Walking into the newly opened Margaret Market in Queenstown, it is hard not to feel a wave of excitement.

This new lifestyle destination attempts to meld the old and new – a revamped space to retain the spirit of its former self, the Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market & Food Centre, while offering a fresh, modern take.

The first thing you notice is the architectural conservation effort.

This heritage building is preserved while incorporating elements of contemporary design.

This juxtaposition of the old and new is not just in its physical structure but in the ethos of the market itself.

What used to be a traditional wet market is now a vibrant community hub, supporting local brands, home bakers, cooks and first-time vendors.

The food selection is diverse. From Urban Folks’ delectable Australian-inspired Jaffles and DIY acai bowls; The Homme Baker which sells artisanal cakes; and swanky bistro bar Margie, serving local tacos that caters to the evening crowd.

For those with a more traditional palate, Ya Kun Kaya Toast offers a comforting taste of home.

The inclusion of vendors like Cu.Ra.Te, a fresh fruit and vegetable supplier specialising in seasonal produce, is also notable. Not only does it add to the variety of the market, but it also makes healthy, fresh produce readily available to visitors.

Bowen’s Café
38 Margaret Drive, Margaret Market 01-04, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm, 4:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Bowen’s Cafe offers the good-old Western food, with menu split evenly between Pasta and Main Course.

For the Italian side, expect various types of spaghetti dishes and risotto dishes. On the main course side, grilled meat and fish round up what they have to offer.

Bowen’s Classic Signature Tagliatelle Bolognese ($14.80) was actually not too bad.

Although the minced beef, red wine tomato sauce combination is homely and may invoke not-so-great experiences with pasta, the rendition here used tagliatelle which held the sauce really well.

For the main courses, Pork Chop ($11.90) and Chicken Chop ($11.90) are served with mesclun salad and straight cut fries.

Read more at: Bowen’s Cafe (Margaret Drive)

Urban Folks
38 Margaret Drive, Margaret Market 01-07, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)

Urban Folks is one of the cafes there, which does Toasties, Acai, and Coffee, as proudly displayed on its signboard.

Jaffles are the hottest thing on the menu, also commonly known as toasted sandwiches, are a popular snack or meal in Australia.

They are essentially two pieces of toast, stuffed with savoury or sweet fillings, and the sides sealed shut in a special sandwich press known as a Jaffle iron.

They offer choices such as the Eggsquisite ($9.80) which packs Asian chilli eggs, chicken spam, and cheese into the toast. Think a ham & cheese, but spruced up with different complexities.

Read more at: Urban Folks (Margaret Drive)

The Homme Baker
38 Margaret Drive, Margaret Market 01-08, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Another cafe at Margaret Market, this patisserie is known for its T&J Collection which is inspired by the Tom and Jerry cartoon.

Each piece of a T&J cake ($8.80 onwards) looks exactly like a pop art Swiss cheese, complete with the recognisable holes and comically triangular shape.

There are six flavours: T&J Ondeh, T&J Cheesecake Original, T&J Dark Chocolate Banoffee, T&J Strawberry Shortcake, T&J Raspberry Panna Cotta, and T&J Yuzu.

Read more at: The Homme Baker (Margaret Drive)

WaWa Lala Bee Hoon – Margaret Drive
38 Margaret Drive, Margaret Market 01-02/03, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

WaWa Lala Bee Hoon specialises in dishes featuring “lala” clams.

The Asari clams used at WaWa Lala Bee Hoon are harvested daily from the coast of West Malacca and Perak, ensuring their natural sweetness and sea salt flavour.

The menu at WaWa Lala Bee Hoon offers a variety of local meets Western dishes, such as Clam Noodles with Chinese Wine ($8.90), Fresh Cockles Marinated in Wawa Special Sauce ($12.90), Fresh Clams in Signature Homemade Garlic Butter Sauce ($8.90), to Spaghetti Vongole ($10.90).

Read more at: WaWa Lala Bee Hoon (Margaret Drive)

Margie at Margaret Market has a menu centered around local tacos and sides.

Its charm lies in the reinterpretation of local ingredients to create tacos. Margie’s clever culinary twists cater to a diverse audience, drawing in the evening crowd looking for something exciting yet familiar on their plate.

The casual ambiance makes it an inviting spot to unwind and enjoy the local flavours – whether you are seeking a laid-back dinner or a late-night snack.

Margaret Market

The 鸡汤饭 shop at Margaret Market specialises in noodle dishes and hearty soups, with menu that offers an array of comfort foods.

The Matsutake Mushroom Chicken Soup ($8.80) can be enjoyed with rice, noodles, or vermicelli and brings forth an earthy profile that is nourishing. However, I do think the soup base was on the bland side and could be much more flavourful.

For those who prefer a tangy zest, there are the Tomato Beef Brisket and Sour Cabbage Pig’s Trotters sets.

Creamier
38 Margaret Drive, Margaret Market 01-05A, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Creamier is quite a well-known independent ice cream and coffee lifestyle café, and has opened a primarily takeaway-shop at Margaret Market.

Creamier’s ice cream is made fresh daily in small batches in their on-site kitchen.

The textures are known to be velvety smooth, creamy, and satisfying, with a balance of flavours that dance on your palate.

The best-selling Roasted Pistachio is a delight, offering the right amount of nuttiness complemented by a subtle sweetness.

Their adventurous creations, like the Sea Salt Gula Melaka and Earl Grey Lavender, are worth a try as well.

The former, an exquisite blend of sweet and salty with a traditional twist, while the latter boasts a sophisticated balance of floral and citrus notes that are refreshingly unique.

Ya Kun needs little introduction. Known for their iconic local breakfast treats, Ya Kun continues to charm with their time-honoured recipes at the 2nd level of Margaret Market.

Whether it is the kaya toast with its creamy coconut jam, the soft-boiled eggs, or the robustly flavoured local coffee, Ya Kun offers comfort in every bite.

Daebak Korean Restaurant
Margaret Market 01-10, 38 Margaret Drive, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun), Closed PH

Daebak Korean Restaurant, known for offering value-for-money Korean dishes, has launched a new outlet at Margaret Market in Queenstown.

Daebak’s menu includes popular items like Gochujang Pork and Tofu Stew, both known for their rich flavors and quick service, ensuring a minimal wait time.

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WaWa Lala Bee Hoon (Margaret Drive)
Bowen’s Cafe (Margaret Drive)
Urban Folks (Margaret Drive)

* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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