Why Singapore is more than just a stopover

06 February 2020

Fusing exquisite design with an enchanting natural landscape, Singapore’s innovative architecture and charming greenery make it a truly spectacular place. With world-class cuisine, phenomenal entertainment and an eclectic mix of cultures, Singapore’s unique beauty cannot be seen in only a few days.  An impressive calendar of events provides ample opportunity to discover, explore and indulge in the city’s rich history, vibrant flavours and stunning sights.

World-class cuisine

44 Michelin-starred restaurants entice epicureans from across the globe, with the city’s two three-star establishments, Les Amis and Odette, providing a particular draw. Populated by passionate foodies, Singapore’s Hawker centres are an indispensable pillar of the Singaporean way of life. Offering a delightfully eclectic mix of vibrant flavours, this food haven supplies ample opportunities for local indulgence across a range of divine dishes. For an exquisite Hawker experience try the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in world at Hawker Chan — the world’s first Michelin-starred street food trader.

Unique gardens

Home to an array of lush plants, Singapore’s impeccably beautiful gardens are simply too incredible to only see in a few days. The 161-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens host an enchanting variety of greenery; this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site also has no admission fee. An integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, Gardens by the Bay consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Combining contemporary design with sublime greenery, it’s unsurprising that this incredible space has won countless awards for the experience it provides.

Unrivalled shopping experience

From the shopping paradise of Orchard Road and Marina Bay Sands, to the boutiques of Joo Chiat/Katong and Tiong Bahru, Singapore’s creative shopping scene provides fashionistas the chance to express their individuality through a vibrant blend of original shops. In 2019 Singapore’s rich variety of shops expanded with the opening of the futuristic Funan and the innovative Design Orchard. Make the most of Singapore fashion at the Great Singapore Sale in June and July where shopaholics are met with tantalising discounts.

Dazzling events

Celebrating the pinnacle of gastronomic excellence, the World Gourmet Summit is a must visit for any aesthete with a taste for fine dining. Running for nearly two months from April, this food festival features world class wining and dining.

On the 15th of May the wondrous craft of cocktail making is showcased at the Singapore cocktail festival. Alcohol aficionados are paired with some of the biggest names in bartending under one roof with a series of masterclasses conducted by 50 of the world’s top bartenders. Besides the cocktail festivities, this event brings other delights in the form of street food, live music and entertainment.

Sporting spectacles

Singapore hosts a range of enthralling annual sport events that shine a spotlight on some of the world’s greatest athletes at incredible venues. From the 11th of September to the 20th there will be unforgettable racing action and unmissable parties at Grand Prix Season Singapore. At this star-studded event, the world’s top Formula 1 racers will battle for victory at the first-ever Formula 1 night race.

As the only Southeast Asian stop on the ten-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, Singapore rugby sevens (April 11th till the 12th) is sure to provide a sensational atmosphere that will delight any sports fan.

“The Botanical Gardens are a gardener’s delight showcasing stunning planting and architecture. The Singapore Flyer is fun and has great views over the Grand Prix Circuit. Sunday brunch at The Fullerton is a must - just exquisite. “

Carol, Travel Counsellor

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