Plus, all the best Singapore restaurants to try them in.
If there’s one thing you can’t miss when spending time in Singapore, it’s the food. It’ll beckon to you from the hawker stalls that line the sides of the streets as well as from the buffet breakfasts and hot tables right inside your hotel.
Laced with various Asian and international influences ranging from Chinese to British, tucking into a meal in Singapore is an unforgettable experience you’ll want to return to again and again.
The hit list for foods to try is positively endless, but if we had to whittle it down, we’d include the famous Singaporean crab, the fried noodle dish wanton mee, the fried rice dish nasi lemak and the shaved ice dessert ice kacang as well as kaya toast, laksa, satay, roti pancake and, most importantly, chicken rice.
If you’re wondering where you should dine, head to your nearest hawker stall and order up. You really can’t go wrong.
Otherwise, here’s a list to point you in the right direction and sate your hunger.
Top Singapore restaurants
Whether you’re in for a local breakfast or an express lunch, Crossroads Cafe is the ideal mix of location and taste. You’ll find it on the corner of Orchard and Scotts roads inside the Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza.
Its cuisine is a mix of east and west with Hainanese chicken rice and kaya toast sharing space on the menu with Wagyu burgers and nachos, making it the ultimate crowd pleaser for finicky parties.
320 Orchard Road, Singapore
When craving Italian, you can’t go past Modesto’s. To attest to its quality, it has three stores throughout Singapore, one on Orchard Road, another in VivoCity and the last in the Elizabeth Hotel.
Each restaurant boasts a slightly different menu, with antipasti, pizzas, pasta, meats and desserts by the truckload.
Old Airport Road Food Centre
For that true Singaporean hawker experience, Old Airport Road Food Centre comes up with the goods. A TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice award winner, this highly rated restaurant is one of the best cheap eats in the city. It’s “good local food” that’s tasty, cheap and full of variety.
With Asian, Singaporean, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine on the menu, you can expect to find every dish we’ve mentioned above here.
Block 51, Old Airport Rd | Geylang, Singapore
Often considered as one of the best restaurants in Singapore, Iggy’s is top of range when it comes to eats in town, making it perfect for that romantic date or to pop that big question.
Located inside the Hilton, each dish is crafted with the highest care and packed full of flavour. Splurge. It’s what we’d do, too.
581 Orchard Rd, Level 3, Hilton Singapore
Helmed by the famous Japanese chef Tetsuya, Waku Ghin is an unparalleled degustation experience where every dish exceeds the previous. Located in the trendy Marina Bay Sands hotel and sectioned into private rooms that are dressed in contemporary silver lines, this is a luxurious night out that you won’t easily forget.
Signature dishes to savour and appreciate include marinated botan shrimp with sea urban and caviar, and Wagyu with wasabi and citrus soy.
Level 2 Dining, L2-01, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
With more accolades than you can shake a stick at, including being named one of the World’s 100 Best Restaurants (2012) and Chef of the Year and New Restaurant of the Year at the World Gourmet Series Award of Excellence in 2012, Restaurant Andre is the cream of the crop.
Established in 2010, this French restaurant will transport you to the European country with its charm and Southern French nouvelle cuisine. You’ll find it inside a three-storey heritage shophouse where you’ll be one of 30 guests dining, giving you a truly intimate and personalised experience. Reserve yourself a spot now to avoid disappointment.
41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore
Singapore Zam Zam
If you, like us, are the kind of traveller who loves to eat as the locals eat, the Singapore Zam Zam is a must. Throughout its 100+ year history, it’s built itself a healthy reputation as being an iconic Indian-Muslim restaurant serving up home-style meals at homey prices.
Think nasi briyani, murtabak, roti prata, nasi goreng, masala, tandoori and various other types of meats, fish and vegetable options.
697 North Brg Rd, Singapore
MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms)
Highly rated without the high price point, Mavalli Tiffin Rooms is another iconic Indian venture that locals flock to in order to satisfy their tastebuds and fill their stomachs.
What started as a humble restaurant in Bengaluru in India has since grown to become a worldwide name with restaurants throughout the world, including Dubai, UAE and Muscat, Oman. Specialties include rava idli steamed semolina cakes (pictured), masala dosa lentil pancakes and the deep fried wheat-based chandrahara dessert. Yum!
#438, Opp. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Serangoon Road, Singapore
Food tours and cooking classes
For those who are food enthusiast you can explore and experience Singaporean dishes with these local tours.
Singapore Food Tour in Kampong Glam
Full-Day Bike and Food Tour in Singapore
Singapore Food Market Tour