Beyond the lattes, bubble teas and matcha frappes of today, has our local coffee and tea culture been truly forgotten? Discover the bygone days of our kopis (coffee) and cha (teas) and the role it had in the everyday lives of our early immigrants in this interactive walking food tour. You will never see your kopi c or teh o in the same way again!
- Meeting Point: 12 Nankin Street, Singapore 048878, at Squatters & Squalor statue
- Ending Point: Chinatown Complex (nearest MRT - Chinatown)
- Time: 11:00 - 14:00
- Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays
- English-speaking guide
- Audio-guide system with ear-sets. Please feel free to bring your own.
- Food, coffee and tea tastings
- Michelin recommended Bak Kut Teh Lunch with tea sampling
- Behind the scenes tour of one of Singapore's oldest Tea Merchants
- A visit to a hidden heritage shop
- Traditional tea gift
- Please book this tour at least 2 days in advance.
- Please come on the tour with an empty stomach, as lunch (Bak Kut Teh) will be provided. There will also be food and drink tastings along the way. (Halal vendors are available in the same complex, please advise us in advance so we can arrange)
- Please also inform us in advance if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.
- Please bring your umbrella and your own water bottle!
- Please bring your mobile phone, SafeEntry / TraceTogether App or Token
Terms & Conditions:
- Voucher is valid for the selected date.
- Non-Refundable and no cancellation.
- In the case that the tour does not hit the minimum number required to run the tour (5 pax), you will be notified 24h in advance to reschedule a date.
- The activity is operational in all weather conditions.
Signed up for the tour as I was was restless from being cooped up in Singapore. I expected to coast through a leisurely afternoon with some coffee and tea, but found myself immersed in Patrick's narratives of Singaporean culture and history. A thoughtful curation of food frames the entire tour. Just as the 'Bitter Brews' were used as an occasion to come together and share, it also relates to history, socio-political consciousness, and stories of personal conviction. Nondescript places that would usually evade our attention came to life. Patrick's narratives begins from an unassuming jar in the hands of a bronze statue, and unravels across various spots in Chinatown- a hawker stall serving up delicious broths, the oldest tea merchant in Singapore, a hole in the wall coffee museum, a herbal brew, a provision store selling ground coffee and vintage wares; each with a unique place in our culture and an underlying thread of tenacity and industry. We ended the tour inspired and very much enriched- mind, tummy and soul!
Very high quality tour that fills the belly, mind and soul. If you like food and stories, you will not be disappointed by this tour. Content: Come with an empty stomach and open mind because you will be having bak kut teh for lunch, drinking tea and kopi toast breakfast set while learning how these dishes are tied together in Singapore's colonial days. The tour is thoughtfully planned and memorable as it engages multiple senses across different locations in close proximity from crowded squares to quiet corners in Chinatown. Hear stories of the past, experience the fading present, and muse about the future of food culture in Singapore. Guide: Patrick is professional, passionate and engaging. He is also a fantastic storyteller with his own story to tell. But this tour is about the silent heroes within the Chinatown community. As Patrick accompanies you in your journey to you experience the different layers of food culture throughout the tour, you might realised that Patrick takes on multiple roles. He is a guide, ambassador, researcher, enthusiast, and most of all, a good friend of the community. He is open-minded and sincere to get to know the people who are part of Singapore tradition and also to get to know you as well, if you would indulge him. Experience: I went in expecting food and stories, but what I had was a meal and conversation with Singapore food culture - past, present and future. Perhaps you might find that this tour left a greater impression on you than you expected as I did. No matter your background and how long you have been in Singapore, where or what you eat, you are part of the Singapore food culture. Food is always intertwined with society. Conclusion: The above is my personal review but there is something for everyone here. If you are here for the food, this tour has great local fare. If you are here for the history, you will experience how history is truly recorded and passed down - through experience and storytelling. If you are here to have fun, you will enjoy the 3 hours of (mostly) listening to stories, eating (breakfast, lunch and tea) and (vey little) walking around Chinatown with Patrick as your guide. If you are here to make good use of your SingapoRediscovers vouchers, look no further.
This was a thoroughly great experience! Patrick was a great guide and shared many things about coffee and tea, and the history associated with it. The food and drinks we got to try was delicious, and the pace throughout was leisurely and enjoyable too. Would highly recommend if you're looking to explore Singapore and gain some fresh perspectives!
Enjoyable and informative tour. Learnt abt political and social influence on kopi cha, local food and their suppliers.
Extremely insightful and informative. Patrick the tour guide is highly passionate about the preservation of local culture and history. We are pleasantly surprised with the quality of this tour