Get your caffeine fix at Nylon Coffee Roasters and try to spot nostalgia inducing murals by local artist Yip Yew Chong along Everton Road. At Ji Xiang Confectionery, sample local delicacy – the ang ku kueh (red turtle cake). For stunning (and free) views of the city skyline, head to the skybridge of The Pinnacle@ Duxton. Audiophiles can check out Retrophonic Records for vinyls, record players and other audio accessories. (www.nyloncoffee.sg; www.jixiangconfectionery.com.sg; 40 Everton Rd, 089393; 1G Cantonment Rd, 080001; www.retrophonic.sg)
Taste the legendary Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre. The Coconut Club also dishes out such a mean nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk). While you should not skip the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple And Museum, the nearby Singapore City Gallery is also worth a visit to view a giant architectural model of downtown Singapore. (1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, 069184; www.thecoconutclub.sg; 288 South Bridge Rd, 058840; 45 Maxwell Rd, The URA Centre, 069118)
Both Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay surround the river, with plenty of gems on both banks. Sink into a good book at The Book Café, hit up Fine Spirits by La Maison Du Whisky for its curated range while theatre fans can catch a production at KC Arts Centre. Party animals, don’t miss Zouk – Singapore’s most famous club and home to Mambo Jambo parties that take you back to the 80s. (www.thebookcafe.com.sg; www.whisky.sg; www.srt.com.sg/kc-artscentre; www.zoukclub.com)
Civic and Business Districts
Study the past at historic institutions like the National Museum of Singapore and the Asian Civilisations Museum. The National Gallery Singapore showcases Asian works and is an architectural gem. Fill up on authentic Singaporean fare with a modern twist at New Ubin Seafood. Starting from Raffles Place Park, marvel at Singapore’s modernity as you make your way towards the Marina Bay Financial Centre, stopping by Lau Pa Sat for an iced bandung – a pink beverage made of rose syrup and evaporated milk. (www.nationalmuseum.sg; www.acm.org.sg; www.nationalgallery.sg; www.newubinseafood.com; Between Raffles Place and De Souza St; Straits View, 018984; 18 Raffles Quay, 048582)
Unlike polished Orchard Road, this nabe was once home to early Arab settlers. The Masjid Sultan mosque is a must-see and you’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants like Padi @ Bussorah for traditional Malay cuisine near it. Pop into Wardah Books for an old-fashioned bookstore stocked with titles about Malay and Muslim culture. Make sure to check out Haji Lane for great cafes, quaint little boutiques and quirky bars.
(www.sultanmosque.sg; www.padibussorah.com; www.wardahbooks. com; Between North Bridge Rd and Beach Rd)
While the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is lesser known, it is one of the oldest museums in SG and safeguards the island’s natural heritage. Drop by Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre in the wee hours and find out how the island’s fresh produce makes its way to the local markets. (https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg; 1 Wholesale Centre, 110001)
If you have trouble finding magazines from abroad? Thambi Magazine Store regularly imports foreign mags. When planning a party, Khiam Teck and Party City are excellent starting points to stock up on accessories and decorations. Into baking? Find everything you need at Phoon Huat. (211 Holland Ave, #01-K4, Holland Road Shopping Centre, 278967; 265 Holland Ave, 278988; www.partycity. sg; www.phoonhuat.com)
Its name means “new cemetery” in Hokkien and Malay but this nabe is certainly alive. Super hip barbershop We Need A Hero offers haircuts, brow shaping and even hair removal services for the boys. Close by, Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre is home to affordably delicious local dishes like chicken rice and fried prawn noodles. Also, visit the 90-year-old Qi Tiang Gong Temple dedicated to the famous Monkey King of Chinese folklore. (www.weneedahero.sg; 30 Seng Poh Rd, 168898; www.qitiangong.com)
This tranquil hideaway on the edge of the city is filled with gourmet offerings, antique shops and more. Try SG’s national dish – the chilli crab – at JUMBO Seafood. Pick up antique Chinese pieces for your home at Woody Antique House or Wood Farm Lifestyle. Open Farm Community takes eco-friendly cuisine to new heights and hosts regular farmer’s markets. (www.jumboseafood.com.sg; www. woodyantique.com; www.woodfarmsg. com; www.openfarmcommunity.com)
Escape to this island getaway without a passport! Discover the wonders of marine life at the S.E.A. Aquarium. Hop aboard the Royal Albatross – a gorgeous pirate-y yacht that sails at sunset. Adrenaline junkies should attempt bungee jumping off a 47-metre-high tower by the beach at AJ Hackett. (www.rwsentosa.com/en/attractions/seaaquarium; www.tallship.com.sg; www.ajhackett.com/sentosa)
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