A bustling city-state in South East Asia just south of Malaysia.
A world financial and trade centre and an ethnic melting pot of all nationalities of the world.
The food scene is unparalleled and there a good quality bars in the country, though alcohol can be expensive if you drink out of the pervasive “happy hours” or somewhere really swish.
On my many trips to Singapore over the past 15 years I’ve probably stayed at Swissotel The Stamford 30 or 40 times. During that time you could see the hotel getting older and starting to look tired.
A search for Craft Beer in Singapore bought up Ji Biru, a Japanese craft beer bar down at [email protected] at 313 Orchard Road. After my trip to Japan I became partial to Japanese craft beers, so I decided to jump on the train to Somerset station, do a bit of last minute shopping and have … Continue reading Ji Biru, Singapore
Fremantle Seafood Market is a restaurant at Clarke Quay on the Singapore River, pretty much across the river from SQUE Rottisserie & Alehouse. It was mid afternoon, it was hot, it was humid and the rain was on and off. I was thirsty, and it was happy “hour”.
After visiting Little Island Brewing I got off the train at Raffles Place thinking that I’d have a couple of quiet ones down by the river. As is becoming more common these days I totally lost my bearings upon seeing daylight and what should have been a 5 minutes walk became a frustrating 15 minutes. … Continue reading REDDOT Brewhouse, Singapore
Out by the northern end of the western runway for Singapore’s Changi Airport is Changi Village. A nice area with a hotel, heaps of restaurants and a hawker center all a short walk from the beach. There’s also a microbrewery called Little Island Brewing.
Close to the Swissotel Stamford and across the road from Raffle Hotel in the newly developed building on top of Esplanade MRT station is a modern area with plenty of restaurants and bars. One of those bars is called the Alchemist Beer Lab.
I tried The Modern Izakaya previously – it didn’t set my world on fire and I said at the time that I wouldn’t return but I thought I’d give them a second chance to see if they’d improved.
If you like pints of unique beers, at a price that isn’t too far over the odds, then TAP Craft Beer Bar is one place you should visit in Singapore.
I’d visited a place called Ah Yat Kitchen in the food court of the Capitol Piazza several times so, being in the area, I decided to go there again. However the name and menu have changed over the past year.
This is pretty much my go to place for excellent Chinese food when I’m in Singapore. After checking into the Swissotel and grabbing a Singtel SIM card at Raffles City I headed past Raffles (which is currently being renovated) to Zheng Swee Kee within 2 hours of landing in Singapore. I ended up eating here … Continue reading Zheng Swee Kee, Singapore
Several months back I visited Ah Yat Kitchen the the Capitol Piazza in Singapore and swore I’d be returning.
TAP Craft Beer Bar in the Capitol Theatre in Singapore is a magnificent bar that I have visited several times before. And so it was a short trip to Singapore between Christmas and New Year that saw me pulling out the bar stool at the bar of TAP for a couple of refreshing ones.
It was a hot and steamy Friday morning in Singapore with warnings of torrential rains late in the afternoon. I enjoy Singapore Zoo, you don’t have the depressing concrete and wire cages that you see in many zoos around the region. You can explore the zoo in 4 or 5 hours but be warned that … Continue reading Ah Meng Restaurant, Singapore Zoo, Singapore
Wanting a taste of Japanese for dinner I saw Hakata Ikkousha Ramen while I was walking through Chjimes early one evening and decided to drop in for a meal.
Another revisit for a restaurant I tried last time I was in Singapore. I had a pizza and a couple of US microbrewery beers at Alt. Pizza back in December. You can almost get to Alt. Pizza without walking outside (and thus no need to get hot and sweaty) buy taking the underground walkways from … Continue reading Alt. Pizza, Suntec City, Singapore
Harry’s is a chain of bars in Singapore. One is just across the road from the Swissotel Stamford in Chjimes, and I’ve had a drink or 2 here before.
I’ve been to SQUE a number of times during my previous stays in Singapore. It’s in a location that can’t be beaten, overlooking the Singapore River and Clarke Quay. It’s a magnificent place to just watch the world (both on foot and on water) go by while enjoying a cold beer in the hot humid … Continue reading SQUE Rottisserie & Alehouse, Clarke Quay, Singapore
This was the Japanese restaurant I was trying to find when I stumbled across Ah Yat Kitchen. After I left Ah Yat Kitchen I found another set of escalators that would take me down to B2 where I finally found the restaurant I was originally looking for called Ramen & Tonkatsu.
I’d been past the redeveloped Capitol Theatre many times, and had walked through the complex on the ground floor and frequented one of the bars there several times – see here. I’d noticed the escalators going downstairs but had always thought that they just led to the carpark. While cruising the complex’s website I saw … Continue reading Ah Yat Kitchen, Food Republic, Capitol Piazza, Singapore
Chijmes in Singapore was an old Catholic convent that has now been converted to a restaurant, bar and entertainment area across the road from Raffles City. Walking through one evening I noticed a new Japanese restaurant (It wasn’t there in December 2015 when I last walked past) but it wasn’t open for dinner yet – … Continue reading The Modern Izakaya, Chijmes, Singapore
I’d been down near the Singapore River for the morning when the pangs for lunch started just before midday. If you’ve been to Clarke Quay before you’ll know its very much a nighttime area, so there weren’t an overwhelming number of options for lunch.
Din Tai Fung is a restaurant chain in Asia that has it’s roots in Taiwan. I’d tried one of their Singapore restaurants previously so when I was looking for somewhere for lunch on Sentosa Island I knew I’d get a decent feed.
I’ve been to TAP Craft Beer Bar before and managed to stop by again for a couple of beers during my recent short to trip to Singapore. TAP is in the refurbished Capitol Theatre building very close to Raffle City, Chijmes and City Hall MRT station.
The memories of my Japanese trip earlier on in 2015 came flooding back as I stumbled upon another good restaurant in the basement food court of Raffles City.
I’d been traipsing around the financial area of Singapore when lunchtime arrived. I was a block or so from Lau Pa Sat a huge hawker centre with probably 100 small food stalls selling every conceivable food under the sun. I had an itch for Indian food and after having a quick look around settled upon … Continue reading Urban Roti, Lau Pa Sat, Singapore
I’m not one for paying the usurious dollars that hotels charge for breakfast so, on the very odd occasion I do have breakfast, I try to find a more reasonably priced option. In the basement of Raffles City shopping centre in Singapore is a decent food court with many and varied eating options.
Bao Today is a Dim Sum cafe with a superb menu at quite reasonable prices which you can see of their website. I stumbled across this place back in May 2015 and ended up taking a colleague here later on in our trip. The one I’ve eaten at is at Marina Square.
For many years the Capitol Piazza in Singapore was being redeveloped – in fact probably for the past 5 years atleast! But finally the renovation has been finished and the results are quite good. Lots of shopping, restaurants and bars. When I was in Singapore in May I noticed that a bar was about to open … Continue reading TAP Craft Beer Bar, Singapore
A stones throw from Raffles, where I’ve had one of my most expensive beers ever, is a small chinese restaurant that has to be one of the best value places in Singapore for freshly cooked dishes, and a decent priced beer.
After deciding that the service at Brotzeit was in decline I went out of my way to find new places to grab a drink and a feed. A quick google and TripAdvisor later I stumbled across Alt. Pizza at Suntec City, which is a 15 minute walk from Swissotel Stamford via the extensive underground shopping … Continue reading Alt. Pizza, Suntec City, Singapore
It was my last day in Singapore, I’d packed my bags and checked out of the Swissotel Stamford but didn’t need to head to the airport for a couple of hours… where to go to kill some time? In the basement of Raffles City, under the Swissotel Stamford, there is a food court with many … Continue reading Din Tai Fung, Raffles City, Singapore
After the less than average Nachos at Paprika and Cumin at Chijmes I decided to try Harry’s @ Chijmes which is literally right next door to Paprika and Cumin.
It was a Friday evening and my sales training event was over – I deserved a beer! Staying at Swissotel Stamford means you’re just across the road from Chijmes, a restaurant, bar, shopping and entertainment precinct in a converted convent.
It was a hot and humid Singapore Saturday afternoon (lol, aren’t they always hot and humid in Singapore!) and my thoughts turned towards rehydration so I decided to see what Clarke Quay was like in the afternoon.
I stumbled upon the SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse a couple of years ago when I was staying the the Swissotel Merchant Court. SQUE is on the first floor of Clarke Quay Central shopping centre, and overlooks the Singapore “River” just across from the better known bar, restaurant and nightlife area of Clarke Quay. I say “River” … Continue reading SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse, Singapore
I’d just gotten off the plane and thrown my bags in my room at the Swissotel Stamford and decided to head out somewhere I’d not been before for a couple of beers and a bite to eat. I headed to Seah Street just on the other side of Raffles Hotel and came across a small … Continue reading Bridge, Singapore
Another year, another trip to Singapore which means I need a place for beers in the hot and humid weather. I’ve been to Brotzeit before and the service has, for the most part, been decent however this trip I must say I was underwhelmed on several occasions with the service. Slow service and staff forgetting to … Continue reading Brotzeit, Raffles City, Singapore
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Singapore’s Chinatown area is a great little restaurant called Ba Dao Guan or Sichuan Seafood Restaurant. Don’t let the name put you off if you’re not a seafood fan as there is a lot of non-seafood dishes on the menu.
Brotzeit, it apparently means Bread Time, but in Singapore is a chain of Bavarian themed bars and restaurants. Being Bavarian in theme you can guess what the menu looks like – Bavarian beers and lots of types of meats.
After a very hot and steamy morning walking around Singapore’s Muslim Quarter at Kampong Glam and then Little India a quick TripAdvisor search pointed me to a close by Indian restaurant called Gayatri.
I’ve been to Singapore a heap of times. I’ve mostly stayed over the east side of the river at the Swissotel Stamford or on Orchard Road but this time I stayed on the west side of the river near Singapore’s China Town at the Swissotel Merchant Court.
Well, decided to change tack a little, and rather than ordering a beer from the other side of the world, decided to see whether a more ‘local’ beer would come at a more reasonable price. And being the lazy person that I am, the venue was to be the same as yesterday, Raffles. So, after … Continue reading The great Singapore beer rip – day 2…
I think I may have just bought three of the worlds most expensive beers. The story… I’m currently having a short break from work in Singapore. A bit of relaxing, a bit of shopping, plenty of good food and the occasional drink. The food and the shopping are relatively inexpensive, but the grog is way … Continue reading Worlds most expensive beers?
Stayed for one night, well 13 hours really, on my way to Jakarta recently due to Swissotel wanting to charge an extortionary rate for the night. The Regent is up the western end of Orchard Road on Cuscaden Road. Really good if you are a shopaholic.
I’ve stayed at at this hotel many times over the years, and its a very nice home away from home. This time for only one night on my way home.