While visiting my brother in Singapore last year and again this week, I stumbled upon the following finds that I thought were worth sharing:
- In need of a good coffee, I was thrilled to discover The Plain, a self-proclaimed ‘Melbourne-style’ coffee shop at 50 Craig Road in Tanjong Pagar. With an all-day breakfast menu including delicious egg sandwiches on a soft, yet crispy baguette, I’ll definitely be a regular in no time. (Hold the Vegemite, please.) Doesn’t hurt that they also have a stylish website with reminders that plain
❶ Smooth Genovese coffee, served up your way, be it a strong flat white or ¾ latte.
❷ Tucking into perfectly poached eggs oozing liquid gold onto your toasted sourdough.
❸ Keeping abreast of global culture news by perusing design journals, publications & the papers.
❹ Staying true to that new year resolution to always find time to catch up with friends.
❺ Living well. Attempting each day to blur the lines between weekdays & weekends. Good coffee helps.
For local, boutique-style shopping, there’s always Haji Lane, a quaint walking street near Arab Street that offers small storefronts in gorgeous shophouse digs. My favorites include the store United Label, which features dresses made by Singaporean-based Thai designer Vijitra (29A Haji Lane). I found some amazing 60s vintage dresses (and other vintage clothing, furniture, and artifacts) at Pluck (31/33 Haji Lane). Doesn’t hurt that they’ve got a cute name and Lychee Martini ice cream on hand. More vintage clothing fills the racks at Dulcetfig(41 Haji Lane).
Finally, for some eco-friendly threads, try Zhai, where bamboo rules the soft, comfy shirts and skirts.
- Who says Singapore doesn’t have soul? I’m looking forward to the upcoming Singapore Fringe Festival 2012, an annual festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and mixed media created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. The theme this year is ‘Art and Faith.’ I’m also hoping to explore the happenings at Substation, Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts center.
Singaporean architecture is truly a mix of the old and new. Up for a stroll? Check out the shophouses on Duxton Hill, the Chinese eateries and fruit stands around Chinatown, and Tanjong Pagar, with its backdrop of HDB (government-subsidized housing), as well as sleek, modern high-rises. Speaking of design, not far from Duxton Hill is the Red Dot Design Museum, housed in a beautifully-painted (uh, red!) colonial building 28 Maxwell Road. I’ll be posting more Singapore finds later this week, but for now happy travels!