There are times when it’s great being a tourist in your own city! There are always so many things to see and do, and when you’re so busy with the everyday, it’s become a habit to put off exploring Singapore. But like they say, there’s no time like the present—so why not try doing it?
The best way to do this on a smaller scale is to go food tripping! Singapore is such a melting pot of race and culture, and it’s pretty astounding to think of how much it has to offer in terms of food. Besides choosing a cuisine, you can even choose modern, traditional or fusion. Your experience will be unique to your budget too—just because it’s more expensive doesn’t always mean it’s the best! You’ll find unique gems in unlikely places as long as you know where to look.
Excited yet? Gather a group of friends (adventurous ones are best!) and organize a food tripping expedition this weekend! Remember to set a budget, have a general idea of where you’re going and be safe when going to touristy areas. Apart from that, just roll with the punches! Be friendly with store and restaurant owners who could give you a hint on what to order. They will recommend only the best from their hometown! Here are some of our top picks.
Go to a food festival. This is technically cheating, but to experience all the food these cultures have to offer in one place, book yourself and your friends for a food festival! Singapore is known for holding an annual national food fest each year—this is a big anticipated event anyone can be part of. There are also smaller events throughout the year, like the recent Street Food Congress. You can be sure that what you will have is a curated list of cuisines that have influenced and captured the hearts of Singaporeans through the years.
Hawker centers. Hawker centers in Singapore are possibly the cleanest in the world, and you can get your fill for a fraction of the price! This is good food with no frills—just heart. A hawker center is basically an open-air food court. Among the most popular ones are Maxwell Road, located in Chinatown. You will find over 100 stalls here, each with their own specialties. Newton Food Center, on the other hand, is also one of the most historic in Singapore; look for the best Indian food stalls here. Finally, you can check out Old Airport Road for chili crab that’s half the price of that in big restaurants!
Little India. A must-visit for anyone who is in Singapore, Little India is home to restaurants that evoke the heady aromas of this South Asian continent. You will undoubtedly find the best Indian food here, whether vegetarian or meat-laden. Try Ananda Bhavan Restaurant for delicious dosas, or Gajalee for Indian seafood done right—be sure to ask for the Bombay Duck!