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Singapore: Beyond the Merlion and the Sling

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Visiting Singapore a few times freed us to wander back streets and chat with locals to find the spots we'd return to time and again if we lived here. What we couldn't do on this list at least inspired us to find a similar experience, like eating a traditional kopi, soft-boiled egg, and kaya toast breakfast and gorging on a delicious curry spread curbside in Little India. As for touristy things, I'd recommend visiting the Zoo (we did the Night Safari) and the Super Tree canopy at night.
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3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
The Fountain of Wealth, located in Suntec City Mall in Singapore's central business district, is the largest fountain in the world. Based on a Hindu mandala representing the universe, the fountain is lovely in the afternoon, when you can enjoy its...
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18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
With its domed greenhouses of epic proportions dotted across some 100 hectares (250 acres), the sustainable Gardens by the Bay are educational and fun. The Cloud Forest is a misty, 42-meter-high (138-foot-high) “mountain” that...
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River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
by Cheryl Lu Lien Tan In a warren of narrow streets near Singapore’s Chinatown, a tiny rowhouse’s pink facade signals that offbeat offerings lie within. Stevie General Store is packed with old books, antique watches, eyeglasses, jewelry, and...
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244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793
Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, dating to the early 19th century. In Singapore, South Asian Indian immigrants have brought their culture to their new homeland. These temples are unique, with colorful statues adorning...
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3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Visit three distinct neighborhoods in central Singapore to get a feel for the cultures that have contributed to the city’s pan-Asian identity. You can start in Chinatown, where the high rises of the central business district give way to foot...
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20 Kandahar St, Singapore 198885
Maison Ikkoku, at the end of Kandahar Street, is housed in an old building three stories high. It has a buzzing coffee joint on the first level, a hipster-chic boutique on the second, and a bar and terrace on the third. The best seats in the house...
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Geylang, Singapore
Bam, slap, thwack. Woosh, woosh, sss. Ee, zzz, clang, plop. Thank you, auntie! Szrkst, szkst. Aaahh. This is the audible life cycle of Mr. Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata. The libretto of the above prata operetta goes something like this: Mr....
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This place is magical. It's just a short cab ride from the heart of Singapore, but it feels like you've stepped into another world—a jungle. There are monkeys everywhere, and the hike is really very easy (in fact, I did it pushing a stroller with...
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181 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427452
If you're doing some soul searching in Singapore, come to Katong, an East Coast community full of character and characters. Easties grow up here and never leave (those who do spend the rest of their lives pining for the laid-back,...
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Singapore
One of the best parts of Singapore is Little India. The smells, people, and culture bring a little reality to this very manicured country. When I lived in Singapore five years ago, I used to love to visit this North Indian restaurant called...
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41 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089855
I’m used to chefs telling me they’ve made everything I’m eating: the butter, the bread, sometimes even the wine. But Singapore’s André Chiang takes the handmade ethos to the extreme at his Restaurant André. He proudly claims responsibility for the...
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River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Tour the spice garden at Fort Canning Park with a botanist to see and smell chilies of all types as well as lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, curry leaves, limes, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.Fort Canning Park is bounded by Hill Street, Canning Rise,...
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288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
In itself, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most visually stunning pieces of architecture in all of Singapore. But it was the surrounding grounds that really drew me in. Chinatown is certainly a bustling section of Singapore, but the...
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1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
So spectacular is the 82-hectare (200-acre) Singapore Botanic Gardens that it is the rare horticultural spot to have earned UNESCO World Heritage site status. Established in 1859, it’s responsible for Singapore’s...
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47/49 Armenian Street, Singapore 179937
The Peranakans, a people unique to Singapore and its Straits neighbors, developed a fusion cuisine that combines Chinese ingredients with Malay spices and cooking techniques. The tangy and aromatic dishes often incorporate ingredients unfamiliar...
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67 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239525
Simple, divine, classic—a few words that describe this century-old eating establishment. Although this particular restaurant is published in tour guides as a chosen place to consume, don't be too proud to try it. The classic breakfast consists of...
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102 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207678
Singapore's Little India has a wealth of South Indian restaurants to choose from, but my favorite for an unfussy, authentic South Indian meal is Anjappar across from retail giant Mustafa. Hailing from Chennai, the restaurant is known for its dosa—...
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6 Kim Tian Rd, Kai Fook Mansion, Singapore 169246
The funny rooster portraits and front-and-center foosball table inside Coq & Balls are as cheeky as its name. But the restaurant’s beer list—look for anything by Hitachino—and classic dishes, such as the prawn paste chicken wings, are no joking...
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108 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
A few big steps from Man Mo temple, you'll pass three of our favorite spots to sip coffee, wine, or a mixologist's magic and eat brunch, lunch, or dinner: Classified, Blue Butcher, & Press Room. Just ate the berry salad and grilled salmon for...
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39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941
The Peranakan Museum houses an excellent collection of antiques, textiles, and artifacts over three floors in a beautiful heritage building that in and of itself is something to behold—it was constructed in 1912 as the Tao Nan School...
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36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143
Before we headed to Potato Head Folk, our favorite bartender Louis (at L'Aiglon) suggested with a warning that a seat may be impossible. Luckily, we landed a spot at a long communal table on the second floor, and returned a few nights later to try...
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80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
A few things learned from a night at Singapore's zoo (renowned for their work with endangered species): there are so many creatures I never knew existed & sadly many of which even my future children may never see; arrive an hour early and get...
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47 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore
This venue closed in the summer of 2017.

The Library is a speakeasy in the grand old style. You'll need a password to get in, but they will give it to you next door at The Study, which, by the way, is a delicious Jason Atherton date spot. You can...
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49 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089153
Hands down one of my most memorable meals in Singapore. After trying local delights at hawker stalls, we craved some Western fare & headed to The Study for lunch to find a deal as delicious as the fare-- 30Sing for three courses, crafted by...