Clean, sophisticated, diverse – this city-state is suited for explorers
Sights to Seek Out
Singapore’s Colonial District is a great place to experience the regal charm of the country’s days of British rule. Be sure to see the old Parliament House and St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Other landmarks around Singapore include Empress Place (current home of the Asian Civilisations Museum) and the Raffles Hotel (birthplace of the Singapore Sling), both of which have undergone restorations. The Singapore Botanic Gardens is home to the popular National Orchid Garden, while the new Gardens by the Bay is gaining notice for its futuristic domed and vertical gardens. The 70-acre Singapore Zoo is another beloved attraction, with more than 3,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish.
Great museums in town include modern art at the Singapore Art Museum, and the beautifully renovated National Museum of Singapore, which exhibits 400 years of local history in the Singapore History Gallery and everyday life at the Singapore Living Galleries. For more local culture, visit Little India’s Sri Veerama Kaliamman temple or Chinatown’s Thian Hock Keng temple. Singapore’s outlying districts offer an interesting and authentic taste of local life, particularly Katong, Geylang, Pasir Ris, or Toa Payoh.
Boat Quay and Clarke Quay are great areas to grab a bite, with a great number and diversity of restaurants along the Singapore River. Neighborhood food centers serve up a variety of street food, including Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, and Malaysian specialties – Chinatown’s Smith Street, the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, and Lau Pa Sat Festival Market are all particularly fine options. For something more upscale, the stylish StraitsKitchen in the Grand Hyatt hotel is designed for sampling a variety of cuisines in a high-end atmosphere.
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