Expansive parks, iconic architecture and East meets West vibe
Taking it to the street
Dive head first into Singapore’s hawker centres – fuss-free food courts with fastidious hygiene standards. My first stop is usually for a steaming bowl of prawn laksa at East Coast Lagoon Food Village’s Roxy Laksa, a sneaky satay at Lau Pa Sat’s Satay Street or Liao Fan’s char siew noodles, the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal, at Chinatown Food Centre.
Tiong Bahru Market is another favourite with more Michelin recommended eats including soft and bouncy
And, if you can’t get enough, devour local hawker favourites until you’re ready to board your flight home at Changi Airport’s Singapore Food Street.
A multicultural melting pot, there’s much more than noodles and
Spice up your life at one of the many Indian eateries secreted between the colourful sari shops and vibrant Hindu temples of Little India. My pick is Banana Leaf Apolo. It’s not posh. There aren’t even plates. Instead, tables are laid with fresh banana leaves for patrons to eat from, with their hands (there’s cutlery if you’re so inclined). Their fish head curry is one my favourite dishes in town.
Brunch is big in epicurean Singapore. The lavish Sunday champagne brunch at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort’s Kwee Zeen is particularly irresistible. Think free-flowing Taittinger Champagne and a bounty of world cuisine, ocean-fresh seafood, fine French cheeses and a heaving dessert bar complete with made-to-order fairy floss. Just wear something roomy.
There’s another side to Singapore’s celebrated food scene with Wolfgang Puck and Tetsuya Wakuda amongst the many celebrated chefs serving up gastronomic delights in lavish five-star style. Michelin-starred JAAN, perched on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford, is my pick of the city’s fine diners for what is arguably Singapore’s best view and truly sublime French cuisine with a red-hot hint of British attitude.
Raise a glass
There’s a slew of funky bars in Singapore. Top of the hip list is the seductive Manhattan. Ranked one of the top three bars in the world, its skilled bartenders will leave you shaken and stirred in the best possible way. Newcomer Native is all about Asian spirits fused with fresh local ingredients. Brave the already infamous Antz cocktail, with its Thai rum base, aged sugarcane, coconut yogurt and an acidic zing from locally foraged ants.
Tackle the 23 creative craft beers on tap at Druggists, an ambient small bar housed in the former Chinese Druggists Association building in Jalan Besar. Sip your way through 1,500 of the world’s finest whiskeys at The Auld Alliance. Or sling a gin at ATLAS, an elegant art deco beauty housing the largest collection of gin in the world.
If you’re after views with your brews, try Swissotel The Stamford’s rooftop Skai Bar. And, before heading home, raise a toast with a Singapore Sling at The Raffles Long Bar, the spiritual home of the city’s most iconic drink.
Qantas offers direct daily flights to Singapore from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. qantas.com
WHERE TO EAT
Tiong Bahru Market: tiongbahru.market
Banana Leaf Apolo: thebananaleafapolo.com
Singapore Food Street: au.changiairport.com
Zam Zam: zamzamsingapore.com
WHERE TO DRINK
The Auld Alliance: theauldalliance.sg
Long Bar: raffles.com/Singapore
Visit Singapore: visitsingapore.com/en_au/