We’re going to Singapore for 3 nights in October to meet our friends Rob and Stef who will be passing through. Surprisingly, it’ll our first time there despite all our previous travels around Asia. I’m really looking forward to it, though am a little surprised that so many friends claim it’s a boring, soulless place. Sure, it sounds very modern and sanitised, especially compared to other Southeast Asian cities, but with its cultural mix, food scene and abundance of shopping opportunities how could it possibly be boring?!!!
From the research I’ve done, the city’s Chinatown area sounds pretty cool (as do the boutique hotels – we’re planning to stay at Hotel 1929 though haven’t booked it yet), and the streets Haji Lane and Bali Lane and surrounds sound like really amazing, boutiquey little areas with great shopping and cafes – this area is definitely high on my Singapore agenda.
If you have any insights into essential Singapore must-dos (particular unique/interesting shopping spots and great cafes and restaurants) I’d love to hear from you!