Feature Friday | A Mini Guide to Singapore
A tiny little country in South-East Asia. Most people frequently mistake us for being in China, but we’re an independent Republic. Our tiny size near the tip of Malaysia earns us the nickname “The Little Red Dot”.
Our city encourages urban exploration and gastronomic adventures from “street” food to world class restaurants! And here are some of the Top things you can do in this wonderful, cutting edge City.
What Must We Do?
Singapore is a multi-cultural city so visit Chinatown and Little India for truly authentic feels of the city’s locals.
For shopping, visit uber modern Orchard Road for well known brands but for local labels don’t miss Haji Lane. Brave the heat and crowds and visit Bugis for a blend of both mall and street shopping.
Visit the Art Science Museum for the latest exhibits.
Universal Studios for a ton of rides and fun
In the city center, stroll through Gardens by the Bay, with impressively large ‘Super-Trees’ at 16 stories tall.
* Top Tip - Check the local press for pop up festivals. There’s always something going on every weekend!
Where should we Eat?
- Visit Maxwell Hawker center for the best chicken rice in Singapore, or Amoy for a dizzying array of local food.
- Amoy hawker is famous for its decadent beef kway teow (beef rice noodles in gravy) and fish dumpling Ipoh hor fun (rice noodles in gravy). These are near office crowds so best time to visit is before or after lunch and avoid weekends when they’re closed.
- On Friday or weekend evenings after 7pm the outdoor Satay Club pops up at the Lau Pau Sat market, a truly street experience in the middle of the CBD. Take your pick from any of the stalls here selling everything from Indian curries to Hokkien mee and of course, don’t miss the satay!
- Try Burnt Ends for grilled food or for a more off the beaten path experience, visit Wheeler’s Estate at The Oval@Seletar Aerospace Park serving up fusion fare.
For comfortable upscale dining options, some perennial fan favourites can be found in the Tanjong Pagar, Ann Siang Hill and Clarke Quay area.
The historical riverside Clarke Quay and adjacent Riverside Point is the destination you want to head to in the evening for fabulous restaurants, live music and vibrant clubs. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Indochine for its fabulously fancy ambience,
- Jumbo Seafood for an amazing Chinese seafood experience,
- Brewerkz for craft beers,
- Café Iguana for mexican. One of my favourites, they’ve been open for 17 years and I’ve been going there for at least that long!
4. Where can we Drink?
Bar culture has grown exponentially in Singapore and the best bars are now scattered along the CBD area.
Visit Ann Siang Hill, Amoy Street and Gemmill Lane for the trendiest places to enjoy evenings drinks. For the the best effect go on Fridays because the streets close to traffic and professionals from the area all spill out onto the streets to enjoy an evening drink.
If you’re up for it, venture out to East Singapore, about 30 minutes from the center of the city, for the densest cluster of small bars. This area is highly residential but it’s a town away from town, with a lot to enjoy along Katong and Joo Chiat.
Where could we Stay?
Pick hip, modern boutique hotels that are situated near clusters you could visit. You’d be closer to trendy bars, local food and all the amenities you need.
Anything to Avoid?
Singapore is tropical so it’s hot and humid all year round. Dress comfortably if you’re going to be out in the sun walking around all day. Since the city is small, it’s fairly affordable to take taxis around but if you’re up for it, take our trains (MRT) which very conveniently take you all around the city and easily connects multiple spots closely.
Why should we go?
Being one of the fastest growing economies in the world means Singapore changes quickly. What you see today won’t be the same as five or ten years ago, and the same holds true for the next decade. There’s always something new popping up in our vibrant city.
* Images by Jason Goh
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