Geneva Vanderzeil’s Guide to Singapore

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A couple of months ago I visited Singapore, somewhere I hadn’t been since in a few years, so needless to say there was a lot to see and do. Visiting as a grown up (some what!), I didn’t know what to expect to be honest, people in Hong Kong tend to think of it as our less exciting cousin (sorry guys!), but I found it to be the opposite, fun, green and with a relaxed vibe that makes it perfect for a stopover or weekend getaway.

PARKROYAL on Pickering, A PARKROYAL Collection Hotel


We stayed at the PARKROYAL on Pickering, A PARKROYAL Collection Hotel (Read The Luxe Nomad’s review here), and I was genuinely impressed by the green building and the modern yet cosy rooms. I definitely recommend this gorgeous hotel!

See & do

Botanic Gardens – My favourite stop on the Singapore Itinerary, these huge and magical gardens were the perfect place to wander away an afternoon. We had a great lunch at Halia and it was lovely!

Go swimming – In your hotel pool, the humidity will demand it!

Go to the Zoo – We didn’t get there but I went when I visited a few years ago and it’s one of the best Zoos I had been – my friend who lives in Singapore says it is definitely worth the trip.

Raffles Hotel — A gorgeous colonial hotel, which unfortunately feels a little touristy, but still hasn’t lost it’s charm. Naturally we had to visit the iconic Long Bar -I opted for a gin and soda rather than the singapore sling, but either way you’ll be happy.

Haji Lane – A wander down this indie lane is best done late afternoon, and in the street over you’ll find lots of gorgeous Indian fabric stores!

Wander Keong Saik Road – Once a gangster filled red light district, the hipsters have taken over and turned the lovely old buildings into restaurants, hotels and boutiques.

Eat & Drink

Potato Head Folk – We had drinks on the hip rooftop here on Keong Saik Road and it was a great way to top off a long day. They also have two other levels of different bars and restaurants, so there’s lots of variety.

Burnt Ends – The best meal of the trip. Although a bit pricey, the daily changing menu is delicious! Not for vegetarians annnnnd be prepared to wait.

Halia – Absolutely gorgeous spot in the Botanical gardens, a charming little restaurant serving some delicious Asian fusion food.

Common Man – Best brunch of the trip here, and recommended by everyone.

Food Markets – Singapore is well know for indoor food centres, where lots of small eateries serve food around a large food court. A great way to have a quick, cheap and delicious meal. We loved Maxwell Food Centre in China Town.

Take an afternoon trip to East Coast Park and get your Chilli Crab fix at Jumbo Chilli Crab.

Keong Saik Road
Marble steps at Raffles Hotel.
Shopping for crockery.
The Botanic Gardens
Love this old building on Keong Saik Road.
Maxwell Food Centre
China Town
PARKROYAL on Pickering, A PARKROYAL Collection Hotel

Let’s make a trip of it! 

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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