When I arrived in Singapore I was suffering from a serious case of post-Japan blues. I’d been there for 3 long weeks, so I was starting to get used to the Japanese way of life and I was finding it hard to accept the fact that sushi would longer be on the daily menu.
Life is so cruel sometimes.
Luckily though, Singapore has some amazing food to try and a huge variety of different cuisines on offer, so I got over my blues pretty quickly. It’s also super clean, extremely safe and there’s impressive architecture everywhere you look.
I was only here for a little while on my way to Bali, but I still managed to get a good feel for the place. I had a pretty wonderful guide too, in the form of my pal Ju who I’d met a just few weeks earlier in Tokyo.
After arriving late at Changi Airport, I jumped in a cab and went straight to my hostel, the Rucksack Inn in Lavender.
Only a short train ride from the central districts, it was really homely and comfortable, plus there’s free tea and toast with peanut butter and jam available 24/7.
Best. Hostel. Freebie. Ever.
Anyway, after a good night’s sleep I woke early and made my way to the Gardens By The Bay at Marina Bay.
Gardens By The bay is basically a beautiful, tropical flower garden in the middle of a bustling city, right next to the famous Marina Bay Sands (that huge skyscraper all over Pinterest) and Merlion Park.
It’s free to walk in the lower grounds, but to go up on the skyway or inside the dome you need to buy a ticket, which is definitely a good idea if you have time. It’s such a nice, peaceful place to wander around and I honestly could’ve spent all day there.
For lunch, I took a cab to VeganBurg.
As the name suggests, it’s a vegan fast food burger-type place and it’s absolutely AMAZING. If you’re veggie or vegan like me, then you’ll understand the frustration and annoyance of missing out on all the fast food-based joy in life – hence why I was so keen to try this place.
I had the Smoky BBQ burger with seaweed fries and Vegan Franks and it was delicious.
If any fellow meat-dodgers are ever in Singapore, please make sure you go there. You won’t regret it.
In the mean time, here’s the menu for you to perv over.
Oh, and VeganBurg, can you please come to London ASAP? Thanks.
After a my pitstop at VeganBurg, I took the subway to Little India and then to Little China for a quick look around.
There’s so many unique little areas in Singapore, and these two are both cute, colourful and perfect for exploring. There’s tonnes of shops around to nose in, but if you’re not in the mood for shopping there’s still plenty to do, see and eat.
After a couple of hours of loitering, my friend Ju picked me up in cab and took me to a Hawker Centre.
A Hawker Centre is basically a huge food hall with lots of separate stalls selling different types of cuisines and dishes. The food is super cheap and really authentic, making it the perfect place for anyone on a budget.
I can’t remember the name of this particular food hall, but while I was there I ordered a spicy tofu soup, a selection of veggie rolls and the most amazing sweet beancurd pudding.
During the evening we went back to Marina Bay to have some well-deserved drinks.
If you’re around at night, I’d definitely recommend doing this. The area has a really great atmosphere and everything looks beautiful when it’s all lit up after dark.
Later on we had a few more drinks nearby on Club Street (the place to go for backpackers and expats) then I went straight back to my hostel and passed out.
It was such a whirlwind of a day, but I’m so glad I managed to see some of the best bits of Singapore before my flight the next day, and I’m lucky I had such an amazing host.
There’s still so much I didn’t get to see (and eat), but hopefully I’ll find myself there again some time soon.
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