Singapore surprised me. It always just seemed like a random business capital— which after visiting I can say that it very much is… but with an extra pinch of spunk.
A walking tour: The lit up quays and colored lights make it seem almost like a nighttime playground, only a very expensive one. Wander into the depths of the quays such as Clarke’s Quay and the Boat Quay which lead you to the heart of Merlion Park. From that spot you can turn in circles ’round and ’round and see nothing but astonishingly beautiful buildings and things such as the casino with the boat on top and the Singapore Flyer. By the time you trot back northeast towards the famous hotel in town, Raffles, you’ll be just in time to quench your thirst at the Long Bar….which just so happens to be where the Singapore Sling was invented. Perfection!
From there you can aimlessly wander through the colorful streets towards Arab Street where the adorable Rich + Good Cake Shop is located (grab some rolls to go … they are just too delicious). This area is where the beautiful mosque is situated as well as cluttered streets, noodles places, tattoo parlors, hookah bars and shops filled with trinkets. I almost felt like this part of town was the true Singapore… the genuine part. A broiling melting pot before the skyscrapers were put in. Who knows.
Jumbo – Seafood Restaurant – Clarkes Quay – 30 Merchant Road – 6532 3435
No. 18 Fried Kway Teow – Singaporean – 70 Zion Road
PS Café – Café – 28B Harding Road – 9834 8232
Raffles Hotel + Long Bar – 1 Beach Road – 6337 1886
Rich + Good Cake Shop – Cake Shop – 24 Kandahar Street – 6294 3324
The Sailors – Italian Restaurant – Robertson’s Quay – 15 Merbau Road – 6737 3069
White Rabbit – Chic Restaurant – 39C Harding Road – 6473 9965