Chinatown Singapore has an excellent variety of restaurants, ranging from outdoor diners where you can sample some of the city’s best street food to places that frequently make lists of the world’s very best restaurants. Whether you’re looking to spend a couple of dollars or a few hundred, there’s something for every price point. Chinatown Singapore has a wonderful atmosphere, the pace is slightly slower than the rest of the city and the charming shophouses are home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Popular with visitors and locals, the area is always busy around dinner time.
We’ve put together a list of our 10 best restaurants in Chinatown to help you make a decision!
Although its appearance may be humble, Restaurant André, which seats 30 diners, is the epitome of a fine-dining experience. As exclusive as it gets, there’s only one menu, created by Chef André and his team based on the seasons and availability. The eight-course degustation menu is prepared from market-fresh and imported ingredients that the chef hand-picks each morning. Each creation has a Mediterranean essence, but the presentation is French-inspired. If you’re in luck, the foie gras jelly will be on the menu du jour, an unusual and original house speciality. Restaurant André is also well-known for their excellent wine list which is sourced from small, independent vineyards around the world. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:00 (lunch), 19:00 - 23:00 (dinner)
- Address: 41 Bukit Pasoh Road
- Tel: +65 6534 8880
One of the oldest hawker centres in Singapore, Maxwell Road Food Centre stands at the corner of South Bridge Road and Maxwell Road. Picking a dish here can be difficult; there are over 100 stalls and everything looks so tempting, so turn up hungry! The locals flock here for some of the best hawker food in town such as chicken rice, tapioca pastries, meat fritters and pork porridge. Gordon Ramsey raves about Tian Tian Chicken Rice, which is said to be one of the best versions of this Hainanese favourite in the city. Lunchtime can be intimidating with long queues for food, so arrive outside peak hours if you can. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00 Daily
- Location: Corner of Maxwell Road and South Bridge Road
The rebirth of Duxton Hill has created a new foodie street in Chinatown. New restaurants have opened in quaint shop houses and cool bars keep springing up in a neighbourhood whose reputation used to be far from squeaky clean. It’s now a real pleasure to walk around Duxton Hill, down tree lined lanes where you will also find independent boutiques and quirky cafes. Despite being so popular, it really has a village feel to it, and makes a great place for a night out. Head up the hill to the end of the road, this area is cobbled and car-free. The restaurants here include an Italian trattoria, seafood specialist and French steakhouse, and have outdoor seating. Read More...
Closed to traffic at dusk, Smith Street takes on a gregarious personality to the delight of visitors. Traditional Chinese lanterns the streets, and the busy area has a genuine buzz to it thanks to the crowds who come for supper, sitting on the small plastic stools that line the road. Navigate your way through more than a dozen stalls under iridescent neon lights and take your pick of popular street favourites. There’s plenty to pick from: fresh seafood, wok-fried noodles, crispy duck and steamed dim sum. Not only is the food extremely tasty but the prices are extremely affordable (starting at 3 SGD a dish), so you can try a bit of everything. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 23:00 Daily
- Location: Smith Street
This attractive restaurant and cocktail bar draws you into to their wondrous world with a traditional exterior which takes over three shophouses and a quirky design inside. There’s plenty of comfortable bistro style seating around the open kitchen and the friendly face behind the bar is one of the city’s top mixologists who creates out of this world cocktails. The food is innovative, and to get the best of the chef’s creations try the tasting menu, which includes razor clams with purple garlic, venison and an interpretative dessert based on Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Without pairing the menu is 160 SGD. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri & Sun 18:00 – 00:00, Sat 12:00 - 15:00
- Address: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461
- Tel: +65 6475 2217
This Australian barbeque joint is an unusual concept in Singapore, and for this reason, alongside their delicious food, Burnt Ends packs in the crowds almost every night. At the centre of this restaurant is a large double-door oven that burns apple and almond wood, adding a smoky flavour. If you’re coming in a group with less than six people you’ll sit on the long counter, a front seat view of the action. There’s everything from pulled-pork burgers to a whole char grilled redfish, and even a smoked ice-cream for dessert. They don’t encourage bookings so you might have to wait, but if you’re a meat lover then it’s really worth it. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon 18:00 - 00:00, Tue - Sat 11:45 - 14:00 and
18:00 - 00:00
- Address: 20 Teck Lim Road
- Tel: +65 6224 3933
On the ground floor of the New Majestic Hotel, the retro-chic Majestic Restaurant is renowned for its take on modern Cantonese cuisine served in individual portions. Its dishes are well executed and include popular options such as the crispy prawn with wasabi dressing, Peking duck served with pan-seared foie gras and double-boiled lobster broth with lobster meat, asparagus and mushrooms and fried carrot cake. The restaurant has combined the best of modern and traditional when it comes to the décor as well, with a modern, wood-lined dining space and traditional crockery and place settings.
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 11:30 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 22:30
- Address: 33 Bukit Pasoh Road, New Majestic Hotel
- Tel: +65 6511 4700
For all-day dining in the heart of Chinatown, Yum Cha is the place to go. On the second level of an old shophouse, Yum Cha, which means ‘drink tea’, is the quintessential experience for a Chinatown dining experience. Besides the shark fin soup, fried beef noodles, champagne pork ribs, spicy lamb rack and other specials, it is known for its dim sum dishes which are also offered in a daily high tea buffet.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00, Sat - Sun &
Public Holidays 09:00 - 23:00
- Address: 20 Trengganu Street (Off Temple Street) #02-01
- Tel: +65 6372 1717
Lee Tong Kee Ipoh Hor Fun Restaurant
A quaint rice noodle shop with its roots in Ipoh, Malaysia, this outlet is ideal for a quick meal in a comfortable setting. Its staple is the homemade ‘hor fun’ or rice noodles served in tasty gravy with chicken and prawn. Other specialty dishes are the crunchy bean sprouts with cuttlefish, wonton soup and chicken claws with mushroom. Its freshly squeezed lime juice and avocado blended with gula melaka (palm sugar) has been winning fans for years.
- Opening Hours: Mon 10:00 - 15:30, Wed - Sun 10:00 - 20:30
(closed on Tuesday)
- Address: 278 South Bridge Road
- Tel: +65 6226 0417
Yixing Xuan Teahouse sits behind one of the picturesque old-fashioned shop-house fronts in the heart of Chinatown, offering some of the finest Chinese tea and appreciation classes to those who want a taste of days gone by. Staff members are welcoming and will give you a much deeper understanding of the history and culture of tea drinking and its ceremonies. The small restaurant alongside the tea room makes great dim sum and a decent variety of Chinese dishes including the extraordinary tealeaf chicken – a great way of turning their highlight. Be sure to try their house tea, ‘Beauty of the East’ which is fresh and light. You can also admire pictures of Queen Elizabeth whilst you dine. She made a stop here in 1991 on her state visit. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00, Sun & Public Holidays 10:00 - 19:00
- Address: 30/32 Tanjong Pagar Road