Singapore

General Information

A graceful Empire-era city

Shopping

Singapore and shopping go together hand in hand. Orchard Road is always held up as the best option for retail addicts and plays home to a whole host of mega-malls, among them ION Orchard (Tang Plaza) and Ngee Ann City (391 Orchard Road), the latter including outlets such as Christian Dior, Loewe and Louis Vuitton. For basic souvenirs, meanwhile, the Chinatown area offers an abundance of choice, as does the Bugis Street Market. Little India and Holland Village provide further alternatives for picking up presents, while along Arab Street you will find some good independent boutiques.

Food & Drink

Food is the other great Singaporean passion, with the local cuisine drawing on a variety of Chinese, Malay, Indian and European flavours. The end results are generally mouth-watering, and can be as readily sampled in well-priced hawker centres like Makansutra Gluttons Bay (8 Raffles Avenue) and the Maxwell Road Food Centre (1 Kadayanallur Street) as in ultra-refined eateries such as Iggy’s (581 Orchard Road). Classic Singaporean dishes include Hainanese chicken rice and chilli crab. The open-air restaurants along Boat Quay always draw a tourist crowd, as does the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel (1 Beach Road), the home of the Singapore Sling cocktail.

Events

Chingay Parade

Hotels

Singapore draws travellers of every hue, meaning its choice of accommodation ranges from cutting-edge five-star luxury to basic backpacker hostels. Almost unarguably the most eye-catching property in the city is the soaring, triple-towered Marina Bay Sands (10 Bayfront Avenue) – it’s topped by an enormous ‘skydeck’. Close by is the supremely cool Fullerton Bay Hotel (80 Collyer Quay), while over on Sentosa the freshly opened W Singapore Sentosa Cove (21 Ocean Way) draws a trendy crowd. For something a little more affordable, book a room at the Santa Grand Hotel Little India (3 Veerasamy Road).

Essentials

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