6 Best wet markets in Singapore for the freshest and cheapest produce

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Quick and helpful guide about the Best Wet Market in Singapore!

Ask any Singaporean their go-to place for the freshest produce and meat, and you are sure to get an instant reply, “Wet market, lah!”. So what exactly is a “wet market” and which are the best wet markets in Singapore?

Fret not, we’ve got all these answers and so much more!

But first, a few tips and insider info:

  • There’s a reason why these markets are called “wet markets”. It’s because they really ARE wet! Grocers and store vendors generally clean the floors by splashing pails of water!
  • And because they tend to be wet, it is best to wear covered shoes. Stay away from heels, please!
  • Carry cash with you.
  • Remember, most of the best wet markets in Singapore are closed on Mondays.
  • Go early to grab the best deals and produce. The best time to visit a wet market in Singapore is between 7 am to 10 am, because the wet markets usually close by noon time.
  • Even though they are much cheaper than supermarkets, you can still bargain! Also, a  lot of grocers will give you free additional items (like curry leaves!) if you’re a repeat customer.
  • Feel free to chat with the stallholders. You’ll be surprised by some great tips on choosing fresh produce and even on best ways to cook them!

Meanwhile, here are some of the Best Wet Markets in Singapore:

1.Tekka Wet Market

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located right in the middle of the very vibrant Little India, Tekka Wet Market is the largest wet market in Singapore, with around 300 stalls! And the best part is that it stays open until late afternoon.

Plus this place also has a food court, and shopping areas specializing in authentic Indian clothes and accessories!

We love the wide variety of spices, fresh vegetables, freshly grated coconut, and coconut water!. Plus yummy fruits from many different parts of Asia including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Good variety of seafood, beef, and lamb are available as well (air-flown goat, anyone?)

Notable highlights: Chia’s Vegetable Supply is great for seasonal and imported vegetables. Joe’s Butchery specializes in good quality beef and lamb.

Address: 665 Buffalo Rd, 1F Tekka Centre, Singapore 210665
Opening Hours: 6.30 am – 5 pm (Closed on most Mondays)

2. Chinatown Wet Market

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is your go-to place for all spices and ingredients related to Chinese cooking, and for people on the lookout for exotic stuff like eels, frogs and even turtles!

There’s tons of fresh produce, with most fruits and vegetables coming in from Malaysia. This place is a must-visit during durian season! This market is also popular for its live seafood which includes cockles, lobsters, crabs and tiger prawns.

Notable highlights: Chinatown Herbs (#B1-161) and Anthony The SpiceMaker (#B1-169) are great for authentic Chinese and Asian herbs, spices, and herbal tea. And foodies are gonna love this - the famous Michelin star hawker stall Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle is situated in the same complex!

Address: Chinatown Wet Market, Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335.

Opening hours: Opens daily, 8am-12pm.

3. Tiong Bahru Wet Market

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This wet market is popular even among the expats! In addition to the fresh produce available, this market also boasts specialities including fresh Aussie and New Zealand beef at great prices. Furthermore, if you come early, you might even manage to buy some organic produce. Not to mention, the place is pretty clean, so you can even bring the kids along!

Notable highlights: A wet market selling cheese? Yes, please! You might want to check out some lovely blooms at the flower stall as well.

Address: Tiong Bahru Wet Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898.

Opening hours: Opens daily, 8am-12pm

4. Geylang Serai Wet Market

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Geylang Serai Wet Market is situated in the Malay Heritage District. It is a great place to purchase halal options -definitely no pork here! Think fresh veggies, fruits, poultry and seafood.

This place specializes in ingredients required for Malay, Indonesian and Middle Eastern cooking.

Notable highlights: Check out BB Spices (#01-166) for some interesting spice options. Then head on over to the food stalls and sample some yummy Malaysian delights at Hajjah Mona Nasi Padang (#02-166).

Address: 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001

Opening hours: 6.30am – 12 pm

5. Jurong Fishery Port

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If getting your seafood ‘fresh’ matters to you more than getting 8 hours of sleep, then head straight to Jurong Fishery Port.

An important point to note - you will need to bring along your passport/IC to exchange for an access pass.

However, do remember that this is a seriously “wet” market, so be mindful of your footwear.

And the earlier you can reach, the better because we are talking about 2 am - 4 am here! On the plus side, you can look forward to almost wholesale prices for super fresh catch.

Notable highlights: Check out Song Fish Dealer for rare varieties like black cod and Spanish mackerel. But if you can't make the wee business hours, they also provide delivery services.

Pan’s Fish has a great selection of imported seafood from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Address: Jurong Fishery Port, Fishery Port Road, Singapore 619742

Opening hours: 24 hours daily (except Mondays, from 2 am-6 am)

6. Senoko Fishery Port

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is the second fishery port operated by AVA. Likewise, do not turn up with fancy footwear unless you want them soiled. Plan your trip, go early, and bring along your ID/Passport.

Fresh seafood, galore!

Notable highlights: Grab the freshest catch at great prices! In fact, you can find goods at almost 20 % lower than those in other wet markets!

Address: 31 Attap Valley Road #02-29, Singapore 759908
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 2 am – 6 am

When sourcing the best and freshest meat and produce in Singapore, make it great by visiting the aforementioned markets!

Read also: 4 Best markets in Malaysia for the freshest produce