Food & Drink
Singapore is a gourmet’s
paradise that ranges from common street stalls to
5-star elegant restaurants. More than 30 different cooking
styles are available as well as various regional styles of Chinese food, American,
English, French, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean,
Malay, Russian and Swiss.
is a favourite, famed for its use of spices and coconut milk. Satay
(skewers of marinated meat cooked over charcoal) served with peanut
sauce, cucumber, onion and rice is popular. Hot, spicy or sweet
Indonesian cuisine includes beef rendang (coconut
milk beef curry), chicken sambal and gado gado (a fruit and vegetable
salad in peanut sauce).
One of the ideal ways to eat in Singapore is in the open-air, at one
of the street foodstalls that are available everywhere. Some are casual and in a peaceful atmosphere while
others are in bustling areas with many activities. They all have a variety
of cheap, mouthwatering food. La Pau Sat and Newton Circus are food centres where
travellers can find all types of cheap Asian food.
Though there are many self-service establishments, waiter service
is more common in restaurants.
Bars/cocktail lounges often have table and counter service. There
are no licensing hours. ‘Happy hours’
are usually from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
There are a wide range of lively and thrilling nightlife activities to enjoy in Singapore. Entertainment places include bars, clubs, discos, karaoke pubs, street
opera, night markets, river cruises and multiplex cinemas as well as theatre
productions and international stage shows.
The favourite riverfront
landmarks are Boat Quay and Clarke Quay where there are exclusive restaurants, alfresco dining and
vibrant bars. Moored Chinese junks have been converted into floating
bars and restaurants. Known as Holland V, Bugis Street,
Changi Village and Holland
ideal for food, drinks and entertainment activities. One of the most current
entertainment hubs in the city is Muhammad Sultan Road as well as Club Street where many pubs, nightclubs
and wine bars are located.
The wide selection of available goods with their competitive prices have led
to Singapore throughly being known as a shopper’s
Some special buys
are Chinese, Indian, Malay, Balinese and Filipino antiques;
batiks; cameras; Chinese, Persian and Indian carpets; imported or
tailored clothing; jewellery and specialised items made of reptile
and snake skins, as well as shoes, briefcases, handbags and wallets.
Silks, perfumes, silverware and wigs are other favourite purchases.
The herding of shop owners from ‘Chinatown’
into multi-storey complexes lost some of the
even though these large centres do have an air-conditioned environment.
Orchard Road is the major shopping area, though
a variety of the principal hotels, for example Marina Square,
have shopping centres attached.
Though most shops have Western-style fixed pricing,
some places are generally open to negotiation
but normally only after good research
and shrewd bargaining. All kinds of electrical appliances are available at Sungei Road, but buyers shoud be
For additional details about shopping in Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board provides the Singapore
Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.
A 3% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is imposed on most goods
and services bought from taxable dealers. Tourists whose buys
total S$300 or more from a single trader participating in the
Tourist Refund Scheme are
a refund of the GST paid
on products not consumed in Singapore. Tourists may receive refunds at the
airport, prior to departure flights.
The cosmopolitan character of Singapore means that a great number of festivals and special events are regularly
celebrated; visitors staying for more than a few days would be unlucky
not to catch at least one.
For more information and for exact dates, see the Singapore
Calendar of Festivals leaflet published by the Singapore