Singapore’s food scene is characterized by a dizzying, dazzling diversity. Take your tastebuds on a trip by ticking off an array of flavors – Chinese, Malay, Eurasian and Indian culinary traditions can be sampled everywhere, from hawker street-stall centers selling mee goreng and oyster omelets to elegant restaurants plating up swish, modern creations.
Singapore will feed all kinds of appetites and caters to all budgets. Plenty of the city’s most sophisticated food and drink offerings also come with eye-widening city views, thanks to their lofty perch within cloud-poking skyscrapers and boutique hotels.
The city’s diverse cultural melting pot means that eating out is a truly global experience: begin the day with kaya toast and coffee at the Tong Ah Eating House in Chinatown; enjoy Japanese buffets at Ikoi; conquer chilli crab at the award-winning Long Beach Seafood Restaurant; enjoy American comfort food and beer at Brewwerkz Restaurant & Microbreweries; spend the day sampling exotic flavors at Little India. The Katong quarter delivers a unique taste of the Peranakans (Nyonyas or Straits Chinese), a memorable blend of Chinese and Malay flavours.
In 2017, the city is hosting the inaugural Singapore Cocktail Week, showing that there’s a lot more to Singapore’s drinks list than the famous Singapore Sling (best sipped at the place where it was invented, Raffles Hotel). Barflies should make a beeline for one of the city’s characterful laneway cocktail bars. Bar Moosehead, set in a pre-war shophouse a few minutes away from Telok Ayer MRT Station, is popular with locals. Alternatively, hit one of the ravishing rooftop oases: Ce La Vi, on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, is an iconic start.
Of course, while you’re here, you’ll need to visit a hawker market (food court), so as to canter through an array of local dishes, including chicken rice, fried char kway teow (flat noodles), hokkien mee (shrimp noodles), bak kut teh (pork ribs in broth), satay, laksa, chilli crab and yong tau fu (stuffed tofu). The Chinatown Complex Food Center will give you a good general introduction to Singapore’s street-food scene; the Old Airport Road Food Center is another winner (don’t miss the soya beancurd stalls).
Did you know… Singapore is home to two food stalls that have been awarded with a Michelin Star, the first time ever in Michelin history!
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