificent backdrop for those who just want to sit back and enjoy an ice-cold mug of Tiger beer paired with platters of delicately-chilled Hainanese chicken or flavorful wooden skewers of satay.
Stalls to try:
- Noodle Evolution | Stall 29 | Monday – Friday | 11am-9pm
- Seng Kee Local Delights | Stall 10 | 11am-1am
- Indian Classic Cuisine | Stall 59 | 11am-11pm
Maxwell Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
Located in Chinatown, this iconic, community-centric hawker centre is most famous for its internationally renowned Tian Tian Chicken rice. Patronized by a constant stream of eager locals and tourists alike, it’s a well-known hotspot for foodies looking to get their local fix – as long as they’re able to tahan (bear) the long queues.
Not in the mood for chicken? The place also offers a bevy of delicious Singaporean delights including heartwarming bowls of silky smooth congee and robust bee hoon noodle soups served with either deep-fried or steamed fish slices.
Stalls to try:
- Tian Tian Chicken Rice | Stall 10 & 11 | 10AM – 4PM
- Zhen Zhen Porridge | Stall 54 | 5:30AM – 2:30PM
- Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon | Stall 77 | 11AM – 8:30PM
Makansutra Gluttons Bay Hawker Centre
8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802 Image Source
Best known for its great food, relaxing open atmosphere and prime location, the Makansutra Gluttons Bay is one of the best places to go to for those who want to enjoy the picturesque Marina Bay skyline while indulging in an authentic street food experience.
Located next to both the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands, Gluttons Bay has been drawing in tourists since its inception in 1997. The dining appeal is heightened by the fact that despite being only open in the evenings, it remains universally affordable.
Stalls to try:
- Redhill Rong Guang B.B.Q. Seafood | (Monday – Thursday) 5pm – 2am, (Friday & Saturday) 5pm – 3am, (Sunday) 4pm – 1am
- Soon Lee Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee | (Monday – Saturday) 5pm – 3am, (Sunday) 4pm – 1pm
- Alhambra Padang Satay | Stall #1-15 | 5pm – 1am
Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Serangoon
20 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557269 Image Source
Known as the Serangoon Gardens Food Centre, this bustling hawker centre situated next to a private neighbourhood and is a great place to hang out and indulge in Hokkien Mee, a fried noodle dish cooked in a rich seafood stock and heavily accented with smoky hints of wok hei (Wok’s breath), while enjoying the cool evening climate.
Accessibility to Chomp Chomp is made easy with several bus lines (Nos. 73, 136, 315, and 317) serving the area. If you’re travelling via train, the nearest MRT station is Lorong Chuan (CC14).
Open from 6pm onwards, it serves an extensive variety of barbecued food items, coupled with huge refreshing mugs of fresh sugarcane juice and fried oyster omelettes.
Stalls to try:
- Ang Sa Lee Fried Oyster | Stall #1-33 | 5pm – 11pm
- Sugarcane Juice | Stall #1-15/22 | 5pm – 1am
- Chia Keng Fried Hokkien Mee | Stall #1-11 | 5pm – 1am
Old Airport Road Centre Hawker Centre in Geylang District
Block 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051 Image Source: NEA Website
As one of the oldest and biggest food courts in the city, the Old Airport Road Food Centre is one of the best places to go if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck. It houses the largest number of the country’s best stalls, most of which serve a wide spectrum of traditional Singaporean dishes derived from generations of practiced cooks.
Home to some of the best soya beancurd, char kway teow, and satay in the country, it’s definitely a popular hangout for those who love to savor the original Singaporean flavor.
Stalls to try:
- Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow | Stall #01-12 | 7am – 8pm
- Lao Ban Soya Beancurd | Stall #01-127 | (Tuesday – Saturday) 11:30am – 8pm, (Sunday) 1pm – 8pm
- Chuan Kee Satay | Stall #01-85 | (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) 6:30pm – 11pm | (Sunday) 1pm – 8pm
These hawkers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Singapore’s finest, but they truly do serve some of the best dishes in the country. Landmarks in and of themselves, they stand as 5 of the best places to visit for foodies who’re looking for unique and truly Singaporean experiences.
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