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What to Eat in Singapore

Singapore's cultural melting pot creates quite an eclectic dining scene. Considering that the majority of ethnicities that comprise Singapore's cultural identity are Asian, expect to find a smorgasbord of delectable Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes during your stay. Seek out Chinatown and Little India for Chinese and Indian cuisine of course, but no trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to a hawker center for cheap and delicious street-style eats.

The best known hawker enclave is the Maxwell Food Centre, which is packed with more than 100 stalls. Although the options are endless, consider seeking out Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Jin Hua's Cantonese-style fish bee hoon soup and Maxwell Fuzhou's oyster cakes. Chicken rice is one of the country's signature dishes. Tian Tian's version is recommended with lots of chili and soy sauce. To take it up a notch, hit up the Tiong Bahru Market specifically for breakfast. The market's most popular dishes, including Jian Bo Shui Kweh's chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes with preservatives), Hui Ji's fishbowl noodles and Yong Tau Foo's pau (steamed buns with barbecued pork), are often consumed as early morning meals among locals. For Malay specialties, hit up Satay by the Bay, an open-air food center which serves up Malay-style grilled, skewered meats.

Singapore's proximity to the ocean is definitely apparent in its local dishes. Chili crab features locally-caught crab soaking in a tangy sauce made up of tomatoes, chili paste and beaten eggs. There is also fish head curry, which, despite incorporating native Indian ingredients and Chinese delicacies, is a dish native to Singapore. Though beloved by locals, those who consider themselves squeamish might want to skip this dish. Hokkien hae mee, or Fujian prawn noodles, are a less adventurous alternative as is the rich Laksa, a noodle soup made with dried shrimp and topped with prawns, fishcake and cockles. For dessert, finish off your hearty meal with some sweet kaya toast (bread spread with traditional jam made from coconut and eggs).

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  • #1
    Entre-Nous creperie
    #1 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1086 reviewsTripAdvisor (1086)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    27 Seah Street # 01-01, Singapore 188383 Singapore
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  • #2
    Le Noir Bar & Lounge
    #2 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 145 reviewsTripAdvisor (145)
    $ - $$ | International, Bar
    2 Bayfront Avenue #01-84 Marina Bay Sands The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972 Singapore
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  • #3
    Fu Lin Men (CSC)
    #3 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 236 reviewsTripAdvisor (236)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    21 Amber Road # 03 Chinese Swimming Club 01, Singapore 439870 Singapore
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  • #4
    Alma By Juan Amador
    #4 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 538 reviewsTripAdvisor (538)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    22 Scotts Road Goodwood Park Hotel Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221 Singapore
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  • #5
    Fu Lin Men Chinese Restaurant (SRC)
    #5 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian, Singaporean
    B Connaught Drive, S179682 Level 2, Singapore Recreation Club, Singapore 179682 Singapore
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  • #6
    Colony
    #6 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2094 reviewsTripAdvisor (2094)
    $$ | Asian, Singaporean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Seafood
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #7
    Positano Risto
    #7 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1043 reviewsTripAdvisor (1043)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European
    66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479 Singapore
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  • #8
    Cure
    #8 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 188 reviewsTripAdvisor (188)
    $$ | Irish, European
    21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128 Singapore
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  • #9
    Summer Pavilion
    #9 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 735 reviewsTripAdvisor (735)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #10
    Publico Ristorante
    #10 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 675 reviewsTripAdvisor (675)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European, International, Contemporary
    1 Nanson Road Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909 Singapore
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  • #11
    Madame Fan
    #11 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 308 reviewsTripAdvisor (308)
    $$ | Chinese, International, Contemporary
    32 Beach Road The South Beach Level 2, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764 Singapore
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  • #12
    Paulaner Brauhaus Singapore
    #12 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 682 reviewsTripAdvisor (682)
    $ - $$ | German, Bar, Central European, Brew Pub, International
    9 Raffles Boulevard Millenia Walk #01-01 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596 Singapore
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  • #13
    Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
    #13 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 178 reviewsTripAdvisor (178)
    $ - $$ | European, Grill, Contemporary
    10 Coleman Street Grand Park City Hall Level 3, Grand Park City Hall, Singapore 179809 Singapore
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  • #14
    Akira Back
    #14 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 556 reviewsTripAdvisor (556)
    $$ | Japanese, International
    30 Beach Road, Access via Nicoll Highway JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Singapore 189763 Singapore
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  • #15
    Ma Cuisine
    #15 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 183 reviewsTripAdvisor (183)
    $$ | French, European, Wine Bar
    38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676 Singapore
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  • #16
    NOX - Dine in the Dark
    #16 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1476 reviewsTripAdvisor (1476)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546 Singapore
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  • #17
    Chef's Table by Chef Stephan Zoisl
    #17 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 351 reviewsTripAdvisor (351)
    $$ | French, European, Contemporary, Caucasian
    61 Tras Street, Singapore 079000 Singapore
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  • #18
    Bar-Roque Grill
    #18 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 513 reviewsTripAdvisor (513)
    $ - $$ | French, Steakhouse, Bar, European, Grill
    165 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-00 Amara Singapore, Singapore 088539 Singapore
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  • #19
    Rise Restaurant
    #19 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 662 reviewsTripAdvisor (662)
    $ - $$ | International, Singaporean
    10 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1 Level 1, Singapore 018956 Singapore
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  • #20
    Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
    #20 of 13,284 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 815 reviewsTripAdvisor (815)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
    22 Orange Grove Road Shangri-La Hotel Garden Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 258350 Singapore
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