Every opportunity I’ve had, I’ve been telling people just how much I love Singapore! And I’m about to do it again…
I just love Singapore!
We only spent 3 days exploring, but I just fell head over heels instantly and I will now be looking for any excuse to go back! In an ideal world, I would move there in a heartbeat..
We got off our plane from Phuket, Thailand, arriving midday and jumped on a $9 shuttle bus from the airport to Chinatown, where our hostel was located. I was instantly impressed by how clean everything was – something I’d been told to expect – and how everything, roads, streets, signs etc, are just so well respected and tidy, even in a busy city.
The Bohemian Hostel was fantastic, and everything we needed, with a great location, friendly staff, comfy beds and free breakfast of Nutella on toast (instant winner!)
Eager to head out to begin exploring, we dumped our bags and headed straight out with a new map, to the Chinatown Street Food Market, which was absolutely full of authentic cuisine, for fabulous prices. Fortunately, a girl in our last hostel in Phuket, (Hi Jade!) a Singapore native, had given us a fantastic list of all of her top food recommendations, and so without wasting time, we tracked down two of the dishes and began! And were very impressed! *Full list of Jade’s recommendations will be including in a post coming soon – A Guide to Singapore!*
After a wander around the markets, and through the ginormous Chinatown Point shopping mall (they do THE best ice cream), we headed back to our dorm to get ready for an evening in one of the most recommended rooftop bars in the city.
If like me, you’re a sucker for a rooftop bar, cocktails and an amazing view, I’m sure you would love Singapore too! We decided to check out the Hi-So Bar, at the top of the Sofitel Hotel, in the middle of the CBD. This particular bar sits in the middle and lower than the skyscrapers, that subsequently tower around you..
The view was just phenomenal. It was a pinch me moment, that made me feel great to be alive, and extremely lucky to be in one of the most gorgeous cities in the world. If you ever get the chance to go – do it! Alcohol prices are insane (about $26 for a cocktail), but I’d pay that all over again to experience that view once more.
It was also in that bar that I actually almost felt at home.. Living in Singapore has now been added to my Bucket List, and I have fully realised I am a city girl. I love where I’m from, I adore spending time in the countryside, but where I feel I fit is in a big city – London, New York, Singapore, I’m coming for ya!
We certainly didn’t get much sleep in Singapore – late nights and early starts to see as much as we could in our short time there! On day 2, we had breakfast and headed straight out to explore the north area of the city, get our bearings a bit more, and hit up another huge shopping mall. Again, if shopping is your thing, you’d be spoiled for choice in Singapore!
After wandering around, we then headed to Arab Street, which is absolutely beautiful. Sham and I tried traditional sweets and took a visit to the Sultan Mosque, which is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore and is pretty breathtaking!
We then continued on to Little India, stopping for lunch in a small, very traditional restaurant, having Tali plate, with chicken curry, lentil curry and aubergine and potato curry. Bloody delicious, but super spicy! If you’re a curry fan, again, I’d highly recommend a visit! The food is also extremely inexpensive compared to the rest of Singapore.
In total, we walked over 30 miles in our 3 days of Singapore, walking most of that on day 2. But even after our long day of walking all over the city, we still headed back and used all our energy to get changed into our best clothes and head to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel..
This was honestly one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever seen, and Sham and I were absolutely gobsmacked. It is stunning, just stunning! It is a huge hotel, made of three buildings, with a ship balanced on top and I’ve promised myself I will definitely come back and stay here one day, and I’m brining my Mum!
Again, being such a sucker for amazing views, we just had to grab a cocktail from the rooftop bar overlooking the whole CBD. And it was equally as unbelievably impressive! $40 on cocktails well spent! Unfortunately, we were caught in a torrential downpour, which lasted our entire evening, and ruined my hair, but that did not stop us from having one of the best evenings I’ve had out here!
We decided to continue to explore the city at night, in the rain, and actually had the best time wondering around the grounds of the Marina Bay Sands, the shopping centre attached to it, full of Tiffany, Gucci, Versace, Burberry.. the Helix Bridge, the Merlion statue, and the rest of the CBD. Despite being soaking wet through, I will always remember that night as one of the best, and my love for Singapore was fully confirmed.
Wasting no time on our final day in Singapore, we had another early start, filled up on Nutella toast, and headed straight back to the Marina Bay Sands – it was amazing to experience what it looks like at night and in the scorching sunshine. This time we headed to the gardens, which spans 101 hectares and consists of 3 waterfront gardens. Similarly to everything else I saw in Singapore, they’re visually beautiful, and the gardens area real piece of art. They had even set up a winter wonderland event, and the Christmas trees added to the appeal.
From the gardens we stopped off in the shopping centre again, this time venturing to Toast Box to try a traditional breakfast in Singapore of Kaya spread on toast and Butter Sugar toast for $5 – both of which are bloody lovely. It is quite literally sugar and butter on toast, but my god it tastes amazing! I’m really hoping to find another Toast Box soon!
Taking a break from being proper backpackers, we decided to treat ourselves to afternoon tea at the Park Royal hotel. It’s another super impressive looking hotel – garden lined indented balconies all the way up, and water features surrounding the entrances. Their huge selection of cakes, cheesecakes, scones, sandwiches, cupcakes.. is just to die for and I am so glad Sham suggested we stopped by. It was the number one thing she wanted to do before we left!
And finally, my last thing I wanted to do and to put another tick on my bucket list, we walked over to the Raffles Hotel and straight into Long Bar to have an infamous Singapore Sling. The famous cocktail was invented by Ngiam Tong Boon at Long Bar in 1915; women at the time weren’t allowed to drink alcohol, and so he invented the Singapore Sling, which looks like fruit juice, so that they could enjoy alcohol discretely. Long Bar also has pistachio nuts in sacks along the bar, where it is tradition to throw the shells straight into the floor. It’s a fabulous bar, and we bloody loved it! $33 for a classic Singapore Sling, but there are loads of variations!
Rushing through Chinatown to grab a quick dinner and pick up postcards, we then took another shuttle bus to the airport for 6pm to catch our flight to Bali.
Singapore, you are amazing.
If you’re reading this and you’ve become interested in Singapore at all, I urge you so, so much to take a visit – you will not regret it. In my opinion, this is the most gorgeous city in the world and if you’re a city person like I am, I hope you would agree!