Singapore – A Connoisseurs Dream by Naveen Marasinghe

Singapore is a gastronomist’s paradise, food outlets range from humble street stalls to 5-star restaurants. There are over 30 different cooking styles in Singapore including various regional styles of Chinese cuisine, American, English, French, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Russian and Swiss. Malay cuisine is a local favorite that is famed for its use of spices and coconut milk.

One of the best ways to eat in Singapore is in the open at one of the omnipresent street food stalls. Some are quiet and casual while others are in areas bustling with activity. All have a vast selection of cheap, mouthwatering food. Newton Circus and La Pau Sat are food centers where all types of Asian food can be sampled cheaply.

Boat Quay is a popular riverside landmark that offers exclusive restaurants, alfresco dining and lively bars. Moored Chinese junks have been refurbished into floating bars and restaurants. Bugis Street, Changi Village and Holland Village, known as Holland V, are popular areas for food, drink and entertainment. Muhammad Sultan Road is one of the latest entertainment hubs in Singapore with a wide variety of pubs, nightclubs and wine bars, as is Club Street.

There are many places in Singapore that delightful cuisine can be experienced together with quality entertainment. Clarke Quay is Singapore’s only riverside festival village combining dining, shopping and entertainment. Patrons can enjoy their food in a true 19th century atmosphere. Far East Square is heaven for food lovers! The award-winning architectural aesthetics, and restaurants, bars and caf├ęs attract both tourists and locals.

The national drink of Singapore is testament to the tiny island’s reputation as a connoisseur’s paradise. Singapore Sling is a cocktail containing gin, cherry liquor, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine and angostura bitters. It was founded in the early 20th century for the Raffles Hotel which is one of the best known luxury hotels in Singapore.

Naveen Marasinghe is an e-marketing executive at eMarketingEye(Private) Ltd. eMarketingeEye is an search engine marketing company offering integrated Internet marketing solutions, specializing in serving the online travel and hospitality industry.

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