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Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown provided by Singapore Urban Adventures

Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown

Singapore Hawker Center Food Tour in Chinatown
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Last updated: 8 Sep 2020
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What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
About
Hawker centers are some of the best places to sample traditional food in Singapore, but the mazelike networks of food stalls can be a challenge to navigate. With this tour, explore one of the city’s largest hawker centers with a guide, who takes you on an insider tour of the market and Chinatown neighborhood. Don’t worry about calculating individual dish prices, as all food is included in the tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Highlights
Travel with a guide, so you won’t get lost in the hawker center
Experience how food and culture intersect in Singapore
Explore both the hawker center—one of Singapore’s largest—and Chinatown
Good value, as tour includes all food specified in the itinerary
What to expect
Your walking food tour begins in Chinatown, where you’ll meet your guide inside the Chinatown MRT station at Exit A. Make your first stop at Chinatown Complex, one of Singapore’s largest hawker centers, food markets that sell local specialties. Your guide takes you through the complex of stalls to find some of the most coveted dishes, including poh piah spring rolls and Singaporean chicken rice. Hear insights into the local cuisine from your guide as you eat together. Next, explore Chinatown while your guide tells you about the neighborhood’s early immigrants. Visit temples and mosques, and make a stop at the Urban Redevelopment Authority Gallery, where you’ll learn about Singapore’s transition from a fishing village to cosmopolitan center. After a sample of kopi tarik—frothy coffee or tea with condensed milk—return to the original starting point, where the tour ends.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6458SING1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Professional guide • Food and drinks as described in itinerary
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks unless specified in the itinerary • Gratuities
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Chinatown, 151 New Bridge Road 91 Upper Cross Street Singapore 059443/058362 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059443 Chinatown North East line MRT station (inside the station), outside the ticketing gate next to passenger service office (near Exit A) .
Inclusions
Professional guide • Food and drinks as described in itinerary
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks unless specified in the itinerary • Gratuities
Departure details
Chinatown, 151 New Bridge Road 91 Upper Cross Street Singapore 059443/058362 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059443 Chinatown North East line MRT station (inside the station), outside the ticketing gate next to passenger service office (near Exit A) .
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Minimum age is 6 years
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This is a walking tour and guests will be exposed to elements such as sun and rain. Therefore, casual clothes and good walking shoes are appropriate. Tops with sleeves and bottoms covering the knees are necessary due to local customs at the temples. We also suggest you bring a hat, water, pack of tissues, and some money for personal purchases. A small umbrella is ideal in case of rain.
Food on the tour is provided on a sharing basis.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
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Jessica A.
7 contributions
Don't eat lunch before the fun and filling tour
Mar 2020
This was the 4th Urban Adventures tour my husband and I have done and it didn't disappoint. My recommendations: don't eat before you go, there will be a ton of food, and go early in your trip. Part of the nice thing about the Urban Adventures tours is that they want to give you the local perspective. The guide was helpful with details on how to get around on the subway system, how to get cheaper tickets to attractions, and more.

The tour will take you to 2 different Hawker Centers in Chinatown, where you will sample a ton of delicious food. The guide also told us more about the dishes, Hawker center culture, and how they work. The food was so good, we went back to a few of the stands later in our time in Singapore. We really appreciated the demonstration on how the whole system works.

The other part of the tour was walking a little around Chinatown and then going into a building with a big map of Singapore for more information about the country, its history, its culture, and what might be interesting to do in our time there. I appreciated getting an overview in the air conditioning, but could see that others might want to do more walking and less talking.
Written 17 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

brend.koh
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
Mouth Watering Hawker Food At Singapore's Chinatown
Dec 2019 • Couples
Singapore's bewildering hodgepodge of local cusine is best represented in
no better location than Chinatown .
It's situated on the fist floor of Smith Street's Wet Market .
Here you will surely find something
to gratify the most discerning and
festidious taste buds . It's open from 10am to 10pm but the food is mainly Asian with a sprinkling of
Western food such as cakes ,pastries and barbecued beef , mutton and fresh
seafood . Some must try dishes include chicken rice , chili crab ,fried oyster ommelete ,skewered beef , pork and chicken grilled over charcoal fire and the list goes on endlessly . The place is not air conditioned and lunch crowds of office workers jostle for tables on weekdays . This can be quite annoying
as they leave packets of tissue paper ,umbrellers and even their name tags on tables to "reserve their seats ".
However, you can choose to Ignore them if you wish to as I always do .

Some nearby El fresco eateries situated along the street
also serves barbecued items and other
dishes cooked to your specification .
However , it's best to give crabs , lobsters and other exotics A Miss
as these may cost An Arm 😬 or at times , Even A Leg 😬 😟

Other stalls along the winding labrints of interconnecting streets
sell trinklets ,souvenirs , snacks
clothing's and fashion accessories .

A final word of caution when exploring Chinatown is to Beware
Of Pickpockets 😵 while you shop
and dine 😵
Happy 🤗 Eating 😋
Written 28 February 2020
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Kris K
3 contributions
Good ... still give it a go!
Jan 2020
On reading other reviews it made me think about what they have said and yes, I have to agree.
However it was still fun and interesting. I would recommend the tour.
The food was plentiful but so it should be ... the tour is expensive. It gave us the courage and understanding to return to the Hawkers market and order food ourselves.
Rene was very passionate ... he did a good job! Thanks Rene
Written 30 January 2020
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Susan D
Nottingham, UK157 contributions
Good - but not what we expected
Jan 2020 • Family
This was billed as a food tour and having done others in different countries, I expected lots of quick stops trying different dishes with an explanation. We didn’t get that. We got two stops while Rene our guide ran around all the stalls collecting the different dishes and not letting us start until he had got them all. We spent most of the time in the museum containing the development plan while Rene talked us through a lot of socio political stuff (not what we expected and actually all had quite a bit of ‘spin’ so that a few of us in the group started winking at each other! He was very passionate, interesting and worked hard but this wasn’t really a ‘foodie’ tour.
Written 15 January 2020
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Trebor100
Yulara, Australia87 contributions
Good but unexpected
Like another reviewer (Nov 19) stated we were a bit confused by the format of this tour. I guess I had expected more about the specific history of the food hawking in Singapore and of the dishes themselves. Whilst we tasted some very nice food we did not really immerse ourselves at the various stalls but instead sat at some round tables whilst Rene went and purchased it and brought it back to us. A lovely man but we couldn’t quite see why we spent so long in the Planning Authority building being given the history of the Country and of its future plans for development. It’s not to say that’s not interesting but we were struggling to see where all this fitted in with a “food tour”.
Written 15 January 2020
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Meander10360111084
1 contribution
Hawker Food Market Tour
Very interesting and informative tour. Highly recommend as something to do at the beginning of your visit to Singapore.
Written 10 January 2020
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Mia M
Tbilisi, Georgia2 contributions
Fun times in Singapore
Dec 2019
Our tour consisted of our family of 4 and another lady. Our meeting place was at the MRT station in Chinatown. Rene was our wonderful guide who brought us to 2 different Hawker Centers in Chinatown. We sat at a table while he went to the different stalls and brought us the local food. He explained the different types of dishes that were brought to us. He was very mindful of what we liked and didn't like. My husband was allergic to shellfish so he made sure he told us if there were any in the food he brought us. He brought us to one hawker center first then the Urban Redevelopment Authority Gallery and then to the second hawker center. The tour of the gallery was very interesting and a chance to digest our food before we ate again. We ate so much that afternoon that we didn't eat dinner that evening. Our family enjoyed the tour and recommend doing it if you enjoy eating and trying the local food.
Written 8 January 2020
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Navigator795974
Nome, Australia10 contributions
Great Tour
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a fantastic tour with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide - Rene. We had delicious food with a cultural overview of life in Singapore. Very interesting and a great way to start a trip here. Highly Recommend
Written 4 January 2020
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Clive
Bairnsdale, Australia55 contributions
Wow..
Dec 2019 • Family
We had never been to Singapore before and we looking forward to trying the food at the hawker markets. The selection and quality of the food is just amazing. The average price is $5 and well worth it.
Written 10 December 2019
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Warren W
Wollongong, Australia49 contributions
Yummy and cultural tour
This is not just an eating tour, but a cultural tour also. The amount of food is more than enough, which is done a 2 hawkers centers in China town. The break in between these centres is where the cultural part of the tour occurs. Rene is very knowledgeable and a personable guide. He can also help you with any questions you may have about how to use the MRT system, or which cabs to use. A very enjoyable afternoon. Highly recommend.
Written 25 November 2019
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