Singapore has found its groove and it’s almost impossible to think this cool cat was little more than a fishing village a century ago. If you look hard enough, you’ll find temples in the shadow of skyscrapers, modern art displayed in converted colonial barracks and traditional shop-houses moonlighting as coffee and cocktail spots.
DID YOU KNOW? Singapore is home to the world’s only Formula night race and many petrol-heads agree that it’s one of the best Grand Prix hosts.
DO SAY “I already have the new Apple watch/phone/gadget”. There are dozens of Apple stores here – it’s somewhat of an obsession.
DON’T SAY Anything ignorant about food. Another national obsession.
MUST DO Watch the light shows that take place every evening in Gardens by the Bay from Pollen, a restaurant in the Flower Dome.
BEST VIEW Enjoy panoramic views from the 50th floor sky bridge of Singapore’s tallest apartments, the Pinnacle@Duxton, for just $5. You’ll see everything from the gleaming Central Business District to historic Chinatown.
WHERE TO STAY Singapore caters just as well for luxe-hunters and business travellers, after European-opulence/Singapore-bling, as it does for Airbnb lovers and even basic is done well.
WHAT TO WEAR Something new. Singapore’s retail therapy is the stuff of legend – browse mega-malls, hip boutiques and flea markets for high-tech, haute couture and vintage goodies.
DIARY DATES National Day, 9th August; Singapore Grand Prix, 16-18th September.
WHERE TO DRINK By day: head to one of dozens of hip coffee shops. By night: a rooftop hotspot – Cé La Vie or -Altitude. If you want a taste of history, seek out the Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles, named after Sir Stamford Raffles who founded modern Singapore as a trading post of the East India Company in 1819.
FIND US Unit 01-19, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore