Small-Group Food Tour With Hawker Center: Eat Like A Local - Singapore

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Outside Chin Mee Chin bakery on the east Coast/Katong area of Singapore
  • Return Details :
    This tour finishes in Little India. Your guide will explain how to get back to your hotel or to your next point of interest.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


An in-depth exploration of Singapore's history and culture through food. Sightseeing and food tastings in Kampong Glam, Little India, Katong and Old Airport Road. Included are 10+ foodie tastings in 5.5 hours with the help of your professional guide. Learn about the history of food in Modern Singapore, from its founding in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles through to the present day. A maximum of 9 people on this small group tour.


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Ask any Singaporean what their favorite past time is and they will say eating. You only have to mention the word food and eyes start to sparkle and lengthy discussions ensue about which restaurant really does make the best dish.Eat like a local on a food tour and discover why Singaporeans love their food so much!

Your food tour lasts 5.5-hours, includes 10+ food tastings and covers the districts of Katong, Old Airport Road, Kampong Glam and Little India.

Start your food tour in the East Coast Area of Singapore, a district also known as Katong. It is here that you learn about the early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The focus will be on food but we will also talk about the types of jobs that they had, how they lived and who they married. It was through the marriage of Chinese immigrants to Malay ladies that the distinctive Peranakan culture was born.

You will start your food tour sampling a selection of Singapores favourite foods with Chinese and Peranakan heritage which includes Kaya Toast and Kopi, Bak Chang (rice dumplings) and Laksa.

From the East Coast you will travel by public bus to the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre is a firm favorite amongst Singaporeans. Why? Because it is home to so many hawker legends. It is here that where you try two of three distinctly Singaporean dishes, Hokkien Mee, Rojak and Carrot Cake.

Your next stop is the district of Kampong Glam, a short 10 minute bus ride away. Kampong Glam is the center of the Malay community in Singapore and is where the stunning Sultans Mosque is located. We will discuss the history of the district, the Sultans role in the founding of Modern Singapore and we will try the most popular local foods from the Malay, Arabic and Indonesian communities.

Our fourth and final stop on your food tour is Little India. We will discover why the Indian community choose to settle in this district of Singapore and learn about how it developed over time.

You will be trying some popular savory Indian dishes and then finishing with some Indian sweets and MasalaMilk.

Throughout the tour you will discover the histories and stories behind the foods that you eat, as well as the restaurants that you eat them in. This tour will give you a solid understanding of what it means to eat like a local and how Singapores iconic dishes became imbedded into Singapores culture.


All taxes, fees and handling charges

GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Food tasting

Tea and coffee as specified

Professional guide

Transportation on public bus during the tour





Transportation to/from the tour


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

When we are very busy we run a second tour starting one hour later at 10.00am. If you are on a 10am tour you will be notified after booking via email. Please remember that your Viator booking confirmation will say 9am even if you are scheduled to a 10am tour

You must be able to walk 2 miles / 3km at a reasonable walking speed in hot, humid weather to take part in this group tour. If you have any walking difficulties or are travelling with children who may not be able to keep up, please book a private food tour instead so we can pace the tour according to your needs

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, lots of sun protection and wear a hat or bring an umbrella for sun protection

Please note that is does rain most days in Singapore for at least 30 minutes to an hour so please be prepared for rain and bring a rain coat or umbrella. Tours will continue in wet weather

You need to bring at least 1 litre of water per person to ensure that you do not become dehydrated in the heat.

A minimum of 3 people per booking is required

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 06-Jan-2018

    Absolutely GREAT!!
    We were the only ones on the tour so it was actually private.
    The guide, Boo, is a really nice guy, intelligent, coherent, spoke great English with only a faint accent. He took us around showing us tiny little local places serving special dishes, most of which we loved. We travelled by public bus and on foot. He was very considerate of us, looking after us very well, taking into consideration any difficulties we may have. He told us of the history of Singapore, answered all our questions and we had interesting talks at every stop.
    WE LOVED IT and recommend the tour and especially Boo.

  • 27-Aug-2017

    This tour was absolutely fantastic!!!! Amazing food, amazing people and one amazing place! This is a great way to see so many different parts of this fabulous city and get an insight into not only the food, but the history and character as well. Our guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and gave an excellent insight into the different areas we visited, how these were built and how each nationality ended up in Singapore. In five and a half hours, this tour took us to the East Coast, Old airport hawker building, Kampong Glam and Little India. Beware though- you will be completely full by the time you finish this tour, as you sample an enormous amount of food along the way, at many varied locations! Its all delicious, but my favourite was definitely the Hokkian Mee seafood noodles. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody visiting Singapore- its a great way to really experience the city in a highly enjoyable and meaningful way!

  • 31-Jul-2017

    I have done food tours all over the world, from the US to Europe and many in Asia. This was without doubt the best food tour that I have done. I can't say enough great things about Su Ling. She took us to areas of Singapore that I have never been to even though I have been to Singapore a few times to restaurants that I wouldn't have ventured into on my own. What I particularly liked was that Su Ling was able to weave a historical current through the tour, covering the history of Singapore and the context in which each of the many different ethnic groups made their way to Singapore and made it their home. This set the scene for the numerous foods which we tried. All of the food was of excellent quality and absolutely delicious. There was no shortage of it either so come hungry! Bravo Su Ling for a wonderful tour, this was the highlight of my trip and I will be recommending you to my colleagues and friends visiting.