Top Hawker Centres in Singapore

As the debate in Singapore get as hot as the weather, you wonder if queuing at least one hour for a Michelin Star hawker stall is all worth it. For those who haven’t been to Singapore, this tiny island fondly called the Red Dot is well known for being a foodie paradise. So much so I do wonder why we are not an obese nation. To experience the local food scene, your best bet is to head to the hawker centres and coffee shops in any of the suburbs or neighbourhoods (referred to in Singapore as “the Heartlands”). You can also find many 24-hour food places that cater to shift workers or anyone who is just sleepless and craving a snack.

Just as the long queue snake around the table as you debate hotly whether the time spent in a stuffy hawker centre is worth the plate of Chicken Rice, the best hawker centre in Singapore is a hotly contested claim as well, and you can ask ten different people and get ten different answers. However, LadyRedot today is going to bring you around the island to introduce you to top hawker centres in Singapore. Just make sure you don’t miss out the next time you step foot in my country!

User: (WT-shared) Shoestring at wts wikivoyage [CC BY-SA 1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

User: (WT-shared) Shoestring at wts wikivoyage [CC BY-SA 1.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Maxwell Road

Move over Lau Pa Sat! If you can only go to one hawker centre in Singapore, make it Maxwell. Located at the edge of Chinatown, this hawker centre is home to over 100 stalls, and both locals and tourists alike flock here for the variety of cuisines and local specialities.

By RM Bulseco from Davao City, Philippines. - Chicken Rice., CC BY 2.0,

By RM Bulseco from Davao City, Philippines. – Chicken Rice., CC BY 2.0,

Newton Circus

One of Singapore’s most historical hawker centres, Newton Food Center (commonly referred to as Newton Circus) has been serving customers since 1971. Go to Newton if you want a primer on local food, or if you like people-watching in a lively atmosphere.

Chinatown Complex Food Centre

Located in the heart of Chinatown, this relatively unassuming building is Singapore’s largest food centre with more than 200 food stalls and approximately 500 market stalls. Definitely, one of my favourite centre of all as I am a little bias about this place since I grew up in this area.

By qoo monster (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By qoo monster (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Old Airport road market

The market is renowned for having a lot of all-time favourite hawker food. It’s almost 150 meters long in length from one end to the other with 5 rows of occupied stalls lining up. It’s arguably the longest and largest and best hawker centre in Singapore.

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Bukit Timah Market & Hawker Centre

If you prefer to mingle with the local and not be a walking tourist trap, this place is for you. With only 84 stalls on the second floor, Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre should count as one of the island’s smaller hawker centres. The famous stalls in Bukit Timah make it worth a detour, though: you can tell which ones are the best by the long lines and the press clippings stuck on their glass windows.

Singaporeans are passionate about their food, which means the only way to find out which is the best hawker centre in Singapore is to try them all yourself.

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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