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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
    Positano @ RP
    #1 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 236 reviewsTripadvisor (236)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Pizza, Seafood, Healthy
    49 Circular Road, Singapore 049404 Singapore
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  • #2
    Grand Shanghai Restaurant
    #2 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 374 reviewsTripadvisor (374)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Chinese
    390 Havelock Road King's Centre, Singapore 169662 Singapore
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  • #3
    Fu Lin Men (NSRCC)
    #3 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 162 reviewsTripadvisor (162)
    $ | Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean
    10 Changi Coast Walk Level 1 National Service Resort & Country Club, Singapore 499739 Singapore
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  • #4
    Entre-Nous creperie
    #4 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1228 reviewsTripadvisor (1228)
    $ - $$ | French, European, Healthy
    27 Seah Street # 01-01, Singapore 188383 Singapore
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  • #5
    The Mind Cafe
    #5 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 285 reviewsTripadvisor (285)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Cafe, Pub
    60A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188664 Singapore
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  • #6
    Song Garden
    #6 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripadvisor (180)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian, Singaporean
    122 Middle Road Mercure Singapore Bugis Level 2, Singapore 188973 Singapore
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  • #7
    Fu Lin Men (CSC)
    #7 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 279 reviewsTripadvisor (279)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    21 Amber Road # 03 Chinese Swimming Club 01, Singapore 439870 Singapore
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  • #8
    NOX - Dine in the Dark
    #8 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1686 reviewsTripadvisor (1686)
    $$ | European, Fusion
    269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546 Singapore
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  • #9
    MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
    #9 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 221 reviewsTripadvisor (221)
    $$ | Bar
    5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Singapore
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  • #10
    Positano Risto
    #10 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1310 reviewsTripadvisor (1310)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    66 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199479 Singapore
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  • #11
    Melt Cafe
    #11 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1259 reviewsTripadvisor (1259)
    $$ | International
    5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Singapore
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  • #12
    Akira Back
    #12 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 682 reviewsTripadvisor (682)
    $$ | Japanese, International
    30 Beach Road, Access via Nicoll Highway JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, Singapore 189763 Singapore
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  • #13
    Summer Pavilion
    #13 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 879 reviewsTripadvisor (879)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian, Singaporean
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #14
    Le Noir Bar & Lounge
    #14 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 150 reviewsTripadvisor (150)
    $ - $$ | International, Bar
    2 Bayfront Avenue #01-84 Marina Bay Sands The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972 Singapore
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  • #15
    Beast & Butterflies
    #15 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 559 reviewsTripadvisor (559)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Fusion, Singaporean, Caucasian
    90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259 Singapore
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  • #16
    Colony
    #16 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2278 reviewsTripadvisor (2278)
    $$ | Asian, Singaporean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Seafood
    7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799 Singapore
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  • #17
    Fu Lin Men Chinese Restaurant (SRC)
    #17 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 177 reviewsTripadvisor (177)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian, Healthy, Singaporean
    B Connaught Drive, S179682 Level 2, Singapore Recreation Club, Singapore 179682 Singapore
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  • #18
    Dolce Vita
    #18 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 676 reviewsTripadvisor (676)
    $$ | Italian, European, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Singapore
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  • #19
    Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
    #19 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 916 reviewsTripadvisor (916)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
    22 Orange Grove Road Shangri-La Hotel Garden Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 258350 Singapore
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  • #20
    Spice Brasserie
    #20 of 13,603 Places to Eat in Singapore
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 479 reviewsTripadvisor (479)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Asian, Singaporean, International, Street Food
    181 Kitchener Road Parkroyal On Kitchener Road PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533 Singapore
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