Heritage neighbourhoods, park adventures
and unforgettable cuisine
Visit vibrant neighbourhoods for a glimpse into the sounds and smells of everyday. In Little India, busy roads are lined by shophouses in eye-catching rainbow hues, their windows filled with dazzling gold jewellery, textiles and spices. Known for its ornate temples, Chinatown is also home to a hip nightlife scene, with intimate speakeasies and rooftop cocktail bars drawing a cool post-work crowd. Upscale restaurants and quirky boutiques occupy the former army barracks of Dempsey Hill, while mega-malls with big-name brands pack Orchard Road.
Making the most of its year-round tropical weather, Singapore’s parks and gardens offer both respite and adventure. Walking paths criss-cross immaculately manicured lawns at the Botanic Gardens, and its Symphony Stage attracts picnicking families to regular outdoor concerts. Mischievous macaques, lizards and snakes can be spotted along MacRitchie Reservoir’s lush rainforest hiking trails. The island of Sentosa thrills with its amusement and water parks, and a nightly light and music extravaganza mesmerises crowds at the surreal Supertree Grove in Gardens by the Bay.
Encapsulating the city’s distinct heritage is its food. Fine-dining establishments mingle with venerable hole-in-the-wall eateries serving recipes inherited from a previous generation. Hawker centres like Lau Pa Lat and Newton Food Centre open late into the night, with aromatic satay sizzling on open-air grills, noodles frying in well-seasoned woks, and in-the-know regulars patiently lining up for their favourite dishes.