Let’s admit, we all know that eating is one of Singaporeans’ favourite pastime. Wherever there is a good eatery, you will be able to find a crowd or a queue. Thankfully, even as our cost of living continues to go up, the price of having cheap local food remains affordable.
It is not hard to find food in Singapore. However, many Singaporeans are fussy with what they eat. Some are willing to travel a distance just to enjoy the food that they like. In this post, let us examine 3 estates which has the highest saturation of good food and why you should buy a house in or around one of these 3 estates if you are a food lover.
Our first stop brings us back in time to the bustling traditional neighbourhood of Chinatown, a stone throw away from the modern skyscrapers of the Central Business District (CBD). Over there, you have a wide array of food ranging from traditional local delights to modern and overseas cuisines. There are lots of food selection along the old shophouses, coffeeshops and not forgetting the Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre!
At the basement of Chinatown Complex is a wet market section where you can buy cooking ingredients, fresh meat and live seafood if you plan on cooking at home. Going up to the second level, you will arrive at a food haven where you’ll be spoilt for choice. If there is any local food that you have a craving for, chances are you will be able to find it there. My personal recommendations are Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles (recently got awarded one Michelin Star), Seng Kee 119 Steamed Fish Head in Hot Sauce and Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice.
Another reason Chinatown is chosen as one of the 3 estates is because of its close vicinity to other food areas like Clarke Quay, Tanjong Pagar, as well as Tiong Bahru.
Our second stop is another estate of old shophouses but with a modern twist. In recent years, the food scene in Katong has been transformed into a fusion between traditional and modern cuisine. There are many new hipster restaurants sprouting up around that area. From German beer bar to chicken rice stall, from an Italian restaurant to Laksa. Katong attracts a mix of old and young.
The area of Katong also includes Joo Chiat and East Coast Road, where there are strong influences from the Indians as well as the Peranakans. Be sure to try some of the South Indian cuisines as well as the Peranakan classics like the Otahs and Kueh Lapis.
There are too many options to choose from, but here are my recommendations. If you are going for something local, try Nam San Otah, The Mango Tree Indian Coastal Restaurant, 328 Katong Laksa, Beach Road Prawn Noodle, Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice and Chin Mee Chin Confectionery. And if you are feeling a little hippy and fancy, go for Etna Italian Restaurant, Rabbit Carrot Gun, Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant and AlibabaR.
Thomson Road spans across Central Singapore from the South up to the North with Upper Thomson Road. And when we talk about Thomson as a foodie estate, we are really just talking about the area around Upper Thomson. Our third and last stop would be a favourite amongst café hoppers. Just like Katong, hipster cafes and restaurants have been popping up around Upper Thomson in recent years and has been a popular spot for family and friends during the weekends.
Though the area is not as big as Chinatown or Katong, there is definitely no lack of choices for your weekend brunch. Here are my top picks: Pacamara Coffee Roasters, Fatboy’s Burger, Habitat Coffee, One Man Coffee, Little Part 1 Café, Udders Ice Cream, and Yahava KoffeeWorks.
That’s it, folks! These are the 3 estates which I would recommend you to stay near in if you are constantly in search for not just food, but great food to fill your tummy because life is too short for bad calories.