48 Hours in Singapore

April 11, 2017

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Photo by Nicolas Lannuzel

There’s a time when every city comes of age, and for Singapore, that time is right now. You may have heard of its strict reputation, but the Singapore we know is more than just a clean, safe city-state; it’s friendly, vibrant and delightfully multi-faceted.

A rich melting pot of people, language, culture and religion, this little red dot has become a major international player in the realms of business, politics, cuisine and fashion after just over 50 years of independence – pretty impressive, if we do say so ourselves. It’s an exciting place filled with incredible food, excellent shopping, lush nature reserves, stunning architecture, a burgeoning art scene and year-round tropical weather (we are one degree north of the equator, after all).

Whether you’re exploring the colorful streets of Little India, gazing out of a CBD office window at the impressive Marina Bay Sands, ogling the juxtaposition of old-meets-new in Tiong Bahru, visiting Chinatown’s smoky temples or haggling with carpet vendors in Bugis, there’s something truly unique happening here. We’re jazzed to share with you the places where we love to dine, drink, shop and hang out.

Welcome to our home.

40 Hands. Photo courtesy of venue.

Day 1

10am: Get started with coffee and brekkie at 40 Hands in hip Tiong Bahru, then hit up chic boutiques Strangelets and nana & bird. Be sure to pop into one of our fave hangouts, Books Actually.

12pm: From the Tiong Bahru MRT station, hop on the East-West line to Outram. Make your way across New Bridge Road to Rose Citron, a cozy and charming shop filled with whimsical home goods.

1pm: Time for lunch! Amble down Keong Saik Road to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple – you can’t miss it – and find Erich’s Wuerstelstand, a delightfully surprising bratwurst stand tucked in a small hawker center just behind the temple. Order up a kaesekrainer (cheese sausage), sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, then dig in.

MYthology. Photo courtesy of venue.

2pm: Prepare to do some retail damage. Cross South Bridge Road to Club Street, then swing by MYthology for fun women’s clothing. Give FineSpun Clothiers a ring before walking over to check out designer Caroline Yak’s luxe menswear.

4pm: If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, head down the steps of Ann Siang Hill to Telok Ayer Street, where you’ll find Pantler, a wonderful patisserie for a sweet treat – we recommend the mille-feuille – and a cuppa.

5pm: Wander up Telok Ayer Street, through Raffles Place and to the waterfront to ogle Marina Bay Sands and the heritage buildings along the river.

7pm: Take the MRT from Raffles Place to City Hall, then walk three blocks to Purvis Street, where hole-in-the-wall Yet Con Chicken Rice serves up fantastic Hainanese chicken rice. When in Singapore, after all.

9pm: Catch the 851 bus at Bain Street and North Bridge Road and ride five stops to Boat Quay. Cross Circular Road, head to the river and then take a seat at Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall for customized tipples with cheeky takes on local flavors.

11pm: To satisfy your sweet tooth, hail a cab across town to 2am:dessertbar, where decadent, gourmet treats take pride of place. You’ll thank us later.

Day 2

Kick off your day walking along the beach at East Coast Park, then stop at old-school kopitiam Chin Mee Chin Confectionery for a classic Singapore breakfast of kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and kopi.

The Intan. Photo courtesy of venue.

10:30am: Take a leisurely stroll around this bustling neighborhood and give the staff at living museum The Intan a call before popping in to see what a heritage Peranakan homestead looks like.

12pm: Flag down a taxi and head to colorful Little India. Chow down at Khansama on a scrumptious meal of North Indian cuisine.

1:30pm: Take the 67 bus four stops from the Broadway Hotel and then drop by The General Company to eyeball artisan-made wares before crossing the street to Floral Magic, where you can marvel at the gorgeous blossoms and botanical designs.

3pm: Just a block away sits back French tea salon, Antoinette. Settle into a banquette to indulge in the custom-blended teas and delectable macarons.

DECK. Photo by Edroos Alsagoff.

5pm: Make your way a block and a half south to jump on the East-West MRT line at Lavender and ride to Bugis. After a short walk south, duck into DECK, a photography gallery housed in a shipping container. If you’re in need of a beverage, we recommend a pint at the Mikkeller pub situated right outside.

7pm: Walk one block south to Sunshine Plaza, where you’ll find no-frills dim sum joint Victor’s Kitchen. Pick a table and get ready to enjoy savory char siew (barbecue pork) buns, har gao (steamed prawn dumplings) and liu sha bao (golden egg yolk lava bun).

9pm: You might not know it yet, but neighboring Kampong Glam is calling your name. For top libations, settle in at Bar Stories, where bespoke cocktails are mixed up.

12am: Looking for a snack before heading to bed? Grab a cab and direct the driver to Spize Supper Club in River Valley where you can stuff your face with whichever roti prata you fancy.

For more great locally owned businesses and insider info, check out The HUNT Singapore.

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