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Food delivery apps (and promo codes) in Singapore: Foodpanda, Deliveroo, GrabFood

If by now, you’re not already familiar with GrabFood, Foodpanda and/or Deliveroo, then you’re either a dinosaur or well, a grandparent (no offense gramps, we love you).

But seeing as you’ve hit this page, chances are, you are interested to find out more about these food delivery platforms and how their prices compare: Do they deliver to my area? Which should I pick? Are there promo codes available?

We like to think of ourselves as being like the non-judgemental breakfast club that is happy to dish out personal finance and budgeting tips for anyone and everyone. So don’t worry – we ’ve got your back. Here’s a 101-guide on the three biggest food delivery services in Singapore: Foodpanda, Deliveroo and GrabFood.


Foodpanda Singapore food delivery app

Let’s start with Foodpanda. Even if you’ve never used the food delivery app, you must have seen their deliverymen zooming across the island in their bright pink jackets and backpacks. Established in 2012, Foodpanda is one of if not the first major food delivery service in Singapore.

There are over 500 merchants (i.e. restaurants) on Foodpanda, including popular joints like the newly opened Shake Shack and cult favourite Starbucks. Foodpanda also delivers 24-7 – although not all of the restaurants operate in the wee hours. You can find a list of late-night restaurants here (you’ll have to check if you’re within their delivery radius though).

Foodpanda also does on-demand delivery for groceries (Pandamart) and other retail shopping (“shops”).

Foodpanda delivery fee

Price-wise, Foodpanda’s delivery fees are not fixed. According to their website, the rates depend on “operational factors” like location and the specific restaurant. So far, our experience is that it’s always around $3.49 to $3.99.

Nonetheless, the fees will always be displayed before you check out, so if you think it’s too expensive, go ahead and look for another restaurant for your food fix. Don’t want to fork out a single penny? Many merchants run promotions from time to time as well, and you can browse them by clicking on the “free delivery” filter.

There are also three Foodpanda delivery subscription plans that are $3.99 (5 free deliveries), $7.99 (15 free deliveries) and $9.99 (50 free deliveries). You can still find it on their website, but each time we try to sign up, it says it’s in “beta mode”. Bummer.

Foodpanda promo codes

Here’s a list of the current Foodpanda promotions. You can find them on the official Foodpanda promo page. Shiok, right? Don’t say we bo jio.

Let’s start with the longer-running credit card promo codes. For these, you must use your bank card to check out online to be eligible (i.e. no cash on delivery).

Bank card and discountPromo codeValidityThings to note
$6 off with minimum spend of $30
$9.9 off minimum spend of $45
CITISEP9930 Sept
  • Valid for the first 3,000 redemptions
  • Valid for restaurants only
New User
Citibank – 9% off minimum spend of $25
  • Discount is capped at $5
  • Valid for foodpanda shops & pandamart only
  • Valid for the first 1,000 redemptions
$8 off your first 2 orders
Get $8 off your first foodpanda order and receive 1 x $8 vouchers in your voucher wallet
  • Min. spend of $15 required for both vouchers
$5 off with minimum spend of $25
  • Capped at the first 5,000 redemptions only
  • Capped at 2 redemptions per user
$8 off your first 2 orders
Get $8 off your first foodpanda order and receive 1 x $8 vouchers in your voucher wallet
  • Min. spend of $15 required for both vouchers

New User

UOB – $6 off with minimum spend of $30

  • Valid for the first 3,500 redemptions
$9.9 off minimum spend of $45
UOBSEP9918 Sept
  • Valid for the first 100 redemptions daily from 9th to 18th Sept 2020
  • Valid for restaurants only
$6 off with minimum spend of $30
  • Valid for foodpanda shops & pandamart only
  • Limited to first 1000 redemptions

New User
$5 off your first 3 orders
Get $5 off your first foodpanda order and receive 2 x $5 vouchers in your voucher wallet

  • Min. spend of $15 required for all vouchers
$5 off with minimum spend of $25

Sometimes, Foodpanda also has seasonal campaigns:

Foodpanda promotionPromo codeValidityThings to note
New User
50% off up to $8 on first order.
SAVE5030 Oct
  • Minimum spend $10
  • Valid for new user with first foodpanda order only.
New User
50% off up to $8 on first Pandamart order
MART5030 Sept
  • Minimum spend $15
  • Valid for new user with first foodpanda order
New User
50% off up to $8 on first shops order
SHOPS5030 Sept
  • Minimum spend $15
  • Valid for new user with first foodpanda shops order only.
$5 off 3 orders on selected vendorsTASTY59 Sept
  • Min order value $10
  • Limited to 3 redemptions per customer
  • Participating brands available on promo page
  • Valid for orders on Foodpanda restaurants and Shops
Flash deal on Bubble Tea : 30% off up to $5FLASHBBT8 – 10 Sept, 15-17 Sept
  • Minimum order value $12
  • Limited to first 2000 redemptions per day
  • 8-10 Sept & 15-17 Sept only, valid from 1-5pm
Flash deal on Fried Chicken : 25% off up to $5FLASHFC22 – 24 Sept, 29 Sept – 1 Oct
  • Minimum order value $12
  • Limited to first 2000 redemptions per day
  • 22-24 Sept & 29th Sep- 1st Oct only, valid from 1-5pm
Free delivery on Tiger Sugar ordersTGSFD1 – 14 Sept
  • Minimum order value $10
  • Limited to first 6000 redemptions
9% off up to $9 on groceriesREAL97 – 27 Sept
  • Min order value $15.
  • Discount is cap at $9
  • Limited to 10 redemptions per customer.

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Deliveroo food delivery app

Known as a slightly more premium food delivery service, Deliveroo launched in Singapore in 2015. Featuring its distinctive light blue and white brand colours, Deliveroo actually hails from London, United Kingdom.

According to their website, Deliveroo has “thousands of choices” but it’s not clear how many partner merchants they have. (From experience though, it’s definitely more than enough.) They also boast that delivery takes an average of 32 minutes, which is honestly not too shabby.

From our review, the restaurants curated on Deliveroo seem to be slightly more upmarket – they’re mainly restaurants charging at least $10 per main, so don’t expect to find $3 hawker fare here.

Deliveroo delivery fee

Like the rest, Deliveroo’s delivery fees are not fixed and vary depending on the merchant. The closer you are to the restaurant, the lower the price. If the restaurant uses their own delivery fleet (as opposed to Deliveroo’s), the restaurant sets the fee. There is also a small order fee of $5 if you don’t meet the restaurant’s minimum order sum.

Alternatively, you can sign up for Deliveroo Plus, which entitles you to unlimited free deliveries (for orders above $18) for $16.90 per month.

An interesting thing about Deliveroo is that they allow bookings up to 24 hours in advance. Those who run on a tight schedule and need to stay organised will definitely appreciate this feature. Do note as well that Deliveroo does not accept cash on delivery. All payments must be made in-app, with your credit/debit card.

Deliveroo promo codes

Deliveroo’s promo codes are mostly for bank cards, and are generally quite competitive across the banks (similar discounts, minimum spend and redemption limits).

Deliveroo promotionPromo codeValidityThings to note
New User
CITI – $4 off first 3 orders
CITINEW31 DecMinimum spend of $25
New User
UOB – $4 off first 3 orders
UOBNEW30 SeptMinimum spend of $25
New User
HSBC – $4 off first 3 orders
HSBCNEW31 DecMinimum spend of $25
New user
OCBC Visa – $4 off first 3 orders
Downloadable on OCBC page30 Jun 2021Minimum spend of $20
CITI $6 offCITI6SEP30 SeptMinimum spend of $30
CITI $12 offCITI12SEP30 SeptMinimum spend of $50
UOB $4 offUOB4OFFSEP30 SeptMinimum spend of $20 (limited redemptions)
UOB $6 offUOB6OFFSEP30 SeptMinimum spend of $30 (limited redemptions)
HSBC $5 offHSBCSEP2030 SeptMinimum spend of $25
SCB $7 offSCB7OFF30 SeptMinimum spend of $35 (limited redemptions)

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GrabFood food delivery app

Finally, there’s GrabFood – the food delivery arm of Singapore’s homegrown tech unicorn, Grab. It seems like Grab’s goal is to eventually paint Singapore green and take over all aspects of our sedentary lifestyle, from private hire rides to courier services to, of course, food deliveries. GrabFood is accessible from the main Grab super app, which hosts its entire suite of services.

GrabFood is the newest of three, having only launched in Singapore in 2018. However, because of the huge success of its ride-hailing business, GrabFood quickly caught up in the race. GrabFood has a wide range of restaurants on the app, from hawker stores to fine dining. If you’re looking for variety, GrabFood is probably your best bet.

GrabFood delivery fee

Again, GrabFood’s delivery fees are variable. This makes it hard to do a strict, apple to apple comparison, but generally we’ve found that GrabFood’s delivery fees are among the highest. Not only do the delivery fees depend on the restaurant and its location, GrabFood also uses dynamic pricing, which adjusts the rates according to the demand.

This means that while there’s a chance you can score $2+ delivery fees during awkward timings like 2.30pm, delivery fees see a huge surge during peak meal times (like lunch and dinner). GrabFood also recently introduced an islandwide delivery service – restaurants listed there are willing to deliver to all parts of the island for a distance-based fare. When we tried it, the delivery fees were heartstopping and seemingly limitless, with some going up to $16+! That’s the cost of potentially two (very decent) mains in itself.

GrabFood promo codes

GrabFood’s promotions seem to be more seasonal, and run for shorter periods (like a week or two). You can check for these “flash” campaigns on the GrabFood blog, under the “promotions” tab.

Otherwise, here are the credit cards promotions for the month:

GrabFood promotionPromo codeValidityThings to note
$6 off GrabFood order
CITI630 SeptMinimum spend $30, limited redemptions
$12 off GrabFood order
CITI1230 SeptMinimum spend $50, limited redemptions
$5 off GrabMart order
CITI530 SeptMinimum spend $30, limited redemptions
$10 off GrabMart order
CITI1030 SeptMinimum spend $50, limited redemptions
$5 off min. spend $15
HSBCFOOD4 DecMinimum spend $15, limited redemptions
$3 off min. spend $20
HSBC3OFFFOOD31 DecMinimum spend $20, limited redemptions

Which food delivery app should you choose?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to say which of the three is the best. Or the cheapest. All of them are quite competitive, and feature variable food delivery prices which make it hard to do a straightforward comparison. Of course, if you can afford the time (and well, phone memory space), the best way is to compare prices on all three apps before ordering your meal. That’s not always feasible, so from personal experience, we recommend…

  • GrabFood for off-peak hours

  • Deliveroo for more “atas” restaurants

  • Foodpanda for seasonal promotions and discounts

In terms of user-friendliness, the three are quite comparable as well. Having tried them all, they are equally easy and intuitive to use. The only edge that GrabFood may have is the fact that the Grab app is all-in-one, which means that if you’re already using it for their other services (probably the flagship ride-hailing service), then it’s one less app to have on your phone (since it’s integrated).

Now, go forth and begin your lazy lunch lifestyle. You’re welcome.

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