Variety is the spice of life, and these air-conditioned atriums now span cuisines from Costa Rica to Thailand, with handmade goodies on the menu.

 

We’ve come a long way from a collection of pushcarts selling food by the road side. Today’s hawker centres and food courts come in all shapes and sizes, from themed locales to atas versions of these dining stops, there’s something for everyone.


The iconic Lau Pa Sat Festival Market is back after eight months of an intensive $4 million renovation and restoration. There are fewer food stalls now (54, down from 90) but that makes for more seats (2,500, up by 460), space for 14 mini restaurants, eight four-metre fans for breezy mealtimes, and an internal walkway for an easier food ’commute’.

The 32-metre-high clock tower has been restored with a mounted Jacquemart (moving figurine) along with the bells and chimes every 15 minutes. It’s modelled after early Singapore’s Chinese street vendors.

Returning stalls include Lakeview Char Kway Teow, Anjappar Indian Cuisine, and Sunny Viet Vietnamese Cuisine. New faces include Mama Cita’s Costa Rican, Heaven’s Heritage Putu Mayam, and Japanese Yakitori and Teppan. You’ll also find mini restaurants Mugiho Bakers, Lutong Pinoy, and Wendy’s Fast Food Restaurant.

Open 24 hours. 18 Raffles Quay

 

Meanwhile, there’s a spanking new food court at Shaw House. The Food Republic in the basement is a retro black-white-grey with glazed bezel tiles and a wagon brimming with fruits. The food atrium houses 18 food stalls and four mini restaurants.

You’ll find popular chain restaurant from Dalian, China, Bu Er Xin Handmade Bao; Saladicious with its made-to-order signature classic duck with plum dressing; Sumire Yakitori-Tei from Tokyo; and Wen Wen Handmade Yong Tau Foo which offers mee rebus gravy and various pancake items.

#B1-01 Shaw House, 1 Scotts Road

 

At Millennia Walk, MEDZS adds a new Asian kitchen to their already staggering line-up of cuisines. For a light snack, order crispy fish skin with superior broth ($7.90); you’ll finish an entire portion before you know it.

Go local with wok-fried chilli flower crab with golden mantou ($23.90); an infallible combination of fresh crab, sweet-spicy sauce and bread. Don’t miss the beers (a variety that rivals some pubs) and liqueur available.

#01-46 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6337 7507

 

Singaporeans based abroad can get their comfort food fix while visiting tourists can head home with a happy belly–right up to the hour before boarding their flight. Enter the new Singapore Food Street at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 Departure Transit Mall–a food court with 13 stalls offering over 200 dishes.

You’ll find peppery bak kut teh, fried kway teow and carrot cake, and peanut gravy party-in-the-mouth satay bee hoon. There’s also nasi lemak, appetising Thai food and an Indian spice fest, with local beverages and desserts to prolong that next chendol craving.