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Singapore | Gateway to the East

Singapore is a vibrant multicultural metropolis that offers visitors an eclectic dining, arts, shopping and entertainment scene. Singapore is a safe destination with outstanding luxury hotels, a low crime rate and a clean and reliable public transport system. The city also boasts 29 Michelin star restaurants, as well as superb street food with its fusion of Malay and Chinese cuisine.

Singapore neighbourhoods and attractions

Harbourfront – Cruise ships depart from here, as do regional ferries. Great shopping, restaurants and the scenic cable car across to Sentosa Island.

Marina Bay – Enjoy the views from the Marina Bay Sands hotel or the Sands SkyPark, then take a walk around the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay.

Civic District – For history and architecture fans, this is the historical heart of Singapore. Visit Singapore’s National Art Gallery and the Victoria Theatre.

Orchard Road – Singapore’s premier shopping and entertainment district. While you’re here explore adjacent Dempsey Hill neighbourhood.

Sentosa Island – Take a scenic cable car ride from the Harbourfront to Singapore’s playground with its water parks, shopping and a 3.2km beach.

Chinatown – Street markets, specialty shops and Food Street as well as goldsmiths, teahouses, hipster bars and medicinal halls.

Little India – This historic district has superb shopping and fabulous restaurants all among mosques, churches and Chinese and Hindu temples.

Kampong Glam – A fascinating ethnic enclave with its Malay Heritage Centre and boutiques of Haji Lane.

Tiong Bahru – Great for café culture with a funky hipster vibe. Tiong Bahru bakery is a must.

Singapore shopping

Orchard Road is Singapore’s premier shopping street – a 2.2km boulevard with specialist stores, luxury brand flagships, spas, galleries, and dining and entertainment choices. Step back in time at Robinson’s, one of the area’s oldest department stores. You’ll find designer boutiques aplenty at the Mandarin Gallery, while the House of Tang has an enticing selection of crafts and lifestyle products. Fashionistas will love the luxe labels at Club 21, and for an edgier shopping experience, head to the Kampong Glam area and Haji Lane with local designers trading their wares. Bugis Street, with more than 600 shops, is the largest shopping street in Singapore.

Singapore restaurants and street food

Celebrity restaurants abound in Singapore, hello Joël Robuchon, Restaurant André, Waku Ghin, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and the Bread Street Kitchen – owned by Gordon Ramsay. On Orchard Road you’ll find Les Amis, Sushi Ichi, Tsuta (the world’s only Michelin-starred rahman shop) and the famous Crystal Jade Golden Palace.

Singapore also boasts an amazing selection of street food. Maxwell Food Centre near the business district has over 100 stalls, while Tiong Bahru Market does excellent chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes). Old Airport Road Food Centre in the east of the city is another hawker favourite.

Singapore luxury hotels

Singapore has a superb selection of historic and luxury hotels, including Raffles, Capella Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, the St Regis and the Mandarin Oriental.

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