Unique Eats at Hawker Centres and Kopitiams - Otto Berlin Haus and Saigon Food Street
L-R: Otto Berlin Haus, Saigon Food Street. Sources: Instagram / @jrng91, @dvadventure_

Singaporeans find comfort in the familiarity of hawker and kopitiam foods – fishball noodles, chicken rice, nasi lemak, roti prata, and so on. But sometimes, your nearest local eateries can be full of surprises! Here are 6 unique eats that push the envelope on what Singapore hawker and kopitiam food can encompass.

1: Mamacitas Costa Rican Cuisine

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In a sea of Asian cuisines, one stall at Lau Pa Sat stands out like no other – and that’s Mamacitas! Owner and chef Cindy Castro Vega whips up delicious Costa Rican delights that’s sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Go for a hearty chalupa (fried tortilla bowl with salad, meat, salsa, and cheese), or Cindy’s signature arroz con mariscos (fried rice with seafood).

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Visit Mamacitas:
18 Raffles Quay
Stall 6, Telok Ayer Festival Market (Lau Pa Sat)
Singapore 048582

Operating hours:
Daily 11:30am – 9:00pm

Phone – 90619962

Facebook – Mamacitas

2: Otto Berlin Haus

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Best known for their German pork knuckles, Otto Berlin Haus serves up a variety of German and western delights, such as bratwursts, rosti, pastas, and beef stew. The food comes in generous portions, which is fantastic for sharing! They also offer a selection of craft beers and ciders to complete your meal with.

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Visit Otto Berlin Haus:
Blk 211 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh
#01-01 Epic Haus
Singapore 310211

Operating hours:
Daily 11:45am – 10:30pm

Phone – 98902251

Instagram – @Otto_Berlin_Haus
Facebook – Otto Berlin Haus

3: Green Bites Salad

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Looking for a healthy fix? You’re likely to skip the hawker centre, unless you’re in the vicinity of Hong Lim Complex or Bukit Merah Central. At Green Bites Salad, you can build your very own salad from a wide range of fresh greens, toppings, and dressings. Have fun customising your lunch, and get one step closer to your New Year’s Resolution of eating healthier!

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Visit Green Bites Salad:
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street
#02-07 Hong Lim Hawker Centre, Hong Lim Complex
Singapore 051531

Blk 163 Bukit Merah Central
#02-52 Bukit Merah Hawker Centre
Singapore 150163

Operating hours:
Weekdays 10:30am – 3:00pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays

Phone – 97672279 (Hong Lim) / 81329995 (Bukit Merah)

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Website – greenbitessalad.com.sg/

4: Burgs by Project Warung

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Who says you can’t have good burgers at a hawker centre? Burgs by Project Warung serves up a wide variety of quality gourmet burgers that look straight out of a posh bistro’s menu, at half the price! Folks line up for their juicy beef brisket burgers and crispy fried chicken wings.

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Visit Burgs by Project Warung:
505 Beach Road
B1-24 Golden Mile Food Centre
Singapore 199583

Operating hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:45am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Closed on Mondays

Email – enquire@projectwarung.com
Phone – 91544038

Instagram – @ProjectWarung
Facebook – Project Warung
Website – www.projectwarung.com/

5: Black and Gold Coffee Stop

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Artisanal coffee lovers, there’s now another great option for you – the hawker centre! Black and Gold Coffee Stop brings artisanal coffees and floral teas to Hong Lim Hawker Centre. Choose from their range of flavoured caffe lattes, or complement your hawker meal with refreshing cold brew tea!

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Visit Black and Gold Coffee Stop:
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street
#02-41 Hong Lim Hawker Centre, Hong Lim Complex
Singapore 051531

Operating hours:
Weekdays 7:30am – 4:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am – 4:00pm
Closed on Sundays

Email – blackandgoldcoffeestop@gmail.com
Phone – 96889440

Instagram – @BlackAndGoldCoffeeStop
Facebook – Black and Gold Coffee Stop

6: Saigon Food Street Vietnamese Cuisine

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You don’t have to pack up and fly to Vietnam to satisfy your pho craving – though you might have to walk a little from Pending LRT Station! Saigon Food Street provides yummy, authentic Vietnamese food at a very affordable price – their beef pho is only $2.50! They even have bahn xeo, a savoury pork- and veg-filled pancake, which is quite hard to find in Singapore.

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Visit Saigon Food Street:
259 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd
#01-17 Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market
Singapore 671259

Operating hours:
Daily 8:30am – 9:00pm

Unique Eats in Our Diverse Hawker Scene

Having been to so many hawker centres in our daily lives, we may have expectations of what we can find in these hyper-local eating places. But these 6 stalls turn those expectations on their heads, and bring lots of unique tastes to the diverse hawker scene.

At the end of the day, you know what food belongs in the hawker centre? Delicious food, of course.

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