Singapore makes the perfect stopover, but for shoppers and diners, it’s a destination in its own right. Here’s five things to do in Singapore.
Raffles Singapore Sling
It would be rude to visit Singapore and not go to the famous Raffles Long Bar for an over-priced Sling. At $27 a pop, it's more than a drink. It's an experience. To sit in the bar (it's not as long as it once was) and eat peanuts out of their shells and throw them on the floor is all part of the charm. Here is the recipe to make it at home for a fraction of the price.
The world's first safari park for nocturnal animals is very cool. Even if you don't have the kids, go yourself for the dinner/tour experience. You'll watch wild cats and their trainers perform first then jump on the trolley and under the light of the moon you'll see what animals to get up to after dark. You can also get off and wander the trails at your own pace. It's magic.
For eye candy in the kitchen as much as a great place to eat, head to this new Spanish tapas bar on Robertson Quay.
There are only 20 seats and it's popular so you need to make reservations. Two of the hottest chefs in Singapore whip up delicious small plates from the open kitchen and the place is buzzing with expats as word spreads.
Shop at Bugis Junction
There are loads of malls and markets in Singapore, but if you're looking for a one-stop-shop, this is it. Part traditional shopping mall/part open air shopping precinct and across the road is a market. It has a great foodhall for all your cravings, high street shops and local boutiques. This is where the hipsters hang!
Gardens by the Bay
Just beside the Singapore Marina, on 100 hectares of reclaimed land, is Gardens by the Bay built to convert the Garden City into a City in a Garden. It combines plants from all over the world into learning areas for the hundreds of school children who visit, but also high tech architecture for city dwellers who want great ideas. There are climatically-controlled domes and events are held year round.