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3 Days in Singapore for Foodies

Curated by Jen Pengwho's made many Singapore visits over more than a decade.

Eating is practically the national pastime in Singapore, and foodies will find themselves in good company on the island city-state. With its blend of cultures, including Chinese, Indian, Malay, Indonesian, and British, the food scene is rich and reflective of Singapore’s melting pot status.

One of the most popular aspects for foodies in Singapore is its many hawker centers where hundreds of stalls serve up delicious and budget-friendly fare—some of which have earned a Michelin star. There are also plenty of fine dining experiences to splurge on in Singapore. Here’s how to eat your way around Singapore in three days.

Pack light, breathable clothing for hot and humid Singapore, but avoid anything too revealing.

If you only have time for one thing, make it street food at a hawker center.

Day 1

Start your day with a classic Singaporean breakfast of kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs, and kopi coffee at a kopitiam or specialty coffee shop. Afterwards, head to Chinatown and Chinatown Complex or Maxwell Food Centre for hawker center fare. Try some bak kut teh (pork rib dish) or Michelin-starred soy sauce chicken rice from Liao Fan Hawker Chan. A street food tour highlights city favorites.

End day one with an iconic Singapore dish, chili crab. I recommend No Signboard Seafood in Geylang, Jumbo Seafood, or Long Beach Seafood. For an authentic dining experience, dine in a local home.

Day 2

Spend your second day exploring the Little India and Kampong Glam neighborhoods of Singapore for more food tastings. Start your morning with a food and walking tour of the Muslim Kampong Glam, also known as Arab Street, to explore area highlights and try dishes such as beef rendang and sambal goreng.

In the afternoon, head to Little India. The Tekka Centre is a popular hawker center where you can sample dishes such as biryani and fish head curries. To find the best options and learn more about the food and culture, join a food and walking tour.

Day 3

After sampling a variety of local dishes for two days, spend your final morning learning to make some dishes yourself in a food class. Opt for a class that includes a market visit to get the full culinary experience.

Complete your Singapore visit by trying Peranakan cuisine, which blends Chinese, Malay, and Indonesian cuisines. Classic dishes include laksa lemak,ayam buah keluak and babi pongteh. Try a few at a hawker center or the Michelin-starred Candlenut in the Tanglin district. Then, take the bus to Holland Village to 2am Dessert Bar and sample its mix of sweet and savory treats.

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