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 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 822 reviewsTripAdvisor (822)
    $ - $$ | French
    27 Seah Street # 01-01, Singapore 188383 Singapore
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  • #2
    Alma By Juan Amador
    #2 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 417 reviewsTripAdvisor (417)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    22 Scotts Road Goodwood Park Hotel Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221 Singapore
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  • #3
    Colony
    #3 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1656 reviewsTripAdvisor (1656)
    $$ | Asian, Singaporean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Seafood, European, Malaysian
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #4
    Origin Grill
    #4 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 306 reviewsTripAdvisor (306)
    $$ | European, International, Contemporary, Fusion
    22 Orange Grove Road Shangri-La Hotel Shangri-La Hotel | Tower Wing, Singapore 258350 Singapore
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  • #5
    NOX - Dine in the Dark
    #5 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1179 reviewsTripAdvisor (1179)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546 Singapore
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  • #6
    Chef's Table by Chef Stephan Zoisl
    #6 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 250 reviewsTripAdvisor (250)
    $$ | French, European
    61 Tras Street, Singapore 079000 Singapore
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  • #7
    Vianney Massot Restaurant
    #7 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 206 reviewsTripAdvisor (206)
    $$ | French
    39 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059678 Singapore
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  • #8
    Cure
    #8 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripAdvisor (147)
    $$ | Irish, European
    21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128 Singapore
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  • #9
    Chihuly Lounge
    #9 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 322 reviewsTripAdvisor (322)
    $$ | Bar, Wine Bar, International
    The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #10
    Summer Pavilion
    #10 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 555 reviewsTripAdvisor (555)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #11
    Positano Risto
    #11 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 499 reviewsTripAdvisor (499)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European
    66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479 Singapore
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  • #12
    Shinji by Kanesaka
    #12 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 361 reviewsTripAdvisor (361)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    76 Bras Basah Road Carlton Hotel Lobby floor, Carlton Hotel, Singapore 189558 Singapore
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  • #13
    MTR Singapore
    #13 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1516 reviewsTripAdvisor (1516)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Healthy
    438 Serangoon Road Opposite Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Singapore 218133 Singapore
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  • #14
    BAKALAKI Greek Taverna
    #14 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 602 reviewsTripAdvisor (602)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek
    3 Seng Poh Road Green World, Singapore 168891 Singapore
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  • #15
    Rise Restaurant
    #15 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 373 reviewsTripAdvisor (373)
    $ - $$ | International
    10 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1 Level 1, Singapore 018956 Singapore
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  • #16
    My Awesome Cafe
    #16 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 880 reviewsTripAdvisor (880)
    $ - $$ | French, Bar, Cafe, European, Healthy
    202 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068639 Singapore
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  • #17
    Peach Blossoms (Marina Mandarin)
    #17 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 507 reviewsTripAdvisor (507)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian, Singaporean
    6 Raffles Boulevard Level 5 Marina Square, Singapore 039594 Singapore
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  • #18
    En Sushi
    #18 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 160 reviewsTripAdvisor (160)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
    112 Middle Road Midland House #01-00B Midland House, Singapore 188970 Singapore
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  • #19
    DePizza
    #19 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 312 reviewsTripAdvisor (312)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza, Fusion, Singaporean
    35A Boat Quay Boat Quay, Singapore 049824 Singapore
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  • #20
    Cassia Restaurant
    #20 of 14,298 Places to Eat in Singapore
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 215 reviewsTripAdvisor (215)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian, Singaporean
    1 The Knolls Capella Hotel, Singapore 098297 Singapore
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