Singapore Travel Guide - Updated 2021

Singapore Travel Guide  - Updated 2021
Trip101 Editorial
Trip101 Editorial 
Updated
Quan Mei Toh
Endorsed by Local Expert
Quan Mei Toh

At the end of the Malay peninsula lies Singapore, an island state no bigger than a speck on the world map. Yet, in spite of its minute size, this tropical paradise is home to a diverse local culture, delicious cuisine, multitudes of lush greenery, and a distinct local dialect known as Singlish. Whether it’s in her focal points or off-the-beaten path suburbs and farmways, there are adventures to be found in every corner of this bustling metropolis. Ready to get lost in the Lion City? Flip open this guide!

Overview

Singapore skyline at sunset viewed from Gardens by the Bay East - 20120426
Source: Photo by user Chensiyuan used under CC BY-SA 4.0

A small island with big adventures, there’s nothing you can’t find in Singapore. This modern metropolis – among the world’s richest, safest and cleanest – is where you can experience an urban, historic and culinary getaway, all in the midst of lush greenery.

You’ll find the focal points of your visit to Singapore’s Central Region, which, ironically, is tucked away in the island’s south. This area of the country encompasses places like Marina Bay and Singapore’s three main ethnic enclaves, Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam. For fans of Pokemon Go, these places are also hotspots for rare Pokemon.

However, that’s not all there is! Lush nature parks, indie businesses, pieces of local heritage and hawker centres lie all over the island – it’s just a matter of seeking them out.

On this small, modern island, travel shouldn’t be a hassle – a smooth train ride from one end of the island to another should take about an hour and a half. If you should ever find yourself lost, don’t worry: follow a road, and you’re never too far from a bus stop.

Top 5 Attractions

  1. Marina Bay Sands: A national icon, the Marina Bay Sands is to Singapore what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, or the Opera House is to Sydney.

  2. Ethnic enclaves: Go back to the time of Singapore’s modern founding and explore the heritage of Singapore’s main races in Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam.

  3. Singapore Botanic Gardens: This 74-hectare park poses the epitome of Singapore’s flora and is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  4. Singapore Zoo: The world’s best rainforest zoo is home to over 315 species of fauna, of which about 50 are considered endangered. Be sure to visit its neighbours: Asia’s first River Safari and the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo.

  5. Sentosa: Singapore’s most famous offshore island, Sentosa is branded ‘The State of Fun’. Here, you’ll find all the attractions of a great holiday, such as the casino at Resorts World, Universal Studios Singapore, the world’s largest aquarium and up to 3 beaches!

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Posted on: Jan 18, 2020

Sentosa Merlion is now closed.  It will be demolished to make way for the new theme linkway between the north and south shores of Sentosa.

Places that I like to visit in Sentosa are:

1) Universal Studio

2) Festive Walk

3) Adventure Cove Water Theme Park

Tips & Essential Things To Know

Tips

  • Bring an umbrella with you everywhere. Weather here can be unpredictable – it could be sunny in the morning but a thunderstorm by afternoon!

  • Don’t litter or bring/distribute gum. Singapore has stringent anti-littering policies and a ban on chewing gum. If caught littering or spitting gum on the streets, you could be fined or punished by law.

  • Dress lightly, but not too lightly. Singapore is a hot and humid country, so head out in short-sleeved shirts and shorts. However, if you’re visiting a place of cultural significance, it’s polite to cover up.

  • Not everyone speaks English. English may be Singapore’s main language, but not everyone is fluent in it. People who lack proficiency may include elderly locals and some foreign workers. Should the situation arise, you could consult a passerby for help; but if all else fails, most people understand basic English.

  • Tipping is not required in Singapore. Many businesses and establishments charge a Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 7% to 10% in place of this. If you wish to tip, be mindful of the situation: while it’s acceptable to tip your driver, server, tour guide or food delivery guy, a compliment would work better at hawker centres or Changi Airport.

Essential to Know

  • Population: 5.61 million

  • Currency: Singapore dollar (SGD or S$); S$1 = 100¢

  • Telephone: Country code +65

  • Emergency numbers:

-Police: 999

-Fire/Emergency Ambulance: 995

-Non-emergency ambulance: 1777 (Calling 995 in a non-emergency medical situation can result in a fine)

  • Spoken language: British English

  • Official languages: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil

  • Local lingo: Singlish

-‘Lah’ – An exclamation; often added to the end of sentences.

-‘Paiseh’ – Hokkien for ‘sorry’ or ‘excuse me’. Used to express embarrassment sometimes. (e.g. ‘Don’t want lah! Sing in public so paiseh.’)

  • Electricity: 220V/240V, 50 Hz. Uses the three-pronged square pin type socket.

  • Opening hours:

-Office hours are usually 9 am to 5 pm.

-Most commercial businesses open around 10 am and close around 10 pm.

-Bars & clubs may open as early as 5 pm or as late as 10 pm, but close around 3 am to 5 am.

-Opening hours for indie businesses may vary.

  • Tourist Information Office:

-Address: 216 Orchard Road, [email protected], Singapore 238898

-Phone: +65 6736 2000

-Hours: 8:30am–9:30pm daily

  • When to visit:

Singapore is great to visit all year round! Due to its tropical climate, the largest distinctions in the island’s weather lie between the sweltering sun and torrential thunderstorms. However, if you’re up to get the best bargains and participate in local festivities, the best months to visit would be July and August, as that’s when events like National Day, the Singapore Food Festival, and the Great Singapore Sale take place.

  • Important locations:

-Changi International Airport: Named World’s Best Airport for four consecutive years, Changi International Airport presents to travellers a smooth, peaceful, top-notch transit experience. It is home to 3 terminals, of which Terminal 3 is the newest and caters to more expensive airlines; such as Singapore Airlines, which has been named the world’s best airline multiple times. The airport’s fourth terminal will be open in 2017.

Changi Airport can be easily accessed via MRT: simply ride the East-West (EW, or green) line to Tanah Merah (EW4), and change trains to the one headed for Changi Airport.

-Post office: Singapore Post has numerous outlets around Singapore. For letters, post boxes can be found around the island; but if you need an office, here is a list of branches.

-Pharmacies: Main pharmaceutical chains include Guardian and Watsons.

-Medical clinics: Medical clinics can be found in most neighbourhoods and suburbs around Singapore. You can easily search them up on Google Maps, but if you can’t seem to find one, go to an A&E.

-Hospitals: Should you ever be in need of an A&E, hospitals are conveniently located around the island. Here is a list of hospitals in Singapore. In case of emergency, dial 995.

-Embassies: There are 88 foreign embassies and consulates in Singapore. Here is a list of them.

Fun Fact: Did you know that North Korea has an embassy in Singapore? Despite Singapore’s strict anti-communist laws, it maintains friendly relations with the Hermit Kingdom.

  • Public Transport:

-Understanding the system:

The most convenient way of getting around Singapore is via the train system, better known as the MRT (short for Mass Rapid Transit). As of November 2016, the MRT operates on 5 lines:

  • The North-South Line, abbreviated as NS and denoted by the color red.
  • The East-West Line, abbreviated as EW/CG and denoted by the color green.
  • The North-East Line, abbreviated as NE and denoted by the color purple.
  • The Circle Line, abbreviated as CC/CE and denoted by the color yellow.
  • The Downtown Line, abbreviated as DT and denoted by the color blue.

It’s believed that nowhere major is ever too far from an MRT station, but if you’re in the mood for a more off-the-beaten-path exploration, you can take a bus to your destination. Most bus interchanges are located near MRTs. Search the MRT map for a blue bus icon to find train stations with a bus interchange.

-Fares:

Singapore’s bus and train system uses Ez-Link cards to charge commuters their respective fares. It’s simple – all you need to do is tap your card on the readers (at gantries in train stations or by the doors on buses) when you board and alight.

If you’re here for a few days, it would be best to get a tourist pass, which offers unlimited travel on trains and buses for a select number of days. For a long-term stay, purchase an Ez-Link card at a TransitLink Ticket Office or any 7-Eleven islandwide. Do note that you’ll need to top up your card every once in a while; and if you’re taking a bus, it’s always good to carry spare change for the fare in case the stored value of your card is too low.

-Taxis:

  • How to flag down a taxi: Step out to the roadside (i.e. at the edge of the pavement) and stick your hand out to the road when you see a free taxi (denoted by a green sign reading ‘TAXI’ on its roof) approaching. It’s always a good habit to tell your driver where you’re headed before you board the taxi; and if he agrees to take you, inform him of your preferred route, if any. Do not flag down taxis near bus stops or traffic crossings.

Most shopping centers and MRT stations have taxi stands, so save yourself the hassle and queue for a taxi instead.

  • Fares: All taxis are metered and fares must be charged according to the meter. A number of circumstances can affect one’s fare, including traffic tolls, time of day, taxi company, destination and waiting time (if any). Useful taxi figures and phone numbers can be found here, while a taxi fare calculator (amounts calculated are estimates) can be found here.

  • The Singapore taxi experience: If you’re not caught in a jam, a taxi ride in Singapore should be relatively smooth. Most taxi drivers like to listen to the radio while they drive, and some like to strike up a conversation with the passenger. It’s always nice to converse with them and possibly gain a new acquaintance; but do tell them politely if you’d like some peace and quiet.

  • Restrictions: No more than 4 adults or 6 children (below 12) should be in a taxi at any time. If you believe a driver has overcharged you, request a receipt as proof and lodge a police report.

Places Of Interest: Must-sees

Marina Bay Sands

A ship in the sky
Source: Photo by Flickr user Rapid Spin used under CC BY-ND 2.0

The Marina Bay Sands is an icon of modern Singapore. Within this integrated resort lies a multitude of experiences, from the glitz and glamour of a luxury hotel, a casino and a high-end shopping mall to the ArtScience museum and an observation deck. Even if these escape your budget, there are many photo opportunities and a nightly light-and-water show.

Marina Bay Sands

Admission fees:

ArtScience Museum:

Adult – $17

Senior citizens (65 & above) & students (with valid ID) – $14

Child (2 to 12) – $10

Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) – $44

Special exhibitions with an extra fee may be held. Check the website for rates.

Casino: Free; produce valid ID (eg. passport)

Observation Deck:

Adults – $23

Child (2 to 12) – $17

Senior citizens (65 & above) – $20

Free for children under 2.

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Access: Linked to Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16)

Opening hours:

The Shoppes: 10:30am –11pm (Sun to Thurs); 10:30am –11:30pm (Fri & Sat)

ArtScience Museum: 10am–7pm daily

Casino: 24 hours daily

Observation Deck: 9:30am – 10pm (Mon to Thurs); 9:30am – 11pm (Fri to Sun)

Contact: +65 6688 8868

Website: Marina Bay Sands

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Posted on: Jan 22, 2020

It is advisable to spend 1 day around Marina Bay Sands vicinity.  You can visit Garden by the Bay,  Sky Park Observation Deck, Casino, Shop and Dine at MBS/Esplanade/Suntec City. What i enjoyed most is the Spectra – A Light & Water Show (Daily 8pm and 9pm at Event Plaza. Free Entry) and the Digital Light Canvas performance.  Sharing with you, the beauty of Marina Bay Sands at different timing and occasions.

Merlion Park


The Merlion Park is home to Singapore’s long-lasting icon, the Merlion. Bearing the head of a lion but the tail of a fish, this mythical beast is a symbol of Singapore’s name and its humble beginnings as a fishing village. The Merlion Park has a near perfect view of the Singapore skyline and is also home to a smaller replica of the Merlion for fun snapshots.

Merlion Park

Admission: Free

Address: 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213

Access: 7 min walk from City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Nov 08, 2019

This is the largest Merlion statue in Singapore (after the closure of the former biggest statue in Sentosa) and a must-visit attraction! Get the best Instagram photo with the Merlion when you head there early in the morning to avoid photo-bombers! 

Gardens By The Bay

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Khairul Nizam used under CC BY 2.0

Gardens By The Bay is a vast waterfront park comprising of three main gardens and two plant conservatories. Here, you’ll find one of the best botanic experiences in the country. Lush flora and fauna can be found everywhere, even the supertrees, which have over 162,900 plants of more than 200 species growing up their trunks. Be sure to catch their dazzling light shows!

Gardens By The Bay

Admission fees:

Outdoor Gardens: Free

Conservatories:

Adult – $28

Child (3 to 12) – $15

Free for children under 3.

Opening hours:

Outdoor Gardens: 5am – 2am daily

Conservatories: 9am–9pm daily

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

Access: Take Exit B from Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16)

Contact: +65 6420 6848

Website: Gardens By The Bay

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Nov 08, 2019

Enjoy the Garden Rhapsody light shows that happen every night at the Supertree Grove (7.45pm and 8.45pm). Each show lasts 15 minutes. See the Supertrees come to live either from ground level or head to a not-so-known location to see them from a higher ground (to save your neck from looking up). You can catch pretty nice sunset from the garden too! 

Esplanade


Known as ‘the big durians’ among locals, the Esplanade is one of Singapore’s most prominent performing arts centre. Architecture aside, it’s an integral fixture on the arts scene – not only does it have a shopping centre, but it also organises free performances and workshops to promote the arts among locals.

Esplanade

Admission: Free (Prices for ticketed events can be found online)

Opening hours: 8am to 2am daily

Address: 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981

Access: Take Exit C from City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25) and follow the signs at CityLink Mall to the Esplanade.

Contact: +65 6828 8377

Website: Esplanade

Sentosa



Dubbed ‘The State of Fun’, Sentosa is an idyllic offshore getaway. Luxury experiences await here, along with the world’s largest aquarium and Universal Studios Singapore! Soak up the sun on one of the island’s 3 beaches, or explore more of the country’s history at Fort Siloso, Sentosa Merlion or Images of Singapore.

Sentosa

Admission & Access: Reach Sentosa by cable car, on foot, by bicycle or by car.

For more info, please visit www.sentosa.com.sg/Plan-Your-Visit/getting-around

Opening hours: 24 hours daily, but businesses and transport may close according to operating hours

Contact: +65 6828 8377

Website: Sentosa

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Posted on: Jan 18, 2020

Sentosa Merlion is closed for good.  It will be demolished to make way for the new theme linkway between the north and south shore of Sentosa.

Here are some of the places that I liked most :

Sentosa Tourist Attractions:

1) Universal Studio

2)  Festive Walk

3) Adventure Cove Water Park

My favourite Makan Places in Sentosa:

1) Putien Restaurant

2) Tino's Pizza

3) Malaysian Foods Street

4) Hard Rock Hotel - Sessions Restaurant -  It's a buffet spread.  

Singapore Flyer

SG-singapore-flyer-1
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Balou46 used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Standing at a whopping 165m (that’s taller than the Statue of Liberty and the Big Ben!), the Singapore Flyer is the tallest observation wheel in the world. Step into one of its glass capsules and admire the panorama of Singapore in its entirety. At the peak, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of up to 45km away – 3km more than the entire length of Singapore!

Singapore Flyer

Admission fees:

Adult (13 & above) – $33

Child (3 to 12) – $21

Opening hours: 8:30am to 10pm daily

Address: 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803

Access: 5 min walk from Promenade MRT (CC4) Exit A

Website: Singapore Flyer

Places Of Interest in Chinatown

Chinatown Heritage Centre


An absolute must-visit for any visitor to Chinatown is the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Navigate this traditional shophouse for a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown’s early residents. With this museum, your visit to Chinatown is bound to be more enriching!

Chinatown Heritage Centre

Admission fees:

Adults – $15

Child (7 to 12) – $11

Guided tours come at an extra charge.

Opening hours: 9am–8pm daily

Address: 48 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059207

Access: 2 min walk from Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19) Exit A

Contact: +65 6224 3928

Website: Chinatown Heritage Centre

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple - Singapore 2016
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mike Cartmell used under CC BY 2.0

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum may only be a decade old, but its resplendent interiors provide insightful exhibits on Buddhist art, history and culture. Don’t miss out on seeing a tooth belonging to Gautama Buddha, the very founder of Buddhism.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Admission: Free

Restrictions:

No revealing attire (eg. bare-backs, off-shoulders, shorts, mini skirts, slippers etc.), no non-vegetarian food and no pets allowed.

Opening hours: 7am–7pm daily

Address: 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840

Access: 5 min walk from Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19) Exit B

Contact: +65 6220 0220

Website: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Thian Hock Keng Temple


Thian Hock Keng Temple is one of the oldest and most important Chinese temples in Singapore. Can you believe that when the temple was established, its front led to the open sea? Built of wood, stone and tiles, this architectural masterpiece was built without the use of a single nail!

Thian Hock Keng Temple

Admission: Free

Restrictions:

No revealing attire (eg. bare-backs, off-shoulders, shorts, mini skirts, slippers etc.)

Opening hours: 7.30am–5.30pm daily

Address: 158 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068613

Access:

2 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT (DT18) Exit A

10 min walk from Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19) Exit A

Contact: +65 6423 4616

Website: Thian Hock Keng Temple

Fuk Tak Chi Museum



Built in 1824, Fuk Tak Chi is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. Despite its beginnings as a place of worship, it is now Singapore’s first street museum, housing over 200 artefacts donated by residents of Chinatown. Step into the past as you learn the history of Singapore’s Chinese community!

Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 10am–10pm daily

Address: 76 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048464

Access: 1 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT (DT18) Exit B

Contact: +65 6580 2888

Website: Fuk Tak Chi Museum

Sri Mariamman Temple



Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest and most significant Hindu temple in Singapore. Take a step into its majestic gopuram (entrance tower) and ornate interiors for an insight into the traditions of Indian Hindus in Singapore.

Sri Mariamman Temple

Admission: Free

Restrictions: See ‘Etiquette

Opening hours: 7am–12pm & 6pm–9pm daily

Address: 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793

Access: 3 min walk from Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19) Exit A

Contact: +65 6223 4064

Website: Sri Mariamman Temple

Kong Chow Wui Koon Cultural Centre



Built in 1840 by immigrants from Guangdong, China, the Kong Chow Wui Koon (KCWK) is one of the oldest clan associations in Singapore. This cultural center houses galleries on all of its four floors, showcasing artefacts and displays on Cantonese ancestry, heritage and arts. The center offers guided tours in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Kong Chow Wui Koon Cultural Centre

Admission: Free

Opening hours:

10am–6pm (Mon to Fri)

10am–2pm (Sat)

Closed on Sun & public holidays

Address: 321 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088758

Access: 5 min walk from Outram Park MRT (EW16/NE3) Exit H

Contact: +65 6223 9806

Website: Kong Chow Wui Koon Cultural Centre

Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre



A much-overlooked cultural site, the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre used to serve as a shrine. Today, it dedicates its premises to showcase the heritage of Singapore’s Indian Muslim community.

Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 10am–5pm (Mon to Fri)

Address: 140 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068604

Access: 1 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT (DT18) Exit A

Contact: +65 6256 8188

Website: Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre

Places of Interest in Kampong Glam

Sultan Mosque



A spectacular, golden-domed mosque, Sultan Mosque is one of the most important and impressive religious sites in the country. Enter its opulent interiors and admire its intricate architecture as you learn about the culture of Muslims in Singapore.

For a delicious meal nearby, we recommend Muslim restaurant Zam Zam.

Sultan Mosque

Admission: Free

Restrictions: See ‘Visitor’s Note

Opening hours:

10am–12pm & 2pm–4pm (Sat to Thurs)

2:30pm–4pm (Friday)

Visitors will be guided.

Address: 3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833

Access: 10 min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14) Exit B

Contact: +65 6293 4405

Website: Sultan Mosque

Malay Heritage Centre

Malay Heritage Centre - Facade
Source: Photo by user TamanWarisanMelayu used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Enter the Malay Heritage Centre of Kampong Glam to experience the rich history, heritage and tradition of Singapore’s Malay community. Located within the former Istana (or palace) of the Sultan of Singapore, the centre’s six galleries host numerous stories and artefacts from both the community and the national collection.

Malay Heritage Centre

Admission fees:

Adults – $4

Child (6 & above) & Senior Citizens (60 & above) – $2

Free for children under 6.

Opening hours:

10am–6pm (Tues to Sun)

Closed on Mon

Address: 85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501

Access: 10 min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14) Exit B

Contact: +65 6391 0450

Website: Malay Heritage Centre

Places of Interest in Little India

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Roof of Sri Veeramakaliamman temple in Singapore
Source: Photo by Flickr user Tim Adams used under CC BY 2.0

Located in the heart of Little India, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a historic Hindu temple. Once a place of refuge for new immigrants, it is now a site of intricate statues and ornate detailing and continues to serve as a place of worship to Singapore’s Indian Hindus.

If you enjoy the beauty of these temples, set aside time to see Little India’s other temples, such as Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple, and Shree Lakshminarayan Temple.

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Admission: Free

Opening hours:

8am–12pm, 6.30–9pm (Mon to Thu, Sat)

8am–12pm, 6pm–9pm (Fri & Sun)

Address: 141 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218042

Access: 7 min walk from Little India MRT (NE7/DT12) Exit E

Contact: +65 6293 4634

Website: Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple



The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is one of the most prominent Buddhist temples in Singapore. Enter its interiors to face a majestic, 15-metre tall Buddha, surrounded by an aura of light bulbs which gives the temple its nickname, ‘Temple of 1000 Lights’.

Admission: Free Address: 366 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218638 Access: 5 min walk from Farrer Park MRT (NE8) Exit B Opening hours: 8am–4:30pm daily Contact: +65 6294 0714

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 8am–4:30pm daily

Address: 366 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218638

Access: 5 min walk from Farrer Park MRT (NE8) Exit B

Contact: +65 6294 0714

Website: Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Tan Teng Niah


You’ll easily see why the residence of Tan Teng Niah has been deemed ‘the most colourful house in Singapore’. Decked out in myriad hues, this pre-war villa was once home to its namesake, a confectionery businessman. Today, it’s home to some shops, but still makes some great photo opportunities.

Tan Teng Niah

Address: 37 Kerbau Rd, Singapore 219168

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Access: 3 min walk from Little India MRT (NE7/DT12) Exit E

Website: Tan Teng Niah

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Nov 08, 2019

This is known as one of those instagrammable shophouses / buildings in Singapore, situated in a corner in Little India. If you are exploring around Little India, why not head over to get some OOTDs shot! 

Indian Heritage Centre



Similar to its Chinatown and Kampong Glam counterparts, the Indian Heritage Centre showcases the diverse culture and history of Singapore’s Indian community. This is also the first museum in Southeast Asia with a focus on the heritage of Southeast Asian Indians.

Indian Heritage Centre

Admission fees:

Adults – $4

Senior citizens (above 60) – $2

Child (6 to 12) – $2

Opening hours:

10am–7pm (Tue to Thurs)

10am–8pm (Fri & Sat)

10am–4pm (Sun & Public Holidays)

Closed on Mondays

Address: 5 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209924

Access: 5 min walk from Little India MRT (NE7/DT12) Exit E

Contact: +65 6291 1601

Website: Indian Heritage Centre

Places of Interest – Peranakan Sights

The Intan



Beneath its front of a simple, pre-war bungalow, the Intan houses a vibrance of all things Peranakan. Step into this home museum and admire the artefacts of the Straits Chinese, and indulge in a hearty meal cooked by the owner’s family!

The Intan

Admission fees: Fee depends on the number of people and meal (breakfast/tea or lunch/dinner)

Visits are by appointment only.

Opening hours: 7am–10pm daily

Address: 69 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427231

Access: 10 min walk from Eunos MRT (EW7) Exit A

Contact: 6440 1148

Website: The Intan

Katong Antique House



Within this quaint, pre-war shophouse lies an expansive collection of Peranakan antiques, portraits and heirlooms – all the work of fourth-generation Peranakan Peter Wee. Call in advance for a tour of the premises, and indulge in Peter’s tales of days long past. However, practice caution if you’re clumsy – this place is packed with artefacts.

Katong Antique House

Admission: $15 (cash only)

Visits are by appointment only.

Opening hours: 11am–4:30pm daily

Address: 208 East Coast Road, Singapore 428907

Access: 30 min walk from Eunos MRT (EW7) Exit C

4 min taxi ride from Eunos MRT (EW7), the cost will amount to ~$5

Contact: +65 6345 8544

Peranakan Museum

Singapore Peranakan Museum-1 (11944784945)
Source: Photo by user Sheba_Also 43,000... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Peranakan Museum houses perhaps the finest collection of Peranakan artefacts in the world. Step into a series of ambient galleries and true-to-life recreations of Peranakan customs and chambers for a comprehensive understanding of this minority’s legacy.

Peranakan Museum

Admission fees:

Adults – $10

Students (with valid ID) & Senior Citizens (60 & above) – $6

Persons with Disabilities – $6 (Free admission for primary caregiver)

Families (max. 5 people) – $30

Free for children 6 & below.

50% discount on Fridays, 7pm to 9pm

Opening hours:

10am–7pm (Sat to Thurs)

10am–9pm (Fri)

Address: 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941

Access: 6 min walk from City Hall MRT (NS25/EW13) Exit B

Contact: +65 6332 7591

Website: Peranakan Museum

Places of Interest – Eurasian Sights

Armenian Church



Sitting in a quiet spot off Orchard Road is the Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator, better known as Armenian Church. A simple monument, this place of worship is the masterpiece of prominent Irish architect George D. Coleman, and home to the tombstone of Agnes Joaquim, the lady who bred Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim.

Armenian Church

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 9am–6pm daily

Address: 60 Hill Street, Singapore 179366

Access: 8 min walk from Bras Basah MRT (CC2)

Contact: +65 6334 0141

Website: Armenian Church

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Interior of St Andrews Cathedral Singapore September 2015
Source: Photo by user Nick-D used under CC BY-SA 4.0


If you’re in the city, there’s no way you can miss this imposing cathedral. A Gothic structure decked out in white, St. Andrew’s Cathedral the largest of its kind in Singapore. It debunks the myth that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice – its spire suffered two lightning strikes in the 1840s!

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 9am–5pm (Mon to Sat)

Address: 11 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178959

Access: 2 min walk from City Hall MRT (NS25/EW13) Exit B

Contact: +65 6337 6104

Website: St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Eurasian Heritage Centre

Posted by The Eurasian Association, Singapore on Monday, 17 April 2017

The Eurasian Heritage Centre showcases the heritage of Singapore’s Eurasian community. Step into galleries of donated personal belongings, as well as firsthand stories from World War 2. You’ll even get to participate in a Eurasian folk dance class after a tour! If you’re feeling peckish, Quentin’s Restaurant offers a sumptuous feast of genuine Eurasian cuisine.

Eurasian Heritage Centre

Admission:

Free for Walk-in visitors

Group booking (≥10 people) – $3/pax

Guided tours (≥20 people) provided by appointment.

Opening hours:

9am–6pm (Tues to Sun)

Closed on Mondays.

Address: 139 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429744

Access: 17 min walk from Paya Lebar MRT (EW8/CC9) Exit A

Contact: +65 6447 1578

Website: Eurasian Heritage Centre

Places of Interest: Garden City

Singapore Botanic Gardens



Visit Singapore’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Botanic Gardens! Founded in 1859, this luxuriant park is the oldest garden in Singapore. Here, you’ll find the tree on the $5 note, as well as the world’s largest orchid display. Take a stroll by the swan lake, or enjoy a picnic on the field by Symphony Lake.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Admission: Free . Orchid Gardens Adults – $5

Child (12 & below) – $1

Senior Citizens (60 & above) – $1

Free for children below 12.

Opening hours: 5am–12am daily

Orchid Gardens: 8:30am–7pm daily

Last entry at 6pm

For more info, please visit the website.

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Access: Botanic Gardens MRT (CC19/DT9) Exit A

Contact: +65 6471 7138

Website: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Zoo / River Safari / Night Safari



A world-class wildlife experience awaits in the premises of Mandai Zoo. Travel here in the daytime for the world’s best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoological Gardens, or dive into an aquatic experience with the freshwater fauna of the River Safari. As the darkness dawns, enter the realm of the nocturnal at the Night Safari, the first night zoo in the world.

Singapore Zoo

Admission fees:

Adult – $33

Child (3 to 12) – $22

Free for children under 3.

Opening hours: 8:30am–6pm daily

Website: Singapore Zoo

Night Safari

Admission: (inclusive of tram ride in English)

Adult – $45

Child (3 to 12) – $30

Free for children under 3.

Restrictions: Strictly no flash photography.

Opening hours: 7:30pm–12am daily

Website: Night Safari

River Safari

Admission: (inclusive of River Cruise)

Adult – $30

Child (3 to 12) – $20

Free for children under 3.

Amazon River Quest:

Adult – $5

Child (3 to 12) – $3

Restrictions for Amazon River Quest:

Riders must be at least 1.06m tall.

For safety reasons, pregnant women and guests in wheelchairs/impaired physical health are not allowed.

Boat ride is weather-permitting.

Opening hours: 10am–7pm daily

Website: River Safari

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

Access:

Bus 927 from Choa Chu Kang (NS4)

Bus Interchange

Bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio (NS16) Bus Interchange

Contact: +65 6269 3411

Save up to 50% for visits to multiple parks with a ParkHopper package! For more info, please visit the website.

Jurong Bird Park



Bird watchers, this one’s for you. Home to over 5,000 birds, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest avian sanctuary. You won’t find your feathered friends trapped in cages here – while some birds reside in recreated habitats, this park serves as one of the largest free-flying aviaries worldwide!

Jurong Bird Park

Admission fees:

Adult – $29

Child (3 to 12) – $19

Free for children under 3.

Opening hours: 8:30am–6pm daily

Address: 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925

Access: Bus 194 from Boon Lay (EW27) Bus Interchange

Contact: +65 6265 0022

Website: Jurong Bird Park

Fort Canning Park



A residence of royalty, a site of surrender, and more recently, an area for the arts – this odd convergence comprises the history of Fort Canning Park, a verdant park in the heart of Singapore’s civic district. Explore the park’s artefacts from World War 2, or pack a picnic for some Shakespeare In The Park.

Fort Canning Park

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Address: Canning Rise, Singapore 179869

Access: 10 min walk from Bras Basah MRT (CC2) Exits B & C, entrance is beside the National Museum of Singapore.

Accomodations

Marina Bay Sands (from USD 411)



This iconic resort is THE place to stay. At Marina Bay Sands, expect celebrity treatment and world-class service, along with picturesque views from the comfort of your room. You’ll also get to enjoy complimentary access to the hotel’s infinity pool and observation deck!

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Posted on: Jan 22, 2020

It is advisable to spend 1 day around Marina Bay Sands vicinity.  You can visit Garden by the Bay,  Sky Park Observation Deck, Casino, Shop and Dine at MBS/Esplanade/Suntec City. What i enjoyed most is the Spectra – A Light & Water Show (Daily 8pm and 9pm at Event Plaza. Free Entry) and the Digital Light Canvas performance.  Sharing with you, the beauty of Marina Bay Sands at different timing and occasions.


Marina Bay Sands (SG Clean)

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

Sofitel So Singapore (from USD 247)


In the heart of the Central Business District is Sofitel So Singapore, a luxury hotel set in a restored colonial building. Here, expect palatial accommodation within bright, high-ceilinged rooms, designed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld! For the best local food, Lau Pa Sat is right at the hotel’s doorstep.


SO/ Sofitel Singapore (SG Clean)

Wifi Available

Address: 35 Robinson Road (Alighting point – Boon Tat Link)
Accommodates: 2

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Newspapers Terrace

Goodwood Park Hotel (from USD 272)

singapore travel guide | goodwood park hotel
Source: Booking.com

Located off Orchard Road, Goodwood Park Hotel is a 5-star heritage hotel. Relish living among history as you stay in their Tower Wing, an official National Monument, or head down for a sumptuous high tea at their banquet. Dive into Singapore’s first ever hotel swimming pool here, or take a stroll in the blissful, landscaped gardens on the hotel grounds.


Goodwood Park Hotel (SG Clean)

Wifi Available

Address: 22 Scotts Road
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

The Keong Saik Hotel (from USD 78)


Lying on the edge of Chinatown, the Keong Saik Hotel provides a fantastic yet affordable stay in the country’s Chinese enclave. Enter this restored shophouse for a rest in cosy, vividly-hued rooms.


The Keong Saik Hotel (SG Clean, Staycation Approved)

Wifi Available

Address: 69 Keong Saik Road
Accommodates: 3

Parking Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Tour desk

The Sultan (from USD 91)



Live in the regal air of the royalty that once ruled Singapore in The Sultan. Occupying ten shophouses in Kampong Glam, this hotel houses 64 rooms, each with their own spatial and visual set-ups for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.


The Sultan (SG Clean)

Address: 101 Jalan Sultan, #01-01
Accommodates: 2

24-hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Ironing service Internet services

The InnCrowd (from USD 14)

The InnCrowd
Source: Booking.com

If you’re backpacking around Singapore’s ethnic enclaves, seek accommodation in the Inn Crowd, a budget hostel in the heart of Little India. Bunk in snug, private rooms by night, and surf the net or socialise in the common lounge by day.


The InnCrowd Backpackers' Hostel, Singapore

Address: 73 Dunlop Street

Hotel Nostalgia (from USD 81)


You’ll find a blend of traditional and colonial heritage in this affordable boutique hotel. Located in the hipster district of Tiong Bahru, this stylish accommodation is perfect for foodies, indie enthusiasts and bar-hoppers looking to explore all this area has to offer!


Nostalgia Hotel (SG Clean)

Wifi Available

Address: 77 Tiong Bahru Road
Accommodates: 2

Restaurant Room service 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Ironing service

Raintr33 Hotel (from USD 58)



Seeking a retreat in the lush tropical greenery of Singapore? Just 20-minute drive from Changi Airport, Raintr33 Hotel is a magnificent hotel surrounded by a thriving forest. Enter pristine rooms accentuated by touches of greenery, and wake up to the crisp morning air of the forest every morning!


Raintr33 Hotel Singapore

Address: 33 Hendon Road

Rabbit Carrot Gun (from USD 110)



If you’re looking to explore a more urban, local side of the country, Rabbit Carrot Gun makes for perfect accommodation. With eclectic, modern rooms and an on-site restaurant, this bed & breakfast is also a favourite among Singaporeans on staycation!


Rabbit Carrot Gun

Wifi Available

Address: 49 East Coast Road
Accommodates: 2

Restaurant Bar Terrace Non-smoking rooms Internet services WiFi Available Free WiFi Non-smoking throughout

Five Stones Hostel (from USD 14)



For the backpacker and the bar buff, there is Five Stones Hostel, a quaint hostel along beach road. Inspired by the old Singaporean game Five Stones, this hostel provides accommodation that is quirky, colorful and reminiscent of one’s childhood.


Five Stones Hostel

Address: 285 Beach Road

Dining

Chinatown Food Street



With towering glass roofs covering its entirety, Chinatown Food Street provides an alfresco dining experience no matter the weather. Despite its name, it serves a well-curated array of multicultural cuisine, providing for one of the most authentic Singaporean dining experiences you’ll have.

Chinatown Food Street

Suitable for: Halal, vegetarian (depending on stall)

Recommendations:

Katong Keah Kee’s Fried Oysters

Geylang Lor 9’s Fresh Frog Porridge

Boon Tat Street’s BBQ Seafood

Opening hours:

11am–2am (Mon to Thurs)

11am–3am (Fri to Sun)

Address: 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335

Access: 5 min walk from Chinatown MRT (NE4/DT19)

Website: Chinatown Food Street

Madras New Woodlands



Located in the heart of Little India, this humble restaurant boasts authentic South Indian interiors befitting of its menu. Enjoy a scrumptious meal of North or South Indian cuisine, and take home some ladoo or kaju barfi to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Madras New Woodlands

Suitable for: Halal, vegetarian

Recommendations: Appam, mango lassi, bhatura, dosai

Opening hours: 7:30am–11pm daily

Address: 14 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore 207474

Access: 6 min walk from Little India MRT (NE7/DT12)

Contact: +65 6297 1594

Mamanda



This Malay restaurant prides itself on the Malay heritage and culinary arts of Singapore. With ambient alfresco dining and opulent, palatial interiors, Mamanda provides one of the best Malay fine dining experiences in Singapore.

Mamanda

Suitable for: Halal

Recommendations: Nasi ambeng, beef rendang

Opening hours: 10am–10pm daily

Address: 73 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198497

Access: 10 min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14)

Contact: +65 6396 6646

Website: Mamanda

Zam Zam



Located near Sultan Mosque, this no-frills restaurant has been serving Indian Muslim cuisine for over a century. Dig into their generous murtabak or fill yourself up with their flavorful chicken briyani.

Zam Zam

Suitable for: Halal

Recommendations: Mutton murtabak, chicken briyani, teh tarik

Opening hours: 7am–11pm daily

Address: 697 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675

Access: 5 min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14)

Contact: +65 6298 6320

Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant



Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant is one of the only Eurasian restaurants in Singapore. Though a little on the expensive side, it’s most certainly worthy of representing the race on the culinary scene. Try their hearty pork semur, or set your taste buds alight with their devil’s curry!

Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant

Recommendations: Chicken devil curry, stir-fried okra, sugee cake

Opening hours:

11:30am–2:30pm & 6:30pm–10:30pm (Tue to Thurs, Sat & Sun)

11:30am–2:30pm & 6:30pm–12am (Fri)

Closed on Mondays

Address: Level 1 Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429744

Access: 17 min walk from Paya Lebar MRT (EW8/CC9) Exit A

Contact: +65 6348 0327

Website: Quentin’s Eurasian Restaurant

Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant



Housed in a simple Joo Chiat shophouse, Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant is a family restaurant that has served traditional Chinese and Peranakan cuisine for over 60 years. Step in for a delicious yet filling meal of ayam buah keluak curry, or pick from their wide range of pork, cuttlefish and prawn dishes!

Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

Recommendations: Ayam buah keluak, nonya chap chye, babi pongteh, gula melaka

Opening hours: 11am–3pm & 6pm–9:30pm daily

Address: 38/40 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427762

Access: 12 min walk from Eunos MRT (EW7) Exit C

Contact: +65 6344 2761

Website: Guan Hoe Soon Restaurant

Bussorah Street / Haji Lane / Arab Street


In Singapore, food can be hard to come by at a late hour; but if you’re looking for bites to eat after 10 pm, you have an hour till most of the indie cafes in Kampong Glam close. Even so, the area is alive with bars that serve meals as well!

Arab Street

Suitable for: Halal (depending on the restaurant/cafe)

Access: 5 to 10 min walk from Bugis MRT (EW12/DT14)

Address: Haji Lane

Maxwell Food Centre



You’ll find only the best Singapore has to offer here at Maxwell Food Centre. Not only is it home to a Michelin-starred chicken rice stall, it offers a wide range of cuisine, from devil’s curry, carrot cake and duck noodles to Thai cuisine, Japanese kaarage bentos and even oyster cakes. If you’re worried about your waistline, they even have a (very delicious) salad bar! Drop by for lunch, as these stalls are so popular, they’re sold out by evening.

Maxwell Food Centre

Suitable for: Halal, vegetarian (depending on the stall)

Recommendations:

Tian Tian’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

Zhen Zhen’s Porridge

Ye Lai Xiang’s Tasty Barbecue

Maxwell’s Fuzhou Oyster Cake

Opening hours: 8am–8pm (but most stalls close as early as 3 pm)

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184

Access:

Take Exit B from Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15) and walk straight on Maxwell Road.

Walk past Maxwell Chambers and cross the road between Red Dot Design Museum and Ministry of National Development (MND).

Turn to your left and walk past Singapore City Gallery to reach Maxwell Food Centre.

Website: Maxwell Food Centre

Lau Pa Sat


Located within the Central Business District of Singapore, it’s hard to miss this elegant example of colonial architecture. Enjoy both local and international cuisine beneath the intricate arches of its food court, or come here in the evenings for flame-grilled satay at the street market.

Lau Pa Sat

Suitable for: Halal, vegetarian (depending on the stall)

Recommendations:

Seng Kee Local Delights (Laksa)

Gustoso Grill Pasta Western Food

Boon Tat Street’s Satay (after 7pm)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Address: 2 Shenton Way, Singapore 068804

Access:

3 min walk from Raffles Place MRT (NS26/EW14)

4 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT (DT18)

5 min walk from Downtown MRT (DT17)

Hawker Recommendations

Now that you know where to eat, how do you decide what to eat?! Singapore is home to over 6,000 hawker stalls and an even more extensive array of local fare. Here’s just a few of the dishes you should try, along with some of the best places to try them. Do note that hawker centres usually aren’t air-conditioned; and be sure to bring cash and a packet of tissue with you!

Chicken Rice


This national dish consists of fragrant rice, cucumbers and slices of steamed or roasted chicken. It is usually served with soup and a sauce of freshly minced chilli, garlic and ginger.

925 Yishun Hainanese Chicken Rice

Opening Hours:

11am–10pm (Fri to Wed)

Closed on Thursdays.

Address: Block 925, Yishun Central 1, #01-249, Singapore 760925

Access: 6 min walk from Yishun MRT (NS13)

Chilli Crab


This local specialty is just as its name suggests: Crabs in a tangy, spicy and possibly sweet gravy, served alongside fried mantou buns for dipping. Use crab crackers to relish the flesh of the pincers, or scoop out its roe from the shell!

JUMBO Seafood Restaurant

Opening hours:

5pm–11:45pm (Mon to Sat)

12pm–12am* (Sun)

Address: #01-07/08 East Coast Seafood Centre, 1206 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449883

Access: Take Bus 401 from Bedok (EW5) Bus Interchange, alight opposite Cable Ski Park. 10 min walk.

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Vonz
Posted on: Jan 18, 2020

Jumbo Seafood has 6 branches in Singapore.  My favourite Jumbo Seafood branch is The Riverwalk and Dempsey Hill.   For Crabs or seafood lovers, you should visit Jumbo Seafoods @ The Riverwalk ( Address: 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48, The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416. Tel : 6534-3435). This is my yearly regular seafoods restaurant that i had my Crab-licious Seafoods fix. I always ordered their Award Winning Singapore Chilli Crabs with Fried Mantou or Signature Black Pepper Crabs (SGD98 per kg for Sri Lanka Crabs). Their crabs are fresh and meaty. Another dish you should order is the Homemade Vegetables Beancurd Braised with fresh mushrooms (SGD14). The Beancurd is soft and silky.

Carrot Cake


Stir-fried cubes of radish cake comprise this dish, which can be enjoyed plain (white carrot cake), or fried with a sweet soya sauce (black carrot cake).

Ghim Moh Carrot Cake

Opening hours:

8am–9pm (Tues to Sun)

Closed on Mondays.

Address: ABC Brickworks Food Centre, 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-140, Singapore 150006

*Access: *

Take Bus 33 from opposite Redhill MRT (EW18) and ride 5 stops till you reach the stop opposite Queensway Shopping Centre.

Head up on Alexandra Road and walk down Jalan Bukit Merah till you reach Block 1. The hawker centre is behind.

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Aug 13, 2019
The best white carrot cake in my opinion is from He Zhong Carrot Cake at Bukit Timah Food Centre. Waiting time can go up to 20 minutes but it is totally worth the wait! They have 2 stalls to reduce the customer’s waiting time; 1 stall for eating in and the other for takeaway.

Char Kway Teow


A national favourite in both Singapore and Malaysia, char kway teow is made up of rice cake strips stir-fried with soya sauce, eggs, prawns, bean sprouts, chye sim and sometimes, cockles.

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow

Opening hours:

12pm to 4pm & 6pm to 10pm (Tues to Sun)

Closed on Mondays.

Address: Bedok South Market & Food Centre, Block 16 Bedok South Road, #01-187, Singapore 460016

Access: 15 min walk from Bedok MRT

Laksa


Perhaps the richest dish of this list, laksa consists of thick vermicelli served in a broth of curry and coconut milk, often topped with tau pok, cockles, prawns and fishcake. Try Singapore’s Katong variant, where vermicelli is served in small pieces to slurp with the soup!

328 Katong Laksa

Opening hours: 9am–10pm daily

Address: 51 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770

Access: 30 min walk from Eunos MRT (EW7)

From Dakota MRT (CC8) Exit A, head towards the bus stop in front of Block 99 Dakota Crescent.

Take Bus 10 and ride 6 stops to the stop opposite Roxy Square. Head northwest to 328 Katong Laksa.

Travel tip by Singapore Local Expert - Quan Mei
Posted on: Nov 08, 2019

My personal favourite Laksa is from "Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa" stall at Honglim Food Centre on the ground floor. They are awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand for the 3rd time! 

Kway Chap


If you’re a little on the adventurous side, try this dish of pig organs, beancurd and braised duck eggs, served with thinly sliced rice cakes in a soy sauce broth.

Ah Keat Pig’s Organ Soup & Kway Chap

Opening hours: 9am–9pm daily

Address: Lucky Star Eating House, Block 211 Marsiling Crescent, Singapore 730211

Access: 23 min walk from Woodlands MRT (NS9)

Take bus 903 from Woodlands Bus Interchange, ride 7 stops to Block 206, alight and cross the road to Lucky Star Eating House.

Hokkien Mee


Another blend of flavours comes in this savoury noodle dish, where a mix of egg and rice noodles are stir-fried with egg, slices of pork, prawns and squid. It is served alongside a spoon of sambal and lime.

Geylang Lor 29 Fried Hokkien Mee

Opening hours:

11am–9pm (Tues to Sun)

Closed on Mondays.

Address: 396 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428994

Access:

23 min walk from Kembangan MRT (EW6)

Take bus 40 from Bedok (EW5) Bus Interchange, ride 10 stops till you reach the stop opposite Katong Omega Apartments.

Walk east on East Coast Road to reach.

Roti Prata


As compared to the other dishes on this list, this dish is simple – it consists of round, fried flatbread dipped in curry. Yet, its sublime texture and flavours, along with the wide availability of late-night restaurants make it a favourite supper option among Singaporeans.

Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata

Opening hours:

8:30am–1:30pm (Wed to Sun)

Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Address: Poh Ho Eatery, 7 Crane Road, Singapore 429356

Access: 15 min walk from Paya Lebar MRT (EW8/CC9)

Khan Saab Restaurant

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Address: 55 Chai Chee Drive, Singapore 460055

Access:

17 min walk from Kembangan MRT (EW6)

Take bus 222 from the bus stop right outside Bedok MRT (EW5), ride 5 stops and alight after Chai Chee Street.

Walk northwest on Chai Chee Drive.

Springleaf Prata Place

Recommendations: Murtaburger, Ultimate Murtabak, Prata Goreng, Plaster Blaster

Opening hours: 8am–12am daily

Address: 57 Jalan Tua Kong, Singapore 457253

Access:

20 min walk from Bedok MRT (EW5)

Take bus 16 from Bedok Bus Interchange (EW5), ride for 6 stops and alight opposite Springvale.

Walk east on Upper East Coast Road and head up Jalan Tua Kong.

Satay


A simple dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, satay makes for both a great snack and a meal.

Lau Pa Sat Satay Street

Opening hours: 7pm onwards

Address: Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620

Access:

3 min walk from Raffles Place MRT (NS26/EW14)

4 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT (DT18)

5 min walk from Downtown MRT (DT17)

Shopping

Orchard Road