Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre
Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre Singapore Reviews
Decent Hawker Centre Experience for Tourists. Apr 07, 2011
As you may know, Singapore is definitely one of the world's great food destinations. Ironically, many of the middle-range restaurants (and even more expensive ones) are not so good. This is because Singapore has marvelous cheap "street food" in Hawker Centres (outdoor) and food courts (indoors in malls). Unlike some destinations in SE Asia, any tourist can safely eat any street food in Singapore without fear of gastric consequences.
To find some really great Hawker food may be taxing on most tourists - especially as every local has his/her own idea about which is the most "famous" places to eat this or that. Most tourists are pointed to Newton Circus - - which I think is not so good. In my years living in Singapore, I only went twice and was equally unimpressed by it each time.
A good, central alternative is the Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center (aka "Festive Market" ??). Every taxi driver knows this place and getting here would be quick from any hotel. The physical structure of Lau Pa Sat is quite nice and the layout is a bit of a spider's web but as all things Singaporean it is super-organized and easy to get around.
There are probably close to a hundred stalls at least (if not well over it). There is everything for every taste here so it is ideal for a group. Even if you have fussy kids, there is a Wendy's hamburgers adjacent if you need it.
When I go, I prefer to go at night when they close the side road around 7:00pm and get tables set up by 7:15. It is usually quite breezy and comfy after sunset (when the lane closes to cars). This lane is sometimes called satay lane, due to numerous satay stalls outside it. Try some satay - and some seafood (try some stingray). Usually these are the best bets - but there are thousands of dishes around to choose from throughout the place.
Remember you are in a Hawker Centre - - you can sit anywhere and can order from anyone. At night, in satay lane, people from various stalls can become quite aggressive. If you don't want to shoo them away, and even if they "show" you to a seat and plop a menu down, you don't need to order from them. I advise you to tour around different stalls and get a look before ordering from the first guy to grab you.
BTW, I had satay from Stall 8 (it is in the left side of a photo here) and it was quite good. :)
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