Global Cultures

In a day: Singapore

Global Cultures - May 2015

A day in Singapore means one thing: culinary adventures. While there's plenty of shopping, street art attractions and romantic strolls through gardens across the city, it is imperative your day begin and end with an authentic Singaporean meal.


Founded in 1944, Ya Kun Kaya Toast, located at Far East Square, has been christened a national cultural icon — serving soft-boiled eggs and Kaya toast together with coffee and teaacross different generations.

The famous spread here is Kaya, a form of sweet coconut jam served with butter and sandwiched between fresh crispy toast. The Kaya toast is best consumed by dipping it into the soft boiled egg before washing it down with coffee.


With a full stomach, head down to the Haji Lane area to get a taste of Singapore's smorgasbord of cultural and retail offerings. Learn about the indigenous Malay race at the vibrant Malay Heritage Centre and Sultan Mosque before exploring nearby street art installations.

From the edgy fashion line of locally-established Modparade to handwoven Colombian bags and hammocks at newly-opened Kolombiana, the narrow rows of Haji Lane's kooky shopfronts are a perfect alternative to the usual pavement-pounding shopping mall experience.


Shopping bags in hand, it's time to stretch out those weary legs and drop in for a yoga class on Arab Street at Tirisula Yoga. No yoga clothes? No worries. Pick up new gear Touch The Toes, Singapore's first eco-friendly yoga apparel store. Located on the second floor of one of Arab Street's shophouses, this boutique stocks quality international and local brands like Manduka and Madana. After yoga, follow the smells of spices and curry to Warong Nasi Pariaman to enjoy fuss-free authentic Malay cuisine. Be sure to try the beef rendang, a crowd favourite that entices long queues.

Singapore's stunning Gardens by the Bay


Spend your evening roaming the expansive Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for some designer label shopping. The shopping mall and hotel, which are built on reclaimed land, is the prime spot for people watching and some serious splurging.

Done shopping with time to spare? Wander onwards to Gardens by the Bay to climb and walk between their 50-metre tall trees. A futuristic fusion of technology and nature, the venue is a hive of activity all year and features its own light and music show every night. Complete the experience by sampling an array of barbecued local delights including satay, chicken rice and popiah at Satay by the Bay.


Still raring to go? Party the night away at Marina Bay Sand's KU DE TA, where celebrities like David Beckham have been known to let loose. If you are up for more food, head down to Suriya Curry House, one of the best-kept supper secrets of Singapore and order the off-menu Koothu Prata - tender chicken or mutton meat chopped up with onions and fresh crispy prata. The perfect midnight snack.


Contributing Writer: Stefanus Ian