Eating Out

Food and Restaurant Guides

Singapore may be a small country but the wide choice of food available is always ever impressive and gastronomicaly whelming. In Singapore, eating is a favourite pastime and a great time for get-together whether it is with family, friends, business associates or couple time.  Food is a frequent topic of conversation among Singaporeans.

Singapore's multi cultural diversity is reflected in the variety of local cuisine it offers, from Chinese to Malay, Indian to Peranankan. There are some who have religious dietary restrictions, such as Muslims do not eat pork, Hindus do not eat beef. Vegetarians take only non-meat products for either health or religious reasons.

Singaporean cuisine has been promoted as an attraction for tourists by the Singapore Tourism Board, as a major attraction alongside its shopping. The government organises the annual Singapore Food Festival in July to celebrate Singapore's cuisine. The multiculturalism of local food, the ready availability of international cuisine and styles, and their wide range in prices to fit all budgets at all times of the day and year helps create a "food paradise". Mr. Chan Hon Meng, a Singapore chef, is the proud owner of the world's first Michelin-starred hawker stall.

Knowing the best hawker stalls in town is a must and one of the best sources are taxi drivers. You eat excellent on a small budget but you can also indulge in the best Asian and International food for a fortune.

Stay away from places frequented by tourists unless the place has been recommended by a Singaporean. So when a place is crowded with locals and there is a queue at the reception you can be sure there is value for money!

There is always a reason to go for lunch or dinner or supper for Singaporeans, and the best business connections start and continue over a meal. When you meet a local client before lunch or dinner, the first question you are asked is: "Did you have your lunch?"

All Singaporean food establishments are based on their standards of cleanliness and food hygiene. Under the scheme, there are 4 grades - Excellent (A), Good (B), Average (C) and Below Average (D). Food establishments have to publicly display their grades. Most establishments have minimum B grades in Singapore.