Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, Singapore

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Lau Pa Sat Festival Market is a famous tourist destination in Singapore. Don’t be disappointed when you reach there and found out that it’s actually just an eating place.

It’s not an ordinary eating place though.

Lau Pa Sat which means an Old Market in Hokkien (one of Chinese dialect) – also known as Telok Ayer Market has a long history dated back in 1820s when the place was first used as a fish market set at the beach side.

History told us that the fish market was re-built on the land-reclaimed Telok Ayer Basin with an octagonal shape in a Victorian style in the late of 18th century.

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, Singapore

Since then, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market stays there untouched even by the war in 1940’s up to today witnessing the growth of the city and the lives of the people in Singapore.

Lau Pa Sat today is a lively place as it was in the past with local tunes and performances. It’s now a place for a yearly event such as Food Festival, etc.

Nowadays, older Singaporean will go there for the sake of old good days and to revive their memories while younger Singaporean and visitors will go to this market for good foods in days and nights.

At night, the street beside Lau Pa Sat turned to a Satay Street. You’ll see satay stalls lined up there serving delicious charcoal grilled meat in the stick. It’s open from 7.00pm to 3.00am in weekdays and 3.00pm to 3.00am during the weekends and public holidays.

Basically for those who have midnight crave, the Festival Market is the best choice. Beside of the satay, most of the stalls here open till 4.00am.

For those who are not sure about the foods at Lau Pa Sat, you can try these:

  • Bao Luo Wan Xiang Street – 24 hours Hong Kong Dim Sum
    They have dim sum of course, roasted dishes, congee, snacks, and assortment of Chinese and Herbal Tea.
  • Local favorites and International cuisine at St 6 & 7
    Visit Qiu Lian Ban Mian (Pioner of Ban Mian), Song Kee Noodle House, Lakeview Lai Heng Char Kway Teow, Taiwanese cuisine, Dosa Deli Indian Vegetarian Cuisine, Manna Restaurant for Korean cuisine, Genki Bento for Japanese cuisine, etc.
  • Traditional old times favorite drinks
    Try homemade soya bean, grass jelly, freshly-crushed sugar cane, and the colorful Ice Ball.