Update on 2012/08/15
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery (0.5-1hr)
Breakfast Singapore Style
One of the last few remaining old styled coffee shops, Chin Mee Chin serves the classic Singapore breakfast of kaya toast and soft boiled eggs with local coffee. The place boasts a charming décor and furnishings from a bygone era and is usually packed in the mornings.
08:30-16:00, close on Mon
Breakfast set (SGD3.80), Cupcake (SGD0.90)
204 East Coast Road, Katong, (S)428903 (+65-63450419)
Joo Chiat Road & Koon Seng Road (1-1.5hr)
Home of the Peranakan
A Peranakan enclave in the past, Joo Chiat Road and Koon Seng Road still have left behind traces of their history in the form of the architecture present in this district. Immerse yourself in the rich Strait Chinese culture with a walk down this conservation zone.
Open 24 hours, daily
Joo Chiat Road and Koon Send Road, Katong(+65-1800-7362000 Singapore Tourism)
Haw Par Villa (1hr)
A Walk Through Chinese Mythology
Haw Par Villa, formerly called Tiger Balm Gardens, was originally constructed in 1937 by "Tiger Balm King" Aw Boon Haw as a grand residence for his younger brother. The park's colorful collection centers on Chinese folklore, legends, history, and Confucian ideology.
262 Pasir Panjang Road, Pasir Panjang, (S)118628 (+65-1800-7362000 Singapore Tourism)
Janggut Laksa (The Original Katong Laksa)
The Original Katong Laksa
Located at Queensway Shopping Center, the small non-descript stall serves the popular spicy noodles known as Laksa. It used to be known as Marine Parade Laksa and is the original version of the famed Katong Laksa variant. The yellowish broth combines a spicy and coconut taste with hints of seafood.
Laksa (SGD3.50++), Mackeral Otah (SGD1.20)
1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre #01-59, Queenstown, (S)149053 (+65-96221045)
Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice Eating House
Duck Braised To Perfection
Lim Seng Kee Duck Rice Eating House is commonly called Buona Vista duck rice and is a popular joint for fans of braised duck. Usually served with rice or porridge with a dash of the dark gooey accompanying sauce, Lim Seng Kee also serves a variety of duck innards.
10:00-20:30, close on Sun
Duck Rice (SGD4.00++), Tofu (SGD5.00)
38 South Buona Vista Road, Queenstown, (S)118164 (+65-64759908)
Kent Ridge Park (1-1.5hr)
Former Battle Zone
Kent Ridge Park was gazetted by the National Heritage Board in 1995 as one of 11 World War II sites in Singapore. During World War II, a hill in the park was the site of one of the fiercest battles with the invading Japanese army.
Open 24 hours, daily
Access via Vigilante Drive, Science Park Drive and Pepys, Pasir Panjang(+65-1800-4717300 National Parks Board)
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (0.5-1hr)
The Unofficial National Dish
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is consistently a favorite with diners. Their rendition of the unofficial Singapore national dish consists of silky smooth chicken with fragrant chicken flavored rice and a trio of dipping sauces. Their signature tangy, fiery chilli sauce is the star of their dipping sauces and should not be missed.
11:00-20:00, close on Mon
Chicken Rice (SGD3.00)
Stall No.10 Maxwell Food Centre, Maxwell Road, Singapore, (S)069184 (+65-96914852)
Esplanade Park (1hr)
A Blend of History and Modernization
Esplanade Park is one of the oldest parks here and is built on reclaimed land. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it serves as a tranquil place to relax by the river. The city skyline with its blend of old architecture and modern skyscrapers are popular subjects for photographers.
Open 24 hours, daily
Along Connaught Drive, opposite Padang and City Hall., Singapore, (S)259569 (+65-1800-4717300 National Parks Board)
Makansutra Glutton's Bay
Delicious Hawker Fare by the Bay
Makansutra Glutton's Bay is a collection of famous hawkers started as a concept food cart at Orchard carpark. Selling delicious BBQ seafood and various other local hawker delights, it promises characteristic supper culture ambience along Marina Bay.
BBQ Stingray (SGD12.00), Satay Set (SGD7.00)
Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Ave #01-15, Marina Centre, (S)039802 (+65-64384038)
Singapore Food Trail
A Selection of Singapore's Street Food
The nostalgia of dining in Singapore’s food streets in 1960s era can now be re-lived in the Singapore Food Trail. Well known hawkers with a colorful history are now back to serve local favorites such as Ice Balls, Bak Kut Teh, Pork Noodles etc.
Ice Ball (SGD2.50), Bak Kut Teh (SGD5.00)
Level 1, #01-09/10/11/12, Singapore Flyer, 31 Raffles Avenue, Marina Centre, (S)039803 (+65-63381328)
Stroll Through the Chinese District
In Chinatown, you will find a distinctively oldest ethnic district. The historic buildings have been lovingly conserved and the old traditions still withstand the test of time. Visitors are spoilt for choices of temples, markets, parks as well as shopping.
Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, Singapore, (S)050005 (+65-63720478)