If we all had to say our thoughts out loud, it's no doubt that the most heard word would be "Food". Food is something that's always on our mind. There are so many options, it's delicious and it gives us energy to get through our daily tasks. For many, meal time is a time to escape from work and have some good conversations and laughs with friends. If I could have it my way, I would take a daily cycle to the market, gather some fresh ingredients for the day, prepare a meal and share it with people close to me. But in reality, that just doesn't happen. Only a few people are lucky enough to have the time to be able to do that. We are all so busy with work or studies that when we get home, we just want to relax. For some, cooking can be a fun activity, but for others, not so much. So they have to rely on other methods. Luckily, if you don't enjoy cooking, but love eating, Singapore is one of the best places to be! There is a huge variety of restaurants and Hawker stalls, and the quality of food is second to none.
A lot of the time we don't want to sit down at a restaurant. And cooking something either takes too much time, or tastes sub par compared to eating out. Sometimes we just want to have a meal to come to us so we can enjoy it by ourselves or with our friends and family. Luckily, Singapore is one of the most convenient cities to live in. We can pick out our favorite food from a huge variety of options and have it delivered to out doors. This is all thanks to the amazing food delivery apps we have here in Singapore. All you need to do is download one, create an account, link your payment details and then you are good to go. But with so many options it can be difficult to know which one is best to use, so here is a list of the most popular food delivery apps in Singapore.
In 2013 Will Shu moved to London and discovered that the place will filled with good restaurants. So he decided that there needed to be a way to get this food to consumers in a fast and reliable way, so that's when Deliveroo was born. Now, Deliveroo operates in 11 markets around the world, including Singapore. With Deliveroo you can search for your favorite restaurants and stores, sort by delivery time and ratings, and even filter by your dietary needs. This is a great way to find meals if you are vegan or on a gluten free diet for example.
Delivery hours: From early morning to late night, but this all depends on the restaurants closing times.
Minimum order: Each restaurant sets their own minimum order, but you can still order from them. However, there will be an added "small order" fee.
Delivery fee: The delivery free depends on your distance from the restaurant, unless the restaurant has their own drivers. In that case they set the delivery fee.
Order Scheduling: You can schedule an order up to 24 hours in advanced, which is great for planning ahead.
Payment methods: Card, or Paypal in some markets. They don't accept cash payments for orders to make the process more simple and to ensure drivers are taken care of. However you are free to tip the driver with either card or cash. Tipping is optional and drivers receive 100% of it.
Platforms: iOS, Android and Web.
Drivers: In Singapore drivers typically use motorbikes, scooters, PAB's or Electric Bicycles to deliver your food. Some drivers even choose to walk for certain deliveries.
Foodpanda was first established in 2012 in Singapore by Lukas Nagel and Rico Wyder. After which they expanded into nearby countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and then further into more South Asian and Eastern European countries. As of now, Foodpanda operates in 12 countries and over 400 cities. If you live on any of those cities, i'm sure you have seen a Foodpanda driver passing at least once by in their bright pink uniforms.
Delivery hours: This is a huge plus for many as Foodpands delivers food and groceries 24 hours a day. Not all restaurants will be available though as many do not stay open that long.
Minimum order: Foodpands does have a minimum fee for orders in Singapore. They do let you complete the order if you pay the difference. So if the order price is much lower than the minimum, it might not be worth it cost wise.
Delivery fee: The delivery fee depends on operational factors. The location you are ordering from and also the restaurant for example. You can see the delivery fee when you are ordering and you can even filter restaurants by those that offer free delivery. They do have an option to pickup the order yourself, if you find that more convenient.
Order Scheduling: You can choose to have your order delivered ASAP or for a specified time later on.
Payment methods: In Singapore you can use your credit card, debit card, Paypal, and even cash to pay for orders on Foodpanda.
Platforms: They have an iOS app, Android app and you can also order from their website.
Drivers: Foodpanda drivers in Singapore will either use motorbikes, bicycles, e-Bikes, scooters, cars or some may even walk.
Grab, is an inspirational company in South East Asia. The Singaporean company is the first unicorn in the region and also the biggest technology startup in the region. But Grab wasn't always known as Grab. It was once called MyTeksi and was founded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2012 by Anthony Tan and Tan Hooi Ling as a ride hailing app. This later changed to GrabTaxi and now Grab. Grab was initially focused on being a taxi company, but in 2018 they took over Uber's South East Asian operations (which included Uber Eats). This is when Grab Food was born and now Grab is a super app where you can call a taxi, order food from restaurants, order groceries, send packages and even send packages. They operate in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. So basically if you live in South East Asia, you need to have the Grab app on your phone. You can also spot the hard working Grab drivers in their bright green uniforms.
Delivery hours: Grab delivers from as early as 7am to as late as 2am, but this depends on your delivery area and the restaurants located there.
Minimum order: There is no minimum order limit, but if your order is very low, Grab does have a small order fee that you need to pay in order to complete the order.
Delivery fee: Grab calculates the delivery free from the distance between your location and the Restaurant.
Order Scheduling: Grab allows you to order right away, schedule for later (up to 2 days in advances, which is really useful), and you can even pick up the order yourself if you choose and then there will be no delivery fee.
Payment methods: In Singapore, Grab accepts payments by credit card, debit card, Paypal, GrabPay and even Cash. But one thing to note is that cash payments are only available for orders under S$50.
Platforms: Grab is available on iOS and Android. The nice thing about Grab is that many people already have the Grab app installed and use it for calling rides or payments. Because of that they already have their payment details locked in so it's easy to order food with no more sign ups.
Drivers: Grab Food delivery drivers in Singapore can deliver using a Van, Car, Motorbike, Power-assisted Bicycle, Bicycle, Personal Mobility Aid, or even Walking.
And if you love hawker food, this one is for you! It might not be as big as the others but it's definitely a favorite. The app was founded by Rishabh and Varun after they spent much time standing in long lines at hawker centers and food courts, especially in the hot Singapore weather. They decided that their needs to be app to bring this amazing food straight to people. They wanted to build an app fpr everyday food, and WhyQ was born.
Today the app has over 3000 hawker stalls, street food and small eateries and is the number one app for small food business. They offer an attractive service to both vendors and users by offering low commission and delivery fees. A feature that many users love about the app is that you can order from multiple hawker stalls for 1 order, which means 1 delivery fee.
Delivery hours: The delivery as long as the stall is cooking, so hours depend on the stalls.
Minimum order: There is no minimum order, but if the order amount is low they will apply a small order fee. As of now if the order is less than S$14, a S$4 fee applies, if the order amount is more than S$14 but less than S$18, the order total will be S$18, and if the order amount is more than S$18, there is no small order fee.
Delivery fee: The delivery fee is calculated based on your location from the stall.
Order Scheduling: With WhyQ you can select a day and time to make an order for or even order food to be delivered to you right away with WhyQ On Demand.
Payment methods: WhyQ accepts credit card and debit card payments.
Platforms: iOS and Android apps are available and you can also order directly from their website.
Drivers: Drivers deliver orders by car, motorbike, bicycles, or electric bikes/scooters.