Brimming with endless options, Singaporean cuisine and laksa go hand-in-hand. Read on for Hive Life’s best laksa spots in Singapore.
When thinking of Singaporean dishes, laksa always springs to mind. From the traditionally authentic to the innovatively unique, the Lion City is teeming with all kinds of variations on this iconic spicy coconut noodle soup dish. Here are our top picks for Singapore’s tastiest laksa spots.
With a name consisting of the numbers deemed prosperous for business, Michelin Bib Gourmand venue 328 Katong Laksa serves up bowls of thick, slippery rice vermicelli noodles swimming in dense, flavourful laksa gravy that doesn’t come up short on coconut flavour. Topped with quality ingredients like shrimp, fishcakes and blood cockles (fresh clams), this renowned spot has attracted celebrities from all around the globe, including Hong Kong’s Tony Leung and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. A testament to the tastiness of their take on laksa, founder Lucy Lim and her son Ryan Goh won against renowned chef Gordon Ramsay in making the better laksa bowl.
Insider’s Tip: Customers often order a slice of otah (a spicy fish cake grilled in banana leaves) on the side.
Address: 1 Lorong Mambong | #01-15, Singapore 277700, Singapore
Open From: Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm
Sungei Road Laksa is a classic, no-frills restaurant serving up delightfully cheap, old-school bowls. Ranked seventh on Tripadvisor’s ‘Quick Bites’ in Singapore, customers here slurp on light, flavourful coconut milk-infused broth and feast on oodles of bee hoon (rice vermicelli.) Watch your meal in the making as the staff scoop generous amounts of velvety broth from a charcoal-fueled burner, arguably one of the last few stalls in Singapore that still use the traditional cooking methods once seen everywhere.
Insider’s Tip: Laksa bowls here are served in the traditional Katong style – only a spoon is provided with no chopsticks.
Address: 27 Jalan Berseh Kelantan Court | #01-100 Gourmet St., Singapore 200027, Singapore
Open From: Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun: 9am-6pm
Bringing together the best of both worlds, Michelin-featured San Laksa Steamboat combines the traditional hotpot experience with high-quality, authentic, and mildly spicy laksa broth. With a wide variety of fresh ingredients, customise your steamboat (hotpot) with your favourite toppings and enjoy a fulfilling and wholesome meal with friends and family. For those who have an affinity for all things spicy, feel free to ask the friendly staff for additional chilli to go with your order.
Insider’s Tip: Can’t decide on a single broth flavour? Customers at San Laksa Steamboat have the option of sampling two flavours with a pot that has a divider in the middle.
Address: 404 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098840, Singapore
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-11pm
Onto something more on the fancy side, Violet Oon Singapore offers up a unique version of the nationally beloved dish with their take: dry laksa. In this elegantly decorated space with black and white tiled flooring, large mirrors and hanging lamps, diners eagerly devour fresh rice noodles doused in scrumptious laksa gravy topped with all the traditional ingredients one would expect in the original, soup-based dish (think plump prawns, fish cakes and bean sprouts).
Insider’s Tip: The venue offers a high tea set every day from 3 pm to 5 pm where customers can get the famed dry laksa dish with their choice of hand-blended coffee or tea for SGD 72.
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, #02–01 National Gallery, Singapore 178957 (visit their website for more locations!)
Open From: Mon-Sun: 12pm-2:30pm, 3pm-5pm (last order 4:30pm), 6pm-10:30pm (last order 9:30pm)
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Situated in the heart of Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, three-time Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa serves up bowls that are rich in both flavour and history. Reminiscent of the laksa sold by food vendors Sungei Road more than 50 years ago, the broth served at this spot contains less coconut milk than those of typical stalls, leaving an intense final product with dried scallops, dried oysters and fresh prawns. Topped off with exceptionally friendly service, the laksa bowls here are masterpieces derived from years of experience.
Insider’s Tip: Mee siam, a thin rice vermicelli dish laced with fruit juice and topped with beansprouts, fried beancurd puff, egg and chicken, is another speciality dish here that’s well worth trying.
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street #2-66 Hong Lim Complex | Hong Lim Market & Food Ctr, Singapore 051531, Singapore
Open From: Tue-Sun: 11:30am-4pm
Situated in the northern part of the Lion City, 928 Yishun Laksa is the spot to go to for cheap and tasty homemade laksa bowls. This family-owned stall has been in business for over two decades and has won the hearts of many locals with their less greasy, lighter-in-flavour gravy with shrimp-heavy chilli paste that packs a punch. Topped with a delightful assortment of crabsticks, boiled egg, beancurd puffs, bean sprouts and fish cake, the concoction is made fresh every day with only the highest quality ingredients.
Insider’s Tip: Customers can opt for fresh cockles (saltwater clams) for an additional SGD 1.
Address: 928 Yishun Central 1 | #01-155, Singapore 760928, Singapore
Open From: Mon-Sat: 8:30am-7pm