WHERE TO STAY:
- Grand Hyatt Singapore: Centrally located in the busy and bustling Orchard shopping district, with a pool and no shortage of delightful dining options.
- Andaz Singapore: Overlooking Marina Bay, a design hotel with an infinity pool, rooftop bar, and beautiful interior details by the renowned designer André Fu.
- W Sentosa: Modern tropical-inspired rooms with a 24hr pool for a perfect getaway from the city of Singapore.
WHERE TO EAT:
- Hawker Centers: You can’t leave Singapore without experiencing a hawker center! A variety of cuisines are available at low prices, ranging from local Singaporean, Malay, Indian, etc. Personal favorites are Maxwell and Tiong Bahru. BRING CASH!
- National Kitchen by Violet Oon: One of our memorable dinners was at the famous Singaporean chef Violet Oon’s restaurant. We tried the laksa and the cod in laksa sauce, both of which were equally delectable. Reservation recommended.
- P.S. CAFE: First opened in 1999, P.S. Cafe is a popular brunch spot for many with multiple branches in Singapore (+ Shanghai, and Seoul soon!) We went to the one at Dempsey for more of a relaxed ambiance, and absolutely loved it.
- Merci Marcel: French restaurant/cafe with several locations in Singapore, serving bakery delights, brunch plates, cheese boards, and wine!
- Jumbo Seafood: Another Singaporean classic. I recommend the Riverside Point location for the view. Reservation recommended.
- Ya Kun Kaya Toast: Singaporean toast with Kaya jam with refreshing kopi (coffee) drinks, multiple branches.
- Tiong Bahru Bakery: One of the best croissants I’ve had, and trust me I’ve had one too many (living in France).
- Tanjong Beach Club: Perfect place to chill and do nothing by the beach in Sentosa Island.
- Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel: An iconic hotel with rich heritage (established circa 1887), Raffles Hotel is a must visit in Singapore. Head over to their Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling was first invented!
- Atlas Singapore: Absolutely beautiful bar with an extraordinary selection of drinks and art deco design in an iconic building.
WHAT TO DO:
- JEWEL @ Changi Airport: With jaw-dropping views of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, and fun attractions, Jewel @ Changi Airport is definitely a must visit.
- Marina Bay Sands: An iconic hotel with an infinity pool. If you are a first-timer to Singapore, I could recommend staying a night there for the access to the pool, but otherwise it is good enough to admire from afar.
- Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest: Cool place to visit and explore the nature park/garden/tropical vegetation. Go during the nighttime for a colorful light show!
- Kappong Glam: Singapore’s oldest urban quarter with rich history and living Muslim-Malay traditions. Visit Haji Lane and Arab Street for a fun colorful buildings and murals.
- Orchard Road: Popular street known for shopping malls and designer boutiques.
- Sentosa Island: If you have a day or two to spare, I’d definitely recommend a visit to the Sentosa Island, which is only a 20min car ride from Singapore.