Best Ethnic Eats in Singapore
Collected by Arwen Joyce, AFAR Local Expert
Singapore is country of immigrants, and its cuisine is as diverse as its population.
124 Onan Rd, Singapore 424536
Built in 1942, this family-run bakery claims to be the oldest surviving Muslim bakery in Singapore. It is a jack-of-all-trades, turning out to-die-for Indian curry puffs and naan along with English pastries and cakes, French bread, and Malay...
47/49 Armenian Street, Singapore 179937
The Peranakans, a people unique to Singapore and its Straits neighbors, developed a fusion cuisine that combines Chinese ingredients with Malay spices and cooking techniques. The tangy and aromatic dishes often incorporate ingredients unfamiliar...
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
8 Braddell Rd, Singapore 359898
To say my mother is Hainanese and a gifted cook is like saying Singaporeans love to eat. An overstatement. Growing up in a Hainanese kampong (village) on my great-grandmother’s chicken rice (fowl fattened for the grand sacrifice, rice steamed in...
20 Trengganu St, #02-01 Chinatown, Singapore 058479
An evergreen Chinese favorite, dim sum is great to snack on when visiting Singapore’s famed hawker centers or exploring the city’s Chinatown. Dim sum literally means “touch the heart,” and the authentic local offerings are...
154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431
Bak kut teh (or meat bone tea) is a simple, hearty, comforting Chinese soup with a peppery kick that you can dress up as simply or as daringly (add kidneys, liver, and other organs) as you like. Originally a breakfast dish, it is now eaten any...
102 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207678
Singapore's Little India has a wealth of South Indian restaurants to choose from, but my favorite for an unfussy, authentic South Indian meal is Anjappar across from retail giant Mustafa. Hailing from Chennai, the restaurant is known for its dosa—...
48 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217959
Singapore's great culinary tradition has more to do with the city/state's position as a global financial power than it does with any unique cultural heritage. Before it became the most important trading port in Asia, Singapore was little more than...
151 New Bridge Road 91 Upper Cross Street Singapore 059443/058362 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059443
Whether on a rooftop, by the water, or in a local hawker center, dining outdoors is one of the perks of a city with balmy temperatures year-round. Check out Privé on Keppel Island and snag a table on its large outdoor patio, near a marina of...
737 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198705
A small restaurant within view of the Masjid Sultan, PJT cooks up classic Indonesian dishes in a friendly but refined setting. Try the gado gado, a traditional salad covered in a warm peanut sauce curry from east Java. The chef makes four...
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