Durian Diaries: 5 Best Places to Eat Durian
Although most durian stalls are willing to pack your chosen durian into styrofoam boxes to go, it’s always best to eat a durian on the spot. After all, you’re not even allowed to bring your durian onto public transport anyway! Here are a few of the best places to eat durian in Singapore.
1. 818 Durians & Pastries
This durian stall in Telok Kurau is run by Ah Chiang, and almost exclusively sells only Mao Shan Wang durians. In fact, the stall owns a durian plantation in Pahang with over 100 Mao Shan Wang trees! Their plantation even uses organic Japanese fertiliser for their durians.
Address: 201 Telok Kurau Road, Singapore 423910
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm. Monday 4pm – 11pm. Varies according to the durian season.
2. 717 Trading
This is the stall run by the father of Ah Chiang from 818 Durians & Pastries. While some durian sellers can be untrustworthy and employ dishonest sales techniques like the bait-and-switch, 717 Trading is known for their exemplar integrity and durian expertise.
They price their durians based on the terroir and the age of the tree, so you can be assured that you’ll get what you pay for – nothing more, nothing less. With a wide range of popular cultivars to choose from, your experience here will be eye-opening and hassle-free.
Address: 22 Yio Chu Kang Road, Highland Centre, #01-22, Singapore 545535
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm
3. Combat Durian
With a name like that, you can be sure that their durians pack a mean punch. This stall is another one with their very own durian plantation. They are known for their Wang Zhong Wang (king of kings) cultivar, which are the crème de la crème of Mao Shan Wang durians. Other than that, you’ll also find a good variety of other cultivars here, including the D24, Red Prawn, and XO.
Address: 249 Balestier Road, Singapore 329708
Opening hours: Daily 12pm – 12am
4. Wan Li Xiang
This is a durian stall with a history spanning over six decades. Although there are many different cultivars of durian sold at Wan Li Xiang, one of the rarest and most special types you can find here is the Pulau Ubin durian! Although these durians cannot compare to the regnant Mao Shan Wang, they’re very coveted among older Singaporeans, who enjoy the nostalgia they bring. Harvested only once a year around June and July, Pulau Ubin durians can only be purchased here at Wan Li Xiang.
Did you know that you can visit the Pulau Ubin durian trees? Download LocoMole’s Pulau Ubin Heritage Trail to begin your journey!
Address: 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670
Opening hours: Daily 3pm – 12am
5. Durian Kaki
Opened in December 2015 by a few young entrepreneurs, Durian Kaki is extremely modern compared to the other durian stalls in Singapore. Apart from whole and vacuum-packed durians, they also sell durian-flavoured products – mostly desserts. Mao Shan Wang ice cream or tiramisu, anyone? If you’d rather DIY and make your own durian-flavoured treats, Durian Kaki also sells durian puree by the box.
Address: 18 Yishun Avenue 9, Junction Nine, #01-83, Singapore 768891
Opening hours: Daily 2pm – 11pm