Balestier is one of Singapore's most exciting foodie destinations, with cuisines from all parts of the world represented. The old market may be slowly declining, but many of the stalls have been replaced by upscale modern eateries, and Balestier restaurants are among the hottest the Red Dot has to offer. Whether you love Chinese, Thai or European haute cuisine, there will be Balestier restaurants for you. Just take a look on the Quandoo database and pick a new place to try every week.
In the past, this part of town was one of Singapore's commercial hubs, with endless warrens of stalls and shops selling fresh vegetables, spices, clothing and much more. These days, the market has been eclipsed by newer developments, but the dynamism remains, and it's best expressed by the huge range of restaurants in Balestier. What's great about the area is that these Balestier restaurants have slotted into the low rise market district, which has now become a little slice of foodie heaven.
The selection of Balestier restaurants has become so broad that some tourists now choose to follow "food trails" around the area, picking out hot new bars and dining spots (although Quandoo does the job just as well). It's definitely a route worth following if food is your passion, passing from some of the best vegetarian eateries in the Lion City, to bakeries, sandwich bars and European brasseries. So when you book Balestier restaurants, be quick, as plenty of international visitors will be thinking the same thing.
While it's hard to match the bright lights and amenities of Singapore's ultra-modern mega malls, markets like Whampoa and Balestier are still enchanting places to explore. If you are visiting for the first time, they are a must, with their gaggles of hawkers selling gadgets and street food. Stop for a sample of lighter snacks like rojak (a kind of fruit and vegetable salad) or a bowl of tau huey (a sweet tofu pudding) but don't fill up too much – because the perfect way to end an exploration of these traditional markets is by settling down at one of the excellent restaurants in Balestier.