Singapore Private Food Tour: Eat Like a Local

Overview

Explore Singapore’s unique culinary culture in more depth on this private version of our small-group food tour! Your personal guide for the day will show just your group around Singapore’s culinary highlights, including places such as Kampong Glam, Little India, Katong, and Old Airport Road. Tour at your own pace, learn about Singaporean history and culture, ask questions, and eat like a local for a day as you sample all kinds of food.

Highlights

  • A private tour — with your guide all to yourself for the day, you can customize the itinerary according to you and your group's needs and preferences
  • Learn about the Malay, Indian, and Chinese influences on Singapore's culture and gourmet specialties
  • Learn about the Malay, Indian, and Chinese influences on Singapore's culture and gourmet specialties
  • Step away from the tourist circuit, and see where the locals eat
  • Step away from the tourist circuit, and see where the locals eat
  • Experience Singapore's diverse food culture as you sample an assortment of dishes (at least 10) such as kaya toast, laksa, and popiah
  • A private tour — with your guide all to yourself for the day, you can customize the itinerary according to you and your group's needs and preferences

Key Information

Important Information

• This tour can also be offered in Chinese; please contact us for details • Children aged 0–5 may join the tour and eat for free • For a more intimate tour, the maximum group size is 8 people • You must be able to walk 3km (2 miles) at a reasonable speed in hot, humid weather to take part in this tour. However, as this is a private tour, you can cut down on walking time by taking taxis to get from one point to another. Please do so at your own expense (the cost of public transport to get from one point on the itinerary to another is included in the tour price, but taxi fare is not) • This is a stroller- and wheelchair-accessible tour • Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and make sure to have lots of sun protection (put on sunscreen, wear a hat, and/or bring an umbrella) • Please note that on most days in Singapore, it rains for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, so please be prepared for rain, and bring a raincoat or umbrella • Tours will continue even in rainy weather • Please bring at least 1 liter of water per person to prevent dehydration; water will not be provided on this tour (only tea and coffee) • Service animals are allowed on this tour • No-shows will not be refunded, regardless of reason • Some of the food stops on this tour may be closed on certain days; in this case, we will more selections or larger portions at other stops. We guarantee that you will try at least 10 dishes on this tour • This tour is not recommended for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions and allergies. Some of the dishes you'll try on this tour contain milk, meat, pork, prawns, fish, wheat, gluten, and spices. If you are unable to consume any of the aforementioned ingredients, you will not be able to eat/drink everything on the tour. We will do our best to find substitutes for you, and we have had guests who still enjoyed the tour despite being unable to try many of the dishes; however, a non-food tour might be a better option for you

Description

Get acquainted with Singapore's diverse food culture a bite at a time on this in-depth private Singapore food tour! With your guide to yourself for the day, you can customize the itinerary according to your and your group's needs and preferences, as well as get more in-depth insight compared to the regular version of this small-group tour. Over the course of six hours (or six and a half, if you book the option with hotel pick-up), you'll sample over 10 dishes that are representative of Singapore's traditional and contemporary cuisine, including the breakfast staple that is kaya toast, spicy and creamy laksa noodle soup, popiah (a fresh spring roll), and more. You'll explore Singapore’s food culture and how it came to be, from the country's founding in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, through to the present day. With a permanent resident population of 2.9 million Chinese, 500,000 Malays, and 350,000 Indians, Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. It is that melting pot that you will dive into and re-emerge from with full bellies! Your tour starts at the East Coast of Singapore, also known as Katong, and ends at Little India. On the first stop, learn about the early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. While this tour will focus on food, your guide will also talk about the jobs that that early Chinese Singaporeans had, how they lived, and who they married. It was through the marriage of Chinese immigrants to Malay women that the distinctive Peranakan culture was born. And so, in this district, we will enjoy a selection of Singapore’s favorite foods with Chinese and Peranakan heritage: kaya toast (or curry puff), kopi, bak chang, kuehs, and laksa. From the East Coast, you'll travel by public bus to the Old Airport Road Hawker Center, a favorite amongst Singaporean because it's home to so many "hawker legends." Here, you'll try one or two distinctly Singaporean dishes. Take your pick among Hokkien mee, rojak, popiah, and carrot cake. The next stop is the Kampong Glam district, a short 10-minute bus ride away. This s the center of the Malay community in Singapore and is where the stunning Sultan’s Mosque is located. Your guide will discuss the history of the district, as well as the Sultan’s role in the founding of modern Singapore. Then, you'll try the most popular local foods from Singapore's Malay, Arabic, and Indonesian communities: choose from teh tarik, beef rendang, and murtabak. The fourth and final stop on this Singapore food tour is Little India. Discover why the Indian community choose to settle here, and learn how it developed over time. Here, you can try a popular savory crepe-like dish called dosa, which you'll then finish off with some Indian sweets and/or Masala milk. You can end the tour here; or, your guide can take you back to your hotel or elsewhere in Singapore. This tour has won TripAdvisor's Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award for two years in a row now — in 2020 and 2021 — so book now to experience Singapore's rich food culture!

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