Lau Pa Sat (or “old market” in the Hokkien dialect), this beautifully restored cast iron heritage site was Singapore’s first wet market that dates back over 150 years ago to the time of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
It was subsequently converted into a famous gourmet paradise and has been gazetted as a national monument since 1973.
Today Lau Pa Sat Festival Market is one of Kopitiam’s most well-known outlet offering Singaporeans and even tourists the best of authentic local and international cuisines.
Located in the heart of Singapore’s business district, the festival market houses a delectable array of up to 80 food stalls including retail kiosks and shops selling a range of quaint and interesting bargains.
At night, Boon Tat Street, the side street of Lau Pa Sat, is closed to traffic and transforms into “Satay Street” where satay stalls grill and serve satay in an al fresco setting – the old-fashioned way.
Open 24 hours daily, Lau Pa Sat is the place to be for patrons looking to fill their bellies with good food and to immerse themselves in a market steeped in the history and traditions of old Singapore.