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1Chin Mee Chin Confectionery (0.5-1hr)

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Breakfast Singapore Style

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Ordering the classic set of soft boiled eggs, kaya toast and strong milk coffee at Chin Mei Chin Coffee Shop is recommended.

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.

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    08:30-16:00, close on Mon

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    Breakfast set (SGD3.80), Cupcake (SGD0.90)

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    204 East Coast Road, Katong, (S)428903 (+65-63450419)

1Joo Chiat Road & Koon Seng Road (1-1.5hr)

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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.

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    Open 24 hours, daily

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    Free Admission

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    Joo Chiat Road and Koon Send Road, Katong(+65-1800-7362000 Singapore Tourism)

1Haw Par Villa (1hr)

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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.

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    09:00-19:00, daily

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    Free Admission

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    262 Pasir Panjang Road, Pasir Panjang, (S)118628 (+65-1800-7362000 Singapore Tourism)

1Janggut Laksa (The Original Katong Laksa)

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The Original Katong Laksa

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The Mackeral Otah is another specialty of Janggut 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.

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    10:00-21:15, daily

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    Laksa (SGD3.50++), Mackeral Otah (SGD1.20)

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    1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre #01-59, Queenstown, (S)149053 (+65-96221045)

1Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice Eating House

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Duck Braised To Perfection

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Compliment the dish with a refreshing lime juice at Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice Eating House.

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.

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    10:00-20:30, close on Sun

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    Duck Rice (SGD4.00++), Tofu (SGD5.00)

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    38 South Buona Vista Road, Queenstown, (S)118164 (+65-64759908)

1Kent Ridge Park (1-1.5hr)

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Former Battle Zone

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Look out for colorful flora and fauna of Kent Ridge Park.

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.

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    Open 24 hours, daily

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    Free Admission

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    Access via Vigilante Drive, Science Park Drive and Pepys, Pasir Panjang(+65-1800-4717300 National Parks Board)

1Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (0.5-1hr)

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The Unofficial National Dish

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The chilli of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is very spicy! Chilli lovers must try it!

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.

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    11:00-20:00, close on Mon

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    Chicken Rice (SGD3.00)

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    Stall No.10 Maxwell Food Centre, Maxwell Road, Singapore, (S)069184 (+65-96914852)

1Esplanade Park (1hr)

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A Blend of History and Modernization

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Catch the pictureque sunset at Esplanade Park.

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.

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    Open 24 hours, daily

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    Free Admission

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    Along Connaught Drive, opposite Padang and City Hall., Singapore, (S)259569 (+65-1800-4717300 National Parks Board)

1Makansutra Glutton's Bay

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Delicious Hawker Fare by the Bay

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Popular dishes of Makansutra Glutton's Bay are the bbq stingray, satay and oyster omelet.

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.

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    17:00-03:00, daily

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    BBQ Stingray (SGD12.00), Satay Set (SGD7.00)

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    Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Ave #01-15, Marina Centre, (S)039802 (+65-64384038)

1Singapore Food Trail

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A Selection of Singapore's Street Food

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Have your picture taken with antiques from the 60s? Experience at Singapore Food Trail!

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.

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    10:30-23:30, daily

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    Ice Ball (SGD2.50), Bak Kut Teh (SGD5.00)

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    Level 1, #01-09/10/11/12, Singapore Flyer, 31 Raffles Avenue, Marina Centre, (S)039803 (+65-63381328)

1Chinatown (1.5-2hr)

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Stroll Through the Chinese District

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Trishaw rides are available at Chinatown for the weary.

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.

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    10:00-22:00, daily

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    Free Admission

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    Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, Singapore, (S)050005 (+65-63720478)

Main Attractions

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  • A食Sin Ming Roti Prata
    Sin Ming Roti Prata
    • 24 Sin Ming Road, #01-51 Jin Fa Restaurant, Thomson, (S)570024
      (+65-64533893)
    • 06:30-19:00, close on Chinese New Year and Hari Raya
    • Prata Kosong (SGD0.80), Coin Prata for six pieces (SGD3.00)
  • A食Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
    Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
    • #01-15, Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, 41A Cambridge Road, Singapore, (S)211041
      (+65-96883633)
    • 08:00-14:00, close on Mon and alternate Tue
    • Big Prawn Soup with Noodles (SGD8.00)
  • A食An Ji Famous Fish Head
    An Ji Famous Fish Head
    • #02-193/194 Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith Street, Singapore, (S)050335
      (+1800-7362000 Touristline )
    • 10:30-21:00, daily
    • Fish Head Dishes (SGD13.00++)

Insider\'s tips

  1. Ordering the classic set of soft boiled eggs, kaya toast and strong milk coffee at Chin Mei Chin Coffee Shop is recommended.
  2. The Mackeral Otah is another specialty of Janggut Laksa.
  3. Compliment the dish with a refreshing lime juice at Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice Eating House.
  4. Look out for colorful flora and fauna of Kent Ridge Park.
  5. The chilli of Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is very spicy! Chilli lovers must try it!
  6. Catch the pictureque sunset at Esplanade Park.
  7. Popular dishes of Makansutra Glutton's Bay are the bbq stingray, satay and oyster omelet.
  8. Have your picture taken with antiques from the 60s? Experience at Singapore Food Trail!
  9. Trishaw rides are available at Chinatown for the weary.

Reference & Travel Guide

  • Singapore Walkabout_v2.00
  • Off the Beaten Track v3.00
  • The More We Get Together v3.00