TOP 10 Hawker Centres in Singapore

Hawker centres are treasure troves that hold some of the best local cuisines, hence it is no wonder that both locals and tourists flock there in search of good and authentic local food. Step into one of these hawker centres and start discovering the array of cheap and good food available!

TOP 1 Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Probably the largest hawker centre in Singapore, the number of stalls here is astounding and you may feel like you’ve just stepped into a maze. Many of these stalls are gems that serve delectable food at affordable prices, and you get to try almost all types of local cuisine here. From local stir-fried dishes, dim sum, Chinese desserts, Peranakan food, fish soup, wanton noodles, fried kway teow, satay, braised duck rice, toasts with coffee or tea, fishball and minced meat noodles to the famous Michelin-starred Hawker Chan braised soya sauce chicken, one trip is not enough to savour all that this massive hawker centre has to offer.

Address: 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335

Opening hours: Most stalls are open for breakfast and lunch


TOP 2 Old Airport Road Food Centre

Old Airport Road Food Centre is another mammoth hawker centre with rows and rows of stalls. Several of the stalls are “heavyweights” that attract a long line of customers queuing to have a taste of the local delicacy. Some of these stalls include Roast Paradise (Cantonese-style roasted meats), Nam Sing Hokkien Mee (fried prawn noodles), Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee (noodles in a starchy braised sauce), Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodles, Toa Payoh Rojak, Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee, 132 Claypot Rice and many more. Definitely a hawker centre that warrants a second (and third) visit!

Address: 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051

Opening hours: most stalls are open from breakfast to dinner


TOP 3 Maxwell Food Centre

Located just across the road from Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Food Centre is another treasure trove where you can dig into authentic and delectable local food such as chicken rice, fish soup, Hainanese curry rice, porridge, soups, laksa, satay, soya beancurd and many more. The famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice which has earned Michelin Bib Gourmand and ‘defeated’ Gordon Ramsay in the Hawker Heroes Challenge is housed here, and it is not hard to spot the stall thanks to the long line of queue.

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184

Opening hours: Most stalls are opened from breakfast to dinner


TOP 4 Fengshan Food Centre (Bedok 85)

Fengshan Food Centre is also known as Bedok 85 to locals as it is located at Block 85 Bedok North Street 4. Though its location is not near an MRT station, it is packed with crowds especially at night thanks to the many stalls that serve affordable and good food. Fengshan Food Centre is home to a special variant of Bak Chor Mee (minced meat noodles) where the noodles are served in a flavourful soup instead of served dry like the usual version. The soup comes with a hearty portion of minced pork and meatballs alongside the noodles, making it the ultimate comfort food especially on rainy days. Although there are around three stalls serving this Bak Chor Mee in this hawker centre, demand still piles up so be expected to wait for your turn after placing your order. Other must tries include Chan BBQ for mouthwatering grilled seafood such as sambal stingray, Chai Chee Pork Porridge, Bedok 85 Fried Oyster Omelette, Swatow Wanton Noodle, Ah Balling Peanut Soup and many more.

Address: 85 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085

Opening hours: Most stalls are opened from breakfast to dinner


TOP 5 Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre

Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre is located at the doorstep of Bedok MRT Station and has recently undergone a revamp so it is bigger and cleaner with better air ventilation. Several stalls in the 70-stall hawker centre have earned themselves the Michelin Bib Gourmand so you can be assured of good eats here. Must-try stalls include Bedok Chwee Kueh (steamed rice flour cake topped with sweet pickled turnips and chilli), Hock Hai (Hong Lim) Curry Chicken Noodle, Hai Fa Kway Chap (braised pork and innards with squares of silky rice flour), Xin Mei Congee, Pin Xiang Chicken Rice, Jit Sing Satay, Jefri The Original Botak Chicken Rice and many more.

Address: 208 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 462208

Opening hours: Most stalls are opened from breakfast to dinner


TOP 6 Amoy Street Food Centre

Located at the Central Business District, Amoy Street Food Centre is a popular haunt for lunch crowds looking to fill their growling stomachs. Head over to Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee for a taste of the signature local breakfast of kaya toast, half-boiled egg and coffee/tea. Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles serves up bowls after bowls of noodles in a flavourful broth with minced meat, prawn, pork slices, fish cake slices and pig kidney and liver, a delight to have! Hong Kee Beef Noodles has been serving beef noodles in a rich and robust gravy for almost 60 years, so be sure to get a taste of it. Other must-try stalls include Wah Kee Noodles (wanton noodles), Han Kee Fish Soup, Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee, Fishii Tales (handmade bouncy fishballs), A Noodle Story and more.

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111

Opening hours: Most stalls are open for breakfast and lunch only


TOP 7 Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre

Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre is one of the oldest hawker centres in Singapore, being in existence since the 1950s. It is recently renovated to make it a bigger and cleaner space with giant fans to aid ventilation, so you can be assured of a more pleasant dining environment. Dig into Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee for one of the most well-executed Hokkien fried prawn noodles which has earned the Michelin Recommendation. Tiong Bahru Pau (steamed buns and dim sum) and Tiong Bahru Fishball are mainstays which have served patrons for decades with their affordable and quality food. Lor Mee 178 serves noodles with a starchy braised sauce topped with breaded shark’s meat that’s both crunchy and flavourful. Other popular stalls include the Tiong Bahru Hainanese Chicken Rice, Tiong Bahru Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted, Harriann’s Delights and Min Nan Pork Ribs and Prawn Noodles.

Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898

Opening hours: Most stalls are opened for breakfast and lunch, with some open for dinner


TOP 8 Redhill Market and Food Centre

Redhill Market and Food Centre is not as widely-publicised as some other hawker centres, but nonetheless it is home to many good eats. Popular stalls include Hua Kee Chicken Rice, 181 Yong Tau Foo, Ru Ji Kitchen (handmade fishball noodles), Hock Shun Traditional Homemade Curry (claypot curry with turmeric rice or bread), Fei Zai Xiang Roasted Meat and Noodles, Hong Seng Curry Rice and Delicacy Zhu Chao (Chinese stir-fried dishes).

Address: 85 Redhill Lane, Singapore 150085

Opening hours: Most stalls are open for breakfast and lunch, with some open for dinner


TOP 9 Tekka Centre

Tekka Centre is where you must head to try Indian and Malay cuisine, though there’s also a wide selection of Chinese cuisine. Allauddin’s Briyani serves one of best nasi briyanis in the area, as evidenced by the huge metal pot of briyani rice and the strong whiff of fragrance as you walk past the stall. There are also many stalls that serve roti prata (including the tall tissue prata drizzled with chocolate sauce), Indian rojak and the Indian staples of dosa, naan, idli and chapati. For Chinese food, famous stalls include Heng Gi Duck Rice, 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles and 328 Yi Jia Teochew Fish Porridge and Fish Soup.

Address: 665 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 210665

Opening hours: Most stalls are open for breakfast and lunch, with some open for dinner


TOP 10 Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Tucked away in Serangoon Gardens, Chomp Chomp Food Centre is a hot favourite among locals. Although it is rather small, it is packed with stalls that serve sumptuous food such as barbecued seafood, grilled chicken wings, fried Hokkien prawn noodles and drinks that come in humongous cups or even towers to go along with the spicy and savoury food. The place comes alive at night, so be sure to beat the dinner crowd to get a seat in the packed hawker centre. Must-try stalls include Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles, Chong Pang Huat (chicken wings), Hai Wei Yuan BBQ (barbecued seafood with mouthwatering sambal), Ang Mo Kio 409 Fried Carrot Cake, Chomp Chomp Satay and Ang Sa Lee Oyster Omelette.

Address: 20 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557269

Opening hours: 4pm till late


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