Singapore: The Ultimate Aesthetic Staycation
Singapore is hailed worldwide as a fast-track, architecturally progressive capital city. It’s also known as a design haven and an ultimate aesthetic staycation as a result.
For design enthusiasts, there really is no city quite like it. The progressive design plans, use of land and urban landscaping have made Singapore a beautiful home to 5.5 million people.
We’ve pulled together (a tough choice!) the top 5 design-led spots to visit in Singapore to delight the senses, and make some pretty special Insta-pics.
TO STAY: Hotel Indigo, Singapore
Hotel Indigo pays tribute to the rich Peranakan heritage of the neighbourhood. The beautifully thought-out decor marries a vibrant traditional Straits Chinese design theme, with the modern nature of a multi-storey building.
image source Hotel Indigo Singapore.
Embracing the unexpected, they have a vertical garden panel as you enter which sets the scene for unusual sights. In line with the heritage theme, the hotel lobby wall displays a traditional Peranakan collage of ceramic patterns, lit up by colourful lanterns.
The 131 guest rooms are adorned with street scene murals, cane furniture and batik print textiles.
TO EAT: Hungry Heroes
Singapore is a feast for the tastebuds, as well as the eyes. Comic lovers are in for a treat with Hungry Heroes, on Tessensohn Road. On the fringe of Little India, Hungry Heroes is a two-storey themed cafe that flaunts 20 years' worth of comic collectors’ items.
image source The Smart Local Singapore.
Posters and memorabilia can be found everywhere downstairs, but the second floor is an arts and decor store where you can pick up furniture, light fixtures and superhero paintings. The food is tasty, on the meaty side, and perfect for sharing, so expect boneless chicken legs, chilli con carne and pork ribs to name a few.
TO VISIT: Artwalk of Little India
Little India served as a residential area for Europeans in the 1840s. Today it’s one of Singapore’s most vibrant precincts, with events, festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
image source Artwalk Little India.
Events display artworks such as wall murals, films, music and performances, where artists work hard to bring to life the history and traditions of Little India alongside personal stories through multi-sensory experiences.
TO DRINK: Southbridge, Boat Quay
This beautifully positioned chic rooftop bar offers an enviable view of Singapore’s riverside skyline. They sell craft cocktails, beers, champagnes and artisanal Japanese sakes, but the real show stealer is their fresh seafood and oysters.
image source Southbridge.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a hidden gem like this. It’s the perfect spot for relaxing and taking in the views of the marina bay away from the hectic hustle of the tourists.
TO WATCH THE WORLD GO BY: Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay is famous for its stunning waterside restaurants and an aesthetically pleasing collection of bars and clubs.
If it’s artistry you’re looking for, The Clarke Quay area is a moving exhibition in itself. Watch the world go by taking in all the diversity and colours of Singapore, from tourists to locals to boats to tours - it’s all happening here.
Also, here you can find the regal white marble statue of Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, if you want a culture fix.
image source Wikipedia.
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