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The best hawker centres in Singapore and what to eat there

Hawker centres are part of the social fabric of Singapore. Here are some of the best examples around the island.

Officially called food centres, hawker centres were rapidly built from the 1970s onwards to re-home street food vendors, and many have flourished to become institutions. Today, it is where you can find prime examples of local dishes including chicken rice, bak chor mee, roti prata, nasi lemak, laksa, and much more. In the recent years, younger hawkers have also stepped in to offer more international flavours from ramen to pasta.

This guide is not exhaustive – we’ll be adding more as we cover them – but here’s a guide to some of the best hawker centres in Singapore.

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Best hawker centres in Singapore and what to eat there

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Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Michelin has been long clued in on the delights at Chinatown Complex, resulting in the world’s first hawker stall with a star, and numerous Bib Gourmand and Plate winners here.

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Tekka Centre

No other hawker centres can match Tekka Centre for its breath of Indian cuisine, from tandoor-cooked dishes and appam, to nasi biryani and Indian rojak. The prawn noodles from 545 Whampoa, however, is equally fantastic.

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Amoy Street Food Centre

This CBD institution houses over 130 stalls, some backed by Michelin. Famous dishes include bak chor mee, fish soup, bak chang, and Hokkien braised duck.

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Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre

From a family making fishcake by hand for more than two generations, to mee hoon kway created by a MasterChef Singapore finalist, Telok Blangah is highly worth a visit.

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Albert Centre Food Centre

As Bugis gets trendier, Albert Centre stays resolutely – and charmingly – old school with its honest fare of Cantonese porridge, fishball noodles, pig organ soup, and more.

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Seah Im Food Centre

Seah Im neighbours Singapore’s largest shopping mall, but the hawker centre holds its own with excellent renditions of duck rice, epok-epok, yong tau foo, fried chicken rice, and Indian rojak.

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Newton Food Centre

Made even more famous with a cameo in “Crazy Rich Asians,” Newton barely needs any introduction. While the crowd is predominantly tourists, there are plenty of culinary gems here from chilli crab to carrot cake. It is mostly unsheltered, so visit when the skies are clear.

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Margaret Drive Hawker Centre

The sleek Margaret Drive Hawker Centre is home to a number of long-serving stalls like Tong Kee Chicken Rice. Joining it are Hakka Thunder Tea and Queenstown Lontong, which moved from the now-closed Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre.

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Changi Village Hawker Centre

No trip to Pulau Ubin – or to Changi Beach – is complete without a visit to this hawker centre. Nasi lemak is arguably the icon here, but don’t miss the goreng pisang, Ipoh hor fun, and satay bee hoon.

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People’s Park Food Centre

One of the oldest hawker centres in Singapore, People’s Park represents the changing spectrum of residents thanks to the growing number of Mainland Chinese food stalls. At the same time, Straits Chinese dishes still hold their own with dishes like soon kueh and loh mei.

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ABC Brickworks Food Centre

This hawker centre presents the ABCs of local food through wanton noodles, handmade bao, chye tow kway, and traditional desserts. Heritage Penang cuisine and affordable Western dishes are also available, as well as ayam penyet from a famous brand.

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Golden Mile Food Centre

Also known as Beach Road army market, this hawker centre houses Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly, which still makes the dessert by hand. Other noteworthy stalls Deen Tiga Rasa and its mutton bone soup, and Charlie’s Peranakan Food.

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Pek Kio Food Centre

At this hawker centre, sample Michelin-backed chee cheong fun and Hokkien mee, herbal duck kway chap, prawn noodles in a sweet-umami broth, and traditional peanut pancakes made fresh daily.

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Chong Pang Food Centre

Chong Pang is synonymous with nasi lemak, but the neighbourhood’s hawker centre is home to stalls cooking great examples of Teochew noodles, braised duck, chicken rice, and ayam penyet.

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Bendemeer Food Centre

Bendemeer brings a taste of nostalgia with a beef noodle stall run by a descendant of the famed Odeon Beef Kway Teow. You’ll also find kuehs pan-fried carrot cake style, Indonesian curry rice with tender beef rendang, and Sarawak kolo mee.

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Old Airport Road Food Centre

This hugely popular hawker centre sees crowds waiting for Cantonese roast meats, curry puff, rojak with charcoal-grilled youtiao, and crispy oyster omelette. While you’ll find Nyonya Chendol in other hawker centres, the original stall still exists here.

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Alexandra Food Centre

This culinary destination is home to Michelin-recommended stalls serving laksa, Cantonese soups, and soy sauce chicken. It’s also popular for its xiao long bao, Hokkien mee, crystal dumpling, wanton noodles, and avocado shake.

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Bukit Timah Food Centre

Diners flock to Bukit Timah for the carrot cake and satay bee hoon, as well as perennial favourites such as durian chendol, Hokkien mee, mutton soup and kway chap. Leave space for durian chendol and beancurd with taro balls.

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Bedok 85

From famous bak chor mee to a Michelin-recognised satay bee hoon, Bedok 85 is a culinary destination in the east. It’s also famous for Cantonese pork porridge, xiao long bao, Fuzhou oyster cake alive, peanut soup with rice balls.

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Adam Road Food Centre

Small in stature but big on gourmands’ minds, this food centre boasts famous nasi lemak, prawn noodles, and mutton soup. Pork leg bee hoon is also a draw, as is the mee soto and ice kacang, laksa, and Indian rojak.

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Hong Lim Food Centre

As one of the earliest hawker centres built in Singapore, Hong Lim is full of culinary gems including fish head bee hoon, curry chicken noodles, kway chap, and bak kut teh. Younger hawkers also offer international fare from Japanese-inspired lunch bowls to duck confit.

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Maxwell Food Centre

Tian Tian’s chicken rice dominates the headlines at Maxwell, but other stalls serving fish soup, chee cheong fun, xiao long bao, and Cantonese roast meats are just as worthy. Old school snacks come in the form of tapioca cake and ham chin peng, then finish off with local craft beer.

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Beo Crescent Food Centre

Located in between Tiong Bahru and River Valley, Beo Crescent is popular for its lor mee, char kway teow, and claypot rice. The ban mian is also noteworthy, as well as Teochew braised duck, and fried rice from an ex-Din Tai Fung chef.

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Ghim Moh Food Centre

Head to this food centre for Michelin-recommended braised duck and char kway teow. There are also dripping plates of Hokkien mee, crispy appam, and fluffy chwee kueh.

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The best hawker centres in Singapore and what to eat there

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