A Concierge Reveals Singapore's Secret Hotspots

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Jun 25, 2018

Take a fresh look at Singapore with these insider recommendations from Roszel Marop, concierge at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. 

When my friends are in town, I take them for a drink at…

Lantern rooftop bar, here at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. It’s in the middle of skyscrapers with incredible views of Marina Bay. There’s a gorgeous infinity pool and excellent cocktails like the Merlion.

A restaurant that’s a real hotspot for locals is…

No Signboard Seafood. Singaporeans eat and drink with passion and the chilli crab here is the best – it’s covered in thick tomato and chilli gravy and is best eaten with your fingers. Don’t forget to order mantou (soft buns) to soak up the sauce.

Singapore is famous for hawker stalls and my favourite is…

Seng Kee Local Delights at Lau Pa Sat building (18 Raffles Quay). If you’re willing to brave the lunchtime queues, you’ll be treated to a piping-hot plate of hokkien noodles in a rich gravy, topped with two whole prawns.

For breakfast, I would recommend…

Cafe at Harding Road. It’s renowned for brunches and lazy afternoon teas but I love the breakfast menu, which you can enjoy in a peaceful setting.

For my caffeine fix, I go to…

Sarnies on Telok Ayer Street. They roast the beans in-house so their coffee is always fresh. 

Singapore’s best market experience is…

Chinatown, where you can pick up souvenirs and unusual gifts on Temple Street and Asian antiques at shops along Pagoda and Trengganu streets. Drop in at chef Chan Hon Meng’s one-Michelin-starred Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle restaurant (78 Smith Street) and definitely check out Sri Mariamman, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. 

For designer fashion, make your way to…

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Ion Orchard. They’re both terrific for international labels. But if you’re looking for something uniquely Singaporean by local designers, I would recommend Ong Shunmugam’s flagship store and Ling Wu’s showroom, both at Chip Bee Gardens (43 Jalan Merah Saga). 

If you want to have a cultural experience, visit…

National Gallery Singapore, a visual arts institution with the largest public collection of modern art in South-East Asia. It opened in 2015 and is housed in two beautifully restored monuments, the former Supreme Court and City Hall.

If it’s a rainy day, make your way to…

Gardens by the Bay. It’s a fabulous spot, rain or shine. Explore the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, each within a gigantic dome, and experience the plant kingdom in a completely new way.

Singapore’s best-kept secret is…

Gillman Barracks. It’s a fascinating place for culture-lovers, with beautiful art galleries surrounded by lush lawns. It is also quite peaceful, which makes it a lovely spot if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Singapore.

Top image: Lantern

SEE ALSO: The Definitive Dining Guide to Singapore