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.
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.