Every city in the world has their respective Chinatowns, and Singapore's is a treasure trove of dining destinations and eateries that spans various culinary styles and local Chinese cuisines.
Here's what our MICHELIN Guide inspectors recommend — including their favourite street food picks and kaya toast!
The stall has an interesting look and sells local, traditional noodles cooked in an innovative way.
Has over 60 years of history. The tasty beef stock is cooked for 24 hours.
Glutinous rice mixed with salted duck egg yolk, pork, and chestnut wrapped with bamboo leaf.
Popular street food — the curry chicken puff and sardine puff are excellent.
Cooked-to-order satay with a tasty sauce.
The robust flavour of the broth shows how long the meat and bones were boiled. The noodles are topped with various ingredients.
Popiah packed with ingredients including eggs, shrimp, carrots, and peanuts provide a rich and varied taste.
Offers Cantonese roast meats, such as roasted pork and duck and, of course, the signature dish — Hainanese chicken rice.
The classic taste of Singapore: kaya toast with a cup of kopi kosong.
Typical local food with strong flavours.
Where to Stay:
The garden-concept design of central Singapore’s Parkroyal Pickering aims to add a unique experience of calm, light, and natural beauty to the ordinary luxury-hotel vision of comfort and convenience. This “hotel in a garden” features an abundance of vegetation, including 15,000 square meters of “sky gardens,” maintained using eco-friendly technology such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting. Rooms and suites are spacious and bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving incredible views of Chinatown or Hong Lim Park. The hotel also features an outdoor infinity pool with poolside cabanas and the St. Gregory Spa.
Book a stay at Parkroyal Pickering here.
What to Do:
For locally inspired trinkets and souvenirs, head over to the bustling Chinatown Street Market — one of Singapore's most popular areas. Lined with shops and stalls, the market covers a number of streets including Pagoda Street, Smith Street, and Temple Street, to name a few. One can spot unique finds such as lacquerware, silk robes, handmade fans, and more. Apart from the retail therapy, numerous food establishments are also available to fuel up and relax at after a full day of strolling.
On the other hand, for a zen alternative, Ann Siang Hill Park treats its visitors to a peaceful and tranquil stroll. Surrounded by greenery and a stone's throw away from its throng of bars and restaurants, the Ann Siang Hill area serves as a respite and a quiet enclave amidst the busy city. Grab a book and sit on one of the benches or meander about and relish in a contemplative state.