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Best Hawker Centers and Local Food Spots in Singapore

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Chow down with the locals at hawker centers, food markets where the island's best grub is a steal.
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41 Cambridge Rd, Singapore 210041
Farrer Park is a neighborhood in transition at the northern end of Little India. Trendy cafes have popped up across from a famous bak kut teh (pork rib soup) shop, and older housing estates are now sharing space with newer condominium...
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1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-04, Singapore 069184
Devout foodies flock to the hawker stands in Singapore, one of the world's cleanest cities. Check out the tasty Hainanese Chicken Rice at the famous Maxwell Food Centre; you'll want to find the Tian Tian stall. Explore the other stands and...
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920 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 158792
Grab a seat at one of the newsprint-covered tables (or “chope” the table by putting down a pack of tissues to let others know it’s taken) and then stroll the aisles to check out what looks good. I recommend Fu Ming Carrot Cake, dim sum in little...
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In a city obsessed with food, you’ll find some of the best, most authentic, and most inexpensive dishes at the hawker centers. Singapore resident K.F. Seetoh’s Makansutra guidebook shepherds you through thousands of stalls, pointingout “die die...
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1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960
A great way to get to know local cuisine is to visit a food center, that is, a hawker center. You'll find a vast array of local dishes that are inexpensive and delicious. The crowd situation here is, well, it's basically too crowded during the...
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8 Raffles Ave, #01-15, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
If you are eager to try the famed Singapore street food but don't know where to begin, come to Gluttons Bay by the Esplanade for a tutorial. Here you'll find lots of signs explaining the various options and friendly hawker stall uncles who will...
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Singapore
There are oodles and oodles of options at this 24/7 food center. Try the signature noodle dish at Wanton Kee noodle stall—the queue moves quickly so you can dive right in to the chewy heap. Noodles, roasted pork and meats, waffles, dumplings,...
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18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
The best fast food in Singapore's central business district can be found at Lau Pa Sat (Raffles Place MRT stop). This 150-year-old former fish, fruit, and veg market was converted into a collection of hawker food stalls in the 1970s. The market,...
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Old Airport Rd, Singapore
I was told Old Airport Road hawker center is one of the most authentic and least touristy in all of Singapore. What really intrigued me, though, was the chance to try crocodile. I tentatively approached Crocodile Kingdom and ordered a Ginseng...
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116 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218394
This chain of restaurants began with a lone hawker stall and a dream. They serve a variety of Chinese dishes (along with a couple that are claimed to be Indonesian) but the piece de resistance is their fish head steamboat (pictured in the silver...
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18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582
Every night the street next to Lau Pa Sat in downtown Singapore is closed to traffic. Satay sellers set up their grills, put out folding tables and chairs, and hawk their offerings to anyone drawn in by the fragrant clouds of smoke. You can't go...