8 Ways to Live Like a Local

Been there, done that? There’s more to Singapore than meets the eye!

Learn more about Singapore quirks and Singlish.

Wet Market
#01 Explore a wet market

Browse fresh produce, spices, dried foods and more at a wet market, hit up its hawker centre for a local breakfast, then venture out and explore the heartlands (what Singaporeans call our housing estates!).

10 favourite stalls from Tiong Bahru Food Centre
10 must-eat food in Chinatown under $6

Tiong Bahru Wet Market
83 Seng Poh Road (MRT: Tiong Bahru)
Open: 7am – 1pm

Chinatown Complex
335 Smith Street (MRT: Chinatown)
Open: 8am – 12pm

Tiong Bahru
#02 Wander wonder

Walk off that breakfast by strolling the historic districts of Tiong Bahru or Chinatown. From art deco homes and restored shophouses to former cinemas and temples, examine Singapore’s evolution from the 1820s through architecture and culture.

Tiong Bahru Heritage Guide
Chinatown Heritage Guide

Hainanese Chicken Rice
#03 Tuck into a national dish

There’s no getting away from Hainanese chicken rice as one of Singapore’s most iconic dishes. If this isn’t your first time in the country, we challenge you to venture beyond Tian Tian and seek out this fragrant dish across our little red dot.

Best chicken rice in Singapore – After visiting 53 stalls!

Haji Lane
#04 Shop & soak in some culture

The coexistence of diverse cultures in Singapore is perhaps nowhere more evident than Kampong Glam, where bright textiles, hand-knotted Persian rugs and aromatic teas intersect with independent boutiques, Scandinavian-inspired home wares and a jazz bar.

Arab Street – Hip Before Hipsters

Arab Street / Haji Lane (MRT: Bugis)

Local Labels
#05 Pick up local designer threads

Singapore’s fashion scene has come a long way and it’s an exciting time for homegrown labels. With styles ranging from minimalist chic and deconstructed silhouettes to handcrafted jewellery and bespoke oxfords, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Local fashion labels we love and where to shop them
Menswear designers in Singapore

For local labels near the conference, check out:

Kapok Singapore
111 Middle Road, #01-05 National Design Centre (MRT: Bugis)

SABRINAGOH, The Reckless Shop, Benjamin Barker
13 Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza (MRT: City Hall)

Rooftop Bar
#06 Enjoy a tipple with a view

One benefit of being land scarce and having to build vertically is the plethora of cool rooftop venues in Singapore to choose from. In fact, we reckon roof-surfing is one of the best and most laid-back ways to enjoy the tropical weather, take in the sights, and get a sense of the city. 

Singapore’s rooftop bars

#07 Dare yourself to durian

The king of fruits is still in season, so round up a couple of fellow attendees, reserve a Mao Shang Wang (or your favourite cultivar) and have a durian party after the conference!

Ah Seng Durian
20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-119 Ghim Moh Market (MRT: Buona Vista)
Open: Mon-Fri 12:30pm – 830pm, weekends 12:30pm – 7pm
Call 94656160 for reservations
Coney Island
#08 Get back to nature

Visit one of Singapore’s newest attractions, Coney Island. Situated off the northeastern coast of Singapore, this 45-hectare island is accessible on foot from Punggol Point Park and is great for cycling and bird-watching.

Official Guide: Coney Island Park
Ten things to know before visiting Coney Island Park

Bus: Take bus 84 from Punggol MRT to Punggol Rd End.

Taxi: Tell the taxi driver to stop at Punggol Settlement at the end of Punggol Road. You’ll see the iconic Punggol Ranch Resort on the way.

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