Wet Markets in Singapore

Singapore is known for its morning markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and of course, fish. Known as "wet markets", find out here what local ingredients are for sale, and where...

Wet markets are a great place to shop for fresh food at excellent prices, although the smells and the melting ice water on the floor can be disconcerting. A wide range of fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, fish, spices or flowers can be bought.

Generally prices are much lower than they are in the supermarkets. While a shopper can barter, it may not be well received by some stallholders as goods are already priced very low.

All wet markets open early to the public; the Senoko Fishing Port Market at Woodlands Avenue opens after midnight at 01:00 (1 am) when the bulk of the customers are stallholders in other wet markets across the island.

Generally there will be less fresh fish and very little pork (all "local" pork comes from Malaysian farms and must be ferried in) on Mondays.

Note: Supermarkets will always have stock of fresh meats and fish as they import from all over the world. Many of the products in supermarkets are imported from Australia and New Zealand.

Most of the fresh food stalls and markets close around midday; none stay open all day.

Tekka Centre (Formerly KK Market)

Situated in the corner of Serangoon and Rochor Road. Stalls sell everything from fresh meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit, dry foods, spices, crackers and even flowers. This market is particularly good for all things Indian. Open daily. There is a food court right next to it and lots of Indian clothes, shoes and accessories on the first floor.

  • At: Block 665, Buffalo Road
    Open: Every morning from 06:30-09:30

Empress Market (Popularly known as Farrer Market)

Smaller than KK Market, it has stalls selling lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and meats as well as dry food stuffs. It is very popular with the expatriate community. Smaller shops around the market sell grocery and household items.

  • At: Block 7, Farrer Road
    Open: Every day until 12:00 (noon)

Holland Village Market

Situated between the shops of Lorong Mambong and the parking lot. Smaller daily market selling fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Renovated in 2006, it now has a small food court as well.

  • Open: Every day until 12:00 (noon)

Chinatown Market

This market offers all the usual fresh foods. There are many other market stalls around as well.

  • At: Block 336, Smith Street
    Open: Every day until 12:00 (noon)

Marine Parade Market

Opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre on the East Coast. Wet market with fresh vegetables, fruit, meats and fish.

  • At: Blk 84 Marine Parade Central
    : Every day until 12:00 (noon)

Tekka Centre

Fresh food market selling fresh produce and meat, poultry and fish.

  • At: Block 665, Buffalo Road
    Open: Every morning from 06:30-09:30

Senoko Fishing Port (Woodlands)

Off the Central Expressway (CTE) towards Woodlands, exit Woodlands Avenue 2, Admiralty Road West this market sells fish only. It supplies traders at other wet markets and is not visited by many individuals.

  • Open: Tuesday to Sunday early mornings from 01:00 onwards; closes well before midday

Toa Payoh Central Market

Right next to the Toa Payoh MRT station, this market sells all the usual fresh produce, meat, poultry and fish.

  • Open: Every day from 06:00 until 12:00 (noon)

Tiong Bahru Market

Tiong Bahru is close to the city centre and a five minute walk from the Tiong Bahru MRT station. It has some of the best hawker stalls in Singapore and is renowned for its bird-singing aviaries. The market is divided into several sections including: meats, vegetables, Chinese groceries, flowers, fruits, cooked food and clothes.

  • At: 30 Seng Poh Road

Bedok South Wet Market

Offers a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and meat.

  • At: 16 Bedok South Road 
    Open: Every day until 12:00 (noon)

Geylang Serai Market

Situated in the Singapore Malay community. This market has two levels, with a wet market selling all sorts of fresh produce on the ground floor, and a food centre on the second floor.

  • At: 1 Geylang Serai, Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre
    Open: Every day from 06:30 until 12.00 (noon)

Ghim Moh Wet Market

One of the most famous wet markets in Singapore, selling fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and meat.

  • At: Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road
    Open: Every day from 06:00 until 12:00 (noon)

Further Information

Find reputable Bazaars, Markets & Fairs through our local events pages.

Picture courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board