The Best of Singapore's Chinatown: Ten Restaurants to fulfil your cravings

Singapore’s Chinatown has had a restaurant explosion in recent years, with new independent eateries popping up by the dozen. The heritage architecture and winding streets make for an atmospheric setting for a night out, and you can take your pick as to the type of food you fancy – French, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Spanish – it’s all here for the taking.


Restaurant ANDRE heads up the pack for a memorable fine-dining experience. This highly acclaimed restaurant takes you on a culinary journey through French nouvelle cuisine via eight courses of elaborate, experimental and intricate creations. For something more relaxed (and affordable!), Restaurant ANDRE’s neighbor Oso Ristorante is one of Singapore’s best-loved Italian restaurants, famed for its high quality cuisine and convivial atmosphere.


The Club Street/Ann Siang Hill stretch is one of Singapore’s favorite nightspots. You are spoilt for choice here, but our top pick goes to Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House, tucked away on Gemmill Lane off the bottom of Club Street. Specializing in fresh raw oysters and grilled meat, the food here is sensational. Relative newcomer Ding Dong is another highlight in the area, dishing up modern interpretations of Southeast Asian street cuisine in a relaxed, yet trendy atmosphere.


Another dining hotspot in Chinatown is Duxton Hill. Once famed as a red-light district, the new restaurants popping up here are altogether more refined. There’s a fun-loving atmosphere in all of the restaurants here, but our top picks are Lucha Loco for Mexican street food and Sabio for tasty tapas. 



Maxwell Road Food Centre is a much-loved hawker centre in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown. Here you will find more than a hundred stalls selling a whole host of local delights, from congee to roti prata, from wanton noodles to nasi lemak. And...  Read More



Yum Cha is one of the best places in Singapore to experience dim sum in an authentic setting. Tucked away at the top of a hidden staircase in the middle of bustling Chinatown, this popular restaurant packs in local families and passing tourists,...  Read More



Oxwell & Co has had the foodie tongues of Singapore wagging since it opened in August 2013. This heritage shophouse decked out in eclectic vintage furnishings is the brainchild of Executive Chef Mark Sargeant, who earned his stripes during...  Read More



Located along the popular stretch of bars and restaurants at Duxton Hill, Sabio is a lively Spanish tapas bar. Its funky monochrome interior attracts Singapore's hip and happening crowd, who gather to sample a range of authentic and traditional...  Read More



Lucha Loco is a casual Mexican taqueria located in the heart of hip and happening Duxton Hill. Specializing in gourmet Mexican street food, the menu, created by Chef Jason Jones of Melbourne's Mamasita fame, and Lucha Loco's very own Chef Mario...  Read More



Senso is one of Singapore's best-loved Italian restaurants. Located on popular nightlife hangout Club Street, Senso provides a sophisticated setting for authentic fine-dining Italian cuisine, with its outdoor courtyard a unique romantic...  Read More



Opened in June 2013, Ding Dong quickly earned itself a cult following amongst food and cocktail-lovers in Singapore. Spanning three floors of a heritage shophouse building on the popular nighttime hangout Ann Siang Road/Club Street stretch, Ding...  Read More



OSO Ristorante is a one of Singapore's best-loved Italian restaurants, housed within a traditional heritage shophouse in the heart of Chinatown. The cozy dining room always has a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, and is equally popular with...  Read More



One of Singapore's best hidden secrets, Luke's Oyster Bar and Chop House is tucked away in a narrow high-ceilinged shophouse on Gemill Lane, off popular nightspot Club Street. Specialising in fresh raw oysters and grilled meat, the menu reflects...  Read More



Restaurant ANDRE is one of Singapore's most highly acclaimed restaurants, having been named in the San Pellegrino World's 100 Best Restaurants in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (when it finally made the top 50 at number 38); voted second best restaurant in...  Read More


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