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January 15, 2015, 3:04 pm

Singapore is one of the world's major commercial hubs with the fourth-biggest financial center and one of the five busiest ports. Its globalized and diversified economy depends heavily on trade and tourism. The center of tourism in Singapore is probably the Orchard Road district, dominated by multi-story shopping centers and hotels, frequented by tourists from around the world.

Singapore promotes a variety of events all year round for tourists. Some events like the Chingay Parade, Singapore Arts Festival and Singapore Garden Festival are known as anchor events of the country. Also, the Singapore Food Festival, held every July, celebrates Singapore's cuisine. Other annual events include the country’s Sun Festival, the Christmas Light Up, and the Jewel Festival.

The favorite past time of local people seems to be shopping and dining at all hours as the island is so well-lit and busy with shoppers and diners at all hours and it is perfectly safe to walk in the streets even at night.

Let us take a step back and explore the country in more detail.

Things to do:

Singapore is a shoppers' paradise with great shopping deals everywhere, you can find fashion items ranging from small-store bargains to luxurious branded merchandise.  In a city where shopping is the national pastime, there is no shortage of options.  From glitzy malls to local neighborhoods, here are some of the best spots for shopping.

Haji Lane: For vintage shopping in Singapore look no further than Haji Lane. There you will find rows of adorable boutiques brimming with local finds, all at great prices. It will be quite the unpredictable treasure hunt so be sure to leave plenty of time.

Mustafa Centre: Spanning two complexes in the middle of Little India, the Centre is open round the clock and is known to carry everything from ethnic jewelry to the latest electronics. Every traveler and local pressed for time heads to Mustafa for last-minute shopping and purchases If you want to avoid the hordes, go in the early morning or after midnight.

Bugis Junction: Formerly Singapore’s red light district, Bugis Junction is now nicely cleaned up to offer an ultra agreeable shopping mall experience. Part of the mall takes the form of an air-conditioned shopping street, complete with glass ceilings, and kids love getting soaked at the outdoor fountain.

BooksActually: For book lovers wondering where to shop in Singapore, BooksActually, an independent bookshop which specializes in fictional literature, can be found on Ann Siang Road,. The quietly charming bookstore eludes the frenetic pace of Singapore and is the perfect place to lose yourself. If  you are lucky you might even stumble across rare copies and first editions.

Places to visit:

The Merlion: This iconic representation of Singapore, a mystical creature with the head of a lion and body of a mermaid, is a 8.6 meter tall statue that stands at the Marina Bay waterfront looking towards the sea.

Orchard Road: For first-time visitors, one of the first Singapore places to go is Orchard Road. Every tourist to Singapore must take a walk along Orchard Road. It is a popular shopping precinct for locals, expatriates and tourists alike.

Singapore Flyer: The world’s largest observation wheel, which stands at a stunning 165 meter from the ground and opened in 2008, the Flyer offers you breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay, the island city and beyond. There is also a wide range of shops, restaurants, activities and facilities around the area.

Underwater World: An oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa, which opened in 1991, has more than 2,500 marine animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. The place also provides an exclusive venue to host various ocean-themed events. Its 83-metre long travelator, which moves visitors along a submerged 6-millimeter thick acrylic-windowed tunnel, offers visitors a view of an array of marine life, including coral reefs, stingrays, moray eels, turtles, sharks and others.

Marina Bay Sands: The world's most expensive building is an integrated resort developed by Las Vegas Sands Cooperation, USA. The resort is situated on 15.5 hectares of land with the gross floor area of 581,000 square meters. The iconic design has transformed Singapore's skyline and tourism landscape since it opened in 2010. It includes an hotel, convention and exhibitions facilities, theatres, entertainment venues, retailers and restaurants.

Dining in Singapore:

You will not go hungry in this food-crazed country. You can find restaurants, cafes, food courts and hawker food stalls everywhere. Many food stalls are open 24 hours and you can find a good place to eat even at 3 in the morning.

Warung M. Nasir: A cosy little nook of an eatery surrounded by cafes and restaurants all around, the restaurant is named after, and founded by, evergreen Malaysian singer M. Nasir. This is one café that needs no extra differentiation. Its variety in nasi padang dishes speaks for itself.

PS. Café: Offering the best in flavor and experience, the café is ensconced in a peaceful bungalow interior to elevate the senses. This popular Sunday brunch destination has made a name for itself with its culinary repertoire. Desserts at PS. Café are also a gastronomic force to be reckoned with. Homely yet chic, it is where the best of contemporary comforts are indulged in.

Chinatown Food Street: The refreshed Chinatown Food Street (CFS) celebrates the assembly of specialty dishes from main Chinese dialects and the different races in Singapore, all under one roof. Located on Smith Street in the heart of Chinatown, the revitalized CFS seeks to create the most authentic Singapore dining experience for locals and tourists alike. 

Quentin’s Euroasian Restaurant: Eurasian cuisine is a heady mix of Asian and European tastes, blending hot chili flavors with milder ones like cinnamon and garlic. It is rare to see even the most expert of chefs going the Eurasian route as this type of cuisine is best prepared and enjoyed at home. However, if you are curious to try Eurasian cuisine, then Quentin’s is the place to visit.



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