Strange branding, dingy packaging, and absent ingredient lists. Why go for pricey Oreos and Skittles when you can have iced gem biscuits and spectacle chocolate candies? Without further ado, here are some Singapore snacks to try for when you’re not feeling up to it.

1. Iced Gem Biscuits

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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No Singaporean childhood is complete without these colourful biscuits. The plain biscuit cuts through the sweetness of the icing perfectly.
Available at Fairprice. Or venture to Biscuit King to get them by weight!

2. Haw Flakes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Made of Chinese hawthorn fruit and sugar, this is a dangerous snack to be had in front of the TV. Before you know it, there will be ten torn wrappers in front of you and you’ll wonder where the Haw Flakes themselves have gone.
Available at Fairprice and Giant.

3. Ding Dang Chocolate

Ding Dang

These are like Southeast Asian Maltesers, except they’re not very tasty. Also, the mascot looks strangely like Doraemon…except with ears. Well, the lure is in the toy that comes with it. Much like Kinder Joys, each pack comes with a cheap plastic toy you’ll only discover after opening the pack. Hey, cheap thrills, ya know?
Available at Munch Munch.

4. Frozen Ice Lollies

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At only 20 cents per piece, these ice lollies are the perfect heat busters on a sunny day. I have no idea what they’re filled with, but my guess is coloured sugar water. Not exactly healthy, but a Starbucks Frappuccino probably contains much more sugar.
To be honest, they haven’t been around much these days, but you might get lucky at mamak shops or local mom and pop stalls.

5. Colourful Jellies

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These were a mandatory part of Children’s Day gift packs. Oh so colourful and tangy, these were also a known choking hazard. This writer’s mother used to watch her consume these jellies with hawk eyes until they were mushed and swallowed. I was convinced I liked the yellow lemon ones until I watched this episode of Backyard Science and began suspecting that they were all the same.
Try Valudollar? You know those shops with shady-looking “Fire Sale” signs? Yep, it’s my favourite shop.

6. Milk Biscuits

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These smol round balls may look plain, but they’re melt-in-your-mouth addictive. Just the right amount of sweetness combined with creamy milk flavouring makes this a wonderful snack for toddlers and the young at heart.

7. Apollo Chocolate Wafer

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Apollo Chocolate Wafer might not live up to today’s discerning consumer’s tastes, but it’s a very inexpensive way to deal with chocolate cravings. Manufactured just across the border in Malaysia, the wafers are still popular and widely available throughout Singapore today.
Available at Fairprice.

8. Eyeglass Chocolate

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Eyeglass chocolate derives its name from its packaging. Consisting of two detachable loops of colourful candy pieces, this reminds me of Luna Lovegood’s glasses. Nevertheless, it’s pretty fun to pop those candies out of their pockets.
Available at Munch Munch.

9. White Rabbit Candy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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White Rabbit is known for its edible rice paper almost as much as it is for its creamy milk candy. Although it sounds strange, the texture of melting rice paper in your mouth adds a layer of sensation to the candy-eating experience. Just look at all the folks who got mad when a Los Angeles ice-cream parlour removed the paper when producing their White Rabbit flavoured confectionery.
Available at Fairprice.

10. Mamee Noodles

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Oh my! Instant ramen that doesn’t need to be cooked? Yes, please. Mamee Noodles have won the hearts of many children in Singapore and around the region for its crispy noodles and umami seasoning. It’s the perfect snack for when you crave something substantial but really don’t feel up to cooking.
Available at Fairprice.

11. Popo Muruku

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The packaging. What in the world? Baby crackers? Fret not, for these are savoury fish-flavoured crackers. It tastes better than it looks or sounds, I promise. Also, their branding and community efforts are pretty good these days, we must say!
Available at Sheng Siong Supermarket and ValuDollar.

12. Hup Seng Chocolate Teddy Biscuits

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They aren’t the most realistic-looking teddies, but they’re stubby and hilarious. Unfortunately for them, they’re going straight into our mouths to be masticated into a beary delicious chocolatey mush. Sorry not sorry.
Available online at Redmart. We’re not sure where to get these bears in physical stores. If you see them out and about, give us a shout at info@travelinsider.co.

These may not be the most healthy or tasty snacks you’ll ever eat, but they’re a cornerstone of Singapore culture and childhood. Be sure to try some while you’re here, and let us know what you think in the comments section down below!

Disclaimer: If there are any Malaysians and Indonesians about, we’re well aware that these snacks were huge parts of your childhood too. This writer’s uncle used to own a provision shop in Johor after all (yes, I had loads of free snacks).

Hullo friends, and welcome back to our weekly feature of places to check out in Singapore! We sincerely hope that we don’t run out of cool stuff to feature soon.

The Food Place

What’s Singapore’s best known dish worth flying halfway around the world for? A ‘deceptively simple’ meal made out of boiled poultry and rice, chicken rice never fails to satiate our appetites.

The dish was brought to Singapore by poor Hainanese immigrants from China, and thereafter adapted out of necessity to ensure that every last drop of flavour is squeezed out of a single chicken. Each vendor has its own secret, but in general, chicken rice is prepared thus: a whole chicken is boiled then hung to dry. The resulting broth is used to boil the rice, make soup to accompany the dish and contribute to the fragrant soy sauce sprinkled over the finished dish. It’s surprising how much flavour a bird can impart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Food enthusiasts would probably have heard of Tian Tian Chicken Rice, a Michelin-starred hawker stall lauded by Gordon Ramsay and the late Anthony Bourdain. Critics love the rice which is tasty enough to be eaten on its own, as well as the slippery chicken. Unfortunatley, some have found standards to be slipping lately, but since you’re here, we’d recommend you give it a go!

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 8pm, Closed on Mon

The Coffee Place

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Store might sound like a dusty shophouse out of the 1940s, but don’t be fooled by this one. The front of the building might retain its old school elements and signboard, but its interior and back house a coffee roaster, a fully-fledged cafe, and a workshop space.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Critics and coffee aficionados rave about their cold brew which makes for essential post-lunch drinking when the weather gets unbearable and the eyes start drooping.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563
Opening hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 9am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 9am to 12am

The Hipster Place

If you’re wandering around Tiong Bahru, visiting bookstores or stopping by for coffee, don’t miss Curated Records. A rare gem in a highly digitised city, Curated Records offers vinyl records for the music lover and vintage enthusiast. A glance through Google Reviews suggests that the store covers most genres, from classic rock to movie soundtracks, so you’ll likely find something that suits your music tastes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The owner is apparently very friendly and passionate about the whole vinyl business, so chat him up if you need someone to share your obsessions!

Curated Records
55 Tiong Bahru Rd, Singapore 160055
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 1pm to 8pm, Closed on Mon

The Market Place

For cheap quality produce, head east to Geylang Serai Market, one of Singapore’s biggest and busiest wet markets. Situated in Geyland Serai, one of the oldest Malay settlements on the island, the market was given a fresh design and a new roof directly inspired by traditional Malay Minangkabau architecture.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Geylang Serai Market is the perfect place to stock up on ingredients to whip up good, hearty Malay dishes. Check out the Malay and Middle Eastern spices if you’re looking to diversify your pantry. The best part? Prices at the market are among the lowest in Singapore, so you can shop with ease of mind!

Geylang Serai Market
1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001
Opening hours: 6.30am to 12pm daily (wet market), 8am to 10pm daily (food centre)

Say that again?

If you ask a friendly local, they’ll most likely tell you, “Singapore nothing to do one sia!” You then regret your decision to holiday on this tropical island, crying into a cup of overly-sweet coffee. But hold up! Singaporeans are not known for lying, but they’re spending most of their time at work or studying instead of exploring the country. So thank them for their very biased opinion, and scroll down to find out if there really is nothing to do in Singapore. But first, let’s rectify that cup of coffee.

Get Caffeinated
It’s no lie that Singaporeans are an overly caffeinated bunch. We’re not referring to Robusta or Arabica coffee, though those are widely available in the country’s burgeoning cafe scene, if that’s more of your thing. Let’s explore one of the many coffee shops and hawker centres. Anyone will do. There will be a beverage stall, and I’ll give you $7 for a Starbucks if they don’t sell coffee. Now, click through to this nifty infograph here to place your orders.

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This hit the spot BIG TIME! Nondescript coffee stall at Hong Lim Food Complex blew our socks off with the perfect cup of kopi si bei kao siu tai (stupidly strong coffee with less condensed milk). Located on the ground floor, next to the Teochew porridge stall.

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It’s no latte or cappuccino, but it’s a cornerstone of Singapore’s food and drinks culture. You won’t be the first foreigner to fall in love with cheap caffeine.

Workout Outdoors
Singapore is arguably too hot for most locals who very much prefer the air-conditioned comfort of shopping malls. It’s a shame, really, as the authorities put a great deal of effort (and money) into building and improving park infrastructure around the country. Pick early mornings and late evenings to avoid getting burnt to a crisp.

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Run on well-paved roads in the Botanic Gardens, go hiking along the MacRitchie Reservoir trail and walk across Southeast Asia’s very first freestanding suspension bridge, or bike along the park connectors linking up green spaces around the city. With warm weather 365 days of the year, exercising outdoors won’t be a pain…except when it rains, of course.

Eat
When all else fails, eat. Forget about McDonald’s or Subway! You haven’t been to Singapore if you’ve never sampled its hawker cuisine. Singapore has a diverse and established street food scene. Give your tongues a good workout.

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Insider tip: skip Newton Food Centre for cheaper grub. We recommend Old Airport Road Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, and Bukit Timah Food Centre.

Infiltrate the Neighbourhood
Singapore does have the requisite glitz of a tourist town, but it gets old. Just like stepping into the hundredth cathedral on a Europe trip, visiting attraction after attraction can be exhausting. In-between visiting the expansive (and expensive) Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Zoo, how about a visit to the heartlands? These are largely residential areas home to most Singaporeans. It might be intimidating to venture off into the suburbs, but it’s 100% worth the effort. The residential districts are where Singaporeans feel free to roam in flip-flops and slip unselfconsciously into baffling Singlish.

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Explore Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore’s first residential districts, just on the fringes of the city centre. It’s popular with both locals and expatriates for good reasons. There are cafes to recharge in and indie boutiques to explore.

Get Artsy
The last thing Singaporeans will associate with their country is the arts. However, this is not to say that the arts scene doesn’t exist in Singapore. It does, but many of the locals still associate it with impracticality and/or snobbery (fight me!).

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While you’re here, check out the many heritage museums on offer at the civic district, the marvellous Art Science Museum at Marina Bay, and pop by one of the arts events on offer year-round.

What’s better than coffee? Fine teas. Fight me. Smooth, light, and comforting, a cup of hot tea feels like a warm hug to your belly. On a cold day, of course. With arctic-like offices and air-conditioned homes in Singapore, drinkiing hot tea seems to have caught on here. Sometimes, the sweetness of Teh C just doens’t cut it, and a fragrant, unsweetened cup holds a lot more appeal. That’s where tea blenders swoop in. Good for you if you come from a colder region. Here are some Singaporean tea shops pushing the boundaries of tea drinking.

1. TWG

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Not to be confused with British heavyweight, Twinings, TWG stands for The Wellbeing Group. Established in Singapore in 2008, TWG has quickly made a name for itself as a luxury tea institution.
If you’re looking for a souvenir for someone who enjoys the finer things in life, try their Singapore Breakfast Tea. A mixture of green tea, black tea, vanilla and spices, this blend is sure to awaken your senses.

TWG Tea
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #02-21, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
https://twgtea.com/

2. Teasers & Teacher

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Online tea retailer Teasers & Teacher believes in ethical teas, not only during production but also in commerce. Besides dealing only with fairtrade tea farmers, the duo behind the screen are also upfront with their production costs, listing them on every product page so you can hold them accountable.
If you’re looking for something unique, get your hands on their Kenyan Royal Purple, made from a naturally occurring purple variant of the tea plant. The concoction will turn out brown, but squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice and watch the magic unfurl!

Teasers & Teacher
Phone: +65 8808 6059
Email: sales@think-entities.com
https://teasersnteacher.com/

3. Gryphon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You might have heard of Great Taste Awards winner Gryphon Tea Company. Tracing its origins to a tea importer established 100 years ago, Gryphon has built on its legacy by defying traditions and experimenting with unorthodox flavours to great success.
Their Earl Grey Lavender is a perennial favourite, but if you’re looking for an adventure, seek out their Osmanthus Sencha or Nymph of the Nile.

Gryphon Tea Company
Phone: +65 6779 2948
Email: http://www.gryphontea.com/contact-us/ (enquiry form)
http://www.gryphontea.com/

4. 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another Great Taste Awards winner in the house! 1872 Clipper Tea Co. was born in…you guessed it—1872, when its Ceylonese founder planted his roots in Singapore. He brought his love for tea with him, and everything else is history. Clipper pays homage to the ships that plied the trading routes of yore, sending tea leaves to people anxious for their next cup of tea the world over.
For a taste of old Singapore, get the Singapore Orchid 3-in-1 bundle, which comprises the Orchid Bloom, Halia Blossom and Dragon Eye Bouquet blends. As exotic as the names sound, this collection is a great sampler of the fragrances, spices, and flavours of the region.

1872 Clipper Tea Co.
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
https://clippertea.com.sg/

5. ETTE TEA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Such a cute name, but don’t be fooled. ETTE TEA might have started from its founder’s kitchenette (hence the name), but it has since grown into a distinguished and brand known for its plucky flavours and exquisitely designed caddies.
ETTE TEA is your best bet if you’re interested in unearthing Singapore’s rich flavours without packing in the calories. Or if you’re looking for portable nasi lemak! Select from their Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Pandan Chiffon, Pineapple Tart, Bak Kwa blends and more for a gustatory feast.

ETTE TEA
333 Kreta Ayer Rd, #03-25, Singapore 080333
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am to 6pm, Sat 10.30am to 4pm, Closed on Sun
https://www.ettetea.com/

6. Tealy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Set up by a pair of tea-loving brothers, Tealy incorporates flavours from unconventional sources. Heard of sea buckthorn? Neither have we. But Tealy incorporates the Holy fruit of the Himalayas into its Sea Buckthorn Fruit Blend. We’re already liking the sound of it! Although they’re not big on range, you can be sure that each blend is a carefully curated journey for your senses.

Tealy
Blk 624 Choa Chu Kang St 62 #01-228, Singapore 680624
Phone: +65 8126 4236
Email: admin@tealy.com.sg
http://www.tealy.com.sg/

7. Collaboration Tea

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Started by two friends, Collaboration Tea supplies premium and customisable tea blends packed with inspirational quotes to get you through the day. It’s a wholesome spark in an often grey world.
Make a cup of Lavish Earl Grey or Lychee Martini and kick back on your ergonomic chair, reminiscing about your trip to Singapore! If only holidays last forever…

Collaboration Tea
Website: http://www.collabtea.com/
Store: https://shopee.sg/collaboration.tea

Are you one of those coffee snobs who can tell your latte from your cappuccino? We challenge you to try Singapore’s no-frills coffee, available at all hawker centres near you! Here’s our handy guide on how to tell kopi O from kopi C.

Whaddup, everyone? It’s your very normal Insider writing (again). This week, we’re shaking things up a little. We’ll still be featuring seemingly random snippets of Singapore life, but we’re turning our focus to locally vouched-for food and entertainment options so you know you’re only getting the best. Of course, we can’t guarantee that you’ll like our recommendations, but we don’t want you to fall into the tourist trap. Scroll down for our first feature of the week: Laksa!

The Food Place

Ah, the rain. Singapore gets its fair share of thunderstorms every year, which provides immeasurable relief to its citizens. However, if you hail from cold, cloudy and muggy lands, the rain might remind you too much of your gloomy home (*cough cough* London *cough cough*). If the clouds roll in during your stay in Singapore, please don’t board the next flight to Tonga. Arm yourself with a brolly, waterproof flip flops, and an empty stomach, and splatter your way to the nearest food centre for some hot, spicy, creamy goodness, aka laksa.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Terry Katong Laksa offers creamy, flavourful broth with a generous sprinkling of laksa leaves and a delectable lump of sambal chilli. Despite numerous exhortations from her mother to never consume broth (because anything tasty=MSG), this writer always guiltily slurps up every drop when eating at Terry’s. Well, with no sugar or MSG, this is probably one of the least damaging laksas in Singapore. The stallholder is also really friendly, speaks great English, and will check on your comfort level with cockles and spicyness before adding them to your bowl. Do us a favour and find out if his name is really Terry.

Terry Katong Laksa
Bukit Timah Food Centre
51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588172
Opening hours: 7am to 10pm daily (Generally runs out by 8pm, so be there early)
Nearest MRT: Beauty World

The Coffee Place

We figured coffee-ism and hipster-ism shouldn’t be conflated even though they pretty much go hand-in-hand. Because coffee now seems to be an essential component of modern living, hipster or not. For times when you feel the urge to treat yourself, we’ll show you coffeehouses that give Starbucks a run for its money. Most of them are homegrown and independent, and are very attentive to the quality of coffee they put out.

If you’re groggy and ravenous on a weekend morning, why not drop by Kith Café, a Singaporean chain known for their delicious and tummy-stuffing brunch menu. Ordering a cup of their coffee is also a fantastic way to kickstart the day. A unique blend, it’s rich, flavourful, and packs a good but not overpowering punch.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kith Café
Various Locations: Ascott Orchard, Winsland House, Spottiswoode Park, Bras Basah, etc. Please check http://kith.com.sg/ for exact location.
Opening hours: Varies according to branch. Most open by 7.30am.

The Hipster Place

There sure are as many hipsters than there are the hipster-avoidant these days. We think this is a good place to feature indie business in Singapore, because. (It’s hip to not finish sentences, okay?)

One of the most insufferable types of hipsters is the literary hipster aka book nerd. Spot them with their bug-eyed glasses, canvas totes with Shakespeare quotes, and slightly ungainly way of walking. If in pairs, you might catch snippets of Russian words such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Kalashnikov in their conversation. What? Kalashnikov isn’t a Russian writer? Damn.

If you’ve got a literary bent, check out BooksActually, a bookstore carrying titles specially curated by the owners. It also houses the largest collection of Singaporean literature, which makes it a great place to bring home some unique souvenirs for your hipster friend who is definitely not you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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BooksActually
9 Yong Siak Street
Singapore 168645
Opening hours: Sun and Mon 10am to 6pm, Tue to Sat 10am to 8pm
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru

The Market Place

Put on your lousiest outfit, comfy but inexpensive shoes, grab a trolley or eco-friendly shopping bag, and go shopping for fresh produce and foodstuff! Tekka Market is well-known for a reason. Even if your accommodation doesn’t come with an attached kitchen, a morning spent squeezing with anxious locals and watching market stallholders going about their busy day is an experience in almost too sanitised Singapore.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Check out this fantastic post by Sassy Mama for the 10 best stalls to visit if you’re looking to whip up a good meal or two!

Tekka Centre
665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
Opening hours: 6.30am to 9pm (market stalls likely close by 1pm, but there are shops and cooked food stalls upstairs)
Nearest MRT: Little India

Hopelessly dependent on caffeine? Yep, us too. Starbucks might be the most recognisable coffee brand around the world, but let’s be real: it’s expensive. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a Frappuccino every now and then, we think a visit to Singapore isn’t complete without having a taste of local coffee, or kopi, as it’s known to the locals. It’s cheap, versatile and available at literally every food court or hawker centre, perfect for a twice-a-day pick-me-up. Here’s an infograph you can save on your phone and bring with you to your next meal. If all fails, just show the auntie or uncle manning the stall and they’ll know what to do!

Coffee Guide

*Follow this order: Kopi + Milk (leave blank: condensed milk/O: no milk/C: evaporated milk) + Coffee level (Gau: more coffee/Po: less coffee) + Sugar level (Kosong: no sugar/Siew Dai: less sugar/Gah Dai: more sugar)

Replace Kopi with Teh for tea, or Milo for, well, Milo.

Enjoy your coffee!

More of a tea person? Here are some Singapore tea blenders out to create exquisite taste profiles that will make you savour your tea drinking experience for days to come!

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Visiting Singapore during Valentine’s Day is sure to brighten up your Instagram feed. With a combination of the futuristic and the natural, your romantic photos will continue to spark joy long after your trip is over. Here are some free-to-access romantic photo spots to make you and your love the latest #couplegoals!

1. Gardens by the Bay

What is a visit to Singapore without stepping into this vast city garden? Located in the Marina Bay area, Gardens by the Bay takes up 101-hectares of land space, much of it reclaimed land. To top it off, two climate-controlled conservatories overlook the bay majestically. These shell-shaped wonders have brought the plants of the world into tropical Singapore, delighting visitors and travellers alike. Equally impressive are the Supertrees, vertical gardens designed to look like very tall trees, giving the gardens a splash of futuristic grandeur.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Snap a rad couple photo at the Supertree Grove when the sky is dark and the lights are on. Show everyone what an out-of-this-world romance looks like. Stay for the Garden Rhapsody, a nightly light show beginning at 7.30pm to cap off the experience.

2. Marina Bayfront

The Marina skyline spells Singapore as much as the Merlion does. We’re willing to bet that your travel guide features a variation of the buildings gathered around the area. It might not be usually associated with romance, but we’re sure you’ll warm up to the idea. Whether you choose the skyscrapers of Singapore’s Central Businesss District or the ArtScience Museum as your backdrop, move in close with your date for a stunning couple shoot.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Sentosa

Sentosa is home to Universal Studios Singapore, but before that, it was known as a beach paradise. Head down to Siloso, Palawan or Tanjong Beach for a romantic picnic, or just lie back and enjoy a quiet evening together. When you’re done, strike a pose with the palm trees for a shot that screams “Tropical Paradise”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Singapore Flyer

Riding in one of those little capsules on the Singapore Flyer is one of the best ways to see the city. However, flight tickets might be a little pricey. Even if you have to give it a miss, try to squeeze in a lovely shot with the Flyer in the distance! It stands out amidst the bulidings and gives your pictures a little touch of artistry. Who knew an oversized ferris wheel could breathe a little romance?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Mount Faber Park

Just a short walk or cable car ride away from Sentosa is Mount Faber. It’s also a popular park with a great hiking trail. After trekking up the hill with the love of your life, you’ll find the Bell of Happiness. Take a cute couple photo and ring the bell to let each other know how happy you both are. If you can’t bring yourself to ring it, then well…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. library@orchard

Libraries can definitely be beautiful, romantic, and mysterious places. Looking at you, Hogwarts. Singapore’s libraries are definitely more functional than hardwood lovely. But library@orchard has drawn more than bookworms since its opening in October 2014. With a collection focusing on design, the library certainly delivers on its looks. Tall, curved shelves and bamboo flooring run through the double-storey library. The irregular yet streamlined design means tons of possibilities for your creative shoots. Nerd out with your date and let your imagination soar!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Haji Lane

You might have heard of Tiong Bahru, especially in recent years, but Haji Lane was the orignial hipster district. It was and still is a hangout spot for artists of all sorts. The walls are decorated with colourful murals with a regional touch. Until recently, poets and budding musicians would play at Blu Jaz Cafe to raving audiences. Why not take a romantic stroll down the lane, exploring quirky shops, indie goods, and street art? Be a part of the art! Gaze lovingly into your date’s eyes while an unfortunate passerby tries to get everything in frame. But hey, it’s all worth it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There you have it! From the big names to small lanes, Singapore is chock full of romantic photo spots for travelling couples. Who says you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on holiday?

Check out our suggestions on what to do and what to get for your SO to make your followers scream #couplegoals!

Hitting the road on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean giving up your old habits! If you’ve always been one who expresses love through gifts, look out for local crafts and make use of promotions to keep your SO happy. We’ve rounded up the best gift ideas and promos in Singapore this February so you can give your partner the best surprise.

1. O Rose!

Roses are red, that much is true, but violets are purple, not freaking blue.

You can’t go wrong presenting a rose stalk. Everyone recognises the rose as a symbol of passion. Good news, because Singapore’s Far East Flora is offering Free Shipping on all bundles and bouquets.

FarEastFlora Bear Bundle

Image credit: shopee.sg/fareastflora

This rose+bear bundle retails for $29.90 on Far East Flora’s Shopee page. There’s free next day delivery, so just give your hostel reception a heads-up, have a meaningful day out with your date tomorrow, and surprise them when you get back!

2. Personalised Toiletry Bag

Showering in hostels doesn’t have to be a pain. Shampoo, shower gel, shaving cream, face wash, razor, deodorant… There’s only so much two hands can carry. A toiletry bag with a hook attached is a godsend for backpackers. You know what’s better? One embroidered with the owner’s name. No more confusion in crowded hostel bathrooms! Send your date on a wild goose chase while you hurry down to That Corner Shop in Tanjong Pagar to get the deed done.

Toiletries Bag

Image credit: thatcornershop.com

Personalised Toiletry Bag, $34.90

That Corner Shop
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 5pm; Sat 11am to 7pm; Closed on Sun
Address: 10 Anson Road, International Plaza, #02-02, Singapore 079903
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (Exit C)

3. Artisan Chocolates Crafted in Singapore

There is no denying that chocolates make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts. Artisan chocolatiers have popped up all over Singapore in recent years, each offering their own unique selection of flavours. ANJALICHOCOLAT is one such chocolate-maker with intricately crafted pieces and specially curated collections. If your date loves Singaporean food, a 4-piece FROM SINGAPORE lah box will make a truly memorable gift. From Singapore Sling to kaya toast, you can spend the night discussing the nuances of the flavours. Or just devouring them. We won’t judge.

Anjalichocolat_Singapore

Image credit: www.anjalichocolat.com

FROM SINGAPORE lah, 4 Piece Box, $15

The shop also has classic offerings like milk, white and semi-sweet chocolate for those who prefer the unadulterated stuff. This writer thinks you’ll have it good either way. The best part? You don’t have to worry about stuffing it into your backpack.

ANJALICHOCOLAT
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 7pm
Address: 73 Loewen Road, #01-15 & 16, Singapore 248843
Nearest MRT: Queenstown; take bus 111 and alight 5 stops later Opp Chatsworth Rd. ANJALICHOCOLAT is a 9-minute walk away.

Need some ideas on what to do tomorrow? Check out our guide here!