Seven of the best hawker centres in Singapore

Singapore is famous for its hawker centres – large, cooked-food markets, which are sometimes situated in the open air. Every hawker centre is packed with dozens of stalls, each selling a mouth-watering selection of freshly cooked dishes. Here are seven of

Updated on 17 September 2018

Seven of the best hawker centres in Singapore

Chinatown food street small plates

Chinatown Food Street

What: Set beneath a glass canopy, this popular tourist haunt runs alongside a line of renovated shops in traditional buildings. There’s a tempting selection of grilled pork and beef, a variety of seafood and, best of all, succulent slices of roast duck served with noodles.

When: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm

Where: Smith Street, Singapore, 058938

Satay by the bay outdoor tables with greenery

Gardens by the Bay

What: This hawker centre is set inside a local park, so you can relax among the flowers while sampling its famous satay skewers: cubes of marinated, barbecued pork served with a delicious peanut sauce. We’d also recommend sharing a few fish balls.

When: Mon-Sun 11.30am-1am

Where: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore, 018953

Makansutra people dining outside

Makansutra Gluttons Bay

What: Wonderful views across Marina Bay and a troupe of street entertainers make a visit to this hawker centre memorable. Look out for the stunning barbecued chicken wings and the fiery chilli crab served with a plateful of wholemeal flatbread rotis.

When: Mon-Sun 5pm-2am

Where: 1-15 Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039802

Maxwell Food Centre

What: You might need to queue for a seat at this popular hawker centre but it’s well worth the short wait for the likes of creamy, fried oyster omelettes and steaming bowls of savoury fish broth. The dim sum is also excellent.

When: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm

Where: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore, 069184

Old Airport Road Food Centre

What: Situated just beyond the city centre, Old Airport Road Food Centre is ideal for avoiding tourists and sampling dishes the locals enjoy. Try the rojak, an Indonesian salad of vegetables and fruit served with char kway teow noodles.

When: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm

Where: 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore, 390051

Tekka Centre

What: The stalls at this three-floor centre serve dishes influenced by the nearby district of Little India. There are dozens of different biryani curries to try; we’d recommend the spiced mutton with vegetables served with crispy poppadoms.

When: Mon-Sun 6.30am-9pm

Where: Bukit Timah Road, Singapore

Tiong Bahru Market

What: The stalls at this distinctive round building don’t stay open as late as some, but it’s a great choice for anyone in search of a hearty brunch. Top picks include Hainanese chicken, barbecued pork ribs, roast duck with noodles and pancakes with a peanut filling.

When: Mon-Sun 9am-8pm

Where: 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore, 168898