Singapore’s iconic hawker centres serve up a variety of authentic fare along with hearty experiences.
One of the best ways to experience a place is by tasting its food. Get to know the island a little better by taking to the streets and uncovering some tantalising local cuisine — sign up for food tours that will take you from East to West, spanning the wet markets and Malay quarters. Better still, embark on your journey after hours and enjoy some beautiful views of the city at night. Here are some night food tours to look forward to.
Joo Chiat/Katong Food Walk by Betel Box Asia
This one is for the avid foodies. With the highest number of local dishes to be sampled as part of a tour — a whopping 30 to 40 — your taste buds will be wholly satisfied. Taste local delights such as the aromatic fish head curry (an Indian favourite) or the iconic chilli crab from various restaurants, coffee shops and eateries. These are located along heritage-rich Joo Chiat Complex, Joo Chiat Place, Haig Road and Ceylon Road. The area is a hotbed of Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese or Malay) culture, with traditional shophouses and hip boutiques to shop at. The tour is led by Betel Box, which also runs a hostel in the area – don’t be shy about asking them for some insider travel tips!
Fresh Catch by Wok ‘n’ Stroll
Go on a post-midnight exploration by signing up for a unique late-night tour — at the wet market, no less. Glimpse behind-the-scenes activities in the market during the wee hours, and watch the fishing vessels unload the day’s catch from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Then, witness the buzz of over a hundred fishmongers as they tout their wares — glistening, fresh fish laid out on display. And as dawn breaks, enjoy a breakfast fresh from the ocean!
Tickets at $300/adult with minimum group size of 3 and maximum of 6. Book at woknstroll.com.sg/culinary-adventures or call +65 8338 3571.
Night Out Marina Bay by Tour East Singapore
From snacking on satay (skewered meats) at a street-side food centre to admiring the city from high above, this tour of the Marina Bay area will take you through the diverse culinary experiences the city has to offer. Your first stop is Lau Pa Sat, a famous food centre housed in a historic building. Fill your stomach with satay and ketupat (rice cake), then get whisked off to Gardens by the Bay for a post-dinner stroll. Admire the lush greenery, beautiful flora, and grand waterfalls at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Finally, end the night with a stunning 200-metre-high view of the city at the luxurious Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark with a fancy cocktail in hand.
Tickets at $78/adult, $48/child. Book at email@example.com or call +65 6735 1221.
Beguiling Geylang by Wok ‘n’ Stroll
If you like a walk on the wild side when it comes to trying new delicacies, sign up for this adventurous tour set in the intriguing district of Geylang. You can try some frog leg porridge or find out where you fall on the ‘love-hate’ spectrum when it comes to the King of Fruit, the durian. With the help of an experienced tour guide, you’ll spend the night uncovering the best eats in this buzzing district that never sleeps.
Tickets at $100/adult. Book at woknstroll.com.sg/culinary-stroll or call +65 8338 3571.
Malay Heritage Experience by Crave! Singapore
Immerse yourself in local Malay culture and sample their authentic cuisine in the traditional quarters. This tour covers Arab Street and Baghdad Street, and you’ll be able to spot landmarks such as the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre. All that walking will not be for naught — feast on some fried chicken or nasi lemak at the Kampong Glam cafe and top it off with dessert and cakes at All Things Delicious. Alternatively, savour authentic Indonesian food at Rumah Makan Minang or some fragrant nasi (rice) at Warong Nasi Pariaman.
Tickets at $1360/group of 20. Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +65 6796 9343. Tour bookings must be made a month in advance.