From 9am till late, here’s your one-day food guide to the best dining experiences you shouldn’t miss in this food paradise.
Kickstart the day as the locals would with a quintessential Singaporean breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast. Watch the Central Business District of Singapore come to life while sipping on some strong local coffee accompanied with kaya toast. The rich texture of kaya, coconut jam combined with an indulgent slab of butter, contrasts delightfully with the thin slices of fresh bread that are charred on a charcoal fire. For true street cred, try dipping your kaya toast in soft-boiled eggs and washing it down with thickly brewed coffee.
Take the MRT to Chinatown Station (Downtown MRT line) and walk to China Street via South Bridge Road or take bus 124 or 174 from North Bridge Road to Upper Cross Street and walk to China Street.
You’ve smelt and tasted the
Take a taxi from China Street to Canning Rise and stop after the Registry of Marriages, just at the foot of Fort Canning Park.
11.15am: Shop at Geylang Serai Market
The best way to gain insights into local gastronomic tastes is to visit the local markets. Geylang Serai Market, in the vibrant Geylang district, is one of the biggest and busiest wet markets in Singapore. Since it opened in 1964, it has been a focal point for the local Malay community with a limitless variety of Malay and Indian-Muslim specialties from meats to vegetables and exotic fruits on offer. The market is always bustling, so be prepared for a thoroughly memorable assault on all your senses. Plus, the facade of the market, which looks like a typical Malay House, makes for great Instagram moments.
Drop by some of the dry goods and sundries stores to pick up the spices you spotted previously as souvenirs for future cooking experiments. You must also stop by the food
Take the MRT from Dhoby Ghaut Station or City Hall Station (North South MRT line) to get to Paya Lebar Station, then walk to Geylang Serai Market.
Kim Choo Kueh Chang is an ideal place to get a crash course on the culture and cuisine of the Peranakans, the indigenous Straits Chinese population of Southeast Asia and Singapore. There is a wide variety of Peranakan clothing, accessories and porcelain
Tuck into these sticky rice dumplings, packed with stewed pork and other ingredients and try to distinguish the variety of spices used to
Haven’t had your fill? Walk a little further down the row of conserved shophouses till you get to Glory Catering to sample its signature popiah (spring rolls) and desserts.
Take a taxi from Geylang Serai Market to East Coast Road and alight at Kim Choo Gallery after Katong Shopping Centre.
Feeling peckish after exploring the city? Head to the iconic Raffles Hotel—one of Singapore’s best-known landmarks - and make a beeline for Tiffin Room's exquisitely-plated treats on a three-tier stand. This dining establishment serves up North Indian creations at lunch and dinner, but in the afternoon it's all about English tradition and high tea. Expect a range of dainty finger sandwiches such as salmon with cream cheese and egg with mayonnaise and chives, as well as toothsome English cakes such as strawberry pistachio tartlets and banana crumble.
There's also an array of dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or small plates) buffet items available should you be in the mood for more local
Note: The dress code is smart casual so be sure you don the appropriate attire.
Take a taxi from Kim Choo Kueh Chang (or Glory Catering) and alight at Raffles Hotel.
If you want to try the amazing street food then head over to Maxwell Food Centre, one of the nation’s most popular eating spots. Here you’ll find a myriad of mouth-watering options served up by the 100-odd stalls housed under one roof.
Maxwell Food Centre: Take the MRT from City Hall Station (North South MRT line) to get to Telok Ayer Station (Downtown MRT Line), then walk to Maxwell Food Centre.
You don’t need to venture far from the Chinatown area for great nightlife spots. The Club Street and Ann Siang Hill enclaves are peppered with trendy bars and vibrant watering holes—try Ding Dong on Amoy Street for Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails (the whiskey-and-rum drink of Roti Kaya, a traditional breakfast, is intriguing; comes with pandan, coconut cream, and gula
You can walk from Maxwell Food Centre to Club Street & Ann Siang Hill; it won’t take more than five minutes.