Singapore is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that should be on everyone’s travel to-do list. Here’s three reasons why.
Urban green spaces
Singapore is known as the Garden City and a more apt moniker would be difficult to find. On every street are gardens small, large or vertical. There are 2 million trees planted along side roads in Singapore. If you aren’t floored by the beauty of the green spaces and their integration into what is an impressive urban city, you’re probably not paying attention.
Singapore’s obvious dedication to gardens is especially evident in the Jewel in Changi Airport. The Jewel was recently built at a cost of $1.7 billion and includes an indoor rainforest with gigantic water feature. A visit to the Jewel is a must the next time you are in Singapore.
The old meets the new
Singapore is an intoxicating mix of the cosmopolitan city it is today and its history. The city is a hub for international business and trading with one of the busiest sea ports in the world. I boggled at the number of ships in the harbour as our plane landed.
Alongside the new thriving city are pockets of Singapore’s history and diverse cultures that you can experience. You can find golden topped mosques around the corner from out of this world street art in Kampong Glam (Singapore’s oldest urban quarter).
Then there is Chinatown. Chinatown is Singapore’s largest heritage precinct with its markets and street food vendors that hark back to Singapore’s Chinese roots. Chinatown is an intoxicating experience of movement and aroma. Check it out for an immersive snippet of Chinese culture’s impact on Singapore.
Make sure that you venture out into some of Singapore’s older and culturally diverse areas if you can. You will not be disappointed.
Singapore has a plethora of super cool drinking spots. You will not fail to find an Instagram worthy bar.
If you like your architecture art deco and your gin walls 15 metres high then Atlas is where you need to be. It’s worth a visit just to marvel at the architecture, which stands in stark contrast to the urban city the building is enclosed by. The gin collection is just a bonus.
The Tess Bar & Kitchen is also worth a peak. Check it out for great cocktails (especially Martinis) and delicious food. The Tess is your place to go if you’re looking for a low key, ambient, industrial feel hang out. We had a great (slightly tipsy night) at the Tess during our stay.
Your take away advice
Singapore should be on your to-do list. If it’s not yet, what are you waiting for?
The culture, people and cool vibe are more than worth it. The uber efficient public transport and cleanliness of the city itself is beside the point and for a future discussion.
Have you ever been to Singapore? If you have, let me know what your favourite aspect of the city was in the comments below.