We’ve rounded up five of Singapore’s best hawker centres.
Singapore is full of bustling hawker centres, or food courts, where locals and tourists alike can feast on culinary delights. They’re the very best places to try local delicacies for cheap prices—from satay and laksa, to fried kway teow.
1. Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Chomp Chomp is popular with late night diners—opening from 16:00 until late. Famed for its satay selection, you’re going to want to head here for your peanut fix.
You’ll find Chomp Chomp Food Centre at 20 Kensington Park Road, 557269. It’s open daily from 4pm–12:30am.
2. Chinatown Complex Food Centre
This spot is easily the largest hawker centre in Singapore, boasting over 260 food stalls. You’ll find everything from chilli crab and BBQ chicken wings, to popular local desserts such as ice kachang and cendol.
You’ll find Chinatown Complex Food Centre at 335 Smith Street, 050335. It’s open daily from 7am to 10pm.
3. Lau Pa Sat Food Court
Lau Pa Sat Food Court, also known as Telok Ayer Market, is arguably the most popular in all of Singapore, and it seats up to 2,500 people. It’s housed in a striking, 120-year-old building, held up by giant cast-iron frames originally sent over from Glasgow, Scotland.
You’ll find Lau Pa Sat Food Court at 18 Raffles Quay, 048582. It’s open 24/7.
4. Old Airport Road Food Centre
If it’s soya beancurd you’re after, this is the place to go. But be prepared to queue! Old Airport Road Food Centre is home to the legendary stalls Lao Ban Soya Beancurd and 51 Soya Beancurd, and it’s worth the wait for a bowl. Less touristy than others on this list, it’s a little out of the centre and often considered the best in the business by locals.
You’ll find Old Airport Road Food Centre at 51 Old Airport Road, 390051. It’s open daily from 6am to 11pm.
5. Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
Full of famous stalls—such as Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice and Zhen Zhen Porridge—Maxwell Road Hawker Centre is one of the best places to visit for cheap Chinese food. Located in Chinatown, it’s hardly surprising that this is a seriously popular spot.
You’ll find Maxwell Road Hawker Centre at 1 Kadayanallur Street, 069184. It’s open daily from 8am to 2am.