6 Tips for Discovering Singapore Like a Local

6 Tips for Discovering Singapore Like a Local

Singapore has long been a favorite destination for Australians visiting Europe. A place to stretch legs, pick up some duty-free, and if you have time, head out to the Singapore Sling at Raffles.

However, there is more to the Lion City than just a stopover.

Beyond the orchid-lined corridors of Changi lies a thriving and multicultural city; A destination where Asia’s most intoxicating cultures come together in one place. In fact, there is so much to see, do, touch and taste that you can leave Europe completely satisfied.

The Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay is one of the must-see attractions in Singapore.

Gorgeous hotels and moody cocktail bars, intriguing museums and Michelin-rated restaurants, not to mention theme parks that will make your heart beat up, here’s a teaser of what’s in store.

Though first of all, you have to go to Singapore to experience it. National carrier Singapore Airlines – operating more than 100 non-stop flights per week from seven Australian cities – is the perfect way to do this.

From the moment you check-in, Star Alliance members roll out the red carpet, providing a locally sourced five-star experience that awaits at touchdown.

With flight times of more than five hours from Perth or approximately eight hours from Sydney or Melbourne, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the airline’s renowned hospitality, comfort and cuisine, as well as a deep cultural connection designed to provide With recent enhancements.

The onboard experience has also seen notable upgrades, with passengers treated to a new ‘multi-sensory voyage’, featuring a distinctive perfume and soundtrack, from the intricate ‘batik’ floral motif of its iconic uniform. Inspired.

Dining has been taken to even greater heights, with new menus and even Hawker Center-inspired cuisine on select routes.

Upon arrival in vibrant Singapore, you will get to witness the dazzling pleasures of the city.

The 1920s-inspired Atlas Bar has been consistently voted among the world's best.

The 1920s-inspired Atlas Bar has been consistently voted among the world’s best.

After seeing famous places like Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay, it pays to ask a local: ‘Where next?’. After all, they live and breathe the city, with insights that will take you far beyond the tourist path. Many people are more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Here are some local tips to inspire you.

Tip #1 – Walk to the Main Restaurant

Chinatown is the city’s most famous cultural neighborhood. Visitors regularly flock to the shophouse-lined Main Street for lunch and dinner, which is framed by the bountiful feast on offer. But, just one street behind on Mosque Street is Si Wei Mao Kai, a classic Sichuan restaurant loved by locals for its rich and authentic taste. They don’t turn down the sharpness for tourists.

Chinatown is home to some stellar restaurants, especially off the main drag.

Chinatown is home to some stellar restaurants, especially off the main drag.

Tip #2 – Check out Redhill Market and Hawker Center

Hawker Center is a uniquely Singaporean experience. You will find these street food halls scattered across the city, with locals often stopping by for every meal of the day, thanks to the variety of high-quality cuisine – Chinese, Indian and Malay – at very reasonable prices.

Redhill is home to one of the city’s oldest hawker centers and fresh food markets, although it slips under the radar for many travelers.

For the full experience, visit on a Sunday morning, when the locals do their shopping. They usually stop by for a ‘kopi’ coffee and have some snacks as well.

Kopi (coffee) and kaya toast are Singapore breakfast staples.

Kopi (coffee) and kaya toast are Singapore breakfast staples.

Tip #3 – Explore the ‘less traveled islands’

Although it is an island nation, Singapore is not merely a land mass. It has many small dots around its edge. Sentosa is the most famous, but it’s worth exploring some of the lesser-known options, such as the Sisters, St. John’s, and the Kusa (Turtle) Islands.

These islands can be reached by ferry from Marina South Pier, or you can rent a private boat to visit them all, then drop anchor and watch the sunset set on fire in the sky.

Singapore is home to some gorgeous beaches and little-known islands.

Singapore is home to some gorgeous beaches and little-known islands.

Tip #4 – Taste Yours Through Michelin-Rated Street Eats

Singaporeans don’t eat to live, they live to eat. This also makes sense when you consider the quality that is on offer – there are about 50 starred restaurants in the local Michelin guide.

But, if you’re in the mood for something a little more rustic and authentic, check out the Michelin Singapore Bib Gourmand selection, which rounds up the best street food in the city.

Fried Kwe Teo Mee in Outram Park is listed in the Michelin Singapore Bib Guide.

Fried Kwe Teo Mee in Outram Park is listed in the Michelin Singapore Bib Guide.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is one of Chinatown’s most frequented attractions. Instead of looking and leaving the grand Buddha on the ground floor, as most visitors do, make your way up to the rooftop garden.

There you’ll find a peaceful oasis for the 10,000 Buddha Mandap, which has a prayer wheel engraved with intricate scriptures.

A rooftop garden is hidden in plain view atop the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown.

A rooftop garden is hidden in plain view atop the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown.

Tip #6 – Get on your bike in Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin Island is a short boat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Granite was excavated to build some of the city’s most famous buildings in the past decades. These days, life moves at a much slower pace, with the island dating back to the 1970s, when excavations stopped. It’s a relaxing, low-key getaway where you can rent a bike and explore one pedal at a time.

Pulau Ubin is Singapore's answer to Rottnest, with bicycles being the only mode of transport.

Pulau Ubin is Singapore’s answer to Rottnest, with bicycles being the only mode of transport.

What else is worth seeing? You just have to get on a plane and find out for yourself.

With Singapore Airlines, the best search is for you in Lion City and beyond.

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