SHORE BETS SINGAPORE
Incredible cuisine, great shopping, fun, family theme parks and lush greenery make the “City in a Garden” perfect for an extended shore visit pre or post cruise.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO
Gardens by the Bay. This 101ha botanical wonderland by the water in Marina Bay really is as spectacular as it looks in the photos. Tour the cooled conservatories, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, then at night stand under the Supertrees for the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
Drinking a Singapore sling at Raffles … for the moment. The hotel is undergoing a major restoration and is set to reopen early next year. You can, meanwhile, order the cocktail at a pop-up Long Bar at 3 Seah St, next to Raffles Gift Shop.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Pay tribute to the extraordinary taste of the late Anthony Bourdain by visiting one of his favourite haunts, Sin Huat Eating House. Sure, the owner is a little grumpy (Singapore’s version of the Soup Nazi) and there can be a wait, but the crab bee hoon is phenomenal. Prepare to have garlic breath.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE RESTAURANT
No grumpiness at the Michelin-starred Jaan Restaurant at Swissotel Stamford Singapore. British Chef Kirk Westaway showcases the best local produce in innovative dishes that resemble works of art. The bonus is, it’s on the 71st floor affording views across the city.
THE TOUR TO TAKE
Book in for a Disappearing Trades tour where you can meet local craftspeople. You’ll tour Singapore’s oldest traditional bakery, meet a paper maker and visit a popular coffee roasting factory.