Chinatown Singapore

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Walk with ChaMike at Chinatown Singapore.

For souvenir shopping, sightseeing and hawker eating, Chinatown maybe your best option in Singapore. 

Chinatown is a colorful ethnic neighborhood in Singapore where a strong Chinese heritage is evident. I've visited this place before so I knew that there are a lot of souvenir items that we can buy.

How to go to Chinatown
Chinatown MRT (Purple Line)

View from MRT Station

The moment we stepped out of the MRT we were greeted by a bustling street of colorful heritage buildings and hanging chinese lanterns full of people walking around.

Colorful buildings and windows

Hanging Chinese Lanterns

Souvenir Shopping
There are tons of items to buy in Chinatown, mostly Singapore merchandise items you can take home as a souvenir. This is a great venue for pasalubong shopping. Numerous items and varieties are in store here like ref magnets, keychains, shot glass, mugs, pens, shirts and the list goes on and on.

Souvenir Shopping

Ref Magnets
S$1 items

Wacky laws pens

SG Shirts

Asian trinkets

For us, we bought a variety of Merlion chocolates which you can buy in different sizes and flavors, it's a perfect item you can give to your friends and loved ones.


Sri Mariamman Temple
Upon walking further we passed by this colorful Hindu Temple called Sri Mariamman Temple. It dates back to 1827 and considered as the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

Address: 244 South Bridge Road Singapore
Opening Hours: 7am-12pm | 6pm- 9pm

Sri Mariamman Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
If the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple is the oldest one, this Buddhist temple is a new addition in Chinatown. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was built just recently the year 2007. A museum can also be found on the third floor where sacred Buddhist artifacts and relics can be seen.

Address: 288 South Bridge Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: 7am-7pm

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Maxwell Food Centre
The very famous hawker center in Singapore is located in Chinatown too. We had a hard time looking for it, we thought Maxwell was just near Chinatown MRT but we were so wrong, we had to walk a few meters for about 15 minutes before we found this. But Maxwell Food Centre was all worth it.

Maxwell Food Centre

Maxwell Food Centre is a hawker type eatery where you can find numerous food stalls to choose from. When we came here we immediately knew what to look for - Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Numerous food stalls can be found

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is probably the best hawker stall that serves Singapore's famous Hainanese Chicken Rice. Hainanese Chicken Rice is considered a national dish of Singapore where chicken pieces are served with fragrant rice, spicy chili and ginger paste. The very first time I tried it was during my first visit in Singapore somewhere along the street of my hotel. It was surprisingly good and cost really cheap S$3.50 (P115) so for this visit I wanted to try it with Mike in this popular place

Address: Stall 10-11 Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore
Opening Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays (Closed on Mondays) | 11am-8pm (or until supplies last, whichever comes first)

long queue at the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice has been getting excellent reviews from foodies both local and foreign. It got even more famous when Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay expressed their fascination over this humble hawker stall.

Self Service 

Whole | S$24 (P787)
Half | S$12 (P394)
Drumstick | S$3.5 (P115)
Wing | S$1.6 (P53)
Spare Parts | S$3 (P99)
Chicken Rice | S$3.5 (P115)
Chicken Drumstick Rice | S$4.20
Rice | S$.70 (P23)

We settled for a half order of chicken and 2 orders of rice since I prefer thigh part while Mike loves the breast part.

Chicken! Chicken!

Indeed this dish was just so amazing. The chicken was very much tender and the sauce was flavored with the right amount of ingredients. The cilantro made this dish even more delicious. And the rice, oh the fragrant rice! It was just so fluffy and tasty.

Our orders



Near the Tian Tian Chicken Rice stall we ordered fresh juices, Mike ordered fruit juice while I tried the sugarcane juice.

Mike ordering his fresh juice

My sugarcane juice
From here the nearest MRT would be Tanjong Pagar so you won't have to take the same route going to Chinatown MRT.

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