10 Famous Food Stops to try on a Private Tour in Singapore

It’s no question that Singapore is the place to go for a truly immersive gastronomic experience. Abundant, unique, and incorporating influences from Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Western cultures, food in Singapore is as diverse as it is delicious.

With a great variety of dishes across various cuisines, the task to pick the right dish can be daunting when you’re spoilt for choice. But one thing’s for sure: Singaporeans are the nation’s toughest food critics, and it takes a local to know the good local food spots.

From a delectable plate of Beef Rendang to a tasty serving of Hokkien Mee, here is a list of the 10 local favourites you must try on a private tour in Singapore for an unforgettable journey into the culinary heart of Asia.

Ali Nachia Briyani Dam

Ali Nachia Briyani Dam
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Ali Nachia Briyani Dam first opened at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in 2002 and has been loved by its loyal customers for its delicious and affordable biryanis ever since. Now at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Mr Mohammed Ali Latif’s biryanis are still prepared in the traditional dum-style, where layers of rice and marinated chicken or mutton are placed in a large pot and slow-cooked over a low flame. On Fridays, they also serve fish biryani.

Address: 5 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-04, Singapore 081005

Hours: Daily 10am-3pm, closed on Sunday.

Tel: +65 9389 2615

Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee

Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee
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Known nationwide as one of the best prawn noodle stalls in Singapore, Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee gathers a long line of customers, especially during lunch hours. The Michelin Guide awarded it The Plate in 2018 for its fresh ingredients and rich prawn soup.

Address: Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road, #01-98, Singapore 390051

Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm. Closed on Monday.

Tel: +65 9852 0881

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
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Singapore’s most famous chicken rice stall, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore both in 2016 and 2017. Featuring fluffy, fragrant rice and juicy, tender chicken, Tian Tian Chicken Rice is hugely popular with both locals and tourists alike.

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184

Hours: Tue to Sun 11am-8pm, closed on Monday.

Tel: +65 9691 4852

Killiney Kopitiam

Killiney Kopitiam
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The OG place for kaya toast, Killiney Kopitiam is one of Singapore’s best places to enjoy the traditional local breakfast of kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs, and richly brewed coffee. With its wooden chairs and old-school marble-top tables, Killiney Kopitiam is the place to go for an authentic dining experience in Singapore with a touch of nostalgia.

Address: 67 Killiney Road, Singapore 239525

Hours: Mon, Wed to Sat 6am-10pm. Tue and Sun 6am-6pm.

Tel: +65 6734 3910

Mr Prata

Mr Prata
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As Singapore’s go-to comfort food at any time of day, this crispy, flaky Indian flatbread is widely available. However, at Mr. Prata, you will find a wide variety of flavours, comprising classic favourites and new creations like Italian Prata, Maggi Prata, and Tissue Prata. They also serve other Indian dishes like biryanis, thosai, and roti john.

Address: 26 Evans Road, #01-02, Singapore 259367

Hours: 24 hours daily

Tel: +65-6235 6993

Kelly Jie Seafood

Kelly Jie Seafood
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Formerly Mellben Seafood, the Toa Payoh outlet has been rebranded as Kelly Jie Seafood after manager and owner Kelly Soon, a well-loved figure among local customers. Kelly Jie Seafood favourites include their famous Creamy Butter Crab and Steamed Prawns with Black Garlic.

Address: 211 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, #01-11/15, Singapore 310211

Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am.

Tel: +65 6353 3120

Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
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A favourite among local foodies, Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee boasts a sixty-year-old recipe packed with the flavour of pork broth that has been absorbed by the noodles. Cooked fresh to order, the noodles are served with a side of delicious chilli that adds a spicy, tasteful kick to the dish.

Address: Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, #B1-34, Singapore 199583

Hours: Mon 10am-3pm, Tue-Thu 10am-5pm, closed on Wednesday.

Tel: +65 62936798

328 Katong Laksa

328 Katong Laksa
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With its large and loyal following, 328 Katong Laksa has long been a household name for the sumptuous coconut-based curry gravy noodles. Balancing a complex flavour profile of sweet coconut milk, savoury dried shrimps, spicy chillies and fragrant herbs, 328 Katong Laksa is one stop you cannot miss on your next Singapore adventure.

Address: 51 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770

Hours: Daily: 10:00 – 22:00

Tel: +65 9732 8163

Violet Oon Singapore

Violet Oon Singapore
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One of the rare places in Singapore serving authentic Peranakan fare, Violet Oon Singapore is famous for its delicious, hearty menu and beautiful, mosaic-style setting. Some of the must-try dishes include Beef Rendang, Babi Pong Tay, Dry Laksa, and Gula Melaka Cake.

Address: 881 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 279893

Hours: Daily 12-3pm, 6-10pm, closed on Monday.

Tel: +65 9834 9935

International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak

International Muslim Food Stall Nasi Lemak
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A serious contender for the best nasi lemak in Singapore, International Muslim Food Stall at Changi Village Hawker Centre is best loved for its crispy chicken wings, aromatic coconut rice, and delectable sweet-spicy sambal chilli. The stall often sells out before the end of their lunch service.

Address: Changi Village Hawker Centre, 2 Changi Village Road, #01-03, Singapore 500002

Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am–1.30pm and 6pm–12am, Sat 9.30am–7.30pm, Sun 9.30am–12pm

Singapore has an overwhelming number of food options for you to choose from, including many establishments that have received entire arrays of Michelin reviews and other accolades. Instead, experience the true, authentic side of the local food scene on a private tour of Singapore.

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