Try… Sang Nila Utama Garden in Fort Canning Park. One of the nine new gardens, its named after the first ancient king of Singapore and features an awe-inspiring Javanese facade, tranquil water features and stunning sunsets. You can’t get much closer to the relaxed party vibes of exclusive Seminyak than Rumours Beach Club, set on the golden sands of Siloso Beach and serving up authentic Indonesian favourites like Nasi Goreng and Satay, alongside pools and great music.
Try…Serangoon Garden’s shopping village. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Singapore, Serangoon Gardens was established in the 1950s. Today, this hip ‘hood is has transformed into Singapore’s unofficial ‘Little Paris’ area, with French bistros, authentic delicatessens, and plenty of places to sip, shop and relax. Pick up a baguette, stinky cheeses and ham off the bone at LPB Market on Kensington Park Road, then head to Maison Kayser in myVillage shopping centre for a café au lait and a pastry.
Try… Bukit Timah Saddle Club off Eng Neo Avenue is nestled in rolling green grounds that are reminiscent of the English countryside. Sign up for riding lessons to explore the arenas, trail rides and grass paddocks on over 40 well-trained horses and ponies. Pop in for delicious brunch at Riders Cafe, housed in a heritage black and white building and overlooking the stables.
…Try Keppel Bay. A passage for ships from the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea since the 13th century, KB is now a modern shopping and lifestyle destination. Sit beside gleaming luxury yachts floating on calm green waters and you’ll swear you’re in Darling Harbour or Sydney Wharf Marina in Pyrmont. Stroll across the Keppel Bay Bridge and the promenade in the cooler hours of the evening, and enjoy a fresh catch or a cool drink by the waterfront at the bright and breezy Bayswater Kitchen. Grab takeaway fish and chips or calamari until dining in resumes!
…Try Little Guilin. This serene spot at Bukit Batok Town Park offers spectacular granite rock formations set within a peaceful lake, reminiscent of the limestone karst hills in the Chinese city it’s named after. Wander along the banks and marvel at soaring rock cliffs, calm waters and scenic landscapes, you’ll easily forget you’re still on the Little Red Dot.
Try… Golden Mile Complex, between Nicoll Highway and Beach Road, known as Singapore’s Little Thailand. Enjoy authentic Thai food from Diandin Leluk Restaurant or pick up spicy, delicious noodles, salads and other dishes from any of the takeaway spots in the centre, then visit a Supermarket to pick up hard to source Thai brands and products, ranging from beauty products, to herbal medicines, groceries and snacks.