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Eat: SBG Visit 3

Local and International Food Paradise

Mutton Biryani, Singapore Zam Zam, Bugis
Food hunters have a lot of things to do in Singapore. Local food search is a must; I had to do every day. As we known, Singapore food centres are the hub of local foods and much of them are listed in guide books.
Chicken Rice, Tian Tian, Chinatown
Tien Tien Chicken Rice, Maxwell Food Centre
MRT Chinatown
Opposite Buddha’s Tooth Relic Temple

Long queue for a mouthwatering Chicken Rice as 3.7SGD is reasonable. Not just chicken rice is the star; try other local dishes and drinks such as fresh sugar cane juice and coconut juice. 

Price range at local food centres is much lower than in malls and CBD. At the local is 2SGD or more meanwhile 6SGD or more for premium food centres. However, portion is vary too. According to prices we pay.

Singapore Zam Zam
MRT Bugis
Opposite Sultan Mosque

Famous Murtabak and Biryanis on Bugis area, crowded and bustling but serving huge portion and good prices, I tried a dish of Mutton Biryani, that a bit hard for mutton chunk, 8SGD with a can of Coke.

On the same row, there are other restaurants serving the same Muslim food. But Zam Zam is the most popular, seen from a hundred of customers there.

Curry Mutton, Lady Finger Masala and Fragrant Biryani, Muthu's
Muthu’s Curry
MRT City Hall
Suntec City, Tower 2, Basement level

Restaurant in mall, a branch from one of famous Indian food on Race Course Road which I pretty appreciated their Biryani rice and free all you can eat Papadum. Rice is aromatic and tasty, accompanied with spicy Curry Mutton and Lady Finger Masala and finished with real Mango Lassi. Total paid is 36.50SGD.

PS. Café, Petit, Tiong Bahru
Guan Chuan Street

The mini shop with a few tables and wine bar, it is well decorated with luxury Parisian café style. Their desserts and ice cream are very interesting too. However, I just ordered Ceasar Salad (12SGD), it was generous size.

PS Café Petit is the cool spot where we can spend time with friends for dining and drinking experience amid pleasant setting.

French Delight, Tiong Bahru Bakery
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Eng Hoon Street

I came across to meet this famous, not far from The Plot Hostels on Tiong Bahru area. I bought their Chocolate Croissant (3.2SGD) for snack time at the airport waiting for departing Singapore.

Actually, I don’t like croissant but it is French bakery. Croissant is the symbol. Just the first bite, I had to accept their crispy outside-soft inside bread and later yummy chocolate filling. Finally, there is someone motivate me to fall in love with French pastries. Success!

Whisk Café
Tiong Bahru

One of trendy coffee and dessert shops for chit-chat with family and friends at weekend, chic design and in-house baking room. Home-made French éclairs with a cup of latte is perfect.

The Dispensary
Tiong Bahru

Former Chinese medical hall converted to coffee house, serving some nice pasta dishes and providing rooftop seats on the second floor, suitable for brunch at weekend and coffee sipping time in the afternoon. Their Aglio Olio Pasta with Mushroom is really delicious. (13.50SGD)

Food for Thought
Botany Centre, Tanglin Gate, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Café for visitors and hang out place for expats at weekend, crowded at brunch time during Sat&Sun, it is divided to 2 parts: air-con room and terrace. Menu list is western food with local specialties such as Laksa.

SBG have many restaurants across the park, feeding people from breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea time and dinner, see their website.

https://www.sbg.org.sg

Stay: SBG Visit 2

Sleeping in Garden City with Budget Prices

Rucksack Inn @Temple Street, Chinatown
Singapore is outstanding about cultural diversity, try new stay in different neighbourhoods.
 My 2 accommodations in Singapore

Rucksack Inn @Temple Street, Chinatown
Rucksack Inn @Temple Street - www.booking.com
MRT Chinatown

Top rated hostel
I booked 6 bed mixed dorm for 3 nights
Cheap price, value of money
Good location, clean and nice staffs
50m from MRT Chinatown exit A
No window room, air-con and fan
All day light breakfast included
Cramp and clean bathrooms

Facilities
2 iMacs and Free Wi-Fi
Kitchen

Budget stays in Chinatown are easy to find. They are located along the streets. However, space is limited from old colonial shop houses converted to hostels and boutique hotels.

I recommend Rucksack Inn for their friendly and helpful staffs. Location is the best. Nice food is around. Chinatown is lively from morning until nearly midnight. Club street, chic nightlife scene is not far. 

The Plot Hostels, Tiong Bahru
The Plot Hostels – www.booking.com
MRT Outram Park

600m from MRT
Flashpacker hostel, modern design
Air-con, WiFi
TV room and kitchen with fridge
Free simple breakfast
Nice coffee shops, local food centre and a convenience store are a few walks

The Plots is created by famous designer. Rooms, furniture and atmosphere are well selected. Cool ambience but pay less. Tiong Bahru area is suitable for hip customers who want to explore Singapore in style. 

Pod Style Bed, The Plot Hostels

Chic Kitchen and Common Area, The Plot Hostels
FYI
Rucksack Inn is nothing similar to The Plot. Room rate is near but compensated with a little closer distance from city centre. 

Travel: SBG Visit 1

Changi International Airport, Singapore
Go
Air
From Bangkok to Singapore
Thai citizen (ASEAN member countries) can enter Singapore without visa for 30 days.

I traveled by Tiger Airways
Carry-on baggage for 2 and total weight is 10kg

From Changi Airport to city centre
1. MRT
2. Airport bus to drop you off at the hotel, suitable for after midnight arrival flights, due to MRT terminated and saver than metered taxi and airport transfer service.


MRT, Clean and Convenient
Around Singapore
Public transportations

Ez-Link Card, the top up travel card is worth to pay for 12SGD getting everywhere by MRT and bus conveniently, expiry date is 5 years.

MRT and Public Bus are the good ways for exploring the country with extended networks.

Metered taxi is another option, surcharged applied for after midnight.


Singapore is clean, safe and easy to navigate. On foot is not bad, except steamy, hot sun or rainy days.