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a city which stands out not only because of its magnificently broad range
of different cuisines, luxurious shopping areas and nightlife hotspots.
However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg, for you can stroll along
the many beautiful sites, without having to spend a single dime. The splendour
of the botanical architecture is customary to Singapore's way of making
things even nicer than they already are, and can be found almost anywhere.
Whether you are in the National Botanical Gardens or in one of the many
parks, nature and urban life work harmoniously together and this is one
of the reasons why we think Singapore stands on its own.
visited one of South East Asia's sleekest cities and came back with
a report on what you must see and do, when visiting Singapore. We will
focus at the places to eat, drink, dance, shop, stay, and do your necessary
open by 10am or 11am depending on the mall, but if you're in the area
by 10am there will be things to look at. The entire stretch is crammed
with shopping malls, such as Ngee Ann City, which we will be discussing
later. For some serious designer shopping, go across Orchard Road, in
the direction of Tanglin Road.
Renaissance is full of designer boutiques such as Prada, DKNY, Versace,
and Bill Blass. Across the street is the Hilton Hotel Shopping Arcade,
which features labels like Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Gucci
and Coach. Hilton Hotel connects to the Four Seasons Hotel, which
boasts the Club 21 boutiques for both men and women, offering a mixed
bag of designer labels.
excellent one-stop shopping place is the huge Ngee Ann City, which houses
department stores Takashimaya, and Tangs Studio, as well as numerous
designer and mid-priced boutiques, restaurants and specialty shops.
The designer labels that are resident in Ngee Ann City are: Christian
Dior, Celine, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, etc. A true Iconique favourite!
Japanese mall, with a very nice, yet not so huge Hello Kitty goodies
department, and various other nice Asian toys. However fun this may
seem, Takashimaya is not only limited to the younger shop-a-holics though.
are many different departments, such as luxury items, interior decoration,
food, clothing, souvenirs and beauty products. Everything can be found
right under this big roof!
City Mall Featuring a major Department Store (Robinsons), and
Gourmet Supermarket (Jasons), this centre also has over 100 specialty
shops, including Marks & Spencer. A concierge service offers shoppers
a friendly information service plus those little extras like gift-wrapping.
The shopping mall is directly linked to the City Hall MRT Station.
as simple as this: The Heeren Shops is a collection of quirky lifestyle
shops. From hip shops like Black Jack and Flash N Splash, to popular
Japanese concept stores like One.99 Shop and Basic Beauty, The Heeren
Shops has it all. Unfortunately, there is no "haute" designer stuff.
The Heeren Shops houses the largest music store, HMV, in Singapore too.
is Singapore's largest shopping complex, with over 250 retail, dining
and entertainment outlets. Over 70 fashion, footwear and accessory outlets
stocking famous brands make this a "must-visit" destination. The Mall
offers service desks, dental, medical, laundry, banking – all designed
to enhance the shopping experience.
at the heart of Orchard Road with the porcelain blue facade and directly
linked to the Orchard MRT, Wisma Atria Shopping Centre is the most prominent
feature in the busiest part of Orchard Road.
fashion centre with exciting combination of over 123 specialty stores
and restaurants spread over 5 levels. Wisma Atria Shopping Centre with
anchor tenant Isetan offers the latest in designer labels from Emporio
Armani to Atsuro Tayama and the popular Spanish label Mango, while boutiques
like BCBG Max Azria, Warehouse, Topshop, bebe, Anterprima, Karen Millen
offer everything from affordable casual wear to upmarket togs.
characteristic of the mall is the marine aquarium at the basement housing
a colourful myriad of fishes and ocean creatures. Shoppers can enjoy
viewing the colourful marine life at the basement itself or use the
glass bubble lifts as 'submarines' for a closer look at the sea creatures.
on Serangoon Road, Little India boasts rows of shop houses selling saris,
Indian sweets and sweet-smelling flower garlands. There are also restaurants
galore for the adventurous. Temples in the area include Sri Veerama
Kaliaman and Sri Srinivasa Perumal. And get a first hand look at prata
flipping - lumps of white dough are flipped into flat discs that are
fried and served with curry gravy.
is also a treasure trove of souvenirs. A good place to soak up some
old-world ambience. Ask the cab driver to drop you off at People's Park
and just wander around Pagoda, Smith, Temple and Mosque Streets for
a feel of what life used to be like for the old residents. Medicine
shops still offer an esoteric range of cures and tonics, while local
craftsmen making clogs, kites and traditional seals can still be found.
all shopping malls can be found at Orchard Road, stroll along this beautiful
street and you will see them all...maps are available at various MRT stations
with that easily show where you can find which stores.
Atria Shopping Centre
on Orchard Road:
City Shopping Centre
North Bridge road
about everywhere in Singapore you will find food, and good food too! Even
when suffering from a tight budget you can have a nice plate full of traditional
asian goodies. The hawker/foodcentres are ideal for a quick bite to eat
for a very nice price! Here are a two of our favourite foodcentres, regarding
the food, the drinks and the entourage.
up is the foodcentre at Raffles City shopping mall, which is relatively
new. You cannot really speak of an interior with these establisments,
yet what we can speak of is whether it looks slightly modern and
clean. And yes, this is the case with the foodcentre at Raffles City.
A wide range of different cuisines is at hand, so do not be surprised
if you find yourself lingering amongst the stands a bit longer than
you expected. Do not miss the fruitbar for a healthy and scrumptious
fruitplate or a wholesome juice/shake.
you can sit outside when you are not so much in favour of the icey cold
airco the Singaporeans so much adore. The variety of cuisines is slightly
limited, for most stands serve chinese dishes ( Cantonese, Szechuan,
etc.) Nevertheless, the Peking duck ( whole ones are sold too) is nice.The
setting has the most modern appearance of all foodcentres. Novena is
very well lighted out, the furniture is all white and everything is
being kept spotless by the cleaning crew. This foodcentre is a bit outside
the shopping areas, it is however near Novena subway station.
the posh eaters, who would rather opt for a little more privacy, we
have lined up some of Singapore's best restaurants.
is situated in the colonial hart of Singapore, at Purvis Street, very
near to the famous Raffles Hotel. What strikes you first when entering
is that the interior is minimalist, with contrasting white tables against
the dark wooden panelling on the walls, and the thick dark carpet flooring.
The lighting too is kept to a somewhat dim level, which makes the setting
even more on the edge of a stylish, yet intimate ambience.
course, what is at equal, or maybe of even more importance, is the food
served at Marmalade. The menu is not quite the elaborate, but it appears
this is done for the simple fact that quantity surpasses quantity. The
dishes are European influenced and maybe even slightly fusionlike. One
of the starters, for instance, that we found absolutely divine, was
the pan-fried foie gras. The crispiness of the pan-frying together with
the smoothness within the foie gras was mouth-watering. The green salad
with cold lobster was not quite as surprising; nevertheless it was very
fresh and enjoyable. During the starters freshly homebaked rolls were
served out, which was very nice. Precedent to the starters an appetising
cocktail was served and in this case it was the restaurant's speciality,
namely the 'Marmalade' cocktail. It was a mixture of lemon juice, vodka
and some other special ingredients, and indeed it had a pleasantly warming
effect on our state of mind.
maincourses were again very good and accompanying to the food, several
European wines were recommended by the very friendly and galant staff.
For dessert we chose the chocolate tart with fondant and kumquats and
a huge bowl with several scoops of ice cream and optional garniture.
People with a sweettooth would certainly get their satisfaction, and
not just because the serving of the ice cream is enormous.
the restaurant manager Mr. Ivan Rodriguez and the serving personnel
were very elegant and forthcoming, with an ever-enduring smile; one
could really get used to, for instance when outside Singapore. However,
this might be a little too much expected of European colleagues. Always
looking out if the guests were in need of anything without coming across
too intrusive, the Marmalade staff made you feel a real guest.
Beach Seafood Restaurant
less grandiloquent, yet ever so mouthwatering is eating seafood
at Long Beach Seafood restaurant. Freshly prepared fish, prawns, crabs
and other shellfish take you to another level. We do recommend you try
the tigerprawns in butter sauce. No more is to be said here…though the
crew not that friendly to tourists, but the food makes that up.
with the seafood theme, another nice restaurant is Key Largo. Because
it is situated along Boat Quay, you can go for a lovely stroll along
the Singapore river or you can go for a drink at one of the many bars/pubs,
whilst ignoring the somewhat tacky music. Dining outside would be the
most favourable though.
meets West at Club Chinois, which is a dignified restaurant , run by
a traditional Chinese family. The interior is none too overwhelming,
in fact even slightly calming. The tables are set in white linen, beautiful
croakery and silver cutleries. The atmosphere is to say a bit chic.
The culinary concoctions are fusion and are definitely not to be underestimated.
Taste how foie gras and crackling of duckskin form a perfect marriage.
Dining at Club Chinois is a relaxing experience for the senses.
in Singapore you simply cannot escape the lovely Indian food. Most of
the Indian restaurants are not that chic, but they are heap-cheap.
Choose from Northern Indian cooking,which is mild and creamy, or Southern
Indian cooking, which is hot and spicy. Obviously, you can find Delhi
in Little India. Sitting ooutside is an option and this is the way to
get a taste of the tumult and mysterious public life in Little India.
The staff is very friendly and no complaints about the food too. Tip:
Look up the exotic names of all those Indian dishes in your travellerguide
for a translation before making your choice.
City Shopping Centre
North Bridge road
East Coast Parkway
44 588 33
33 440 55
33 777 27
1 Tanglin Road
(65) 83 406 60
(65) 83 405 50
294 5276 or:
to have a drink?
Cafe at the Singapore Marriot Hotel.
see and be seen is this partly outdoors cafe's credo. This is an ideal
spot to have drinks when your shopping spree has been a tad bit exhausting,
You will only have to drag yourself up Orchard Road, where you have
probably spent most of the day amongst the designers' flagship stores.
The cafe is comfortably airconditioned, but you still imagine yourself
sitting outside. From champagne to a caffe latte, all is available,
at steep prizes though.
down in the designer leather armchairs and be served at the spot by
one of Balaclava's waiters. Fancy being in an equally stylish bar in
New York, because you will not be able to tell the difference. This
is the ideal point for socializing for the posher Singaporeans.
on the dark side is Pravda. You might even need to bring your nightgoggles,
because the liughting is really kept to a minimal and the airconditioning
is set on freezing cold too. Nevertheless, this is a bar with a definite
style factor and a slightly mysterious underground feel to it. Order
any cocktail you want and the skilled bartender will prepare it and
get waisted in the dark shadows of the Singapore nightlife.
Room is part of the Gallery Evason Hotel. Hidden away behind the hotel
lies a bar with a dazzling and hip ambiance. You can dance her to on
Saturday, but the DJ plays soothing lounge music every night of the
new addition to Singapore's wide range of bars is Centro 360 near the
Fullerton Hotel. Enjoy your consumptions both indoors amongst plush
couchons and deep purple couches, reminiscing to a futuristic
arab interior, and outdoors along the water. But it also houses the
Embargo Restaurant and a a happening club:
club entices you to a scenic view of Collyer Quay through its floor-to-ceiling
slanting glass walls. You enter the club through a dimly-lit staircase
like that of an 'underground club'. A raised platform in the head of
the 5000 sq ft club, are for exhibitionists to show off their moves.
it is certain to evoke comparisons with some of the world's more outstanding
contemporary bars, Post Bar has a style which is distinctively its own.
Everything here has been created to satiate the senses. The elements
of design and colours have been integrated to provide a feast for the
eye, in 'Starck style'. The staff can be a bit pushy though.
+65 735 5800
City Convension Centre)
+65 3 391 600
River Valley Road
+65 732 2612
The Gallery Evason Hotel
+65 333 8117
+65 6848 827 5839
has one of the best dance scenes in the world, there's something for everyone.
Make sure to check out Time Out magazine for DJ listings.
is the most internationally renowned nightclub in Singapore. Actually,
Zouk is a combination of two more clubs, namely Velvet Underground and
Phuture. Located near the Singapore River, these clubs are brought under
in former warehouses. The resident deejays include, among others; Andrew
Chow and Tony Tay. Also, guest appearances are often being made by quite
the established names such as John Digweed, Carl Cox, Norman Cook (Fatboy
Slim), Sven Väth, etc.
just about everywhere in Singapore, the staff is very forthcoming. For
instance, your drinks will even be brought to you when ordered at one
of the bar's personnel. Surely, anything you ask for will be prepared;
the bartenders know their cocktail preparing science very well. Speaking
of which, outside you can also enjoy the warm Singaporean nights, with
uptempo background music and maybe even some midnight snacks, to prepare
you for the intensive night ahead. Again, a vast number of cocktails
and frappes are at your choice.
the more sophisticated drinking, visit the wine bar. Always nice when
you are in need of some cool air. Finally, when all you alcoholics are
satisfied and are feeling a bit in the mood for some action, the logical
next step would be dancing. You can either do this at Zouk, Velvet Underground
has the biggest dance floor and plays the more techno house orientated
music. Also, the crowd that prefers Zouk seems younger. Here is where
certain events, such as the Fashion Week Event for young Singaporean
designers last September, are being held. Upstairs is the VIP balcony,
which gives a nice overview of the dance floor. There is definitely
no shortage of bars, by the way. At just about every corner you will
find one. Still, with al the affluence of alcohol, no one really seems
to get totally ecstatic. The Singaporeans continue to maintain a certain
amount of self-control. Which is a bit of a shame when you are used
to tearing the roof down.
Underground has the more intimate area, with plenty of sitting space
and a small dance floor. The main differences between Zouk and the Velvet
Underground are those of the music and the crowd. The music is
the more relaxed, funky, melodious kind of house. The crowd is maturer
than Zouk's, which is nice, if you have not wetted your pants for more
than a few decades. As a bonus, people with priority can place their
important derrieres on one of the VIP sofas. Do not despair though.
If you look nicely at the VIP persons, they will not be bothered by
you sitting next to them, whilst not having paid a single dime. Goodlooking
tourists are always interesting, you should know. Zouk is often a place
for model scouts, so look your best! Another area is Phuture,
which has a more futuristic interior.
Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore
is definitely not your average hotel. It is in fact a hotel, which primarily
focuses on its business clientele. This means it will suit certain people
better than others. In this review I shall discuss the pros and cons
of this type of establishment.
Millenia Hotel has three restaurants and one lobby lounge, located at
different wings and levels of the hotel. The one being even more luxurious
than the other, obviously means the menu prices are, to say the least,
above standard too. Do not be scared off by this though, for you do
get food worth the money. Among many other things, the dishes served
include fresh seafood, Chinese haute cuisine, Singapore favourites and
delightful desserts. The surroundings in which you are seated could
come across as being rather formal and even a bit of a dull affair.
Nevertheless, it absolutely does not lack a huge amount of luxurious
items, such as very comfortable chairs, private dining rooms, and even
exclusively handmade crockery. The restaurants' staff is very friendly,
yet it does retain a distant and respectful pose towards the guests.
This could, however, come across as being a bit over the top, when you
are not custom to such proper manners. The Summer Pavilion, one of the
three restaurants, has been voted "One of the top ten hotel restaurants
in the world" by Hotels Magazine, and "Best dining experience in Singapore"
by the Singapore Tourism Board. On to the rooms, which count the number
of sixhundred and ten. Prices range from US$ 274/303 for a single/double
Deluxe Kallang Bay View Room, to a staggering US$ 3111 for the Ritz-Carlton
Suite. All rooms have a great view on the sea and are fully equipped
with high standard business facilities, such as a mobile phone and fax.
Downstairs is a large computer center. If you are in need of these facilities
on a regular bases, this definitely is a pro. Otherwise, you pay
a whole lot a of money for an exaggerated amount of electronics at your
is why the hotel's clientele belongs to the stars and the rich businessmen.
Celebrities include Mariah Carey, Nino Cerutti, Cindy Crawford, Zhang
Zhiyi (Crouching Tiger), George Bush, and the list goes on and on.
will not find the perfect environment in this hotel, though. Apart from
everything having been made safe for the little ones, there is
not much to do for them. Focus is set on business guests, without their
families.This too brings along the fact that recreational facilities
are kept minimal and none too playful. The emphasis is on an ideal
we can conclude that if you are on a holiday in Singapore, and you have
a tight budget, skip this hotel. Are you loaded or is your company paying
for your stay, you should undoubtedly go for the Ritz-Carlton Millenia.
Who would not want to have a butler draw ones bath?
Fullerton Hotel is truly a grand hotel in every which way. With
a design that is functional, the stylish and chic. Philippe Starck fittings
symbolise contemporary elegance with functionality. Its accommodations
exude a sense of warmth and comfort. The views from the 400 rooms and
suites at The Fullerton are unrivalled in Singapore. Rooms overlook
the sunlit atrium courtyard, or have verandahs that open out to sweeping
views of the city skyline, the river promenade or the bustling harbour.
Evason - G@llery Hotel
G@llery Evason, recently renamed 'G@llery Hotel', is Singapore's first
riverside designer "HIP" hotel. Anchored to the city on the famous historical
Singapore river - a waterfront living experience. The hotel is located
in the trendy Robertson Quay entertainment district. Recently, received
a "MERIT" SIA - ICI COLOUR 2000 award (architecture category) from the
Singapore Institute of Architects and was quoted "Hotel - the whole
of Singapore is talking about".
338-room Hotel is unique with its blend of historical grandeur and contemporary
finesse. Located in the heart of a quaint civic and arts
district, adjacent to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and opposite the
Armenian Church, Asian Civilisation Museum, National Library, Fort Canning
Park and Singapore Arts Museum. Walking distance to City Hall MRT station
and the Sundeck City Exhibition and Convention Centres. 5 minutes from
the Orchard Road shopping haven and Central Business District.
of the few remaining great 19th Century hotels in the world. It became
a National Monument upon its centenary in 1987. With its unique blend
of tropical garden setting and classical architecture, the hotel is
the legendary symbol for all "the fables of the Exotic East". Together
with its rich history, Raffles Hotel is part of the very fabric of Singapore
Hotel, Singapore .
+65 733 8388
+65 735 8388
Gallery Hotel (Evason)
+65 6-849 8686
+65 6-836 6666
+65 336 3456
+65 336 3120
to do the sightseeing?
some tourist attractions...there is plenty to do in Singapore, make sure
to visit some of the Indian Temples & enjoy the rain forest! Some
of the all time favourites:
has a world-class zoo and bird park. The open-concept Singapore Zoological
Gardens in Mandai houses more than 2,000 creatures in landscaped enclosures.
Look out for the feeding-time shows, which take place throughout the
day. Highly recommended is the Night Safari, where you avoid the glare
of the tropical sun. Walk along the trail at your own pace or relax
in a tram ride. New exhibits include spotted South African hyenas, pythons
and tarsiers. The Singapore Tourist Promotion Board, and Best New Tourist
Attraction in Asean named the Night Safari Leisure Attraction of the
Year last year by the Asean Tourism Association.
sea-related attractions, hop across to Sentosa. This resort island offers
attractions including the Surrender Chamber, Pioneers of Singapore,
the Asian Village and a Butterfly Park. Visit the Underwater World,
Asia's largest tropical oceanarium that has over 2,000 species of fish
that visitors can view from a submerged walkway. Bring your swimsuits
and head for Fantasy Island, a theme park of 13 water rides and 31 different
water slides. After dark, the Musical Fountain is a spectacular light,
sound and water extravaganza staged three times a night. The island
can be reached by cable car, ferry or land transport. There are also
two deluxe hotels, the Beaufort and Rasa Sentosa, on the island if you
want to stay overnight.
find true relaxation, pay a visit to the most beautiful orchid gardens
in the world, which are the Botanical Gardens of Singapore. A must see...
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on our own experiences, those of friends and visitors. Locations and phonenumbers
may have been changed without our knowledge.