Built up an appetite while exploring Singapore’s Chinatown? Tackle your hunger with gusto on Chinatown Food Street!
Featuring an eclectic collection of 24 hawker stalls and restaurants occupying the street’s graceful Chinese merchant houses, Chinatown Food Street delivers some of the tastiest Singaporean food in a historical setting that’s anything but ordinary.
Not sure where to start? Discover the best dishes, hawker stalls and restaurants with this quick & easy Chinatown Food Street guide…
What to expect at Chinatown Food Street
Although officially known as Smith Street, the semi-official designation of Chinatown Food Street is the more fitting of the two names. The street has long been a haunt for street food in Singapore, but a recent redevelopment really kicked its popularity into high-gear.
The redesign of Chinatown Food Street added glass canopies and a cooling system to shield patrons from the often oppressive daytime heat of Singapore. The road was also fully-pedestrianized, creating a more inviting, spacious, and relaxing atmosphere for an evening meal or drink.
If you’ve already been busy eating delicious local cuisine at Singapore’s hawker centres, you’ll have an idea of what awaits your palate at Chinatown Food Street. Local favourites like satay, BBQ stingray, char kway teow, and roast duck are all on the menus here, showcasing the broad interplay of Chinese, Malay, and Indian flavours Singapore is famous for.
Where & what to eat: The best stalls & dishes
Chinatown Food Street stretches along Smith Street between New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. No matter which end of the street you start on, you’ll quickly find a number of dishes that appeal to your tastes. Here are a few of the best places to eat at Chinatown Food Street:
- Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood (#1/#3): If you’re a fan of seafood, don’t miss the opportunity to devour a portion of BBQ stingray while visiting Singapore. This is one of the best places in Chinatown to try it. The succulent stingray here starts at around S$10, a reasonable price considering what you’d pay in more formal sit-down restaurants around Singapore.
- Food Street Fried Kway Teow Mee (#8): For me, char kway teow was love at first bite. The silky fried noodles doused in a smoky & savoury sauce along with ingredients like cockles and pork is simply magical, filling, and budget-friendly at just S$5.
- Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon & BBQ Steamboat (#2): It would be a shame to leave Singapore with tasting a juicy skewer of satay. While the satay here is of note, noodle nuts will absolutely love this stall’s satay beehoon (starting at S$5), combining their homemade spicy satay peanut sauce with thin vermicelli noodles.
- Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge (#10): If adventurous eating is in the cards for you, check out the claypot frog porridge at the Chinatown location of this legendary Geylang hawker stall. Grab one of the two specialities, kung pao if you’re into a dash of spice or ginger spring onion for something sweet & savoury.
- Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters (#5): The orh lua (Teochew fried oyster omelette) at this popular stall is one of the best in Singapore. Starting at just S$8, the orh lua here are light and fluffy on the inside, the right amount of crispy on the outside, and topped with chunky & juicy oysters.
- Tiong Bahru Meng Kee (#7): You don’t need to head over to Beijing to get some of the world’s finest roast duck. Like the parent hawker stall in Tiong Bahru Market, the duck here is perfectly cooked, juicy, and topped with a classic thick sweet sauce.
Where to stay near Chinatown Food Street
Thanks to the area’s popularity, there are plenty of accommodations options near Chinatown Food Street. Some of the best places to stay in Chinatown, Singapore include:
- The Southbridge Hotel: Likely the best budget pick in Chinatown, this hotel offers simple room in a location that puts you close to all of the top places to visit in the area.
- Oasia Hotel Downtown: Occupying an eye-catching architectural masterpiece south of Chinatown, this 4.5-star hotel in Tanjong Pagar is the perfect choice for mid-range travellers wanting stylish accommodations with a breadth of superb amenities like a pool and sun terrace.
- Parkroyal on Pickering: One of the top luxury picks in the city, this 5-star hotel stuns inside and out with its next-level design. There’s a full range of amazing amenities here including a spa and infinity pool with skyline views.
Chinatown Food Street is located in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown. The closest MRT station is Chinatown MRT. From Exit A, walk two blocks south to Smith Street to access the hawker stalls & restaurants of Chinatown Food Street.