Lau Pa Sat has always been touted as one of the best affordable culinary street-style food experiences you can get in Singapore. Built way back in the 19th century as the Telok Ayer Market, it was considered an architectural gem due it’s distinctive octagon shape and ornamental columns designed by British architect George Coleman (same dude who designed Singapore’s Old Parliament House). Today Lau Pa Sat is now a delightful hawker centre offering a mix of local and international cuisine. Just last June 2014, $4M was poured into renovating it so that it could have better stalls, seats, and ventilation.
In a recent business trip we were able to visit Lau Pa Sat twice to eat late dinner and brunch. Here are some of the photos we took of this awesome must-visit foodie haven:
There are a lot of different cuisines (Filipino, Singapore, Indonesian, Turkish, Chinese, etc) here. We suggest you go around the place first before you settle on which stall you want to order food from. If you want to find the best stalls just observe which ones have the longest lines, hehe.
Also take time to take a look at the architecture. We really love how they revamped and preserved the look of Lau Pa Sat.
If you’re here during the night, best to order the different satay sticks! They make for great pulutan and you can order beer as well. Really a nice and cool place to chill.
For Filipino food there are two famous stalls: Mang Kiko’s Lechon and Lutong Pinoy. We were only able to try Mang Kiko’s Lechon. Next time we’ll definitely try to visit Lutong Pinoy as well!
Lau Pa Sat is commonly known among locals. If you’re taking a taxi just mention it and the driver should know where it is. Here’s the address though for your reference: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582. If ever you’re in Singapore, you DEFINITELY have to visit this place and eat here. Food is affordable and delicious. Well worth the trip!
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