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Singapore City Gallery

Singapore City Gallery, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore

There's more than one way to discover Singapore.


ARCHITECTURE AFICIONADO

       
Guest room at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.        

Where to Stay // Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Designed by Pritzker Award-winning architect Kevin Roche, the hotel has octagonal windows with panoramic views of Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands and the lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum. 

Morning // Singapore City Gallery
This gallery in the Urban Redevelopment Authority explores city planners' challenges in transforming Singapore from a sleepy fishing village into one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. 

Lunch // No Signboard Seafood
The Esplanade outlet of this restaurant serves one of Singapore’s national dishes: fresh crab in a spicy chili sauce. It gets messy! 

Dinner // The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
Set atop The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, once the city’s post office, this new Italian trattoria offers innovative cocktails and tapas along with a perfect view of the Marina Bay Sands’ nightly light show. 


GARDEN LOVER

       
Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.        

Where to Stay // Capella Singapore
Set amid 30 acres of lush tropical gardens, this luxurious hotel on Sentosa Island is 10 minutes (and a world away) from the city center. 

Morning // Singapore Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1859, these gardens are home to the world’s largest and most vibrant orchid garden. 

Afternoon // Gardens by the Bay
This futuristic new garden has two conservatories and a grove of man-made metal “Supertrees” that host a nightly sound and light show. The views from the aerial walkway are amazing. 

Dinner // The Glass House
This restaurant in the Hotel Fort Canning serves “modern Asian” fare such as Thai-style prawn pizza.


STYLE SEEKER

       
Executive Suite at The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.        

Where to Stay // The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
This small hotel offers elegant guest rooms, two swimming pools and four tennis courts. 

Morning // Orchard Road
This has been deemed the world’s most attractive and welcoming shopping street. Don't miss local favorite boutiques Yumumu and Max Tan.

Lunch // Din Tai Fung
Stop by this Michelin-starred Taiwanese dumpling house at Paragon (one of 18 Singapore outposts) for signature xiao long baos (pork dumplings). 

Afternoon // Kampong Glam Singapore
Once the seat of Malay royals, this Arab quarter is now home to chic boutiques such as Sempre, offering stunning Pakistani couture.


HISTORY BUFF

       
Salad at Candlenut.        

Where to Stay // Raffles
This colonial classic is an oasis of refinement; tourists flock to the Long Bar for Singapore Slings while the Writers Bar is inspired by the literary luminaries who have stayed at the hotel. 

Morning // National Museum of Singapore
This museum covers the island’s history from its precolonial past, British rule, Japanese occupation during WWII and modern success. 

Lunch // Cassia
Set in restored colonial bungalows dating to the 1880s, this modern Chinese restaurant on Sentosa Island takes inspiration from the spice roads that used to crisscross the island. 

Dinner // Candlenut
At his new eatery, chef Malcolm Lee crafts spicy Peranakan cuisine (a fusion of Chinese, Malay and other influences). The chef’s freshly ground spice pastes give dishes vibrant flavor.


FOODIE

       
Dessert at Restaurant Andre.        

Where to Stay // New Majestic Hotel
On Chinatown’s fringe, this funky boutique hotel blends vintage and modern furniture in rooms designed by local artists. Some even have private gardens with cast-iron bathtubs. 

Lunch // Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
Among the hundreds of stalls, don't miss the chicken rice at Tian Tian Hainanese and the char kway teow from Marina South Delicious Food. 

Afternoon // Cookery Magic
Spunky Ruqxana Vasanwala teaches how to make spicy curries and nonya laksa. Some classes take place in her own kitchen. 

Dinner // Restaurant Andre
In a former shophouse next door to the New Majestic, this restaurant features chef Andre Chiang’s Mediterranean-inspired French cuisine.

 

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