Why go for food?
Love to eat? Add Singapore to your must-visit list. Singaporeans take their food seriously. Eating is like a sport here, and no matter where you turn, there will be somewhere you can try a delicious meal, whether it’s from a five-star hot-spot or tiny street stall. Singapore boasts a unique amalgam of cuisines and cooking styles — Malay, Chinese and Indian, to name just a few, thanks to its diverse population. This variety makes eating in Singapore an exciting experience and one any foodie should add to their culinary travel itinerary.
Where to stay
There’s no better place for foodies in Singapore to stay than the ideally located, freshly renovated Pan Pacific Singapore. The chic lobby is inviting (more so than most hotel lobbies we’ve been to), and the decor is fresh, modern and crisp without sacrificing intimacy or a friendly vibe. Why should foodies get excited about Pan Pacific? Well, the food they offer, of course. Hai Tien Lo is their award-winning Cantonese restaurant with a contemporary twist, offering expertly crafted dishes in a relaxed yet stylish setting. We were equally impressed with Keyaki Japanese Restaurant, serving ultra-fresh, beautifully plated dishes in a serene setting that deftly balances traditional and modern.
We particularly love the fact that the Pan Pacific is within walking distance (Singapore is a very walkable city) to two well-known hawker centers (the best places to chow down in the foodie-focused city-state). You can hoof it to both Maxwell Road Hawker Centre and Lau Pa Sat (read more about those spots below) right from the hotel in 15 to 20 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Start your day
If you don’t start the day with an indulgent and unforgettable breakfast at Edge, the Pan Pacific’s interactive dining space (there are seven open kitchens and cuisines from around the world on offer), we recommend heading to Tong Ah Eating House (36 Keong Saik Road), an old-school kopitiam (picture a coffee shop crossed with a food court, only smaller) and ordering kaya toast and kopi (Singaporean coffee). Kaya is a creamy coconut-egg jam infused with pandan leaf. The dish is often served with soft-boiled eggs, and by soft we mean very soft (as in barely cooked). It’s a local favorite, so give it a try, but if you don’t love the egg (we didn’t) stick with the strong, sweet caffeinated boost (most welcome) and the comforting kaya toast.
Other places to grab a great meal
If you only have a set amount of time to eat your way through Singapore, focus on hawker centers. They're cheap, tasty and a great cultural experience as well as culinary one.
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