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Singapore,
Singapore

Introduction

After years of straight-laced conformity, Singapore is shaking things up. Young locals feel less pressure to jump into the corporate world and many are pursuing their passions; the result is a renaissance in sectors including food, fashion and design. Despite high rents and car prices, it's still possible to have a really good time on very little. Lush greenery abounds from touchdown at the stunningly efficient Changi Airport, with new nature reserves sprouting up on suburban edges. Meanwhile, Orchard Road has had a facelift with a string of glossy new malls.

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Essentials

  1. Sin-glish in a nutshell: add 'lah' after everything you say.
  2. The MRT subway service is the fastest way around the city but avoid the crush at rush hour.
  3. Download the SMRT Book a Taxi app to order a taxi anywhere in the city using your phone.
  4. Eating ‘char kway teow’ at a hawker centre is an undeniably Singaporean experience. Lau Pa Sat is the most atmospheric place in town.
  5. Tiong Bahru is the neighbourhood to visit to check out the best in local brands.

Two-hour tour

  • Kampong Glam (Arab quarter) — Between Rochor Canal Road and Beach Road.

  • Peranakan Museum

    39 Armenian Street

    +65 6332 7591

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  • Gardens by the Bay

    18 Marina Gardens Drive

    +65 6420 6848

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Wanderlust

    2 Dickson Road

    +65 6396 3322

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  • Dependable chain

    InterContinental Singapore

    80 Middle Road

    +65 6338 7600

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  • Premium

    Four Seasons

    190 Orchard Boulevard

    +65 6734 1110

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Killiney Kopitiam — Twenty locations around the city.

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  • Business breakfast

    Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel

    1 Beach Road

    +65 6412 1816

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Chye Seng Huat Hardware

    150 Tyrwhitt Road

    +65 6396 0609

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill

    45 Ann Siang Road 02-02

    +65 9797 0648

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  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    Pollen

    Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

    +65 6604 9988

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  • Lunch on your own

    Real Food Grocer

    6 Eu Tong Sen Street B1-52/53

    +65 6224 4492

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton

    7 Raffles Avenue

    +65 6434 5288

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  • Dinner on your own

    The Naked Finn

    41 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks

    +65 6694 0807

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Iggy’s

    3F, Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road

    +65 6732 2234

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  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Kilo

    2F, 66 Kampong Bugis

    +65 6467 3987

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  • Drink after dinner

    Over Easy

    1 Fullerton Road

    +65 6423 0701

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  • Late drinks

    28 HongKong Street

    28 Hongkong Street

    +65 6534 4076

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  • Late bite

    2am:dessert bar

    21A Lorong Liput

    +65 6291 9727

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  • On the tiles

    Avalon

    2 Bayfront Avenue

    +65 6688 7448

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Books Actually

    9 Yong Siak Street

    +65 6222 9195

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Thank yous

  • Chocolates

    Laurent Bernard Chocolatier

    80 Mohamed Sultan Road

    +65 6235 9007

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    The General Company

    150a Tyrwhitt Road

    +65 8444 5589

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Takashimaya

    391 Orchard Road

    +65 6738 1111

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  • Something for someone you love

    Nana and Bird

    59 Eng Hoon Street 01-65

    +65 9117 0430

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  • Something for yourself

    The Monocle Shop

    74 Jalan Kelabu Asap

    +65 6475 1791

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Transport

  • Buy a pass — Rechargeable EZ-Link cards are valid for travel everywhere on the MRT (local train) and buses.

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Limousine/car

  • Singapore Limousine

    Block 103, 3-74 Rivervale Walk

    +65 6384 2290

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Fitness

  • Good cycling/running route

    East Coast Park

    East Coast Park

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  • Good gym

    Pure Fitness

    3F, 270 Orchard Road

    +65 6100 3813

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  • Good running route — The Southern Ridges Start at Mount Faber Park

  • Alternative diversion

    Pulau Ubin mangrove kayaking

    100 Rowell Road

    +65 6733 2282

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