Whether on a rooftop, by the water, or in a local hawker center, dining outdoors is one of the perks of a city with balmy temperatures year-round. Check out Privé on Keppel Island and snag a table on its large outdoor patio, near a marina of bobbing yachts. Club Street in Chinatown draws an after-work expat crowd and offers alfresco dining, as well as rooftop bars. Try O'Batignolles Wine Bar & French Bistro for a sidewalk bite or Ying Yang’s open roof for drinks. Leafy green settings make PS.Cafe in Dempsey Hill and Nosh in Rochester Park great choices for a lazy outdoor Sunday brunch. These foodie destinations’ jungle backdrops alone are worth a trip to the western side of the island.
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Mooncakes and more during Mid-Autumn Festival
Chinatown gets all dressed up in colorful lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival, held in September or October each year, according to the lunar calendar. One of the hallmarks of the festival is the prevalence of mooncakes, small pastries traditionally filled with red bean or lotus seed paste and sometimes the yolk of a salted duck egg. Less oily, non-baked varieties called snow skin mooncakes have sweet or fruity centers and a crust of frozen glutinous rice. Even though the cakes are small they can be shared, one tiny dense slice is enough.
In Singapore the mid autumn festival presents another opportunty to see the cultures of the east together. The Sri Mariamman hindu temple is in the heart of Chinatown, looking particularly beautiful with the light of the Chinese lanterns.