Check into Fullerton Bay, a posh hotel built on stilts over Marina Bay with a rooftop pool and spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. The hotel bar is an after-hours hot spot for locals while the lobby is welcoming and well-lit with gilded chandeliers and lanterns.
Or book a room at Vagabond Club, designed by Jacques Garcia (his résumé includes five-star hotels like La Mamounia in Marrakesh). The boutique hotel—themed after Parisian salons—is dimly-lit, moody, and sexy, dressed in various shades of velvet. Rooms are decorated with framed art and paintings as well as hand-painted screens.
Start your morning at Ronin Cafe, a local favorite tucked away on Hong Kong Street near Raffles Place. It has an industrial feel and serves up delicious and healthy breakfasts like scrambled eggs on toast with avocado and spinach.
Singapore is renowned for its hawker stands (essentially, street food), and Maxwell Food Centre is its most famous. Head straight to Tian Tian, which serves Singapore’s national dish, Hainanese chicken rice cooked in chicken stock, garlic, and ginger.
End the night with a Singapore Sling, a gin-based cocktail with pineapple juice, Grand Marnier, and lime juice, at its birthplace: Raffles, a luxury hotel built in 1887. The hotel is currently under renovation but its Long Bar is open in the meantime.
Grab an outdoor table at Sarnies, a 10-minute walk from Fullerton Bay Hotel. The Aussie-owned cafe serves all natural and organic when possible. Order the avocado toast with feta and roasted cherry tomatoes or fuel up with the “breakfast of champions” that includes grass-fed steak or salmon, scrambled eggs, mixed greens, guacamole, and tomatoes.
While the best authentic meals will be at the hawker stands and food halls, locals love Western cuisine, and many ex-pats have opened notable places. Eat a modern Australian dinner at Whitegrass. Artful, bite-sized dishes embrace flavor and texture, like Japanese yellowtail with caviar and white vereduna beetroot and slow-roasted pork jowl with fermented cabbage, braised lotus seeds, and scallop cheong fun.
Have a nightcap to toast an unforgettable trip at Ce La Vi Skybar with sweeping, 360-degree views.