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 also offers a wonderful atmosphere. The pace here 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. Dining in Singapore's Chinatown can be an adventure on its own.
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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: Daily from 8am to 10pm
- Location: 1 Kadayanallur St, Chinatown, Singapore
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...
- Location: Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598, Singapore
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 S$3 a dish), so you can try a bit of everything. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm
- Location: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore
Tippling Club is an attractive restaurant and cocktail bar that draws you into a 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 about S$160. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from midday to midnight, Saturday from 6pm to midnight
- Location: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6475 2217
Australian barbeque joint Burnt Ends is an unusual concept in Singapore. 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 6 people you can 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: Tuesdays–Saturdays from 6pm to midnight, Friday–Saturday from midday to 2pm
- Location: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6224 3933
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 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: Monday–Friday from 10.30am to 10.30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 10.30pm
- Location: 20 Trengganu Street Off, Temple St, #02-01, Singapore 058479, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6372 1717
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: Monday–Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sundays from 10am to 7pm
- Location: 78 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088499, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6224 6961