For a view of the city without having to step far from an office building, 1-Altitude is the ideal location. Popular with both the after-work and weekend crowds, the gallery and bar are excellent spots to experience a 360-degree view. From up here, it’s easy to see why the centre of Singapore has always been such a busy and important one. This area was established as a settlement soon after the city’s founding in 1819, and has been the centre of commercial and trade activity ever since, almost 24 hours a day!
Raffles Place, named after the founder of modern Singapore Sir Stamford Raffles, is at the heart of the city. It’s also a place where you’ll find a more than a few happy hour deals after work, and an unlikely spot for American craft spirits: a cocktail bar called The Secret Mermaid where you can sample a huge selection of spirits not commonly found anywhere else in the country.
Not far from here, in a graceful 1930s Art Deco building, is the swanky Black Swan, where the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties await. Or if people-watching is more your thing, head over to The Exchange, one of the city’s most popular spots to imbibe because of its convenient location, well-priced drinks, and general air of geniality. Here’s where the office crowd comes from the air-conditioned buildings that surround it, to unwind after a long day.
For a marked contrast, check out Lau Pa Sat, an unmistakeable Victorian iron building with sloping roofs. The market has been in existence since the 1820s, and is today a hawker centre with a huge variety of stalls serving local and international cuisine. It’s open until late at night, which makes it the perfect place to grab a bite after drinks. One of its most-loved features is the affectionately-nicknamed ‘Satay Street’, a whole city street that’s closed off to traffic and filled with tables, chairs, and cart vendors selling traditional satay, barbecued seafood, other local dishes, and frosty jugs of Tiger beer.