Singapore – ‘The Fine City’

Singapore – ‘The Fine City’

Singapore, or sometimes known as the”Fine City”, is a beautiful tropical island in south-east Asia, located between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, which is bordered by Malaysia and Indonesia. It is best known for it’s cleanliness and it has such a strong reputation for being safe due to it’s low crime rate. From tasty cocktails to fabulous shopping, this city is full of impressive things to do and see for everyone!
Attractions:

Gardens By The Bay –  This Singapore attraction was the 2012 winner of the year at the world Architecture Festival. The Gardens By The Bay is a futuristic nature park, featuring giant man made tree structures which are 50 metres tall. If you’re a visitor, you will get the chance to get up close and personal with the trees by using the impressive Skywalk over the gardens. At around 8pm, the giant trees illuminate with a kaleidoscope of colours, making the whole park jaw dropping. The show is completely free and there would only be a small fee if you want to use the Skywalk.

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Singapore Flyer –  The Singapore Flyer is one of the largest observation wheels around, towering 165 meters into the sky. This is a perfect way to get some breathtaking views of the beautiful Singapore city skyline whilst making your way around the giant circle shape at a nice relaxed pace of 0.21m per second. Popular sights such as the Singapore River, Marina Bay, Raffle Place, and the CBD can all be seen from the Singapore Flyer which fits up to 28 passengers.
Shopping:

Shopping at Marina Bay focuses heavily on malls, one of Singapore’s many specialities. Everything about this area is new, sparkling and squeaky clean, plus the shopping options are no exception. The vast malls here go for modern convenience combined with high street and luxury brands. That means large open shopping spaces, bright and cool stores and easy access from MRT stations.

Marina Bay Sands –  This shopping mall, being a part of the popular Marina Bay, it has lots of luxury branded shops like Gucci, Chanel etc… It’s worth window shopping alone at this mall for it’s amazing architecture, giant glass windows and the water feature in the middle of the mall. Why not head up to the rooftop bar or into the casino to see if you can you win some cash to shop in all of the top branded shops! Or why not have a delicious meal and enjoy the view from the roof top.

Suntec City Mall –  Suntec City Mall is one of the largest malls in Singapore, with four spacious floors covered with 300 shops including a big central fountain which is the largest of it’s type in the world! In the evening the fountain lights up, creating a fantastic show. It also has a cinema, gym and a games arcade. At this shopping mall you will find a wide variety of lifestyle, fashion, cosmetics, homeware and electronics.

Marina Square –  Marina Square is a multi-purpose mall located right by the Marina Bay. This mall has it all in one, it is a great place to go to do some shopping, get something to eat and to be entertained, with it’s stunning 10 lane bowling alley and incredible cinema. At this slightly older mall you will find cheaper prices than in shops at Marina Bay Sands, as the large range of shops isn’t as extensive or exclusive. After a long day of shopping why not head up to the fourth floor food court for some cheap and delicious food from all around the world while enjoying the amazing views over the bay through the huge windows.

Food:

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Lau Pa Sat Satay – Can’t decide what you’d like to eat or with a couple of friends that all want completely different dishes to each other? There will be something on the menu for everyone at Lau Pa Sat. You have a variety of choices from Asian to Indian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Sea Food, Barbecue, Vegetarian etc… If that isn’t good enough, check out ‘Satay Street’, the festival market which belongs to Lau Pa Sat and is well known locally for it’s classic dining experience equipped with over 10 stalls. This street is closed off at night and fills up with hawkers that sell fresh sizzling satay sticks and cold beer, what more could you ask for? Satay street opens at 7pm every night so head down and try out some dishes and enjoy the super atmosphere.

Burnt Ends – Craving a Aussie BBQ? This is the place for you! Although the restaurant isn’t too fancy, it is more of a casual dining atmosphere the emphasis on the food. This restaurant is always packed with diners and not only does it have delicious food but it also has fantastic drinks and a great atmosphere. Pop into Burnt Ends for an indoor BBQ meal at an affordable price that will have your mouth watering.

Restaurant Andre – Looking to treat that special someone to a luxurious meal regardless of price? Restaurant Andrea is a luxury restaurant located in a charming shop house on Bugkit Pasoh Road. Ranked 24th out of 6,444 restaurants and ranked on the world’s best restaurants list since 2011, I’m sure this is one to remember! Andre serves up a wonderful menu with great service and amazing craftsmanship. Perfect for a fancy meal.
Beaches:

Singapore’s beaches are well known for being man made! 3.2km of sand had been imported from southern Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia to build these beaches. Although, you will find long stretches of white sand that is 100% real.

Sentosa – Most of the tourist and singaporeans usually head over to Sentosa, which is a big island full of man made activities. This island also has popular attractions such as ‘Resorts World Sentosa’ and ‘Universal Studio’s’ where you can ride roller coasters, do an indoor skydive, pose for pictures with parrots and of course relax on the beaches. You can reach the Island by sky train, cable car, car or by foot where will also find three of the best beaches in Singapore.

Palawan Beach – Located in the centre of the southern tip of Sentosa, Palawan Beach is rather quiet, with loads of room to lie down, relax and sunbathe. There are restaurants and bars located on this Island where you can get a snack and a cold beer. Rather than getting a cold beer to cool you down, why not get the bridge that takes you over to another small island (I know it sounds crazy an island off an island, off another island), but here you will find that perfect cool off relaxing area that is shaded by palm trees that look out over the beach.

Tanjong Beach – Tanjong Beach is well known for parties by the popular Tanjong Beach Club. These parties usually take place about twice a month at night and the full moon parties take place around 3 times a year. During the daytime, this beach provides a more relaxed vibe with it’s swimming pool, sun loungers and it’s great menu of drinks. This beach is great if you want to relax and have some privacy, all you have to do is walk about 5 – 10 minutes past the Tanjong Beach Club and you will find a peaceful section, perfect if you want some privacy.

Natalia Nevens

Natalia Nevens

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