We quite enjoyed our time in Singapore, and were lucky enough to have a friend to house us during this time (and point us in the right direction).
My advice to you is to hit the main attractions (which you can do in a few days especially if you exclude Universal Studios, like we did), walk around as much as you can (early, it gets hot and humid!) and then look at this list of food and Hawker Centers and go eat all of it (yes, yes, even the chendol). Do it.
Day 11: We started off right by eating some delicious roti prata and kopi at Mr. and Mrs. Mohgan’s then making our way to the Botanical Gardens Dome and Mandalay Tower. We checked out the food court (not bad!) before heading to the roof deck for spectacular views of the city (pricey though but I thought worth it especially if your first time – not sure I would repeat the experience). We then made our way to the nearest hawkers market – Lau Pa Sat – amazing (I would repeat this experience over and over and over) before doing a metro/taxi to the Singapore Zoo to experience the popular (and totally worth it) Night Safari.
Day 12: Today we took the bus to CBD, had some traditional Singaporean toast breakfast called Kaya Toast. Not bad but a little bit of a waste of calories given all else that I wanted to eat, in my opinion. We then pretty much walked around and ate noodles in any place that looked decent, walked through Chinatown and tried fried sausage, bbq pork, and later hainese chicken rice at the famed Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken at the Maxwell Food Centre. Next we hopped a metro to Orchard Road to see what that area was like and do some shopping. That night we hung out with my friend’s family and went out to dinner to a seafood place (sadly, the name escapes me). It was a feast! Delicious steam crabs, yum.
Day 13: Today we walked along the pretty East Coast Park and grabbed breakfast at the Marine Parade Food Center. Later that day we went to Little India and had lunch at Banana Leaf Apollo – fish head curry, some fish cakes, biryani, chicken. Deeee-licious. Then we wobbled through Little India to Mustafa Centre – a crazy place that sells EVERYTHING. You can even exchange money right outside. Good luck not getting lost inside. Afterwards we walked to super cool Arab Street to check out that section. Amazingly we did not eat anything (probably a mistake, in hindsight). From there we walked along North Bridge Rd to Clarke Quay, poked around there for a bit. I can see this being fun at night if drinks is what you are after. After resting for a couple hours, we went out to Jumbo Seafood at the East Coast Seafood Centre. Tasty (and messy) crabs as well as other amazing, assorted items (some kind of fish on crispy chicken skin). Then some durian by the beach. I must admit, the second time trying them was less bad. They do grow on you! I still would not want them hanging out at my house however – would hate to open the fridge to that smell.
Day 14: Started with a walk along East Coast Park again. Then we cabbed over to Tiong Baru and started the day right with some tasty eats at the Tiong Baru Food Centre. Carrot cake! We dawdled around Tiong Baru for a while then hopped in a cab to Roxy Square for laksa – well worth it. Back in a cab to the Raffles Hotel – a friend was keen to visit the Raffles Long Bar to pay homage to the birthplace of the Singapore Sling. Take your wallet as the Singapore Sling there will set you back more than a few pennies. The peanuts are “free” though. Perhaps glamorous in its day, the Long Bar experience isn’t much different than being at TGI Friday’s. More walking ended us up at a Vietnamese place in Clarke Quay. This was followed by some rest. And then more food. The stalls at East Coast Lagoon Food Centre deal out some of the best satay you can find. Satay…mmmmmm.
Day 15: A very un-fun 4am wake up call (is there anything worse than waking up that early? I don’t think so) to get us to the airport for our super sweet business class flights to Hong Kong, then to the USA. These flights were amazing but the highlight for us was trying every single possible Cathay Pacific lounge that we could. We visited the departure Lounge in Singapore – Dnata Lounge and then three different ones (The Wing, The Cabin (mmm noodles!) and The Bridge. Sadly The Pier was not open but it is on my list if I make it back!) before leaving for NYC.
Work time. Boo!!!