7 reasons to visit Chinatown Food Street during CNY

Many people have been telling me to avoid Chinatown during this festive period — but did you know you can soak in its sights and sounds while avoiding the suffocating crowds? Here's a not-so-well-known secret: Head over to Chinatown Food Street (aka Smith Street), just a stone's throw from the MRT station. Over here, the crowds are visibly thinner, making for a more relaxed and pleasant experience. Check out these 7 reasons you should visit Chinatown Food Street during this celebratory period to usher in the Year of the Goat!

1. A chance to spot celebrities

I've always harboured this mindset that celebrities avoid crowded areas at all costs — but they might happen to be there for some filming or even to soak in the sights and sounds of this prosperous season! I thought I struck a pot of gold when I spotted three MediaCorp celebrities within one night along the street.

2. An auspicious area to toss up good fortune (Lo Hei)

Lou Hei is a unique activity of the Chinese — you should always take the opportunity to introduce your foreign friends to this interesting activity to toss up some good fortune. I was there with several new friends — Check out the video below to see how we abandoned our inhibitions and boldly declared "HUAT AH! (Well-wishes for prosperity!)"

3. A confluence of all your favourite local dishes

"What should I eat?" With 24 hawker stalls offering dishes priced between S$2.50 and S$10.00, you will never run out of novel dining ideas here. Chinatown Food Street also offers yusheng at a pretty reasonable rate — S$28 for the smaller version and S$38 for the larger one.

4. Enjoy late-night food gatherings till 2am daily (Until 18 Feb)

Don't know where to head out to after all the shops are closed? From now till 18th February, enjoy a hearty late night supper with your loved ones at Chinatown Food Street. The shops are open daily from 11am to 2am! I had so much fun with my friends that we left the place only around 11.30pm.

5. Get a 20% discount off Trick Eye Museum admission tickets

From 13 February to 3 March, spend at least S$10 in a single receipt at Chinatown Food Street and get a 20% discount off Trick Eye Museum admission tickets. It's really easy to hit the $10 mark when you dine with a +1 or with your family! Do note that the Trick Eye Museum discount vouchers are valid until 31 March 2015.

6. A novel dining experience on the streets of Singapore

We've always had our favourite hawker food in food courts, hawker centres or coffee shops. How does it feel to eat in the middle of a street, with the bustling sounds of electronic firecrackers and a jolly and excitable crowd? I must say I really enjoyed the experience — it really put me in a celebratory mood and fired me up nicely to revel in the festivities!

7. Seating for over 800 people

Chinatown Food Street will be decked out in beautiful festive decorations for CNY — the last time I was there, I even spotted this huge 'alien saucer' flying up and down! It was indeed a sight to behold. You also get to enjoy sparklers and CNY games for the entire family. Oh yes, you don't have to fret about not finding a seat as there are more than 800 seats available for diners. Definitely more than sufficient!

Chinatown Food Street
335 Smith St Singapore 050335

Now till 18 Feb: 11am to 2am
Closed on 19 Feb (Chu Yi)
20 Feb onwards: 11am to 11pm
7 reasons to visit Chinatown Food Street during CNY 7 reasons to visit Chinatown Food Street during CNY Reviewed by Littletinysun on 12:53:00 AM Rating: 5


  1. i'm going there tonight hope not so crowded!

    1. perhaps you might want to go there for supper, since it's open till 2am (till 18 feb)! :)

  2. 800 ppl? wa got so many ah?

    1. Hahaha it's up to 800 seating capacity for Feb! after Feb they might reduce the number of seats