Meet Eva, a student who has grown up travelling and living all over the world. We spoke to Eva about her time in Singapore, where she lived for 3 years, and she shared with us her favourite food spots and nightlife hangouts.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
There is a variety of Singaporean food due to the different ethnicities including Chinese, Malay and Indian-Singaporeans found on the island. To get a typical Indian-Singaporean breakfast you could head to Farrer Park Food Court and grab a ‘curry paratha’ which is a type of flatbread. Or, to enjoy a Chinese-Singaporean breakfast, you could get a ‘Kaya Toast’ (coconut spread) with a cup of ‘Teh C’ (sweet tea with milk) at a cafe called Toast Box located near the famous shopping street Orchard Road.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
One MUST try is the traditional ‘Hainanese chicken rice’ which is eaten frequently by Singaporeans during their lunch break. One of my favourite locations is in Chinatown at the Chinatown Complex Food Centre at family-run stall number162 where you can enjoy the uncle preparing your meal in front of you.
What is your ideal afternoon activity?
A typical afternoon activity in Singapore would be to spend a day at a shopping mall to avoid the heat. Shopping malls are found around almost every street corner! The most popular shopping malls are located on Orchard Road where you can find ION, 313@Somerset and Paragon. On other days that are less hot, you can visit Sentosa Island which has several beaches along it. My personal favourite is Tanjong beach which has a popular beach club that includes a pool overlooking the blue sea.
Where is your favourite place for dinner?
When it comes to eating out, Singapore becomes the most lively and bustling city foodies can experience. The best place to enjoy some satays is located in the CBD area called Lau Pa Sat. Satay stalls are set up on a small street from around 6/7pm until late hours. The vibes are cosy and very vibrant! Another popular food court which is a must-visit is the outdoor Newton Circus Food Court which offers the best range of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian-Singaporean food. My personal favourite stall is the Indian Palace where you get the real taste of Northern Indian food!
In the evening what is the city like Singapore and where would you usually find yourself?
Most locals and expats would head towards the CBD to enjoy the breath-taking views that the city offers. You can head to Potato Head which is located in an iconic Chinese heritage building. The rooftop offers a lovely view of the concrete jungle. Another bar which overlooks the famous Marina Bay Sands is the Lantern rooftop bar in the Fullerton Bay Hotel. The best time to grab a cocktail at the Lantern is between 8 and 9:30pm where you can enjoy the Marina Bay Sands’ Light and Water Show displayed every day!
In a busy city like Singapore, is there anywhere to chill?
The Botanic Gardens allows you to get away from the hectic city to find some peace. You can walk or sit alongside the Swan Lake enjoying the noise of crickets and explore other wildlife surrounding you, such as monitor lizards. MacRitchie Reservoir is also a good way to escape the busy city of Singapore; I would usually enjoy a treetop walk, as well as walk or jog around the oldest Singaporean reservoir located there.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
Something fun would be to catch a boat and head to one of Singapore’s islands. Saint John’s Island which is only a 30 minute boat ride away, is secluded from the bustling city with an extended, white sanded beach which offers crystal blue water. Another popular island is Pulau Ubin where you can rent a mountain bike and cycle around by following some off-road tracks!
Where is the best area to stay for young travellers?
Although Singapore may be quite pricey, there are plenty of hostels for young travellers to stay in! They are usually located in the historic parts of Singapore, including Chinatown, Bugis and Haji Lane. A hostel that i would recommend is the Dream Lodge.
Which season would you recommend to visit Singapore?
Singapore luckily remains hot the whole year, however, it does suffer from monsoon seasons! Therefore, it is best to visit Singapore between May-August where you can enjoy the weather without getting poured on! However, Christmas is celebrated at its fullest in Singapore which lets you enjoy the beautiful, extravagant decorations on Orchard Road.
Is Singapore best for a family, friends or couple holiday?
Singapore is undoubtedly a luxurious city which you can explore with your family, and there are always enough activities to keep all members of your family occupied. However, having friends over too is very enjoyable as the night life is so vibrant that you would not want to miss out on that!