Little India was just as the name implied. If you want to try some really great Indian food in Singapore, Little India is where you come to. Our first night we ended up eating at this restaurant called The Banana Leaf. We walked around for a bit but this place was the only one that really appealed to me. The food is deliciously inexpensive and you get a lot of food for your money. We didn’t know until afterwards that it’s one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Singapore and one of the best to visit. The food was so good, we ended up coming back a second time during our five day stay.
So, on our second day in Singapore (our first full day really) we went shopping. First stop, the famous ION Orchard on Orchard Road. There are two main reasons why I wanted to begin here, the important one being Kikki K and the secondary one being Artbox, both coveted stationery shops that I’m in love with but have never actually physically shopped at…until now. As luck would have it, I received an email from Kikki K the night before telling me about a secret sale for members and giving me a store coupon for 20% off the entire store. It was basically fate, because when we got out of the MRT station and followed the signs to ION’s underground entrance, Kikki K was the first store I saw. It was meant to be. I was meant to shop that day.
We spent a few hours discovering ION. I shopped at Kikki K, Artbox and Daiso and went up to the Sky lounge to take in these amazing 360 degree views of the city from 55 stories high before we decided to head down to Vivo City for my Typo fix. Vivo city is even more insane. We basically spent the rest of the day there because it just had everything. It had shops for me, and arcade for John and food places galore. You could essentially live there if it never closed. So we walked and shopped and ate German food before walking along the Harbourfront and then catching the MRT back to our hostel.
Since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to walk around the Marina Bay Area. The area is quite lavish. There as a giant shopping mall by the bay that catered to designer brands, with a separate Louis Vutton store in a very pretty steel and glass building that was literally floating in the water. We walked along the “Boardwalk” pathway overlooking the bay taking in all of the sites. The entire area lit up at night and it was so beautiful.
We eventually wandered off in search of food. We tried one mall, but it was closed. A nice man at information suggested we try Lau Pa Sat, a famous street market selling traditional Singaporean street food. It was by the Downtown MRT station, so we backtracked and found the place. It was massive and still very much alive even that late into the night. It took us a while, but we eventually ordered some food and sat down to eat. The whole place sort of looks like an old style French train station turned into an open area food court. It was really cool and the food was not only cheap but rather good.
I would come back to Singapore in a heartbeat. I’d probably wouldn’t stay as long, but I’d definitely would love to come back to shop and do a few things that we didn’t get to do, like the Skywalk at the Gardens and the island Sentosa.