Singapore Travel Guide

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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). 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 eatSingapore'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 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).

Find the Best Restaurants in Singapore

  • #1
    Entre-Nous creperie
    #1 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    $ - $$ | French
    27 Seah Street # 01-01, Singapore 188383 Singapore
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  • #2
    Alma By Juan Amador
    #2 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 442 reviewsTripAdvisor (442)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    22 Scotts Road Goodwood Park Hotel Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221 Singapore
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  • #3
    Cure
    #3 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $$ | Irish, European
    21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128 Singapore
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  • #4
    Vianney Massot Restaurant
    #4 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 218 reviewsTripAdvisor (218)
    $$ | French
    39 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059678 Singapore
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  • #5
    NOX - Dine in the Dark
    #5 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1249 reviewsTripAdvisor (1249)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546 Singapore
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  • #6
    Origin Grill
    #6 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripAdvisor (337)
    $$ | European, International, Contemporary, Fusion
    22 Orange Grove Road Shangri-La Hotel Shangri-La Hotel | Tower Wing, Singapore 258350 Singapore
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  • #7
    Colony
    #7 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1729 reviewsTripAdvisor (1729)
    $$ | Asian, Singaporean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Seafood, European, Malaysian
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #8
    Chihuly Lounge
    #8 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 349 reviewsTripAdvisor (349)
    $$ | Bar, Wine Bar, International
    The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #9
    Rise Restaurant
    #9 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripAdvisor (432)
    $ - $$ | International
    10 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1 Level 1, Singapore 018956 Singapore
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  • #10
    Positano Risto
    #10 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 582 reviewsTripAdvisor (582)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European
    66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479 Singapore
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  • #11
    DePizza
    #11 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 390 reviewsTripAdvisor (390)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza, Fusion, Singaporean
    35A Boat Quay Boat Quay, Singapore 049824 Singapore
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  • #12
    Summer Pavilion
    #12 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 590 reviewsTripAdvisor (590)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #13
    Chef's Table by Chef Stephan Zoisl
    #13 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 256 reviewsTripAdvisor (256)
    $$ | French, European
    61 Tras Street, Singapore 079000 Singapore
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  • #14
    Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
    #14 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 582 reviewsTripAdvisor (582)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
    22 Orange Grove Road Shangri-La Hotel Garden Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 258350 Singapore
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  • #15
    MTR Singapore
    #15 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1556 reviewsTripAdvisor (1556)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Healthy
    438 Serangoon Road Opposite Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Singapore 218133 Singapore
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  • #16
    Grids & Circles
    #16 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 77 reviewsTripAdvisor (77)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Cafe, European, Asian, Fusion, International, Deli, Healthy
    200 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058749 Singapore
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  • #17
    BAKALAKI Greek Taverna
    #17 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 637 reviewsTripAdvisor (637)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek
    3 Seng Poh Road Green World, Singapore 168891 Singapore
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  • #18
    Shinji by Kanesaka
    #18 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 366 reviewsTripAdvisor (366)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    76 Bras Basah Road Carlton Hotel Lobby floor, Carlton Hotel, Singapore 189558 Singapore
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  • #19
    My Awesome Cafe
    #19 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 937 reviewsTripAdvisor (937)
    $ - $$ | French, Bar, Cafe, European, Healthy
    202 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068639 Singapore
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  • #20
    Joie by Dozo
    #20 of 14,675 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    $$ | Asian
    181 Orchard Road Orchard Central #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 Singapore
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