Lau Pa Sat Festive Market

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Singapore’s most aesthetic hawker centre
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3.5
Originally a wet market and recently renovated in 2014, Lau Pa Sat is arguably the most iconic market and food centre in Singapore. Located right in the heart of the bustling CBD, the open air food court offers 54 different food stalls and a seating capacity of up to 2500.

The open-air food court - which features 54 food stalls and a seating capacity of up to 2500 - is located in the heart of the bustling CBD, making it a favourite for the office warriors.

The open-air food court is located in the heart of the bustling CBD - making it a favourite for the office warriors.

A historical site and national monument aside, what differentiates Lau Pa Sat from other popular hawker like it’s neighbour Maxwell Road is that they offer quite a huge variety, with Vietnamese, Turkish, Filipino and authentic Indian cuisines just to name a few. Being in the financial heart of Singapore, its close proximity to so many corporations and offices mean that throngs of white collar workers and tourists alike visit the food centre everyday, especially during the lunch rush hour.
While it is not air conditioned, the arrangement within the food centre is spacious and airy enough such that I didn’t really break a sweat eating my naan set meal in a blisteringly hot afternoon. Even if you are not hungry, it can still be worth a visit just to walk around and appreciate its architecture. The touting from the satay stalls can get annoying, but all in all, Lau Pa Sat remains one of the best places in CBD to get an affordable hawker experience.

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(Updated: February 16, 2014)
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I caught sight of Lau Pa Sat festive market rather frequently whenever our car speeds towards the Central Business District area. It was teeming with human beings on such a regular basis, regardless of the time, even on weekdays. I was curious as to what mysterious concoctions were sold there hence I prowled into that vicinity with a growling stomach after a trip to a nearby gym.
I discovered the key to why this particular market magnetized many. The food variety there was tremendously impressive. It was certainly a venue that thrives due to it's veritable smorgasbord.

Unfortunately, apart from the wide array of food palettes offered and it’s strategic location, there didn’t’ seem to be anything else that caught my eye. The food tasted ordinary. They were neither bland nor spectacular. I didn’t feel like dashing towards the stalls to interrogate for any secret recipes of those food after tasting them.

Additionally, the ambiance there was like an echo of the Lagoon at East Coast Park.

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White and Clean
(Updated: March 12, 2014)
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
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3.5
I went there once because I was nearby doing a shoot for a competition. I think it is an advantage for the hawker centre to be plastered right in the middle of the central business district as it is easy for people to locate it.

I find most of the food so-so but what really brightened my day was the satay. Perhaps because I am all along a huge satay fan and having to taste such nice satay made me so happy.

On top of that, I seldom see hawker centres or any public eateries as huge as this, to have the entire building painted white. It must have been quite a hassle for them to clean the place frequently but it is also a good practice as it helps to uplift the good name of what people see Singapore as- a clean and green city.

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Great food in a heritage setting - a fulfilling experience
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
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4.0
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4.0
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3.5
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4.0
My earliest memory of the Lau Pa Sat Festival Market was of bright neon lights, throngs of people and standing up on my seat just so I could reach the round table that my family was gathered around that was almost overflowing with local food of all forms and flavours. For some reason, the colourful sights and sounds of the place had thrilled me so much that though I did not have the chance to revisit the place till I was much older, it was a place I had always dreamt of going back to again.

My chance to revisit the festival market came while I was doing an internship just a stone's throw away from the market. Returning to the market as a young adult definitely proved a far different experience for me - apart from being more conscious of the general food prices (which I found to be a little higher than at typical markets) and the wide variety of local and international fare offered, I had also for the first time become aware of the colonial architecture of the place, which gave it a somewhat homely heritage feel that set it apart from other markets I had been to.

A popular favourite of mine at the market had to be the satay that was offered in the evenings, which was always especially succulent and flavourful, and being able to enjoy it in the company of friends after work definitely made it all the more satisfying. The flat noodles (ban mian) from the Qiu Lian Ban Mian stall was another routine favourite that I would order in the few times I stopped by for a quick lunch. The ban mian had an unusually smooth texture, and coupled with the lightly flavoured soup and generous portions of sliced fish, it certainly made for a most hearty meal.

Though I frequented the market a lot less after my internship ended, I always fondly remembered my times spent dining there with friends. Prices aside, the festival market is certainly a wonderful place to explore for its diverse range of food and refreshingly unique environment.
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