The island of Singapore is a mixture of people and cultures from across the world. It has been ranked as having some of the world’s best and most diverse foods, from cheap street food to uber-luxurious Michelin-star cuisine. Thanks to the influence of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Western cultures, there’s no other place in the world where you’ll find the mixture and flavors present in Singapore. Start planning your trip, book your stay in a Singapore hotel near these great food experiences and start preparing your stomach for what’s to come!
Hawker centers began appearing on the island in the early 1970s. Previously, plenty of food stalls filled the streets, but bringing them into the center created a central place for vendors to gather and provided better oversight when it came to control and safety. There are dozens of specialties being sold by hawkers. Just a few of the most popular dishes include chicken rice, fried kway teow, Hokkien mee, bak kut teh, satay, laksa, and chilli crab. However, you can find many more options depending on your diet and preferences. Don’t forget to visit the different ethnic neighborhoods of Singapore to get a taste of unique foods.
Not sure how to navigate the culinary scene in Singapore by yourself? One of the ways you can explore Singapore’s cuisine is by taking food tours. Food Tour Singapore and Singapore Food Trails are two options. You’ll get a culinary-focused tour of the city, tasting your way through the specialties while learning about trends, history, and food culture in the country.
Dinner in the Sky
It’s no secret that people love new things. If you want to eat while enjoying an amazing view over Singapore, then look no farther than the Singapore Flyer, located inside the Giant Observation Wheel, which claims to be the world’s first full-service butler sky dining experience. This might be the perfect dinner to book if you’re planning something special like a celebration or an anniversary.
Head to the Little India neighborhood of Singapore to enjoy amazing Indian food. The food here is incredibly authentic. If you visit a hawker center here, you may feel like you’ve landed in Mumbai or Hyderabad. If you can’t make it here, find a Prata Wala — one of the Indian food brands in Singapore — for meals that locals love, too.
Some of the best food is often served in people’s homes. One of the ways you can connect with locals and visitors is through Singapore’s chapter of Withlocals. Log in to the website, find a great meal you’d love to have, and sign up! It’s very easy and is a great way to not only meet locals but also taste authentic Singapore home cooking.
Bonus: Feeling especially adventurous? Try a durian fruit, found in many shops selling produce. Sure, they smell terrible — but it’s an experience worth having!
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