The best places to get a taste of Singapore

05 Jul 2016

As one of the biggest business hubs in the world, Singapore is a frequent go to destination for Australian business travellers.

It's also a bustling cultural centre with some of the best restaurants and nightlife in the world. Take a look at some of the best hotspots to grab a bite, enjoy a cocktail with a view or chill out with a night cap. 

Home grown culinary delights

Candlenut
331 New Bridge Road
01-03 Dorsett Residences
Singapore 088764

Head chef and owner Malcolm Lee showcases his heritage through a menu of refined taste and techniques. The restaurant offers an unconventional use of the buah keluak (a type of nut with a tough shell and piquant liquid inside), as chef Lee serves it up in the form of an ice cream. For dinner, sample the unique Peranakan tasting ah-ma-kase menu which changes weekly.

Restaurant ANDRE
41 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089855

Restaurant ANDRE, the highest ranked Singaporean restaurant on the 2015 list of Asia’s 50 Best restaurants 2015, is set in a three storey shop house in Chinatown. Award winning chef and owner André Chiang uses fresh produce to create exquisite modern French food.

Sip cocktails sky high 

Aura Sky Lounge
06-02 National Gallery
1 St. Andrew’s Road
Singapore 178957

Sitting on top of the National Gallery, Aura Sky Lounge is an icon in itself and offers a prime view of the Civic District and Marina Bay area. Aura also features several commissioned art pieces by established Singaporean artists including Chun Kai Feng's neon light triptych which is modelled after the retro window grills found in HDB flats from the 1970s. 

1-Altitude
Level 61, 1 Raffles Place
Singapore 048616

Take in the bustling Singapore CBD from 61 levels up at 1-Altitude. 1-Altitude is one of the world’s highest rooftop bars at 282m and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the city and waters from dawn to dusk.

Hidden gems

Operation Dagger
7 Ann Siang Hill
Singapore 069791

The odd symbols leading you down the stairway makes walking into Operation Dagger feel like entering a mad scientist's hideout. The drinks menu features a unique choice of cocktails, house brews, wines and beers. Enjoy concoctions featuring snow made with yoghurt, genmaicha, yuzu and white chocolate or try the Egg, a locally inspired drink with salted egg yolk, vanilla and caramel.

28 HKS
28 Hongkong Street
Singapore 059667

28HKS has won a slew of industry awards and made the top 10 list of World’s 50 Best Bars since 2013.  From the outside the bar looks like a 60s shop facade but inside, through a veil of thick theatre curtains, you can find one of Singapore’s best secret bars and some of the best cocktails in town.

Dont forget to take a look at our Singapore destination guide before you take off.