By Joshua Samuel Brown
Lonely Planet SingaporeTake within the odor of spices as you trawl during the five-foot-ways of Little IndiaRide the MRT out to little-visited Singapore surprisesDiscover why locals depart foodstuff out at the streets through the Hungry Ghost FestivalWok-fry your personal strategy to nutrition nirvanaIn This Guide:Two authors (including a resident), over 900 hours of in-city learn, forty seven durians consumedExpanded insurance of neighborhoods together with new strolling excursions and 3 new excursionsCultural insights and native secrets and techniques from a comic, a curator, a theater director, a author and a scholarContent up to date day-by-day - stopover at lonelyplanet.com for up to the moment reports, updates and tourist insights
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Situated next door, and even newer, is the Foster & Partners–designed Supreme Court (p36), which opened in 2005. TRANSPORT: COLONIAL DISTRICT & THE QUAYS The grid layout of the district makes it easy to navigate. From City Hall MRT station underneath the towering Raffles City mall-hotel complex, the area to the south has most of the colonial treasures, including the Padang, St Andrew’s Cathedral, City Hall, the Old Parliament House and Asian Civilisations Museum (which is actually closer to Raffles Place MRT).
A modern metropolis of gleaming steel and glass skyscrapers, with just enough surviving colonial splendour to give it a historical feel. ’ this visitor may pronounce upon returning home, most likely adding that old chestnut often used to describe the Lion City ‘…and it’s so clean and orderly’. Other travellers, after choosing to spend time around Orchard Rd, might describe the city as ‘A wall-to-wall fashion-junkie’s paradise, and an expensive one at that, steeped in a peculiar West-meets-East culture, similar to some of the more fashionable neighbourhoods of Hong Kong, only cleaner and less chaotic’.
The famous Singapore sling was first concocted in the hotel’s Long Bar in 1915. The hotel lobby is open to the public, and is a popular tourist attraction. Dress standards apply; so no shorts or sandals. 56 Hidden away on the 3rd floor of the Raffles Hotel Arcade, the Raffles Hotel Museum (admission free; h10am-7pm) is worth hunting out. Here you’ll find a fascinating collection of memorabilia including photographs and posters from bygone eras and a fine city map showing how Noel Coward could once sip his gin sling and stare out at the sea from the hotel verandah.