Claire enjoying a Singapore sling at the Raffles Hotel © Claire Richardson
Claire Richardson, Picture Editor at Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, recently returned from a trip to Singapore.
Tell us more? My boyfriend and I were in Singapore for a family birthday celebration and amid the festivities we had a week to explore the island city-state.
In a nutshell… Singapore is a magical jumble of different cultures, food and architecture, where modern skyscrapers tower over old colonial shophouses and where you?ll find one of the world?s best street food scenes.
Good grub" It?s impossible not to enjoy good food in Singapore. We were based near the East Coast Road in Joo Chiat, which has a lively street-side dining culture and every cuisine imaginable from Thai and Malaysian to gourmet burgers and Korean Barbeque. I loved the simplicity at 328 Katong Laksa, which serves just one dish ? their signature spicy laksa. This warming bowl is arguably the best laksa in Singapore ? make sure you wash it down with their fresh lime juice, which helps cut through the spice.
Katong Laksa’s signature spicy dish © Claire Richardson
Quintessential experience" I?ve always been told that a visit to Raffles Hotel for one of their world-famous Singapore slings is the quintessential Singapore experience. The hotel?s colonial architecture, dating back to 1887, is beautiful and still has oodles of charm, but be warned: the Long Bar ? where the famous sling was invented ? is very touristy and the sweet cocktail will set you back an eye-watering $32! I was amused to see that the tradition of casually throwing your peanut shells on the floor was still in full swing ? the only place in Singapore where littering is warmly encouraged.
Fave activity" I was quite blown away by the beautifully designed Gardens by the Bay in the south of the island, near the marina. Two enormous glass houses loom over the botanical gardens, one of which ? the Cloud Forest ? houses the world&...