The first food court in Singapore, Picnic, was established in the Scotts Shopping Centre back in 1985, and since it was the first food establishment offering affordable hawker fare in a comfortable, air-conditioned environment, it quickly became a popular eating place. The food court concept caught on and spread throughout Singapore as more food courts were established.
Good food with affordable prices in a reasonably comfortable air-conditioned environment, what more do you ask for? We compiled a list of food courts in central Singapore and here’s a list of them and what they are known for:
Food Opera at ION Orchard
Number of stalls: 27
Known for: Dry or soup Hainanese-style Beef Ball Noodles ($6) from Scotts Hwa Heng; Ikan Asam Pedas (Spicy & Sour Fish) ($3.50) from Padang Padang; Fish Ball Noodles ($5.50) from Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles; Seafood White Bee Hoon (starts from $6.90) from Xing Lou Seafood White Bee Hoon; Signature Prime Ribs Soup ($10.50) from Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh; Fried Pork Chop Noodle ($5.80) from Great World Noodle House.
Noteworthy: 1. Elegant ambience. 2. Most costly. 3. Stalls accept contact-less digital payment methods.
Food Opera is located at 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-03/04 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801, p. +65 6509 9198. Open daily from 10:00am. Visit the website here.
Food Republic at Wisma Atria
Number of stalls: 23 + 3 mini restaurants
Known for: Hokkien Mee ($5.20) from Thye Hong Hokkien Mee; Bak Chor Mee (Dry Minced Pork Noodles) ($4.80) from Puay Heng Bak Chor Mee; Beef Noodle ($6) from Odeon Beef Noodle, BBQ Chicken Wings from Huat Huat.
Noteworthy: Mini restaurant Koh Grill & Sushi Bar of the Shiok Maki fame is here.
This Food Republic is located at 435 Orchard Road, Level 4 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877, p. +65 6737 9881. Open daily from 10:00am. Visit the website here.
Food Junction at Bugis Junction
Number of stalls: ?
Known for: Knife Shaved Noodles ($6) from Formosa Delights; Dry Beef Noodle ($5.50) from Odeon Beef Noodle;
Food Junction is located at 200 Victoria Street, #03-30 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021, p. +65 6334 0163. Open daily from 10:00am. Visit the website here.
Food Republic at Suntec City
Number of stalls: 18+ 3 mini restaurants
Known for: Yong Tau Foo ($5.20 for 6pcs + gravy) from Fu Lin Yong Tofu; Lei Cha (Thunder Tea) ($5.50) from Thunder Tea Rice, Kway Teow Soup ($6) from Gu Zao Mian.
Noteworthy: The Wealth Fountain can be seen from this food court.
This Food Republic is located at 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #B1-115, Singapore 038983, p. +65 6737 9881. Open daily from 10:00am. Visit the website here.
Rasapura Masters at Marina Bay Sands
Number of stalls: 24
Known for: Sambal Stingray (from $12) from Boon Tat Street Barbecue Seafood; Lau Di Fang Scissors-Cut Curry Rice; Bak Kut Teh Set ($10.90) from Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh.
Noteworthy: Classy ambience, but more costly.
Rasapura Masters by Koufu is located at 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-50, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Canal level), Singapore 018972, p. +65 6688 8868. Open 24 hours. Visit the website here.
Food Emporium at Clifford Centre
Number of stalls: 17
Known for: Lim’s Yong Tau Foo; Mushidori Curry Rice ($7.80) from Washoku GOEN; Chicken Roulade ($8.90) from Le Bouillon.
Food Emporium by NTUC Foodfare is located at 24 Raffles Place, #B01-01/10, Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621, p. +65 6688 8868. Open from 07:00am. Visit the website here.
This is how you get to eat in an air-conditioned environment at around $10 per person in central Singapore. We hope you like this list of 6 Food Courts in Central Singapore. Please tell us if other food courts should be included in this list in the comments below.