We'll be at the Carlton the night before and after the wedding.
These hotels are all 1) close to Empress and MRT stations, and 2) within walking distance of each other. Singapore is tiny—wherever you choose to stay will be great. Let us know if you want some help.
5 Coleman Street+65 6337 2200
1 Unity Street+65 6593 8888
76 Bras Basah Road+65 6338 8333
67 Hill Street+65 6970 2288
The subway in Singapore is called the MRT. You can buy tourist passes with unlimited rides from many MRT stations, including Changi Airport. You can also buy refillable cards for $5. If you go refillable, keep in mind that the MRT charges by trip length rather than a flat fee (this is a good thing; it's very affordable).
You can also call a cab. For ride–sharing, download Grab.
Things to Do
- 23 Best Things to Do in Singapore
- Best Things to Do in Singapore
- The 10 Best Things to Do in Singapore
- Singapore's Best Kept Secrets
- 10 Pictures That Capture Singapore's Natural Wonders
- 120 Best Things to Do in Singapore
- Seven Days in Singapore: Family Edition
- …and if you're still in town, Singapore National Day is on August 9th
- Gardens by the Bay & Cloud Forest
- Marina Bay Sands for sunset and fireworks
- Going prawning
- Soaking up the humidity
- Singapore Zoo & River Safari
- Jewel Changi Airport
- Walking around Orchard Road
- National Museum of Singapore
- National Gallery Singapore
- Searching for A/C
Eat & Drink
There isn't a big sitdown restaurant culture in Singapore. The real good stuff is found in food courts and hawker centers. Carry cash.
- Kaya toast
- Toast with butter and kaya (coconut + pandan). Get it with a soft–boiled egg.
- Roti prata
- Doughy flatbread eaten with curry. I get the roti with an egg; Sarah prefers no egg + cheese. Sarah's brother Zach's and my favorite.
- Sugarcane juice
- Literally just freshly juiced sugarcane. It's fun to watch them make it in front of you!
- A store that sells a fancy version of the above, but mixed with coconut juice.
- Hainanese chicken rice
- Poached chicken and rice. Classic Singaporean dish. Sarah's sister Avery's favorite.
- Skewers of meat with a peanut sauce for dipping.
- Mango sticky rice
- Topped with a sauce made from pandan leaves and coconut. Not Singaporean but still delicious.
- Chwee kueh
- Did not like this as a child but now it's my favorite savory breakfast food.
- Kueh balu
- Best sweet breakfast food. Dunk it in your coffee.
- Carrot cake (black)
- A soft, savory fried turnip mash with egg. No relation to the western dessert.
- Water chestnut juice
- Favorite drink I can't find in NY.
- Beef noodles (dry)
- I always look for this at the food courts. It's sticky.
- Sweet pink rose drink. Not for diabetics.
- Chili crab and mantou
- The mantou is the real star.
- Lor mee
- Noodles and fish and pepper. Also Mom's favorite.
- Mee rebus
- Yet another noodle dish. Dad's favorite.
- It grew on me. Just try it!