Grocery shopping can be cheaper if you venture to the wet markets and wholesalers. We share a list of great places to buy seafood, meat and vegetables, especially when you are throwing a big party on a small budget.
Tekka Wet Market
Explore Tekka, Singapore’s most culturally-rich market, which is located at the vibrant Little India district. Known for having the longest operating hours, you can find a wide variety of fresh produce and dried goods all in one place.
Some exclusive ingredients (that are not readily available at other markets) such as Shark’s Fin can also be found here.
Tip: Tekka Wet Market offers chicken, beef and fish at better prices. This is also the best place to stock up on different spices, especially those needed for Indian dishes.
Tekka Wet Market is at 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665. Operating hours: 6.30am to 5.30pm daily.
Victoria Wholesale Centre
Stock up on a broad range of dried food products such as ikan bilis, dried scallops, dried shrimps, dried cuttlefish, dried sea cucumber, red dates, dried plums, fish maw, duck web, bird’s nest and more.
Expect most items to be pre-packed, but you may also buy some ingredients in a desired amount, and by weight.
Other than dried goods, you can also conveniently find party supplies such as plastic utensils, plates and bowls for sale. Check out the list of retailers here.
Victoria Wholesale Centre is at 101 Kallang Avenue, Singapore 339508. Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 6pm.
Geylang Serai Wet Market
It offers a wide selection of fresh produce, live seafood, fresh vegetables, seasonal and exotic fruit, fresh meat, tofu, noodles, spices, dried goods and eggs.
Bonus tip: Don’t be shy; ask the spice stall owners for secret recipes on how to cook the best curry with different spices!
Feeling peckish? Head to its food centre for some authentic Malay dishes like beef rendang.
Geylang Serai Wet Market is at 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001. Operating hours: 6.30am to 12 noon daily.
Tiong Bahru Wet Market
Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre
Located just off the West Coast Highway viaduct, many hawkers get their supplies in bulk here.
If you happen to drop by, don’t let the sprawling size intimidate you. Look out for the sign “Auction Hall”.
And remember that you can always buy in smaller quantities, but of course, prices get better when you buy in bulk.
Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre is at 1 Wholesale Centre. Operating hours: 24 hours daily, but it’s most crowded from 12am to 6am.
Senoko Fishery Port
Senoko Fishery Port is Singapore’s very own version of Tsukiji Fish Market. The port comes to life at wee hours in the morning when everyone else is in deep slumber.
It houses over 3,000 local wholesalers, so there are plenty of options for enthusiastic customers who come to seek the freshest seafood from fishermen themselves.
Squid, mackerel, crabs, snappers, pomfret and more — you can probably find everything you want at this wholesale market.
Most importantly, the prices are relatively cheaper than those at heartland wet markets. Definitely worth a visit!
Senoko Fishery Port is at 31 Attap Valley Road, Singapore 759908. Operating hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 2am to 6am.
Toa Payoh Vegetable Wholesale Night Market
At the Toa Payoh Vegetable Wholesale Market which extends about 120m along Toa Payoh East, most vegetables are displayed haphazardly and openly either in boxes and baskets on the roadside or even directly on the road.
Expect to score fresh vegetables such as kailan, cauliflower and lady’s fingers at affordable prices (about 20 per cent cheaper than the supermarkets).
Depending on the season, you may even find special items such as Shimeji mushrooms.
Address: Toa Payoh East, outside Pei Chun Public School. Operating hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 11pm to 6.30am.
Sashimi enthusiasts, check out Fassler Gourmet, aka salmon heaven, where you can buy fresh cuts of salmon fish at reduced prices. They also have other quality seafood, soups and sauces, and more. Perfect if you’re planning a seafood party with your friends!
Two tips: Cover up as it can get cold at Fassler Gourmet, which is situated at Woodlands Terrace. Do also bring along your own cooler box or bag so that you can keep your seafood purchases fresh.
Address: 46 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738459, tel: 6257 5257. Operating hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Fridays, 8am to 7pm. Saturdays, 8am to 3pm.