Newton Food Centre, also widely known in Singapore as Newton Circus, is perpetually packed with locals and tourists alike. Besides the excellent seafood, succulent satay and pulsating atmosphere, this is also a great place to people-watch.
It is common in Singapore to quickly snag a table for your group before taking turns to order dishes. Be the first to order and sneak a peek at what others have ordered while on your way to your stall of choice, or volunteer to be the last (if your stomach can take it) so you can observe the crowds of people that arrive.
Keep an eye out for the busy lunch crowds, happy family gatherings, and inebriated youngsters starving for some post-clubbing grub. It’s also common to see vendors touting all kinds of food, so walk right on by without making eye contact if you don’t want to be accosted. When you’re here, do order the famous chilli crab and barbecued seafood, and sample a veritable slew of other local delicacies.