Pedal through the city’s oldest neighbourhood, biggest cultural hub, and along the Marina Bay as you zip in and out of Singapore’s nooks and crannies.
- Discover the fascinating world of hawker centres in Singapore.
- Experience the charm of traditional Chinatown in the heart of cosmopolitan Singapore.
- Feast on typical goodies like rice cakes, poh piah (fresh spring roll), chicken rice, and more.
- Learn all about the origins of Singapore’s diverse Chinatown neighbourhood and how the early migrants came to live there.
- Chow down on a delicious meal with freshly-squeezed sugar cane juice – yum!
- People Ages 6+
Chinatown Tour in Singapore
Ever wondered what the food culture in Singapore is like? Or perhaps why Singaporeans calls their Chinatown ‘Niu Che Sui’? Or just what the heck a hawker centre is anyway?! Join this Singapore food tour through Chinatown to leave no stone, rice cake, or poh piah unturned and to learn all about one of the most unique neighbourhoods in Singapore.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, food as referenced in itinerary, and non-alcoholic drinks. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate some guests with dietary concerns. The food is provided on a sharing basis and for general consumption only.
Exclusions: Alcoholic beverages, additional food, items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- Meeting point: Chinatown North East line MRT station (inside the station), outside the ticketing gate next to passenger service office (near Exit A).
- Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///takes.forced.lots
- Starting time: 2.00 PM
- Ending point: Chinatown MRT station (NE line)
Your Singapore food fest begins at the Chinatown complex, the largest hawker centre in Singapore, with over 220 stalls. With all those options, you may feel a little overwhelmed, but you’ll have a knowledgeable local by your side to show you the ropes.
Your guide will introduce you to the hawker centre and help you pick out some of the most authentic, tasty Singaporean treats. Savour the famous chicken rice along with delicious poh piah (fresh spring roll). Then try some mouth-watering local Chinese delights such as chwee kueh (water rice cake) with freshly crushed, ice-cold sugar cane juice.
While you chow down on your food, your local guide will be sharing with you some Singapore history, information about the city’s rich culture, and some local know-how on how this food is prepared. You’ll also learn how hawker centres came to be, and why this tradition is so close to the Singaporeans’ hearts. This tour is interactive – we encourage you to ask your local guide plenty of questions about all that you can see and taste.
After our first dose of deliciousness, we’ll take a stroll through the wet market to explore local food sources. Check out some interesting livestock and fresh ingredients used in our local food. Next, we hit the streets of Chinatown to continue our Singapore tour. Learn about the history of the early migrants in this area, and how they came to settle and build their lives here. You’ll experience how people from all kinds of places live in harmony in Chinatown as we visit some religious sites dotted along the same street. We take a respite from the outdoor heat with a visit to the air-conditioned Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) gallery to understand how the city planners built Singapore from a humble fishing village to a great cosmopolitan city!
After all that exploration, we’ll finish up our Singapore tour with a freshly brewed teh or kopi tarik (pull tea/coffee) and a taste of Singaporean fusion with a tasty roti prata to complete our day tour. While you eat, your tour guide will fill you in on a few final bits of local knowledge, give you an opportunity to ask them any more burning questions you may have, and some tips and tricks for the rest of your time in the magical city of Singapore.
Dress standard: This is a walking tour and guests will be exposed to elements such as sun and rain. Therefore, casual clothes and good walking shoes are appropriate. Tops with sleeves and bottoms covering the knees are necessary due to local customs at the temples. We also suggest you bring a hat, water, pack of tissues, and some money for personal purchases. A small umbrella is ideal in case of rain.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Food on the tour is provided on a sharing basis. Due to that, we may not be able to accommodate some guests with dietary concerns.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Ms. Madaleine R. from Australia travelled on 28 Feb 2019:
Our guide was fantastic, had answers to all our questions, taught us the local tips and tricks, and even helped us plan where we were going out that night! 10/10 would recommend!
Mr. Leonard (Len) S. from Australia travelled on 12 Feb 2019:
Renee was very very enthusiastic and an exceptional mine of information. A great experience exploring Chinatown and experiencing it’s wonderful food. He was so passionate about Singapore and left me with valued memories.
Mr. Barrie E. from Australia travelled on 15 Jan 2019:
Our guide was fabulous and had so much knowledge and energy for the role. You could tell he truly loved sharing his own city with travellers.
Mrs. Debbie M. from Australia travelled on 28 Oct 2018:
Rene was terrific. He showed us a part of Singapore that we hadn’t explored on our own and was full of local knowledge. The food was amazing too. We loved everything about this adventure.
Ms. Beth P. from Australia travelled on 14 Aug 2018:
Rene was great, very knowledgeable and showed some interesting, hidden gems of the city.
Mr. Ron B. from Australia travelled on 08 Apr 2018:
Please see our review on trip advisor. The tour was the highlight of our Singapore stayovet. Highly recommendef
Ms. Kathryn B. from Australia travelled on 08 Apr 2018:
Superb day with a tour guide incandescent with enthusiasm about life in Singapore, its culture, people, religion, geography and of course its superlative street food.
Mr. Aaron K. from USA travelled on 07 Nov 2017:
I loved this tour. The food centers in Singapore can be so intimidating for a first timer. However, they made it very easy and now I find it easy to get fantastic (and cheap) food in Singapore.
Ms. Pamela B. from Australia travelled on 20 Sep 2017:
Renee was a wealth of knowledge. Really enjoyed the experience
Ms. Kate C. from Canada travelled on 21 Aug 2017:
Rene was a fantastic tour guide! Right from the start he was enthusiastic, knowledgable, and passionate. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to share this trip!
Mr. Brantley A. from Germany travelled on 21 Aug 2017:
Rene was a great tour guide! Lots of food and drinks. Some history about country. Guide very knowledgeable. Good tour for first day in city as guide gives information on sites and transportation. Highly reccomend.
Mrs. Anne H. from Australia travelled on 02 Aug 2017:
I thought Rene was an excellent guide. He was very informative and concerned for our welfare, like/dislikes etc. We had a good variety of food, but nothing too challenging!
Mr. Michael R. from Australia travelled on 22 Jul 2017:
Our guide was Rene Ng, who was most interesting about the way of life in and development of Singapore, and chose delicious food from the hawkers and explained it all.
Mrs. Janine E. from Australia travelled on 04 May 2017:
Wonderful and interesting tour – my daughter and I learnt so much about Singapore around it’s culture, history and food. Thoroughly enjoyable and the food was amazing! Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and generous with his knowledge.
Mr. robert z. from USA travelled on 21 Mar 2017:
Beyond our expectations. Rene was amazing. Knowledge he imparted was incredible.
Ms. Rachel W. from Australia travelled on 16 Feb 2017:
Rene was amazing. The food he brought for us to try was amazing. His knowledge of singapore and singapore was interesting.
Mrs. Lena C. from USA travelled on 16 Dec 2016:
Rene was fun, informative and accommodating. Highly recommend!
Ms. Melissa B. from Australia travelled on 22 Jul 2016:
Our guide was excellent he had so much knowledge about Singapore and made the tour so much fun!
Mr. John S. from Australia travelled on 05 Jun 2016:
excellent and informative guide, learn’t lots about Singapore
Ms. Emily K. from Australia travelled on 30 Apr 2016:
Rene was a fantastic tour guide 🙂 very good tour!
Ms. Donna S. from United Kingdom travelled on 10 Apr 2016:
Rene was great and really immersed us into Singaporean food culture, along with history about Singapore itself. Fab day, couldn’t stop smiling the whole time.
Mr. David T. from Australia travelled on 27 Mar 2016:
Best thing we did in Singapore.
Mr. Dave H. from Canada travelled on 05 Feb 2016:
We thought the tour was excellent and exceeded our expectations. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The food was tremendous and we went back to some stall on our own. Please note that the date in the traveller feedback header is incorrect. Our tour was Jan 7/2016
Ms. Jeannie d. from Australia travelled on 29 Jan 2016:
Tour was on 1 Dec 2015 with Rene, who was excellent
Ms. Janie G. from Australia travelled on 27 Jan 2016:
Excellent tour – Rene was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Learnt a lot more about Singapore and tried a variety of new foods. Would highly recommend the tour
Ms. Kirsten D. from Australia travelled on 23 Dec 2015:
This trip exceeded my expectations. Our guide Rene was excellent on this half day tour – he took us to some wonderful food venues, managed to improvise to cater for my vegetarian diet, and he was very interesting and knowledgable when we visited temples, markets and the Singapore City Gallery. He even forgave us for visiting for such a short time! The gallery was a revelation – I had no idea Singapore had such a fascinating urban history. I unreservedly recommend Rene’s tour.
Family friendly, not too much walking
culturally sensitive clothing (i.e. no tank tops – preferably 3/4 or long sleeves – and nothing above the knee)
an empty tummy
Visited November 2015
Mr. Dom M. from Australia travelled on 04 Sep 2015:
You’d think Singapore would be an easy city to navigate, and to an extent it is. But to really understand the city, and actually have a local who can explain all the delicious things I was eating was such a bargain. Add to that a serve of what living in Singapore is like, it was the best money I spent all trip.
Ms. Carolyn p. from Australia travelled on 09 Jul 2015:
Excellent tour with Rene. Learnt heaps and had a great day.
Mr. Mark R. from Australia travelled on 29 Jun 2015:
Rene the guide was a really nice guy. Knew his stuff and was good fun. My wife and I had a really good time. Learnt a lot.
Mr. Michael O. from Australia travelled on 04 Jun 2015:
As soon as I saw the name of the tour, I was sold! Who doesn’t want to have someone lead them through a Hawker Market, which can be a tad daunting with the amount of people, smells and especially choosing where to eat! Rene knew exactly where to take us and catered for everyone’s tastes. Not only did Rene have us try some local delicacies, like Hainanese Chicken and Popiah, he was a wealth of knowledge and so engaging, you really got a great understanding of Singapore and her people. 10/10 would recommend!
Ms. Lisa s. from Australia travelled on 18 Mar 2015:
Renee was an excellent guide – I was lucky enough to have a one-on-one tour with him through Chinatown and his in depth knowledge, sense of fun, and fantastic taste in food made the afternoon perfect! If you only have a day or two in Singapore, and want to ensure you get to understand the culture, history, and people, and get to try all the hawker must-eats this is the tour for you.
Mrs. MARY ANN D. from United Kingdom travelled on 23 Sep 2014:
I can only describe my Singapore Urban Adventure as four hours of absolute enjoyment. I was met at the Metro station and taken on a magical tour of Chinatown visiting many fascinating different religious centres and sampling the tasty food in the Hawker markets. I was encouraged to try foodstuffs I would not naturally choose and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you Ravi!
Ms. Janique L. from Australia travelled on 04 Aug 2014:
This trip exceeded my expectations. Renee was an amazing guide who enthusiastically showed our group the insiders view of Singapore. He put this large metropolis into perspective through food , culture and religion. A great experience!
Ms. Liz C. from Australia travelled on 04 Aug 2014:
What a great way to spend an afternoon. Renae was a fantastic guide who happily answered all of our questions. He adapted well to the torrential rain that fell during the tour.! Would 100% recommend this for anyone headed to Singapore.