In my previous post, I wrote about what to do during a layover in Changi airport. One of the options I wrote about was finding the staff canteen and trying the food there. The food in the staff canteen is definitely cheaper than the food in the airport but generally not as tasty as the food you’ll find in the city.
Changi airport in Singapore has staff canteens in each terminal. I only visited the staff canteen in terminal 2 because I had to catch the shuttle bus from the basement at terminal 2 to the budget airline terminal. I was not quite sure how to get to the staff canteen so I had to ask around. I’ll give my directions from the departure level. Here is a link to an interactive map to help you out.
From the departure level (level 2) head towards the south side of the terminal. If you’re facing the check-in counters with your back to the airport entrance, the south side will be on your right. Look for a Starbucks. Walk towards the car park and you’ll see a sign for the staff canteen on level 3M right before the entrance to the car park.
Take the elevator up to level 3M and you’ll see door with a sign showing you the way to the staff canteen. Take the stairs up one level.
Once you reach the top of the stairs head towards your left and the door to the staff canteen will be on your right.
The staff canteen is laid out like a typical food court. There is a drink/dessert stand in the middle with the seats and the food stalls are located along the sides. There is a good variety of food stalls in the staff canteen. Most stalls offer Chinese or Malay/Indonesian food but there are also Indian and Thai food stalls. The food is cheaper for airport employees than for non-airport employees.
I enjoyed a masala dosa and an Indonesian dish of Jackfruit curry, beef rendang and a fried egg.