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Where to eat in Singapore's amazing Changi Airport
Photo: Courtesy of Sushi Burrito Singapore
Sushi Burrito Singapore

Singapore's airport has won 500 Best Airport awards, certainly in part owing to the free Wi-Fi, butterfly garden and complimentary massage chairs dotting the terminals. The 160-plus dining options, without a single stale cinnamon bun place in sight, also helps snag all the accolades. A reflection of Singapore itself, the hub offers Chinese, halal and Indian restaurants. There is a new mini hawker center. There is kaya toast if you're leaving early and ice kachang if you're around for dessert. If you have a long enough layover, you can order bar snacks and watch planes land while swimming in a pool. This is the best airport in the world, and here's where to grab its finest food.

Sushi Burrito: A new but growing chain in Singapore, Sushi Burrito is exactly what it sounds like: rice, seafood or chicken wrapped in nori seaweed the size of a burrito. Packed up in its perfect-fit cylindrical to-go box, the meal is easy to tote onto a flight for a midair snack.

Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge West, Level 2, Transit Area
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to midnight 
Tel: +65 6543 6860
Price: $

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Bee Cheng Hiang: If you need a snack or last-minute souvenir, Bee Cheng Hiang sells bakkwa, a popular Singaporean barbecued meat. Pork, chicken and beef are weaved by hand using a bamboo sieve before being cooked for hours over live coals in the shop's secret recipe. If you're feeling more adventurous, it also has meat flosses and dried cuttlefish for sale.

Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge West (Near C Gates)
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to midnight
Tel: +65 6542 3148

Terminal 2, Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2, Transit Area
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. 
Tel: +65 6241 7012

Terminal 2, Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 2, Transit Area
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. 
Tel: +65 6542 6893

Terminal 3, Level 2, Public Area
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
Tel:+65 6242 6595
Price: $$

Peach Garden Noodle House: If you missed a few of the city's must-try dishes during your stay, catch up at Peach Garden Noodle House before you go. Known for its prawn dumpling soup noodles, the Chinese restaurant also serves char siew, fried carrot cake and shaved ice desserts.

Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge Central, Level 3, Transit Area
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. 
Tel: +65 6546 7383
Price: $

Crystal Jade Restaurant: Located outside security, Crystal Jade Restaurant is where you can dine family-style on a Cantonese meal with friends and family before they see you off. With small dim sum dishes like prawn dumplings and barbecue pork buns and full-size roast ducks, there is the right amount of food for however big your crew is.

Terminal 2, Level 3, Public Area
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
Tel: +65 6214 1488
Price: $$

Ippudo Express: An express outlet of the popular global ramen chain, this spot offers a more selective menu , but the options are just as good as the ones at full-service locations. The ramen is an obvious and tasty no-brainer, but the Japanese curry is also delicious.

Terminal 3, Departure Transit Lounge South
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Tel: +65 6241 1591
Price: $

Kaveri Vegetarian Cuisine: Offering both North and South Indian cuisine, here, many diners eat traditionally, using their hands to scoop up their food. The vegetarian spot spans fare from chana masala to dosas to the Singaporean hawker staple of lime juice.

Terminal 2, Level 3, Departure Lounge (Central)
Opening hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Tel: +65 6545 4868
Price: $

Gurney Drive: Named after a famous street in Penang known for its hawker markets, Gurney Drive serves traditional Malaysian hawker staples. Dishes like assam laksa, prawn noodles and char kway teow are as close in taste and price to a Penang hawker market as you could hope for—even at an airport.

Terminal 3, Level 3
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tel: +65 6441 1690
Price: $

Straits Food Village: A newly opened mini hawker center, Straits Food Village has all of the country's staples. Ordering from self-service kiosks in front of the food court, travelers can leave Singapore with one last order of satay, nasi lemak, chicken rice or a couple dozen other dishes.

Terminal 2, Level 3, Departure Lounge (Central)
Opening hours: 24/7
Price: $

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