With over 6,000 restaurants in Singapore, there are tons of great food menus to choose from. This Food Guide in Singapore features the depth and diversity of the local flavors in Singapore with exclusive photos. From the rugged to the refined, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
12 MUST-TRY DISHES IN SINGAPORE
Food in Singapore has cultural influences from everywhere and have been assembled together to create something totally unique. Find out Chinese, Indonesian, Southern Indian influences and not surprisingly, a significant Malay influence here in Singapore.
Singapore's national dish - consists of poached chicken and seasoned rice, served with chili sauce and a small side of cucumber garnishes.
Star dish of Singapore's food scene - commonly made using mud crabs that are stir-fried with tomato and chili
A popular breakfast & tea time item amongst locals, kaya spread between slabs of cold butter and crusty
FISH HEAD CURRY
Singapore’s iconic & multicultural dish that uses the head of red snapper, along with a mix of vegetables, such as okra and eggplant.
FRIED CARROT CAKE
There’s no carrot in this carrot cake. Instead, blocks of white radish are steamed, cut into cubes, & stir-fried with garlic, eggs, & (preserved radish).
HOKKIEN PRAWN MEE
Rice vermicelli stir-fried with prawns, squid, pork belly strips, and egg in a rich stock made from pork bones and prawn heads.
BAK KUT TEH
A pork rib soup, simmered for hours in a rich herbal broth. Having boiled for hours, the pork is tender and will literally fall off the bones.
CHAR KWAY TEOW
Stir-fried dish made of flat rice noodles, with prawns, eggs, slices of Chinese sausages, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, & shrimp paste.
A spicy noodle dish top up with chicken, prawn, or fish in a rich and spicy coconut soup or a broth seasoned with sour asam.
A sweet yet savory Asian version of the salad mixture of sliced fruit and vegetables served with a spicy palm sugar dressing.
A popular breakfast meal with the locals comprises rice cooked in coconut milk served with a variety of side
A flaky South Indian flatbread, best eaten plain or with an egg cracked onto it. It is often served with a savoury, spicy curry.
TOP 8 HAWKER CENTRES IN SINGAPORE
Find the most affordable and delicious local dishes under $10 at these open-air hawker centres. These include delicious meals from different ethnic groups—Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Eurasian—as well as halal and vegetarian options.
LAU PA SAT
Located in the heart of the financial district, it offers an abundance of local dishes as well as international
Featured in Crazy Rich Asians; this popular hawker centre offers various barbecue seafoods in just one
Check out the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall that beats chef Gordon Ramsay’s version in the Hawker Heroes Challenge.
OLD AIRPORT ROAD
Built over 40 years ago, this is one of the largest hawker centres houses abundance of Singapore hawker
CHINATOWN COMPLEX FOOD CENTRE
Travelers can find the entire spectrum of Singapore hawker food from Michelin-starred joints to rare traditional snacks.
EAST COAST LAGOON FOOD VILLAGE
Located along East Coast Beach, visitors can sample local favourites while enjoying the sea breeze and view.
TEKKA MARKET FOOD CENTRE
Housed in Little India, Tekka Market Food Centre has many hidden hawker gems offering great local food.
GEYLANG SERAI MARKET AND FOOD CENTRE
Established in 1964, it houses a wide variety of traditional Malay & Indian delicacies. Makan to your heart's content!
UNIQUE RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE
A fine dining establishment that features contemporary Japanese cuisine, incorporating fresh & seasonal ingredients from Japan.
SPRING COURT RESTAURANT
This oldest Chinese Restaurant in Singapore offers a repository of local Chinese cuisine; served with a Singaporean
This 122-year-old restaurant encapsulates the essence of Portugal, Spain, Italy & France, on a culinary journey along the Mediterranean coast.
Visitors can bask in wonder and watch the graceful manta rays and mighty sharks swim by while dining on modern, sustainably-sourced seafood.
Looking for unique dining concepts or heritage restaurants or celebrity fine dining, or modern restaurants while you are in Singapore? Check them out below!
TWG TEA SALON
TWG Tea offers dine-in areas for guests to enjoy more than 800-afternoon tea in a chic setting available islandwide.
A place for steak connoisseurs who can enjoy an extensive international wine list of over 500 outstanding selections.
Established in the 90s, well known in the local Muslim community for its variety of mouth-watering Nasi Padang dishes.
Enjoy freshly baked sweet and savory artisanal pastries, sandwiches & desserts under the glamping tent.
HALAL RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE
Halal food (means ‘permissible’ in Arabic), is food that adheres to Islamic law, which covers everything from its source to preparation. With the sizeable Muslim community in Singapore, there is no shortage of halal establishments, which are 100% Muslim-owned or are certified by Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura. Find out more below.
Diner chain FATPAPAS is the halal version of Fatboy’s The Burger Bar that any burger addicts should not miss out
Derived from the co- founder’s inspiration of the Italian cliffside village Positano, Positano Risto serves affordable halal Italian cuisine.
Indulge in an array of authentic, home-style zi char dishes located at the Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay.
This café in Resorts World Sentosa serves street food
from all over Asia to cater to the diverse taste and flavours of travelers.
VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE
Explore meat-free eateries from a range of budgets, cuisine types and dietary preferences, whether vegetarian, vegan or Jain-friendly. We've got you covered; check out our latest guide on finding vegan foods in Singapore!
HERBIVORE JAPANESE & WESTERN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
Offers Japanese meals beyond the usual vegetable-based ramen, avocado, cucumber sushi rolls & other meat-free eateries under one roof.
MADRAS NEW WOODLANDS RESTAURANT
In the industry since 1983 and is known for its curries, chutneys, full-flavored dhals (Indian dish of cooked lentils) & the mock mutton vegetable soup.
Influenced by dining trends in Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, the dishes are created with "artful" everyday ingredients, root vegetables, and mushrooms.
An eatery that serves vegetarian, vegan and raw food is one of the few hip restaurants opened along Keong Saik Road in Chinatown.
Komala Vilas opened in 1947 and has become a household name for its delicious Indian vegetarian fare, specialising on 40 types of thosai.
Awarded the MICHELIN Bib Gourmand four years in a row since 2016, Whole Earth is popular for its Peranakan-Thai vegetarian dishes.
Billed as the world’s first vegan burger fast food joint, VeganBurg serves the best 100% plant-based burgers in town.
INTERNATIONAL BUFFETS IN SINGAPORE
Hop on the buffet train where you can eat all you want to get a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner!
EDGE (PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE)
Offers well-renowned cuisines like Indian, Japanese, Malay, and Cantonese and decent selections of Vegetarian dishes.
THE LINE (SHANGRI-LA HOTEL)
The menu spotlights Middle Eastern, Japanese, Western & Asian cuisines with made to order dishes.
LIME (PARKROYAL ON PICKERING)
All-day dining restaurant that serves up an extensive spread of Asian flavours and international cuisines.
SHIN MINORI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Prides itself on fresh and high-quality food, it serves premium cuts of sashimi and plentiful of sushi.
ALLEY ON 25
Get yourself a lazy breakfast buffet with desserts to complete your full
An open kitchen
concept that features a multicultural culinary
Serves premium, quality Japanese dishes that rival those of its hotel buffet counterparts
Known for its eight-course omakase meal, it includes starters like fresh sashimi, tempura, sushi.
I’M KIM KOREAN
Features more than 50 dishes with a wide spread of high-quality meats
& ready-fried savoury
K. COOK KOREAN BBQ BUFFET
Another Korean good valued buffet where you can experience authentic
dining experience like
CRYSTAL JADE XIAO LONG BAO BUFFET
A must-go restaurant if you are a big fan of xiao long baos as you will have
access to a steamboat
With more than 25 varieties to choose from & free flow of sangria, wines & beers, make sure to invite all the meat lovers!