Singapore: What to see? What to eat? Where to shop?
Jeg læste engang på en anden blog i kommentarfeltet, at en kvinde var træt af, at alle bloggere tror, de kan lave guides til gud og hver sted, bare fordi de har været der i tre dage. Hver sin smag, for personligt tjekker altid masser af blogs inden en rejse. Hvis jeg følger en særlig kvinde/mand og kan lide deres stil, så plejer deres tips og idéer på rejser også falde i min smag. Der er det alligevel lidt mere relativt, hvad “Turen går til…” og Lonely Planet synes er ret fantastisk. Så jeg fortsætter altså med at tilbyde servicen, for jeg sætter selv kæmpe pris på, når nogen gider at nedfælde deres rejseerfaringer. SÅ! Singapore it is!
Jeg har startet forfra en million gange på indlægget, for jeg skulle lige finde ud af hvilken måde at bygge det op på. Og så kunne jeg heller ikke beslutte mig for, om jeg skulle skrive det på dansk eller engelsk. Jeg har nu flere gange fået mails med spørgsmål, om jeg ikke kunne lave en engelsk udgave også. Og det er for rodet og for meget dobbelt arbejde, så jeg håber, det er okay, hvis jeg skriver tipsene på engelsk? Hvis der er noget, I ikke forstår, så spørg mig endelig! Jeg vil gerne servicere og gøre det så nemt for alle som muligt 🙂
Where to sleep?
I stayed at the Quincy Hotel which is situated close by Orchard Road (the main shopping street in Singapore). It has won several awards and offers free wifi, free transfer to the airport, infinity pool, food all day and afternoon drinks on the house. It was really a great hotel – and my favorite part was the Molton Brown products in the rooms – oh my Gosh I emptied my shelf everyday to get the housekeeper to give me a refill, haha!
^^^The one and only – where they invented the drink the Singapore Sling – you’ll find it tasting even better in other bars though
What to see? What to eat? Where to shop?
There are quite a few must sees when in Singapore but I know that a lot of people don’t stay for more than a day or two, so I have tried to make a list for you guys! It started out to be prioritized but I had to forget all about that. There are so many great eating spots and things to do that I couldn’t do it and be fair at the same time.
1. The marina and the skyline by day – or even better by night – is outstanding. You can either do a walk down by the harbor or take a bumboat from Merlion Park along the Singapore river – you get a great view of the skyline from the water.
^^^Cake and matcha latte at Shop Wonderland (37 Haji Lane)
2. Spend an afternoon in the area of Haji Lane, Arab Street and Kampong Glam. It’s such a beautiful, colorful place filled with mosques, CUTE cafés and definitely some of the best shopping opportunities in Singapore.
While you’re there:
? Haji Lane is filled with smalls shops. Some of them look very vintage-y from the outside but when you look closer it’s really ebay/plastic’y. Not so nice.
? You can’t go wrong with Crayon – cute silky a-line skirts in 50’s-meet-quirky-style (80 Haji Lane). Or Mondays off – filled with things you didn’t know you were missing; cool straws, butterflies for dogs and small posters with great sayings (76 Haji Lane). Or Tokyobike, cool bike shop with helmets and other accessories, but for my fellow biking Danes there’s probably nothing there you can’t find in Copenhagen or Aarhus!
? Do get a beautiful piece of cake at Shop Wonderland (37 Haji Lane) – I really enjoyed their rosebud cake while my sweet friend Catharina preferred their chocolate cake. They make a great matcha latte as well! And don’t forget to go upstairs where they have a small shop – that’s where I bought this little leaf.
^^^Coffee from Tiong Bahry Bakery walking down Seng Poh Lane
3. Another beautiful area is Tiong Bahru which is one of the oldest but hippest residential areas in all of Singapore, especially the street Yong Siak Street has loadsful of shops and cafés Brooklyn worthy. I got in a taxi from Orchard Road and was dropped off at Tiong Bahru Road which isn’t very interesting. So seek towards Eng Hoon Street and walk down Seng Poh Lane to Yong Siak Street. It’s filled with some of the best coffee spots in Singapore (so I’ve heard, I haven’t tried ALL of the coffee spots in town, but I did enjoy the ones in the this area)
While you’re there:
? Drink a coffee and eat one of the best cupcakes in Singapore on the patio in front of Plain Vanilla (1D Yong Siak Street) – the one with the beautiful bikes in front.
? Drink your coffee at one of the best spots in Singapore – Poteato (78 Yong Siak Street) or Forty Hands (78 Yong Siak Street).
? If you have a bleeding art heart (oh how I rhyme!) you might enjoy White Space Art Asia (79 Chay Yan Street).
? For a cool souvenir a hipster worthy you can check out Strangelets (7 Yong Siak Street).
? I also found a really beautiful little florist and even though you probably don’t need to buy flowers if you are an ordinary tourist like me it’s still a cute little store to just stroll by! It’s called One Olive Florals (61 Seng Poh Lane)
^^^Bikes in front of Plain Vanilla (1D Yong Siak Street)
^^^Biking gentleman at Pulau Ubin
4. Take a bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to Pulau Ubin (around 2.50 $) The boat ride takes around 20 minutes and when you get to Pulau Ubin you should definitely rent a bike and bike through the forrest. It’s paved with asphalt or gravel so it’s doable. But don’t wear to much clothes as it is extremely humid and hot – bring a bottle of water too.
You can park your bike and get a glimpse of the mangroves from the established wooden boardwalk going around the edge of the island.
While you’re there:
? Eat at the Old Airport Road Hawker Center to get the real feel with the Singaporean street kitchen – it fills up with locals during lunch time and the most busy spot is Missy’s Corner – you won’t miss it, check out the queue!
^^^Houses on Koon Seng Road
5. The area of Koon Seng Road keeps some the most expensive and beautiful architectural pieces – it looks like the best tasting ice-cream you can imagine – all pastels and extremely ornamented.
While you are there:
? Drink an ice coffee out of old military metal cups at Sinpopo (458 Joo Chiat Road).
^^^ My face when my dessert fell apart at 2am:dessertbar (21A Lorong Liput)!
6. Asia’s best pastry chef has her own dessert bar / cocktail bar called 2am:dessert bar (21A Lorong Liput). She serves dessert with the saying “perfection on imperfection” and I dare to say that what she serves is nothing like you have ever tasted. SUCH a cool place – but book a table, it’s very busy! Perfect place to start a night on the town.
^^^The”tailor” in front of the Library Bar
7. There are quite a lot of bars, roof tops even, in Singapore. One really cool cat on the bar market is The Library Bar (47 Keong Saik Road), which looks like a tailor from the outside but if you know the secret password (provided on the place’s Facebook every week) or agree to dance really ugly (I’m not kidding you) you can pass the entrance to the bar in the back. And serve sliders and donuts to go with the drinks!
^^^At Henderson Waves
8. If you want to do a nice walk and get some exercise (God forbid) you have two options (I’m sure there’s more, but these are pretty nice!):
? Go to MacRitchie and do a tree top walk. The walk is around 2 hours if you keep the pace.
? Do a walk at Henderson Waves to get a great view of Singapores harbor and beautiful architecture! It’s a popular spot for wedding photos so you might even spot blushing bride and her hubby!
9. Try the cocktail tasting menu at the Regent Hotel (1 Cuscaden Road). They have a great bar, The Manhattan, where you can have a cocktail tasting consisting of four cocktails and accompany them with bites like hand sized burgers, mini hot dogs and homemade kettle chips. Mmm!10. Eat at the Wild Rocket (10A Upper Wilkie Road) if you really want to spoil you tasting buds. Willin Low, once lawyer now one of the top chefs in Southeast Asia, will cook a meal for you suited a king or queen. Mmmm!
11. To visit Orchard Road or not is probably a matter of taste. It represents every European designer you can think of; Gucci, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and so on. But it’s more expensive to buy European designers brands in Singapore than back home in Europe.
While you are there:
? What you can do though is visit the pop up-store Keepers (Junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road). For now it’s there until February 15th but I heard it might be made permanent. It sells a lot of clothes, bags, hats, jewelry and other knick knacks all from Singaporean designers. SO many cool things and this is the place where I bought my cat plates!
^^^View from Supertree Indochine Café
12. If you want a rather different view of the skyline AND have a drink to go with it got to Gardens by the bay. It’s quite a strange, futuristic area with giant trees built of steel with lots of flowers trying to climb their way up the metal – pretty difficult to describe, haha! Every night at 7.45 PM they have a light show accompanied by music sounding like it was straight out of the Disney pic Fantasia! The drink can be enjoyed at Supertree Indochine Café – if you are there before 7 PM you can probably catch the sunset!