Margaret Market – An Eclectic Mix of Culinary Creations and Spaces for Community Gatherings
September 01, 2023
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures where food plays a significant role. The local markets have been an integral part of the Singaporean food scene for decades, where locals and visitors could experience food culture from all over the world. Margaret Market at Queenstown, which opened its doors in 2021, has transformed Singapore’s only remaining conserved market built by the Singapore Improvement Trust into a modern community marketplace.
Margaret Market is a new destination set to be the jewel of Singapore’s first satellite town of Queenstown. It takes over what used to be the former Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market & Food Centre built in 1956. Gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), it now breathes new life as Margaret Market. The market houses an impressive selection of dining options, ranging from traditional Singaporean hawker fare to modern cafes, bars, and restaurants.
The market’s 1,800 square metres span across two floors and the colourful interior features a central seating area with timber benches and tables, surrounded by food stalls and a bar.
Local brands that are community focused are carefully curated to create this sense of identity. Instead of big conglomerates and chain brands, Margaret Market shines a spotlight on homegrown brands, artisan bakers, and innovative cooks to showcase unique offerings.
Sample the best of local talents with the likes of Urban Folks with their Australian-inspired jaffles and DIY acai bowls as well as The Homme Baker and their artisanal cakes. Both were previously home-based businesses that now have the opportunity to operate at Margaret Market.
Elevate your dining experience at Margie, a chic bistro bar serving local tacos and assorted bites, complemented by a selection of refreshing drinks. Meanwhile, Bowen’s Café presents the freshest seafood alongside entertaining activities on weekend evenings, making it a family favourite.
Experience a burst of Asian flavours at WaWa Lala Bee Hoon, renowned for its noodle soup dishes featuring sweet, whole clams, and Kou Kou Xiang Ji Tang Fan, which serves a heart-warming bowl of chicken soup, painstakingly brewed for four hours with a variety of mushrooms.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Creamier, an artisanal ice cream café, or at Ya Kun Kaya Toast, a Singaporean icon revered for its local breakfast offerings. For those in pursuit of fresh produce, Cu.Ra.Te offers a wide range of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Beyond its culinary offerings, Margaret Market fosters a sense of community wellness. Offering free health screenings, fitness activities, and cultural programs on a monthly basis, the market is dedicated to promoting healthy bodies and minds.
Margaret Market at Queenstown is an excellent addition to Singapore’s food scene. It has taken the oldest market in Singapore, given it a new lease of life and transformed it into a vibrant, modern community marketplace that offers something for everyone.
Address: 38 Margaret Drive, Singapore 141038