Evening Visit to Singapore’s Oldest Food Court


Behind the buildings that stand in the crowded streets Singapore, there is one place that steals the attention. The old impression can be seen from the culinary spot which is very popular among tourists, namely Lau Pa Sat.

Historically, Lau Pa Sat has existed since the 19th century and was designated a national monument in 1973. Lau Pa Sat is also known as Telok Ayer Market.

If the name is interpreted, Lau Pa Sat comes from the Hokian language which means ‘old market’. Formerly Lau Pa Sat served as a fish market specifically catering to early colonial Singapore. Now he is a culinary spot with the nickname of the oldest food court in Singapore.

Lau Pa Sat in SingaporeLau Pa Sat in Singapore Photo: (Syanti/detikcom)

It is very easy to find this place because it is located in Downtown Core, Central Area of ​​Singapore, precisely at 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582. You can come here via MRT (10 minutes walk) or directly by taxi.

Some time ago detikcom visited Lau Pa Sat. If you pay attention, the atmosphere is very far from modern Singapore, you know. Maybe because the architecture is still awake and old style with towering pillars.

The place is not big but there are many shops selling various culinary in it. There are typical foods from Singapore, Turkey, Korea, Vietnam, China and many others complete with drinks. Don’t worry, there are signs that the food is halal or not.

As a culinary spot, this market is crowded at lunchtime and into the evening. But unfortunately detikcom came there at night, exactly at 11 pm and only found a few shops that were open. However, drinks shops such as coffee, beer and some food are still open with a limited menu.

Lau Pa Sat in SingaporeLau Pa Sat in Singapore Photo: (Syanti/detikcom)

Even though it was almost midnight, there were still many young people who came to buy drinks here. Beer and coffee places are also still busy.

In the middle of Lau Pa Sat, you can see a tavern displaying photos of Lau Pa Sat. There are photos showing the bells on the roof, to the night crowds there.

Although this is a culinary spot with a variety of foods, Lau Pa Sat Singapore very clean and neat. Small tables are also neatly arranged in front of the shops.

Lau Pa Sat in SingaporeLau Pa Sat in Singapore Photo: (Syanti/detikcom)

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