So-called because grocers and store vendors clean the floors by splashing pails of water, wet markets in Singapore are a daily destination for grocery shopping for many Singaporeans.
Why? They’re much cheaper than supermarkets, and you still get to bargain. Make your next grocery trip to these wet markets!
The largest wet market in Singapore with almost 300 stalls, Tekka Market (take a virtual tour here!) offers both fresh produce and dry goods for all your grocery needs no matter how exotic – even pig intestines or shark fins.
Unlike most of the others, Tekka Market opens till late afternoon. But we reckon it’s still best to go early to snag the freshest produce!
Level 1 Tekka Centre, 665 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 210665
TIP: Be sure you’re armed with sufficient cash (preferably in smaller denominations), as hawkers there only trade in cash.
NEXT: Chinatown Complex Wet Market →
This wet market stands out not only for its array of Chinese spices and ingredients – you’d expect no less for a wet market in the heart of the cultural hub that is Chinatown – but also for its vast selection of seafood, from live crabs and lobsters to eels and more.
In fact, every now and then you’ll find an intriguing catch that will bowl over even the most seasoned of market-goers.
335 Smith St, Singapore 050335
TIP: Don’t be afraid to experiment – there’ll be tons of Eastern produce and ingredients that even locals might be unfamiliar with. Stray out of your comfort zone and who knows what magic you’ll be able to make in the kitchen.
NEXT: Tiong Bahru Wet Market →
Tiong Bahru is not just home to hipster cafes and concept shops (check out our best finds here), but also a bustling wet market popular even among expats.
The Western fresh produce in particular, such as Australian and New Zealand beef, are easily half the price of those you’ll find in your regular supermarket.
30 Seng Poh Rd, Singapore 168898
TIP: For the uninitiated, take note of how much the seasoned market-goers are paying for their groceries to get a sense of how much you should be paying so you don’t end up being overcharged.
NEXT: Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre →
The Pasir Panjong Wholesale Centre is the main distribution point for imported fruits and vegetables in Singapore.
Don’t be intimidated by big retailers loading entire crates of vegetables onto their lorries, you can also get your everyday groceries in smaller quantities there.
1 Wholesale Centre, Singapore 110001
TIP: Don’t be put off by the rawness of the place, nor the jostle, which can get intense especially when these cramped markets get busy. Get in there!
NEXT: Geylang Serai Wet Market →
Housed in a traditional Malay kampong hub, The Geylang Serai Wet Market exudes an old-world Singapore charm even after its recent refreshing overhaul.
For obvious reasons, you won’t find pork here, but this is the place to go for Malay and Middle-Eastern ingredients and spices such as tapioca, cardamom, and more. While you’re at it, get the owners of the spice stalls to share their amazing curry recipes.
1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001
TIP: Bargain, bargain, bargain!
NEXT: Senoko Fishery Port →
No stranger to seafood merchants and restaurants, you’ll have to forgo a night of sleep to be here before the crack of dawn – the market opens at 2am and closes at 6am – but it’ll be worth it for the freshest seafood at bargain prices.
Unsurprisingly, be prepared to brave the strong briny smell of the sea, but that’s how you know it’s the real deal.
31 Attap Valley Rd, Singapore 759908
TIP: Buying seafood? Whole fish shrink less than fillets when cooking, which gives you better value for money.
NEXT: Whampoa Wet Market →
Whampoa Wet Market is a one-stop spot for all your vegetables, meat, and seafood – nothing particularly exotic, but they’ve got your everyday dinner ingredients covered.
Our favourite thing about the market: the hawker centre right beside it with some of the best local food, from Fried Hokkien noodles to Rojak (Singaporean fruit and vegetable salad).
92 Whampoa Dr, Singapore 320092
TIP: Most wet markets open before the crack of dawn and close around noon, but go as early as you can when the fresh produce is as its best.
NEXT: Tekka Centre Wet Market →
By Pinky Chng, last updated January 2018
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