Airports are usually very well known for the high prices of food or drinks. The price of food or drinks at the airport is expensive. Because the price of renting space at the airport is expensive. How come? Because the location inside the airport is a prime location with a high target market. The people at the airport are usually people with business interests. As well as people who are on vacation and ready to use the money. And usually, even though the price is expensive, if you are stuck, you don’t want the customer to pay.

Cheap Alternative Places to Eat

Singapore has a different image. If you say to eat at the Hawker Center, the prices there are quite cheap. But if you want to find quality food or coffee at cafes/coffee shops and especially in restaurants. The price can be higher than cafes in Australia. If so, does that mean that if you want to eat at Changi Airport in Singapore, you will have to pay a high price too? Hey … don’t immediately play assumptions. It turns out that the prices of food and drinks at several spots at Changi Airport are much cheaper. Than Ngurah Rai airport in Bali (especially in the international departure terminal area).

Some time ago we had a long transit at Changi Airport. About 7 hours before we had to go to the gate. Because we were lazy to leave the airport. We ended up spending time crunching the airport to several terminals and had time to eat at 3 places. In our opinion, these three places are arguably very affordable and cheap for the price at the airport. Indeed, not all places to eat at Changi Airport are cheap, so if the price is a consideration. You have to be smart in finding places to eat.

Here we share 3 choices of cheap places to eat at Singapore Changi Airport:

1. Staff Canteen

Location: Terminal 2, land-side

There has been a lot of information circulating that the staff canteen is a “secret place”. Where we can enjoy cheap food at Singapore Changi Airport. There is nothing secret about this place because this place is open to the public. Open daily from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. There is more than one location (possibly in each terminal). Only this time we had time to stop by the Staff Canteen in the parking building of Terminal 2. Lift to Staff Canteen Changi
How to get to Staff Canteen Terminal 2 Changi Airport:

How to get to Staff Canteen Terminal 2 Changi Airport:

  • Benchmarks from the front of McDonald’s inside the arrival Terminal 2 building.
  • from there turn left towards the exit leading to the parking deck
  • Inside the parking building, walk a little to the left until you find an elevator (number 7). On the right, there is a row of elevators. But if you go up, it can only reach the 3rd floor. While the staff canteen is on the 3M floor.
  • take elevator number 7 to get to the 3M floor
  • there is an inscription “Staff Canteen by Kopitiam”

There you will see a row of machines with the words top-up kiosk. Don’t panic. If you don’t have a card, you can still pay using cash. At first, we wanted to buy a card (2 SGD) to top it up. But the person next door said we didn’t need to buy a card, just pay cash. OK.

Is it true that food and drinks are cheap? We had time to eat ‘noodle with chicken meatball’ (HALAL) and a cup of Hainanese milk coffee. Chicken meatball noodles cost S $5.00 while a cup of Hainanese coffee is only S $0.90. For meals, it can be S $3.00 or S $4.00 for a plate of rice with vegetables. You say it’s cheap, it’s pretty cheap, but it’s back again depending on the menu. There are also prices around S $7-9.

2. Food Emporium

Location: Terminal 4, land-side

Because the terminal is still new, the food court also feels new. Clean, bright, modern design and quite a lot of food choices. To go to the Food Emporium. Go from the departure area to the right until you find an escalator that is tilted. As soon as you go up the escalator at the end you will see the words Food Emporium.

Here we ate BBQ beef rice (S $5.50), Hainanese style coffee milk (S $1.30), and ice honey lemon (S $2.00). Pay directly at the respective counters. It is still very cheap compared to prices at other airports.

3. Food Gallery

Location: Terminal 1, water-side

This last spot is inside Terminal 1, after passing through immigration. The food court does look a bit old and not too big. But still not bad, there are several choices of heavy meals at affordable prices. Pay directly to the respective counters.

We ate from the counter of Kedai Kiliney Kopi: iced tea with hot milk coffee. And rich toast and butter-rich toast. The total is S $9.40 for 2 people. It’s pretty filling!

Have a nice culinary experience inside Singapore Changi Airport! If you are confused about what to eat. You can take a peek at these 11 special culinary delights that must be tried in Singapore.