Influenced by a number of ethnic groups down the years, Singapore’s cuisine is best explored by joining an organised food tour.
Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, the ultra-modern city-state has a vast ex-pat community, meaning that it’s easy to find international food in Singapore. But there also remains a vibrant local foodie scene that’s steeped in heritage and culture. One of the best ways to explore it for yourself is by booking onto a food experience that often combines sightseeing with a chance to sample some of Singapore’s most popular delicacies. Here are 5 of the best Singapore food day tours currently available.
Historical Bike Tour with Traditional Snacks
Get off the beaten path and explore the real Singapore on this 4-hour bike tour. Organised and run by renowned local agency Lets Go Tour Singapore, the trip will see you cycle at a leisurely pace between iconic attractions that would make great photo-opportunities. Some highlights include the Singapore River, the Formula 1 route, and the Marina Bay area. Along the way, your guide will help you understand the island’s developments, point out historically important landmarks that you’ll definitely want to snap, and explain the rich heritage of Singapore’s culture. There will also be a food stop to take a breather and refuel with tasty local snacks and drinks. From $80 per person.
Hands-on Cooking Class with Cultural Immersion
Take a dive deep into Singapore’s food culture and enjoy a hands-on experience cooking up family recipes passed down through generations during this 3-hour class hosted by local culinary school Food Playground. On arrival, you’ll receive a cup of coffee or tea with snacks/bites before a fun group ice-breaker. Then, learn more about the dishes you’ll be cooking for the day, from the origins of the dish to the specific local ingredients used. Next, put on your apron and proceed to the kitchen to cook up three signature Singaporean dishes. You’ll be provided with fully-equipped cooking workstations and ingredients, with close guidance from your instructors to help you learn all the steps to making the dishes so you can replicate them at home. Finally, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your efforts and bask in the satisfaction of a job well done. From $89 per person.
Street Food, Night Views and Bars: Singapore Signature Nightlife
Discover Singapore’s signature nightlife on this 3-4 hour tour. Experience the flavours of local street food, see the iconic landmarks of Singapore illuminated by night, enjoy a drink in a hidden bar, and take a walk on the banks of Singapore River. Alongside your local guide, you’ll hear the stories behind each of the stops and experiences. Dinner and drinks, plus all entrance fees and cover charges for bars, are included in the tour price and there’s also the option to book hotel pick-up and drop-off. From $144 per person.
Small Group Michelin and Local Hawker Food Tour
Singapore’s culinary scene is incredibly diverse and this small-group walking tour invites you to discover it for yourself. Accompanied by an expert guide, you and your group will traverse the vibrant Chinatown neighbourhood on foot to see where the locals eat and learn about Singaporean culture. Along the way you’ll stop to sample various dishes from Michelin guide hawkers to popular food stalls, while your guide regales you with stories and facts about Singapore’s cuisine and culture. The tour runs for 3.5 hours and includes 7-8 food dishes plus local drinks. From $38 per person.
Private Food Tour
For a more intimate and exclusive experience, this 3-hour private tour could fit the bill. Over the course of the trip, you and your select group of family or friends will eat your way through Singapore’s culinary scene, enjoying 10 of the best tastings the city offers and covering all grounds with a combination of savoury and sweet dishes, as well as local beverages. There’ll also be plenty of stop-offs to check out notable city landmarks including Kampong Glam & Sultan Mosque, Little India & Cow murals, Elderly Corner at China Town, and more. From $255 per person.