Hello Singapore!! Where to eat, shop, party and sightsee

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Here’s a guide to Singapore by Rachel from hippie-inheels.com

A city known for luxury and interesting food, Singapore has everything. Many expats choose Singapore as their home because almost everything is available to you here, but it’s also full of culture. Singapore has a nickname of being “clinically clean”, with even chewing gum outlawed in case you spit it on the ground. Cars can’t be older than ten years; everywhere you look it’s all brand new. I’m going to break down a little guide for you for where to eat, shop, party, and sightsee.

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Food in Singapore is a combination of Malay, Indian, and Chinese and you can find options for all budgets. You’ll want to try a food court or hawkers centers. Two of the most famous are Lau Pa Sat and Newton’s, but sometimes you’ll get a better deal going to a random food court that locals go to on their lunch break than these which tourists frequent. The most popular dishes are fish head soup and black pepper crab. Be sure to try noodles, dumplings, duck, and prawns. The fruit durian is popular with locals but illegal in many buildings and the subway because of the strong unpleasant smell.

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Using the MRT, you can get around the different neighborhoods easily and affordably. During the day, you might want to check out trendy art shows and nightlife at Arab Street, shopping souvenirs in Bugis and China town, and very clean and over-priced Little India.

While Robertson and Clarke Quay are the place to go for great brunches, dinners, and nightlife, the shopping is done at Orchard Road. On Orchard road, you’ll find every high-end designer but also the likes of H&M and Top Shop. There are actually 20 full-size malls in this 2.5 km road, the most famous being Ion Mall.

If you want something different, head to the small boutiques on the Far East Plaza or go to Haji Lane near Arab Street to get a unique outfit no one else will have. For the tech nerds, Sim Lim square will be your heaven, but be sure to negotiate.

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If you’re a millionaire, then I suspect you’ll want to skip Orchard, and head to Marina Bay Mall to do your shopping. It’s in the same building of the most popular bar, Ku-deta. Almost everyone who comes to Singapore wants to have an expensive drink here and look out at the amazing views. You can expect a glass of wine to be at least 20 USD.

If you want to take a day trip, head over to Sentosa Island. The train there departs from Vivo City Mall, so might as well go early and shop in the morning before heading out. You’ll pass a Universal Studios stop on the way, which could be nice as well. Sentosa is man-made and has quite pricey restaurants and activities like skylines, wavehouses, trapeze, and rock walls. Make sure you take your ID to prove age. There are resorts here if you like to stay on the islands. If you’re on a budget, this might be something to skip.
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For a perfect night, start with a fancy dinner and Singapore Sling at the Lantern in the famous Fullerton Hotel and watch the light show across Marina Bay. End it at Insomnia, Crazy Elephant, or Attica, but be prepared for high entry fees.

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      602776_10200386970942924_967470615_n_2-002Rachel is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Rachel gives advice on the other 24 countries she’s been to but focuses on all the secret trendy places in India. If you’re headed to India, you can find everything you need to know on her site which has become the go-to site on India travel: Hippie in Heels. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,  and Google plus.

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