It’s easy to find affordable and good grub in Singapore. Here’s a list of places to eat in the city if you’re on the hunt for some wallet-friendly options.  

Lau Pa Sat

For an endless array of local food options, there’s Lau Pat Sat. Situated in the Central Business District (CBD), this huge hawker centre has gained an iconic status as one of the city’s oldest markets. Wander through the food complex and you’ll find dishes like bak chor mee (minced pork noodles), fried carrot cake, nasi padang (rice with side dishes), chapati (Indian flatbread), and more. Outside Lau Pa Sat, on a street closed off at night, tuck into satay (grilled skewered meats) for dinner or supper.

Telok Ayer Market. 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582.
Daily 24 hours.


Chow down on all sorts of gyoza (Japanese dumplings filled with meat and vegetables) at this Japanese eatery located in the basement of Robinsons The Heeren. Gyoza-Ya serves up a variety of Japanese dumplings that come with different fillings, from pork to vegetable and even crabmeat. If you need something more substantial to go with these delicious morsels, you can order items like a salmon donburi (rice bowl dish) or a piping hot bowl of seafood ramen.

Robinsons Heeren. 260 Orchard Road #B1-02A, Singapore 238855. +65 6737 5581.
Daily 11.30am-10pm.

ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn #B4-56, Singapore 238801. +65 6509 4647.
Daily 11.30am-10pm.

The Paragon. 290 Orchard Road #B1-43, Singapore 238859. +65 6235 0383.

Plaza Singapura. 68 Orchard Road #B1-50/51, Singapore 238839 +65 6266 8311.
Daily 11.30am-10pm

I Want My Noodle

The concept behind I Want My Noodle is straightforward. These guys specialise in egg noodles (freshly made every day, no less) that form the base of their popular creations like the 'My Noodle with Double Roast' (the roast being char siew [barbecued pork]). Other tempting plates to try include the homemade meatball soup and the flourless fried chicken wings, which is served with fiery sambal (Asian chilli paste).

Shaw Centre. 1 Scotts Road #03-14/15, Singapore 228208. +65 9758 3037.
Daily 11am-10pm.

5 Little Monkeys Cafe

Peranakan (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) food can be quite costly in Singapore, so if you want a taste of the real thing at half the price (or less), head to 5 Little Monkeys Cafe. This laid-back rooftop eating spot boasts menu highlights such as tender beef rendang (braised beef cooked in coconut milk and spices) and assam (tamarind) fish head curry that’s a perfect combination of sour, spicy, and umami.

Pico Creative Centre. 20 Kallang Avenue #11-00, Singapore 339411. +65 8533 9168.
Mon-Thu 9.30am-6pm; Fri 9.30am-10pm.

Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant

Lovers of Vietnamese fare, hit up Long Phung. This no-frills east-side haunt puts out authentic Vietnamese dishes such as belly-warming pho (chicken and beef are available), and sides like fried spring rolls, grilled quail, and garlic cockles. Long Phung opens until 10.30pm.

Long Phung Vietnamese Resturant. 159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427436. +65 9105 8519.
Daily 12pm-10pm.

Salute Coffeeshop

Unlike other kopitiam (local coffeeshops) you see in Singapore, Salute houses food stalls that feature an array of Western delights, all tagged at prices that won't break the bank. Instead of chicken rice and prawn noodles, here, you'll find highlights like German pork knuckle from Stew Küche, duck confit from Immanuel French Kitchen, chicken wings from Two Wings, and grilled mackerel from Sea Salt

Salute Coffeeshop. Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-40, Singapore 151119.

The Good Beer Company
Photo by Danny Santos

There’s nothing like enjoying local food with a bottle of ice-cold beer. The Good Beer Company is a craft beer and cider stall that offers over 50 more-than-reasonably priced labels for you to choose from. The selection changes often, so it’d be wise to follow the stall on Facebook or call ahead to check if it has your favourite tipple in stock. Pair your brew of choice with dishes like satay (grilled skewered meat) and chicken wings from nearby stalls.

Chinatown Complex and Food Centre. Blk 335 Smith Street #02-58, Singapore 050335. +65 9430 2750.
Daily 6pm-10pm; Closed on Sun.

With all those options in different ’hoods all over the city, you can now enjoy a scrumptious feast without hurting your wallet! For more options, check out this Burpple guide to affordable and good food in Singapore.