Where to get the best durians this season

If you're new to the durian scene or are on a mission to hunt down the best durians in Singapore, here are our top picks.

Where to get the best durians this season
Where to get the best durians this season
06 Jun 2019

Where to get the best durians this season

There’s one thing Singaporeans love as the mid-year approaches and that’s the durian season. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of options given the recent bumper crop? Read on for our guide to securing the best durians in Singapore!

Ah Seng Durian
Ah Seng Durian
06 Jun 2019

Ah Seng Durian

A hot favourite among westies, Ah Seng Durian has firmly established itself as the place to go for some of the best durians in Singapore. With its commitment to offering competitive prices and fresh durians, the stall’s queue reaches absurd lengths during peak periods! If you’re packing some home, you’ll appreciate the vacuum-sealed packaging so you won’t be a nuisance on public transport and can avoid infecting your car with the pungent durian smell.

Address: Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-119/122, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 
Mon – Fri: 1.30pm – 8.30pm
Sat – Sun: 1.30pm – 6.30pm

Photo: Facebook/Ah Seng Durian

Combat Durian
Combat Durian
06 Jun 2019

Combat Durian

Ask anyone where to buy the best durians in Singapore and most will mention Combat Durian at Balestier Road. As one of the oldest durian establishments in Singapore, Combat Durian has earned a reputation for selling premium Mao Shan Wangs (MSW) for more than 50 years. They were even awarded the Asia Pacific Brand Awards some years back!

Interestingly, ‘Combat Durian’ has nothing to do with the military. Rather, owner Ang Seck Puan coined the name because he endearingly mispronounced ‘combat’ as ‘come back’ and wished for customers to return after having a lip-smacking serving of durian.

Address: 249 Balestier Road, Singapore 329714
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm – 9pm

Photo: Facebook/Combat Durian

Durian Mpire by 717 Trading
Durian Mpire by 717 Trading
06 Jun 2019

Durian Mpire by 717 Trading

While on your search for the best durians in Singapore, you’d certainly have come across dishonest durian sellers who use bait-and-switch tactics and rigged scales. Thankfully, you’ll face none of that at Durian Mpire. For decades, owner Goh Kwee Leng has earned a reputation for his honest dealings with customers, giving them nothing but the best durians without spiking prices. Durian lovers also frequent this spot because Mr Goh regularly brings in rarer breeds like D100 and Golden Phoenix!

Address: Highland Centre, 22 Yio Chu Kang Road, #01-01, Singapore 545535
Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 9am – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 10am – 10pm

Photo: Facebook/Durian Mpire by 717 Trading

Durian Kaki
Durian Kaki
06 Jun 2019

Durian Kaki

Redefining the expectations of a conventional roadside durian stall, Durian Kaki has everything you’ll come to expect from a modern-day durian peddler. As a joint venture between like-minded durian enthusiasts, the owners of Durian Kaki are keen on making sure you enjoy quality durians in comfort.

From its Broadway-inspired signage to air-conditioned indoor seating, Durian Kaki has steadily gained recognition as a solid option in the north for the best durians in Singapore. If you’re heading down, make sure to monitor their social media pages as they’re constantly revising their durian prices!

Address: Junction Nine, 18 Yishun Avenue 9, #01-83, Singapore 768892 and Eastpoint Mall, 3 Simei Street 6, #01-10/11, Singapore 528833
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 8pm

Photo: Facebook/Durian Kaki

Sindy Durian
Sindy Durian
06 Jun 2019

Sindy Durian

Sindy Durian is a 30-year-old, family-run business and has a reputation of only serving premium quality durians. As one of the few durian stores in Singapore with staff who are fluent in English, visit them if you feel that language is one barrier preventing you from enjoying the King of Fruits.  

Fan of durian pastries? Head on down to Sindy Durian’s newest outlet at 111 Somerset for a taste of their mouthwatering durian puffs that are stuffed with 100% MSW filling and will melt in your mouth.

Address: 89 Whampoa Drive, #01-835, Singapore 320089
Opening Hours: Daily, 24/7

Photo: Facebook/Sindy Durian

818 Durian & Pastries
818 Durian & Pastries
06 Jun 2019

818 Durian & Pastries

If the digits 818 sound familiar, that’s because owner Goh Meng Chiang is the son of 717 Trading’s Mr Goh. Instead of continuing the family business, he decided to venture out and carve his own path by specialising in farm-grown MSWs.

Endorsed by local celebrities like Dennis Chew and Chew Chor Meng, 818 Durians & Pastries guarantees creamy durians that will satisfy the toughest of critics. The stall also specialises in generously-filled durian puffs and frozen balls of MSW flesh that are miles ahead of traditional durian ice creams.

Address: 201 Telok Kurau Road, #01-02, Singapore 423910
Opening Hours: 
Tue – Fri: 11am – 8pm
Sat: 8am – 9pm
Sun: 11am – 7pm

Photo: Facebook/818 Durians & Pastries

6 227-katong-durian
6 227-katong-durian
06 Jun 2019

6 227-katong-durian

Though they are newcomers to the East Coast area, 227 Katong Durian has earned a loyal following with their fresh durians from Pahang, Malaysia. Offering a staggering variety that competes against some of the best durian vendors in Singapore, you’ll love their array of rarer durians like Black Thorn and Green Bamboo. Combine this with their incredibly affordable prices and you have a winning formula that’ll inevitably draw in die-hard durian fans!

Address: 227 East Coast Road, Singapore 428924
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10.30pm

Photo: Facebook/227 Katong Durian

Ah Di Dempsey Durian
Ah Di Dempsey Durian
06 Jun 2019

Ah Di Dempsey Durian

No list of the best durians in Singapore would be complete without mentioning Ah Di Dempsey Durian. If you’re looking for an authentic durian feasting experience, you’ll surely find it here. Ambiance-wise, Ah Di has nailed it as you’ll be having your durian at a makeshift stall in a secluded carpark while selecting from a wide variety of durians.

Don’t know your Red Prawns from your Gourd Kings? Let the owner know your preferences so he can pick some durians out for you. It’s no wonder you see plenty of customers returning in droves to order by the dozens.

Address: 7 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249671
Opening Hours: Daily, 3pm – 12am

Photo: Facebook/Ah Di Dempsey Durian

King Fruits Durian
King Fruits Durian
06 Jun 2019

King Fruits Durian

If you’re looking for affordable and quality durians, you have to check out King Fruits Durian. Causing a stir among the durian lovers community because of their incredible $10 per MSW offer, you’ll definitely be getting the most bang for your buck here. Besides their in-house MSW special, you’ll also spot a whole array of deals that’ll appeal to assorted taste palettes like $5 D13s and $8 Black Golds. This wide spread guarantees you’ll get your fill, even if you’re going durian hunting on a budget.

Address: Geylang Lorong 33, 639 Geylang Road, Singapore 389570
Opening Hours: Daily, 24/7

Photo: Facebook/King Fruits Durian Singapore

Bonus: SukaWa durian omakase by 99 Old Trees
Bonus: SukaWa durian omakase by 99 Old Trees
06 Jun 2019

Bonus: SukaWa durian omakase by 99 Old Trees

99 Old Trees, known for their fresh and creamy durians, has introduced SukaWa, an omakase-style durian experience where durian aficionados can indulge in the best picks from their farm in Pahang. For $48 (till Jun 20, thereafter it will be $60), you can savour six variants of durians ranging from the popular Mao Shan Wang (MSW) to the rare Black Thorn, as well as unlimited portions of MSW or D24 (depending on availability). There will also be durian desserts to finish off the feast. 

Durian experts will be present to share interesting facts about each variant, and if you have any burning questions about the King of Fruits, this is your chance to pick the brains of the Chief Durian Officer. Available till Aug 31. 

Address: 46 Owen Road #01-277 Singapore 210046

For reservations, call 9822 2495 or visit 99oldtrees.com.

This story first appeared on Shopee, with additional reporting from Toggle.

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