Singapore has no shortage of fantastic shopping, dining and sightseeing options, but to experience the city like a true local, you need to look further than the shiny malls and elegant restaurants. Singapore’s many markets are a prime place to pick up an array of goods and, at the same time, immerse yourself in city life. Dust off your haggling hat and follow our guide to some of Singapore’s best market experiences.
Singapore’s wet markets are a must-visit, both for a unique cultural experience and to get your hands on the city’s freshest produce. The largest wet market in the city is Tekka Market, with over 280 stalls selling fresh and dried produce, catering to Singapore’s diverse ethnic communities. Unlike most wet markets, Tekka Market is open until late afternoon each day, but it’s worth going early to get your hands on the freshest produce (and to see the hustle and bustle in full flow).
Senoko Fishery Port
For seafood lovers, go straight to the source at Senoko Fishery Port, a wholesale market supplying fresh seafood for Singapore’s restaurants. Taking place in the very early morning from 2am until 6am, it’s worth the trip just to observe this hive of activity under cover of darkness. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle and pick up some of the city’s freshest seafood at great prices.
A favourite with creative types, the Public Garden monthly market brings together local artisans and independent business to showcase and sell their latest creations. Pick up some original pieces to take home and support Singapore’s local creative community at the same time. Market locations vary so keep an eye on the Public Garden website for venue information.
Chinatown Night Market
Singapore’s Chinatown Night Markets are not actually limited to night time, although after dark is the best time to immerse yourself in the vibrant sights and sounds of the area. Peruse the markets of Pagoda Street, Sago Street and Trengganu Street, and select from a plethora of souvenirs, bargains and trinkets to take home.
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Sungei Road Thieves’ Market
A world away from Singapore’s bright, air conditioned malls and 5-star hotels, the Sungei Road Thieves’ Market might not look like much on first glance. However, the cheap tents and plastic mats hold a fascinating assortment of goods, including a few hidden gems at great prices. Off the regular tourist trail, a visit here is an experience in itself.
Zouk Flea & Easy
It only happens once every three months, but if you’re lucky enough to be in town, a visit to the Zouk Flea & Easy market is a must. Held in Singapore’s most illustrious super club, this is the place to browse vintage and original fashion pieces and rub shoulders with the Singapore fashion set.
The Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
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Singapore has a long history of street food vendors and there’s simply no better way to dine when you want a true taste of Singapore. There are many hawker markets located around the city offering up a vast array of delicious sizzling street food, prepared with secret family recipes that have been perfected over generations. Located in Chinatown, the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre is a traditional open-air food market with one of the biggest varieties of local food in the city. For a truly Singaporean experience, follow the locals and sample the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice.
Stay in the centre of the action
Experience Singapore’s bustling markets from the comfort and convenience of a centrally located hotel in Singapore. PARKROYAL on Pickering, a PARKROYAL Collection hotel is ideally situated just a five-minute walk from Singapore’s Central Business District and Waterfront area and a two-minute walk from the Chinatown MRT station, allowing you to explore Singapore’s markets with ease.