Local Favorite: Chili CrabSingapore's food culture is influenced by the many peoples who have relocated to the country over the years. It is a melting pot of foods with some of the most mouthwatering dishes you will find in Asia. Chili crab is an iconic Singaporean dish and must be eaten on a visit to the city. Two versions of the dish are served around Singapore; you can get crab combined with spicy tomato chili sauce or crab spiced with black pepper sauce. Legend has it that chili crab was invented in 1956 by a couple seeking a way to cook crab in other ways than steaming it
Some of the best things to do in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort on the namesake Marina Bay. It has a one-of-a-kind design and is likely recognizable to travelers who have never been there. Opened in 2010, the resort is one of Singapore's most famous luxurious attractions. The resort contains a mall, museum, two large theaters, restaurants owned by notable celebrity chefs, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world's largest atrium casino. It is an all-in-one destination.
Travelers looking for a great view of Singapore will find it at the Singapore Flyer. The Ferris wheel is the 2nd largest observation wheel in the world and gives riders the chance to see for miles with views extending to Malaysia and Indonesia. Visitors to the Singapore Flyer can also visit the Journey of Dreams exhibit to learn about Singapore’s amazing history. A ride on the Singapore Flyer will take 30 minutes.
Situated on the riverside, Clarke Quay is a vibrant area packed with bars and restaurants. It is a beautiful part of the city at night when it is aglow courtesy of its drinking and dining establishments. Clarke Quay is also home to trendy fashion stores and other top of the line shops. The waterside provides a gorgeous background for a day or evening out. It is a favorite spot for tourists and shouldn’t be missed while exploring Singapore.
Raffles Hotel is one of the most historic landmarks in Singapore. It has hosted stays for a variety of people including political dignitaries and pop stars. Opened in 1887, the hotel was named after the man who founded Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The colonial-style hotel is one of the most beautiful examples of the period’s architecture. Its bar is also famous as it was the location of the Singapore Sling’s invention. They say it is still the best place to order the drink in town.
Singapore is said to have the best Chinatown in the world. It is the best example of China’s neighborhoods and architecture outside of China itself. Chinatown has a number of small, independently owned restaurants and shops. Travelers can also find ornate temples with colorful ceremonies. Chinatown is incredibly special. Across the area, there are heritage markers explaining the importance of various locales.
Singapore has a fantastic zoo that is perfect for kids and adults. Its collection of animals and design make it a fascinating day out. Once the sun sets, zoo-goers can get even closer to the animals thanks to the Night Safari. The wildlife park opens in the evening and remains open well into the night. Located next to the zoo, visitors will wander the footpaths while viewing over 120 animal species. The darkness gives a very different feeling to the one offered during daylight hours. It can be spooky and fun all at the same time.
Explore one of Singapore's oldest urban areas, where history meets the modern day. Filled with local food outlets run by the Arab, Malay, and Bugis communities that call the area home and many independent retailers, you can immerse yourself in the vast array of cultural experiences offered here. Filled with stunning architectural sights like Sultan Mosque, a day spent walking around Kampong Gelam will never disappoint.
The Southern Ridges
Step away from the hustle and bustle of central Singapore and enjoy some time in nature at the Southern Ridges. With 10 km of green space, surrounded by some of Singapore's most picturesque parks, the views of the city from here are well worth the trip. Whether you're into hiking, nature watching, or taking photos, you can find your muse in the Southern Ridges.