Singapore is widely known as a food lover’s paradise and, as an Asian recipes blogger born and bred in Singapore, I figured it would be appropriate to make this a food-centric travel guide!
Note: Singapore is a very safe country and a perfect place for solo female travellers. To learn more about the benefits of solo travel, click here.
I adore Warehouse Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel.
Both hotels are very centrally located- Warehouse Hotel is near the Singapore River where there are good restaurants and bars galore. It’s also a nice place to walk in the early mornings or evenings, when the weather isn’t too hot. The river walk takes you to many different parts of Singapore, such as Clarke Quay and even all the way down to our Commercial District. As for Four Seasons, it’s located at Orchard Road, the largest shopping district in Singapore, but at the quiet end, so you have easy access to everything, but are away from the hustle and bustle. It’s also under 5 minutes from a MRT station (the local subway/ tube), so it’s a very convenient base for getting around the island.
If staying at Warehouse Hotel, their in-house restaurant, Po, is a great place for modern local food whilst the Cantonese restaurant at Four Seasons, Jiang Nan Chun, is 1 of Singapore’s best Chinese restaurants. (Another good Chinese restaurant is Summer Palace at Regent Hotel, which is also near Orchard Road.)
Note: Warehouse Hotel is much newer than Four Seasons Hotel, so the decor is more modern.
As an Asian Recipes blogger, I obviously love good food. (You can find my tried and tested Asian Recipes at www.greedygirlgourmet.com) Some of my personal favourite Singaporean foods are:
Salted egg sauce is so delicious, it’s good with tofu, prawns, fried rice, pasta and so much more!
This is a Hainanese Chicken rice dish that I made at a local cooking class- which I mentioned in my post on activities in Singapore that foodies would love. Another fun activity that I mentioned in that article is taking the boat to Pulau Ubin, a nearby island, for a foraging and cooking session (details in the link.)
1 of the foods we made s ice kachang, a local dessert, using a vintage ice grinder. You can eat ice kachang at any of Singapore’s hawker centres.
If you want an easy introduction to Singaporean cuisine, start with Singapore Hainanese Chicken rice and Chilli crab, 2 dishes that suit the tastebuds of both locals and tourists. Another popular option is Peranakan food- I usually bring foreign friends to Candlenut, a Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant.
For those who are more adventurous and happy to try dishes that locals love, but not all tourists do, you could try:
For a taste of what Singaporeans eat at home, try this easy tau yew bak (soya sauce pork) recipe.
A super popular place, especially amongst plant-lovers. Don’t forget to check out the Cloud Forest, waterfall and treetop walk.
Gardens by the Bay is just across from Singapore’s famous Marina Bay Sands hotel, which was featured in Crazy Rich Asians, so you can head over for a drink on its rooftop terrace after finishing your tour of Gardens by the Bay. The hotel also offers a sunrise yoga session at the sky terrace, which is a lovely way to start the day (booking is essential.)
The view from 1 of the rooms at Marina Bay Sands hotel- I must say the rooms there are a decent size, and also very convenient (as the MRT station is linked to the hotel)
If you don’t mind the heat, you may want to check out the National Orchid Garden, which has over 1000 orchid species and 2000 hybrids, at the Singapore Botanics Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Every now and then, there are music concerts at the Botanic Gardens, which is a nice way to spend the afternoon.
With over 90,000 works, it houses the largest public collection of modern art in South East Asia in Singapore’s former Supreme Court.
The inside of the National Gallery- there are also good restaurants and bars here.
Fun fact: When I was a kid, many people liked to take their wedding photos on the steps of the Supreme Court!
Have a stroll in this colourful part of town where you can find lots of cool shops and eateries.
Katong is rich with Peranakan heritage. In Singapore, Peranakan, or Straits-born Chinese, generally refers to the fusion of Chinese and Malay cultures, which occurred when Chinese traders married local women in the 15th century. However, there are also non-Chinese Peranakans such as Bugis, Indian and Arab Peranakans. (You can read more about Peranakan culture here.)
The exterior facade of Rumah Bebe- the shop on the left, Kim Choo Kueh Chang, is also very famous for its kueh. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone and visit both!
Check out the lovely Peranakan shophouses at Katong, and feast at 1 of its many good restaurants and cafes. I particularly like Rumah Bebe, which is a small cafe and shop- you can also stock up on some of its curry powder to bring back for friends!
A hawker stall at Ghim Moh market that is famous for their savoury local cakes, chee kueh (translated as water cakes in English)
You can’t visit Singapore without visiting a hawker centre and trying our local street food! Even the movie “Crazy Rich Asian”, which is about crazy rich Asians, features the famous Newton Hawker Centre. (And, if you’re wondering, yes, Singaporean billionaires love hawker food too- hawker centres are the great equaliser in Singapore and you can find an affordable car parked next to a Supercar in many of the hawker centre carparks.)
Some of our famous hawker centres include:
Note: many hawker centres close on Monday so it’s best to go on other days!
Local tip: if you see an empty table with a packet of tissue paper, umbrella, bag, wallet, handphone etc on it, that means the table is reserved and its occupants have gone to queue for food!
Have fun and I hope you enjoy your visit to my home country!
Hi! I'm Zen, a recipe blogger from Singapore. As Singapore has so much cheap and good food, I couldn't even boil water till I went to school in St. Andrews, Scotland (!!) but now I love cooking for friends and family- I even organised a charity supper club in London! I share my tried and tested Asian Recipes on my blog, Greedy Girl Gourmet, with an emphasis on a test kitchen approach, in which I choose a classic dish (such as Soy Sauce Chicken) then try a few famous versions and compare and contrast the results, before coming up with my own recipe. Do stop by my blog when you are free!