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Enthusiastic, innovative and unashamedly forward-thinking, Singapore is the epitome of Asia’s archetypal audacity and determination. Taking great delight in attracting the world’s open-mouthed gaze, this tiny island has managed to transform itself from a British trading outpost into a prosperous city-state that recently celebrated fifty years of independence. It may be a young nation in a hurry, but it also boasts a rich secular culture and a multi-faceted population. And perhaps it’s Singapore’s paradoxes that make it so beautiful: like its traditional 3-storey shophouses juxtaposed against sleek, modern skyscrapers nestled in the clouds in the background; or the mismatch between the made-to-measure millionaire businessman’s suit and the modest table which people dine at, such as the hawker’s stall or at a food court, those popular eating areas with their enticing aromas.

The immigration that keeps this magnetic city moving comes from Malaysia, India, China and the West, as witnessed by the different neighbourhoods with their enduring, vibrant traditions. In Chinatown, a melting-pot of different customs live in harmony together, where you can visit the impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, or the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. Along the river, near the colonial district and its inherited buildings, Clarke Quay is home to a vibrant nightlife scene and some impressive shopping centres. You'll find a tremendous range of shops to visit throughout the city, including the endless row of shopping malls which line Orchard Road: Ion, Tangs, Paragon and Takashimaya. There's also the iconic skyline of the Marina Bay Sands and its big wheel, the Singapore Flyer, which served as a dramatic backdrop of the annual Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The nearby Gardens by The Bay, with their majestic Supertrees, Cloud Forest and lush plant life, represent this very green city’s designer side. As well as its many parks, Singapore is also home to an extraordinary Botanic Garden boasting an extensive collection of ginger varieties and orchids. To continue your exploration of this destination’s flora and fauna, visit the Singapore Zoo and the amazing Night Safari, or the neighbouring island of Sentosa, a resort known for its greenery and plethora of peacocks, as well as for its delightful spas and the Universal Studios theme park.
Singapore shows off its youthful past in rich cultural establishments such as the Asian Civilisations Museum or the Peranakan Museum, which celebrates this little-known eponymous culture. In a city that is constantly moving forward, science is celebrated at the Science Center and the ArtScience Museum. Last but not least, art is also well represented. Visible on the streets due to a well-developed patronage system, it can also be found in galleries and in shopping centres. While the brand new Pinacothèque, the Parisian institution’s little sister, is packed with European exhibits, Asian talents are showcased in the Singapore Art Museum and the National Art Gallery, which opened in autumn 2015. The Singapore Art Fair, launched in 2014, shows that the city has every intention of establishing its international reputation in this field.
Another major event in Singapore is the Singapore Food Festival, which was established in 1994. With so many great restaurants, street markets and food courts, it’s common for the city’s residents to spend more time dining out than within their own kitchens. There are plenty of leading French chefs represented here, such as Joël Robuchon, Anne-Cécile Degenne, at Xperience, and Julien Royer at Restaurant Jaan. Local chefs, such as André Chiang, Justin Quek and Willin Low, also fly the flag for a gastronomy scene that’s filled with all sorts of different influences. In Singapore, cultures collide in the street as well as on the plate.

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Burnt Ends

A foodie favourite dining spot, Australian chef Dave Pynt’s Burnt Ends restaurant is known for its perfectly-executed wood-fired cuisine with a gourmet twist. Don’t miss the signature oven-roasted Norwegian king crab smothered in garlic butter.

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Jigger & Pony

Settle in for an evening of expertly-crafted classic cocktails and top shelf spirits at Jigger & Pony, one of Singapore’s best cocktail bars. With a fun and animated atmosphere, this intimate lounge bar delivers a fantastic night out in Singapore.

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Din Tai Fung

Having first opened in 1969 as a Dumpling (“Dim Sum”) House in Taiwan, the successful Din Tai Fung restaurant group now boasts multiple locations in Singapore. Don’t miss the signature xiaolong bao steamed soup dumplings filled with a variety of seafood, meat and vegetable fillings which are made to order in front of you.

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Pasarbella Market

The bustling, family-oriented Pasarbella market brings together 30 food stores and market vendors selling delicious premium grocery delicacies. You’ll find the freshest meat, seafood, dairy produce, wines, craft beers and global cuisines on offer here.

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Pangaea

One of Singapore’s most luxurious nightlife destinations, Pangaea nightclub in the Marina Bay Sands is a favourite of the jet-set party crowd. Its glamorous interiors feature 20,000 light bulbs which sweep across the ceiling to dramatic effect.

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Restaurant André

Celebrated as one of Asia’s best fine dining restaurants, Restaurant André delivers sophisticated French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist at the hands of chef André Chiang, who pushes the boundaries of creativity at his intimate restaurant.

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Palm Beach Seafood

One of Singapore’s most famous dishes is the rich and flavoursome Singaporean Chilli Crab. One of the best places to enjoy this local delicacy is at the lively Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant in Singapore’s Fullerton Road district.

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The Coffee Academics

Hong Kong experts The Coffee Academics showcase their expertise at this funky coffee hotspot in Singapore’s Scotts Square. With over 3,000 square feet dedicated to creating the perfect cup of coffee, the cafe is home to seven Sensory Stations, including an Espresso Bar, a Custom Blend Concierge and a Hand Brew Bar. Discover this world-class coffee haven. 

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The Populus Coffee & Food Co.

The Populus Cafe is the brainchild of two of Singapore’s most celebrated baristas, Kang Yi Yang and Andrew Lek. A self-appointed “gastro-café”, The Populus Cafe serves delicious light meals to accompany its superb specialty coffee in a stylish setting featuring dark woods, mellow lighting and sleek chrome accents.

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Candour

Inspired by Melbourne’s coffee culture, Singapore’s Candour cafe is a stylish haven with cool Metro tiling, a long countertop and excellent specialty coffee. With USB and power sockets found alongside each seat, Candour cafe ensures that you’ll always be connected while savouring their superb coffee creations and delicious sweet treats.

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IlLido at the Cliff

Inspired by the romance of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, ilLido at the Cliff restaurant is an elegant coastal retreat situated in the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. Settle in on the terrace and enjoy panoramic sea views, or dine within the elegant Art Deco restaurant which brings to mind Italy’s sparkling coastline, with plush turquoise velvets accented by flashes of bronze and brass. Chef Simone Fraternali crafts authentic Italian flavours in the kitchens, creating a tantalising menu of flavours such as tagliolini with scallops and truffle, and the signature grilled octopus with roman artichoke. Arrive at sunset and enjoy breathtaking views accompanied by a sparkling glass of Prosecco, the perfect setting for a romantic evening in Singapore.

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Xperience

Embark on a culinary odyssey at Xperience, the immersive dining concept of the glamorous SO Sofitel Singapore Hotel, which showcases the talents of one of the city’s hottest chefs, Trevor Ryann Paulo. Taking centre stage is Xperience’s twenty-foot oven, a custom-made creation by Molteni. Before taking a seat in the funky retro dining room, be sure to sip a creative cocktail in Xperience’s fashionable lounge bar. Chef Paulo’s avant-garde yet accessible approach to Modern European gastronomy with an Asian twist has made a signature dish of beef short ribs, while for dessert, the chocolate dome is not to be missed. Sit back and enjoy the exciting culinary show which is guaranteed to ignite the senses. 

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Practical information

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  • when to go
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When to go

Due to its tropical location, Singapore is generally hot and humid all year around. Temperatures are usually between 25 and 30°C. Keep in mind that rainfall can be frequent and heavy, especially in November and December, but usually brief.
The best time to visit Singapore is from November to February, when the temperatures are cooler compared to the rest of the year.

Singapore annual calendar

  • Jan

    Singapore Art Week, mid to late January

  • Fev

    Chingay parade and Chinese New Year celebrations, late February to early March

  • Mar

    Singapore Design Week, mid-March

  • Apr

    World Gourmet Summit, mid to late April

  • May

    Asia Fashion Exchange, mid-May

  • Jun

    The Great Singapore Sales, late May to late July

  • Jul

    Singapore Food Festival, mi-juillet

  • Aug

    Singapore Night Festival, 2 weeks in August

  • Sep

    Grand Prix Season Singapore, mid-September

  • Oct

    BNP Paribas WTA Tennis Finals Singapore, late October to early November

  • Nov

    Diwali, Hindu celebrations in Little India, mid-November

  • Dec

    ZoukOut beach music festival

Travel transportation

Transportation

Transportation is easy to organise in Singapore, where the city offers a wide range of methods of transportation such as: local cabs, private car services, rental car, subway, buses, trishaws and ferry services.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the fastest and easiest way to travel around Singapore. The network includes more than 100 stations and is made up of 5 colour-coded lines: North-South (red), East-West (green), North-East (purple), Downtown Line (blue), Circle Line (yellow). Most trains operate from 5:30am until midnight.
Single-trip tickets cost on average $2. Buy a Singapore Tourist Pass for $10 which offers unlimited travel for tourists on trains and buses around Singapore.
The STP is available at the major MRT stations, such as Changi Airport, Orchard, Raffles Place.
A 2 km Sentosa Express monorail links mainland Singapore to Sentosa Island.
Buses are also very convenient to take you around Singapore, with an extensive network of routes and on-board air conditioning.
Several companies manage local ferry services leaving from Tanah Mehra or Harbour Front terminals, taking passengers to islands located next to Singapore.
Keep in mind that when driving in Singapore, you must drive on the left side of the road.

Taxis

Taxicabs are very popular in Singapore with more than 26.000 taxis operated by 6 major taxi companies. Taxi can be hailed on the street (except in the city center), found at taxi ranks or booked in advance through one of the numerous Singapore taxi companies.
Keep in mind that it can be difficult to find a taxi in Singapore between 4pm and 5pm when drivers change shifts.
The initial charge is around $3.00 and then every 400 meters is $0.22. Many additional charges may apply, such as night fare, public holidays, airport trips etc.
Credit cards are usually accepted, with a 10% additional fee.

getting to & from the airport

Changi Airport is located approximately 20 kilometers from the center of Singapore.
Metered taxis are available and private transfers can be arranged at the airports. By cab between Changi Airport and the center of Singapore, expect a 20 minutes journey and a fare of $25 (depending upon traffic and the time of day).
For $2, MRT public transport is also a convenient alternative, with trains every 10 minutes and a journey of 30 minutes to Central Singapore.

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