Have you ever been to a hawker center, a wet market, a palengke, or anything that you call a local market? Probably yes if you go with your parents to buy vegetables, fruits, fish or poultry or with your friends to just eat out on a Friday night. In Singapore, local markets are called Wet markets and the Hawker Centres.

Is there any difference between the two?

The term "hawker center" refers to an open-air complex that has several different booths selling a broad range of foods at reasonable prices. They are almost always found in a handy location in the middle of residential areas, and they are often next to wet markets. Hawker centers are a distinctive feature of Singapore culture and lifestyle. Additionally, it is a vital location for social interaction and the formation of communal bonds.

In contrast, the word "wet" may relate to the concept that these markets sell perishable goods, or it may pertain to the water that is being splattered about in the area. It is a shop that sells fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs, and it is often located in an open-air environment in order to give customers the freshest food available.

In Singapore and most Asian countries, there are many wet markets and Hawker Centres. You may be confused with the term each country is using for these kinds of places but for reference, you may use the terms when you’re in Singapore.

If you plan to visit the places soon or in the future, use this article as a reference for the activities you may do or the “cool” stuff you may find for your next visit.

  • Immense Singapore culture

  • If you are interested in learning more about Singaporeans and the way they live, Tekka Market is an excellent location to visit. When you enter this lively and colorful wet market, you will hear a murmur of voices in a variety of languages, ranging from English to Hokkien, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil. This market is a mecca for tourists and locals alike. As a result of the fact that each of the several ethnic groups in Singapore still maintains its own distinctive way of life in relation to its culinary traditions, this market is an excellent location from which to watch and get insight into Singaporean culture.

  • One-Stop Place

  • Tekka Market is considered a one-stop destination since it is located inside Tekka Centre, which is home to a wet market, a food court, and a retail area. This allows customers to purchase groceries, enjoy delicious cuisines, and shop without having to go from place to place.

  • Busting Fruits and Vegetables

  • This wet market is home to an impressively extensive collection of fresh products from Asian countries. Pineapples, bananas, mangoes, jackfruits, rambutans, guavas, starfruit, longans, mangosteens, and durians are just some of the tropical fruits that may be found in large quantities in this region.

  • You want it? You got it.

  • Tekka Market is the biggest wet market in Singapore, with a total of 284 booths. It sells fresh fruit and dry items for all types of requirements, including shark fins, which are uncommon to find in a wet market.

  • Stop and eat.

  • When you are visiting Tekka Centre, the large food court that is on the same level as the wet market is a nice spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or beverages. It is located in the center of the building. You may find the normal assortment of Chinese, Western, Indian, and Muslim food booths there, just as you would in any other hawker center in Singapore. If you aren't sure which stands to sell delicious food, choose a line with a lot of people waiting to join it. In Singapore, a good indicator of wonderful cuisine is often a line that stretches for quite some distance.

    In visiting wet markets and hawker centers, make sure you’re wearing your most comfortable clothes and shoes as exploring this place requires a lot and a lot of walking. Enjoy your visit and immense yourself in the culture of Singapore.


    1. Hawker centres | Infopedia (nlb.gov.sg)
    2. https://www.thebestsingapore.com/best-place/tekka-wet-market/