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Fire-breathing dragons, colours and banners. Smells and yells, the hustle and bustle! Chinatown is a hive of noise and activity, with the smell of fresh Oriental cuisine. A place to get lost in. A place tempting you into its arms. Singapore’s Chinatown is no different. Fascinating and unique. Discover why and be sure not the leave any rice cakes or poh piah unturned. Indulge and enjoy. This tour takes you into the heart of Singapore’s food culture. Want to know why they call Chinatown ‘Niu Che Sui’? Or what exactly a hawker centre is? After having indulged in the cuisine, explored the neighbourhood and learnt the history, you’ll have the answer to these questions and many more.
About your guide
Urban Adventures are for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds and really connect with a city, with a local by their side. The experience can be as short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case our Urban Adventures tours take travellers to interesting places to experience local culture and see what makes a place unique. Join us for the Best. Day. Ever.
Here’s the plan…
You’ll meet your guide, a local with plenty of knowledge, tips and tricks to help you get by. And once acquainted you'll be taken into the Chinatown complex for a food adventure into the Orient, Singapore style.
You'll be heading into the fascinating Hawker centre's. Don’t be overwhelmed your guide is there to see you navigate through the 220 stalls and pick out the best tasty Singapore treats. You’ll savour the flavour of the chicken rice along with fresh spring rolls. Then tuck into local Chinese delights such as Chwee kueh (water rice cake). All while your guide shares their knowledge on the centres, and the rich culinary history. Got a question, ask away. Your guide is more than ready to help. If that wasn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, there’s more!
You’ll also explore the local food sources. Checking out new livestock before hitting the streets of Chinatown, for a mix of history and culture. Finishing the tour with tea and a taste of Singaporean fusion cuisine. With a belly full of food you’ll be wondering what other delights are on offer! Think the answer might be plenty.
Daily except SundayDuration
3.5 hoursStart time
Monday to Saturday at 2.00pm
Make your way to Chinatown North East line MRT station (inside the station), outside the ticketing gate next to passenger service office (near Exit A). Look for Singapore Urban Adventures sign. So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early. Show the staff your voucher and you'll be set to go!
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised tour to reconfirm.
No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other device.
This activity is adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 5 years will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.
English is available on this tour, other languages are available on request
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, there’s plenty of walking. Tops with sleeves and bottoms covering the knees are necessary due to local customs at the temples.