Hawker centres and coffee shops make up a huge part of Singapore’s food culture mainly because prices are so affordable there that locals can afford to dine out every day. Needless to say, most people have this perception that the environment of a typical hawker centre is usually fuss-free and simple to keep costs low.
While they are not wrong, the increase of young hawkers and entrepreneurs these days have seen a rise in hipster hawker centres in Singapore where the interior or food served is often thought as more ‘atas’ as compared to a traditional hawker centre. Instead of fishball noodles and bak chor mee, what you get there is a myriad of food that is usually served in restaurants—the Spanish paella, wagyu beef rice bowls and raw seafood.
If you feel like trying something different without creating a hole in your wallet, here are 8 Hipster Hawker Centres In Singapore To Visit.
#1 DISTRICT 20
If you happen to be around Marymount, District 20 is a humble modern hawker centre to stop by. Comprising only a few stalls, patrons are able to choose among local zi char and other international choices such as Mexican, Japanese and more.
Stalls worth checking out are Burgerlicious, Vilay Vilay and Meld Grilled Kitchen.
38 Jln Pemimpin
Tel: +65 6255 0155
Nearest Station: Marymount
Situated in the heart of Kampong Glam, every corner of FOMO is designed to be Instagram-worthy—complete with a courtyard for you to take OOTDs.
There are seven stalls in total and most of the F&B partners are new to the industry. From Muslim to Japanese and Western, here is where you can have our fill of poke bowls, ribeye steaks, ramen and muslim fare.
38 Sultan Gate
Nearest Station: Nicoll Highway
Perhaps one of the better known hipster markets in Singapore, PasarBella currently has two outlets in Singapore—the Grandstand and Suntec City. Inspired by markets from all over the world, PasarBella aims to be a premium market space where you can buy fresh grocery products and indulge in fresh produce.
Grab a seat at one of the tables and share dishes from stalls such as Oceans of Seafood, Papito’s and Sea Salt Caribbean Deli.
200 Turf Club Rd
Tel: +65 6887 0077
Nearest Station: Clementi
#4 PASIR RIS CENTRAL HAWKER CENTRE
Newly opened Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre was the talk of town when it first opened late last year. Featuring 47 traditional and hipster hawker stalls in total, this is a place for days when you are looking for something new or just a comforting bowl of prawn noodles.
Some interesting dishes you can find there include Thai boat noodles, chilli crab pasta, wagyu beef bowls and bingsu.
110 Pasir Ris Central
Nearest Station: Pasir Ris
#5 THE BEDOK MARKETPLACE
Simpang Bedok may be known as a foodie haven but if you have not been to The Bedok Marketplace, then you are truly missing out. For affordable cafe food, you have to head to level two of the hawker centre where you will find unique stalls—some of which are helmed by young hawkers.
Noteworthy stalls that deserve a mention are ChopChop Selection for their Wagyu burgers, The Naughty Chef for their pastas and Jiak Kang Tang, which offers western food with a local twist.
348 Bedok Road Level 2
Tel: +65 6694 8480
Nearest Station: Tanah Merah
Shipping container markets are not a new thing anymore but their appeal still remains. Presenting itself as an urban food hall, Timbre+ is a popular hangout spot for youngsters living in the west of Singapore.
Managed by chef-owners and young entrepreneurs, some of the stalls open till late at night so you can curb your late night hunger pangs. Treat yourself to a range of international cuisine in the likes of American, European and Asian specialities.
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
Tel: +65 6252 2545
Nearest Station: One North
#7 WILD MARKET
Hidden within Shaw Towers, Wild Market is an upscale food court that houses independent brands such as The Ceylonese Affair, Barnyard and Mentei Express. Look forward to Jaffna, Western and Japanese cuisine when you are there.
Besides the delicious selection of food, Wild Market frequently hosts events to bring up the lively atmosphere of the place. Gather with your friends over a beer tower and party the night away!
100 Beach Rd
Tel: +65 9247 5319
Nearest Station: Bugis
#8 YISHUN PARK HAWKER CENTRE
Northlanders are not neglected as well! The relatively new Yishun Park Hawker Centre is unlike what you will expect from the usual hawker centres. Besides having an automatic tray returning system where you are given a dollar for every tray you return, there is also a Games Square with pinball machines and arcade games.
Food wise, you must not miss out on Ah Tan Wings, Fishball Story Fishball Noodles, Kintaro Bento and Smokin’ Joe.
51 Yishun Avenue 11
Tel: +65 6481 7573
Nearest Station: Yishun