9 Hipster Hawker Stalls That You Need To Visit Immediately

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The cafe scene in Singapore has been an ongoing affair since years back and we can be sure to see more of it in the foreseeable future. Despite the influx of new cafes, it’s harder to attract customers as people are getting bored of the usual cafe settings. No longer is there any ‘wow factor’; be it in the food or atmosphere. So where else can we turn to? Back to the past, I reckon!

Before cafes were introduced to Singapore, hawker centres were the ‘in’ place for a meal and just like the saying goes, “the old is the new NEW”. So, here we have 9 different hipster hawker stalls you should check out for delicious food that will not hurt your wallet.


1. Ah Bong’s Italian


Serving comfort Italian food, Ah Bong’s Italian’s ambience is similar to a typical coffee shop setting with friendly staff. The place gets really crowded during lunch time so I highly advise people to go earlier in the morning to avoid the peak hours.

Price: $7 onwards
Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-46 S(160056)
Operating hours: Mon-Sat: 10am to 2pm. Closed on Sunday.


2. A Noodle Story


Ever wonder how a fusion bowl of wanton noodle looks like? At A Noodle Story, a simple bowl of noodle is upgraded to the dried version of ramen by incorporating ingredients like wanton, braised char siew, onsen egg and potato prawns.
Price: $5.50 onwards
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-39 Amoy Street Food Centre S(069111)
Operating hours:
Weekdays: 11.15am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Sat: 10.30am to 1.30pm
Closed on Sundays.


3. Hambaobao

Have you had your hambaobao yet?

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A pretty cute name for a hamburger shop and at Hambaobao, they not only serve the usual cheeseburger but also burger flavours inspired by local flavours such as Ayam Buah Keluak. The best part of this stall is that they serve crispy buns which are artisan buns that are egg-washed and then, toasted on the griddle with butter! Hand cut fries are at an additional $1/portion.
Price: $5 per burger
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah, #04-49 Beauty World Centre S(588177)
Operating hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm to 8pm. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.


4. Lad & Dad


The father and son duo opens a Singapore hawker stall serving its own spin on British’s comfort food and one of their bestsellers is the Beef Stew. The Beef Stew cost only $8 while the set with three side dishes is priced at $12.

Price: $8 onwards
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Serangoon Garden Market S(555945)
Operating hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm to 8pm


5. Seasalt – The Seafood Place

The kind of starter I would die for. #foodietong

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Located at Salute Coffeeshop, experience the feast with a wide spread of fresh seafood in a different atmosphere at Seasalt! Try their signature Fresh Mussels In Garlic Cream and indulge in the taste of juicy and succulent mussels.

Price: $12 onwards
Address: 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 S(151119)
Operating hours: Tue-Sun: 12pm to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 9pm. Closed on Mondays.


6. Stew Kuche


Enjoy a night of drinking beer and eating Swiss-German cuisine at affordable prices. Also located at Salute Coffeeshop, you get to enjoy Authentic German Pork Knuckle and Swiss Oxtail Stew at coffeeshop prices!

Price: $18 onwards
Address: 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40 Salute Coffeeshop S(151119)
Operating hours: Tue-Sun: 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm. Closed on Mondays.


7. Smith Street Taps


A collaboration between Good Beer Company and bottle shop Brewer’s Craft, Smith Street Taps provide customers with craft beers that are not only cheaper but also with more interesting flavours. Smith Street Taps is an all-tap pop-up beer hawker stall featuring around 10 premium and craft beers on tap in Chinatown. You no longer need to spend ten over dollars for a bowl of truffles fries when you can have local dishes for one-third the price.

Price: $12 onwards
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-062 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre S(050335)
Operating hours: Tue-Sat: 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.


8. Truly Test Kitchen



Truly Test Kitchen is located within an industrial building along Macpherson Road and has been around for a really long time. However, due to its remote location, the place has been a hidden gem until the second generation owners took over and brought fame to the stall through social media. Bosses and staff from both stores are friendly and are more than willing to offer a complimentary dish or two. Recommended food items include curry rice, chicken and waffle and homemade pumpkin cakes.

Price: $3.50 onwards
Address: 153 Kampong Ampat, #07-05 Jun Jie Industrial Building S(368326)
Operating hours: Mon-Sat: 7am to 3pm. Closed on Sundays.


9. Fish & Chicks

fish & my chicks ( thanks guys for tolerating me especially joven )

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Fish & Chicks jumped on the Salted Egg Yolk wagon with its latest signature dish of Salted Egg Yolk Fish & Chips. Another signature dish is the Chilli Crab Fish and Chips. The fish is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside while the sauces complement the fish really well.

Price: $7.90 onwards
Address: 531 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Happy Hawkers S(560531)
Operating hours: Daily 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 10pm

So the next time you crave for cafe cuisines but do not wish to spend that much on food, you know where to go!

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