Back in April I was lucky enough to visit Singapore with my boyfriend Daniel. We planned our visit around Passover so we could be with his family for the holiday and so that I could finally meet his parents, Sarah and Lavi! I was going to post these photos sooner, but I wanted to surprise Daniel’s parents with a photo-book of our visit, which I finally gave to them this past weekend when they visited us in L.A. for July 4th weekend. After we spent a few days in Singapore we went to Bali, and some of those pictures were recently featured on Popover, so be sure to take a peek at those too! Also, if you or anyone you know will be visiting Singapore any time soon, I’ve written up a list of travel recommendations at the bottom of this post. Happy travels!
Like father, like son! Daniel picked up guitar after growing up seeing his father play. They play Flamenco music, so I’ve come to love Spanish guitar these past few months. Impromptu private concerts are one of my favorite things.
Daniel’s parents live in a lovely area of Singapore called Emerald Hill. The homes are converted Chinese shophouses, and all the rich and varied architectural details make it a beautiful place for a morning stroll, camera in hand.
It’s like I have a sixth sense for hipster cafes wherever I go…
Even though we were only in Singapore for a few days, we managed to fit in quite a lot, including visiting Chinatown and this ornate Buddhist temple before having lunch at one of the famous hawker centers.
The tea masters at Tea Chapter take the art of tea very seriously. It was such a pleasure to learn so much about tea leaves and proper brewing techniques.
On another afternoon we visited the Singapore Botanical Garden, which is simply incredible.
Singapore Travel Recommendations
Emerald Hill: charming neighborhood of converted Chinese shophouses, right next to…
Orchard Road: where you will go for ALL of your shopping needs. Really, all. And when you’re tired of carrying shopping bags, take a break at…
TWG: For tea and macarons in all different kinds of unique flavors.
Chinatown: Who can resist wandering through a bustling Chinatown, with all sorts of cheap and fun tchotchkes for sale?
Buddha Tooth Temple: Want to wander through a haze of incense and see Buddha’s tooth? This is the place for that.
Singapore Art Museum: Include a bit of art on a visit to Singapore by stopping by this lovely museum with rotating exhibitions (where Daniel’s mom volunteers as a docent!)
Singapore Botanic Garden: Beautifully tropical and lush, this is one of the most outstanding botanic gardens I’ve ever been to.
Anthesis: Great coffee on Robertson Quay.
Tea Chapter: Said to be the best traditional Chinese tea shop in Singapore.
Maxwell Road Hawker Center: With over 100 food stalls, this is a must for a taste of the local food. Also, coming from LA, it was pretty thrilling to get fresh-pressed juice for $2 instead of $12.
Marina Bay Sands: Glitzy and showy, yes, super pricey drinks, affirmative, but entirely worth it for the stunning views.