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City Guide to Singapore

In a city that never stops evolving, there’s more to this shiny metropolis than meets the eye. Look a little closer and you’ll find everything from quaint shophouses to bustling back alleys dotted across our urban playground.

As passionate foodies with deep roots in Singapore’s lifestyle scene, we want to shine a spotlight on our favourite wonders in this lovable city. We’ve scoured the streets, ducked into alleys and put our heads together, carefully curating this inexhaustive guide uncovering our city’s best and boldest from within and outside our group.

Each place is part of a larger neighbourhood with its unique charm, so we recommend spending an entire afternoon or evening exploring the area. Winding through Singapore with this guide in hand, we hope that you get to dig deeper into the city we’ve come to know and love, one offbeat gem at a time.

New Bahru

A Creative Cluster For Singapore by The Lo & Behold Group

For those only stopping by Singapore for a short while, check out New Bahru, a one-stop destination to discover the best talents and creatives from Singapore and beyond. Housed at the former Nan Chiau High School, its vacuous school halls, storied corridors and beautifully restored architecture house some of the city’s leading and rising homegrown creative businesses.

46 & 58 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239351


Air CCCC

Taste

Transforming a 1970s clubhouse into a sustainable restaurant, Air CCCC is an amalgam of many things—a farm-to-table restaurant, a research lab, a cooking school and a garden where produce is grown for the restaurant.

Explore the garden, picnic on the lawn or explore the Farmers’ Market with a drink in hand from the adjacent bar.

Basheer Graphic Books

Explore

Hidden away in a humble enclave by the corner of Bras Basah complex lies Basheer Graphic Books—a truly unique bookstore that has, directly or indirectly, shaped Singapore’s creative industry, with an international and local selection of arts and culture books filling its shelves.

Creatives go on their pilgrimage to the bookstore for the best, latest and often rarest; check out their discounts on specialised publications.

Birds of Paradise

Taste

Creating premium gelato inspired by botanical flavours, Birds of Paradise incorporates natural ingredients like fruits, flowers, pods, herbs and spices familiar to South East Asia. Their best-selling flavours include Strawberry Basil and White Chrysanthemum.

Don’t miss out on their aromatic Thyme Cones, you’ll smell them from a block away.

Curated Records

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A vinyl enthusiast’s paradise, Curated Records is a record emporium boasting an extensive collection of records that is constantly updated with the newest releases.

With a collection spanning all kinds of genres and generations, you’ll want to park aside ample time for some digging.

The Coconut Club

Taste

Dedicated to elevating Singaporean cuisine under the guidance of Culinary Director Daniel Sia, The Coconut Club has perfected their proprietary “White Sutera” coconut milk after extensive research—a key ingredient in many local dishes.

Signatures include their signature Ayam Goreng Berempah Nasi Lemak, Chicken Satay and Chendol.

Far East Organization Children’s Garden

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Located in Gardens by the Bay, the Children’s Garden is an interactive water playground with zones designed for kids of different ages. Even adults can join in the fun.

The water fountains are turned off when it rains, so avoid going on overcast days.

Lazarus Island & St John’s Island

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Go island-hopping and explore Singapore’s wildlife. You can take a ferry or charter a yacht and make a day trip to the nearby Lazarus Island and St John’s Island.

Food options on the islands are limited, so we recommend that you pack your own bites.


Lolla

Taste

In a charming conservation shophouse on Ann Siang Road, Lolla serves Mediterranean magic through an ever-changing seasonal menu.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, don’t be shy to inform the staff when making your reservation—they’re known for going the extra mile to make your visit memorable.

MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park

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A popular destination for runners, water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Walk across a 250-metre aerial suspension bridge above lush green foliage and take a hike around McRitchie Trails. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter monkeys, squirrels, monitor lizards and even flying lemurs.

For an easy stroll, try the Prunus-Petai boardwalk, or complete the full McRitchie Trails loop if you have half a day to on your hands. Remember to pack plenty of water.

Mother Dough

Taste

Famous for their bakes, Mother Dough started off as a one-woman pop-up project and has now become a staple in the scene. One of our city’s most popular artisanal bakeries and an absolute must-try for pastry lovers.

Drop by early to get the freshest and fullest selection possible; Mother Dough’s goods tend to get snatched up really quickly.

Night Safari

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The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park home to over 900 animals, of which almost 41 per cent are threatened. Trams are available to bring you on a 30-minutes ride through various habitats of the park.

There are various feeding opportunities, tours, shows and even dining packages available at the Night Safari—you’ll find all of these on their website.

Petit Pain

Taste

Some of our favourite croissants and baguettes can be found at Petit Pain—a charming small-batch bakery that makes affordable pastries from scratch without compromising on quality.

Due to limited quantities, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and note the baking schedule on their Instagram page.

Taste

Located in The Warehouse Hotel, Pó is a modern Singaporean restaurant elevating local staples and Asian flavours using premium ingredients and time-honoured techniques.

Must-trys include the Popiah, Konbu Mee, Kueh Pie Tee and Charcoal-grilled Iberico Jowl.

Tiong Bahru Market

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Whether it’s fresh produce, beautiful flowers or even Michelin-starred hawker food, you can experience the heartlands of Singapore at Tiong Bahru Market.

Some of the famous hawker stalls on level 2 include: Jian Bo Shui Kueh, Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow, Min Nan Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle

Trifecta

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Surf, snow, skate—experience the thrill of the mountains, the rush of the waves and the excitement of the skate bowl all in the heart of Singapore’s shopping belt at Trifecta

Even if you’re only here for a short while, you can still have great fun with their Single Passes.

Tuff Club

Drink

Tuff Club is a pop-up rave concept known for transforming ordinary spaces into epic raves. Lace up your sneakers, leave your judgements at the door, and plunge into unbridled, pulsing soundscapes.

Brace yourself, you’ll definitely be clocking in those steps at Tuff Club.