Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines, with Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Indian all featuring on menus across the city. Its celebrated hawker centres take street food to a whole new level, while fine-dining establishments are home to plenty of exquisite dishes. After you’ve filled your bellies, pick one of the city’s many bars for a cocktail to remember. Plenty of them are pitched on rooftops, too, so you’ll have a phenomenal panorama of Singapore to drink to. Here’s ten of our favourites…
Pó at The Warehouse Hotel
Marrying the best of Singapore’s food culture, Pó serves sumptuous Singaporean street food in a lovely restaurant setting. It’s interactive as well, giving you the chance to learn how to make a popiah (a traditional spring roll), and don’t leave without trying one of its incredible cocktails – the BB King is our favourite.
The clue’s in the name but Altitude is Singapore’s highest rooftop bar, located at One Raffles Place. Not only that, it’s divided into three exciting concepts – an al fresco gastrobar, a European restaurant called Stellar and a sports bar, which even comes with its own golf simulator!
Aptly placed within the Ginger Garden at Singapore’s beautiful Botanic Gardens (Halia is Malay for ginger), this tranquil, open-air restaurant is perfect for a light lunch surrounded by nature. Even though the Botanic Gardens is one of the city’s most popular attractions, you wouldn’t know when you’re lunching at The Halia.
CÉ LA VI
Sitting at the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, visiting CÉ LA VI is worth it for the spectacular skyline views alone. The bar is home to a range of signature drinks that are designed with the tropical Asian climate in mind and mixed with exotic local ingredients, soundtracked by a lively atmosphere.
The Clifford Pier
Attached to The Fullerton Bay hotel, The Clifford Pier offers fine marina panoramas. Its unique location in an area where the Singapore’s founding fathers first landed and hawker culture has been booming is reflected in its offerings, serving up fine Asian cuisine and also delicious western classics like afternoon tea.
If you’re going to Singapore, you have to visit one (or more) of its many hawker centres. Known for their simple but extremely tasty food (some hawker stalls even have a Michelin star!), we’d recommend trying popular dishes such as chicken rice, char kway teow or laksa. There’s so many centres dotted throughout the city it can be hard to know which one to make a beeline for – Maxwell Hawker Food Centre, Lau Pa Sat and the Chinatown Complex Food Centre are among the best.
Consistently named as one of the world’s best bars, a visit to Atlas is like stepping into the pages of The Great Gatsby, its interior dripping with gilded gold, deep copper and lush velvet – all hallmarks of magnificent art deco design. Its food and drink is as exquisite as the decor, its vast range of gin-based cocktails a speciality.
For classic Chinese cuisine, you can’t do much better than Mouth. Boasting over 100 dishes on its reasonably priced menu, the likes of dim sum, rainbow har gao, squid ink char siew bun and liu sha bao draw in hungry punters from far and wide.
Long Bar at Raffles
The birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail, the dark wood interior of the Long Bar at Raffles hotel is inspired by 1920s Malayan design. Hear the crunch of nut shells as you walk around the bar, traditionally thrown on the floor by guests who have nibbled on the free peanuts which reflect the relaxed vibe such a historic place is going for.
Steak doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of food in Singapore but CUT offers a superb selection of beef grilled over hardwood and charcoal. Steak connoisseurs will be in their element, with Australian angus, wagyu and Kobe beef all cooked there in a contemporary atmosphere.