Oh Singapore,Asia’s poster child for prim and proper is also really fun and loves to party. Lusciously green, spaciously laid out, refreshingly clean, efficient and easy to get around, you can pack a lot into a day in the Lion City. It’s a melting pot of amazing food, especially in the hawker centres, and great retail and culture. Go on, and pop your head into the big cat’s jaws.
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The scenic route
Get your paddle on and a dose of vitamin sea with SUP Ventures. These pros will teach you the basics of SUP or help you improve your balance with yoga on the board. Journey to the mainland via Singapore Cable Car hopping on at Imbiah Lookout Station for a more scenic route.
Fresh and delish
The ride is a surprisingly fun way to soak up some holiday vibes and views, before getting off at Harbourfront Station. Cab it to Starter Lab and reward yourself with artisanal carbs fresh out of the oven. The signature sourdough bread slathered in homemade mascarpone is delish, the coffee is strong and the place good for a late brekkie or early lunch.
Zap over to hipster neighbourhood Tiong Bahru and pop into Olive Ankara for bold printed African textiles. Olive designs Asian-inflected cheongsams, crop-top and skirt sets and signature ‘afromonos’. Cat Socrates is an eccentric cabinet of curiosities packed with knick-knacks, homeware, accessories and stationery by local and regional designers. Peckish? Tiong Bahru Food Centre has fantastic hawker fare, or if aircon is needed, Wanton Seng’s Eating House is the answer, packed to the rafters with patrons slurping steaming bowls of wonton noodles to the tune of hip hop beats.
Onwards to a history tour with a difference at Oh! Stories an immersive, interactive guided walk through old neighbourhoods, starting with Jalan Besar. More nostalgia awaits at Anthony The Spice Maker an ittybitty foodie haunt in Chinatown for things zesty, tangy, hot and peppered. Local legend Anthony has been slinging spice since the 70s, so take his word on local fare and stock up on essentials and custom blends and rubs for your pantry. Round the corner you’ll find good vibes aplenty at The Social Space a one-stop-shop and café for fair trade goods, refillable household cleaners and personal care products, a hot cuppa and even eco manicures. By now, your tired soles will be ripe for a rubdown, with OD Wellness a reliably affordable place to get tweaked and kneaded.
Big Night Out
Dress to impress at Set of Six a sultry, tropical lounge flitting with the city’s pretty things. It has a solid food menu alongside cocktails, and a private room for romantic liaisons. Directly above Michelin-starred restaurant Nouri’s Chinatown shophouse is experimental sibling Appetite an inventive multi-concept space that’s part chef’s counter, R&D kitchen, gallery and lounge with a groovy record selection. If you want to shake it till you break it, Marquee is the place to be for a big night out on the town.