Are you Singaporean at heart, or not? This National Day month, we’re rolling out guides to Singapore food, drinks, shopping, fashion, beauty, art, music, and things to do all month. Shiok ah!
Happy birthday, Singapore! Okay, we’re technically blowing out the candles come National Day on 9 August, but you could say we’re… kancheong spider – that’s Singlish for being eager to get the show on the road. That said, we’re giving August a good ol’ coat of red and white, with a shiok Singapore theme to celebrate everything we love about our lil’ red dot. Whether you’re new to the Garden City or need a reminder as to why Singapore is a smashin’ place to live in despite its itsy-bitsy size, these stories will be rolling out all month to keep you in the loop.
Food glorious food!
While sceptics might call us out on our lack of culture – we are only 52 years young, after all – we have one culture that’s known all around the world: our food. To get you started, make sure you’ve tried all these local, Singaporean foods, desserts and drinks at some of the island’s top hawker centres. Top of the list? Chicken rice, laksa, nasi lemak, bak chor mee, nasi biryani, roti prata, satay, just to name a few. Don’t forget about Singapore’s signature chilli crab, traditional Peranakan food, and a broth of bak kut teh while you’re at it.
But even outside of the hawker centres, you’ll find exquisite food around every corner. Neighbourhood cafes peddling the best coffee and brunches; Michelin-starred restaurants serving the best in fine dining; even mod-Sin restaurants whipping up unique interpretations of hawker classics. And to wash all that down, head to these top cocktail bars in Singapore, or for something more local, check out these best Singapore craft beers and top Singapore Slings.
Shop ’til you drop
Like eating and drinking, shopping is another national pastime that Singaporeans won’t deny. Aside from Orchard Road, Singapore’s most iconic shopping street, we urge you to check out these local independent boutiques for all sorts of trinkets. Vintage shopping is also a big thing in Singapore too, especially with flea markets happening seasonally, and you’re bound to find all sorts of unique Singapore souvenirs if you know where to look. We even have a bustling fashion scene filled with numerous Singapore designers and Singapore blogshops for eye-catching threads.
For the culture vultures
Rather a feast for the senses? As a melting pot of talents, it’s no surprise that Singapore is also home to a vast art scene – just check out these museums and art galleries in Singapore for a taste. Wanna bring some home? Check out these places to get affordable art in Singapore, or make your own masterpiece in these art jamming studios. Art can be found on the streets too at these graffiti spots, and if you wish to be a walking canvas yourself, these tattoo artists in Singapore will be more than happy to oblige. You’ll even find art in architecture with these iconic buildings in Singapore, or discover hidden wonders with these Instagram-worthy spots in Singapore.
Need more inspiration? Why certainly. This month, we’ll also churn out lists on where to find live music in Singapore, Singapore’s local musicians to watch out for, and clubs in Singapore for your party fix. Otherwise, these local theatre groups and places to catch poetry in Singapore should get you that wordplay fix you need.
More big guides this month!
Too much to process? Thankfully, we’ve also got lists prepped if you need a quick primer to Singapore – from fun things to do in Singapore (we’ve got a separate list for family activities in Singapore too) to the best in Singapore attractions, and even strange and weird things to do in Singapore if you prefer a quirky excursion. Oh, and if you’re worried that Singapore’s too expensive for you, we’ve also got a budget guide of cheap things to do in Singapore too.
Like that, how? Can or not? If you’re not Singaporean enough after striking all this off your list, perhaps you should get acquainted with our guide of how to speak Singlish instead.