Visiting the raffles Hotel in Singapore as part of your Singapore Tours

Tours In Singapore – Visiting The Raffles Hotel

We LOVE going to Raffles!

Opened in 1887 by the Sarkese Brothers and named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (the founder of Singapore) this is an absolute must see in Singapore. But get there quick as its closing for renovation from Dec 2017 to the middle of 2018!

Visit Raffles with a private tour guide as part of your tours in Singapore

This fabulous artwork of the Raffles hotel can be found on display in the Raffles gift shop. Long gone are the days when tigers roamed the district but the doorman is ever present in his iconic uniform! Here’s a fun fact for you – in 1902 the last tiger to be killed in Singapore was finally shot while cowering under the hotel’s Bar & Billiard Room, then an elevated building.

The Hello Singapore team of Singapore walking tours guides

Left to Right: Daryl, Su Ling, Narjan, Laura and Gee Soo. 

This is us, your Hello Singapore tours team, at Raffles with Narjan, the most photographed man in Singapore! He has been the doorman at Raffles for 25 years! 

Ask us to include a visit to Raffles as part of your Singapore walking tour and we’ll tell you the story behind the infamous cocktail – the Singapore Sling…. yes there will be time to try one as well!

 

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Singapore City Tours – Singapore Grand Prix: The After Party

There is an electric atmosphere in Singapore during the F1. Even if you are not particularly interested in the racing you can not fail to enjoy the after party!

The race area itself hosts an outdoor concert (pictured above) with A List DJs and Singers. 2017 saw Duran Duran, Seal, Ariana Grande and Calvin Harris grace the stage. For up to date information about the upcoming 2018 acts you can keep an eye on the official Event Guide by CLICKING HERE. 

 

If you don’t have tickets to the Grand Prix itself why not book into one of the after parties being hosted at other venues across the city?

The Podium Lounge, just 200 metres from the track, hosts the official after party.

 

Or simply head down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks display and check out the checkered flag lighting display on the Marina Bay Sands.

At the Singapore Grand Prix the Marina Bay Sands hotel is lit up like a flag

The best way to get over the F1 hangover is to get up and out and get some good food inside your stomach, so book onto one of our Food Tours in Singapore !

The Singapore Grand Prix is on at night, take a day tour in Singapore

Tours in Singapore – Everything You Need To Know About The Singapore Grand Prix

Most people don’t realise but Singapore was a part of the racing calendar from 1961 to 1973. A variety of reasons are behind the termination of the early GP but it was mostly down to safety issues. In 2008, after a 35 year absence, Formula One was back and back in a big way.

Singapore is host to the first ever race NIGHT and it is the first street circuit in Asia.

 

Follow the action of the Singapore F1 on your tours in Singapore

Photo credit: https://www.singapore-f1-grand-prix.com

The 5.067 km race track runs through the centre of Singapore passing the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the Fullerton Hotel (all of which can be visited on a Singapore walking tours with us). Bernie Ecclestone describes the Singapore Grand Prix as the “crown jewel of F1″ and he has good reason to. It is a spectacular event.

 

Ask your tour guides in Singapore for the latest facts and figures of the Singapore F1

We took this picture from out seating area which was in Zone 1 or the yellow section of the above map. The race runs anti-clockwise starting and finishing in the Yellow Zone so it is our top pick when choosing your seats.

Tickets for the Singapore Grand Prix can be booked online at the official website. Please CLICK HERE. 

The Singapore Grand Prix is a 3 day event which is attend by over a quarter of a million people. Practice sessions take place on Day 1, the Qualifiers are on Day 2 and Day 3 is the actual race night.

In order to stage the event a number of roads in downtown Singapore are closed. Road markings are removed by painting them black and new track markings are painted on. 1,500 lighting projectors are installed to light the entire racing circuit and grandstands.

If you are visiting Singapore during the F1 drop us an email and we will help you plan your days, there is so much to do and see you wont want to miss out! 

Music in the park at the botanic gardens

Tours In Singapore – Music In The Park At Botanic Gardens Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

On Sunday we joined the masses at the Botanic Gardens Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage for a sunset concert by the NUS Wind Symphony. We were treated to soundtracks from Miyazaki’s famed anime works such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff.

Your friendly Singapore tour guides rocked up with a picnic and a bottle of wine and had a wonderful evening.

The Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage hosts a number of open air musical events each year. They are all 100% free of charge and open to the public. You can find more information about upcoming events as well as guided tours of the gardens by CLICKING HERE. 

 

guided tours of Singapore and the botanic gardens.

 

enjoy a cocktail at ATLAS as part of your Singapore tours

Sightseeing In Singapore – Singapore’s Best Bars

Every year The World’s 50 Best Bars publishes a list, complied by 500 drinks experts from across the globe, of the worlds top watering holes. This year Singapore won 6 spots on that list including the Best Bar In Asia!

So if your feeling thirsty on your Singapore city tour, just let your Hello Singapore tour guide know and we’ll pull in for a boozy pit stop!

 

MANHATTAN – Number 7 and the Best Bar In Asia

The best place for a drink on your sightseeing in Singapore tour

Photo credit:  http://www.regenthotels.com

Manhatten is an ‘American bar’ that does everything well. It has more than a touch of New York glamour and am impressive cocktail menu. If you are looking for places to visit in Singapore on a Sunday put their Cocktail Brunch to the top of your list.

Level 2, Regent Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road. Open everyday 5:00 pm – 1:00/2:00 am. Sunday Cocktail Brunch: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. Violet Hour: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Weekdays)

 

ATLAS – Number 15

enjoy a cocktail at ATLAS as part of your Singapore tours

Photo credit: atlasbar.sg

If you like Gin this is the bar for you. ATLAS has over 1,000 gins on offer from around the world, including some dating back to 1910. They also have an outrageously good champagne list too. Housed inside the Parkview Square; an iconic building inspired by the Art Deco skyscrapers of New York , ATLAS is a celebration of the roaring ’20s.

Parkview Square , 600 North Bridge Road. Monday – Friday: 10am – 1am. Saturday: 3pm – 2am.

 

OPERATION DAGGER – Number 24

Discover the best bars in Singapore on your Singapore city tours

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Incredibly hard to find but worth the effort when (if) you do. OPERATION DAGGER is hidden away down an alley, through a nondescript door and down a flight of stairs. The hundred or so jars behind the bar contain bee pollen, fermented fruit wines, aromatics for smoke and countless other tinctures and ingredients. These cocktails are seriously special.

No. 7 Ann Siang Hill #B1-01. Tuesday – Saturday 6pm – late.

 

28 HONG KONG STREET – Number 25

Best bars in Singapore - top things to do in Singapore

Photo credit: Asia Bars & Restaurants

28 HONG KONG STREET is one of the linchpins of Singapore’s bar scene. Located at number 28 on Hong Kong Street you would walk straight passed if you didn’t know what was hidden behind the shabby entrance door. Low lights, booth seating,  a jazz/ hip-hop soundtrack, attentive staff and the best mac ‘n’ cheese in Singapore make this a must visit bar.

28 Honking Street. Monday – Thursday 6pm-2am; Friday & Saturday 6pm-3am

 

TIPPLING CLUB – Number 31

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Photo credit: Asia Bars & Restaurants

TIPPLING CLUB hits the top 50 list twice with its restaurant also winning awards. Spanning three shophouse units on Tanjong Pagar Road TIPPLING CLUB serves up innovative cuisine and cocktails in a light and spacious environment. Head bar man Joe Schofield has curated a Sensorium Menu of cocktails, each with distinctive smells designed to trigger childhood memories. The set lunch menu is excellent value.

38 Tanjong Pagar Road. Monday – Friday 12 noon to midnight. Saturday 6pm to midnight.

 

NATIVE – Number 47

Go NATIVE on a Singapore tour of the best bars in Singapore

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NATIVE  uses local ingredients from across Asia to give its cocktails a unique flavour. Think mango, turmeric, cinnamon, tapioca etc. The bar’s signature drink, Antz, is a mix of coconut, Thai rum, sugar cane and basil, topped with a sprinkling of crunchy foraged ants!

52A Amoy Street. Mondays – Saturdays 6pm – midnight.

 

Enjoy a Teh Tarik on a Singapore food tours on your city tours

Food Tours In Singapore – The Best Teh Tarik

Our Singapore Food Tour is an exploration of both food and drinks across the geographies and cultures of Singapore. When designing the food tour we sampled a LOT of Teh Tarik and the Teh Tarik from the shop that technically has no name (but belongs to Mr Zamir Ahmad) came in top.

A hot cup of Teh Tarik as tried on our Singapore food tours.

 

It is delicious and here it is!

 

What is Teh Tarik?

Tarik is the Malay word for ‘pulled’ so Teh Tarik is pulled tea. It is made from tea dust rather than tea leaves.  The tea dust is boiled and condensed and evaporated milk is added. The tea is then pulled from one mug to another. The pulling action blends the milk into the tea giving it a very smooth, creamy flavour.

On our Singapore Food Tour we judge a Teh Tarik on the proportion of condensed milk used. Too much and it is considered too sweet, too little and it is not rich enough. We also look at the amount of foam in the cup. The more foam the more the teh has been pulled and the smoother it is. If you order it with extra foam they will pull it more giving you a smoother drink AND more time to snap your photographs!

 

Who is the man in the picture? 

The lovely man in our main picture is Barker, Mr Zamir’s nephew.  Barker has been working at the teh stall  for 40 years and he is a master Tariker! If you would like to meet him you will find him in the shop from early morning until about 2pm in the afternoon.

 

Where did Teh Tarik come from?

The origins of this drink go back to South Indian- Muslim immigrants who arrived in the Malay Peninsula and Singapore and set up drinks stalls at the entrance to the rubber plantations to serve the workers.

They used the broken tea leaves and ground them into dust because it was cheaper and therefore affordable for the plantation workers. The Indians themselves were used to drinking Chai Tea which is tea flavoured with spices. That was a little bit strange for the Chinese and Malay workers and it didn’t sell well so the Indians took the spices out added a richer thicker milk, and in order to catch the attention of the plantation workers added some artistic flair and started pulling it!  Hey presto Teh Tarik was born!

 

 

Mr Zamir Ahmad’s Teh Tarik is open everyday from 06:30am to 2am. Occasionally the stall closes for half an hour or so if the staff need to pop out. You can find it 21 Baghdad Street in Kampong Glam. 

 

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John and Janelle on a Singapore Food Tour at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre

Singapore Food Tours – From Hong Kong to Singapore

We have had the pleasure of John and Janelle’s company in both Hong Kong and Singapore! Hailing from New South Wales Australia these two like to travel. And when they travel they like to eat like a local.

They found us Hong Kong first where they took our Hong Kong Food Tour and feasted on Dim Sum and Char Sui. Enjoying their food adventure so much they booked onto our Singapore Food Tour and embarked on a 5.5-hour food exploration across our tiny Island.

Pictured here with Daryl, their private tour guide for the day, at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre trying a selection of local dishes.

John and Janelle, it was an absolute pleasure showing you around both Hong Kong and Singapore and we hope to see you again on your next adventures ✈️ 🍴

 

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Try a bowl of famous congee as part of your Singapore food tour with us here at Hello Singapore walking tours!

Singapore Food Tour – Mui Kee Congee

Meet the three generations of Mui Kee Congee and find out the secret behind their success. You might consider congee to be a simple dish but to make it this tasty takes bucket loads of time and effort. Literally! With a huge following in their hometown Hong Kong these guys have just opened in Singapore. If you are taking a private tour in Singapore with us and want to visit the new Mui Kee Congee branch just let us know.

Take a long relaxing lunch break on your 8 hour private tour of Singapore and enjoy a Steamboat for lunch!

Steamboat

Steamboat is a Chinese hotpot. You have a ‘boat’ of soup or stock base in which to cook your selection of raw ingredients (fish, meat, veggies). Some Steamboats are divided into two, three or even four sections allowing you to mix and match a number of different soup bases. Put this on your list of ‘must try’ in Singapore for a fun night out.

Yes that is a fish head in that curry! It s a popular food in Singapore and if you would like to one just ask your Singapore tour guide where the best ones are!

Fish Head Curry

Fish head curry is unique to Singapore. It is, as it sounds, curry made and served with a fish head in. It is the invention of a Indian immigrant to Singapore called Mr Gomez. Noticing that the Chinese REALLY liked to eat the fish head he added it to his traditional South Indian fish curry recipe from Kerala and it was an instant hit! You can find Fish Head Curry in both Chinese and Indian restaurants in Singapore. If you do try one on your food journey around Singapore don’t forget to scoop out and chow down on the eyes!

 

Fish Bee Hoon is another Singapore food that can be enjoyed on your private Singapore tour, just ask your private guide in Singapore to take you to one of the many wonderful Hawker Centres.

Fish Bee Hoon

Fish soup bee hoon, also known as fish head bee hoon, is a noodle soup dish. The noodle is the bee hoon noodle which is better know as rice vermicelli to none Singaporeans. There are two main types of Fish Head Bee Hoon; one with milk and one without. Our picture shows one with milk which has a whiter cloudier consistency. The snakehead fish is most commonly used in this soup but some restaurants will use pomfret or grouper. This is one of the healthier foods in our foodie guide.

Durian is the king of fruits. try one as part of your Singapore walking tours or perhaps try the durian ice cream instead!

Durian

Durian is known as the King of Fruits. It is also know as the Vomit Fruit so potent is the smell! Like Blue Cheese and Stinky Tofu once you get passed the smell (IF you can get passed it) your taste buds are in for a treat! Durian is insanely popular in Singapore with people paying as much as US$40 per kg! If you haven’t tried Durian before we suggest that you go with one of the cheaper ones (circa US$11-18 per kg) to see if you like it first. If the smell is too strong to get passed how about a Durian Ice-cream to ease you in? Click into this post for a picture of me (Laura) trying the ice cream on one of our Singapore walking tours.

Singapore tour company owner Laura trying a Durian ice-cream on a Singapore walking tour!

Duck Rice can be enjoyed in Singapore at both lunch and dinner time. Add it to your eat like a local list of foods to try on your singapore private tour.

Duck Rice

Duck Rice is predictably duck meat served on rice. There are two main types of Duck Rice in Singapore originating from two different groups of Chinese immigrants to Singapore.

Teochew duck rice has a light thin gravy and is served with white rice. The meat is braised, de-boned and thinly sliced. Hokkien duck rice has a thicker gloopier gravy and is occasionally served with yam rice. The meat itself is roasted.

Pictured is a Teochew duck rice.

Dosa is one of the foods on our food tour Singapore. Enjoyed in the district of Little India tours it will delight your taste buds!

Dosa

Dosa is a South Indian speciality that made its way to Singapore with the Indian immigrants. It looks like a big rolled up pancake and it is served with a selection of dips. The main ingredient of Dosa is rice and black gram (an Indian pulse) which is ground to form a batter. Fried in ghee it is not the healthiest of foods but it is delicious!  

You should eat Dosa with your hands if you want to do it in the traditional way. Make sure you use your right hand, the left is the one you use when you go to the toilet! Use your thumb and fingers to tear off a bit of the Dosa and then scoop up the sauce. Join one of our Singapore food tours for a master class in how to eat them correctly!

 

whilst traditional a breakfast dim sum is enjoyed at all times of day and night on our Singapore tours and by the locals.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum hails from the province of Canton in Southern China. Essentially ‘Chinese Tapas’ it is a serving style rather than a food itself; small portions of food designed to share. You can find everything from steamed buns to dumplings, to deep fried snacks, to seafood, meat and sweet snacks on a Dim Sum menu. Dim Sum arrived into Singapore with the early Chinese immigrants from Canton and Hong Kong. It is a firm favourite on our food tour in Hong Kong.

A tasty snack which is perfect to enjoy on the go. Crispy pastry with a chicken curry filling. If you are getting hungry on your Singapore Tours we will get you one!

Curry Puff

Curry Puffs are another firm favourite in Singapore. Usually semicircular in shape they are pastry shells filled with a curry filling. If you are British think of it as a miniature crispy curried Cornish Pasty. Most often the filling is chicken curry with potato but tuna curry, vegetable curry and other variants are also available.

Such is the love of the Curry Puff in Singapore that countless tests have been conducted to try and find the best puff in Singapore and #thecurrypuffincident trends on Instagram.

If you would like to eat like a local in Singapore ask your private tour guide to introduce you to some traditional Singaporean foods like chew kueh on your walking tour.

Chwee Kueh

Chwee Kueh are steamed rice cakes topped with fried radish. They are made from rice flour and starch. The direct translation of Chwee Kueh is ‘water cake’. When cooked the cakes have a little depression in the middle in which water pools.

They are one of the most traditional delicacies and are fast disappearing so try them whilst you still can. We  can recommend Jian Bo at Tiong Barhu’s hawker market. If you would like to try them on your walking tour of Singapore just let us know!

Oh my god, its delicious Singapore chilli crab!

Chilli Crab

Here it is, the mother of all Singaporean dishes; Chilli Crab!

The sauce is sweet and savoury and a little bit spicy. It is made from tomato paste, samba chilli paste and eggs. It might sound a little strange but it is finger licking delicious! Eat it with Mantou; little bread buns which you can mop up the sauce with.

You can find Chilli Crab all over Singapore from Hawker Centres to high-end restaurants. One of our personal favourites is Melben Legend Seafood. Your personal Hello Singapore tour guide can make a few other recommendations for you.