From Chinatown to Malay to Arab Street to Little India and all the other little streets, Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities that come together to present you the best food you can possibly find in one city (erm.. country) possible.
Our quick guide to where you can stay, eat and play, all in 48 hours.
Ideally located downtown on Seah Street, just round the corner from the landmark Raffles Hotel, the 73-room, independently owned hotel has garnered a swag of awards since debuting in 2007 (sister property Naumi Liora opened in Singapore’s Chinatown a year ago) and this latest makeover brings it thoroughly up to date.
Singapore-based design studio White Jacket has transformed the already smart guestrooms into havens of low-key, high-tech luxe.
Neutral earthy tones incorporating natural wood, glass and LED lighting are complemented by lush “seven layer” beds and design pieces courtesy of B&B Italia, Tom Dixon and Poltrona Frau. The elegant bathrooms have natty pushbutton glass-misting panels and are stocked with Malin + Goetz toiletries. The Mini-Bar is hidden and is a surprise in itself to pull out that reveals a range of goodies that are FREE!
Each room features a Nespresso machine, free high-speed WiFi and an Apple TV with airplay mirroring (allowing you to stream your device to the telly). And you can borrow a Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii from reception if you wish. There are also two themed suites, one riffing on Andy Warhol, the other on Coco Chanel.
Attention to detail is the hallmark of these new-look rooms and many upgrades are invisible including the newly engineered acoustics overseen by a Parisian audio expert to ensure peace and quiet.
Attentive service provided by Naumi “aides” or angels gives the hotel a distinct residential vibe and staff will now look the part, dressed by Singaporian fashion house Depression.
A collection of local, commissioned artwork adorns the guestroom walls and there is also a dedicated floor for women travellers.
A dip in the rooftop infinity pool, providing fabulous views of Singapore’s skyline.
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Turn down is very civilised with the Naumi angels going from room to room offering guests a complimentary drink before lights out.
In-house, an outpost of Singapore’s famous Rang Mahal Restaurant, specialising in contemporary Indian cuisine, is headed by executive sous chef Vinod Kumar. Be sure to try the chicken tikka or the set lunch, bento style. Order-in Room Service to try out the exotic dishes that you won’t get back home.
Start your breakfast right! Singaporeans most-loved coffee institution is where you go to get their great-tasting kopi-o and their signature French toast. AND the Kaya toast that we swear by.
Walk around the neighborhood to burn off the calories where you will be surrounded by the colonial row-houses in majestic colors and newly painted facades.
Lunch at Sin Swee Kee. Convienently located on the same street as Naumi, this is one of the best places to taste the national dish, Chicken and Rice.
Tiffin, properly defined as a light mid-day meal, has long been a Raffles tradition. Perfect experience to enjoy this colonail oasis would be to sit down for their Afternoon High Tea.
Dinner at The Study! Blending local and British cafe culture, and giving modern twists to great classic comfort foods from around the world, The Study is the new go-to social bistro that is part brainchild of Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton with an unpretentious environment, and serving familiar yet new, clever food options.
Post-dinner drinks in this stylish cocktail bar. Latte Art, Spicy Sandwiches, and Cocktails in a non-descript 3rd floor lounge. Maison is a stylish joint in the middle of Arab Street, that you got to try!
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Start the sunday with some shopping, in the nearby Bugis Village. Carry loose cash, be ready to bargain, and be wow’ed by the same collection you might have seen in your home countries for half the price. (with a small drawback that you can’t try on the clothes before buying).
The best part about shopping here, are the many number of foodie breaks you can take, trying tasty unique dishes that may not have a name.
Lunch at a Food Center
Start nibbling on local dishes such as Popiah, Carrot Cake, Fruit juices, Chilli Crabs at Maxwell Rood Hawker Center
And then, move on to the Chinatown Food Street, which is conveniently located on the same street. This is a newer version of the Chinatown hawker street, converted to an Air-conditioned mall that retains the authenticity of the street, witnessed by the original vendors still serving here.
Take the train to the Arab Street for taking in a different cultural scene, get your evening Tea in one of the street-side cafes and people-watch.
Walk around the neighborhood to find hidden alleys and dive-y bars.
Go to Little India, to eat a plate of Egg-Parota (a South Indian specialty that’s pretty popular in Singapore).
Class it up the last night of your trip by lounging and grooving to the DJ’s beats at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands rooftop bar Ku De Ta, with the entire Singapore in view.
Did we miss any great spots? Tell us in the comments.