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Singapore Shopping, Restaurants, Reading, Activities


Singapore Resources

Review the lists of restaurants, hotels, shops, books, articles, and activities to help you find just the right spot on your trip for the perfect meal, room, museum, or spa.  The names in bold are Silk and Stones Travel favoritesSee the Singapore Photo Album for inspiration to build your personal itinerary.

Visa:  There is no visa required for a tourist to Singapore, staying less than 30 days.

Tipping:  A 10% service charge is typically included in restaurants, bars.  For outstanding service, leave a bit more.  For baggage handling, US norms are appropriate, especially in the four and five star hotels.  For sightseeing guides and drivers, a 10-15 % tip, unless there is some component of the total service that is not dependent on the guide (e.g. a boat rental)

Restaurants:  10% is typically included.  If the cuisine or service is outstanding add a bit.

  1. 1.Food for Thought - a cozy cafe support five charitable projects:  clean water in AFrica, meals for poor children, education and healthcare for poor children, orphan education, community development.

  2. 2.Pasha - Moroccan restaurant and rooftop bar.  Homemake ras el hanout

  3. 3.Smith Street in Chinatown – open air café at night.  Local favourites are Bar B Q stingray, Hokkien noodles, fried carrot cake.  Between South Bridge Road and New Bridge Road

2.Blue Ginger on Tanjong Pagar Rd for classic Peranakan

3.Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt for chic hawker food

4.New Asia Bar at Fairmont Singapore

5.Killiney Kopitiam, coffee shop for grilled toast with butter and kaya

6.Zam Zam Restuarnat for the house specialty of murtabak

7.Persimmon a Euro Singapore bistro, white pepper crab cakes

8.Il Lido at the Sentosa Golf Club

  1. 9.My Humble House neo Chinese cuisine

  2. 10.Indochine Waterfront at the Asian Civilization Museum, 1 Empress Place, 6323 0503

11.Au Jardin in the botanic gardens.  Arrive for cocktails at sunset.  1 Cuny Rd, 6466 8812

12.Jaan- the rooftop restaurant at the Fairmont, 65/6837-3322

13.My Dining Room – polished small restaurant in Chinatown, 81a Club St, Chinatown, 6327 4990

  1. 14.No Signboard Seafood – noisy, famous for chili crab at 8 Raffles Ave, 301-14 The Esplanade, 6336-9959

  2. 15.Halia – simple outdoor pavilion and deck near the Ginger Garden at the Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, 6476 6711.  Try either dinner or the weekend breakfast buffet

  3. 16. Speakeasy - try prohibition era cocktails in a Peranakan shophouse on 54 Blair Rd, 64 10 9026

  4. 17. Makansutra Guidebook - K. F. Seetoh’s guide to the thousands of hawker food stalls for the best fish head curry and roti prata flatbread.

  5. 18. Kinki - decorated with urban murals, a 60 seat restaurant by Marina Bay know for innovative dishes using fresh ingredients 6533 3471

  6. 19. Sabio - a tapas bar using freshing seasonal ingredients 6223 4645

  7. 20. Sky on 57 - spectacular views of the city and modern Asian cuisine at the Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark

  8. 21. Osia - fresh Australian cuisine at Resorts World Sentosa


  1. 22. Little Man - fashion, momeware, and accessories

  2. 23.Bugis Village - a former red light district with restored colonial shophouses, market stalls and eateries with fashions, arts, crafts, and souvenirs.Mustafa shopping chenter at 320 Serangoon Rd in Little INdia  - open around the clock with vendors selling saris, chai, and gold.  65/6295-5855

  3. 24.Valai Senu Melayu for Malay shadow puppets and daggars

  4. 25.Orchard Road:  Tangs, Palais Renaissance and Paragon

  5. 26.Bin House for chic, amazing batik at 39` orchard Rd, #02-12F Ngee Ann City

  6. 27.Tiong Bahru Market - try the second floor hawker center with 80+ stalls:  The Roasted Pig Specialist, #-02-38 for Char siu, Jian Bo Shui Kueh, #02-05 for steamed rice cakes with fried radish, Fried Kway Teow, #02-11 for rice noodles with Chinese sausage, eggs, and fisch cake.  30 Seng Poh Rd.

Hotels/Guesthouses:  Tip a concierge $10 for a special service.  Bellboys $1/bag and cleaning staff $1-2 per day, but it is  not required.

  1. 28. Wangz Hotel = stylish Outram Road inn with 41 rooms and a great rooftop bar.  Near Chinatown’s thriving restaurant and nightlife.

  2. 29. Moon @ 23 Dickson -  in Little India with elegant rooms and amenities

  3. 30.Majestic Hotel, boutique hotel in a row of shop houses with 30 rooms designed by Singaporean artists.  31-37 Bukit Pasoh Rd 65/6511-4700

  4. 31. Raffles Hotel – the most luxe of the luxe hotels with tradition and elegance, 1 Beach Rd +65 6337 1886

  5. 32.Luxury five star hotels:  Four Seasons, Shangri-La Hotel, Fullerton (1 Fullerton Square, +65 6733 8388)

  6. 33.Transit Hotel at the airport:, 65-6507 9797

  7. 34.Hotel 1929 - one of Peng Loh Lik’s boutique hotels in Singapore’s Chinatown

  8. 35.New Majestic Hotel - another of Peng Loh Lik’s boutique hotels in Singapore, using emerging Singaporean artists to create fanciful suites

  9. 36.Wanderlust Hotel - the third of Peng Loh Lik’s boutique hotels in Singapore.

  10. 37. Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island - colonial grace and modern accents with outdoor dining terraces over infinity pools.  1 The Knolls, 65/6377-8888

  11. 38. Klapsons - ultra modern in the business district in 301-01 Tower Fifteen, 15 Hoe Ching Rd, 6531 9030

  12. 39. Hotel Fort Canning - a comfortable boutique hotel, once a World War II era British army base.  Gattopardo Italian Grill & Pizza Bar, Tisettanta Lounge, and two swimming pools. 11 Canning Walk, 6559 6769 (complimentary breakfast not so good)

  13. 40. Saff Hotel - located a few blocks from Club St, within easy reach of Chinatown.  Interiors are a mix of Thai and Moroccan styles.

  14. 41.Moon @ 23 Dickson - a new 5 story building close to Dhoby Ghaut an dBugis MRT stations, 23 Dickson Rd, 65/6827 6666

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  1. 43. Bukit Timat Nature Reserve – hiking or walking

  2. 44. Singapore Zoo – breakfast with orangatans or Night Safari

  3. 45. Eastern & Oriental Express – enjoy a luxury train between Singapore and Bangkok on ¾ day trips +65 6392 3500

  4. 46. Eu Yan Sang, modern Chinese medicine shop

  5. 47. Ann Siang Road for shop house stores

  6. 48. Thian Hock Keng Temple, old temple build without a nail

  7. 49. Hippo River Cruise Kosk at Clarke Quay

  8. 50. Fort Canning Park

  9. 51. National Museum of Singapore

  10. 52. Sultan Mosque

  11. 53. Asian Civilization Museum, 1 Empress Place +65 6332 2982

  12. 54. Arab Street for shopping

  13. 55. Night Safari

  14. 56. The Esplanade performances

  15. 57. Mustafa Centre 24 hr department storein Little India

  16. 58. Singapore Botanic Gardens for the Orchid Garden

  17. 59. Sentosa for Fort Siloso

  18. 60. Transit Hotel at the airport:  65-6507 9797

  19. 61. Toy Factory theater ensemble

  20. 62. Wild Rice Theater

  21. 63. Ms. Karen Phua, free lance tour guide, (65) 98623770,

  22. 64. Universal Studios Park - seven themed areas including Ancient Egypt, Jurassic Park. 

  23. 65. Mint museum of Toys - collection of playthings from Beatles to Disney, 26 Seah St, 6339 0660

  24. 66. Annual Art FEstival in June:  “Between You and Me”

  25. 67. Fort Cannig Park spice garden - tour the spice garden with a botanist

Health and Medical:

  1. 68. Raffles Hospital at 585 North Bridge Road, Phone:  6311 1111

Please contact Silk and Stones Travel for any additional information.

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Shop in Little India Quarter of Singapore