Singapore is well-known around the world for being a food paradise. From local Asian fares to continental cuisine, even the pickiest of eaters will fall in love with the dining options. While there is certainly no lack in variety and options, it can be overwhelming if you only have a few days to spend in Singapore. We have short-listed 5 famous food streets, sure to satisfy any foodie.
Right at the doorstep of ibis Singapore Novena Hotel is Balestier Road. The go-to place for lighting and the electrical district of Singapore, Balestier is also known for a fantastic selection of local eateries. You just have to know where to look. Make a list of the restaurants you want to visit and remember to note down the addresses. The hotel provides a phone with GPS services - simply load all the bookmarked addresses that you've saved and you're ready to explore.
For starters, you can head to Founder Bak Kut Teh for a piping hot bowl of Bak Kut Teh (a fragrant pork-rib dished cooked in broth). Founder tops many Singaporeans' list of favourite Bak Kut Teh stalls. Surely you've been told that you can't leave Singapore without trying Chicken Rice. One of the best chicken rice stalls can be found at Balestier, known as Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice.
Restaurants to check out:
Founder's Bak Kut Teh, Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice, Bee Kia Seafood Restaurant, Noi's Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles, Balestier Market, Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah
Nearest train line: Novena MRT station (North- South Line)
ibis Singapore Novena provides guests a smartphone on complimentary usage.
Go ahead, instagram that delicious bowl of #BakKutTeh that's sure to make anyone drool!
Just a few bus stops away from Hotel ibis Styles Singapore On Macpherson, is the collection of streets known as Geylang. It is well-known in Singapore to be the red-light district, yet is also home to some of the best local foods you can find. The numerous lorongs (Malay word for lane) of Geylang is typically reserved for the seasoned traveller and adventurous foodie- you'll have to weave through narrow streets littered with sleazy bars and nightclubs while dodging traffic to reach the specific lane. Yet, all that is well worth it as you chow down on exotic dishes like Frog Leg Porridge and Beef Horfun, while rubbing shoulders with locals. It truly makes for an unforgettable experience.
Nearest train line: Aljunied MRT station (East-West Line)
ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson provides guests a complimentary smartphone. Make use of it for location services, international calling or to find out more about food trends in Singapore.
3. Ann Siang Hill
Next up on the list is a slightly more upscale street, featuring trendy restaurants and bars. For the serial-instagrammer, don't miss out on taking a few photos along the brightly coloured street. It is lined with colourful shophouses, each one home to one or two boutiques and eateries. Spend time to explore the upper levels of the shophouses, often fashion boutiques - you might just chance upon a rare find (or bargain).
Nearest train line: Telok Ayer MRT station (Downtown Line)
Tourists flock to Chinatown mostly to learn about the heritage of Chinese migrants in Singapore. Beyond the rich culture and history, Chinatown is also home to marvellous Asian restaurants (not just Chinese), most of them reasonably priced. For an authentic Cantonese experience, head to Yum Cha for dimsum and a unique dining experience. You can also find streets lined with Korean restaurants offering Korean BBQ and grill for great prices.
Nearest train line: Chinatown MRT station (Downtown Line and North-East Line)
Like its name suggests, the enclave of Little India offers authentic and delicious Indian food at great prices. From street food to more expensive upscale restaurants, you'd be guaranteed a excellent dining experience. Little India is a great place to try Indian cuisine for those who have not been to India. Many of the restaurants are opened and helmed by Indian migrants - thus authenticity is guaranteed. Not a fan of fiery spices? Fret not - many Indian dishes aren't spicy at all. Take time to explore your options, and don't be afraid to ask the friendly locals for recommendations.
Nearest train line: Little India MRT station (Downtown Line and North-East Line)