The Lion city (Singapore) was a bit of a mystery for me before I decided to come here, for my exchange at Nanyang Technological University. If one thinks about South-east asian countries, one would naturally imagine countries with varying development, some quite rural, some more urbanised. But, it seems Singapore defies all of these characteristics, in fact, it is quite the opposite. Singapore has wonderful architecture, very low crime rate and it ranks 2nd as one of most competitive economies in the world (!!!!).
Singapore is definitely an interesting city to live in. It is small but beautiful, clean and full of variety of touristy activities to do with your family and friends, that will keep you busy for a whole week. Some of my favourites (in addition to the numerous malls in orchard road) would be: Singapore night safari and the zoo, Gardens by the bay and the chinese buddhists and Indian temples. However, one of my favourite neighbourhoods would probably be around Bugis, where you can see the Sultan Mosque, or stroll around arab street and haji lane and stop for a coffee in one of the many restaurants and cafes in the area.
Singapore is known as a foodie paradise. Of course there are many global chains such Starbucks, the Coffee Bean or even Hooters. But, there are many traditional places as well, where food and coffee is still prepared in the traditional way. You can also go to Hawker centres which are basically open-air centres, with food from all around the world under the same roof at reasonable prices (sounds great right? one word: Yummy!)
My personal favourite would be Lau pa sat (which means ‘old market’ and it is also known as Telok Ayer Market), located near Raffles Place MRT station, right in the heart of the financial centre. This place has variety of food from all around the world and its octagonal striking architecture made it a national monument in 1973.
The nightlife in Singapore is very vibrant and there are plenty of choices, from beach bars to rooftop bars, the choice is really yours. It is no secret that Singapore used to be seen as ‘boring’ in terms of nightlife, but nowadays, that is not the case.
If you are obsessed (like me) about amazing views and skylines then 1-altitude is the place for you, being the highest al-fresco bar in Singapore (level 62), you can enjoy amazing cocktails, and then start the party at Altimate nightclub, which is only one floor below. Another roof bar I really enjoyed was the Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. It has a wonderful view across the Marina Bay, as if that was not enough, its poolside oasis makes it one of the most stylish bars (ever!!!). However, If you want to stay indoors with some refreshing A/C I would recommend New Asia bar at Swissotel ‘the Stamford’.
On the other hand, if you are more into the beach scenery, the Tanjong beach club is just for you, with good tunes and cozy cocktails, you are up for a chill night.
Other must see areas:
Clarke Quay – Boat Quay
Little India – Chinatown
Orchard – Raffles place
For all of you party animals… My Favourite nightclubs are:
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What are your favourite spots in Singapore?