A guide to playing tourist on home ground
If you think our little red dot is boring, you’re not eating, drinking or exploring the right places. Take a vacation without leaving “home” with this 2-day guide to Singapore’s most instagrammable hot spots.
Did you know that at 6am every morning, a field in Ang Mo Kio comes alive with the melodies of over 400 singing doves? Or that the best kopi and kaya toast in Singapore can be found on Keong Saik street? It’s funny how we don’t feel as compelled to explore our own city like we do others.
We’re so often caught up in our daily routines that we’ve become oblivious to our surroundings and the beauty Singapore has to offer. Sometimes the best sights and sounds can be found in our own backyard, we just need to open our eyes and experience them anew… like a tourist!
Rediscover Singapore and you’ll be surprised by how much there is to see and how little you know about your home ground. This 2-day itinerary will take you to hidden corners of Singapore that locals hardly make time for. Make use of this trip to learn more about Singapore’s heritage and the rich history of our forefathers. Slow down as you experience a traditional way of life, fading fast amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. Unwind and enjoy the adventure, inspiration and rejuvenation of a weekend getaway, without the stress and expense of flying overseas!
KEBUN BARU BIRDSINGING CLUB
The rare sight and sounds of 420 singing merbok doves, in cages elevated 20ft high in an open field, is worth the early morning start.
Location: Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, Block 159
Reward yourself with brunch at this delightful café. Kick back with freshly brewed coffee, waffles and home-made cakes amidst lush green surroundings.
Location: 3 Park Lane
The Leather Zip-Satchel transitions seamlessly from the work week to the weekend. Its versatility allows it to be carried on hand, or worn over the shoulder by the long strap; while the structured square body is roomy enough to hold all your belongings, and includes a zip compartment so your essentials can be easily retrieved.
Classic Strappy Heels—crafted in leather and topped off with a dainty gold buckle—add a touch of sophistication to your weekend wear.
SELETAR AEROSPACE PARK
Explore the café’s environs. The British developed this area to house a Royal Air Force Station (RAF), and the grounds have over 32 heritage colonial bungalows that once housed RAF personnel
Here’s a shoe that looks good, can be easily packed and will keep you comfortable while exploring the city for hours on end. This pair of Vintage Bow Sneakers, topped with a bow, masterfully mixes a contemporary style with a vintage touch. Pick from three colours (or buy all three!) to match different looks.
KAMPUNG LORONG BUANGKOK
Get a glimpse into a fast fading traditional way of life on a walk-through Singapore’s last remaining kampung.
Location: 7 Lor Buangkok
Check in to this modern oasis, tucked away in the quiet enclave in the heart of town. An aesthetic dream come true, indulge in the boutique hotel's minimalist decor featuring industrial chic concrete walls, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a sea of tropical plants and other elements of nature.
Treat yourself to a dip in the pool, and soak in the sunset on roof terrace before dinner.
Location: 2 Lloyd Road
QUAYSIDE ISLE @ SENTOSA COVE
End the evening with a stroll by the marina and take your pick of cuisine from around the world be it Chinese, Italian or Greek.
Location: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove
Dress up a casual look with elegant kitten heels for an evening out. These Bow Pumps are subtly embellished with gold tone hardware and a bow.
TONG AH EATING HOUSE
When it comes to kopi and kaya toast, this iconic coffee house has been a go-to since 1939. Its thick brew and super crispy take on the Singapore staple has even been featured in The New York Times. The original Tong Ah Eating House has since relocated just across the street, but don’t forget to snap an #OOTD against the iconic red and white building!
Location: 35 Keong Saik Road
Small in size but big on style, this Top Handle Handbag will amp up any outfit. Its allure lies in the details—the whipstitch trimmings on the handle, the gold-tone lock closure and the trendy rounded silhouette.
TAN TENG NIAH HOUSE
The history of this Chinese villa and former residence of prominent Chinese businessman Tan Teng Niah dates back to 1900. Its hybrid of South Chinese and European architectural features makes it a must for design buffs.
Location: 37 Kerbau Road
Inspired by the owners’ memories of Westernised Chinese food, Chopsuey has mastered Singapore’s signature dish: East meets West. The setting is a beautiful colonial-era black and white house, the menu offers contemporary takes on traditional Asian dishes and the cocktails are boosted with a tropical twist.
Location: Dempsey Road, Block 10, #01-23
This pair of Brooch Satin Heels and Classic Boxy Shoulder Sling make an effortlessly tasteful pairing. This timeless style work as well with a maxi dress as they do with sleek pants.
THOW KWANG POTTERY JUNGLE
Get your hands dirty in a workshop at Singapore’s oldest surviving dragon kiln. The pots fired in this brick-built kiln have a distinctive look – created from the ash of the burnt firewood – that gives them an original edge over versions made in the electric kilns of today.
Location: 85 Lor Tawas
The spacious interior of this smooth-grain Leather Tote Bag keeps your tablet, accessories and any other belongings at your fingertips. Switch between the top handles and the removable shoulder strap if you need to be hands free! Match it with the Floral Laser Cut Out Sneaker, complete with pretty floral cut-out details.
RAFFLES MARINA LIGHTHOUSE
This hidden gem at the tip of Singapore overlooking the Tuas second link offers a magnificent view of the Johor straits.
Location: 10 Tuas West Drive
An Ankle Strap Espadrille and a roomy Crossbody Bucket Bag are the stylish answers to long walks on breezy evenings as the sun sets.