There is no doubt why Singapore is one of the most powerful nations in Asia. While Singapore is known for grandiose and futuristic skyscrapers, the country balances itself with green nature, and numerous places release clean oxygen to its citizens and international visitors. Another charming side is its multicultural environment, which reflects the whole dynamic of the country. These are 10 check-in spots you should not miss when you are in the Lion City.
1# Singapore City Gallery/Red Dot Museum
Take the MRT exit at either China Town or Tanjong Pagar. Singapore City Gallery provides interactive exhibitions to narrate the layers of the city’s physical transformation over 50 years. Walk across the street to the immense rubicund building — Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. Download the mobile app, a self-touring walking guide around the city, for more fun – especially while exploring the most creative designs from over 50 countries.
2# Maxwell Food Hawker
Singaporeans are open-minded when it comes to cuisine diversity and fusion. Maxwell Food Hawker is the answer for those who want to discover the variety of Singaporean tastes. Try Hokkien Mee with prawn, Laksa in coconut curry, Biryani, Porridge, Fried Wonton and special halal dishes. Finish your meal with a cold dessert like pumpkin soymilk, fried sweet potato dumplings. Maxwell Food Hawker is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Singapore City Gallery or Red Dot Museum.
3# Fort Canning Park/Orchard Road
Besides the lush greenery Fort Canning Park proposes, the park has a long fruitful history and is a home for the city’s events. Home of Singapore’s heritage trees like Kapok and Gelam, it is an ideal place for photographing. The park is not remote from Orchard Road, another street you don’t want to miss even if you’re not a shopaholic type. The long stretch of endless shopping malls and world-class restaurants will keep you occupied all day.
4# Gardens by the Bay
Who wouldn’t want to observe those giant, avatar-like Super Tree Groves? These 18 space-age trees can be dubbed as perfect shade during the day and buoyant entertainment at nightfall. It is one of the 20 best check-in spots in the world. These branches are not only outstanding but also environmentally sustainable with cells that produce solar energy. There are additional units you can stroll around and do art-hunting for the unique sculptures from all over the world:
5# Marina Bay Sands
Nobody can deny that Marina Bay Sands has become Singapore’s number one landmark. It is the mecca of all entertainment, art and science, from Michelin starred-restaurants (four celebrity chefs) to world-class nightclubs, from the best sound system theatres to prestigious art pieces, from the largest collections of luxury items to their signature lavish casino. Stare at magnificent Rain Oculus designed to function as both a skylight and a rain collector.
6# China Town
It is essential to visit China Town, renowned as the cleanest China Town in the world. Bustling with food vendors and souvenir shops, China Town is a colourful character and you can buy almost anything here for bargain prices. Enter two significant temples; Buddha Tooth Relic Temple/Museum, and a few steps further, Sri Miriamman Hindu Temple. During the night, Club Street is presently perfect for those looking for funky bars and hip places to hang out.
7# Little India
As soon as you exit the MRT NE7, you’ll come out to this wet market/food court known as Tekka Centre. This Tamil neighbourhood has a long history since the foundation days of Singapore. Today the area is vibrant and picturesque. Do visit the flower/fruit market on Serangoon Road. You will adore the boundless beauty of exotic flowers, delicately-made garlands and tropical fruits. Try an Indian meal in one of those eat-with-bare-hands restaurants.
8# Haji Lane
Though this hidden tiny lane is one of the narrowest streets in the country, Haji Lane is blissful for quirky shoppers. You will find one-of-a-kind treasures or stylish pieces in these shop houses. Upcoming artists flock to this area to create original street art or graffiti. In addition to colorful pre-war architecture, this neighbourhood is a dreamland for artists and those who enjoy witnessing art on old wrecked walls.
9# Robertson Quay
With the extensive mix of trendy international restaurants, funky bars, modern galleries and museums, theatres, concert halls, parks and exclusive condominiums, Robertson Quay is a popular place to go among the locals. The ambience is not excessively hectic so that you could adore the settings, beautiful lights and view of Singapore River at night. The coolness from the water will calm you down after a long day of exploring Red Dot city.
10# Clark Quay to Boat Quay
These two historical Quays are blood vessels of Singapore’s trade. Every year, thousands flock to this zone for distinctive reasons. It is the hub of famous Singaporean nightclubs, a wide range of outdoor activities, a venue to many flagship diners that serve the original Singaporean Chili crabs and mega shopping malls. There is one hidden alley sans entrance fee in the tunnel, alive with charming street art painted by different organisations. You will appreciate the colourful walls while listening to local artists serenading in every step of walk.
Text by Dussadee Oeawpanich / Photos by Taweeroj Eawpanich
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