Singapore – Local Tips by Clarissa

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Clockwise to middle: Mixed Grill, Oyster Omelette, Prawn Noodles, 2x Barbecued Chicken Wings, Wanton Noodles
Clockwise to middle: Mixed Grill, Oyster Omelette, Prawn Noodles, 2x Barbecued Chicken Wings, Wanton Noodles
What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations suit?

Singapore is ideal for foodie and families.

How long would you recommend for one to spend in Singapore?

3 days.

What are the top activities/must-sees that you would recommend in Singapore?
1. River Safari
Giant panda eating bamboo at River Safari
Giant panda eating bamboo at River Safari

– Situated half an hour away from the city centre by car, right next to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari

– Get acquainted with animals that are from different parts of the world, more information here

– Get discounted tickets here

2. Sentosa
Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase ride at Universal Studios Singapore
Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase ride at Universal Studios Singapore

– Chill at bars/restaurants at the beach or at the Quayside Isle which is a nice, quiet area

– Eat, chill and surf on FlowBarrel waves at Wave House Sentosa

– Take the Luge ride

– Visit the Universal Studios if you are up for some rides – get discounted tickets here

3. Explore neighbourhoods in Singapore
A mural wall at Tiong Bahru
A mural wall at Tiong Bahru

РJoo Chiat / Katong: Wander around this neighbourhood for Peranakan culture and great food options (listed below), more information about this neighbourhood here

– Tiong Bahru: Find hipster cafes and seafood restaurants amidst old low-rise walk-up flats

What are the top food places/must-eats that you would recommend in Singapore?
1. Hawker Centres – Old Airport Road Food Centre
Clockwise to middle: Mixed Grill, Oyster Omelette, Prawn Noodles, 2x Barbecued Chicken Wings, Wanton Noodles
Clockwise to middle: Mixed Grill, Oyster Omelette, Prawn Noodles, 2x Barbecued Chicken Wings, Wanton Noodles

– For those who want to try local food, this is a great place as it contains many food stalls – Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wanton Noodles, Barbecued Wings, Prawn Noodles, Oyster Omelette, Seafood…

РA 5-minute walk from Dakota MRT station (Circle line)

– Varied opening hours from morning till 11pm, avoid Mondays at most stalls close on Mondays

– Prices range from SGD3-5

2. Prawn Noodles at Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House
Prawn Bee Hoon Soup
Prawn Bee Hoon Soup

– My personal favourite prawn noodles stall, love the soup!

– Order items from the Ngoh Hiang to go along

– Located at 370 East Coast Road, NOT Beach Road

– Prices are SGD6-12

3. Chicken rice at Katong Shopping Centre
Hainanese steamed chicken rice with soup
Hainanese steamed chicken rice with soup

– Located at the basement food court

– Popular with locals

– I would call this an “all-rounded” chicken rice stall as the meat, rice, chilli sauce and soup are all good. Some other stalls serve good meat, but rice isn’t good, or soup isn’t good. You get the point.

– Roasted chicken is also available

– SGD4-8

Any recommendations on where to stay in Singapore?
Chinatown / Orchard
When is a good time of the year to visit Singapore?

All year round.

How should one get around in Singapore?

MRT, buses, Uber and Grab.

Are there any local norms/cultures that a tourist should be aware of in Singapore?

You can only smoke within designated smoking areas.

What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes in Singapore?

Cash (SGD) and credit cards. Not all places accept credit cards.

How should one stay connected to the internet in Singapore?

There’s free wifi at most cafes.

Any other tips?

– Prepare loose change if you are planning to take the bus as there is no change given. Alternatively, get the Ez-link card.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I love exploring places, learning new things, creating experiences, capturing moments and sharing these with others. As such, I am currently building a travel application with my team at Away Nation, which aims to help travellers plan and book their trips based on recommendations from friends and locals.