Cocktails, food and shopping in Singapore

If there was a contest to name the world's best city for shopping and dining out, Singapore would definitely be a strong contender.

You don't have to venture far to find shopping malls that stretch for miles and stores selling quality goods to suit any budget. No chance of going hungry either, with tasty street food around every corner.

If you're planning a trip to Singapore, take a big suitcase - you won't come home empty-handed.

Cocktails in the sky

Hitting the town in Singapore is a truly exhilarating experience. With its abundance of sophisticated rooftop bars, you can enjoy a sunset drink or two against a stunning backdrop of skyscrapers and harbour.

Head to the Marina Bay area for bars with exceptional water views and choose one that's just a few floors up, like The Rooftop at 1919 Waterboathouse. Or test your vertigo 57 storeys up at Ce La Vi in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Each of Singapore's rooftop bars has its own point of difference, such as LeVeL33 with its onsite microbrewery and 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar with its alfresco live music. They'll all delight you with their views, refreshing signature drinks and delicious food choices.

If you'd prefer something more casual, try Loof in the CBD. Set just above tree level and overlooking Raffles Hotel, it was one Singapore's first standalone rooftop bars. Or to simply join the locals as they let loose after a busy day of work, head to one of the pumping bars in the Clarke Quay area or check out the laid-back vibe around Orchard Road.

Singapore street food

Is there anything more tempting than a steaming bowl of Singaporean laksa? You won't have any trouble tracking down this tasty noodle soup; its punchy coconut and chilli flavours waft from nearly every food stall in Singapore.

Being a thoroughly modern city, Singapore has moved its street food off the street and into numerous hawker centres. In fact, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned shopping mall before succumbing to the intoxicating smells, exotic cuisines and traditional dishes that take up entire mall floors. You could literally spend hours trying to decide what to eat for lunch - a fifth-generation dish from Shanghai, a Cantonese specialty or something more modern.

You can't go wrong by starting the day with a traditional Singapore breakfast of kaya toast, a sweet, crunchy burst of energy made with coconut jam, coconut milk, eggs, and pandan, washed down with a hot cup of coffee. For dinner, follow the locals and order the old family favourite of Hainanese chicken rice. Delicious.

Shoppers' paradise

If you're planning a trip to Singapore, take a big suitcase - you won't come home empty-handed. In fact, you could easily buy an entire wardrobe at one of Singapore's distinctive shopping precincts. When it's particularly hot out, shopping provides the perfect excuse to stick to the air-conditioning. The island has more high-end shopping malls per capita than anywhere else in Asia.

Little India, Singapore.

For vintage stores, head straight to Haji Lane. Or for something a little more boho-chic, meander through the designer stores, French patisseries and quirky bookstores on Ann Siang Road. To pick up a trinket, check out the street side markets in vibrant Little India.

ION on Orchard Road offers a truly glamorous experience. This futuristic building is home to some of the world's most luxurious brands, plus a food hall so fabulous it has faux Philippe Stark chairs. Forgotten something? Nip down to Little India's 24 hour Mustafa Centre, for that last-minute after-hours purchase.

 
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