Food & Dining
Day One – Eat and drink like a local
Discover local favourites in Chinatown (Explore/Dine/Shop)
Travellers can start the day with a morning stroll around Chinatown, where sightseeing and learning about its culture and heritage can easily be combined with a food walk. Foodies will find a treasure trove of the country's popular dishes in this vibrant district. Besides the quintessential kopi (coffee), Nanyang Old Coffee serves chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes with preserved radish) and chee cheong fun (steamed rice roll with prawn filling/barbeque pork), while Chinatown Food Street (opens at 11am daily) is a great spot for brunch. This alfresco dining area on Smith Street offers many local favourites, including frog leg porridge, prawn fritters and chicken rice. After eating, travellers can also shop for fresh fruits and Chinese spices at the nearby Chinatown Complex wet market, or visit Bee Cheng Hiang's bak kwa (barbecued meat) store, where slices of meat are barbecued on the spot.
Learn about brewing an Asian lager (Tour)
One of the most recognisable local brands, Tiger Beer showcases its rich heritage and interesting brewing process at its Tiger Brewery Tour. Visitors can have a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the lager is produced, and see the brand's packaging gallery and vintage memorabilia. The 90-minute tour ends with a tasting session.
Have tea in a Peranakan house (Tour/Dine)
Peranakans – descendants of Chinese immigrants who married Malay women from the Straits Settlements – have a fascinating culture, and there is no better place to learn about it than at The Intan, a by-appointment-only museum in a post-war shophouse. Apart from learning about the history of this ethnic group and admiring intricate Peranakan beadwork, costumes and trinkets, travellers can sit down and have high tea with owner Alvin Yapp, while enjoying an assortment of Nonya kuehs (bite-sized snacks or desserts), which are created using the Yapps' secret family recipes.
Taste Singapore's most famous fruit (Tour/Dine)
Travellers who would like to find out the hype on durian can join the three-hour Beguiling Geylang tour, which takes visitors to the bustling district for an evening of sampling durian and a variety of dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or small plates), as well as turtle soup and herbal tea.
End the night with a Singapore Sling (Tour/Dine)
What better way to cap a night in the country than by having Singapore Sling at the Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel. The famous gin-based cocktail was invented in the hotel's Long Bar in 1915. Travellers can order the pink drink and play billiards using the original table that dates back to the turn of the 20th century.
Day Two – A day of food explorations
Join a cooking escapade in an island (Tour/Dine)
Held in a 100-year-old village house in one of Singapore's most visited islands, the Pulau Ubin Kampong Cooking Escapade organised by Cookery Magic offers both a chance to hone your culinary skill and see an off-the-beaten side of the country. The adventure starts at 9am at Changi Point Ferry Terminal, where participants hop on a bumboat to Pulau Ubin. The exciting itinerary includes a walk around the jungle to look for herbs, a cooking demonstration, and making dishes such as butter prawns and chicken curry (recipes and schedule subject to change). Minimum 20 pax.
Visit Wheeler's Yard (Dine/Explore)
One of Singapore's famous themed cafés, Wheeler's Yard appeals to cycling enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike. This café in a bicycle workshop is decorated with different types of cycling equipment, including urban bicycles and helmets. Its menu features tasty dishes such as fish and chips, chicken wings and wagyu burger, and it serves cocktails – called "coffee-tails" – with espresso shots. After eating, travellers can also rent a bicycle and take a ride around Balestier and surrounding areas.
Appreciating art and food (Shop/Explore)
The National Museum houses Janice Wong's flagship restaurant, which offers innovative desserts that look like art works. Visitor can buy its Singapore Signature Series of confectionery, which features chocolates that look like they've been splattered with paint, and includes flavours such as chilli, lemongrass, salted egg and kopi (coffee). At Gallery10, also at National Museum, travellers can admire the immersive video installation while enjoying a snack. This is first gallery in the country that allows eating and drinking inside its premises.
Tuck into local dishes with a twist (Dine)
For those looking for local dishes with a unique twist, PS.Café in Paragon mall offers plenty of choices. The menu's highlights include Tiger Beer-battered fish and chips; coconut, ginger and lemongrass chicken salad; and laksa (noodles in coconut milk-based curry broth) leaf pesto spaghettini, which has fishcake and long bean sambal (chilli paste). Desserts are equally innovative, with sweet offerings such as ginger brûlée and dark chocolate banana cheesecake.
Have a meal at a Michelin restaurant (Dine)
The inaugural Michelin Guide Singapore was launched in 2016, and it is a testament to the rich variety of cuisines and dishes available in the Lion City. Travellers who would like to taste the key culinary influences of Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines can visit any of the one-star awardees: Crystal Jade Golden Palace in shopping belt Orchard, The Song of India near Newton, or Candlenut in Dempsey. Those who like to tease their taste buds with modern Singaporean cuisine must visit the two-star awardee Restaurant Andre in Outram Park.
Grab a drink by the bay (Drink)
LeVel33 brewery boasts stunning views of the Marina Bay skyline, thanks to its location on top of the Marina Bay Financial Centre. All its beers are brewed in the premises, and signature brews include blond lager, IPA, wheat beer, stout and porter. They also have wines from artisanal vintners as well as bottles from Bordeaux and Barossa Valley.