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Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

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Singapore, Singapore

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the culinary delights of Singapore’s Chinatown on a walking tour that includes a hawker center and other food sites. With a guide, visit the Chinatown Complex to sample authentic dishes like Singaporean chicken rice and spring rolls. Try sugar cane juice, ‘pulled’ tea and 'chwee kueh' (water rice cake) and pass by temples and other cultural sights while learning about the neighborhood’s diverse culinary heritage. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to provide a more personalized experience.
  • Chinatown hawker center food walking tour in Singapore
  • Experience the fascinating culinary world of a hawker center with a food-loving guide
  • Feast on delicious goodies like poh piah, Singaporean chicken rice and more
  • Discover the charms and diversity of traditional Chinatown on foot
  • Learn all about the origins of Singapore’s Chinatown and its cuisine
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a guide on a small-group tour limited to 12 people
Your walking tour starts in Chinatown, where you’ll meet your guide and head to your first stop, the Chinatown Complex, the biggest  hawker center in the city (hawker centers are a type of indoor or outdoor Asian food market where different stalls sell a variety of dishes).

Follow your guide through the center’s maze of 220-plus stalls to find the best food items on offer, such as poh piah (fresh spring rolls) or Singaporean chicken rice, accompanied by fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice. While you eat, learn how hawker centers began in Singapore from your guide, who can answer any questions you may have about the food you’re sampling and how it’s made.

Next, walk down the streets of Chinatown, listening to stories about the neighborhood's early immigrants, and pass by religious sites like Hindu temples and mosques. Cool off with a stop at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) gallery, where you'll learn how city planners transformed Singapore from a fishing village to a cosmopolitan city.

Finally, enjoy a sample of kopi tarik or teh tarik—‘pulled’ coffee or tea made with condensed milk and poured between two cups until it’s super frothy. You’ll sip it with tasting of roti prate (pancake-style bread) before returning to your starting point, where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chinatown
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Telok Ayer Street
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Singapore Urban Adventures
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ann Siang Hill
Admission Ticket Free

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Fantastic taste of Chinatown
KateN982
, Dec 2019
This tour was an excellent introduction to the Hawker Center experience. We learned about the history and practices of Hawker Centers in Singapore and were able to try many dishes. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly as he guided us throughout the center and various parts of Chinatown. I'd definitely recommend it.
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Every and anything you want to know about Singapore!
Donald J
, Dec 2019
Renee is a very accommodating gentleman and tour guide...You will learn more about the history of Singapore and the Hawker stations then you thought possible. He is a very long time resident and will share his personal history as well. Enjoy!
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Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown
Natasha W
, Aug 2019
An excellent way to get a taste of where to go and what the best meals were. Rene was a great guide and as well as guiding us through yhe hawker centres, also gave us lots of handy tips for getting around and what go see in Singapore. When you arrive in Singapore this tour .should be the first thing you do
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More than a foodie tour
peter b
, Aug 2019
Fantastic guide who gave us a tour of Chinatown and explained the history and culture. The food was very good, you get to taste many dishes that on your own you would probably not try and see how the dishes are prepared.
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Highly recommended
Paul B
, May 2019
Bring your appetite because the food is plentiful and diverse. Our guide, Rene, was knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. This tour really gives you food for thought and food for your stomach.
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Rene is such a fantastic host and...
Anthony A
, Oct 2018
Rene is such a fantastic host and clearly loves not only Singapore but the Hawker culture. Couldnt recommend this tour enough.
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This was a great tour to experience...
LXStagehand
, Jun 2018
This was a great tour to experience the food of the Hawker Markets without the fuss of choosing where to go. There are so many different outlets it would be difficult to decide where to eat, but the guide answers that question well. There were plenty of different things to try and he caters for all different likes and dislikes. He combines the food tour with elements of social customs and history which makes things a little more interesting. Overall it was very good, would recommend.
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Chinatown tour was much more than...
kerry.ward
, Feb 2018
Chinatown tour was much more than just a food tour. I loved visiting the Singapore visitor Centre and learning about the history of Singapore and the way the government plan development way into the future. Also, the way the rubbish is dealt with and the reclaimed land. There was lots of food to try and it was good to be with a guide to try our different food stalls before trying some more out on our own. Would recommend this tour.
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Could not be better! Facts, history...
Kim L
, Jan 2018
Could not be better! Facts, history and delicious food, with a skilled and friendly guide. Heartily recommended.
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Ive been on a LOT of tours and this is...
Scott J
, Jan 2018
Ive been on a LOT of tours and this is hands down in my top 3. Rene is the BEST tour guide Ive ever had. Not only did I try foods I never would have tried on my own that were delicious by the way but we also visited the farmers market wet market area of the Chinatown Complex which was colorful and interesting. My favorite part of the tour was the Singapore City Gallery. Learning about the Singapore people, culture and history was fascinating. There was a large model of the city that was really helpful to me to visualize how everything is laid out. Take this tour early in your visit to Singapore if possible as Rene will give you lots of tips and ideas of other non-touristy places to visit. I absolutely loved this tour.

Product code: 6458SING1

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